A Celebration of Life

For several years now come July, a devoted friend, Muebles Italiano owner Noel Gonzales, hosts a birthday asalto for Congresswoman Imelda Romualdez Marcos. He usually asks Hi Society to co-organize with him.

As usual, the highlight of the party was the program where all celebrities rendered songs for the celebrant. Anthony Castelo opened the program with his Tagalog songs. There was Pop tenor Jonathan Badon who, up to the end of the party, was serenading Madame Imelda.

The surprise appearance of songstress Imelda Papin who sang several songs delighted the guests present then. Violinist Merjohn Lagaya, a scholar of the celebrant dedicated his several pieces to her. Not to be outdone of course was the host himself who sang several songs. Ping Valencia was also convinced to render several songs. The party would not have been complete without the celebrant singing and she obliged, even doing a duet of “Dahil sa Iyo” with Dr. George Sarakinis. Helping Noel welcome the guests was his gorgeous wife, Eileen.

Guests included the likes of Israeli Ambassador Effie Matityau who led the list of wellwishers. Others present were Ralph Manalo, Mom Nardone with daughter, lovely Angelina, Nona Ricafort, Lolita Mirpuri, Actress Jean Saburit, Maurice Lim, Pianist Ingrid Santamaria, John Gaddi and Sonny Tanchanco, Dr. Joni Dizon, Wopsy and Agile Zamora, Cheloy Ignacio, Joy Fong. And there was Joel Cruz happily telling guests about his fundraising show for the soldiers of Marawi on August 13 at the AFP Theater and asking friends to support his show. Additionally, there were Jiro Shirakawa, US based Jaz and Kendra Pinca, Atty. Rene and Ann Puno, Jinky By Becky Garcia and Jerry Rabano, Migs and Manuel Cabreros.

Early arrivals were Ito Curata and Bob Miller. A buffet spread of Filipino and Asian dishes were there to be savored by the guests.

Madame Imelda who is now 88 years old was still looking radiant and is looking forward to another year of celebration. Happy birthday!!!