Consul Louie Ablaza’s 80th Celebration of Life

Tuesday August 1, 2017

The Ablaza family has been known to throw elegant, grand and sometimes out of this world theme parties. Last July 2, Ablaza Patriarch Louie Ablaza, the honorary consul of Zambia had a spectacular African Safari party in celebration of his eightieth birthday. The festive occasion was held again at their sprawling countryside manor named after his beauteous wife, Amelia, better known as Mellie, the celebrated high society hostess of fabulous parties. The birthday celebrant, Consul Louie Ablaza, dressed as a Safari explorer, welcomed his guests along with Consul Mellie Ablaza garbed as a glamorous tribal empress in fabulous feathers, a creation of their son, Jun Jun Ablaza. She also wore a gown by fashion designer Steve de Leon, who also did the outfits for the rest of the Ablaza family. Their daughter Czarina Ablaza-Syquia with her husband Dr. Jofe Syquia and their children gamely dressed up in matching tribal outfits with raffia details. Multi-talented designer Jun Jun Ablaza on the other hand was a chieftain in a colorful outfit, donning an over-the-top feather headdress, and his own collection of tribal accessories. All their jewelries made of antique ivory, and antique Philippine gold diggings were from Jun Jun as well. The day started with a mass at the Ablaza family’s chapel officiated by Father Jefferson Agustin from the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. Guests arrived in sartorial safari and exuberant animal printed outfits. Most of the gentlemen were dressed in safari ensembles reminiscent of Allan Quatermain, or as rangers in camouflage. Grand dames wore African tribal inspired caftans, some had colorful fowl feathers and fur, while many others were decked in chunky ivories, multi-colored stones and gold jewelries. After the mass, the guests were ushered into a giant tent for cocktails where they had champagne, cabernet...... Read more on Full Issue!

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