October 22, 2021

The last celebrations before ECQ

Birthday celebrants Dave Mungcal 3rd, Anne Directo, Philippine Red Cross Governor Baby Ortiz and Marivel Carandang

Birthday celebrants Dave Mungcal 3rd, Anne Directo, Philippine Red Cross Governor Baby Ortiz and Marivel Carandang

Birthdays are a special time of the year. For a sociable person who loves to be in the company of friends, not to celebrate and enjoy every moment of one’s special day is unthinkable. I am someone who believes in the old adage that goes something like, “no one knows what’s going to happen next and in the future, so live your life to the fullest.”

However, a bit of anxiety looms at throwing parties these days. Birthday celebrants worry about party regulations, social distancing and whatnot under the new normal. But for one who is zealous on having a party, they can have several ones with the maximum people allowed in General Community Quarantine areas.

Consequently, Fining Arnaiz-Tambunting hosted a birthday party for interior decorator, Cocoy Cordoba with George Sarakinis, Hi! Society, Frieda Hizon and Jorge Hizon in attendance.

The following day, well-loved prominent civic leader, humanitarian and women’s rights advocate and Philippine Red Cross Governor since 1999, Leonida “Baby” Bayani Ortiz blew the candle on her birthday cake at a luncheon again hosted by Arnaiz-Tambunting at her beautiful Forbes Park residence.

In attendance were Jaime Ponce De Leon of Leon Gallery, the Philippines’ most trusted auction house; Cordoba; Signex honcho Eric Evangelista; art connoisseur Robert Castaneda. Also present were close friends of the birthday celebrant, Baby De Jesus, Frieda and Jorge Hizon, and Shazy Wilkie. It was an afternoon of fun and laughter, plus good food prepared in Fining’s kitchen.

Al Bernardo, Dave Mungcal and Jorge Hizon

Al Bernardo, Dave Mungcal and Jorge Hizon

Anne Directo and Joanne Matschuck

Anne Directo and Joanne Matschuck

Baby de Jesus and Shazy Wilkie

Baby de Jesus and Shazy Wilkie

Fining Tambunting, Hi! Society and Dr. George Sarakinis

Fining Tambunting, Hi! Society and Dr. George Sarakinis

Joanne Matschuck, Baby Ortiz, Frieda Hizon and Choy Bernardo

Joanne Matschuck, Baby Ortiz, Frieda Hizon and Choy Bernardo

Jorge and Frieda Hizon with Cocoy Cordoba

Jorge and Frieda Hizon with Cocoy Cordoba

Lalie Tolentino, Chita Wilcox and Leah Miranda

Lalie Tolentino, Chita Wilcox and Leah Miranda

Cocoy Cordoba and Robert Castaneda

Cocoy Cordoba and Robert Castaneda

Minerva Tanseco and Patty Jalbuena

Minerva Tanseco and Patty Jalbuena

The last party was held on August 4, two days before the Enhanced Community Quarantine. It was a joint birthday celebration of Baby Ortiz, Marivel Soriano, Anne Directo and Dave Mungcal 3rd.

Florist Leah Miranda gave all the three lady celebrants a bouquet of roses, and gave the birthday boy a beautifully-wrapped a bottle of wine. Joanne Matschuck each gifted them with a grazing box with fruits, cheese, ham, chocolate and fruit drinks. Well-known baker, Choy Bernardo, delighted everyone with the birthday cake she personally created.

For dinner, chef Noel Hizon surprised guests with two buffet tables. A table for Asian dishes consisting of sushi bake, Hainanese chicken, hot prawn salad and japchae. The other one had Filipino dishes of roast pork belly with tofu, chicken barbecue, laing and karekare. Guests even took home some food.

The parties are finally over and we are gearing up for more quarantine blues. Hopefully, we will see each other again in September.

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