Skip to main content

The Birthday Surprise

It happened a little more than a month ago, but it took me awhile to gather photos of that rainy Monday night in May. My friend Dinny told me that we're meeting our college chum Myrna from Las Vegas at Ten Years After, the bar across ABS CBN Studios that play good old 80s music. My friends were acting pretty weird that day, one of them, Tonette brought me longanisa from La Union but left in a huff without saying hello because she had to go to the salon. Another friend Rex, accidentally dialed our house number looking for his constant companion, Judy. Mercury must be in retrograde again, I thought to myself.
As Dinny and I alighted from our car at the bar parking lot, the cigarette vendor gave away the surprise, "may private party dyan para kay JC Buendia!" he boasted. My heart was pounding as I entered the bar, the waiters were all lined up leading the birthday song, I was just so happy to see friends all gathered in one room, from fashion, show business, high school, college, the gym and work.
I'd like to thank Lumen Teves for conniving with Dinny Lazo, Eve Maduma, John CuencoNoy Naredo and my secretary Eva. I felt so loved!

Ten Years After, Sgt. Esguerra, Q.C.

Oh yes, it was a surprise birthday party!

I was so happy to see so many friends all in one room!

My birthday cake was a yellow refrigerator!!

"Who organized this?"

'My Refigerator Door' cake!

Miss Protons, Kimi Lu!

Birthday squeeze from Nancy Reyes!

"Were you surprised?" ~ Dale de la Cruz

Leading the fashion contingent, Frederick Peralta!

Ed, Erica, Reby and EJ Trinidad with chocolatier Raul Matias.

Go USTe!! Marita Nagar, Jamie Rivera, Candy Ramirez-Lingao and Tonette Aquino

Franco Laurel, Michelle Tomacruz, Rey Lanada, Enrico Villanueva and Rissa Oreta.

Dong Omaga Diaz, Trishan Cuaso, Randy Ortiz, Vic Barba, Tonichi Nocom, Melo Esguerra and Gerry Katigbak.

Tastemakers, Vic Barba, Randy Ortiz and Tonichi Nocom

Our favorite model Trishan Cuaso and Frederick Peralta

Mau de Leon, Joel Ontong, Ton Lao, Michael Carandang, Sonia Agbayani and Frederick Peralta

Fresh in white, Melo Esguerra and Samir Ayeb

Judy Nuevo, Bernard Bolisay, Rex Ruiz, Maxie Cinco and Eric Pineda

Caloy Tan, Eve Maduma and Lumen Teves

Boj Iliscupidez and Brins Al-Tawil

Amanda and Candy Lingao with Marita and Pat Nagar

Ton Lao, Sonia Agbayani and Michael Carandang

Buddy bud, Johann Abellaneda!

Michelle Tomacruz

'Buds' Rey Lanada

Amigos para siempre, Franco Laurel

'Mommee' Olive Isidro

Mr. ABS Joel Mercado and Mr. abs Boom Labrusca

Jackie to my Oleg, Agot Isidro.

Big Birthday hug from Biboy Arboleda!

Through thick and thin, through sick and sin, Biboy Arboleda

Bobby Yan, Grace Molina and Lui Villaruz

John and James Zablan with Sonia and Michael

David Chua

Bong Bong and Bea Teves with Lianne Ang

Johann Abellaneda, Cathy Sy and Cherry Fulgencio

Maa and Viva Reyes

Frederick Peralta, Noy Naredo, Dinny Lazo and Bernard Bolisay

Lianne Ang, Bea Teves and the brains behind the surprise, Lumen Teves.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Vintage Valera

A couple of years ago, Roselyn Tiangco brought me her mother's Ramon Valera bridal trousseau and asked if we can cut the train and use it for her wedding gown. It was a Philippine terno in ivory satin, with bugle beads cascading down the front like waterfalls and a 5 meter train trimmed with Guipure lace and tons of pearls. I was aghast with the thought - no, I wouldn't dare desecrate a Valera. Roselyn and I agreed not to touch the vintage gown, we collaborated instead on simple Dior inspired gown for her wedding.
Early this year, Roselyn's mom Mrs. Linda Tiangco brought the Valera gown again, this time it would be for her wedding anniversary. The 50 year old gown gown still fits her perfectly but the bodice was already discolored and some parts of the train were moth eaten. Mrs. Tiangco told me to take my time to study the gown and see what I can do with it. For a month or so, I was just looking at the gown on the dress form, hoping Mrs. Tiangco would change her mind and…

The Cojuangco Ancestral House

Our next journey takes us to a historic town in Bulacan, thirty minutes north of Manila. My road trip buddies, my college friends who all share with me the same fascination for heritage houses were privileged by an invitation from Melecio Cojuangco to visit their ancestral house in Malolos. Mel, his cousin in law Marissa Lopa, Rima Datuin and Evelyn Bautista and I discovered each other's funny bonebecause of our love for the ice cream served in a huge bowl at Peninsula Manila's lobby. One evening, to justify our appetite, we pretended it was my birthday and we had the string quartet play happy birthday for me, from then on, we became good friends. Mel's grandfather, Jose Cojuangco was born at the Malolos house, very near the Barasoain Church. Jose's mother traded rice from Nueva Ecija, sacks transported by boat via the river at the back of the kamalig to Binondo, Manila. Like most turn of the century houses, the Cojuangco house uses piedra china stones for the ground …

Yes Meding, Grapes Grow In The Philippines!

I got a viber message from my friend Dom Hernandez asking if I'm free Monday for a day trip to La Union to look at vineyards. My first response was "we grow grapes in the Philippines?" and he replied with a photograph of three happy people clowning under the grape vines. I immediately marked my calendar and moved a few appointments to the evening. This was my kind of trip, only Julie Andrews can stop me from going.
The visit to the vineyards was arranged by the Department of Agriculture. The department's charming undersecretary Berna Romulo-Puyat invited food writers and wine connoisseurs to look at the many possibilities of these locally grown grapes. Avelino Lomboy started planting grapes in Bauang, La Union in the 70s. President Corazon Aquino visited in 1988, picking grapes herself from Mr. Lomboy's lovely vineyard. Today, there are more vineyards in La Union. You can see them in between mango orchards and tobacco plantations. The province has wisely diversifi…