Hello with a hangover, after a most amazing event for Travelife Italy Night -- a gastronomic and cultural celebration to mark our fourth year as the Philippines' leading travel & lifestyle publication, and to promote the joy of life -- la dolce vita -- of Italy.
That's former President Ramos,
Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari,
Singaporean Ambassador A. Selverajah,
Viel Aquino-Dee and her husband,
Travelife Magazine Publisher Christine Cunanan.
And they're actually saying "Travelife is # 1!"
Over 280 guests joined us for an evening of fun and fantastic food cooked by the wonderful and incredibly talented Margarita Fores; and while the nine-course degustation meal was taking place, guests were treated to a gigantic travel slide show on Italy, the kind that the Philippines has never seen before. That multi-media show was a labor of love that literally took about 48 sleepless hours and most of my time this week. But the results were worth it. It was the perfect backdrop to the wonderful dinner.
Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors, and to our friends, guests and readers who made Travelife Italy Night all possible. Some photos from last night courtesy of photographer par excellence Jun Reynales:
RPN9 CEO Tonypet Albano,
Philippine Star columnist Cito Beltran
Empty dining venue with cocktails in the background.
Dusit GM Prateek Kumar, Philippine Star VP Grace Glory Go,
Singapore Airlines Country Manager Andrew Budiman,
Sofitel GM Goran Aleks
with the Travelife staff
Fernando Pena, A.H. of Estonia
and Consul General Kato of Japan
Rupert & Tina Jacinto
and her equally fabulous friends
Viel Aquino-Dee, Deedee Siytangco, Pinky Aquino-Abelleda,
Sandee Masigan and Amanda Masigan
One of my favorite photos:
with dear friends and some Travelife board members,
after everything was over.