Thursday, September 8, 2011

President Ramos:"Travelife is Number 1!"

That's former President Ramos,
Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari,
Singaporean Ambassador A. Selverajah,
Viel Aquino-Dee and her husband,
together with
Travelife Magazine Publisher Christine Cunanan.
And they're actually saying "Travelife is # 1!"

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.

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

Madame Silvana Fornari, Italian Ambassador's wife,
with the Travelife staff

Columnist Maurice Arcache and
Fernando Pena, A.H. of Estonia

Dr. Jamie Laya

JM Rodriguez, Nikki Jimenez,
and Consul General Kato of Japan

Former Speaker of the House Jose de Venecia

Ambassador Luca Fornari on a Vespa

Margarita Fores with FVR and Speaker de Venecia

Ambassador Robert Brinks, Consul Helen Ong,
Rupert & Tina Jacinto

The fabulous Candy Dizon
and her equally fabulous friends

Madame Silvana Fornari, Wife of the Indonesia Ambassador,
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.

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