Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Philippines Yearbook launch at the Fairmont Hotel tonight, and a great party on Saturday



Tonight, in Manila living a Travelife, I attended the very successful launch of the Philippines Yearbook, which is produced by the indefatigable Grace Glory Go and her son Vernon.

The Philippines Yearbook has a theme each year.

This time it's all about the pride of being a Filipino. Two or three years ago, for its landmark 75th anniversary, the theme focused on the families that form the business and social circles of Manila.

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75 MANILA FAMILIES FOR THE PHILIPPINES YEARBOOK

This isn't exactly an unusual theme, but Grace did an amazing job of having 75 of Manila's most prominent families wear the most interesting attire and pose in the most unusual locations.

We were all photographed by the very talented Tom Epperson.

George Ty and family.
From the Philippines Yearbook,
as photographed by Tom Epperson


Washington Sycip and family
From the Philippines Yearbook,
as photographed by Tom Epperson

I was honored to be included, and I have to tell you that I did a triple take when Grace asked me to wear a long gown and go up a ferris wheel in Star City for my pictorial.

"What?" I gasped.

LUCK'S RELATIVE

"You're lucky," Grace replied, with a twinkle in her eye. "I asked Fortune to pose in her pajamas."

She meant the equally indefatigable and charming Fortune Ledesma, honorary consul of Monaco and civic leader.

Fortune Ledesma and son RJ
From the Philippines Yearbook,
as photographed by Tom Epperson

Incidentally, the photo Tom Epperson took of Madame Ledesma and her family in their pajamas with a black and white kitchen as background is one of the best photos out of the 75 amazing photos in this yearbook.

EVERYONE WAS AT THE PARTY TONIGHT



Tonight, as with all previous years, the party was so well attended by the Who's Who of Manila society and business.

It was like getting to see everyone you know or should know in one place at one time.

As I'd literally just flown in from South Africa last night, I was very happy to see so many friends at this party.


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THANK YOU IN ADVANCE 
FOR COMING TO OUR PARTY

I was even happier that a lot of them are coming to a belated birthday party I've organized with my friend Mr. Jaded this Saturday.

Our birthdays are very near each other, and they are nowhere near November 30, but we decided to have this joint party this weekend.

As Mr. Jaded is quite busy, he left most of the planning to me.

IT'S A DANCING PARTY



So I proposed a dancing party, simply because so few people do dancing parties anymore and lots of people actually like them.

I got a cool DJ to spin music I like, and we've ensured that there's enough food and drinks to last the whole night.

People who want to dance have a very large dance floor to themselves, while those who want to chill have two lounges and a large garden to do so.



A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE IN THE BEST NEIGHBORHOOD

This afternoon, I was at Mr. Jaded's house to plan where everything should go.

He has a really beautiful house in one of the best neighborhoods of the city, and it really gets lovelier over time.

Each year he decorates his house wonderfully for Christmas; but this afternoon, the decor I saw already up in his house was simply exceptional.



He even put up a stunning Christmas mural in his foyer, and it's the kind of painting that makes you want to immediately go out and look for something similar at an art gallery.

I asked him today: "Where did that come from?"

I'd never seen this mural on previous Christmases, and it really makes you stop in your tracks.

In his typical dry fashion, he just said: "Oh, that's just been at the back somewhere."

JUST IN TIME FOR OUR PARTY



Well, I'm glad it's now at the front, and just in time to receive all our friends for a nice chill party.

Everyone needs a chill party, and we're hoping you do, too.

So if you've received your invite from us, hope you can make it on Saturday for a really wonderful night in a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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