Saturday, December 7, 2013

The black-tie 38th Consular Ball at the Makati Shangri-la tonight was one of the most fun parties of the year

With Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario,
publisher Babes Romualdez, and Mike Toledo



Tonight, Manila society got dressed in their bejewelled best, and headed for the ballroom of the Makati Shangri-la Hotel to attend the black-tie Consular Ball.

This is one of the Christmas traditions in Manila that I love, along with the annual Christmas concert of the Peninsula Manila, which is taking place tomorrow afternoon.

It was such a fun party, and much of the credit for its success goes to the hardworking ladies behind this year's committee, headed by Honorary Consul of Monaco Fortune Ledesma, Honorary Consul of Ghana Agnes Huibonhua, and Honorary Consul of Tanzania Betty Chua.

This year's ball was particularly enjoyable.

A BALLROOM OF GOOD FRIENDS

With the Ambassadors of Singapore, Israel, and the European Union,
and Felix Ang of Cats Motors

It was a full house, and yet it felt like an enjoyable and intimate party of friends who all knew each other.

Everywhere you looked, you spotted a friendly face, and so everyone was waving to each other, greeting each other, and wishing one and all a merry Christmas.

I was particularly happy to be invited, and to be seated in a table full of good friends, including the ambassadors of Singapore, Israel and the European Union, and their wives.


We had a very merry time over the wonderful four-course dinner. 

The meal began with smoked salmon and a Ceasar's salad, followed by a cream of mushroom soup, and then a steak.

For dessert, we had a banana toffee pudding, which was incredibly good.


GREAT RAFFLE PRIZES

Of course, it also helped that there were so many fantastic raffle prizes.

All throughout the night, emcee Johnny Litton and the ladies of the organizing committee were giving away Hermes bags, Mediterranean cruises, beauty treatments, five-star hotel stays, and airline tickets.

Incidentally, Johnny Litton was his usual terribly funny self, and we all giggled at his many jokes, as he went about the serious business of recognizing the Consular Ball committee, introducing incoming Consular Corps dean George Yang, and handing out the multitude of prizes.



I WANT TO WIN THE ETIHAD TICKETS TO EUROPE

The grand prize consisted of two business class tickets to anywhere in Europe on Etihad.

"I really want to win that," I said to a friend, who then replied: "Whatever for? You're Travelife."

Precisely. I love traveling, and I never ever get tired of it.

With the Ambassador of Israel

CONGRATULATIONS, MADAME LEGOWO

But it was very nice that my good friend, Madame Caecilia Legowo, wife of the Ambassador of Indonesia, won the Etihad tickets.

Talk about wonderful luck.


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The other nice prizes were a bunch of cruises around Asia and the Mediterranean.

One of the winners tried to swap his Meditteranean cruise with me, for something in my own personal arsenal of travel goodies, because he was too busy to avail of this European holiday.

I was actually sorely tempted to take him up on this offer. Unfortunately, I just booked a ten-day cruise yesterday, for the first week of February, somewhere in the world.


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AND THEN, IT'S DANCING ALL NIGHT

And after the last raffle prize was called, the band Mulatto got on stage and it was dancing all night to really nice 80s songs.

Talk about a great workout.

So two Saturdays in a row now, I've been dancing the night away, in just two wonderful weekends in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


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