A Royal New Year Celebration!

Posted at 01/05/2013 11:38 PM | Updated as of 01/07/2013 11:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Tantoco family, led by the gracious Nedy Tantoco, President of Rustan's (RCC), hosted their annual New Year's dinner ball to welcome 2013.

I was very happy to enjoy the magnificent hospitality of my "Tita Nedy," Patrick Jacinto and her family; Rustan's (RCC) and Store Specialists Inc's (SSI) EVP Anton T. Huang with wife Nina Huang and kids Nikki and Isabel; SSI and RCC's SA to the President Michael T. Huang with wife Kathy Huang and daughter Mackenzie, and Catherine T. Huang, AGM of Specialty Office Concepts. We partied the night away with our families, friends and some leaders of the diplomatic corps.

Minerva Tantoco and daughter Junno Hobbs, Catherine Huang, Michael & Kathy Huang, Patrick Jacinto, Nedy Tantoco, Marilen Tantoco, Nina, Nikki & Anton Huang

We were welcomed to cocktails with warm greetings from family and friends such as DJ Lopez, Mari Borao, Mario Katigbak, George Sison, Don Ado Escudero, Aurora Pijuan, Nes Jardin, Grace Glory Go, Sonny Tanchanco, George Sarakinis, Peter Jentes with his sons Mark and Alex.

A sumptuous dinner fit for kings and queens then unfolded inside the colorfully decorated tent of our host's residence in Forbes.

I specifically enjoyed the Angel Hair Pasta with Salmon Caviar Basil Broth and Beef Tenderloin with Truffles.

Program hosts John Gaddi and Becky Garcia welcomed all of us to the festivities of the night.

Majestic entertainment was provided by none other than the cast of the top-grossing and multi-awarded local production of the theater musical "The King and I". Bo Cerrudo as the King, and Shiela Valderrama as Anna, led the team's performance as they promoted their current extension run now showing in Resorts World, Pasay City.

The excerpts from the play completed the regal ambiance of great music, golden elephant fixtures and happy leaders of the diplomatic corps such as: Ambassador Gilles Garachon of France, Ambassador Heikki Hannikainen of Finland, Ambassador Stephen Lillie of the United Kingdom, Ambassador Roberto Mayorga of Chile and Ambassador Ignacio Sagaz of Spain to the Philippines (former) and currently to Thailand.

It was heartwarming to hear the excellent ambassadors welcome everyone and speak about their positive outlook for the Philippines and its government in 2013 and the years to come.

Amb. Roberto Mayorga of Chile & Mrs Paulina Mayorga, Mrs. Isabelle Garachon & Amb Gilles Garachon of France, Ado Escuderp, Patrick Jacinto, Nedy Tantoco, DJ Lopez, Amb Stephen Lillie of UK & Mrs. Denise Lillie, Mrs. Loreta de Strobel Hannikainen & Amb Heikki Hannikainem of Finland, Mrs. Aurora Sagaz & Amb Ignacio Sagaz, Gracie Go, Dr. Alfonso Tagliaferri.

After dinner, everyone was entitled to a lucky raffle draw of numerous gift prizes from luxury brands handled by the Rustan's and SSI group such as Hermes, Charriol, Bulgari and Swiss luxury watch brand Bedat & Co.

Everyone in the party received a special gift from the raffle sponsored by Rustan's. I was happy to win a Bedat & Co stainless steel cuff links set.

At the strike of midnight, everyone greeted 2013 singing to "Auld Lang Syne", toasting to champagne and dancing to the upbeat songs of the live band.

The night culminated with a fireworks display directed by our very own pyro-technic maestro and host Patrick Jacinto. I loved how the synchronized music of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" accompanied the fireworks. It illuminated everyone's hearts, fueling us with desire to affirm peace and prosperity for ourselves, our families, friends, our country and the world!

Cheers to a wonderful New Year!

John Paul C.Tanchanco is a travel, food, party, film and music aficionado. He is also an economist, businessman, MYX/Awit award-winning media producer and Kala guitarist.

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