Category Archives: Tributes

Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Legion d’honneur

By | Tributes | No Comments

 Congratulations to my cousin Anton Tantoco Huang @antonhuang111 on receiving the Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur bestowed upon him by the French Embassy in the PhilippinesChevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (2) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (4) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (5) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (7) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (21)Cheavlier Legion of Honor  H.E. Mr. Ambassador of France to the Philippines and Mrs. Thierry Mathou conferring the “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur “ on Anton.  A great honor and a well deserved one! Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (22) All out support from family, friends and Rustan Group Managers who are family too :-)Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (20) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (24)Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur_ (1)Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur_ (2) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (3) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (12) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (17) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (18) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (19) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (23) Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur (25)

Read more about the award

Admission into the Legion of Honor is based on clear principles and well-established procedures. However, it rewards an abstract, highly subjective, multifaceted and still unifying notion: "outstanding merit". 
 Conditions of eligibility

 To enter the Order of the Legion of Honor, two prerequisites must be fulfilled:

Admission into the Legion of Honor is based on clear principles and well-established procedures. However, it rewards an abstract, highly subjective, multifaceted and still unifying notion: “outstanding merit”. Conditions of eligibility To enter the Order of the Legion of Honor, two prerequisites must be fulfilled:

Tine Tine

By | Tributes, Velada 2012 | 2 Comments

2 years ago we had our Velada ( Oct 2012 ) A few months after that I heard about the news of Tine’s gastric cancer. And last Thursday God called Tine to join Him in heaven. I felt that no one could really accept the fact including Tine who fought to live till the last moment. Christine Syjuco Aurelio
Tine Tine (3)

 This is what she wrote about herself in our Silver Linings Book published for our Velada in 2012About Tine Tine Aurelio Assumption veladaTine was the Mother Marie Eugenie awardee of our batchTine tine AURELIO TIPS

A simple, kind, cheerful and holy person. Though she left and lived in NYC for 20 years, she was very present in our batch. She is a highly respected batch mate by everyone. Even if she was not physically present she was a silent worker and lead the batch behind the scenes. I will never forget when one day I received a private email from her kindly advising me about something I had said in our group email and that is when I knew that though she’s very quiet, she was watching over our batch and making sure we were united. That is a true leader and a person with pure intentions and a pure heart. So up to this day I remember Tine always in everything that i do and make sure I will not do anything to put our batch on the line. Tine Tine was a very private person and I knew she avoided me for that reason! :-)   She also did not want me to take her photo alone and she would always pull me beside her!!  Which I am so glad now because as I was looking for photos of her – I was always there!!! haha!!

Velada mass tine tine aurelio assumption AC Velada Tine Tine Aurelio Assumption AC

I am so grateful that God gave me one last lunch to be with Tine Tine when we had our AC ( Assumption) East Coast reunion in New York last May 2015. That was the last time I saw her.
Tine Tine (2) Tine always giggling and always with rosy cheeks. This is how I will forever remember her – a friend full of happiness

Tine Aurelio Serafina New York City Assumption batchmate

I love you Tine!  You will forever be in our hearts! like you have always been even when you were miles away!  Pray for all of us :-)  Tine Tine (1)

Our Last Meal in Prince Albert

By | Tributes | No Comments

 Dined for lunch at Prince Albert before it closed.  It was very full

Previous entry:  Resto Go Round at the Intercontinental Manila May 15, 2013Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (5) Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (13)  Rod Malabrigo Restaurant Manager was there and worked in Prince Albert for 30 years together with Francis Felipe who was Restaurant Director and retired 2 months ago.Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (1)  Lunch with the New Yorkers – Jerome and SamOur Last Meal in Prince Albert (10) I arrived and everyone had finished eating – this was Jerome’s Roast beef haha!Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (2) Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (3) They had a Menu of the day which Sam hadOur Last Meal in Prince Albert (8) Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (4) Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (6) Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (7) Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (9) Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (12)  This cute 9 year old kid is Iago @iagodelro son of @thecrazycook_ph He reminds me of my Chef Javs when he was that age – a gourmet that loves to eat and cook :-)  who wouldn’t be if you’re the son of Carmina @thecrazycook_ph ? This lunch he ordered escargot? and Crepes samuraiOur Last Meal in Prince Albert (11)Chocolates :-)
Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (14) More chocolates :-)Our Last Meal in Prince Albert (15)

Cookie Baking Weekend

By | Recipes, Tributes | No Comments

I visited Tina at home as she was baking with her sisters- Yammy and Dada.  I’m attracted by the pink christmas balls in the front door :-)Cookie Baking Weekend (2) Every year the Banzhaf sisters have a German tradition ( they are German ) during the Bonifacio day weekend. They call it the Cookie Baking Weekend. It’s a tradition handed down from their Grandmother where they get together to bake for 3 days.Cookie Baking Weekend (18) They bake German cookies using the secret recipes from their Grandma and aunt. The first day is preparation of the dough, the next day they form the cookies and bake some Cookie Baking Weekend (16)then more baking on the 3rd day. While they bake they watch movies.  They give the cookies to family and select close friends. They even made a cookbook containing all the recipes!Cookie Baking Weekend (13)They made it so they can pass it down to the next generation!! What a nice tradition!!!!! Cookie Baking Weekend (14)Ingredients needed :-)  ( A page from the cookbook )
Cookie Baking Weekend (11)Cookie Baking Weekend (19)Cookie Baking Weekend (21)The story behind the traditionCookie Baking Weekend (10) More notes from the cookbook.  The recipes are secret so i cannot put them here but showing a few pages to show how nice the cookbook isCookie Baking Weekend (12)Cookie Baking Weekend (15) Step by Step photos :-)Cookie Baking Weekend (22) There is a TV in front so they can watch movies while they bake :-)  According to them, the movie has to be something they watched already so they do not lose focus on the baking haha! :-)Cookie Baking Weekend (20)Cookie Baking Weekend (17)German cookies!!!
Cookie Baking Weekend (3)Cookie Baking Weekend (4)Cookie Baking Weekend (5)Cookie Baking Weekend (6)Cookie Baking Weekend (7)Cookie Baking Weekend (8) This was what they had so far for Day 2Cookie Baking Weekend (1) These are the cookie tin cans they fill up.  Some of them are tins that are returned by the receivers which means they want it filled up again the next year :-)Cookie Baking Weekend (9)

Marissa Fernan

By | Tributes | No Comments

 The best Tourguide of Cebu!!! Tita Marissa Fernan! She is VP of SM Prime Holdings – She’s the right hand man of Hans Sy.

Marissa Fernan (1)

She didn’t cut the ribbon but you can see who is orchestrating it behind the scenes. Tita Marissa has been with SM for 27 years handling the Visayas and Mindanao operations of SM Prime.

SM Seaside City ribbon cutting marissa fernan

She’s the daughter of Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan – so remember her when you pass the bridge in Cebu

marcelo fernan bridge marissa fernan cebu

I’m so glad I got to know her better this trip and I learned a lot from her just listening to how she makes decisions and how attentive she is to details. She prepared all 1,000 invitations to the opening of SM Seaside. She wants to make sure that all names are correctly spelled. She is very well connected and knows everyone! She is a good resource person for anything in Cebu! I know she has a kind and generous heart because she supports her Alma Mater St. Theresa’s College and other causes and she takes care of her Father’s ( Marcelo Fernan) foundation.  She’s super amazing!
 She is one of a close knit family of 8 and enjoys traveling with all of them with a total of 41 if they are complete! And she’s the one who organises everything, all you have to do is attend! :-)Marissa Fernan (2)

People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

By | Tributes | No Comments

 Congratulations to the Women of Style and Substance 2015 of People Asia!People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015 Invite EMAIL

 People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015 (6)

 One year ago I posted “Ms. Mayor” Joanne Rae Mayor- Ramirez and today she’s even more beautiful. Wearing a beautiful hand painted gown by Rhett Ealajoanne rae ramirez People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015 aPeople Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015 (7)

 My super nice friend and co Belenismo judge, Carlo Jose, Editorial Assistant of People Asia Magazine Carlo Jose Assistant Editor People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

My most favourite award is the Special Award to Sr. Marivic Sta Ana

Sister Sta Ana People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

Sister marivic sta ana People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

Crickette Tantoco People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

Carissa Cruz Evangelista People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

Women of style and substance Gina Lorenzana People Asia

Linda Ley People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

Mia Borromeo People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

Shaira luna People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

Mike Huang awarding People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

group shot People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

A beautiful fashion show by Reiss of Stores Specialists Group Inc.People Asia Reiss Fashion show 1

People Asia Reiss Fashion show 2people asia reiss fashion show 3

DOnnie Tantoco Josie Natori People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015

people asia guests 2015

people asia mariott manila 2015 scallops

People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015 (5)

people asia mariott manila food

people asia 2015 food marriott

People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015 (4)

People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015 (3)

People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015 (2)

People Asia Women of Style and Substance 2015 (1)

People asia 2015 desserts

The Plaza at 50 (5)

The Plaza at 50

By | Celebrations, Tributes | One Comment

 Happy 50th Anniversary to The Plaza.

I’ve known Tita Millie since I was a kid since the Plaza was a favored caterer of the family.  And recently I met Karla who is 29 years old and the COO ( Child of Owner haha!! ) of the company. She has injected a lot of new ideas and implemented many new dishes. She’s so much fun.  They are also my fellow writers at the Philippine Star. More power to Tita Millie and Karla Reyes and here’s to more years of success! The Plaza at 50 (5)

The Plaza at 50 (29)

The Plaza at 50 (30)

Richard Antonio, an old timer of the Plaza!  I would always see him in the caterings and now he has white hair!  White hair means loyalty :-)
The Plaza at 50 (8)

He took me to this table that had old scrapbooks that were very delicate as they were quite old and they contained newspaper clippings!!The Plaza at 50 (9)

My Mom!!!

They catered for the bridal shower of my Mom at the Willow Court which is a restaurant that was part of their events complex in Makati many years ago

The Plaza at 50 (10)And they catered for my parents’ wedding 48 years ago and our wedding 20 years ago!

The Plaza at 50 (22)

We visited Tita Millie and Karla in their home and when you enter, there is a collection of elephants!!  The trunk has to be going up which means luck and prosperity :-)The Plaza at 50 (21)

They served us the best of their best and the food that will be part of the Best of the Plaza promo menus

COCKTAILS:

Smoked Salmon Pinwheel Prosciutto, wrapped Asparagus,  Caviar Blinis and
Spinach & Mushroom Quiche

The Plaza at 50 (4)

The Plaza at 50 (6)

The Plaza at 50 (1)

 Smoked Tanguingue with Dill Mustard Sauce Condiments: onions, chopped eggs, lemon, capers

Lettuce with Brie and Strawberry Vinaigrette

The Plaza at 50 (2)

 Angel Hair pasta with 2 kinds of sauce:

Seafood Pomodoro and Garlic Chorizo

The Plaza at 50 (3)

The Plaza at 50 (13)

The Plaza at 50 (14)

 In 1965 when The Plaza @theplazainc first opened, Dari Creme asked their Swedish Chef, Chef Gosta Pettersson, to use Dari Creme in a tv commercial

Chef Gosta Pettersson the plaza

and he chose the dish Chicken Ala Kiev and that was when Chicken Ala Kiev was introduced in the Philippines. Thank you Chef Gosta!!The Plaza at 50 (19)

I LOVE CHICKEN ALA KIEV!  You can buy this frozen at the Plaza and you can cook when needed!  YAY!The Plaza at 50 (18)

 The famous Plaza ham! My favorite part is the top – the honey glazed top

More trivia – the Plaza ham was only available in their catering but in 2006 they made it available in kiosks in malls. That was the project of Karla The Plaza at 50 (16)

3 ways to serve the ham!  3 kinds of bread!The Plaza at 50 (15)

 Karla launched the 10 feet pandesal sub with 150 grams of ham for P 350.00.  That was the wish of her Lolo before he passed away and she implemented it! Way to go Karla!!! The Plaza at 50 (20)

The Plaza at 50 (7)

 Decadent Chocolate Cake, Salted Caramel Cheesecake and Croquembouche

 Crepes Station – Mango and StrawberryThe Plaza at 50 (11)

The Plaza at 50 (12)

The Plaza at 50 (24)

The Plaza at 50 (25)The Plaza at 50 (26)The Plaza at 50 (27)The Plaza at 50 (28)

The Plaza at 50 (23)Smoked Lengua in cream sauce from the Plaza  The thinly sliced Lengua is under the pile of chorizo, olives and cubes of ham.Smoked Lengua in cream sauce from the Plaza The thinly sliced Lengua is under the pile of chorizo olives and cubes of hamYUM! Cured pork knuckles with red cabbage or sauerkraut served both boiled or friedThe Plaza at 50 (17)

 As they celebrate their 50th Anniversary They are offering special promo menus for P50,000 for 50 people with all the best dishes of The Plaza!  The Plaza at 50 (31)

The Plaza at 50 (32)

The Plaza at 50 (33)

The Plaza at 50 (34)

The Plaza at 50 (35)Plaza Siggie

Tita Tina (8)

Tita Tina

By | Tributes | No Comments

 So happy to see Pam Villanueva Pena and her family – Edwin, Rosanna, Eliana and Manoli.   They are here following the wishes of Pam’s Mom, Tita Tina, to be buried in Foster City where they used to live.  Pam was my roommate when we lived in Madrid. She now lives in Denver with her family

Tita Tina (13)

Tita Tina (2)

Tita Tina was the pillar of the family and kept them all together

Tita Tina (3)

Tita Tina (6)

Tita Tina (4)

Tita Tina (5)

 Assumption Batch mates reunited for Pam – Triccie Campos Lacson and Marichit Bantug Mendoza.   Marichit stayed in Assumption till 2nd year high school and left to continue high school in Foster City which is how she met Pam. She is now a pediatrician and is married also to a DoctorTita Tina (1)

Beautiful venue for the reception in Foster City – Hearts of San Francisco – for the benefit of the San Francisco General Hospital – Heartwebs by Jeanne Briggs Feb 2009Tita Tina (11)

Tita Tina (7)

Tita Tina (8)

Tita Tina (10)

Beautiful sister of Pam, Val who lives in Hawaii

Tita Tina (9)

Tita Tina (12)

FILTER