Thursday, September 2, 2010

Flowers for Natasha Morse

Without Batting An Eyelash
Friends of Natasha Morse surprise her with birthday dinner
By Maurice Arcache
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:18:00 10/20/2009

Filed Under: People, Festive Events (including Carnivals)
MANILA, Philippines—A super fun surprise birthday dinner for sultry gal Natasha Morse was given by her close pals like David Lim, Jun Jun Ablaza, Paulie Caoili and talented executive chef Danny Vu of the excellent Aquaknox Restaurant on Pasay Road, Makati.

A divine menu just for Natasha was concocted by chef Danny. The romantic ambience and table d├ęcor were created by the one and only Jun Jun Ablaza.

The affair was held at David’s gorgeous home in Forbes Park, dahlings, with the chosen invitees like charity-oriented Diether Ocampo and his head-turner girlfriend, Rustan’s asset Rima Ostwani; Mellie and Luis Ablaza; Chris Badiola; Rina Go; Bong Tan; Pepper Teehankee; Richard Tiu; Christine Love and moi with a surprise visit by Michael Defensor. Then there was a delivery of eye-catching flower arrangements from David Nugent and Chris Badiola, palanggas.

Natasha Morse, the Queen for a Day, was, indeed, ravishing, dahlings.

Golf for a Cure

Responding to a call from Sally F. Marshall, president of Manila Golf Ladies, the civic-minded, brilliant lady, president of our town golf clubs gathered to launch Golf for a Cure, which bids to raise funds for the Pink for Life Foundation (PFLF) headed by Tatler’s and Harrison Plaza’s Irene Martel Francisco.

The program advocates women with stage 1 or 2 breast cancer. Specialists from Stanford University Medical Center were also present. Leading the breast cancer specialists was Dr. Diana Cua, director of PFLF, no less.

Sally explained: “Pink for Life Foundation was singled out as the project’s beneficiary because its mission is in sync with the mission of Manila Golf Ladies, which is to provide free breast-cancer treatment for the impoverished members of society.”

The tournaments in different golf clubs is open to men and women, with participation fee of P1,000. This will serve as their donation to the cause, and they will be given certificates. Attractive trophies will be awarded to the winners. Call Remy Romero Salas at 0917-7221212 or 215-3673.

Raymond Isaac’s women

At this one-of-a-kind happening, dahlings, I was impressed with sensational visual masterpieces spread out across the private club.

They were created by renowned photographer Raymond Isaac. His photo exhibit of divine goddesses, palanggas, is simply called “Isaac’s Women.” Raymond collaborated with Make Up Forever and Basement Salon.

Rogue Magazine will feature these women in its October issue, palanggas.
With beautiful faces and flowing booze from Bombay Sapphire, 42Below and Bacardi, the bash went on and on till it was curtain time for all of us, dahlings.
Call GP Reyes at 0917-8534747 or e-mail

Monaco charity film fest

There are many ways of saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” palanggas, but few as clever as the Italian “The clothing doesn’t make the monk.” On that note, the Monaco Charity Film Festival (MCFF) celebrated its grand fourth year anniversary at the crown jewel of Europe. The event was for the benefit of “poor children around the world.”

Vicente Andres Zaragoza, founder and chair of MCFF, said, “The MCFF’s mission is to provide a platform for the new independent filmmakers and to raise money for the impoverished and abandoned children around the world.” The beneficiary was Virlanie Foundation in the Philippines.

The brilliant jury selecting the best films at a grand gala dinner held at Fairmont Hotel included Princess Nauf Al Saud of Saudi Arabia; renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban; leading genetic scientist Dr. Daniel Cohen; and Jean Sarkozy, son of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, palanggas.

At the end of this awesome happening was the awarding ceremony for our very own own Romela Mosqueda-Bengzon, esteemed international lawyer and Philippine Trade Ambassador to the European Union.

She provided pro bono legal counsel, in the purchase of a house and lot on the Virlanie Foundation’s behalf. The property will be used as home and shelter for the street children of Manila.

True enough, palanggas, in one of the world’s richest countries, where international celebrities and socialites while away their afternoons on the Riviera and sun themselves on gorgeous yachts, charity is still very much a part of the culture, dahlings.


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