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Tuesday, February 19, 2013


A MOST accomplished educator, Professor Felisa U. Etemadi of University of the Philippines Cebu, recently launched a book entitled People Participation in Urban Governance in Cebu. Venue was the Ayala Activity Center where friends and admirers were one in commending the enlightening and educational book. More power!

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRANT. At the '60s-themed party of Jayjay Jakosalem at his residence, standing are (from left) lawyer Julius Neri, Ferdie and Corie Jakosalem, bday celebrant Jayjay and wife Aileen and Geny Jakosalem. Seated are Jayjay’s children, Lara and Trey with Trina and Dojoe Jakosalem. At the back is Ida J.
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Ambassador Francisco Benedicto was honored with a musical tableau on his accomplished life during the Founder's Day celebration of Benedicto College. The presentation, entitled The Journey: A Paen for an Aquarian was conceptualized by professor Nick Ampatin and directed by Dr. Mila Espina. It was a very fitting tribute to the low-key ambassador who lets his works speak for themselves.

Ever so often Ambassador Benedicto gathers media friends for lunch or dinner. No definite agenda; just catching up and shooting the breeze. The most recent one was a lauriat lunch at the Grand Convention Center where the soft-spoken Ambassador recounted the highlights of his years as ambassador. Very inspiring!

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When Jayjay Jakosalem turned 60, his USA-based sisters, Geny and Ida, came home to engineer a '60s-inspired party to mark the milestone, and with the cooperation of Jayjay’s wife Aileen, brod Ferdie and sis-in law Corie, the birthday bash at Jayjay’s hilltop home in Consolacion, turned out to be quite a blast. Oh yes, the hosts and the guests were in '60s-inspired outfits—the hippy look, mini skirts, get-ups ala Jackie O and model Twiggy, op-art designed dresses, tie-die shirts and the like. The guests with the most authentic-looking attires got prizes, thanks to Ida and Geny.

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It was a day-long affair in Amara for the 12th birthday celebration of Isabel Neri.

Classmates from St. Benedict’s and cousins made up the group who started at the gym playing ball games, continued at the pool for a bit of swimming and ended up at the family’s theater room watching movies. Oh yes, there were lots of eats in between.

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Among the Sto. Niño devotees who generously lent their collection of icons for the different Sto. Niño exhibits during the fiesta week were Val Sandiego, Erlinda Ramos, Helen Bucag and the Frasco family.

And speaking of devotees, Estelita “Titang” Diola couldn’t dance this year during the Sinug Sa Casa Gorordo because of an injury but she was present for the festivities.

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Artists in different fields were in the limelight during the Cebu Cebu exhibit at SM Northwing. On display were the creations of Carlos Arnaiz, Dan Ong, Erwin Lim, Cary Santiago, Gladys Young, Hive and the Rodriguez sisters.

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Onker Abad Pido, sister of the late Mila Abad Dance, led family and friends for the Holy Mass in Casino Espa¤ol marking Mila’s first death anniversary. Dinner followed at the Granada Room. Mila passed away in England last year after a long battle with cancer.

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“All that glitters is not gold” is the battle cry of the Lady Glitters, a group of health-conscious ladies who regularly go on early morning walks at the Cebu Business Park. And yes, most of the time the husbands of Virgie Uy, Christine Lim, Teresita Tiu, Videta Lo, Tessie Chua, Edith Dy, Piere Yu, Norma Hattori and the rest of the group join them.

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Eugene Cheng of Unilink Travel-Los Angeles breezed into town for his annual sales calls. Travel friends lost no time in organizing a lunch get-together at Lemon Grass to welcome him. Yes, Eugene is the favorite USA tour operator of our local travel agents.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 20, 2013.

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