Neri: Birthdays-A A +A
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
NOT many are blessed with gift of longevity, therefore when one reaches the venerable age of 90 years, it is a cause for celebration. Ramon Chiu, basking in the love and attention of his family, was honoree at a 90th birthday dinner hosted by his grateful children: Henry and Rosan, Elizabeth, Yvonne and Wen Foo, Antonio and Nellie, Grace and Edwin, and Kristine. The children are one in saying that their Dad is a testament to the adage that hard work, perseverance and dedication are the keys to success.
The dinner party held at the Oakridge Pavillion was a grand family reunion with all children and their families (some coming in from foreign shores) and relatives in attendance. Dear friends were also present to give their best wishes.
To mark his birthday, the generous celebrant donated 12 more classrooms to the Mactan National High School, bringing the total number of classrooms he has donated to 55. He also donated to Iloilo and Fujian, China, where he has fond memories of his growing up years.
A luncheon affair marked the birthday of retired judge Esperanza Garcia who turned all of 80 years old. Venue was the penthouse of the CFI Bldg. at the Capitol compound. As everyone knows the lady judge founded the cooperative and has been its moving spirit all these years.
During the program, loving husband, former Deputy Speaker of Congress Pablo Garcia, recited Browning's How Do I Love Thee poem to his beaming wife. Son Nelson who is the Dumanjug Mayor and daughter Dierdre Vachall gave tributes to dear mom on behalf of the rest of the siblings: Rep. Gwen, lawyers Winston and Pablo John, Marlon, Byron and Farla. From the Fiel clan it was the celebrant's brod Loloy who spoke. It was a happy, happy gathering of kith and kin.
When she turned senior citizen, honorary consul Armi Garcia of the Russian Federation, was feted by her loved ones with a dinner musicale at the Garcia home atop Nivel Hills. It was an evening of easy camaraderie, excellent food and nostalgic songs.
Among the golden voices at the party were Mayor Mike Rama, Dr. Warfe Engracia, our dear uncle Tom Garcia, Sally of Sally's Piano Bar and Armi herself. Joining the chorus were doting husband Sonny, Alvin and Ninette Garcia, Vince and Lucille Colina, Dave and Tess Chan, Vic and Leni Dumon, Ernie Limkakeng, Tina Ebrada (who also took her turn at the piano) and more.
Former Spanish honorary consul Jaime Picornell was honoree at an advanced birthday dinner hosted by the Ques of Golden Prince Hotel & Suites at the hotel's cozy dining area. Playing perfect hosts to the media group were president Benedict Y. Que and management trainee Aaron J. Que who talked about expansion plans as well as their new special promo — the Friday Eat-All-You-Can buffet at P350 per person. Golden Prince is a standard business hotel conveniently located across the Cebu Business Park.
Over in Bangkok, engineer Noppadon Muangkroot celebrated his sixth cycle with a dinner party at the five-star Plaza Athenee organized by loving wife Elma (Garcia) and their three boys: Capt. Jate M of Thai Airways, businessman Shane and business executive Roj, who dedicated a special song for their Dad. The sixth cycle simply means the 72nd birthday because the Thais count their milestones by cycles—each cycle is composed of 12 years.
Nop's VIP guest was his childhood friend, Gen. Pracha Promnok, who is now Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and his wife, Khunying Varunee Promnok. Also special wellwishers were the out-of-town guests who included us (Elma's sisters): Julius and this writer and Gina G. Atienza from Cebu, Joyce G. Dizon from Manila; and Zenda G. Lat from New Jersey; cousin Elvira Monreal Lim from Mindanao; nieces Marla Dizon Ewart from New York and Carissa Dizon Gajria from Singapore.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 28, 2013.