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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
IT MUST be the season of book launches. There were at least three in the past four weeks.
Ingrid Sala Santamaria introduced the coffee table book, Santamaria! My Four Seasons to a group of media friends during a lunch gathering at the Cebu Country Club hosted by dear friend Tina Ebrada. The book is a compilation of feature articles throughout the decades by different writers in Cebu and Manila on the dedicated pianist Ingrid who started to catch attention as a piano talent when she was 10 years old.
The foreword details Ingrid's self-assigned life's seasons: her Spring (1940-1961); Summer (1962-March 1991); Autumn (April 1991-Sept. 7, 2012) and Winter (Sept. 8, 2012 onwards). In the epilogue, Ingrid pays tribute to Madame Imelda Marcos who has been her inspiration as a tireless patroness of the arts.
The book's cover of Ingrid by the piano in a flaming red gown is the handiwork of Joanne Zapanta-Andrada, who is also credited with coming up with the title. Meanwhile, devoted Sala Foundation volunteer, Dr. Amor S. Hernando, collated and edited the contents. The book is not yet available to the general public (only a few copies have been printed so far) but it can be viewed through the internet website ingridsalasantamaria.com.
And then there was the book launch of our good friend Thelma San Juan I'm Afraid of Heights (Or Why I Can't Social- Climb) at the Northwing of SM City. The book is a compilation of the profiles of lifestyle celebrities who Thelma has had the privilege to rub elbows with. It is definitely an interesting read coming from a most accomplished lifestyle editor.
Next came Manila writer Bambi Harper who presided over the launch of her novel Agueda at the Sta. Maria Ballroom of Radisson Blu Hotel. She came over with a group of friends led by Manila-based Cebuano Edu Jarque. The book is fiction but is set against a well-researched historical background during the late 1800's till the early 1900s.
Bess Borromeo Zanoria, manager of Nima Boutique at the second level of Ayala Center, hosted an afternoon tea one lovely Thursday to show off the store's collection of handbags and women's accessories to Cebu's fashionable women. There were a lot of eye-catchers on display - evening bags, everyday totes, colorful clutches, fashion jewelry, belts and gift items. Helping Bess with host duties were her sisters Cecile
Arong and Marose Soberano, and good friend Honey Loop who helped organize the party.
Nima has been in Cebu since February 2012 but the original company in the USA called
Nima Accessories Inc. has been in the handbag, jewelry and women's accessories business since 1982. It is a major player and a leader in the fashion market. Check out Nima's special offers.
iCenter has opened its doors at the Calyx Center in IT Park to tech buffs as an Apple Premium Reseller. Frontliners on opening day were iCenter top guns Richard Lee and Bryant Yu who welcomed VIP clients, IT Park executives and media friends. Guests of honor for the ceremonial ribbon cutting were Chris Darza, Kenneth Cobonpue and Margie Lhuillier.
The International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management (ISCAHM) presented its first batch of graduates for the school year 2012-2013 during graduation rites at the ISCAHM auditorium at the Sykes Bldg. in F. Cabahug St. The graduates were each given a Diploma in Culinary Arts and Kitchen Management. Lunch followed after the ceremony.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 04, 2013.