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The scene

WHEN Mary Anne Rose “Meme” Dakay turned a memorable 21 summers, her parents, Benson and Rosemary, gave her a “sky’s the limit” sign to go ahead and make the evening one to remember!

The entire Salon de España ballroom of Casino Español de Cebu was dressed to the nines, with a “Roaring 20s, old glamour” theme. Tables were decked in black linen, with dramatic floral candelabra. And at the base, a cornucopia of pearls poured forth.

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Meme was a dream walking in a hot pink, beaded sheath, with pink fur at the hemline and a stole for added pizzazz.

There were three outfits that Meme wore that evening—all stunning creations of Wendell Quisido.

She then donned a silver and white mini with sophisticated spaghetti straps, a low décolletage, and a feathery plume on her head, matched with a feathery hemline. As she blew the candles on her cake, a concoction by pastry artist Trina Ang, Meme was a vision in flaming red, fashionably mini with three rows of fringes to partly cover her fair gams!

Family, friends and schoolmates arrived in full force and wore the evening’s theme, which focused on feathers, furs, plumes and pearls. Other attractions were a photo booth at the entrance where guests posed with appropriate props, and a superbly coordinated dance drama, depicting Meme’s babyhood, childhood and adulthood all dramatized onstage. A masterpiece in event planning by Mai Mai Dasmariñas of Mia Disenyo.

As guests seated themselves, the entertainment piece was a continuous video about the 1920s, an era spiced with decades of economic prosperity, and a mild depression. It was the time of the Treaty of Versailles, the Bolsheviks, and World War One.

Fashion transformed from constricting clothes to comfy outfits.

The Roaring 20s ushered in the flapper for women, sports shorts for men. Remember Louis Armstrong, King of Jazz? The fox-trot was on everyone’s dance list, and 3-D movies were not far behind.

All these and more marked Meme’s 21st birthday, truly a year when everything roared! Many happy returns, girl! And a Happy New Year to all!