IT WAS a radiant and blooming Pinky O. Shan, incoming president of the Quota International Club (QIC) of Cebu that

received the symbolic candle and pristine white rose from guest of honor, Lynne Piad, governor of District 41 of Quota International, who arrived for the memorable occasion from Manila, where she is based.

“This is probably my nth visit to your fair city,” Lynne said cordially, enjoying each and every time. Indeed, with the amiable Quotarians, hospitality comes naturally! Immediate past president Connie M. Garcia, she of the dynamic style and sterling leadership, knows that she is bequeathing the club to a very able leader, Pinky!

Guests admired the royal blue crisp uniforms that the ladies wore with such chic fashion sense, more so in the case of Pinky, who proudly greeted all with the symbolic blue shawl, the mantle of leadership.

After the installation rites, four new members were inducted into the club. Welcome girls: Eloisa Tomimbang, Silda Orbeta, Ma. Luisa Abelgas, and Christine Magpale.

May your tribe increase, Quotarians!

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This French is Pinoy,” and French artist Henri Eteve can rightfully claim this. It was way back in 1966 when this young man, turned up in Manila, and was immediately absorbed in the city’s bohemian ways.

It was the eve of Martial Law, and his canvases portray that period in Philippine history. Viewers will appreciate the narratives imbedded in Eteve’s work that show glimpses of the innocence and grime of that era.

Eteve’s artworks, which depict 40 years of living in our islands, will be on display at the Alliance Francais de Cebu along Gorordo Ave., from July 23 to Sept. 30. The exhibit will also run from July 6 to 29 at the Alliance Francais de Manila, and at the MET Museum from July 13 to 31. This worthwhile project is organized by Avellana Art gallery with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Alliance Francais de Manila and Cebu, with support from Waterfront Hotel and Monterrazas de Cebu.

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Gear up for Spanish month, July at the Casino Español de Cebu.

Everything is indeed festive this year being the 90th year of the club’s existence.

Dia De Santiago will be tonight, the 15th with no less than Luis Arias Romero, the Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines, and wife, Doña Soledad. The Salon de España will be dolled up to the nines for the formal Tapas night, with dinner to follow.

Can the Flamenco be far behind? No, as Casino past president Jose Sala has invited the famous dancers from Bacolod to do their thing here. Get ready with your encores!

For those who brought their dancing shoes, Jessie Villamor will provide unstoppable dance music on his magic keyboard, so vamos a bailar!

For those interested, especially dance students, the flamenco dancers will perform at the Casino foyer next day, July 16.

Schools may send their students. You may call Casino for details.

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We’re not through with Spanish cuisine yet.

On July 16, Friday, the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will present for the third year in a row, Sabores de España Spanish food estival with reception and cocktails at the Lobby, followed by dinner at El Viento restaurant and pool bar.

So successful is the food fare that Cebu’s foremost Spanish cuisine artist Gema Luisa Pido has again been commissioned to prepare her famous family “heirloom” recipes. Atta gal, Gema!

No dinner is complete without music. This time to be provided by maestro Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, pianist and Ruben Reyes, guitarist.

Before we forget and , most importantly, it will be opened by guest of honor, Ambassador Luis Arias Romero. This time, “vamos a comer!”