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REUNION. A lunch gathering of grade school classmates at Puso restaurant, from left, Didong Briones, Lorna Rodriguez Sodupe, Brenda Yap Reyes, Elma Garcia Muangkroot and Victor Romarate.
REUNION. A lunch gathering of grade school classmates at Puso restaurant, from left, Didong Briones, Lorna Rodriguez Sodupe, Brenda Yap Reyes, Elma Garcia Muangkroot and Victor Romarate.

As far as Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Garcia knew, he was having a birthday dinner with the family last Jan. 29, 2024. He didn’t expect his close buddies in City Hall, headed by Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, and some visiting relatives and friends to be in attendance at The Glass House of Montebello Villa Hotel. Wifey Kate, daughter Lexie and his staff kept everything under wraps.

LOVING COUPLE. Dave and Betty Young during their 53rd wedding anniversary celebration at Chateau By The Sea.
LOVING COUPLE. Dave and Betty Young during their 53rd wedding anniversary celebration at Chateau By The Sea.
BIRTHDAY HONOREE. Retired ship captain Riz Roxas who will turn 95 years old next week and wife Justine.
BIRTHDAY HONOREE. Retired ship captain Riz Roxas who will turn 95 years old next week and wife Justine.

A pleasantly surprised Raymond was all smiles especially when golden-voiced Lexie sang for him. Video messages from out-of-town wellwishers and Hawaii-based brod Dr. Jerald were part of the program as well as messages from Mayor Mike and brod lawyer Jess. Definitely an evening to remember!

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. At the birthday dinner of Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Garcia shown here with wife Kate and daughter Lexie. Middle photo shows VM’s parents, former Cebu City mayor Alvin and Ninette Garcia. At right are from left, Miguelito “Mike” Pato, Atty. Jose Daluz III, Mike Dino, Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, Hon. Jerry Guardo, Hon. Edgardo Labella II, Hon. Noel Wenceslao, Hon. Francis Esparis and Hon. Jun Alcover. Seated is Kate Garcia.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. At the birthday dinner of Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Garcia shown here with wife Kate and daughter Lexie. Middle photo shows VM’s parents, former Cebu City mayor Alvin and Ninette Garcia. At right are from left, Miguelito “Mike” Pato, Atty. Jose Daluz III, Mike Dino, Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, Hon. Jerry Guardo, Hon. Edgardo Labella II, Hon. Noel Wenceslao, Hon. Francis Esparis and Hon. Jun Alcover. Seated is Kate Garcia.
888 PREMIERE GALLERY. At the opening of the newest art haven in town. From left: Dr. Vicente Avanzado Jr., doctors Michele and Michael Cotia, Ambassador Jose Carino, Nora Sol Muntuerto, Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Garcia and wife Kate, and Grace Avanzado. Right photo shows the artists in attendance.
888 PREMIERE GALLERY. At the opening of the newest art haven in town. From left: Dr. Vicente Avanzado Jr., doctors Michele and Michael Cotia, Ambassador Jose Carino, Nora Sol Muntuerto, Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Garcia and wife Kate, and Grace Avanzado. Right photo shows the artists in attendance.

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And speaking of birthdays, retired ship captain Ariston “Riz” Roxas is turning 95 years old next week. Loving wife, Justine, has invited close relatives and friends to join in the celebration at Casino Español.

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Optometrists Dr. Michael and Dr. Michele Cotia in partnership with Dr. Vicente Avanzado and wife Grace have come up with a new venue for showcasing the art pieces of Cebuano artists. Named 888 Premiere Gallery, the art haven shares space with the Optical Adult & Child shop of the Cotias located at Medalle Bldg. in Osmeña Blvd. Opening day had Fr. Brian Brigoli blessing the premises.

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With summer just around the corner, Marget Villarica of Destination Specialists has her hands full with inquiries about travel packages around the globe. As early as November she already presented to friends the “Travel in Style” offers of Insight Vacations. Time to take a look at these tempting recommendations.

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“Celebration of love & life” so read the invitation to the 53rd wedding anniversary of Dave and Betty Young. Setting of the dinner affair was the picturesque Château By The Sea in Mactan. With a view of the big blue yonder and the sound of waves rushing to the shore, the ambiance was magical and oh-so-romantic!

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Childhood friends and classmates, Elma Garcia Muangkroot (based in Bangkok) and Lorna Rodriguez Sodupe (a Las Vegas resident) reconnected when they found themselves visiting the dear old hometown at the same time. They called on other elementary school classmates and arranged a lunch reunion at the Puso restaurant of Quest Hotel. It was a happy time of catching up after all these years for Elma, Lorna, Didong Briones, Victor Romarate and Brenda Yap Reyes.

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