Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz posed in front of the Hotel Intercontinental Manila when it was still spanking new
Hotel Intercontinental Manila is one of the most iconic hotel structures in the Philippines. It is, in fact, the oldest standing hotel from a global chain in the country. And here, I have so many wonderful memories, both personal and pageant-related.
This is where I celebrated a few important milestones in my life, like when I turned 25 and 50. This is also where family members marked theirs. And some people ask why we always find ourselves going back to Hotel Intercontinental Manila. It’s the people, the service, the warmth and the all around shower of unending greetings from everyone. It’s like a halfway home when going to the south of Manila becomes a tricky traffic and typhoon proposition.
I will miss this place so bad. And by New Year’s Eve, tears of joy and sadness will flow in all four corners of the institution. By January 1, 2016, what will be left are memories to linger long after Hotel Intercontinental Manila disappears in front of our eyes. 🙂
Some stills from my 50th Birthday Celebration
With close family members
At the North Forbes and Bel-Air Function Rooms of Hotel Intercontinental Manila last night, I celebrated my (relatively intimate
) 50th Birthday with family members and work employees. Over a sumptuous buffet spread prepared by my favorite hotel, we all had a tummy-filling dinner followed by a short program of fun games and photo memories spiced up by some singing and dancing. I’m really not the type of person to come up with lavish parties and the like, so what I was able to organize had all the right ingredients for a more special gathering among individuals I spend my days and (most
) nights with.
Look up poses for everyone now. I know it’s tacky, but we all cooperated with the photographer’s request.
Thank you to everyone who greeted and posted their warm wishes for yours truly. I hope the upcoming days, weeks and months will have them fulfilled with my 50 Birthday Wishes happening one by one.
Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat! 😀
Seated front row (l-r): Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, your blogger's mom Rory, your blogger's sister Neriz with niece Alessi; standing back row (l-r): your blogger, Mariane's mom Gela, your blogger's father Nes and your blogger's niece Audrey.
Last night, Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti made good with her promise of attending my mother’s 70th Birthday Bash at the Legaspi Room of Hotel Intercontinental Manila.
Actually, it was my mom’s personal request that I invite Mariane (and her mom Gela) as my ‘dates’ for the night. And I was over-the-moon with excitement when she finally arrived and fulfilled the wish of a friend’s mother. Despite the hectic schedule, our Binibini spent a few hours having fun with everyone (mostly seniors) and giving in to photo ops that never seemed to end.
Anyways, thank you for being such a sweet friend Mariane! 🙂
The 30 Official Candidates of Mister Philippines 2012
Tonight at the Icon Ultimate Club of Hotel Intercontinental Manila, the finals of Mister Philippines 2012 will culminate in the selection of the country’s representative to the Mister International 2012 to be hosted once more by Bangkok, Thailand. Thirty (30) young men from all over the Philippines are vying for the title currently being held by Fhrancis Oliver Lopez who made it to the Top 16 Semifinalists in last year’s world finals. Whose turn will it be to compete this year? Can the eventual winner measure up to Mister International 2011 Cesar Curti of Brazil? I have made a quick shortlist of my Top 6 picks from the roster, as follows:
Top row (L-R): Jessie Bayudang of Iligan City, Willan Pagayon of Iloilo City, Jolie Go of Makati City; Bottom row (L-R): Kenneth Vincent Sarroca of Dasmarinas City, Gerald Arceo of Bulacan and Randy dela Cruz of Cagayan Valley.
If you ask me, Jessie Bayudang of Iligan City should be a shoo-in for the top prize. I would be pleased to see him wear the Philippine sash in Bangkok. But if he ends up in a lower placement, I hope the winner comes from one of my other short-listed candidates. 😉