By TINA HIDALGO JACINTO
Heralded today for his creative genius in glass art, Ramon Orlina is an award-winning sculptor, whose masterpieces are seen in museums, leading art galleries, and fine homes around the globe. An Orlina sculpture is distinctively on its own; It is an impressive modern sculpture of elegance and beauty, yet with a strong dominant presence. His exceptional work, proudly owned by serious art collectors, make an elegant signature statement piece that anyone would desire for their collection.
For all these blessings, Ramon chose to celebrate a perfect moment. “I admit that I have been shy in the past telling my age, but Lay Ann tells me to say it’s my 75th birthday and to reach this milestone in life is an enormous blessing and a big celebration!” A dazzling discovery was the venue, Casa Juico in Quezon City with the marvelous dreamscape design of the space. The art deco grandeur of the place was reminiscent of Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar in Bataan, with the intricate signature touches of its present owner, Jerry Acuzar.
Previously owned by the prominent Juico family, Casa Juico was designed by National Artist for Architecture, Pablo Antonio. A thanksgiving mass was preceded by Fr. Anton CT Pascual. After cocktails, the guests moved onto the garden, with lilting classical music in the air, by the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra under the baton of Jeffrey Solares. The party brimmed with bold-faced attendees, such as National Artist F. Sionil Jose who came with his wife Tessie, National Artist Ryan Cayabyab and Emmie, US Ambassador Sung Kim, society figures, close friends, and relatives. A sumptuous buffet menu was prepared by master chef Margarita Fores. The upbeat vibe of the Rockin’ ‘60s provided the live entertainment and The Bloomfield with their Beatles medley rocked the dance floor till the wee hours. This festive celebration had its touching moments with a stirring speech by Ramon’s beautiful wife Lay Ann, as well as a video by her daughter Ningning who was then in Hamburg. Children Naesa, Anna, Michael, and son-in-law RJ gave heart-warming tributes to their dad.
The big attraction of the evening was the raffle of three Hoseki pendants and for the grand raffle, an Orlina sculpture. Proceeds were earmarked for Ramon’s favorite charities.
EDITOR OF THE YEAR
Anna Sobrepeña‘s DNA of excellence, professionalism, and integrity has won for her the well-deserved tribute as Editor of the Year by the Asia Leaders Awards. She is at the top of her world. Malaysia Chamber of Commerce president Edward Ling said that this award “acknowledges leading men and women who have exhibited exemplary leadership.” The black-tie event was held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.
Rick Sobrevinas, chairman of the American Association of the Philippines said, “Excellence is an attitude, a developed habit, a search for perfection.” More than 11 years as editor of Lifestyle Asia, Anna remains a frequent presence in luxury magazines in the Philippines. Under her editorship, the heritage brand has won awards and accolades, as well as readership of a discriminating audience. Other leaders who received the award were: Andrew Tan, Robbie Antonio, and Gerry Santos.