By Deedee M. Siytangco
“Friendship is a blessing, and to all who have a friend, it’s one of the most precious gifts that life could ever send.” —Emily Mathews
A gift for this Christmas, a must-read book compiled and edited by Raffy Lopa is now out. To Love Another Day is a riveting personal memoir of the Icon of Democracy, Cory C. Aquino. In her own words culled from hours and hours of personal reflections of the most intimate details of her private life as wife of hero Ninoy Aquino to being the mother of the opposition and her role as President of a fragmented republic.
One cannot help but be drawn into the many difficult choices she faced for herself, her husband , her children, and her beloved country throughout the mesmerizing confessions in the books. Read, ponder, weep, and be grateful that the Filipino is worth living for. Truly, to love another day is a blessing!
Conrad Manila, recently recognized by Conde Nast Traveler’s Choice Reader’s Choice Award as number one in the country and number three in Asia puts up a shimmering, glittering, all-white Christmas tree and a show that I thought was a wonderful mix of world-class local talents. To top it all, it ended with a live tableau of the Nativity scene acted out by hotel staff!
Bravo to general manager Laurent Boisdrone, president of SM Hotel and Conventions Corporation Elizabeth Sy, VP Pegg Angeles, and Hans Sy!
Pasay city Mayor Imelda Calixto was there, as well as the ambassadors from the US, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and France.
The Ballet Philippines presented a excerpt of The Nutcracker, The Nightingals sang as well as the award-winning group from Imus, Cavite, the Imusicapella, and the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra.
Truly, the traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremonies I have since so far witnessed are all dazzling, from Manila Hotel subdued calladotrees and an Iloilo residential house replica to Manila Diamond’s happy colorful tree to Dusit’s elephant tree.
Project “Teen Pregnancy” was be tackled by the Zonta Club of Metro Ortigas and the Population Commission with a comic book launch this week in Rizal High School in Pasig with 11,000 students. Leading the launch was Zonta president Jennifer Tipton Angeles with special guest Jose Mari Chan.
Statistics have shown that unwanted teen pregnancies in the country is alarmingly high so the Zontians and POPCOM want to help out through informative manga-style comics. Good luck!