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Birthdays and blessings, Part 3
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As my dad said, all you need in life are five good friends.
While planning my party, I realised how many people I wanted to thank for their kindness, their time and generosity, and for being good to me and my family.
First to arrive were the DJs: Diego Mapa, whom I have known since 1990 when he was ‘this high’, and Melvin Mojica who has been my friend and collaborator since 1995.

DJs

The two older boys waited for the party to start with their iPads

The boys waiting for party to start
The boys waiting for party to start

While Christian had a blast with The Cure

Traffic was really bad, but the guests finally arrived after 8 (what a relief). Promise, there was no dress code, but almost everyone really came in black, white, or blue

Guests arrive

My sister Ana (and her boyfriend Carlos) came early and ruined my eye makeup with her letter and present

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Jeroen and his mates: (L-R) Darren McDermott, Gerome Vizmanos (who was my classmate at Parsons NY), and Joris Spanhoff (a.k.a. the BFF)

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Me wearing “The Dress” — with Poma Malantic, Kevin Ching, Janina Dizon Hoschka, and Dennis Robles

Poma, Cecile, Kevin, Jenny, Dennis

Friends from the Grocery days: Yodel Pe (who did my invitation), Jo Ann Bitagcol (our muse), and Fren Te (who managed Defect)

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Newly weds Mikee Carrion and Nikki Luna

Mikee and Nikki Carreon

Hayden Kho was popular with the girls: Kerin Ching, childhood friend Lia Anonas, Rem de Vera (Kaladkarin of the Year awardee), Chiyo Tagami (who cuts my hair), Harriet van den Borne

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Rita Nazareno

Rita Nazareno

Takatoshi Kimachi, who designed the Pepper Lunch and Yakitori One stores

Takatoshi Kimachi

Grace Velasco—proof that great friends can be met online

Grace Velasco

Friends from the ’90s: Tata Montilla, Melvin Mojica, Fren Te, Princesse Fernandez, and my sister-in-law, Charmaine Zamora

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My cousins: RJ Galang, his wife Ana, and Robin Galang

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Stop the monopod! More collaborators: Melvin Mojica, Garovs and Ryan Vergara, Kellyn See and Rex Gapuz, Tinay Villamiel

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Dennis Robles, Jenny, Lucille and Candy Dizon, JP Singson

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Melvin Mojica, Kerin Ching and Nicolo Manahan

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Jeroen with my idol Lorraine Mabasa and her husband Johnby

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Friends from the industry: Alexei Villaraza and Dinna Vasquez

Alexei Villaraza and Dinna Vasquez

Patty Betita

Patty Betita

Kissa McDermott and Kevin Ching

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Feeling FIFA: Fumio Onishi

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Jo Ann Bitagcol (left) Ginggay dela Merced (right)

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Jasper van den Borne, Gerome Vizmanos, Lia Anonas, Van Porciuncula (who takes care of this site), Rem de Vera, Harriet van den Borne

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Drea Zuleta, Ana Galang, Grace Velasco, Erika Tatad

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Dancing to Hall & Oates: Judd Figueres and Melvin Mojica

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Choosing dessert: Christian with Lia Anonas

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Jay Diaz, Fumio Onishi, Harriet van den Borne, Gerome Vizmanos, Joris Spanhoff, Patrice Diaz, Jeroen van Straten, and Patty Betita photobombed by Jo Ann Bitagcol

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Not everyone is here though. Some of my friends were traveling and some of the guests weren’t photographed.
I don’t get to celebrate every year, so thank you, Jeroen, for my party and to everyone who was there!

Jeroen van Straten

Special thanks to Patrick Diokno for the photos 🙂

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