My birthday 2015
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It’s not my thing to celebrate my birthday every year, but I’m getting old and I can afford to throw a party now. Sort of like my Dad; he celebrates every year. So maybe I get that from him.
I wasn’t supposed to celebrate this year. I was 50-50 on pushing through, but sort of last minute, I decided to go ahead and just do it.
But I didn’t want to spend as much as I did last year. That meant scaling down the party and inviting less people (sorry!!).
I didn’t have time to hire Saga Events, I just planned with three people: my friends Melvin Mojica, Yodel Pe, and Anthony Prudencio.
In planning a party, you start with a theme. I wanted to have airplane food, sort of like this.
I thought it would be fun to serve airplane food

Cathay Pacific Meal

So I ordered rush invitations online


I had a couple of meetings at Lusso with Anthony Prudencio to talk about the food.
It was supposed to be at Lusso, but I felt it would be be cramped, so we moved it to Whitespace instead (thank you for you kindness, Cris Villonco and staff).
The weather cooperated (no thunderstorm), though it was a bit warm inside the venue. They could add another aircon to the foyer.
From the outside, you could see the space was illuminated in KLM blue


And this is how it looked when guests arrived. There’s your inflight movie

Dinner setup

What’s a party without the drama?



My birthday balloons

Melvin hired a wonderful DJ, Chie Castañeda, who was probably a kid in the ’80s, but totally gets the music mixed with Burt Bacharach and other retro tunes.

Chie Castañeda

This was Melvin, me and Chie before the guests arrived. The outfit is from Dover Street Market Ginza

Melvin Mojica, Cecile van Straten, Chie Castañeda

There’s the satellite bar

MIni bar

A pizza oven churned out freshly baked flat bread for arriving guests


This is the guy who paid for the party, hehe


First to arrive: Patty Betita, Jeroen van Straten, Joris Spanhoff, Gerome Vizmanos

Patty, Jeroen, Joris, Gerome

Nikki Luna and Mikee Carrion

Nikki & Mikee Carrion

CJ Cruz, Rita Nazareno, Grace Velasco, Kevin Ching

CJ, Rita, Grace, Kevin

Denise Peralta, Mikko Sison, Tata Montilla

Denise, Mikko, Tata

Patrice Diaz, Patty Betita, Grace Velasco, Tina Tagle

Patrice, Patty, Grace, Tina

CJ Cruz and JP Singson

CJ Cruz and JP Singson

Behind the scenes, Margarita Forés’s team was busy plating (that’s Anna Lopez and Anthony Prudencio)

Behind the scenes

And they’re good to go

Food trays

With Margarita’s team, you get first class service

Behind the scenes

And dinner was served


Yodel Pe designed the logo. First course was dinner rolls, truffle pasta, and Caesar salad

Dinner is served

Can’t help but Instagram it

JP Singson

Second course was surf and turf: pan-roasted sea bass in a box with Lusso’s Entrecote Bearnaise, Malagos goat cheese potato torte, and buttered rice

Dinner is served

And for dessert there was creme brulee, caramel cupcake, lychee sorbet and customized Machiavelli chocolate in salted caramel

Dinner is served

My siblings played pusoy dos

Pusoy dos

Penny Ong and Rita Nazareno had some catching up to do

Penny, Rita, Grace

To be honest, I was not prepared for the cake that appeared. This has to be Anthony’s idea

Behind the scenes

I wished that Manny Pacquiao would win…

Blowing the candle

Later that night, Fumio Onishi took over the DJ booth

Fumio and Melvin

While Ryan and Garovs Vergara milled outside

Ryan and Garovs

My people: CJ Cruz, Jujiin Samonte and JP Singson

CJ Cruz, Jujiin Samonte, JP Singson

The highlight of my evening had to be Jujiin’s Comme des Garçons Mexican cowboy boots

Jujiin's shoes

Thanks to all for a wonderful evening, including those who worked behind the scenes.

Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes

And thank you Anthony Prudencio and Luther Abcede for the photos 🙂

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