Monday, May 30, 2016

PHILIPPINES EMBASSY UNDER HIS EXCELLENCY EDUARDO J MALAYA CELEBRATED THE 118th YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE FROM SPAIN IN A LAVISH GALA AT SHANGRI-LA BALLROOM

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PHILIPPINES IS NOW 118 YEARS OLD AND TO CELEBRATE, THE PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR HIS EXCELLENCY EDUARDO MALAYA (WHAT AN APPROPRIATE NAME FOR AN AMBASSADOR TO MALAYSIA!) HOSTED A LAVISH RECEPTION AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCE ON 24 MAY 2016 AT SHANGRI-LA BALLROOM.

PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR HIS EXCELLENCY EDUARDO MALAYA AND DATO KEE HUA CHEE WEARING KORY KOUTURE OF BANGKOK
PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO AND PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR H.E EDUARDO MALAYA
THE VATICAN AMBASSADOR JOSEPH MARINO AND DATO KEE HUA CHEE
Y.A.M TUNKU KHATIJAH IS ONLY DAUGHTER OF THE LATE AND SUPER-GREAT TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PUTRA AL-HAJ, MALAYSIA'S FIRST PRIME MINISTER
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Over 400 attended the feast and singing by renowned and accomplished operatic singers Rachelle Gerodias, Andrew Fernandoa and Byeong In Park. With a name like Park shared by millions of Koreans, it is safe to assume Byeong In Park is South Korean. And so he is. And the reason a Korean and non-Pinoy is taking part in a Filipino event is because he is married to lovely Filipina Rachelle Gerodias, one of the 3 tenors!


The pianist was Kok Kee Boon with teh RSVP Trio Roberto Tarang (flutist), Maria Liza Lopez Tarang (violinist) and Ledda Rosenberger (pianist).


As expected the singing in two parts was magnificent and awed the guests no end. After all, they say Filipinos are natural singers as babies sing before they could talk!


Many Filipinos came in barong Tagalong their national costume of which I have at least 10 while Filipinas were resplendent in Maria Clara gowns made world famous by my Filipina idol Imelda Marcos who should have been President if  had my way! To me, Imelda Marcos is the greatest Filipina ever! 


Sponsors were AirAsia, SMARTPinoy, MamaSita's and PagIBig.



 PUAN SRI DATO ZAINAB KADER, PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO AND MICHAEL MANTZ


 PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO WEARING HER RM 20,000 PEARL NECKLACE BIRTHDAY PRESENT GIVEN BY KAYE CHIANG
 MICHAEL MANTZ AND NEW MYANMAR AMBASSADOR

NATIONAL PHILIPPINES FLAG COLOURS
 RACHELLE GERODIAS


 MIKI CHOONG AND MADAME YUKIMI THE SPOUSE OF THE FRENCE AMBASSADOR
 MIKI CHOONG'S UNDERGARMENTS SO SEXY
LOVELY FILIPINAS LOOKING AWESOME IN NATIONAL COSTUMES 
 TIMELESS NATIONAL COSTUMES
 PRETTY PILIPINAS PARADE
 THE AMBASSADOR OF COLOMBIA HIS EXCELLENCY VICTOR ECHEVERRI AND AMBASSADOR OF SPAIN HIS EXCELLENCY CARLOS DOMINGUEZ WITH LEE AND KIMBERLY LEE

 ALFRED AND ZENAIDA LADORES
STYLISH DUO
 RACHELLE GERODIAS (SOPRANO) AND ANDREW FERNANDO (BASS-BARITONE)
 LILLIAN TAN AND ERROL TAN

 CHEERS TO PHILIPPINES!
 PUAN SRI SYLVIA OTHMAN AND TAN SRI OTHMAN LOOKING RESPLENDENT IN FILIPINO NATIONAL COSTUMES
 VIPS

 BYEONG IN PARK SINGS IN BARITONE


 ENGROSSED
 MICHAEL MANTZ SHOWING MYANMAR AMBASSADOR HIS PAINTINGS

 MIKI CHOONG AND SPOUSE OF KAZAKHSTHAN AMBASSADOR
 PUAN SRI KRISTINE KHIR JOHARI, MIKI CHOONG, SPOUSES OF AMBASSADORS OF KAZAKHSTAN, FRANCE AND ALGERIA

 AT RIGHT----Y.A.M TENGKU KHATIJAH TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN. THIS KEDAH PRINCESS IS THE ONLY DAUGHTER OF THE LATE AND SUPER-GREAT TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN, MALAYSIA'S FIRST PRIME MINISTER
 Y.A.M TUNKU KHATIJAH TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN IS OVER 70 BUT IS SPRIGHTLY AND ENERGETIC AS A 50 YR OLD AND DRIVES LIKE A F1 RACER
 SHOWTIME AGAIN

 RACHELLE AND ANDREW FERNANDO SING AND PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR H.E EDUARDO MALAYA PLAYS THE PIANO! 

 THE PIANIST IS NONE OTHER THAN THE PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR EDUARDO MALAYA!


 THE PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR IS AN ACCOMPLISHED PIANIST!
 THE PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR CONGRATULATES THEIR STUNNING PERFORMANCE

 LINE UP OF PERFORMERS

 GRAND ENSEMBLE



 Y.A.M TUNKU KHATIJAH, LILLIAN TAN AND ERROL TAN

 Y.A.M TUNKU KHATIJAH TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN AND DATO KEE HUA CHEE WHO IS A BOSOM PAL OF SHARIFAH INTAN, DAUGHTER OF TG KHATIJAH
 ELEGANT
 SPOUSE OF RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR, MIKI CHOONG, SPOUSE OF KAZAKHSTAN AMBASSADOR, PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO, MICHAEL, SPOUSES OF FRENCH AND ALGERIAN AMBASSADORS




 CLASSY AND ELEGANT IN FILIPINO COSTUMES EXCEPT LADY AT LEFT! 

 PRINCESSES FROM LANAO DEL SUR AND NORTE

 THIS FILIPINA IS VERY DE TALL
 LABATT AND PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO

 PUAN SRI SYLVIA OTHMAN SIMPLY RAVISHING AND GORGEOUS IN TRADITIONA COSTUME MARIA CLARA, MY FAVORITE
 PUAN SRI SYLVIA OTHMAN LOOKING TIMELESS, AGELESS AND ENCHANTING IN TRADITIONAL FILIPINO COSTUME THAT IMPRESSES ME NO END
 PUAN SRI SYLVIA OTHMAN AND PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO
 FILIPINO CONTINGENT

 HIS EXCELLENCY EDUARDO MALAYA, PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR TO MALAYSIA WITH PUAN SRI SYLVIA OTHMAN, ZENY LADORES AND ALFRED LADORES


 DATO KEE HUA CHEE JOINS THE MERRY GANG

 LOVE HER DRESS
 PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO AND HIS EXCELLENCY EDUARDO MALAYA THE PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR

 BISHOP JOSEPH MARINO THE VATICAN AMBASSADOR AND DATO KEE HUA CHEE. BY AN AMAZING COINCIDENCE, DATO KEE HUA CHEE DREAMED EARLIER IN THE MORNING HIS HOLINESS THE POPE ASKED HIM TO OFFICIALLY CONVERT TO CATHOLICISM AND IN THE EVENING HE MET THE OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE POPE! THE VATICAN AMBASSADOR WAS ASTONISHED AND SAID THIS WAS A TRUE SIGN
 2 RELIGIONISTS. BISHOP JOSEPH MARINO'S CROSS IS BLESSED BY THE POPE AND IS HIS MOST PRECIOUS POSSESSION
 THE SECOND AND LAST MUSICAL PERFORMANCE


 ANDREW FERNANDO (BASSS-BARITONE), RACHELLE GERODIAS (SOPRANO) AND BYEONG IN PARK (BARITONE)





 STANDING OVATION FROM PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR AND VIPS


 APPRECIATIVE AUDIENCE





 FINALE
 VIPS

 DATO KEE HUA CHEE WEARING KORY KOUTURE FROM BANGKOK

 SUNFLOWERS ARE THE SYMBOL OF BML THE SKINCARE COMPANY OF PRINCESS DR BECKY LEOGARDO

 DATO KEE HUA CHEE IN KORY KOUTURE, RACHELLE GERODIAS AND SOUTH KOREAN HUSBAND BYEONG IN PARK

 ALL TOGETHER NOW----DATO KEE HUA CHEE, ANDREW FERNANDO, RACHELLE GERODIAS AND BYEONG IN PARK

 PRETTY PILIPINAS
 PJILIPPINES AMBASSADOR HIS EXCELLENCY EDUARDO MALAYA AND DATO KEE HUA CHEE IN KORY KOUTURE JACKET


 RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR HIS EXCELLENCY  DR VALERY YERMOLOV AND SPOUSE WITH PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR EDUARDO MALAYA

 PINOY PARADE!
 VIVA FILIPINOS
 MABUHAY!
 THE PHILIPPINES CONTINGENT
 PINOY POWER!

 ONE FOR THE ALBUM
 CLASS ACT


 AWESOME

 ERROL TAN, H.,E VALERY YERMOLOV AND MADAME AND LILLIAN TAN
 WELCOME RECEPTION


 DATO KEE HUA CHEE AND NEW FRIENDS

VIVA PHILIPPINES!