The Johann Strauss Society of the Philippines (JSSP), led by chairman Monaco consul general Dr. Fortune Ledesma and president Olga Martel, hosted a mesmerizing dinner event in cooperation with the Austrian Embassy Manila at the ambassador’s residence, featuring the musical prowess of Isabela Samson Madero, ARSM.
Under the gracious welcome of the Austrian Ambassador to the Philippines, Johann Brieger and wife, madam Roswitha, the concert showcased a delightful repertoire and the harmonious collaboration of Isabela on vocals, accompanied by Mary Anne Espina on piano and Ramoncito Carpio on guitar.
The affair was made more memorable as the spotlight was also given to non-profit organization HearLife Verein and Austrian company MED-EL, who have been continuously working together in paving opportunities for deaf children in the Philippines to hear. The former, established by Filipina Maribel Mueller in honor of her late husband, Georg Mueller, who brought cochlear implantation here to the country, provides wholistic and science-based after-implant programs to develop and optimize hearing, speech and language acquisition of deaf children.
Meanwhile, the latter is the leading hearing implant company established by Dr. Ingeborg Hochmair and husband, Prof. Erwin Hochmair, creators of the first micro-electronic multi-channel cochlear implant in the world. A sumptuous dinner was shared by everyone after indulging in the remarkable musical experience.
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A Posh and Pink Extravaganza for Mellie
In a dazzling celebration of glamour and grace, the Ablazas transformed their family estate Hacienda Amelia in Alfonso, Cavite, into a mesmerizing Barbie wonderland for the birthday of their matriarch, the enchanting Guatemala consul Amelia “Mellie” Romero Ablaza. The well-loved celebrator, resplendent in a Steve De Leon t’nalak gown, along with her creatively gifted son Jun Jun Ablaza, orchestrated an all-pink spectacle inspired by the iconic Barbie doll.
The picturesque venue, a gift of love from Mellie’s forever Ken, her husband, Zambia consul Louie Ablaza, witnessed guests from the diplomatic, business, and social sectors donning various shades of pink, echoing the affair’s chosen theme. The outdoor cocktail featured a pink pool party adorned with canopies, assorted inflatables, and models embodying the dolls in leisure wear. Hacienda Amelia indeed resonates as a real-life Barbie-world, a testament to the enduring charm of the woman of the hour and her family’s joyous celebrations.
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