The much-awaited 30th anniversary of the FWA-UK commemorating the 120th Philippine Independence Day took place on the 9th June at The Royal Garden Hotel. Guests from as far away as the Philippines and the USA attended with His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo and our patron, Mrs Linda Lagdameo as guests of honour but most of all, Mrs Angeles ‘Nene’ Quimson, our beloved Founding President, graced us with her presence.
Approximately 270 guests enjoyed the evening. Generous sponsors and supporters were PAL, Ali of AA World Travellers & Tours, Genistar, Tina Hall, Edna Kim, Dulia Prado, Nancy Cunniff, Linda Celestial, Manila Supermarket, Romulo Cafe, Josephine’s Restaurant, Europe Gold Rush, Terry Beauty Salon, Marilyn Masilungan, As Nature Intended, Saladmaster, Maniland Glamour Phil, Hirma Torres, Key of ‘G’ Photography and the Royal Garden Hotel.
The three-course 5-star dinner didn’t disappoint us and the service of the banqueting staff was impeccable. Soprano, Karlene Moreno-Hayworth who is a member of the Philharmonia Chorus and conductor of the Haraya Choir, performed the tear-jerker ‘Bayan Ko’, ‘Think of Me’ from Phantom of the Opera and ‘Mutya ng Pasig’. Breeze Band, a favourite of the London Filipino community provided quality live music from standard to jazz, rock, pop, bangra, baila & Filipino music led by vocalist, Annie Leyva. Disco music was provided by EGD Lights and Sounds. No encouragement was needed, just one note from Breeze Band and the dance floor was swarmed until after midnight.
Two luxury holiday packages were auctioned on the night to add to our charitable fund.
Auction 1 – Return tickets for two London-Manila-London and domestic flights sponsored by Philippine Airlines and accommodation in 5-star hotels in Cebu, Bohol and Resorts World Manila sponsored by AA World Travelers Travel & Tours.
Auction 2 – Hotel accommodation for two with breakfast in Palawan or Boracay and at Resorts World Manila, also sponsored by AA World Travelers Travel & Tours.
A total of £3,400 was raised from the auction alone.
All had a fabulous evening …. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!