If James Bond had attended the Filipino-British Community Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (FilBrits) “Bond” themed Valentine’s Party at the prestigious Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham on Saturday, the 12th February 2022, he would undoubtedly have given the event the thumbs-up. He would have been impressed by the class and elegance of the occasion and awed by the stunning ladies in their fabulous gowns and the gentlemen looking dapper in their smart suits and black bow-ties.

From start to finish, the FilBrits Valentine’s Party bubbled with fun, laughter, music, dance and sheer excitement. The ambiance was electrifying, enhanced by the hosting and entertainment provided by Gaga Lord with her amazing repertoire of Bond songs, singer Ela Segovia, comedian Mudak, songstress Annabella Ausa, and the Vintage Angels dancers. Love was certainly in the air as couples participated in parlour games, the hilarious Bonkers Bingo, and in Filbrits’ own version of “Blind Date”, Mr. /Mrs. Searchy. An exuberant video message was sent all the way from New York by Nottingham’s own Bond girl, Philippine-born Rachel Grant.

A specially designed 007 cake by Filbrits member, Janiz de la Cruz, was the attractive centrepiece on a table of sumptuous Philippine desserts, including cakes and delicacies “to die for” by another member, Mary Jane Warner.

This was one event certainly difficult to match and equal, and the FilBrits officers/organisers led by Darlene Fernandez and Ofelia Obien, deserve every recognition for its remarkable success.

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