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Upon entering the steps of Pinot Manila, ladies and gentlemen were greeted with a beautiful set up in shades of blue. Guests walked in donning on similar hues, the color of RSVP Lifestyle Asia’s midday affair this August. Lively conversations echoed in the private room as cover personality Charmaine Lagman with husband Mike and daughter Anya graced the event. It was a wonderful lunch celebrating beauty, love, and healthy, meaningful life.

Mike and Charmaine Lagman. (Photographed by Floyd Jhocson)
Dong Ronquillo gives his opening remarks. (Photographed by Miguel Abesamis)
Charmaine Lagman. (Photographed by Floyd Jhocson)

The beautiful moments

In his opening speech, Lifestyle Asia’s Editor-in-Chief Dong Ronquillo extended his gratitude to the guests for joining the celebration. He shared how it was a pleasure to work with Charmaine for the August 2019 edition of the magazine. Dong talked about how Charmaine is the best woman to be on the cover as she is beautiful inside and out. She exudes grace, strength, and beauty in all her roles, be it as a mother, a wife, or a leader. In her speech, Charmaine thanked the LA team for the opportunity to share her stories and journey as a mother and wife. She considers the path she is taking with her family as an artwork and a form of beauty.

The picturesque tablescape reflects the beauty and sophistication of the celebration. (Photographed by Miguel Abesamis)

The event styling of Randy Lazaro made the celebration a unique and elegant affair. Guests sat around the beautiful tablescape of Casa Luxia covered in deep blue fabrics. To add accents, there are clear candelabras and glasses holding miniature candles. In-between were pristine floral arrangements, the yellow tulips add a warm contrast against the rest of the white flowers. The set up may be simple yet it certainly made a cheerful ambiance as Pinot Manila served its 5-course meal.

Calamari Salad and Grilled Salmon. (Photographed by Miguel Abesamis)
French Cheese Tartin and Sea Urchin Minestrone. (Photographed by Floyd Jhocson)

A delightful feast

Lunch started with a warm Calamari Salad and Sea Urchin Minestrone. The highlights were the Grilled Salmon and French Cheese Tartin. A sweet treat served was the Tart au Chocolate. The premium bottles of Moet Chandon and Cloudy Bay complemented the wonderful flavors of each course.

The lovely afternoon of this month’s RSVP Lifestyle Asia highlighted the beautiful and meaningful life of the guests. Charmaine, and the rest of society featured like Dr. Aivee Teo, are certainly figures we can learn from in finding and radiating beauty and love for the self and others.

Scroll below to see more photos of the celebration.

Bea Lhuillier, Charmaine Lagman, and Kaye Garcia.
STANDING: Sheila Suntay, Tim Yap, Dong Ronquillo, Kaye Garcia, and Sheila Romero. SEATED: Bea Lhuillier and Charmaine Lagman.
Dong went around the tables and enjoyed a lively conversation with March cover personality Che Uy.
Grace Ang, Felix Ang, Beng Dee, Rikki Dee, Patricia Chilip, and Cris Albert.
STANDING: Sheila Romero, Dong Ronquillo, and Rachel Arenas. SEATED: Lifestyle Asia’s Marc Pagdilao and Pipo Gonzales, and Nadia Uttamchandani.
Tessa Prieto-Valdes.
Warren Sy, JP Tuason, Jeanette Ipapo-Tuason, Czarina Syquia and Junjun Ablaza.
Chelsea Uy, Che Uy, and Grace Ang.

Photos by Floyd Jhocson and Miguel Abesamis.

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