By Tina Hidalgo-Jacinto


Flashback to 2016 in Tokyo: There was fervor of excitement over the monumental exhibit of world-renowned British architect Lord Norman Foster at the Mori Art Museum at Roppongi Hills. Rupert and I were there to view it, eager to be part of a global audience and bask in the first major exhibition of the Mori museum for the year. Held at the top floor’s Sky Gallery, it was a huge exposition of Foster + Partners, with a 360-degree panoramic view over the heart of downtown Tokyo. We gazed in awe at the innovative and timeless past and future model buildings, including a model for life on planet Mars, which magnified Foster+Partners’ continuous quest for perfection as embodied in many of its museum-quality superstructures.

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Scale model of The Estate

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Henry Sy, Jr. and Alfred V. Ty

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Fred Tinga, Kaye Tinga, Beng Dee, and Rikki Dee

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Ben Chan, Thelma San Juan, Anna Sobrepena, Tim Yap, and Miguel Pastor

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Techie Hagedorn, Alice Eduardo, Elena Coyuito, and Stephanie Coyuito-Tay

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Baby Cruz Vazquez, Danny Vazquez, and Bea Vazquez

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Toni Gregory Palenzuela, Hans Sy, the author, Annie Ringor, and Rupert Jacinto

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Amado Tetangco, Elma Tetangco, Vicky Cuisia, and Amb. Joey Cuisia

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Raymond Rodriguez and Felicia Rodriguez

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Bo Hauri

Back to present day 2019: With anticipation, we recently attended the launch of The Estate Makati, a Foster + Partners joint venture with SMDC and Federal land. Comprised of 60 floors, with 188 residential units, it is an ultra-luxurious highrise development on Ayala Avenue, with W. V. Coscoluella & Associate as the local counterpart. The veritable who’s who from society, investors, and buyers filled the grand ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Manila for a lavish thanksgiving dinner, where the guests feasted on grilled USDA beef tenderloin and a butter poached lobster tail menu, especially designed by executive chef Mark Hagan.

The entertainment was a revamped production of “Let It Be: a Celebration of the Music of the Beatles” emceed by Issa Litton. One of London West End’s most popular show, the group has been seen by over two million people all over the world. Composed of Michael Gagliano as John Lennon, Neil Candelora as Paul McCartney, Chris Burney as Ringo Starr, and John Brosnana as George Harrison, they flew in especially for the occasion and brought the house down with the music of The Beatles as the Beatle fans hit the dance floor.


This patriot, jurist, leader, scholar has a vibrancy that’s a perfect match to today’s challenges for leaders unafraid to think differently. Having had an unprecedented impact as associate justice of the Supreme Court since 2001, Justice Antonio Tirol Carpio was one of the founding partners in 1980 of Villaraza & Angangco (V & A Law) along with lawyer Pancho Villaraza. He recently hung his magistrate robe and, in recognition of his scholastic and professional accomplishments, the firm V & A Law hosted “A Night of Roasting a Patriot.” Held at the V & A law center. Over 300 of the firm’s’ close friends and colleagues, business, government, and society dressed in Filipiniana celebrated this retirement toast.

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Senior Assoc. Justice Antonio Carpio (center) with (from left) Katrina Doble, Kristin Charisse Siao, Leah Glenda Quesada, and Maria Concepcion Simundac

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Lino Palenzuela, F. Arthur Villaraza, Toni Palenzuela, Sylvette Tankiang, and Aaron Villaraza

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Nilo Peña, Arthur Villaraza, former Ombudsman and Supreme Court justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, Sen. Franklin M. Drilon, Amb. Mercedes Tuason, Alfonso Reyno Jr., and Anne Marie Corominas

Luxe bites such as scallops with Beluga caviar, French oysters, and Spanish cheeses made an excellent complement to Cava, wine, whisky and beer. The delectable feast also included whole roasted Hokkaido cows and Hawaiian lechons. The U.P. Singing Ambassadors under the baton of Professor Edgardo Manguiat beguiled the attendees with their music. The roster of roasters included lawyer Stephanie Somera, Quezon Governor Danilo Suarez, Sen. Franklin Drilon, Pancho Villaraza, and former Ombudswoman and SC justice Conchita Carpio-Morales.


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