By Tina Hidalgo-Jacinto

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BELOVED FAMILIES The newlyweds David Endriga and Catherine Huang Endriga with their parents Nedy Tantoco, Tessie Endriga, Balthazar Endriga, and Tony Huang

Love in all degrees counts for more than anything else in the world and there are endless magical stories of engaged couples extolling their tale, of how their hearts were meant for each other. What was heartwarming for me was the full circle love story of two extraordinarily devoted people whose wonderful spirit and obsession with art and culture were their common bond, along with their parents who have been family friends and close associates.

David Endriga, orthopedic spine surgeon/rock musician, and his radiant bride Catherine Tantoco Huang, general manager of Stores Specialists Inc. brand Marks & Spencer, have lived up to the very high standards they have set for themselves. As individuals, they have both resolved to do nothing short of going after their desires and following their dreams.

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Das Reyes, Bea Tantoco-Reyes, Amb. Bienvenido R. Tantoco, Sr., Fr. Tito Caluag, Menchu Tantoco Lopez, and Junjun Lopez

Family is important to them both. The illustrious parents of David are CCP past president Baltazar Endriga and Teresita Endriga. Catherine, on the other hand, is the daughter with a Mona Lisa smile of Commonwealth Foods tycoon Anthony Huang and retail mogul Zenaida “Nedy” Tantoco.

We met the groom’s parents years back, when society doyenne Nedy would host the most anticipated New Year’s Eve yearly celebration at the sprawling garden of their Forbes Park residence, replete with a fully decorated tent, holy mass at their chapel, an elegant sitdown dinner, entertainment, a glorious fireworks display, and an after-midnight Filipino breakfast of longganisa and eggs and more.

David Endriga, orthopedic spine surgeon/ rock musician, and his radiant bride Catherine Tantoco Huang, general manager of Stores Specialists Inc. brand Marks & Spencer, have lived up to the very high standards they have set for themselves.

In their school days, Cathy told her best friend Sarah Pineda of her dreams of the most intimate wedding with only the people closest to her heart and her groom’s around to witness it. But her union with David also meant the union of two families, both prominent, not to mention popular and loved by many, and naturally the intimate wedding turned out to be a grand production with close to 700 in attendance. Still, it was dream wedding, as intimate as it was grand, held at the Santuario de San Antonio, Forbes Park, with the Philippine Madrigal Singers and cellist Renato Lucas. The bride wore a modern Filipina creation by Paris-trained Jojie Lloren of fully embroidered piña. The designer also dressed her entourage in custom dyed jusi in pink with sage flowers. Rustan’s Criselda Lontok did the stylish gowns of the mothers and ninangs. Tuxedoes of the groom and groomsmen were by Mel Meer of Bergamo. Nedy’s good friend from New York, Joey Honrado, took care of the church floral arrangements, while the bridal bouquet and bridal entourage were by Pam Lopez of Rustan’s Flower Shop.

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Clara Ramona, Dr. Flor de Lys Soledad, Ping Valencia, Babette Aquino-Benoit, Cathy Lee, Marilou T. Pineda, Catherine Huang, David Endriga, Dr. Florentino Aquino, Rico Tantoco, Ric Tan, Dr. Richard Tiongco, Dr. Rolando Puno, and Dr. Jose Martin Paiso

The stylish elegance of the ballroom with its towering fresh variety of white flowers and silver candelabras with scented candles was in coordination with Rustan’s Visual Merchandising group.

Cocktails and dinner reception were held at the grand ballroom of Shangri-la at the Fort. The well-heeled guests witnessed David and Catherine’s glamorous entrance. They had their first dance which elicited oohs and aahs from their principal sponsors Bienvenido Tantoco Jr. and Maria Lourdes Pineda; and Cathy H Lee; Dr. Richard Tiongco and Victoria Benoit; Dr. Florentino Aquino and Ping Valencia; Dr. Rolando Puno and Dr. Flor Soledad; and Dr. Jose Paiso and Clara Romana. There was a great outpouring of love in their speeches. The specially crafted menu consisted of tian of Norwegian salmon tartar, cream of mushroom soup with crème fraiche, tamarind sorbet with vodka pipette, char-grilled Australian Angus beef tenderloin or Chilean sea bass, and baked jaggery custard cream. Entertainment included a duet by Rachel Gerodias and Byeong In Park and the perfect high to a joyous end was the song and piano number by David that captivated Cathy.

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The author, AA Patawaran, and Josie Natori

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Amb. Giorgio Guglielmino and Amb. Luca Fornari

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Mai Kaufman and David Kaufman

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Nes Jardin

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Dr. Eddie Huang, Dr. Sylvia Huang, and Dr. Pamela Huang

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Kathy Huang, Michael Huang, Mackenzie Huang, and Kameron Huang

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Margie Floirendo and Marivic Vazquez Prada

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Nellie Bengzon, Mars Lambino, and Betty Chaukle

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Ingrid Santamaria, Raul Sunico, and Maurice Lim

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Marilu Batchelor, David Batchelor, Becky Garcia, and George Sarakinis

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Merle Tantoco Pineda

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Byeong In Park and Rachelle Gerodias

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Lulu Coching Rodriquez and Pepe Rodriguez

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Mons Romulo, Joanne Rae Ramirez, Anton San Diego, Marilen Tantoco, and Annica Valbuena

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Anna Sobrepeña and Ping Valencia

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Silvana Diaz and Dulce Cepeda

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Eric Jean Valade, Jamby Madrigal, Tokie Enriquez, and Ado Escudero

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Tony Huang

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Gov. Tony Leviste, Roland Magalang, Raffy Rios, Patrick Jacinto, Renato Enriquez, and Raphael Ting

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Mme. Ihoko Haneda, Grace Glory Go, and Dina Tantoco

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Dennis Valdes, Tessa Prieto Valdes, and Rupert Jacinto

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Nini Licaros, Mons Romulo, Anton San Diego, and Yaying Dragon

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Nick Lizaso, Belen Lizaso, and Nedy Tantoco

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Amb. Gerardo Lozano Arredondo, Amb. Jose Miguel Capdevila, and Mme. Veronica Foxley

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