90 and fabulous
Grande dame Patching Battistuzzi, of the landed de la Rama clan of Cadiz and Cebu, recently celebrated a fabulous 90th birthday bash at sugarlandia's newest Seda Hotel in Bacolod City.
Close to two hundred family and friends composed the guest list of society's political, economic and civic pillars.
Señora Patching's grand birthday celebration reminisced the Negros of old, during the golden days of sugar. In those decades, parties and happy times were legend. That night relived the glorious times of sugar barons. Negros' influential political and social elite arrived smart and chic for the occasion. The gentlemen were imperial in their barongs while the ladies were stunning in their cocktail dresses, accentuated by heirloom diamonds and pearls.
As the celebrator walked regally in the red carpet, friends and well-wishers sang “Happy Birthday”. It was a night full of happy memories. Everyone that mattered in her life was present, most especially her children Luigi and Sandra. Well-loved Msgr. Gigi Gaston gave the invocation while her favorite son-in-law, Richard Lopez, formally opened the celebration with a toast. Her son, Luigi, led the birthday greetings to his mother while a bouquet of flowers was presented by her Sunday lunch club members and heartfelt birthday messages by her Sewing club and Mahjong group members.
The celebrator was truly appreciative of everyone who came to be with her on her special day. She was misty-eyed as her friends recalled their days of fun, travel, sewing, and food trips. These happy memories were always cherished by her family and close circle of friends, leaving an indelible imprint of gratitude and love in the heart of Señora Patching.
Ballroom dancing followed the superb dinner prepared by the chefs of Seda. Opening the evening of dancing was Señora Patching's granddaughter, Michaella, who performed the first dance with her. Soon after, everyone took to the dance floor as they boogied the night away!
It was one of Negros' most memorable birthday celebrations to be cherished for years to come.*
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