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ABS-CBN to air Mr. & Miss Chinatown 2014

The Grand Coronation Night of Mr. & Miss Chinatown 2014 will be held tomorrow, July 27. It will be aired by ABS-CBN live having signed a deal with the Miss Chinatown Foundation.

The annual search, now on its second year, aims to redefine Filipino-Chinese beauty. It also aims to realize cultural and artistic goals common to the Filipinos and the Chinese.

THE CANDIDATES of Mr. & Miss Chinatown 2014

THE CANDIDATES of Mr. & Miss Chinatown 2014

The female candidates are Glezlie Ong, Christine Grace Co, Judielyn Chang, Abegail Chua Castor, Chelsea Robato, Nicole Cordoves, Tola Orendain, Felina Lim, Sharmay Cu, Jamie Reyes, Lourdes Aurora Cu and Anie Unson.

The male candidates are Kurt Joshua Ong, Oscar Daniel Miralles, Wesley Chawn Cua, Michael Anthony Tiong, Mark Anthony Lim, John Ralph Boo, Jan Hung, Timothy Lawrence Yap, King Choi, Raven Robin Go, Cedrick Cheston Miranda and David Sy Licauco.

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BOBBY VELASCO singing  for Café de Malate habitués

for Café de Malate habitués

Bobby’s Café on its 31st year

Bobby Velasco’s Café de Malate could be considered the most successful watering hole in Metro Manila having been thriving for more than three decades already.

Café de Malate maintains its viability thanks to good music (from its nightly singers and in-house pianist), superb food (bestsellers include the crispy pata and the buttered chicken), and the owner himself.

To please his friends and other habitués of the place, Bobby sings occasionally at Café de Malate, which has transferred to its new and permanent location along Agoncillo St. in a building owned by him. It was inaugurated recently with no less than former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada as special guest.

Several years ago, in an article published in the old Panorama, it was erroneously written that Café de Malate was located along Agoncillo St. “Nagkatotoo ’yung sinulat ni Chando Morallos,” Bobby said.

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OSTBORG-GOPEZ NUPTIALS. Tommy Ostborg of Namsos, Norway and Gloria ‘Jhi’ Diola Gopez of Taguig City, Philippines, were married May 2 this year in an intimate sunset beach wedding in Kawit, Medellin, Cebu as officiated by Mayor Ricky Ramirez. The couple thanks Nicole Presbitero, wedding coordinator; Alvie Entica, makeup artist; Joel Garcia and Michael Maderazo, photographers; and Jemary Roque, videographer, all from Cebu City. Jhi was a former editorial assistant and correspondent of this section while Tommy is a businessman. The newlyweds intend to continue their honeymoon, vagabond-style, in Schengen.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings, July 26, go to Mayor Tommy Osmeña, Dondon Nakar, Heidi Sison, Mrs. Anita Udarbe-Lorenzana, Annabelle Adriano, Major Efren R. Fajardo of PCSO GM’s office, Jennina Garcia, and Mayor Carmela E. Alvarez… July 27 celebrators: Cynthia Ugalde Tan, Penny Zosa, Mila Reyes, Kim delos Santos, Lily T. David, Delia Galima, Kim de los Santos and Jayce Perlas … Happy wedding anniversary to Eric Gobencion and Melissa Mendez… July 28 celebrators: Ms. Susan Roces, Baby Araneta-Fores, Myrna Yao, Jacqui Magno, Alice Dixson, Vina Mercado, Cocoy Cordoba, Gloria Desiderio, Boy del Rosario, Pinky Sabinosa-Nelson, Rep. Juliet Vela, Lita Forteza, Susan Valenciano, Jorge Maniquis and son JM, Sheryl Cardenas, Charlie V. Estrada of UK, Carol Dimaano, Madeline Mangabat-Namuag, Vic Lima of DZMM and MB’s Noel Tambot…