Lifestyle Asia’s “Black Swan” Gala


Lifestyle Asia’s associate publisher and deputy editor Cheryl Tiu proudly mentioned in her speech, that the first and oldest glossy magazine in the country has continued to be a market leader for the fifth straight year. In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, a “Black Swan” Gala dinner was held at the ballroom of the Makati Shangri-la, attended by society notables.

Editor in Chief Anna Sobrepena, looking resplendent in a Cary Santiago creation, explained that the black swan was a metaphor – a rare event with far reaching effects long after it has transpired; and rare, not only for its 25th year milestone, but also for the fact that the occasion had brought out very private individuals who rarely attend social functions. The evening’s proceedings included President Sari Yap announcing their new name: One Mega Group; and Chairman Jerry Tiu awarding glass plaques, designed by Impy Pilapil, to Lifestyle Asia’s 25 top advertisers.

An ingenious and distinctively conceived tree installation by Latorre Cruz provided the visual centerpiece, with dangling envelopes containing seeds; symbolic of Lifestyle Asia’s advocacy of planting trees for every page of the magazine.   Cocktails started with Moet, Belvedere and Grand Marnier and guests were treated to performances by Ballet Philippines, George Yang, Miguel Zubiri, Chris Tiu, Stephanie Reese and Bea Tantoco.  (Do visit my website: and view more articles at:


Lifestyle Asia’s top honchos: President Sari Yap, Chairman Jerry Tiu and Editor in Chief Anna Sobrepena
Rico Tantoco, Cherry Ty, Jerry Tiu, Sari Yap and Alfred Ty
Mario Katigbak of Bvlgari, Anna Sobrepena, Goran Aleks, General Manger of Sofitel and Chito Sobrepena of Metrobank Foundation
Emil Yap, center, Executive Vice President, Manila Bulletin, flanked by Isabel de Leon, Lifestyle Editor, Manila Bulletin and The Lady HB
Cherry Ty, Sandie Romualdez, Tessa Valdes, and Anna Sobrepena
Left photo: Audrey Zubiri and Miguel Zubiri. Right photo” Mikee Romero and Sheila Romero
Hans Escano, Grace Glory Go, Cristina del Carmen of Sofitel, Linda Ley and Mayenne Carmona
Reto Klauser, General Manager of Makati Shangri-la, Consul Helen Ong, Johnny Litton and Margaret Klauser
Tedrick Yau, Jeanne Goulbourn, Wig Tysmans, Tina Cuevas and David Lim
Left photo: Pepper Teehanke and Mitch Garcia of Marriott, Manila; middle photo: Virginia Lane and Gerry Lane; right photo: Kristine Yang and George Yang
Lilibeth Campos, Anna Sobrepena, Jose Mari Trenas, Marivic Vazquez and Nympha Valencia
Alfred Ty and Daniel Isla