CELEBRATIONS WITH A PASSION: Cecile Licad: I love Chopin & My Memorable Champagne Birthday Celebration


                  Cecile Licad:  I love Chopin  &  My Memorable Champagne Birthday Celebration

An all-Chopin solo piano performance by Leventritt Gold Medal concert pianist Cecile Licad delighted the guests at the Manila Polo Club’s main lounge. Filled to a full house, the sublimely relaxed evening was set in a graceful and captivating Chopin mood, with Cecile’s music transporting me back to distant places, like walking down the cobblestone path in Saint Germain des Pres, to the grandeur of the Belvedere Palace.   Cecile played Chopin with passion, to a discriminating mix of diplomats, business, government and society.

Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the romantic era, Chopin was called the Poet of the Piano. He was a child prodigy who discovered colorful, new passage work and technical figures. Cecile shares:  “I have chosen a program which represents Chopin in many ways emotionally, and in various genres.”  For the first time our artist has written the program notes of her repertoire.  Part one included Nocturne in F major; Nocturne in B flat minor; Mazurka in C minor; Fantasy in F minor ;Berceuse ;  Scherzo No. 2. After the intermission she played 12 etudes Op. 10 which is dedicated to Chopin’s friend Franz Liszt. Op.10 No.1 – Op.10 No.12 universally known as “Revolutionary Etude”.

In her message, Nedy Tantoco, president of the PPOSI said that the project “supports two worthwhile causes, namely PPOSI for the welfare of its members, and for Childhope Philippines, Inc., which has championed the rights of over 10,000 street children since 1989. The event was presented by Philippine Airlines.


                         My Memorable Birthday Celebration

“Surround yourself with the ultimate life force: family and friends”, as the saying goes; yet I would add new acquaintances whose company you enjoy. Having a great relationship with fantasy, I love glorious parties of elegance and style. There is a part of me that desires to be a princess for the rest of my life.  Little did I know that my fantasy would soon be a reality in my recent birthday when our best friend, David Lim surprised me with a grand gesture: an invitation to host an intimate champagne dinner at his posh residence.  A man with impeccable taste, the celebration was fit for a Queen.

As I entered David’s majestic dining room which was set for an intimate sit-down dinner of 18, it was a picture of glam, haute and elegance with its dinnerware of Baccarrat and Christofle. Having more reasons to celebrate was the presence of our visiting New York based son Jeremy, his lovely wife Nina and son Julian, who were with us for dinner.  They were in town to attend my husband Rupert’s recent Faaabvlous Fab Gala and Exhibit, which was held at the Peninsula Manila recently.  The illustrious dinner guests included: U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim; Japanese  Ambassador Koji Haneda and his elegant wife, Ihoko Haneda; Consuls Louie and Mellie Ablaza; Consul Helen Ong; Pacqui and Lilibeth Campos, Mia Borromeo, Virginia Lane, Tita Trillo, Joy Rustia and Joel Rustia.  The dinner took my taste buds into a delicious realm by way of a top-notch menu, most especially the sublime sea bass which was lusciously paired with Dom Perignon.  Indeed, David’s champagne dinner was the pinnacle of fine dining

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