February 18, 2007
When classmate Ces Singzon posted “Sweeter than wine”, where he invited everyone to attend his club’s meeting last V-day, he meant it literally, figuratively, chocolately and musically. Yes, last February 14, there was wine, Novelino wines. There were some liter too, of fallen petals of red roses on the floor. And there were figures, some ANNs of Rotarians in nice dresses and good figures. And there were chocolates, sweet chocolates. And finally, there were music too, sweet ballad music.
So, the chocolates and music were indeed “sweeter than wine”. Besides, wines are not always sweet; they’re drinks with the sweet-sourness of grapes, the redness or whiteness of roses on V-day, and the medium-octane-ness of beer-brandy tonic concoction.
The guest speaker that night was the owner of Novelino wines and Ces’ cousin, Mr. Nonoy Quimbo. When Ces introduced me to him, my tokayo had this witty-grinny-smiley face, as if saying in his mind, “this is nth proof: guys nick-named Nonoy like us always have good looks”. Har har har, asa pa.
My tokayo talked about myths and misconceptions about marketing, wines, cork, aging of wines, use of oak barrels, etc. He also showed pictures of their wine factory in Valenzuela, the process of wine making, especially Italian style – with their Italian wine maker in their plant. I thought he would also show a picture of ET (that cute extra-terrestial) drinking wine, because ET is also from ET-ly. Hehehe.
I saw the medico-legal-ala-CSI of our district, classmate Tess Ramirez, dropped by at the venue. Maybe she was checking the medical-nutritional-optical content of Novelino wines, if not its legal-judicial-constitutional rights to land on our throat and belly. :-)
The following night, February 15, was a joint meeting of 3 clubs – RC Rizal West (Pres. Boboy Intal), RC Taguig West (Pres. Ana Cawaling), and my club. Boboy looked exuberant because there was a big presence of their RCC guys to be inducted that night, while Ana looked sweety-pretty-valentiney with her sparkling eyes and new hair-do. And both brought their members almost in full force! Plus our club members and guests, the room was full.
Our guest speaker that night was Dr. John Cenica, a cosmetics-beautification-varicose-killer surgeon. Dr. Cenica is also a member of RC Manila, the oldest RC in the Philippines and the whole of Asia. Our club invited him through our 2 club members who are also his business associates.
So, why do people, whenever they have extra resources, go for cosmetics and beautification surgery? Simple: if they’re ladies, so that they would be as pretty as Barbie Rivadie, Elizabeth Cruzie, Rose Acobi, Doris Yi, Yolly Ty, Patty Ne, Letty Reli, Bing Villani, Luz Reyi, and many other beauteous classmates. Well if they are men, so that they would be as handsome as Paolo Marteli, Ricky Espiri, Inky Rey, Rey Ali, Ric Santi, Raffy Tuve, Boboy Inty, Yasin Badi, Edwin Afzeli, Noe Indy, Tony Abe, Lawrence Arre, Gilbert Camase, Ces Singzy, Ferdie Saputi, Palmy Layi, Jerry Alzi, Joey Li, Efren Rodi, and others so many.
But the most attention-getting news of Dr. Cenica I think, was the “rising birdie” medicine. Mind you guys, it’s herbal de natural, less than P500 and you’re guaranteed for 7 days and 7 nights of ready-to-fight-armadillo! And during the Q&A, this thing got the most inquiries. Wanna buy? Come-a, come-ah, don’t be shy ah! :-)
PP Fritz Ocampo gave the closing response, and he noted that no one slept in the whole lecture and Q&A with Dr. Cenica. He said that the good doctor’s lecture stroke a “raw nerve” of excitement among the audience. Amen to that, Fritz!