POST-VALENTINE CHARITY BALL NEW website review by Natasha Marchev images: john reuyan photography and ning chan photography
Soriano-Orodio Foundation Inc presented its annual 13th Year Anniversary of the Soriano-Orodio Foundation
Valentine's Mask Night
Charity Fundraising Ball on Saturday 13 March 2021 at 0630pm at the Grand Star Receptions and Convention Centre in Altona North.
The event was including a five course meal served with unlimited wine and drinks,
Nelda Orodo-Estores was the major organiser of the event chairing it together with her Estores, Rivera and McDowall's family members.
All the proceeds from the event went to the maintenance of the Public School Library Building and construction of the second Library in Philippines.
Many valuable donations in the form of the beauty pack presents have been done by: donation courtesy of: Jennifer Valdez of Zaruth & Co. Australia
Raffle Prizes were donated by the Hofberd Beach Resort Accommodation by Elena Hofmayer JJ Express Accommodation by Jopen Quintero Bariano Evening Gown by Choy Symes Night Luxury Apt Accommodation by Rolenia Cook Beauty Gift Pack Zaruth&Co by Jennifer Valdez and Justin Carruth Savoy Hotel Manila Accommodation Megaworld by Edna Parolma Savoy Hotel Manila Accommodation Nelda Estores Lady’s bag by Jaina Imdami Talyer Auto Full Car Service by Jasmine Flores Ebdc AutoTechnics Full Car Service by Edward De La Cruz Hofberd Brand Cleaning Products by Elena Hofmayer Gift Pack of 2 Books and Tax Return Gift Voucher by Romz Gadaoni Jr. Skin Care Gift Pack by Liza Di Blasio Hamper with goodies by Fernaid Homes and Julz Ferrer Thanking kindly Sponsors/Donors: Notnon for the the tickets and flyer design: * Ms Cecilia Byrne * Ms Julz Ferrer * Ms Choy Symes of Face Australia
There were also generous door prizes for the guests given out upon their arrivals. The guests were entertained by the DJ Pros and Sounds.
The ball room and the Grand Star Reception Centre welcomed the strictly formally dressed guests who started to arrive at the event. The Red Carpet was shining and sparkling with the beauty of many hearts of gold who came to support the event.
When the guests took their seats at 0745pm and the plates with assorted snacks and salads were offered to the guests Masters’ of Ceremony Gina Parker and Czarina Estores opened the event. The Australian National Anthem and Philippine National Anthem were played by Zymone Abatayo and Czarina Estores on the violins for the raised up guests honoring both countries. This was followed by the opening prayer proudly pronounced by Czarina Estores.
The guests were delighted to listen to Nelda Orodio Estores's speech addressed to everyone in the room: SPEECH of Ms Nelda Orodio Estores
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE WE ARE ALL HERE TONIGHT, DAZZLING TO CELEBRATE THE NIGHT OFHEARTS !!! Our Hon. Consul Gen. Maria Lourdes Salcedo , to our ever loyal beloved Sponsors and Donors, supporters, the Owner and Editor In Chief of MARQUIS MAGAZINE, Natasha Marchev and Magazine Sales and Development Manager, Johanna Smith, the Editor-In-Chief of Phil. Times, Jason Cordi, and many other representatives of different Organization: Silangan Dancers headed by Ms Rose Simonsen, the hardworking Officers and Members of the Soriano- Orodio Foundation, Inc. Australia, our Photographers who are donating their “precious” time to be with us tonight, my beloved family, friends from near and far ,stunning Ladies and Gentlemen, a pleasant good evening !!!
FLASHBACK to the year 2020 where the modern day plaque started to stricken in the globe, so many plans and events have been cancelled including the Foundation's yearly Fund Raising Snow Trips to Mt. Buller .
It may be that so many events have been cancelled, but our Hopes and Dreams to make a CHANGE aren’t cancelled. In fact, the igniting Fire that the Foundation's desire of helping people who are disadvantaged back home remains Strong and Fervently Firing.
Last year, several Balikbayan Boxes of assorted items, mostly clothes sent to the Philippine. and were distributed to the scholars. It is such a great music to the ears to hear how grateful the recipients are -- upon receiving the little gifts from us. Sometimes, we do not realize that the small things we give can actually flatters the hearts of many. The clothes, foods and monetary you share to our Foundation put radiant s m i l e s to our Scholars’ faces. The little gifts they received made them ponder that no matter how difficult life is, there are still kind-hearted people who lends their hands to help ease the pain - and that is “US” here tonight . We are the helping hands that strives to support the deserving scholars to achieve their earnest desired dreams and goals in life .
In return, the scholars are exhausting their bests in their studies so that they could grasps their Hopes and Dreams someday, in the right time and right place. Despite the paradigm shift in education from to face to face to online classes, the scholars are doing good ! It is with high hopes that in the next years, there are much more deserving students that the Foundation could cater… I kindly ask for many sponsors and donors to come and join us to our journey so that many unfortunate children can be added in the list of the Foundation’s scholarship recipients. To date we have 54 ongoing scholars. Four University graduates and gainfully employed right after graduation and one year more to go - the Foundation will have a medical student graduate. We have one completed library building. filled-up with books, brand-new computers and printer, tables and chairs, brand-new air-conditioner and brand new power generator .
We are currently working on the 2nd LibraryBuilding! Last year we just sent 100k pesos as an initial funding. My heart is so full right now, my butterflies in my tummy tickles me knowing that this event is realised into reality despite this trying times that the world is still currently facing. I am deeply moved by your untiring support to our Foundation as we aspire to help more and become an instrument to make a CHANGE in the lives of others … LIFE IS INDEED BEAUTIFUL IF WE WILL DETEST THE DARKEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES and INSTEAD FOCUS ON THE LIFE’S RAINBOW FULL OF COLOURS !!!
It is my pleasure to welcome you all here tonight…May our hearts be continuously filled with love and hope as we celebrate the 13 the Year Anniversary of Soriano-Orodio Foundation Inc. Australia. Thank you for coming and once again - I WELCOMEYOU ALL !!! LIFE IS SO BEAUTIFUL… MARAMING SALAMAT PO !!!
After Nelda's speech the introduction of all officers followed by Gina Parker and photos were taken. Gina Parker introduced a special guest speaker, an Honorable Diplomatic Consul General for VIC, TAS and SA, Maria Lourdes Salcedo. After Maria talked about the situation in the world and Australia, passport system, Alp rainbows and dreams becoming a reality Maria mentioned: "we should never stop learning, as well as help poor people to go to schools, as education is everything in this world, make their dreams to come true." Maria talked about the power of music that rejuvenate the soul and the heart as well as the scholarships in sconce, engineering and technology. I loved it. She talked about the important things in the Universe. Afar Maria's speech a gift was awarded to her by Jennifer Valdez and Justin Carruth and then the photos were taken. Performances followed by Rachel Dizon Livori “Tilliebee” who was singing three songs and young talents, Zymone Abatayo and Czarina Estores Soriano-Orodio who played violins.
The songs performed were Cystallize by Lindsey Stirling Can’t Help Falling in Love with You (Elvis Presley) Gina, the PM then announced first couples to open the dance floor: 1. Consul G. Maria Lourdes Salcedo and Sam Afra 2. Bayani Bayangos and Vilma Abad 3. Nancy Coates and Gary Coates 4. Jopen Quintero and Rob Liddle 5. Rose Simonsen and Marcyano Anthony Estores 6. Mercedez Gray and Paul Richie
The event proceeded with public dancing. The main meal was served after. While the guests were enjoying their food the next performers attended the stage: Silangan Dance Group headed and choreographed by Rose Simonsen. Juliet Manalac, Orquia Melissa Rawlinson, Angie Werry, Eva Rudge and Erlinda Wessel were the dancers.
The door prizes were drawn and it followed by the performance of Soriano-Orodio's Violin Young Talents on stage: Zymone Abatayo and Czarina Estores delighted the guests with their divine music. They played City of Stars from the Lala Land soundtrack and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.
The crowd was dancing again and it was a lot of fun! A very yummy dessert dishes was served after.
The Best Dressed Parade started with a variety of the dresses on show: mainly in red colors because of the theme of the event - LOVE was everywhere in the air. This part of the event commenced with the judges introduction 1. Johanna Smith (who nominated 12 female finalists) 2. Helen Miguel 3. Rose Simonsen 4. Yvonne Bajzeck 5. Nancy Coates 6. Cecil Byrne (who nominated 12 male finalists) 7. Jasmine Flores Presentation began with top 24 male and female finalists catwalking lead by Isobel Rementilla The official tabulators were Johanna Smith and Helen Miguel. Three top best dressed males and females were selected. The Female Best Dressed 2021. The were so many beautiful gowns on that amazing night, some were designed and made overseas, some arrived couple of days prior to the event but the judges had to do the hardest task to choose only top 12 All winners received the make-up gifts from Ms Jennifer Valdez and Justin Carruth of Zaruth & Co. Females: 1st Choy Symes - who recieved a complimentary Savoy Hotel Manila accommodation donated by Nelda Orodio Estores., a trophy donated by Cecilia Byrne and flowers 2nd Angie Werry She received a make-up gift pack donated by Zaruth&Co. and flowers 3rd Jaina Imdani who also receieved a make-up gift pack donated by Zaruth&Co.and flowers Males : 1st Jason Cordi . He got a One Night Complimentary Accommodation at SAVOY HOTEL MANILA donated by Nelda Orodio Estores, a trophy donated by Cecilia Byrne 2nd Scott Dyson who got a bottle of wine donated by Grand Star Receptions Centre. 3rd Justin Carruth who received a bottle of wine donated by Grand Star Receptions Centre.
Then the guests witnessed the Raffle Draw headed by Evelyn, Amy, Melson, Renzo & Ray who assisted the call out of the winners procedure. The top best three males and females showed themselves on the stage. Then final catwalk took place and the winners were announced by Johanna Smith and Chris Centeno (the trophies were awarded by: Cecil Byrne). Nelda voiced the acknowledgements for the evening mentioning the heads up on next year’s event 12 February 2022 (at the same place and same time) The event closed by dancing.
Shall I say: what a Lady, what a Night with the big thank you to Nelda for organising such a fantastic event for everyone to enjoy. We all look forward keen to attend the next year event! THANK YOU NELDA!
credits: MUAH for Nelda: Mimi images: john reuyan photography and ning chan photography guest photographer: Gary Haywood Club
NGV: NEW SEASON RELEASE NEW website review and images: Natasha Lukin
TRULY VISIONARY PROJECTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMICS
The ambience at the National Gallery of Victoria transported me into the world of Art with a capital A as soon as I stepped in inside the Gallery’s garden. I was faced with a few incredible works of art that so cozily been placed among the leafy trees and bushes.
A lot of media people attended Seasonal Announcement of the Gallery for getting information about what the year 2021 prepared for us, what to view and observe at the gallery throughout the coming months. There will be some very significant exhibitions including Winter Masterpieces Exhibition and works of Goya from the Prado Museum from Madrid.
In the centre of attention, the truly visionary project has been announced by Janet Whiting, President of the Council of Trusties, National Gallery of Victoria.
That is a construction of the third National Gallery of Victoria part: the Victorian Museum of Contemporary Art: the biggest one in Australia and one of the largest in our region. The new premises will be built in the area behind the existing monumental NGV building at Southbank.
Tony Collins, the Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, addressing to the media, introduced the major exhibitions of the year.
So, what general public of Victoria and visitors from all over Australia would be able to attend in NGV in 2021?
Part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Program: 4 Jun – 3 Oct French Impressionism from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has one of the largest collections of works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt and other. Altogether there would be more than 100 works presented, out of which 79 works were never been shown in Australia. An amazing display of sixteen canvases by Claude Monet, would be a highlight of this exhibition.
25 Jun – 3 Oct Francisco Goya: Drawings from the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Such a large collection of Goya’s drawings will be seen in Australia for the first time. On top of that more than 120 etchings from Goya’s renowned print series will include the works that are not just artistic but a kind of satiric description of Spanish society of the 18th century. Other works were dedicated to Disasters of War, 1810–15, and then the Napoleonic invasion of Spain in 1808.
2 Apr – 22 Aug SHE-OAK AND SUNLIGHT: AUSTRALIAN IMPRESSIONISM That will be a massive exhibition of more than 250 artworks by the Australian artists. The most famous are: Tom Roberts’s painting “Shearing the rams”, 1890, and Clara Southern’s “An old bee farm”, Warrandyte.
It is quite amazing, to my view and to my feelings, that NGV promotes now its new exhibitions and that fantastic project of the new Gallery erection.
I see it as the best weapon against doom and gloom of the COVID-19 situation. It brings us back to where human spirit overweights fears of infection or vaccination. I have no doubts that positive nurturing emotions are as beneficial for our immune defense inner forces as medicinal substances. Or even stronger.
Therefore, let’s go to those exiting exhibitions, admire art, be inspired by what we see and develop our own creativity. Sky is the limit for those who dare to dream.
Presented by Periscope Productions, The Human Voice brings together the forces of 6 exciting playwrights, on an exploration on the ways in which we communicate using the phone.
On entering the art-space at the Meat Market, the concept of the works is immediately introduced with a visual display around the foyer - a timeline of phone handsets from across the ages. Checking our tickets at the bar, the usher asked my guest and I if we wish to be split up or stay together for the performance. We opt to stay together, and are presented with blue phone coils to wrap around our wrists. The ushers split the audience into two groups, and guide us into separate spaces. Having attended a previous Periscope production, I was already aware of their unconventional style. I nudge my date and excitedly take my seat, wondering what other quirks we will encounter.
The show opens with the ringing of a phone, and a performer planted amongst the audience taking a phone call. A whirlwind of performers coming on and off the stage follows, with short snippets of phone calls. A mix of amusing communication challenges faced over the phone sets the tone – from difficulties hearing the other person on the line, the repeated “Hello? Hello?”, to interrupted network signals whilst going through tunnels. Progressing through the opening interlude of calls, a troupe of singers is blended into the mix and the talented Choral Edge choir are cast as the switchboard operators - their voices uniquely connecting each call.
We transition into the first of the six short plays, examining the experience of living away from your parents. I found the daughter’s behavior on the phone relatable, as she moves about and can’t stay still for too long, at one point lying on the floor while continuing to talk on the phone. Later when we see the phone conversation from the elderly parents’ perspective, the generational gap is noticeable, with the subtle way the parents hold their phone out on loud speaker.
The six pieces are woven together across two acts. We feel like a voyeur as we listen in on these strangers’ conversations, with the effect often disconcerting as we try to catch up on the action, piecing together the back story to work out the gist. In the first act, the other end of these phone calls are heard with off-stage voices. This clever direction allows the audience to experience the phone calls just like in real life, not being able to see the other person on the other end of the line. The voice exists in another dimension, without the visual communication clues of body language. I later realised that the voice was coming from a second performance space, where the other half of the audience were watching the play from the view of the other performer.
The concept of these two dimensions – the physical space surrounding you and this second intimate space over the phone, is playfully explored through these 6 pieces. Often the characters multi-task while on the phone – washing up the dishes, flicking through a book, and they are easily distracted by their physical surroundings like the birds outside the window. In one scene, a character simultaneously carries out two interactions, one with her girlfriend in the physical space, and another with her friend over the phone. Another scene involves a couple in a long-distance relationship awkwardly trying out phone sex, shows us just how easy it is to lie over the phone. The characters say they are doing one thing while in reality it’s far from the truth, unfolding with hilarious results.
During a quick 10 minute intermission, the performance spaces are combined, and the two audience groups join back together to return for act 2. Running at 2 hours, it does feel rather lengthy and the themes begin to get repetitive. The physical space of the theatre has been utilised well, and the minimal sets create an intimate atmosphere leaving the focus on the performers. The diverse cast delivers solid performances, and authentic dialogue that often feels quite relatable. While quite unconventional, this may not appeal to a large audience. However if you are looking for something unique, then The Human Voice offers a highly creative, conceptual theatre production.
Four out of five stars.
The Details The Human Voice will run from the 4th to the 13th March. All performances 7:30pm, except for Sunday 7 March 6:00pm. Tickets cost $30. Bookings at https://www.trybooking.com/BOCAY
The Venue Located at the Meat Market Stables, this heritage building has been reimagined into an interesting art-space. Entry is on the corner of Wrecklyn and Courtney Street North Melbourne. Free 2 hour parking is available nearby from 6:30pm. If you arrive a bit earlier, the Castle Hotel is just opposite and makes a great meeting place for a drink, and something to eat beforehand.
CLOUDEHILL GARDENS website review: Natasha Marchev photos: Peter Elgar
Last week our media crew was lucky enough to visit and shoot at the lovely Cloudehill Gardens in Olinda. The garden has a variety of flowers, trees and plants that bloom all over the year with different most magnificent colors: so much to explore! It is the all season garden - a joy for the eyes to see - worth to visit with the whole family and friends. The place is cleverly divided into several "botanical sections". Each separate section has a beautiful and serene aspect to it. Cloudehill is situated at an altitude of 580 meters and its climate is considered to be perfect for many plants to grow. It is a must see location when you travel indeed in Dandenongs with its special "mountain" climate that distinguish the flowers and plants selection. The garden is proud for its European beech, magnolias, maples and a collection of fabulous Himalayan tree rhododendrons, all beautifully grown and a testament to the lush, moist soils of the unique location. The garden is highlighted by glorious herbaceous borders which focus on two of the finest and rare Japanese weeping maples to be seen anywhere in the world. The garden is perfect to the "artistic eye" as it has been looked so well after for many years now and has a certain design structure as well as so called, "informal planting" and garden beds.
The location is famous for its historical finest trees as well as the new plans. Usually there sculptures that you can notice featured by more than 15 different sculptors and artists situated on the garden grounds. Spring time is all covered in blue bell meadows there, autumn prizes the visitors with bright red colors of Japanese maples. Summer is surprising the visitors with the garden blooming borders and winter is famous for its garden perfect structures and what you call the "garden bones". So every season is significant and worth visiting throughout the year to observe the garden changing and turning to you with its different sides.
It was also so significant for us to see families playing in the garden with kids and happy faces everywhere we went. Nature relaxes us and makes us happy. There are little alcoves in the garden to help you feel that wonderful "privacy of the nature".
The paths are gravel and sometimes steep which makes it interesting to walk around. It is very "English style" but well planned and maintained. If you plan your visit take extra one hour to explore the corners of the garden. If you are a gardener yourself or just love gardening work this is a place for you to admire and get inspired.
It was very easy to get lost in this beauty while we were shooting but who would not love to disappear for a while from your day to day duties and your online hard work in such place?
We were looked after very well by Jeremy and his team so biggest thank you to the people who look after this cozy place so well and are so dedicated to their work.
There is a cafe also to enjoy after your visit and have a cup of coffee or tea with cake or even a good lunch. the cafe is famous for its fresh and yummy food.
Special thanks: Jeremy Francis
EUROPEAN WOMEN IN BUSINESS website review by Max Davine photography: Asi Perera
Lumas Gallery European Women in Business
Lumas gallery is an enchanting art gallery on Church Street in Richmond, an on Thursday night it was host to a glamorous soiree celebrating European women in business. This afforded one reporter at least the chance to peruse the beautiful art on display. Art enthusiasts were in attendance and we marvelled at the captivating photography displayed under acrylic glass – special mention to the prevalence New York City played in the displays.
Our eye-shopping was periodically interrupted by talks from businesswomen like Michelle Cook, who stunned the room with awesome operatic performance – and if you like the way she sings, she teaches as well. Give her a call. MC Janine Lum also gave us a one-one-one interview with Lumas gallery director Eugenia Wilson and director of Helloworld Travel Deb Carr to discuss their trials through the Covid pandemic.
While the European seemed to be lacking the businesswomen were present, the correlation between art, opera, and business are obvious to all the world except in Australia and any moment taken to reflect on beautiful storytelling is direly needed all over this misguided little country. I’m glad we’ve got four businesswomen to set us straight. Power to them.
Just don’t hang around outside on Eugenia’s watch.