someone who has never been invited to the tatler ball asked us to give a blow-by-blow account of the event on our blog. well, the fash pack is certainly no expert when it comes to the tatler ball because this is only our second time to be invited. the original date of the ball this year was moved from october 17 to november 27, and when this happened, all of a sudden our regular date was unfortunately no longer available :-( which meant we went stag! so laos. and we guess when you go stag, they no longer know where to seat you. a few days before the ball, a tatler insider told us that we would be seated in ben chan's table, so things were looking up. but when we got to makati shangri-la's rizal ballroom and registered at reception, homaigad, it felt like we were back on the D-list (not even C or B!). our name was listed under table number 49—the very last table, located in the farthest corner of the ballroom, right next to the waiters' station. in other words, in social siberia. ugh. to top it all off, we didn't know any of our tablemates. and when none of them were drinking wine or champagne, we realized they were all under 21! homaigad we were seated in the kids' table! literally! eventually, two adults joined us in the table, thank god (and thank you, F and S, for the company!), but neither of them was ben chan. oh sige na go lang ng go! eat, drink, and be merry! with all the bad things that are happening to our country today, we shouldn't be complaining about our position in the pecking order, it is the least of anyone's worries. we are glad to be alive and to be so lucky to partake of this feast!
the table setting:
the menu: we started with pepper seared tuna and goat cheese layered salmon with capsicum salsa. this was really good. it was paired with a ferngrove estate chardonnay 2006:
soup was foie gras flan in portobello mushroom cappucino. the soup itself was delicious, but that foie gras was deadly:
then our palates were cleansed with a lime and passion fruit sorbet. tangy, just the way we like it:
main course was lamb a la provence on vegetable couscous with port wine jus and haricort vert. we weren't too crazy about this. pampabusog lang. it was paired with ferngrove estate shiraz 2005. (we noticed too late that the menu stated that if you would like a fish—which we would have preferred—or vegetarian entrée, to please inform your waiter):
finally, dessert—summer berry pudding with warm vanilla bean sauce. we're usually stuffed by the time dessert comes, so all we can say is those lovely berries hit the spot for us. likewise the veuve clicquot ponsardin champagne it was served with:
before and during dinner, host pops fernandez introduced the people behind tatler for requisite speeches, lea salonga sang four songs (the woman's voice is still amazing as ever), and the charity auction, which was hosted by EIC anton san diego, tessa valdes, and ruffa gutierrez, took place. this year's beneficiaries were the pink for life foundation and the philippine christian foundation. the auction lots, the starting bids, how much each item went for, and the winning bidders:
auction lot 1: "mother and child" painting by mauro malang santos and "spirit and matter" sculpture by impy pilapil. starting bid: P130k. winning bid: P290k by martin romualdez.
auction lot 2: cartier humidor. starting bid: P95k. winning bid: P210k by kevin tan.
auction lot 3: thai airways two business-class tickets to any european destination. starting bid: P170k. winning bid: P390k by divine lee.
auction lot 4: omega seamaster watch. starting bid: P175k. winning bid: P520k by aivee aguilar-teo.
and as they do every year, tatler also awarded who they deem to be society's top achievers. this year's awardees:
most eminent couple: raul and menchu concepcion
most charitable force: bobbit suntay
bon vivant: tim yap
most creative force: arturo luz
most eligible bachelor: kevin tan
most stylish lady: audrey puckett-chiu
tomorrow: who was there and what they wore!