May Kwento Ako …. ( I have a story ) #1 : Who wins at a Raffle, right?

I have long wanted to create my own except that I had mixed feelings about it. Torn between being shy, lazy and busy.  A friend has and she’s quite good at it.

But last July, I won my first grand raffle prizes!  I won three!  And this paved the way for the contents of this blog.  Now, on to sharing these blessings through my stories. It is also my journal for when I get old and tired, I will have these stories to go back to.

At the 55th anniversary of the Philippine-Italian Association at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Peninsula Manila, my raffle ticket was selected in a most dramatic way. And it certainly was a night that I will remember for a very long time.

With Juan Torres, the country manager of Etihad Airways in the Philippines and with Jean Lugan and CoraLee Tan, the country representatives of the Fidenza Village Outlets of Fidenza, Italy ( an hour train ride from Milan, about 15 minutes from Parma ).  I will write and post about my visit to this Shopping Outlet.

Below, with the sponsors of my next adventure!post

Below with Señor Juan Torres, Country Manager of the Etihad Airways, Philippines.For more information,

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Below, with Ms Jean Lugan and Ms CoraLee Tan (rightmost), representing the Fidenza Village Outlets in Fidenza, in Northern Italy.  For more information,

Below, with Signor Alessandro Milani, the General Manager of the Philippine-Italian Association ( ) and the beautiful host of the evening’s grand affair.

With my beautiful “Mamita”, as her favorite number 8, Mrs. Nellie U. Bengzon, who coincidentally sits as a member of the Board of the Philippine Italian Association, her daughter and a dear friend, Mrs Lin Bengzon-Liboro and her apo, Miss Paola B Liboro, who is now in Lyon, France pursuing further studies.

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Maraming salamat po, Lord and to the Philippine Italian Association. 🙏🏼🍻💐