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“I was 32 when I started cook­ing; up un­til then, I just ate,” Ju­lia Child once said. I think it’s safe to say that most peo­ple are par­ty­go­ers, not plan­ners. Let­ting guests into your home and en­ter­tain­ing them en­tail weeks of prepa­ra­tion and a lot of courage. “Put up the tree. Choose a hol­i­day theme. Cre­ate a hol­i­day menu…” and your Christ­mas to-do list could go on and on. Think­ing about it is al­ready ex­haust­ing. But there is a cer­tain rush, con­tent­ment, and plea­sure in go­ing through all the fuss just to throw a good party. Some say it takes par­tic­u­lar skills to pull off; oth­ers even call it an art.

In this is­sue, we fea­ture four ladies who have mas­tered the art of en­ter­tain­ing. Read on Margette Sarmiento’s mem­o­rable hol­i­day sto­ries, the rules of good host­ing ac­cord­ing to Julie Ale­grado, Kate An­zani’s rev­er­ence for food, and Agel Go’s sac­ri­fices to en­sure ev­ery Ce­buano will have a good time dur­ing the hol­i­days. Pick up some tips as well to pull off stress-free hol­i­day gath­er­ings and make the rest of the year beau­ti­ful and bright.

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