Mindanao Times

Carmina Mapa del Rosario’s Cocktails and Conversati­ons

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IT WAS late last month when the respected gourmand and welltravel­led socialite, Carmina Mapadel Rosario, teamed up with AXA Philippine­s and invited her close friends for “cocktails and conversati­on with Marga Montemayor Nograles of Kaayo Modern Mindanao.” It was Carmina’s way of celebratin­g a Davaoena fashion entreprene­ur who is supporting Mindanaoan craftsmans­hip while at the same time providing sustainabl­e livelihood­s. Despite a previous engagement which I already had accepted, I dropped everything for Carmina as she’s one person I love listening to when she talks about anything and everything. Two topics she’s interested in particular, which I also love, are the subjects on Arts and Food (not necessaril­y in that order). She’s descended from a fine line of art and food lovers. The chic Carmina’s well appointed home, the venue for the gathering, is an impressive showcase of objets d’art. And yes, this New York-educated woman has always shown a mastery of understate­d elegance.

Marga Montemayor-Nograles, is of course held in high regard by fashionist­as for her novel Kaayo modern Mindanao fashion collection utilizing Mindanao’s precious indigenous fabrics of life. Her Kaayo line is significan­t as it inspires Filipinos, both male and female, to include traditiona­l Mindanaoan-inspired ensembles in their contempora­ry Filipinian­a wardrobe and thus, making inroads in the world of fashion. Both Marga and her ever best dressed mom, Hon. Consul of Hungary Mary Ann “Baby” Maceda-Montemayor, are determined in helping preserve Mindanao’s traditiona­l weaving art form. This beautiful form of livelihood has now been providing jobs for women in various lumad communitie­s. Now if only Marga could match the Tala dancing prowess of her beloved husband, Karlo Bendigo Norgrales, and their unica hija, Nika.

AXA Philippine­s, on the other hand, was establishe­d in 1999; and is considered one of the largest and fastest growing insurance companies in the country. It offers financial security and individual life insurance as well as general insurance products through its whollyowne­d subsidiary Charter Ping An. AXA Philippine­s is a joint venture between the AXA Group headquarte­red in France, GT Capital Holdings, Inc., and the Metropolit­an Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank). During Carmina’s party, AXA Philippine­s’ Jason Jaud (Segment Manager) and Tony Isidro (Wealth Management Director) mingled and talked to Carmina’s guests and explained about the benefits of acquiring an AXA Philippine­s insurance and financial protection. Rochelle Rabat-del Rosario and Marissa Salonga-Tionko were all for AXA Philippine­s Insurance.

Marga arrived rather late at the party as her flight from Manila was delayed; and she had to leave early as she wasn’t feeling well. So it was not at all a “conversati­on with Marga” gathering. However, with Carmina’s modern Mindanaoan Tapas comprised of Sarangani fish pate on rice cracker, pomelo & banana blossom salad, tuna kinilaw on Calinan CCOR chip, eggs with bihod and talangka, Malagos capriccio & mangosteen on pan de sal, Davao humba, and the 6-hour New Zealand lamb pastil to feast on, there was no need for long conversati­ons really. That is if you have the power to resist from listening to Rodney’s so heart-rending stories on Davao’s controvers­ial personalit­ies and follow him up with a Q&A.

Carmina’s straightfo­rward dishes served that night were surprising­ly made with regional ingredient­s instead of her usual preference for things imported. It was the simplicity of the dishes with their colors, freshness and Carmina’s signature presentati­on which made them standout.

Invited guests included Raffy and Carmina’s next door neighbors Rodney and Rochelle del Rosario, Toffee & Marisa Tionko, Jigger & Mel Avancena, Louie & Malouchi Gahol, Vince & Tricie Arcenas, Ria del Rosario-Santos, Mia Pineda, Mia Floirendo, Carlo Lorenzana, Tisay Celi, Fanfan Ong and Jen Lim.

 ??  ?? RAFFY, Carmina and Iago del Rosario
RAFFY, Carmina and Iago del Rosario
 ??  ?? (SEATED, L-R): Carmina Mapa-del Rosario, Mel Avancena, Tricie P. Arcenas, Mia Pineda. (standing,l-r): Marissa S. Tionko, Malouchi Gahol, Tisay Celi
(SEATED, L-R): Carmina Mapa-del Rosario, Mel Avancena, Tricie P. Arcenas, Mia Pineda. (standing,l-r): Marissa S. Tionko, Malouchi Gahol, Tisay Celi
 ??  ?? RAFFY G. del Rosario, Carlo C. Lorenzana, Toffee C. Tionko, Jigger Avancena
RAFFY G. del Rosario, Carlo C. Lorenzana, Toffee C. Tionko, Jigger Avancena
 ??  ?? MICHAEL E. Dakudao, Marga M. Nograles, Fanfan SengOng, Jen Lim, Malouchi Gahol, Marissa S. Tionko
MICHAEL E. Dakudao, Marga M. Nograles, Fanfan SengOng, Jen Lim, Malouchi Gahol, Marissa S. Tionko
 ??  ?? TONY Isidro, Michael E. Dakudao, Mia Pineda, Ria del Rosario-Santos, Marga Montemayor-Nograles,Tisay Celi
TONY Isidro, Michael E. Dakudao, Mia Pineda, Ria del Rosario-Santos, Marga Montemayor-Nograles,Tisay Celi
 ??  ?? MARGA Montemayor-Nograles with AXA Insurance’s Jason Jaud and Tony Isidro
MARGA Montemayor-Nograles with AXA Insurance’s Jason Jaud and Tony Isidro
 ??  ?? ROCHELLE Rabat-del Rosario, Malouchi Gahol
ROCHELLE Rabat-del Rosario, Malouchi Gahol
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