A Billionaire’s 80th birthday bash

Ever wonder how billionaires party? Well, let me give you the exclusive inside scoop on the always-awaited birthday bash of legendary businessman Oscar Violago.

The Bday celebrant, Oscar Violago and his family, Ryan and Malou Violago Tanjutco, Wilfredo Violago, AJ Violago, Ellie and Arianna Violago, Oscar Violago and Santino Violago Tanjutco
Wopsy and Agile Zamora
Standing — Argentina Amb Ricardo Bocalandro, Israel Amb Ilan Fluss, Oscar Violago, Korean Amb Inchul Kim. Seated — Aubrey Carlson husband of US Amb. , Jae Kim , Netherlands Ambassador Marielle Gereadts
Pepito Angeles and Senator Nancy Binay
AJ Violago with Dawn Lagdameo and her children, Jacobo and Ayisha Lagdameo

Billion-Dollar party tip #1: Keep it classic. This most special of parties was held at the Violagos’ iconic mansion in North Forbes Park to celebrate Oscar’s extraordinary 80 years. The guest list? Family, old friends, VIPs, diplomats, and VVIPs of the social, business and political worlds. My hubby and I are no stranger to Oscar’s warm welcome because he always opens his home when there’s a cause for celebration. It’s classic Oscar! Inside was the familiar sight of the mansion’s opulent interiors highlighted by priceless art works. But for tonight, tastefully decorated tables and a “stage” stood front and center creating the quintessential party space. Another classic element: colored lights dancing along to the beat of throwback tunes. Essentials so we can shake our groove things!

Billion-Dollar party tip #2: Splurge on quality. Runner-up tip would be “cups should never runeth empty” and I’m sure many would agree! Either way, it’s worth noting that while we took to timeless party elements, they were done impeccably. Amazing food, live music, and bottles of only the finest booze filled every glass — never running out! Excellent elements to any fine night for sure.

Alice Eduardo, Consul Agnes Huibonhoa and Ambassador of UK, Laure Beaufils
James Yap and Ric Navalta, Chief of US Homeland Security
Senator Bong Revilla
Audrey Zubiri
Standing: Aliki Pediotis , Maria Elena Bocalandro
Seated: Pieter ten Bosch , Ambassador of Spain, Miguel Utray


Billion-Dollar party tip #3: Cherish people who matter. If there’s one thing that characterizes Oscar’s annual parties, it’s the number of people who show up for him on this day! His number one fans, of course, are in his family. You can tell just by the touching words from his son, AJ, how much his family loves, honors and admires him. My hubby is also a testament to the kind of man Oscar is. They were classmates back in high school and college, and have turned lifelong amigos. Plus not many people can say the President of the country sent them a video greeting for their respective birthdays. Iconic indeed! Happiest of birthdays indeed to a man rich in success, wisdom, and relationships. Now that’s how you turn 80 with style, aplomb and endless cheer!

Sweden Ambassador, Annika Thunborg and Swiss Ambassador, Alain Gaschen
Papal Nuncio Arch. Charles Brown and Consul General of Monaco, Fortune Ledesma
Ateneans — Dong Varua and Cong. Willie Villarama
Ambassador of Italy Marco Clemente

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