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It was such a treat meeting jewelry brand Tessera’s young owners, Carl and Papat Fider



As Covid-19 cases go down, our parties go up — and I’m not complaining! One of the highlights of our social calendars is back: RSVP Lifestyle Asia. For its first face-to-face party since 2019, it celebrated togetherness and authentic connections.

DONG Ronquillo, Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Tessera young owners, Papat and Carl Fidel. / PHOTOGRAPHS BY AGILE ZAMORA FOR THE DAILY TRIBUNE 

The luncheon hosted by Lifestyle Asia together with Tessera and Lexus was just what the doctor ordered. Color coordination, a “Holiday Chic” outfit and masks were a must, and so were full vaccination and antigen test by Avignon Clinic right before entering.

Neelam Gopwani, Roxanne Farillas and Kai Lim

Inside Chef Jessie at Rockwell Club, stylish tablescapes by Teddie Manuel created a magical ambiance. In no time, the room was buzzing with prominent personalities, including the October issue cover girl, Sarah Lahbati-Gutierrez.

The display of precious Tessera jewelry dazzled the eyes. Showcased were exquisite diamond earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings that we could all try on at the event. It was a fun experience because, of course, a diamond is a girl’s best friend!

IVY Almario, Sharms Hiranand and Cris Roque.

It was such a treat meeting Tessera’s young owners, Carl and Papat Fider. Carl recalled that he began with only a hobby and love for diamonds, which he turned into a full-blown business in 2011.

BOOM Sason

EMMELINE Villar and Mark Bumgarner.

He takes pride in providing naturally-mined, conflict-free diamonds that go through the eye of a needle to get its international grading and certification.

ALEXA Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama.

FERDIE Salvador and Steven Tan.

Now Tessera offers thousands of internationally certified diamonds in various shapes and sizes, ready to be passed on for generations as a family heirloom. Beyond their brilliance, I was pleasantly surprised at how their prices are so much more affordable compared to other jewelers in the market, too! Amazing for their caliber. Bravo, Tessera!

CONSUL Agnes Huibonhoa.

CAT Arambulo-Antonio and Monique Borja.

Lexus also shared the spotlight that day, parking the luxury automobile brand’s latest ES models at the Rockwell Club driveway for all of us to experience on the spot.

TESSERA model, Sarah Lahbati-Gutierrez and the columnist.

Filled with good spirits, connections and Chef Jessie’s delicious food, I was so elated by Lifestyle Asia’s chic luncheon. Thank you for making it possible for us to reconnect with old and new friends. Dearest Dong Ronquillo, thank you for having us! Even if I’m not used to lunches and had zero sleep that day, the great food and company were all well worth it. I would lose sleep for Lifestyle Asia any day. Love it! Cheers!