The Singapore Embassy in Manila hosted a reception on August 9 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Bonifacio Global City to celebrate its 57th National Day where more than 800 guests from the Philippine government, the diplomatic and consular corps, the media and business communities attended the event.

After a hiatus of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were delighted to be able to gather in-person to celebrate such a significant occasion. As part of this year's reception, we were honored to have Vice President Sara Duterte graced the reception as the Guest of Honor.

Singapore Ambassador Gerard Ho, in his opening remarks, spoke about the strong people-to-people ties between Singapore and the Philippines, and expressed the Singapore government's gratitude for the contributions of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Singapore, especially during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. He welcomed the resumption of travel between Singapore and the Philippines with the reopening of borders.

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On the menu were Singaporean hawker favorites such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, and Laksa, where we shared a taste of home with our guests. The National Day Reception has always been special and meaningful and we look forward to celebrate this joyous occasion with overseas Singaporeans and friends of Singapore again next year.

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Dubai based and international singer/artist Ruth Eltanal Ahmad celebrated a surprise party hosted by her husband and Hi Society and Dr. George Sarakinis at the Peak Tower, Makati city on August 5.

Ruth just wanted to have a simple birthday dinner with her family in a restaurant somewhere in Makati City. However, her husband had a brilliant Idea and secretly planned it to make her feel loved and special.

Husband Saeed Ahmad, General Manager of Etihad Airways in Philippines and Thailand secretly invited friends and guests from the music industry, aviation sector and some other close friends.

The family have been living around the world, including the UAE, Chicago USA, and East Asia. Moving to one country to another while family is growing, it wasn't easy for Ruth's career as she had to focus on the family however, she never stopped singing from her heart. Ruth and Saeed met in UAE back 2005 where she used to work in Dubai. Both have been married for 11 years and been together for 17 years. They are blessed with two beautiful children, son Sami and daughter Sofia.

Before getting married, her singing career with her golden voice took her around the world, she worked at wedding venues, concert halls and at 5-star hotels like Arabian Courtyard Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Hilton, Jumairah Beach Hotel, and more in the Middle East, US, Europe, and North Africa.

The night of a birthday celebration became an unexpectedly magical night of music, dancing and singing with the amazing powerful opera couple, soprano Rochelle Gerodias-Park and husband famous Korean tenor Byeong IN Park along with their two boys. International performing Tenor, opera pop Jonathan Badon was also invited and performed several ballads.

Marcy David Sr. and Singer Cris Ledesma provided the music and whole night entertainment Guests present were international fashion icon Albert Andrada, famous interior designer Luis Cocoy Cordoba, Fine Arts Teacher in Arizona, USA, Pia Roa (HR Manager of PSFI) and Husband Patrick Roa (Director and PH Chapter Chair of ASBAA),

Sir Karl Mclean (Chairman of Sustainability Standards INC.) and Wife Ruthchie Mclean (Director of CSSI). Grace Bondad Nicolas CEO of Tag Media Group and daughter Andrea Nicolas. Ambassador of Greece Ioannis Pediotis and wife Aliki Papas. Tobias Rast, Michael Scheile, Max Motschmann (International Jet Management) and Wife Penny Lim (NavFix Flight Services) and two kids (maxine and Mio)

Lulu Boon Beano, Jinky Rabano, Tita Trillo (Titania Wine Cellar) were in full force.

To Ruth, what a nice birthday surprise. Happy birthday!

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5- Consul Fernando Peña (Estonia), Mexican Ambassador Gerardo Lozano

6- Consul Mellie Ablaza, Consul Helen and Marian Ong, Luli Arroyo, Mary de Leon Rufino, Singaporean Amb. Gerard Ho

7- Sen. Win Gatcahlian

8- Consul Bernardo Benedicto, William Co

9- Col Indren, the Defence attache of Singapore embassy, and Counsellor Desmond Oh

10- Ruth and Saeed Ahmad

11- Byeong Park and Rochelle Gerodias, Jonathan Badon

12- Andria Terese Nicolas, Ruth Ahmad, Grace Bondad, Hi Society

13- Greek Amb. Ioannis Pediotis and wife Aliki Pappas

14- Tobias Rast, Saeed Ahmad, Michael Scheile

15- Penney Lim, Marijoy Vestil, Pia Roa

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