Monday, July 22, 2019

Umaya Japanese Restaurant Is Now Open in Tagbilaran City!

It was a modern yet cozy and comfy ambience that greeted Your Roving Eye at the opening of Umaya Japanese Restaurant. Its name is aptly taken from the Japanese word Umay which means nice or beautiful and Umaya literally means a place of great things including food of course. 
Modern yet quaint & cozy Japanese ambience
Doris Dinorog is entertained by the friendly staff
 Mr. Yamada, wife Jing, Divina & Jane Doren
Maam Ardie Batoy & Doris Dinorog
After partaking of the generous servings of Japanese cuisine like Sashimi Santenmori, Tonkutso Ramen & Beef Tepanyaki, I must say I was so impressed and I’m even looking forward to giving Tagbilaran City’s latest upscale dining haven a second visit.   
Beef Tepanyaki

Delightful Japanese favorites
Located at the Ground Floor of Lite Port Center along Gallares St., the restaurant that can seat around 40 diners even has four cubicles for utmost privacy. Ms. Jane Doren, the friendly & accommodating restaurant manager said that they are open daily from 10 am to 10 pm.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Miss Tagbilaran City is Miss Bohol 2019

Celina Villoceno of Miss Tagbilaran City outshone 14 ladies who vied in the most prestigious and longest running beauty competition in Bohol. 

The 5’7” stunner scooped almost all the special awards before she pipped Panglao’s Catherine Tabaniag into second place for the title of Miss Bohol 2019. 
Last Two Standing: Panglao & Tagbilaran City

Aside from the title of Miss Bohol 2019, Celina was also named Miss Talent, Darling of the Crowd, Best in Swimsuit, Best in Interview & Best in Evening Gown. 
L-R: 4th RU  2nd RU , Miss Bohol 2019, 1st RU , 3rd RU 

Rounding out the top five were 2nd RU Miss Atharra Iza Gail Perez Latonio,3rd RU Miss Talibon Mary Theresa Tabada and  4th d RU Miss B & J Computers Doanne  Kristett  Manhilot  

With Ms. Villoceno’s victory, Tagbilaran City was able to score a rare back- to- back victory in the pageant’s 93 year history. 
with Tagbilaran's First Family
An ecstatic Mayor Baba Yap was joined by First Lady Jane Yap for a photo opportunity with this year’s winners.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Highlights of Roberto & Evelyn Lamanilao's Silver Wedding Celebration

. LOVING LAMANILAOS. A quarter of a century of marital bliss
Photo Credits: Gerald James Cabal

It was a most romantic occasion made more memorable with the sun that dazzled and the bright blue sky that served as the awesome canopy that day.   

It was not just an event. It was the silver wedding anniversary for US- based couple Evelyn Moralde & Roberto “Dodong” Lamanilao who, together with their kids Lara and Anna Marie, flew home to renew their lifetime vows before God, family and friends at the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral.

Almost everyone of their original principal sponsors were there like Hon. Eufrasio Mascariňas & Dr. Yolanda Mascariňas, Judge Daniel Bernaldez & Hon. Delia Lasco, Mr. Martin Alcano & Mrs. Nora Alcano, Mr. Raul de Vera & Mrs. Monina de Vera which added the nostalgic ambience of the celebration.

L-R: Hon. Delia Lasco, Dr. Yolanda Mascariñas, Mrs. Nora Alcano.
Mr. Martin Alcano, Hon. Eufrasio Mascariñas, Judge Daniel Bernaldez (not in picture)

Dr. Lumin Pamaran & hubby Engr. Francisco Pamaran ,Niña Amodia and Linda Yates from Memphis, TN

Fun, frills & friends at the Filipino- fiesta themed reception
He was the dashing & soft- spoken engineer and she was already a clinical instructor at the University of Bohol College of Nursing when their paths intertwined and the rest as they say is a shared history worth retelling over and over again. 
Lamanilaos and the Serendipity Team

The Lamanilao family received their guests at the Sandugo Ballroom of Bohol Tropics Resort for a fun and exciting reception. It was amazing how the couple gave their wedding reception a Filipino touch through their event styling design which incorporated elements of Philippine arts & culture.   

Evelyn & Roberto enthral everyone with the exciting Shoe Game

with talented singer J Ann Talisic
 Your Roving Eye with the lovely Lara & Anne Marie Lamanilao 
 Mr. Martin & Mrs. Alcano,
L-R: Matthew, Pai, Gene & Lara Lamanilao, Raul Gatal & Yonie B. Malig-on


Coordination                        : Josh Bumaat & Serendipity
Event Styling                        : Blue Grass Project
Entertainment                       : J Ann Talisic
Video & Photos                    : Gerald James Cabal
Hair & Make Up                   : Yan Tiempo
Gowns & Barong                 : EJ Relampagos Couture
Cakes and Desserts           : Charmaine Dumasag-Usares
Event Emcee                       : Raul Gatal

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Neil John & Mary Jude Take It One Step Closer

 Neil & MJ during their engagement party
Although relatively new, engagement parties are now gaining more and more popularity and acceptance here in Bohol. 

An engagement party happens when a couple finally decides to make their relationship into a lifetime commitment. 

The party is their way of sharing the good news with their friends and families, a time to let the future in-laws meet and of course, to celebrate the next chapter in the couple’s life. 
MJ’s parents and sister Therese Jude
Neil’s mom Lolita Romero with Manny & Gloria Pabualan

Neil John,  Frankie & Judil Simbajon, Lolita Romero & MJ Simbajon
The engagement of US- based Neil John Penales Romero, son of Nathaniel & Lolita Romero, & Mary Jude “MJ” Poquita Simbajon, daughter of Frankie & Judil Simbajon, comes to mind when talking about this beautiful & meaningful social event. Held at the posh Bluewater Resort in Panglao, it had all the elements of the ideal engagement party; presence of family & friends, romantic ambience, the traditions & symbols and of course, the great food & drinks and the fun that comes after the ceremony.

NEIL’S CLOSE PALS: Turboi Navarro, Jay Uy, Pankoi Ruiz & Stella, Ronan Delima & Cathy Pernia
Mary Jude’s BFF Mary Capuccine & friend Von Rinnan Labella 
MJ’S BUDDIES: Mary Capuccine, MarieCris Evardo, Tonet Libante, Marivel Lor, Claire Mata,
Aside from the great food was great and overflowing drinks, Lhenny Esguerra and the rest of the Bluewater family were right there to make sure everything was okay. 

The lovely evening was highlighted with the marriage proposal followed by the presentation & acceptance of the engagement ring. As in many countries, the engagement ring was placed on the ring finger of Mary Jude’s left hand. This custom traces its origins in an ancient Egyptian myth that the finger contained the vena amoris or vein of love that led directly to the heart. The circular shape symbolizes eternity and the immortality of love. 
Amidst the yells and cheers of the guests, the couple sealed their commitment with a kiss and an embrace and capped the evening's celebration with dancing and singing.

Your Roving Eye with MJ, Cathy Pernia & Rby Mijos

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