The event was made possible by the generosity of RC-CDO Pres. Dodie and Ann PP Doris Lagrosas who personally shouldered the expenses.
The Rotary Anns were asked to prepare an almost perfectly romantic setting, with Ann Riza Rodano festooning red and white balloons and hearts here and there and a decorated picture frame where the couple posed with stick signes of “Yes” and “I Love You” to record the moment for posterity. I did the flower arrangements on the presidential and round tables with flickering lighted candles and loose petals dropped on the tables. Ann Jo Ann Llagas prepared the ribboned roses for Rotarians to hand-over to their wives and the Anns in turn reciprocating with red hears sticks.
Dinner was super delicious with additional lechon ordered by Ann Secretary Ophie Paano, Calderetta donated by Rtn. PVP Ben & Ann PP Jess Elio, cupcakes brought by Ann En-En Juarez. Ann Treasurer Pam Valencia bought two cakes for the birthday and Wedding Anniversary Celebrants.
Ann PP Josie Alinabon, who checked the menu earlier, was chairperson for the Search of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine ’17. The reddest couple chosen was Rtn. Hong & Ann Gloria See. Glow s crowned by Pres. Linda Caragos while Hong was handed a scepter by Pres. Dodie Lagrosas. Both were decorated with a sash of Mr. Valentine and Mrs. Valentine while Glo received an additional bouquet and a glittering red fan.
Rtn. Msgr. Tex Legitimas capped the evening with an Ecumenical blessing for the couples and everybody present.
Then the line band played while Gov. Manny Along crooned and couples danced to their “theme song”.