Aged To Perfection

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When Bing was asked to join some friends who supposedly just arrived from the Philippines for dinner at the Renault Winery Resort and Golf on October 19, 2014, he had no idea that about ninety of his friends and relatives would be in the dinner party.  Jang Hock Lao, a townmate from the beautiful years in Jolo informed Bing that Andek and Nelson Chiong also townmates from Jolo, would be in New Jersey and would he want to meet up with them?  Of course, everyone except Bing knew that Andek and Nelson were in the Philippines, unaware that their names were being used as bait.  Bing must have wondered why so many Filipino faces were at the ballroom and was pleasantly surprised that everyone was there to honor and celebrate his 70th birthday.

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Antonio Velasco was born during the war and grew up in Jolo, during the golden years of this then island paradise.  Bing as he is known to friends and family grew to be a handsome young man.  He attended Notre Dame school where the mentors were American missionaries, the Oblate Fathers, Marist Brothers, Presentation Sisters and the Dominicans.  Upon graduating from high school, as with most other young graduate from Jolo, Bing was shipped off to the big city for college.  A college education was a social must in this placid, and seemingly lazy town.

 

Bing met, fell in love with and married Myrna Quiachon.  Soon after, the couple immigrated to the United States, to settle in New Jersey raising two good looking sons and a gorgeous daughter.  Their growing family has been supplemented by four beautiful grandchildren.


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Bing’s 70th birthday party started with an open bar, featuring the winery’s best, with delicious hor d’ oeuvres that just kept coming.  Brother Alfred George, one of the beloved Marist brothers who spent his “best years as a Christian Brother, not in the Philippines, but in Jolo” said grace and a short speech. Brother Alfred George with the birthday celebrant Brother Alfred was best known for his bark, and his gentle bite.  He kept every one in line with his no-nonsense attitude and in a heart-warming event, gave his basketball players original Converse sneakers, imported from the United States.

In between bites of filet mignon and salmon or chicken entree, the DJ 12pumped up the music and soon the dance floor soon crowded up with graceful dancers

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Here are some of the guests, for more photos, go to FaceBook of Antonio G Velasco or Sonny Luch

More Bro. Alfred photos

This little tyke had slick moves to Billie Jean, and his moonwalk could have given Michael Jackson a run for his money

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The birthday cake “Happy Birthday Pop Pop”

and the sign-in board, featuring Bing flanked by two hotties

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Soon enough, The Last Dance was played and the party started winding down.  Old friends hugged and speculated on the next 70th birthday gathering.

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6 comments on “Aged To Perfection

  1. Thank you for always keeping me in the loop of what is going on in your
    life. I so enjoy reading Ripples by Bertie.

    It is hard to imagine that just two years ago we were in the midst of
    Hurricane Sandy. Time goes too fast.

    Charlie and I vacationed in London last month and had a wonderful time. I
    could have spend much more time there and always think that is the best
    frame of mind of leave a vacation in.

    I hope you and the family are well.

    Sincerely,

    Marianna

    Marianna J. Simone
    Manager of Financial Services
    JONES DAY® – One Firm Worldwide℠
    222 East 41st Street
    New York, NY 10017-6702
    Office+1.212-326-3431
    mjsimone@jonesday.com

    From:
    Ripples By Bertie
    To:
    mjsimone@jonesday.com,
    Date:
    10/24/2014 06:57 PM
    Subject:
    [New post] Aged To Perfection

    tyamdesigns posted: ” When Bing was asked to join some friends who
    supposedly just arrived from the Philippines for dinner at the Renault
    Winery Resort and Golf on October 19, 2014, he had no idea that about
    ninety of his friends and relatives would be in the dinner part”

  2. You have the best stories. You look wonderful, as usual. How are you
    doing and how is Mom? I would love to meet with you soon. Things are
    still the same here.

    Have a Bless day and thank you.

    Larkia Bigby
    Legal Secretary
    JONES DAY® – One Firm Worldwide℠
    222 East 41st Street
    New York, New York 10017
    Direct: (212) 326-7861
    Email: lbigby@jonesday.com

    From:
    Ripples By Bertie
    To:
    lbigby@jonesday.com
    Date:
    10/24/2014 06:58 PM
    Subject:
    [New post] Aged To Perfection

    tyamdesigns posted: ” When Bing was asked to join some friends who
    supposedly just arrived from the Philippines for dinner at the Renault
    Winery Resort and Golf on October 19, 2014, he had no idea that about
    ninety of his friends and relatives would be in the dinner part”

  3. Hi Bertie, How are you? I forgot the dates of your vacation! I was calling you yesterday to ask If you want to have lunch !

    By the way all the pictures are really nice ! It was always nice to see old friends!

    Enjoy your vacation! Show me some pictures! Take care!

    Mely

    Sent from my iPhone

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