Bariles managed to drop by GenSan’s Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish at 10:30am today, Sunday in time for the godparents of Queen Elizabeth, the precious 2nd daughter of King Manny and Queen Jinky Pacquaio to arrive one by one.
The parish priest Fr. Edward Loberiano, CP was kind enough to allow Queenie have her own Special Baptism, apart from the earlier 10:00am baptism for the rest of the babies of the parish. “We don’t want a pandemonium here and make everything difficult not only for us but for Manny’s guests, most of whom having to fly here from Manila” he said while surveying the gathering congregation inside his church.
I spotted Queenie’s richest Ninang and the lady to whom the soon-to-open Robinsons Place GenSan is named after, the simply elegant and gracious Robina Gokongwei-Pe. I engaged her to a small tete-a-tete to which she revealed that she was supposed to be here for the Robinsons Tenants Conference but had to beg off due to a meeting for her son’s new school. She then asked me who the pretty ninangs were beside her since nobody seemed to be introducing them to each other. I had to get event organizer and Blue Gre owner Gatchi to help out.
In a little while, the other godparents trickled in. You would know because of the ruckus which ensue once the gawkers inside the church spot them. And they all came, kings and queens from far-away lands, to accompany Queenie on her first step to becoming a Christian – (in order of their entrance) Senator Bong Revilla, Philip Salvador, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, Senator Migs Zubiri, Senator Loren Legarda, Congressman Monico Puentevella, Vice President Noli de Castro, ABS-CBN’s Korina Sanchez, couple Eddie and Annabelle Gutierrez, among others.
Order was somehow restored when Davao Archbishop Armando Capalla, DD proceeded with the Opening Prayer leading to the christening ceremony. That did not stop the photographers to hover around Manny and Jinky and their baby Queenie when it was time for the 30 or so present godparents to take turns in blessing the sleeping baby on the forehead with a sign of the cross.
Here are some of the pictures I took which you may click on for larger views:
Robinsons’ Robina Gokongwei-Pe and ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo
Cebu Boxing Promoter Ninong Wakee Salud
Ninong Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Vice-President Noli de Castro at the front pew
Pink-cladded Jinky and Manny with Baby Queenie
Action Star Philip Salvador
Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla & OLPGV Parish Priest Fr. Edward Loberiano, CP
Annabelle & Eddie Gutierrez with ABS-CBN’s Korina Sanchez
Ninang Annabelle Rama and her jewels
Senator Loren Legards beside Manny, baby Queenie, Jinky, Princess & Mommy Dionisia. Take note of the people taking pics of the guests who seemed unmindful.
Philip Salvador, Quinito Henson, Congressman Monica Puentevella, etc.
Ninong & Former GenSan City Councilor Atty. Tom Falgui
Event Organizer and Blue Gre Cafe Owner Gatchi
Watch out for more pictures from the Baptismal Party at KCC Mall of GenSan Convention Center soon!
[…] The entourage could include the owners Robina Gokongwei-Pe and her brother Lance Gokongwei. Bariles is not certain though if their old man will be there. Ms. Robina (to whom this chain of malls were named after) was here last year during the baptism of Manny Pacquiao’s daughter Queenie and Bariles was even able to chat with her. (Read the Post by Clicking here.) […]
Wow I never knew that Pacquiao was a religious man! By the way, I really enjoyed this coverage, can’t wait for part 2 🙂
My eyes were drooling looking at the celebrities who attended the baptism but oh goodness people of gensan :)) It was a baptism not a photo shoot :))
Instead na makining kayo sa sermon ng pari panay take ng nyo pictures. Nakunan tulog kau ni Sir Avel :))
Sir Avel, job well done. The best ka talaga!
-hihihi.. dili man sad.. kay tong mga Papable nga sundalo man ang naa.. dili tong pang front line sa giyera.. PEACE! –
Wow parang my gyera siguro sa Gensan that time.
hello sir its me again..its about the coffee shop you mentioned in this article..actually its BLUGRE pala..not BLUE GRE..we’ve been there kanina..na try ko na ang Durian Gatchpuccino and their Strawberry Mocha Larcepuccinno..so sarap..their carbonara is yummy talaga..medyo mahal price nila compare sa other coffee shops here in Gensan but its worth it..sana you can do an article about Blugre..
Hello Avel! Am in Los Baños right now and showing off your blog!
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[…] did not finish the baptismal rites for Queen Elizabeth Pacquiao at the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish and proceeded to the KCC Mall of GenSan where the […]
di lang police.. sangkatutak na army with all the tangke nakapalibot sa venue..
wasn’t able to attend the baptismal..
came a little late at the reception…
but i had fun…
thanks Manny for giving some people the chance to be in a same room which the people we never thought of meeting…
🙂 for more events and invites to come..
For the new baby girl.. QUEENIE.. your one lucky baby girl indeed..
Only one ninong from gensan???? well, at least dito ginawa sa gensan ang binyag..
definitely must try..thanks sir..
sir avel just want to ask something na nabanggit mo..is that BLUGRE of the Pacquiao’s or ibang coffee shop yang BLUE GRE..sorry ha am so confused kasi..
@chic, Blue Gre Cafe is a coffee shop which they have franchised here in GenSan. It opens to the public today, Tuesday, February 24th. Try it. Great coffee, finger foods and awesome architecture!
You’re right about Annabel Rama’s jewels – I was seated beside them last Sunday on the flight back to Manila via Cebu Pacific. They were bulging! And Robina Gokongwei-Pe was so simple, she even lined for her luggage even if they own Cebu Pacific!
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@Gay, and if you noticed, halos walang jewelry rin si Robina. Whatta a simple unassuming lady! 🙂
grabe mga artista og mga politiko man ang mga ninong og ninang grabe gyud ning abs-cbn uii…una sa lahat pero ang GMA huli sa lahat bisag c manny naka kontrata sa GMA pero ang GMA murag wlay paki alam sa mga balita ABS-CBN idol….no.1 gyud mo sa Gensan
nagbaha ang celebrities! (LOL)
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WOW! nice article and pics, huh!
Finally, may katapat na sina Johnny Litton, Tim Yap and Maurice Arcache dito sa Gensan – it’s no other than, MR. BARILES!
Congrats, Sir Vel!
wow, great christening photos! star-studded indeed! you’re lucky to have been there. however, may i just point out that you shouldn’t say “pink-CLADDED,” but rather, “clad in pink.” 🙂
I am in inggit mode. Hmp, ako dapat yung escort mo eh, haha. Nice pics sir, way too cool. Ang mga tao talaga oo, kahit saan ang mga artista dun din sila pipiyesta. Wasn’t it annoying for you? The high-class societies were not affected oh, pero pag ako yun,ewan lang.
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@Manoy Avel, may bringhome ka? souvenir na stuff toy? ajejeje
Wow… grabe Star studded talaga. Just wond’ring, ilang Police kaya dineploy for security??
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grabe ! celebrity na si sir avel!!!!!!! 😀
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@gensanite – Thanks a lot rye. Watch out for the 2nd part…. maybe tomorrow. Hehhehe! 🙂
@gilbertyaptan – Thanks Gilbert! Just lucky to be invited to the event to be able to share these photos. 🙂
iba talaga pag si BARILES ang mag-cover ng event!!!
nice work, KUY!!!
More, more, more!
Excellent coverage as always, Avel!
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