Connie’s 2nd solo exhibit; Letty turns 80

Fashion Interiors Philippines by Paul Cornilessen located in Makati City held the exhibit “Bold and Beautiful” on July 7. After her first solo exhibit in 2001, Connie Quirino returned to the Philippine art scene after years of continuous learning. Traveling from Europe to the USA, Connie created the beautiful paintings that were presented in the exhibit. Each and every piece told the story of Connie and her own journey as an artist.

Curated by Michelle Villamor, 57 artworks were displayed in Fashion Interiors Philippines. It is Michelle’s life goal to have Filipino artists be known on a global scale. Connie’s story of diligence ever since she was a child resonated with Michelle, and they both share the wish for kids to remain excited and inspired at the sight of paintings as they grow older. Their shared passion manifested into “Bold and Beautiful,” where many of the 57 paintings found a brand-new home at the end of the night.


Michelle Villamor, Freddie Garcia, Ann Ong, Dr. Elsie Pascua, Atty. Lila Quirino, Connie Quirino, Vice Mayor of Makati Monique Lagdameo, Salome Uy, Becky Garcia, Lito Gruet, Tingting Cojuangco

Kisses Seranilla, Daniel Q. Cuneta, Cory Quirino, Connie Cuneta, Sage Quirino

Kisses Seranilla, Daniel Q. Cuneta, Cory Quirino, Connie Cuneta, Sage Quirino

Joy Bernardo, Tim Yap, Grace Bondad, sitting- Ruth Ahmad, Hi Society, Cocoy Cordoba

Joy Bernardo, Tim Yap, Grace Bondad, sitting- Ruth Ahmad, Hi Society, Cocoy Cordoba

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Lisa Bañares, Connie Quirino (middle), and artist and former PBA Player Dante Sylverio

Lisa Bañares, Connie Quirino (middle), and artist and former PBA Player Dante Sylverio

Joy Guevara, Lizzie Concepcion, Maribel Espino, Tonette Apacible Humphries, Cita Revilla, Pilar Prieto Lorenzo, Malou Villaroman, Rose Ferro and Connie Cuneta

Joy Guevara, Lizzie Concepcion, Maribel Espino, Tonette Apacible Humphries, Cita Revilla, Pilar Prieto Lorenzo, Malou Villaroman, Rose Ferro and Connie Cuneta

Jean Temporal, Gina Otilla Leynes, Connie Quirino, Michelle Villamor, Juliet Sonsing and Johanna Smith (founder Super Lifestyle Australia)

Jean Temporal, Gina Otilla Leynes, Connie Quirino, Michelle Villamor, Juliet Sonsing and Johanna Smith (founder Super Lifestyle Australia)

Diane Koppenhofer, Daniel Q.Cuneta, Sofia Koppenhofer, Kisses Seranilla, Connie, Kiko Alivio

Diane Koppenhofer, Daniel Q.Cuneta, Sofia Koppenhofer, Kisses Seranilla, Connie, Kiko Alivio

Citoy Lopez, Eva Avesamis

Citoy Lopez, Eva Avesamis

Greek Ambassador to Philippines Ionnis Pedionis and wife Aliki

Greek Ambassador to Philippines Ionnis Pedionis and wife Aliki

Henry Monzones CEO of Qualitech Diagnostic and Medical Services

Henry Monzones CEO of Qualitech Diagnostic and Medical Services

Felix Aris, Ayala Land Premier Property Specialist

Felix Aris, Ayala Land Premier Property Specialist

Among these beautiful pieces, the crowd favorites consisted of mesmerizing landscapes, intimate nude portraits, and still-life images of flowers, perfectly capturing life with each stroke. However, it was the painting titled “Tanya in Army Jacket” that truly captured the hearts of the people. Unfortunately, it already was in its forever home with Connie herself, as this painting was not to be sold.

Before the gallery opened to all, guests enjoyed their cocktails and leisured to jazz music by Con Brio. This night’s host was Josh Adornado along with his co-host Sage Quirino who is Connie’s grandson. These two kept the guests entertained throughout the night with their lovely and complementary personalities. Once 6 p.m. hit, Josh and Sage called for everyone’s attention as the program for the night officially began with the tradition of ribbon cutting to open the gallery for viewing. Greek Ambassador Ioannis Pediotis, Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo, Fashion Icon Salome Uy, world-class award-winning accessory designer Ann Ong, and TV mogul Freddie Garcia along with Atty. Lila Quirino, TingTing Cojuangco, Hi Society, Tessa Prieto, Mike Jimenez and Lito Gruet graced the event as they cut the ribbon to signify the opening of the exhibit.

After the ribbon cutting, Dr. Tweetie Quintero Olivarez led a short invocation, followed by the acknowledgements of the VIP guests and ribbon cutters. Michelle then gave her welcoming remarks and Cory Quirino, the artist’s sister and manager, welcomed all with a speech. After the welcoming remarks from the curator and the speech from her manager, the woman of the night finally gave her speech to address all her guests.

This exhibit was the culmination of all of Connie’s journey, not only as an artist but also as a person. All the blood, sweat, and tears over the years have finally come into fruition. Through her exhibition “Bold and Beautiful,” Connie presents to the world the results of her perseverance and life-long journey of perfecting her own definition of life. This event also served as another celebration for Connie’s life, as on July 3, Connie turned 60 years old. During this exhibit, she blew out candles to celebrate her recent birthday. The cake was a gift given by Hi Society.

Well-known personalities graced the event with their presence as well. Former Presidential Legal Advisor Atty. Salvador Panelo, Eventologist Tim Yap, and Miss Universe 1973 Margie Moran Floirendo showed their support for Connie along with Aficionado Perfume Mogul Lord of Scents Joel Cruz.

To further entertain and give back to the guests, raffle prizes were given by Secret Lounge.ph, Organic California, Zen Institute, and Calcium Cee. Major sponsors of the event were Ayala Land Premier, Unit 256, SeedIn, Artifract, Qualitech Diagnostic and Medical Services, and Mang Cesar. Each sponsor was given a chance to talk about their company towards the end of the program. To Connie, congratulations and may you continue to inspire others with your beautiful works.

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Meanwhile, Leticia “Letty” Syquia celebrated her 80th birthday last June 15 with her family, who secretly planned the event a year ahead. The surprised celebrator was overjoyed that all her children and their respective families were present for her intimate and unforgettable birthday celebration at Nuuk Taal Lake hotel.

They booked the entire place to themselves and kicked off the special event with a mass celebrated by Letty’s son, Fr. Jocis Syquia, who happened to share the same birthday as her.

Letty Syquia and Fr. Jocis Syquia

Letty Syquia and Fr. Jocis Syquia

Amanu, Alfonso, Czarina, Jofe Syquia, Azia, Agu, Azi

Amanu, Alfonso, Czarina, Jofe Syquia, Azia, Agu, Azi

Geri, Reese (above), Tess (below), Joel Syquia

Geri, Reese (above), Tess (below), Joel Syquia

Carel, Martin Syquia, Joanne, Lorenz, Bea

Carel, Martin Syquia, Joanne, Lorenz, Bea

Kendra, Keane, Beth, Tommy Syquia, Kaela, Kiara

Kendra, Keane, Beth, Tommy Syquia, Kaela, Kiara

The Kaftan Models Tess, Beth, Letty Joanne & Czarina Syquia

The Kaftan Models Tess, Beth, Letty Joanne & Czarina Syquia

Waving at drone Camera

Waving at drone Camera

The family partook of roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, chicken and lamb roasts, salads, and birthday cakes, with Letty blowing out 80 candles while Fr. Jocis blew out a lot less candles.

The birthday celebration saw Letty’s grandchildren performing special numbers for their beloved grandmother, as well as recorded birthday greetings from family and friends. The merrymaking extended to the wee hours of the next day with singing, storytelling, and games.

A deeply moved Letty said, “I cannot find the words to express what is in my heart. I see now the love and the unity that a family must have. As I was watching you all, I went back 80 years ago and asked myself what I have done to deserve a beautiful family like you. The past 80 years have been a journey of love. It also made me realize that life is very short.”

Letty continued, “If hearts can break or burst of happiness, mine would. As your Papa (Enrique Syquia) would say, ‘Mine is an undying love’.”

On the way home later in the day, everyone remembered Fr. Jocis’ homily: “Finding this family was no coincidence. It was not an accident. It had been ordained and planned by God from all eternity. Each member is needed and essential in God’s plans for each member and the family was a whole. That is why he has joined each one of us within a single unit.” “The family is a gift of God’s love and each member is his instrument of love. Each member in God’s infinite wisdom is needed for fullness of sanctification and salvation. No one reaches heaven alone.”

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