It was a single loose card with black fonts, no designs, no extras, but its elegance and meekness portray the utmost Filipino hospitality – staunch, sincere and heartfelt.
The invitation we crafted for the Filipino hospitality dinner of hosted by Ms. Doris Magsaysay Ho and family last May 4, 2012, in honor of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors.
Simultaneous with the 45th Asian Development Bank Annual Board Meeting of Governors that took place last May 2 to 5, 2012 here in Manila, nine prominent Filipino families were handpicked by the Department of Finance to host nine family-hosted dinners to showcase the culture and hospitality of the Filipino people. One of our most loyal clients, Ms. Doris Magsaysay Ho, who is a well-respected entrepreneur, socialite and philanthropist, was among those personalities selected.
Other families chosen include the family of Mr. Washington SyCip, Mr. and Mrs. Lance Gokongwei, Mr. and Mrs. Jaime Augusto Zobel, Ambassador and Mrs. Jesus Tambunting, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Philip Romualdez, Mr. and Mrs. Miguel O. Cojuangco, Mr. and Mrs. George Ty and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sy Jr.
Each host family opened their homes to about eight to nine heads of foreign delegation, including their spouses. Served with native Filipino dishes Ms. Doris Magsaysay Ho’s own home at Forbes Park, Makati City, the guests were able to experience the warmth of hospitality, a fundamental character embedded in every Filipino household.
Some of Ms. Doris Magsaysay Ho’s guests include delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Denmark, Georgia, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Nauru and Turkmenistan.
For more about the ADB Summit, please click here.