For the 80th birthday celebration of Dona Luz “Lucing” Sarmiento de Panlilio on 23 July 1994, her grandson Jo Panlilio staged a fabulous dinner dance catered by Via Mare and dance music by the Lady Valerie orchestra — completely in tune with the economic optimism of the Ramos presidency — at the very elegant PostWar family residence in Santa Mesa Heights…
The elegant, thick, engraved invitation specified “Formal”…
Dona Luz sat on an elegant English-style armchair in the foyer welcoming her family and friends. Among the guests in the receiving line was one of the Kalaw-Villanueva sisters and her husband. Her hair was dyed blonde and she was wearing a ruffled fuchsia pink silk top and a short, puffy, draped black silk skirt ala Christian Lacroix with black high heels to boot. She looked very chic and utterly au courante for her advanced age.
“She’s dressed like Tita Nena [ Madrigal ]… but that’s not her is it?” asked one guest as she craned her neck.
“No.” replied her seatmate.
“My… if that’s her idea of long dress, what’s short?” quipped a famous social wit.