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Bacolod City, PhilippinesMonday, January 10, 2011
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Natal day bash
for a ‘cowboy’

LA VIDA NEGRENSE

Garbed in cowboy costumes, some 300 well-wishers, family members, and the celebrator’s friends from the sugar industry sector and the Capitolville Walkers greeted Bob Cuenca on his 70th birthday bash, at the Ballroom of L’Fisher Hotel Bacolod, recently.         

It was a memorable night of good music, food and gathering of everyone close to us, said his eldest daughter, Chole Cuenca-Chua, who attended to the guests and visitors with Bob’s wife, Agnes, daughter Carla Cuenca-Gequillana, son Bobby, and daughter-nurse, Valerie Cuenca-Niere, who had to jet in from the United States to be at the family’s special gathering.

Country music echoed in the carpeted halls of Bacolod's social headquarters. The celebration was officially opened at around 6:30 with a thanksgiving prayer for meals led by son-in-law Ray Garcia.  Cowboy vests and hats were distributed to guests. Most notable that evening was planter Nonoy Zayco who came dressed as an Indian! Being the lone “Indian” among the hundreds of cowboys, he became the favorite of the cameras that night, as friends lined up to have photos with him.                      

An accomplished Negrense, celebrator Bob is a prominent but humble member of the Confederation of Sugar Producers Association Inc., and his wife Agnes is also a name in the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental, and bakers group and garden club, among other civic involvements, and the achievements of their four children in their chosen fields of endeavor.

A highlight of the affair was a trivia game about the celebrator, as to his favorite food and his first car. Those who answered scrambled eggs and a Studebakar, respectively, and lots more of questions, took home prizes in the form of ceramic cowboy boots, and tokens.

Everyone enjoyed dancing the night away to the music provided by the 11th hour band until it was time to say adieu by 1 a.m. It was a great and memorable cowboy birthday bash that the celebrator will remember and cherish.*

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