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I have a confession to make. Amidst the advent of electronic music and dancing the “Nae Nae” (OMG, pardon the pun, whip me please!), I will always have an attachment for classic music genres. Call me old fashioned, but in my opinion, it is more soulful and meaningful.  Hence, one rainy Sunday afternoon, when I was listening to the timeless music of Patti Austin (kids, Google!), her song, “Through The Test of Time,” lingered in my mind (and heart) as I was writing this column.

Please pause with the lyrics and sing a duet with this columnist:


“So we’ll take it one day at a time; And leave all our worries behind; No matter which road that we choose; As long as we got each other; No way we can lose; We can make it through love; Through the test of time.” 


Sitoy and Rachel sealed it with a kiss.  Cheers to love!

Thank you for indulging me with this beautiful song (bravo!), I truly appreciate it!

There is absolutely something authentic about this song and its truth I whole-heartedly dedicate to my dear good friends – Sitoy and Rachel De Guzman – on the occasion marking their 28th Wedding Anniversary. 

A moment with great friends – Rachel De Guzman with Johnny Litton, Leo Valdez, and Tess Schoefe

They recently celebrated their anniversary with an intimate six-course dinner menu specially prepared by Chef Jessie Sinsioco and her culinary team. Nearly 50 of the couple’s close friends and family gathered over great food and even better company at the tony Rockwell Club. 

Manny Lopez with Mayenne Carmona and Philip Dizon; Ito Curata with Anna Sia

Each course was carefully selected by the couple.  It was so delicious, the feeling of love overflowed! It was an exquisite meal to break bread which truly complemented the evening’s celebration. The dessert, Flambéed Mango a la mode, (I was told by Chef Jessie) was a favorite of Pope Francis during his visit in the Philippines. I must concur, it was simply divine!

Romy and Ruth Rodriguez enjoying their moment; DermAsia’s Nikki Tang welcomed by Sitoy

In my previous column, I wrote about Tiffany and Co., and delved on how the wedding band is revered as the most authentic symbol that embodies that emotion of trust and commitment. Therefore (regardless of bling), if this promise is kept sacredly and lasted for many years, it’s worth celebrating!

Seattle-based Marc Geriene with wife Hera; Lottie de Guzman, Rachel De Guzman, and Maria Morris

“I have learned that being mindful of each other, as husband and wife, results in a happier and satisfying relationship, putting Christ in the middle of our marriage and choosing family first regardless of circumstances,” expressed Rachel De Guzman – who was radiant that night in her red hot ensemble – to this columnist 

Mia Reyes and New York-based Michael Dela Cruz with his sister Rachel; Wilfredo Cabangon with wife Maritess Manlongat-Cabangon
at the intimate dinner affair

“I feel joy whenever we spend out of town trips with our family to enjoy each others’ company.  Savoring the beautiful bond that we share together makes me feel truly in the moment,” she added.

Sitoy and Rachel de Guzman during their 28th Anniversary Dinner; The couple’s Best Man on their wedding 28 years ago, Manny Lopez with stunning wife Suzette Hahn-Lopez; A lovely moment with Yoli Ayson.

When this columnist commented about the radiant glow of Rachel that evening, her husband quipped: “I am so happy making my wife feel beautiful; and she stays beautiful for me.” I couldn’t agree more with Sitoy.   

Best friends for life, Sitoy’s childhood buddy, Robby Lugtu; Jemellie Gonzales with Alexander Salvador

In the spirit of the occasion, all the invited guests came together (and toasted with a glass full of champagne) to celebrate Sitoy and Rachel’s enduring love and their milestone as a married couple spanning 28 years. The couple (of course) sealed it, yet again, with a kiss.

Robby and Tessa Lugtu are present for their best friends; The man behind Ann Ong’s success
as a designer, Jason Ong

The road to a lasting relationship, I would like to believe, is never a paved path.  It will always have its obstacles. There is no shortcut to its success. However, when in doubt, listen to the music (of old songs or new) and find truth that it’s an enduring partnership that will never be displaced if there is love. 

In the love story of Sitoy and Rachel – the odds are in their favor, and will always be through the test of time. 

Cheers to love!


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