Tea at Three with Mary Halpine and Ann Seabright

  

Tea at Three with Mary Halpine and Ann Seabright
By: Michelle Krystle T. Lin


It was a lovely afternoon for a Tea Party at the Tatad residence held in honor of World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) guests the new World Youth Alliance President Mary Halpine, Chairman of the Board Ann Seabright, and soon to be WYAAP Director, our very own, Renelyn Tan.


Tea Party guests from different backgrounds and professions were all dressed nicely and filled at first the Tatad living room, and then the patio which extends into a beautiful botanical garden. You have guests that have come from far-flung places like Aliah Dimaporo from Mindanao; National Committee members like Desiree Go, Gail Pelayo, JP Tecson; Oliver Tuazon from UP Diliman, amongst many others. The Tea Party also had a buffet that boasts of mango cream pie, banana crème cakes, fruits, some pastries, several kinds of cheese, and tea plus other varied beverages. Guests and hosts alike were moving around getting to know other guests and enjoyed meeting Mary and Ann. WYAAP interns Miko Alivia, Angelica Dy, Michelle Lin, and Chris de Vera were also invited to the Tea Party and got to meet former WYAAP interns (some now members of the National Committee), Aliah Dimaporo WYAAP representative from Mindanao, and Renelyn Tan’s little sister Relyn who was eager to know what WYAAP interns do for World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific.


Photo opportunities arose so WYAAP interns Angelica and Michelle (like paparazzi) went around taking photos of guests talking to Mary and Ann, guests within their own groups, guests mingling with other guests, and of course photos of us—WYAAP interns. The Tea Party lasted till around six o’ clock in the evening and there were still some guests at the Tatad residence left chatting up a storm. At the end of the Tea Party, laughter and stories continue to fill the Tatad living room until what seemed to be seven-thirty in the evening.  I’m glad that the Tea Party was a success, thanks to Erika Tatad who was willing to host it at her own home. From and intern’s perspective, I’m just glad that I finally got to meet some of the people I have contacted through phone or e-mail prior to the Tea Party and that I am able to share what I know about the World Youth Alliance, as one with first-hand experience.