Maggie’s Feast for Tita Lily

Steamed Birthday bun; the big bun in the center contains the smaller buns inside at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily (right) was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum (left) last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Steamed Birthday bun; the big bun in the center contains the smaller buns inside at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily (right) was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum (left) last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Bautista

If there’s anything that Lilia B Yang was known for apart from her generosity is her love for food. Last December 9, 2012, Maggie Yum threw her a lavish advanced birthday bash at the Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri-la Hotel. My aunt’s birthday is actually on December 26 and I had never seen her as happy as I did on that day.

Steamed Birthday bun; the big bun in the center contains the smaller buns inside at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily (right) was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum (left) last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Steamed Birthday bun; the big bun in the center contains the smaller buns inside at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily (right) was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum (left) last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tita Lily with Cua Family at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tita Lily with Cua Family at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Maggie’s gesture was doubly touching, as she is one of my aunt’s many adopted daughters. Her whole name is Magdalen Yum and is the daughter of family friend Ernest and Mary Yum who immigrated to Hong Kong from Manila. Her father Ernest believed that the quality of education in the Philippines is superior and wanted Maggie to go back here for college. Tita Lily volunteered to let her board at her home and took her in.

from left: Francis Rivera, Carol Rivera Rosy Cua , Randy Salazar and Benboy Cua at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Francis Rivera, Carol Rivera Rosy Cua , Randy Salazar and Benboy Cua at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Avocado Salad roll at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Avocado Salad roll at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Maggie took up Accounting in Ateneo De Manila University wanting to follow her idol Lily’s foot steps who was already Financial Director of Sycip, Salazar Hernandez Gatmaitan Law Firm. Maggie eventually became First Vice President Investments at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

from left: Maggie Yum, Randy Salazar and Lilia Yang at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Maggie Yum, Randy Salazar and Lilia Yang at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Knowing full well of Lily’s love for Chinese food Maggie wanted to give her a truly memorable meal and thought of the Summer Palace at EDSA Shangri-la Hotel. We had our weekly lunches in Gloria Maris and Choi Garden both in the Greenhills area. But Maggie wanted something even more special. Tta Lily’s closest colleagues and relatives were there, Atty. Andy Gatmaitan and family, former Justice Feliciano and wife Virginia, Bonnie Sycip and family and Randy Salazar.

Chilled Fresh Scallop with Mango and Watermelon at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Chilled Fresh Scallop with Mango and Watermelon at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Maggie Yum and Willie Tong toast Tita Lily at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Maggie Yum and Willie Tong toast Tita Lily at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

I would be remiss if I don’t share the menu from that unforgettable evening:

Birthday noodles with Sea Food, Chilled Assorted Mushrooms with Crabmeat, Avocado Salad Roll, Barbecued Taro in Bacon Roll, Chilled Fresh Scallop with Mango, Double Boiled cordysap soup with sea Cucumber and chicken, Hot Prawn Salad with Fruit Cocktail, Roasted Peking Duck, Fried Fish Fillet Topped with Apple and other fruits, Minced Duck Meat bedded on a lettuce, Stewed Pork Belly Served with Steamed bun, Hot Almond Cream, Deep Fried sesame balls with red bean paste and Steamed Birthday bun.

from left: Timothy Bautista, Benjie Araneta, Baby Araneta, Lilia B Yang, Joy Bautista, Teresa Koa, and Juan Bautista at EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Timothy Bautista, Benjie Araneta, Baby Araneta, Lilia B Yang, Joy Bautista, Teresa Koa, and Juan Bautista at EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tita Lily blows the candle on her cake at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tita Lily blows the candle on her cake at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thank You Maggie, you gave Tita Lily one of the happiest times of her life by giving her the best food and the company of friends and family.

Tita Lily cuts her cake with Maggie Yum at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tita Lily cuts her cake with Maggie Yum at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Anne Dorcy Cua of Citibank shoots with her i-phone 5 at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Anne Dorcy Cua of Citibank shoots with her i-phone 5 at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Roasted Peking Duck is first prepared serving its very crispy skin with leeks and wanton wrap at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Roasted Peking Duck is first prepared serving its very crispy skin with leeks and wanton wrap at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Roasted Peking Duck is first prepared serving its very crispy skin with leeks and wanton wrap at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Roasted Peking Duck is first prepared serving its very crispy skin with leeks and wanton wrap at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Roasted Peking Duck is first prepared serving its very crispy skin with leeks and wanton wrap at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Roasted Peking Duck is first prepared serving its very crispy skin with leeks and wanton wrap at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Double Boiled cordysap soup with sea Cucumber and chicken at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Double Boiled cordysap soup with sea Cucumber and chicken at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Hot Prawn Salad with Fruit Cocktail at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Hot Prawn Salad with Fruit Cocktail at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Waiters sing happy birthday at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Waiters sing happy birthday at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Barbecued Taro in Bacon Roll at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Barbecued Taro in Bacon Roll at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Chilled Assorted Mushrooms with Crabmeat at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Chilled Assorted Mushrooms with Crabmeat at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Summer Palace Operations Manager Nancy Farm with Lily Yang in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Summer Palace Operations Manager Nancy Farm with Lily Yang in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fried Fish Fillet Topped with Apple at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fried Fish Fillet Topped with Apple at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel. Tita Lily was such a foodie, she was in high spirits in the birthday bash thrown by Maggie Yum last December 9, 2012 at EDSA Shang Hotel. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carol Rivera, Tita Llily and Ann Dorcy Cua at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Carol Rivera, Tita Llily and Ann Dorcy Cua at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Steamed Birthday bun; the big bun in the center contains the smaller buns inside at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Steamed Birthday bun; the big bun in the center contains the smaller buns inside at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

This is the back of the big Steamed Birthday Bun at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

This is the back of the big Steamed Birthday Bun at Summer Palace in EDSA Shangri La Hotel last December 9, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

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