THE CELEBRANTS: Drs. Eduardo and Erlina Farcon during “Celebrating Life, Celebrating Love” double celebration at Tides Estate in North Haledon, N.J. on April 18, 2015.  (Cesar N. Lopez Photography)


IN our little world of make believe, we sometimes dreamed that we were in the midst of a grand celebration, surrounded by beautiful people, with flowing champagnes, ethereal food served on long buffet tables, and the place punctuated with divine ambiances, while the outdoor decors were made of God-painted brilliant spring flowers.

Such is a dream celebration.

But the double celebration at The Tides Estate in North Haledon, N.J. on April 18, 2015, is a dream come true.

The party, dubbed as “Celebrating Life. Celebrating Love,” is a lifetime testimonial of the Farcon and Lobrin families to honor one of their own: Drs. Eduardo and Erlina Farcon, for their remarkable milestones of their life’s journey.

It was Erlina’s 75th birthday anniversary, and at the same time, their 51st wedding anniversary.

What a wonderful coincidence!

The siblings, Dr. Cayetano “Eddie” Farcon and his lovely wife Dr. Armie Farcon, along with brother Patrick and wife Cherilyn, sisters Tina and Belle, married to Tony Loicono and Albert Cabreara, respectively, all planned, coordinated and choreographed this memorable party of the year.

The venue, also known as The Tides Estate — an out of town favorite for grand parties — is nestled on the idyllic hilltop overlooking the greening meadows, bordered by numerous lakes that abut the wealthy enclave of Franklin Lakes town.

The program starts with the couple walking down the spiral staircase, carefully watching every step along the way, while gleefully waving at the many guests that were related to them by family ties, by their careers, or by their friendships that spanned a lifetime of more than 50 years.

Ed and Erl, as we fondly call them, were strangers to me in that cold winter day of 35 years ago, when their car stopped at a bus stop, gesturing to me to come closer.

I thought they were asking me for directions.

But no, they were actually inviting me to come aboard their Mercedes-Benz for the daily commute to NYC.

That chance invitation, I mean, their unexpected kindness to a stranger, showed the kind of heart they have.

Ed and Erl first met at the University of Sto. Thomas, Manila, where he was a professor at the UST Faculty of Medicine, while she was one of his many students.

Erlina was the eldest daughter of the late Congressman Artemio Lobrin, a lawyer and dean of the Ad U’s college of law.

The election contest for the seat of Batangas congressional seat was hotly contested at that time, when Atty. Artemio Lobrin ran against Jose Laurel IV of the powerful Laurel political dynasty.

Lobrin won by 586 votes.

She worked as an anesthesiologist in downtown New York until her retirement.

Ed who also retired not too long ago was previously connected with the NYU Faculty of Medicine as clinical professor in the department of urology.

He was also the first president of the APPA.

Among his patients were well-known celebrities, from Hollywood stars to NFL athletes.

During former President Ronald Reagan’s urological surgery, Dr. Farcon was featured in TV interviews and print media as TV anchor Tom Brokaw’s resource person.

In his speech, Dr. Farcon offered a tribute to the late Bert Pelayo, founder and publisher of the Filipino Reporter, which brought tears to Linda and daughter Joy Pelayo-McCarthy. Pelayo and Farcon were very close friends.

Among the many well-wishers were: Atty. Aris & Dr. Alice Francisco; Drs. Cesar & Vivy Malantic; Drs. Rolly & Emma Aquino; Dr. Isagani Payumo; Drs. Bienvenido & Tess Valencia; Mr. Vic & Dr. Grace de Jesus; Dr. Sol Alcantra and Dr. Amparo Yuzon; Dr. Lino Mier and Dr. Rory Vallestero;

Mr. Reuben & Arlene Abella; Mr. Elmer & Rheci Abustan; Mr. Ernesto & Nancy Simpliciano; Dr. Ros & Nilda Largoza; Drs. Carlos & Imelda Ong; Mr. Ed & Edith Esquieres; Mr. Ric & Nardz Santos; Dr. Tony & Cely Rosal; Dr. Aurelio & Divina Luna; and Mr. Ernesto & Dorie Dolores.

The highlight of the party was the dance exhibitions of the two siblings Jaryd & Jhailyn, both gifted and accomplished performers.

The two were children of Drs. Eddie and Armie Farcon, both dentists in Fords, N.J.

Jaryd Farcon and his partner Cara Campos won as the junior champion of the popular TV’s Dancing With the Stars.

Currently, Jaryd is ranked first place, along with his partner Kyla Dzhaniashvili, in the World Danceport Competition held last month in Baltimore, Maryland.

His theatre credits include Broadway’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Julie Taymor, who is known for her works in The Lion King and Spiderman.

Meanwhile, Jhailyn Farcon was featured as one of the performers of “Billy Elliot the Musical.”

She was a member of the troupe that took a six-month tour across the U.S. and South America.

She was a regular in the New York Knicks cheerleaders, and recently with the Brooklyn Nets team.

The party is now over, but the memories will stay on.

We are thankful for the invitation, and for the opportunity to meet old and new friends.

Long live, Ed and Erl — and we hope to live long enough — to share with each other — more celebrations of life and love — by the grace of God.

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