The Manila Mafia at GALLERY VASK!

While I was planning my friend’s trip to Manila, Carmina Jacob was in my office for a meeting and I got excited preparing the itinerary. She reminded me that Gallery Vask has this beautiful Modern FIlipino degustation created by super talented chef Chele.

Drinks before dinner at the lounge which was so interesting. There were so many conversational pieces abound.

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Miadore’s After Earth Collection

One of my favorite things to do when I launch my new collection is to review the accessories from our suppliers. We always brief them about our  theme so they are in sync with our pieces. One of those suppliers is Yekky Balingit for Miadore. I adore Yekky’s pieces every season as they always have a way of complementing  our clothes. For his After Earth collection he was inspired by stones and their interesting formation and texture. He always has a way of imagining a story around his creations and for this one, he thought of them as being evidences from our past. Yekky used raw quartz formation and agate slabs mounted on clear acrylic sheets with a round metal choker. He also added a bit of baroque pearls to add rough elegance to the series. Im excited to share this with you and I hope you are as enthralled as I am by the uniqueness and beauty of his pieces!

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The MANILA MAFIA visit! DAY 1

I recently played tour guide and host to a group of friends ,half of whom have never been to the Philippines. I for one believe that we Filipinos are the best ambassadors for our country. If we present our country in the best possible light there is no way that any visitor will not fall in love with our country and our people.

The Manila Mafia gang begins the weekend in ARUGA!

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SONA 2015

Designing gowns for the State of the Nation address has been a tradition for me and its one of those projects that  I really look forward to. It is a very special occasion for my clients and I make sure to take the time and care to really create a gown that would complement them. The Fashion should not overpower the gorgeous, strong and smart women that are wearing my designs, thus I have to ensure that there is a balance. I also have to be very highly innovative so I can create variations on our traditional Filipiana attire to make it more appropriate for the modern Filipina. Hope you enjoy my sketches as I have enjoyed designing them!

 

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Cheryl Hironaka @19!

I have been so blessed by having several circle of friends that enrich my life. With each passing phase of our lives you end up collecting all of these beautiful people and ultimately creating long lasting relationships. Some of these friendship have stood the test of time and one such friendship is my friend and artist Cheryl Hironaka.

Here with Cheryl and her biggest fan Diego Francisco! Flanking her is my other dear sweet heart Joanna Preylser-Francisco!

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MUSINGS WITH THE MUSES by Jesus Lloren

Art has always had a great and deep relationship with fashion. There is this line that intersects and creates some of the most inspired conversations. This was perhaps the main line of thought and purpose when my dear friend Jesus “Jojie” Lloren created this collection that he first showed at the annual Red Cross ball last year. I am really so happy that Jojie decided to put up this fashion exhibition. You see, in a fashion show presentation ,you have this overwhelming sensations of lights, music and models. More often than not you miss out on certain elements that you wouldn’t immediately catch at first glance.

This is really a milestone. To show at the CCP is a real honour.

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THEORY OF CONGRUENCE LAUNCH

I have been blogging about this collection for the past weeks and I’m excited that we finally launched it last Saturday, July 18. The easy elegance of our pieces was mirrored by the relaxed ambiance of our store interior. The white walls opened up the space with added texture from the wood grains. The whole set up was an interaction of sleek lines, neutral palettes, interesting textures and clean pieces.

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Last few hours in ROME. #Ristorante34

What to do when you have exactly 2 hours to kill in Rome? Well if you’re like me and Nix, you eat! We had time to kill in Rome before we took our flight home from Europe and we decided that the best thing to do is eat. We headed back to Ristorante 34 http://www.ristoranteal34.it/eng/ We have so many fond memories of this restaurant as we celebrated Nix’s birthday here a few years ago and it was really delicious. It’s located just behind the Spanish steps and it’s not difficult to find.

Blue skies in Rome!

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#LIVEAIDSXXX

Perhaps if there was one thing I would like to do all over again if I had the  opportunity to do so is go to the University of the Philippines for college. I recently paid the campus a visit and I was enthralled. It was so beautiful, lush, wide and green. I also felt this particular energy that was both inspiring and riveting.
I was in UP to see the 30th anniversary show of the Mass Communications org of SAMASCOM called LIVE AIDS. Now on it’s third decade, this comedy show is the longest running comedy show in the Philippines. I have had the chance to see this show before and it is truly one of the funniest and most intelligent comedy shows that you will ever see in the Philippines.

FULL HOUSE for LIVE AIDS at the Abelardo Hall.

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CAROLINE ISSA + HARLAN & HOLDEN

One of my favourite Philippine grown brands, Harlan and Holden recently invited me to a round table discussion with Caroline Issa. If you haven’t heard of her then I suggest that you look her up ASAP. Caroline is one true fashion force! She is one of the most photographed fashion insiders in the world and her style and influence has propelled her to several directions that all spell true style. As one of the founders and creative energies for TANK magazine, Caroline has grown to be one of the true sage voices of our current generation.

Harlan & Holden set this beautiful space in the middle of Green belt.

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