The First order of Business in Barcelona!

I have had the good fortune of visiting Barcelona, Spain several times and because of this there are certain things that I like to do first. The best part about Spain is really the FOOD! So my first order of business is to head over to the BOQUERIA along the Ramblas http://www.boqueria.info/index.php?lang=en I go there to orient myself on what’s in season and what I would like to eat during my trip.

The water and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect as we land in Barcelona!

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#LargaDeLaurels

It’s been a really really long time since my entire family went on a vacation where everyone of us is present. Having a family business means that one of us has to be left behind to “man the store”. Usually it’s either me or my sister who is left behind while the rest go and see the world. This time however my father did not want to hear any of it and we all left en masse.
I personally was excited and anxious at the same time as moving all over Europe with 14 people in tow from ages 70 to 9 is not a piece of cake. I was designated to be the “planner” in the family and because I am an obsessive compulsive I wanted to have it all planned by the hour on the hour! LOL! So our trip begins, chronicling our adventures which will cultivate memories that will last a lifetime.

Half of the crew at the airport.

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The Tresemme Runway show!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with some of my dearest friends in the fashion industry. My friend Apples Aberin produced the show, and I collaborated with Jing Monis with the hair and make up while Robby Carmona directed the show. It was one of those beautiful collaborations where everyone wanted to do their best and come out with a magical experience for everyone.
The show was really fun and exciting. Even if I have been doing this for more than 20 years I still get super nervous and anxious. In the end it was really worth it. I just wanted to share with you some images from the show. Don’t ask me how I did all of these because blogging and taking your own photos while preparing for a show backstage is no easy feat. I wanted to capture the moment in my blog so I can share with you a bit of my fashion life.

Really happy that I got to work with my dear friend Jing Monis. We have known each other for more than 25 years. In fact he did all my sibling's weddings.

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The Peanuts Artland Exhibit

I have always been fascinated with art.This is my biggest luxury and even my fashion pieces are a testament to that. When SM invited me for the Peanuts Artland, I knew I just had to participate. I would always support a cause that celebrates Filipino and Global artistry. We were given a white Snoopy dog house which we were tasked to fill with our own brand of art. Since my summer collection ,Matisse,  is a homage to one of the greatest French artists, I used that to inspire my piece. It was fun creating cutouts of various forms and shapes and putting them all together. I felt like a child who’s curiosity and imagination was running wild with all these colors. Please do visit the Peanuts Artland Exhibit in the Sm Megamall and enjoy viewing all our creations!

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The Path to the Tresemme Runway Ready show!

The road to a fashion show is not necessarily a straight one. It is filled with lots of twists and turns, ups and downs and it’s all part of the journey of fashion. When I was tasked to collaborate and do a special fashion show for the Tresemme brand, I immediately thought about the collection and I wondered what I was going to do. Inspiration really comes from everywhere and there is no specific formula to it.

I begin by doing sample techniques.

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#ViceGandangGandasaSarili Concert

I love challenges in my job as it keeps me on my toes and makes my craft so much more exciting. When Vice chose me to design his outfit for the opening number in his concert, I just couldn’t say no. Vice is a dear friend and what he had in mind for the opening was so amazing that I just had to be a part of it. His stylist, Matt Gozun and I collaborated to make this vision come to life. I was going to be out of the country for the show and I had to rely on my amazing team via remote control. Thank goodness for internet and technology. Everything in the concert was as the title promised, WOW! From the song and dance number to Vice’s comedic skits and of course the outfit! My team worked hard to put it together on a tight deadline. You can just see all that effort. I am proud to be part of this concert! Thank you Vice for the faith and trust!

My vision of Vice for her opening act!

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We’re Hiring!

I am happy to announce that we are hiring new members of our team! It is not an easy task choosing from a pool of qualified applicants but it makes me happy to be able to discover new talent and give them a chance for growth. I’m very particular with who I hire because it is important that they not only have the necessary skill but also the right attitude that will fit our team. We are a family here and i would like to preserve that good working environment.

If you or anyone you know is interested, please feel free to submit your resume!

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KATY PERRY- PRISMATIC TOUR MANILA!

Life is really  full of surprises. I really had no intention of watching the Katy Perry “Prismatic World Tour” concert. My plate has been really full lately and normally at the end of the day I just want to go home and rest. However I think the universe really wanted me to go, as when she was here the last time I really felt bad that I didn’t make it. So imagine my surprise when a lovely fairy godmother sent tickets my way at 4pm the day of the show!

Here we go!

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#Bagkok-Kananaman

One of my favourite travel companions is Robby! We practically have seen the world together and we intend to see more of it for as long as we can. He is always so funny and we just laugh throughout our adventures.

Two of the best travelling companions in the world.

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Bangkok Escape ! #AlibangBangkok

I wanted a full and productive weekend experience in Bangkok. But it was really one of those super hot and humid days. So even if I wanted to really do everything it was physically impossible. We still managed to do quite a lot.

Started our day in this lovely little patisserie called 4 Garcons.

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