#LOVE21BC

In a time when marriage and being in a relationship become more challenging it is so inspiring to see a marriage shine and succeed. My friends Butch and Cris Albert recently celebrated their 21st year of marriage with a beautiful celebration in Tagaytay.
I am deeply grateful to Cris for entrusting me with the task of creating the clothes for herself and the entire entourage. We have been working on this celebration for over a year now and finally I can share with all of you the fruits of all our efforts.
The theme of the anniversary was Marie Antoinette in her secret garden eating Ladure’ macaroons. I delved deeply in looking for the perfect French Lace and I was so happy that I was able to find this gorgeous silver, blush and dove grey Chantily lace from Solstice. We were inspired by   french pastry treats and wanted to use delicious colours  such as lavenders, lilacs, cornflower blue and a pale pistachio.
The wedding took place in the beautiful Antonio’s restaurant which was the perfect background to celebrate their love with their closest family and friends.
I just wanted to share with all of you some photos of this beautiful occasion and to personally thank Butch and Cris for making us a part of their memories.

Cris’s anniversary gown was made from French lace and silk tulle in colours of champagne, blush and dove grey.

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DOMIN8 ACTIVE WEAR

If you are a fitness buff then I’m excited to share with you the latest in active wear Fashion. My friend and former fitness model, Ziggy Bautista has released a new line, Domin8 for comfortable lift wear and lifestyle clothing with an edge at a reasonable price.The brand prides itself on quality materials and ethical sourcing. The first collection was designed for men and consists of 6 styles in four Domin8 colors. It is comprised of vests, stringers, and light hoodies as well as accessories such as snap backs, straps, bags and knee sleeves. For my friends out there in Hong Kong, pls feel free to visit their pop up store on August 8 and 9 at Little Square-21 Square Street, Sheung Wan. For everyone else, don’t worry because Domin8 will also be available online! Enjoy!

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Manila Mafia – DOMICILLO

On the final stretch of our Manila Mafia experience we all decided to spend the night at this new 8 room boutique hotel called DOMICILLO! I have heard about this from several of my friends who only had good words to say about this little hotel overlooking the majestic Taal lake. https://www.facebook.com/pages/domicillo-TAGAYTAY/759974454081092

Checked in Domicillo at night.

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MANILA MAFIA in Tagaytay! Antonio’s + Qi spa

A weekend trip to Manila is not complete without a visit to Tagaytay! A quick hour and a half drive out of the bustling city will do anyone real good! I was so happy that I was able to get a beautiful table for all my friends. Antonio’s is still for me my absolute favorite restaurant in The Philippines if not the world. We all had such a wonderful experience that it truly should have a Michelin star. Each and everyone of my guests were just beyond happy. http://antoniosrestaurant.ph.

The Manila Mafia loving our beautiful table at Antonio’s.

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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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