August 3rd, 2015
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
July 31st, 2015
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.
July 30th, 2015
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.
July 29th, 2015
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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July 28th, 2015
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.
July 27th, 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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July 23rd, 2015
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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July 23rd, 2015
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.
July 22nd, 2015
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. Read the rest of this entry »
July 15th, 2015
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.