Xeng and Xander



Here are some of the photos we did a couple of months ago. We did this for fun and for art’s sake.  This is what happens when you play around with friends who are the industry’s top artists. Makeup by Xeng Zulueta and hair by Cats Del Rosario. Photography by Xander Angeles, Edge of Light Studios.

These images are raw and unedited. No photoshop at all.








I know. I know. I’m so lucky to have Xander and Xeng as friends. Please don’t hate me. Haha.

Follow @XanderAngeles on Twitter. And for real time beauty advice, follow @XengZulueta on Twitter and check her out in Tumblr.





Philippine Star Entertainment



Featured in Philippine Star yesterday


Thank you Tet Defensor for the lovely feature in Philippine Star Entertainment last Saturday. Here is the full story.





Oh, those Xavier boys



I don’t know what exactly my title means. I just wanted to say that. I didn’t go to high school here. So I don’t really know anything about school boys here. Hee hee.

I belong to a generation that’s celebrating high school reunions. And I’m feeling a bit disconnected. I’ve missed all my reunions. Sad because I feel I had the best high school years in Notre Dame in Toronto – great friends, awesome teachers, academic excellence and extracurricular activities. I was Yearbook Editor and Student Council Secretary. I organized and produced a fundraiser, a fashion show including boys from the neighbouring school. High school in Canada took 5 years (for those who wanted to go to university and not just college). I have great memories of friends and teachers who’ve made a positive impact on my life. Thankfully through Facebook I’ve stayed in touch with some old friends. I found this video. You’ll see me in the first minute, laugh. This was the 80’s in Canada.



The girls I went to elementary with in St Scho Manila are celebrating their high school reunion next year. If I had stayed here I would have graduated with them in 1987. I’ve been invited to join the celebration and I’m dying to meet all my old school mates. Unfortunately I lost my elementary school year book, so I have nothing to refer back to. All my photo albums are under my dad’s stairs in the basement somewhere. My batch (honourary member here) organized a few fundraising activities like movie premiers and an auction of a sapphire ring. I will share some of those activities here.

I’m so thrilled about all the positivity coming out of reunions these days. My brother is coming to Manila in December to celebrate with his Zobel batch. I saw an awesome video of CSA students singing a theme song about coming back. Our friend Hecky, before he passed away last year, helped organize an All-85 batch reunion involving various private schools and they raised funds to build homes for Gawad Kalinga. Really nice.

Now here’s what the Xavier ’86 batch is doing to raise funds for the Xavier Educational Trust Fund for scholars who are currently enrolled in the San Juan campus. They are also supporting other Xavier charities like future scholars in Xavier Nuvali, alumni funds for scholarships and retired teachers.




I can’t believe this. They are raffling off a Mini Cooper! The raffle will be done electronically. You don’t have to be present at the reunion event to claim the car. So anyone can join. Each raffle ticket costs P2,500. I’m joining…


I want!


For more information on Xavier 86 reunion activities, check out their Facebook Page. To buy tickets you can contact Stanley Cheng at 09178176789 or get them from the Alumni Office, 64 Xavier st. Greenhills, SJ. Tel. 7273329 or 09175552297. Note that the winner of the car will have to pay for the taxes.





Good Housekeeping November 2011




Thank you so much Good Housekeeping! Your team is so amazing and professional! So fast too!!! Thanks for noticing me (again). This is my second GH cover. I truly appreciate it.

Folks, I hope you get a copy. Here I try to answer the question, “How do you do everything?” Funny, I just saw Sarah Jessica Parker’s movie “I don’t know how she does it” and I was in tears the whole time. Could relate. It’s really not easy being a mom who works. We always have to battle guilt and perceived failures in a few departments. But in the end of the day, it all settles itself. Then you know why you’re doing all that.

I’m working from home today and as I typed that paragraph, Stella was hanging off my back and pulling my right arm. It’s not like I can tell my 2 year-old to be serious because Mommy’s working.

I really don’t know how we do it. All moms are awesome – jugglers, multitaskers, superwomen, list-makers.

It’s Friday, long weekend again. Take it slow, enjoy the little moments. Try to squeeze in a pedicure (so cheap in Manila). Have a glass of wine with your S.O. tonight. Or by yourself! Pop in a movie. Read a book. You deserve it!





House by Periquet Galicia




Here are excerpts from the October 28, 2011 episode of Urban Zone. This house was designed by a husband and wife team. Dominic Galicia, an architect, and his wife Tina Periquet, an interior architect, each maintain their own separate practices. They’ve worked on several projects together before and here is an example of the success they attain when they put their creative minds together.

Here in her own words, Tina Periquet, principal designer of Casa Periquet.

The house was originally built for investment purposes. The owners planned to rent it out upon completion. So we were asked to design a simple, attractive three-bedroom house that wouldn’t cost the earth.

Dom and I have worked together on several other projects, and although we went to the same school (Pratt Institute) and share a passion for design as a means of expression, we differ markedly in our style and approach. We had quite a few tugs-of-war about what this house would look like. One thing we agreed on was that the house needed to appeal to the mainstream market, so it could not be too avant-garde.

Another consideration was the relatively small lot and the owner’s desire for a decent back garden. Lastly, the nearness of neighbors and lack of views made it impractical to have large wide windows except toward the back garden.

Lot size: 410 SQM
House size: 300 SQM
House footprint: 160 SQM
Cost / SQM: 30K/SQM +


The foyer in black and white marble laid in a checkerboard pattern.


I asked Tina about the style or theme. “We all agreed that we didn’t want this house to be another “modern Asian” clone, nor did we want to do a pseudo-Mediterranean villa. As far as possible, we avoid going with any prevailing style, as that is the surest way to date a house.  Generally, when we put together all the concepts, solutions and client considerations, our houses tend to design themselves. That said, I will admit that the mostly white-on-white palette was inspired by a recent family trip to the Mediterranean, where the pure white stone and white plaster of ancient and new structures made a deep and lasting impression.”


“We tend to focus, not on style, but on the creation of an experience or the weaving of a story. So at a certain point after we have worked out the space plan and considered all the issues, the house starts to evolve on its own. For instance, we wanted a lot of light and air, while maintaining privacy and keeping out noise, so we ended up with tall, narrow windows and thick plaster walls. We wanted the gracious proportions of an old-world house, which meant high ceilings and tall doorways, rhythmic repeating elements, and refined details.” – Tina Periquet.


Samples of the different types of wood used in Casa Periquet furniture.


We conducted the interview in the living and dining area. It was refreshing to see a new house that wasn’t “modern Asian” in theme.


Click “More…” to see the rest of the house.