Carlos Celdran’s Imelda tour



My brother is in town for a couple of weeks. Zobel school reuinion. So I’m playing hostess and tour guide.

Last Friday the rain didn’t stop. Visibility was so bad, we had to cancel our trip to Tagaytay.  Everything was rained out except Carlos Celdran‘s tours. He had Living La Vida Imelda scheduled that afternoon for a barter deal. I brought some Daphne Linens to cover me, my brother and my eldest daughter. And we met him at the CCP.

From Carlos’ website – “It’s a tour all about the Philippines in the 1970’s and the tumultous era of the Cold War, Martial Law, bell-bottom jeans, & Miss Universe. Its a little bit disco, a little bit New Society, and completely Imeldific. So come take a trippy trip through two of National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin’s finest buildings as we analyze one of the most controversial periods in Philippine history as seen through the life and ambitions of the lady who defined it, Imelda Romualdez Marcos.”

But first, we had to give up our cameras. No photos allowed in the CCP. I have no idea why. Imagine if landmark buildings in New York or Paris did that? None of us would have photos of the Paris Opera House or the Lincoln Center. Anyway, that didn’t stop me. I used my iPhone all throughout the tour. Here are a few Instagrams.


CCP staircase by Leandro V Locsin. #architecture @carlosceldran
Under the stairs of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, by National Artist for Architecture Leandro V. Locsin in 1969. Always breathtaking.


PICC by Leandro V Locsin. #imeldamarcos #architecture
The tour ends up at the Philippine International Convention Center after the CCP. The PICC was built in 1976 by Locsin when the country hosted the IMF-World Bank Meeting. This is one of my most favourite buildings in Manila. I love it even more when it’s empty during a non-event like this.


The part of @carlosceldran's Imelda tour where he whips out my photo. #imeldamarcos #ccp
The part of the tour where he whips out my photo. There’s a little trivia here.


Every Filipino must see @carlosceldran 's Livin La Vida Imelda tour.
I wish every Filipino could go on this tour. Very interesting perspective on a story that’s been told and retold many times. My daughter enjoyed the architecture part. She also loved Tito Carlos’ disco dancing moves. There were parts with adult content, but the words were not graphic anyway.

Carlos’ site warns, “Tour has slightly adult content (PG18). Children may join upon parental consent.”


For a complete listing of Carlos’ Walk This Way tours, visit his blog, email him at or text +63 920 9092021 to confirm reservations.






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Here are more photos of Comfit from the time I wore it in Urban Zone.


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The prices won’t hurt your budget.


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Actress Julia Montes attended the opening of Comfit (a couple of months ag0).


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Also at the opening was actress Rhian Ramos (photo is from September 2011).


You can find Comfit at these locations –
3rd Floor, The Block at SM City North EDSA (02 921 8230)
3rd Floor, 50th Ave. Robinsons Galleria (0927 974 7673)

Comfit shoes also available in all Michael Antonio branches in:
2nd Floor, Archaeology Section, Powerplant Mall (02 846 9850)
3rd Floor, Newport Mall, Resortsworld (02 846 8128)
3rd Floor, TriNoma (0927 864 1416)
2nd Floor, The Annex at SM City North EDSA (02 355 3081)

You may view their latest styles and check out more photos from their launch in Facebook.




Lovely stuff



I got a gift from my friend Angelique who lives in France. She gave me a physical copy of Milk Decoration magazine. She introduced me to this publication and I just love the entire sensibility of real people’s homes and rooms for kids. Nothing is contrived or “designed.” No over-decoration here. Just real, organic, homegrown style. I’d never held the magazine before. I was only subscribed to it digitally. So when she gave me this copy, I was so thrilled. The feel of paper, the thickness of the cover, the smell of the pages. Yay to books and printed matter. Thanks Angelique.


In keeping with the tradition of reading from real paper, I’ve never let go of my love for hand-writing notes in pretty stationery. I usually carry with me a modern calligraphy pen (like a marker but with a flat tip). This is a wonderful rediscovery – a Sheaffer pen. It was a gift from National Book Store via Joy Buensalido PR. I swear, these people know me so well. I love the feel of this roller ballpoint pen. The finish, in brushed gold, is just so lovely and luxurious. I have yet to figure out what model this is. It could be Sheaffer Legacy.

Sheaffer is available in National Book Store branches: SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, Trinoma, Shangri-La, Greenbelt 1, Glorietta 5, Robinsons Ermita, Quezon Ave., and Alabang Town Center.


Guerlain sent me some Christmas presents. This is just lovely. Rouge de Guerlain lip colour. The packaging is incredible. The lipstick is shaped like a silver bullet.


Then it slides open to reveal a mirror.

The lipcolour is #25 Garconne.


Again, lovely packaging and product design of Guerlain Lingerie de Peau creme foundation and concealer. I like multi tasking products. This also has SPF.


I haven’t really started shopping for gifts yet. Is it just me, or are the Holidays zooming by so fast? I can’t believe it’ll be Christmas in less than two weeks. I have to start planning what we are going to eat on Christmas day! First… I better get my gift shopping started.

How are you guys coping with the Holiday rush?



St. Francis Shangri-La Place Grand Penthouses




I had the privilege of hosting the unveiling of St. Francis Shangri-La Grand Penthouses a few weeks ago. This photo shows me standing in the corner of one of the bare units. Check out the height!


I’ve been very curious about St. Francis Shangri-La Place in Ortigas. I know a few people who’ve bought units there. But I’d never been inside before until I hosted the event. I actually have a side story that goes with this. Those who follow me on Twitter may remember the day I had to get off my car and take the MRT during rush hour because EDSA was in a standstill. This was the event I had to go to. Luckily, St. Francis is connected to Shangri-La Plaza mall which is also connected to the MRT Shaw station.


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This was the view from the penthouse, I snapped from my iPhone. That’s EDSA – the traffic I left behind.


St. Francis Shangri-La Place is a good looking building – clad in glass with 61 storeys, it is one of the tallest residential developments in the Philippines. The units that were unveiled were up in the penthouse. There are 8 penthouses – three have already been sold. They’re pretty spectacular. Floor areas range from 510 to 650 square metres, all with three levels – 59th, 60th, 61st. The top-most level is the private infinity pool. Incredible!

After the brief program, I took the guests on a tour of a beautifully designed 547 sqm unit by renowned interior designer Manny Samson and Associates. No expense was spared when Manny Samson designed the space – it “exuded elegance, comfort, and world-class luxury, showcasing that which has always been friendly and familiar —Filipino ingenuity.”


Upon entering, one can instantaneously experience the unit’s bright and airy feel.


This sparkling Capiz shell chandelier is individually etched with various patterns creating a lattice- like effect


“Casual elegance and modernism with floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer amazing cityscape views of the metro.”


This chandelier is the pièce de résistance! It measures 5.1 metres and further emphasizes the double volume ceiling.


It wasn’t easy capturing the magnitude of the space. Just imagine a very high space, floor to ceiling windows on both sides, all set in a backdrop of polished chrome, silver gilding and high end fabrics.


Click “More…” to see the rest of this spectacular penthouse in St Francis Shangri-la Place


Dole x Operation Smile



The Dole Banana Morning Smile promo – an online contest that urged fans to post creative photos of them with a banana smile – turned out to be a great success. The promo launched through this site,, last October 24. Do you remember how I kept retweeting the promo on Twitter and Facebook? I was encouraging more people to join the contest so that more kids would get bananas.

For every entry from the “Banana Morning Smile” promo, Dole Fresh Philippines donated a cluster of DOLE® Bananas to the missions of Operation Smile Philippines. The company also fulfilled one of its commitments last November 17, 2011 at the Ospital ng Makati, its sponsorship of four (4) cleft lip / palate operations representing the duration in weeks that the promo ran.


The photo entries were displayed in Greenbelt 5 last week.




Banana Morning Smile beneficiaries of cleft lip/palette surgery through Operation Smile. (L-R) Elaiza Faith Colinares, Alexander Bungalon, Felix Ingrid Flores and Merry Joy Taon.


Click “More…” to see the winning entries.