Tuscan modern in Cebu



This is the house we featured in Cebu last week. It’s a gorgeous home with Tuscan-style architecture and modern interiors. It was designed by the homeowner herself, Nia Aldeguer – an architect. She was inspired by her family’s home in the US but adjusted the details to suit tropical conditions – lots of sliding doors and huge windows. Oh, and the two gorgeous cars (vintage Lotus something…. ) are housed in what was supposed to be a guest room converted into a pseudo-garage.




Urban Zone airs on ABS-CBN Channel 2 every Friday night after SOCO and internationally via TFC.






I started collecting antique handpainted medals in 2005. Then in 2006, I made them into charm necklaces.


Daphne Necklaces as seen in Metro April 2006
It first got featured in my old TV show F in 2005, then in Metro Magazine April 2006


UZ wearing K&Company
Then I acquired new medals (not antiques) from a craftsman in Europe and worked on the most ornate frames in Manila myself. I never stopped wearing my charm necklace. I liked piling them on. This was in 2008.


Handpainted enamel, 14k gold
In 2009, I made them in 14k gold earrings upon the encouragement of Ingrid.


For MP
I created custom-made pieces for those who really loved them. These are all in 14k gold. Medals come from Europe while a local goldsmith worked on my designs for the 14k gold frames here.


Made my first bracelet.
Then this year I made my first 14k bracelet.


Last week, I shot at home with Xeng Zulueta doing my makeup, Felicity Son groomed my hair and Dix Perez shot the photos and videos. I wore my own charm necklace.


DOP Jewelry
Before I went retail in 2008 at Accessory Lab, 2nd Floor Power Plant Mall Rockwell, I had this photo taken by Marlon Pecjo. Makeup by Xeng Zulueta.


While having my morning coffee, I saw this. Hanneli Mustaparta styled the new Dolce & Gabbana fine jewellery collection for Vogue.


Hanneli Dolce & Gabbana


I am speechless.

Same wavelength?


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UNICEF Auction: Manny Baldemor



The second UNICEF Auction for Action: The Manny Baldemor Sabrosa Series is now an active online site. Please check out www.ebay.ph/unicef from now December 5 til December 12 for the online bidding of Baldemor’s pieces. Proceeds will go to UNICEF programs for children in the Philippines.




This is a very special collection. It all happened quite fast. During dinner hosted by Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF Philippines Country Representative, Mr Baldemor and I met for the first time. Also at dinner were UNICEF Philippines’ Marge Francia and Michelle Borromeo. We were prepared to propose the idea of an online auction to Mr. Baldemor. And in an instant he whipped out his portfolio and brought out about 40 sheets of unframed canvas. He donated all the pieces to UNICEF to be auctioned off. And just like that, we had the bones for the second UNICEF Auction for Action.

The first time we did Auction for Action was June of this year. It was a huge success. It was the first time I founded a fundraising activity of this sort. I curated a mix of decorative and functional pieces from the country’s best artists and designers. In a 10-day online auction, we were able to raise P1.4 million pesos. I hope to raise double the amount next year. In the meantime, we have this wonderful collection from Manny Baldemor that I think will raise a lot of funds for Filipino children this Christmas. Not many people know that UNICEF programs in the Philippines rely solely on funds raised locally. So we really need your help here…


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Our dinner last October, when Mr. Baldemor presented us with his Sabrosa series.


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Manny Baldemor, UNICEF’s Marge Francia, UNICEF’s then-Country Representative Vanessa Tobin (her post in the Philippines has ended and I will miss her so much!), and UNICEF’s Michelle Borromeo.



The Sabrosa series was conceived during Baldemor’s art residency in Sabrosa, Portugal earlier this year. Located in the northern part of Portugal, the municipality of Sabrosa is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is also the birthplace of Ferdinand Magellan, the first European navigator who reached Philippine shores in 1521.

The series of landscapes was inspired when Baldemor took a boat ride down the great river Duoro, “I took a glance upwards as we passed a steep incline and saw vineyards of different levels that would make our own famous Rice Terraces look like anthills. It was awesome. I’ve never seen layers and layers of vines in a gigantic mountain that almost touches the sky… I wondered if the vineyards were already there 500 years ago when Ferdinand Magellan trekked from this mountain of vines, down to the River Duoro to the Atlantic and finally to the Pacific Ocean,” he said.


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Meeting Yves Carcelle



At yesterday’s cocktail reception to meet Yves Carcelle, Chairman & CEO of Louis Vuitton at the newly opened Louis Vuitton store in Greenbelt.


It was a very intimate event. And like I said I was very surprised and pleased to have been invited. It was attended by the country’s top magazine editors and publishers. It was a rare opportunity to meet the chairman of the most one of the most recognized luxury brands. Mr. Carcelle is credited to have transformed Louis Vuitton from being a trunkmaker into a “luxury behemoth” selling diverse products.

A couple of months ago, news broke out that Mr Carcelle will leave his post as Chairman and CEO to become the president of Louis Vuitton Foundation by 2013, a Frank Gehry-designed museum outside of Paris that will house the group’s art collection. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA appointed Danone executive Jordi Constans to succeed the 63-year-old Mr. Carcelle who will remain on the executive committee.


With Jean-Baptiste Debains (President of LV Asia Pacific), Yves Carcelle and Rhea De Vera (country manager of LV Philippines) unfortunately Edouard Faure, General Manager for Micronesia and the Philippines was cut off from the photo. The kind gentleman who took the photo couldn’t figure out my camera; it was zoomed in.


The LV Manila team. It was a reception-slash-working visit for Mr. Carcelle who did the rounds, met with Ayala executives and checked the back rooms. He was only in Manila for 6 hours. Like I said, rare opportunity.


I had a fashion crisis. The invite said, Attire: Business. I don’t do corporate well at all. Luckily I remembered this old dress. Does it look familiar?


Can I just say that I love my Olympus PEN EP3 and my Soft Set curls? It’s been a week and it’s holding up real well. Hee hee.






I don’t normally fall for viral campaigns. And I do not drink soft drinks at all. But I just had to share this.

I cried non-stop from beginning to end.

Very very touching.