About Urban Zone



OBB of Urban Zone


I owe many of you an explanation.

Since Friday, January 6, 2012 Urban Zone® hasn’t been airing in ABS-CBN Channel 2 and The Filipino Channel (TFC). I have read all your comments of support both here and in the UZ Fan Page. As much as I wanted to answer all your questions last month, please understand that I just couldn’t.

The pulling out of Urban Zone was purely a business decision by our producers. As you know, Bayan Productions was a block-timer on ABS-CBN.

Despite being a small independent production, UZ earned the respect and support the design, construction and real estate industries. UZ has become a very influential medium – for that I thank our loyal advertisers and viewers. Because of the continued support that UZ enjoys from the market, I am energized to keep working on the UZ brand. Though UZ as you knew it doesn’t exist anymore, it may be back in another form, another medium.

To the many loyal fans of the show, thank you for your support and appreciation of our work. Thank you for finding inspiration in the weekly stories my team and I did. Because of you, our creativity and quest for “scoop” homes never stopped.

I am grateful to Bayan Productions who trusted me with a concept that was new in a territory that was then uncharted. Thank you for trusting me and giving me the independence to produce this show.

To my team – Manny, Denmark, Stanley, Maila, Princess and all our technical crew, we had a great run! You are the best in the industry and I am looking forward to the day we can work together again. Thank you for the friendship and good times.

To ABSCBN and TFC, Maraming salamat! I will always be grateful that through your network, we were able to reach millions of Filipino viewers abroad – many of who are working hard, away from family, in order to give them a better life and a new home. Thank you for giving UZ the opportunity to inspire a huge market, promote Filipino design and to help drive an industry forward.

To all the Urbanistas, I hope you like the homes that I’ll be featuring in this blog in the meantime.

Thanks, all!


More organic products



Argan Oil
Moroccan Argan Oil, P1,500 for 30ml at The Souk Organics Boutique.


Almost every leading cosmetics brand now uses Argan Oil in their product lines. The first time I tried it was late last year during a shoot for Urban Zone. The owner of the house introduced me to the product. She told me that it was known as the “liquid gold” of Morocco. It can be used on all parts of the body from hair to face to legs and nails.

This rare oil is made from the nuts of the Argan tree, which grows in no other part of the world except in the Southwestern region of Morocco. It is high in vitamin E and is known as the purest anti-oxidant. The oil is golden coloured and contains high levels of phytotestorols, squalene, essential fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acids – all of which do wonders to the skin, hair, and nails. Because it is rare, argan oil and Argan Oil based products tend to be very expensive.

I have a few argan oil products from different brands now. The others, I use on my hair and I massage on my legs to keep them moisturized. This bottle from Souk International contains pure argan oil with no other mixture and is certified organic by Europe-based ECOCERT. I use it sparingly on a little patch of eczema on my knee. Sparingly because it’s not cheap and a little drop goes a long way. It hasn’t completely healed my eczema but it keeps it moisturized and controlled. I apply it every day. It sits by my bedside. I also use it on my dry elbows.

Upon doing some research, pure argan oil claims it can soften skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce skin irritation and redness, especially in the treatment of acne, blemishes, eczema, psoriasis and skin asthma, make scars and keloids less noticeable, prevent stretchmarks, stimulate new hair growth and more. You can apparently mix it with your current skin care and haircare products. Just add a few drops. I have stopped using any product on my face now so I didn’t find the urge to try it. Though many beauty editors and even Hollywood stars swear by this.

Moroccan Argan Oil is available at The Souq Organics Boutique, Unit #2, Bellitudo, #79 Katipunan St., Whiteplains, Quezon City. Contact Numbers: 727-9731, 0906-2441539, 0906-2441537. The Souq also has other brands of organic products for skin, beauty and health – like Mukti and Pangea.


MUKTI pink grapefruit lotion. Mukti is a 12-year old Australian brand that makes products  that contain only pure, high grade certified organic and 100% natural ingredients


pangea bar soaps
PANGEA soaps using whole plant essences, P450.


For more info on The Souk Organics, visit www.thesouqorganics.com


Perfectly ordinary days



I got this from reader Em Tiquio who posted a comment at my entry for Sophia’s 9th birthday.

Belated happy birthday to Sophia.
Your posts about your family remind me of Katrina Kenison’s book – The Gift of an Ordinary Day. If you have time, please do watch the video. Don’t forget to bring a box of Kleenex too!  Have a great day.



Parents, watch this. And even if you’re not a parent, trust me, this will give more meaning to your relationship with your own parents.

The thing that resonates was what my parents went through with all four of us. Now I know why the end of each summer was so sad for Mom — while I packed my things to have the time of my life in university, I left my room empty for many months… and eventually, years.

I am really grateful that I have the chance to have many perfectly ordinary days with my girls. And the seasonal perfectly ordinary days with both my parents.

This is just so lovely. Sniff…






Not my usual blogpost. But this is too funny not to repost.



TV networks and advertising peeps, go! Duh, this guy is on TV already?

Bogart, don’t lose creative control of your content. You’re hilarious!



Angel’s surprise party



Last week, I attended the surprise birthday party of my friend Angel Aquino at the Shangri-la Hotel in Makati. It was hosted by her new love. It was quite a huge production, as most surprise parties are. We were all asked to be there at a certain time in order to make the surprise work. There was a lavish dinner spread, a string quartet and an unexpected number by Joey G of Side A. We were all floored… And Angel was very surprised!


Waiting …


Angel’s entrance.


She was completely shocked.


At the grand surprise birthday party of my sweet friend, Angel
With the birthday girl.


Dolly Anne Carvajal and her friend.


Angel’s old friends John Ablaza, Tadi de Leon, Joan Bitagcol and Joey Samson.


And then out of the blue, we hear a familiar voice and the black curtains start pulling apart to reveal Joey Generoso of Side A singing at the balcony.


Joey sang his famous hits for Angel.


Surprised again!


Cheska Kramer, Alex Alikpala, Maila Cuevas, me, Angel, Denmark Alejandro and Toffie Nerviza.


Joey G and Angel


Happy birthday Angel!