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Cocktales galore



Wow, it just dawned on me that I haven’t posted much about my show Cocktales. Unbeknownst to many, I am actually co-hosting a talkshow produced by TV5 News and Current Affairs. It airs on Aksyon TV41. You can find Aksyon TV on free TV channel 41, or on cable via Sky Cable Digibox 59, Destiny 7, and Cignal 1. Cocktales airs every Sunday night at 9:30pm and replays the following Sunday at 12nn.

Cocktales, the name of the show, is derived from our co-host Vic Agustin’s popular column. Vic’s column was known for its business and political scoops and sometimes juicy stories. Cocktales, the talk show, has more of a business-lifestyle theme. It isn’t heavy on the controversy but we do get our share of interesting scoops. It is fun.

Here are some outtakes from the past shows.


We had Senator Bongbong Marcos. It was a bit of a scoop because it was his first interview after the Corona Impeachment Trial when he was among the three senators who voted to acquit the chief justice. OK, just to get it out of the way, yes we are shooting in a car showroom. Not just any showroom. This is the Ferrari-Maserati-Jaguar showroom.


In between takes, with Sen Bongbong Marcos. The team asked him to put on a jacket as his shirt was the same colour as the background.


What do you think of his attire? I’m liking the leather driving shoes. He says he buys Italian suits in HK and he has an amazing trusted tailor here in Manila. Mang-someone… I should have taken note of the name. He also said that his biggest critics are the women in his life – wife Liza Araneta Marcos, sisters Imee and Irene, and his mom Imelda. After every major speech, they each have something to say about his hair.


This interview was a lot of fun. There were times when Bongbong looked vulnerable, even wistful – when we asked about his sons going off to boarding school in England at a young age, and about things he remembers about his father. We also “bonded” over discussing the Lady Gaga concert. He loved it. So did I.


A few weeks before Sen. Marcos, we also had the Aquinos over – Bambam and former-Senator Butz. Here in photo is Mr. Willie Soong, owner of the luxury car showroom.


Doesn’t Bambam look so much like his uncle, Ninoy? Bambam is engaged to be married to his longtime girlfriend this year. There are also rumours that he’s considering running for Senate. He dispelled those rumours during the interview, saying he’s just focusing on social entrepreneurship.


Cita and me, shot by Cita’s niece, Bianca Araneta-Elizalde. While getting ready for the interview, Bianca played with my Olympus OM-D. She may have fallen in love with it because she bought one a week after.


I wore this navy silk jersey dress from K&Company. I was a bit charged with static from the carpet, haha. Earrings are my own creation (various semi precious stones), bracelet is the same one you’ve been seeing for months (pearls & rubies from India), and necklace is just made of rhinestones. Shoes are from Zara. This is the part when I say all my clothes during the shoots are from K&Company. Click here to see K&Company’s latest collections.


We had a fun interview with Bianca Araneta-Elizalde. As I said, she is Cita’s niece and I’ve known her for a while. It was great exchanging stories about our daughters – she also has three girls! Bianca is a full-time mom. She recently launched a maternity and nursing wear line called Eden.


Me and Vic Agustin. OK ba yung car sa background? Haha.


Very interesting guest – Michael Carandang, one of the producers of America’s Next Top Model. Michael was responsible for bringing Filipino talents like Michael Cinco, Bench and Francis Libiran to Tyra’s show.


Michael talked about his plans and wishes for working in the Philippine setting. He is so knowledgeable about producing talk shows and reality shows. His first job was with The Jerry Springer Show! Imagine that as a training ground? He then moved to the Tyra Banks show and then America’s Next Top Model.


Our group shot with Michael.


And now we pause for a Ferrari beauty shot.


I was a bit concerned about wearing big hair. But I adore Avril, our hairdresser. Complete trust.


Yes it is a bit strange that we are using the car showrooms as our set. But I love how unique it is. I especially love the street-level vibe. Complete with man-on-the-street vibe, as you’ll see in the next photo. We usually see a lot of doctors and nurses as this is just across St Luke’s. Wish we could stay here for the whole year.


I wore another comfortable jersey dress from K&Company. This has a Missoni-esque print. Oops, my earrings are still the same semi-precious stones I wore at the Bianca Elizalde interview. Note to self: rotate stuff. My huge cuffs are a gift from my friend Katherine. They’re Marni x H&M. Too bad the shoes can’t be seen. I dressed down the look by wearing jelly shoes (wedges) from Melissa.


This is that K&Company dress I posted about in my coral story. I kept it even busier by piling on my necklaces – Fenton&Fallon x J. Crew and my hefty rock crystal “gems” set in white gold. I made that a couple of years ago. I would think twice about making another one now because the price of gold is just so high. Sigh. Earrings, I made those too. Well, at least I designed them. You’ve seen them before. Oooh, this is that “magnetic coral” lipstick I raved about in the same coral story.


I have to say that I love working with my co-hosts Vic and Cita. I learn a lot from them in the hours we spend during taping – their wisdom, experience and their enthusiasm for tv interviews. This is the first time for both Vic and Cita to host a talk show. The team behind the show is a lot of fun as well. We’ve got a great group.


Our next episode will feature lovely newlyweds Paolo Trillo and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo.


Rissa is seven months pregnant. I know! She looks GREAT!!!


Paolo, Rissa and the Cocktales gang.


Earlier on we also had the children of National Artist-elect Francisco Manosa – Bambi, Dino and Gelo who are all in the business of design and architecture.


My second episode on Cocktales was with the controversial fashion designer Puey Quinones about second and third chances. He mentioned trying his hand at catering now. Here I wore a Tiffany-blue jersey wrap dress from K&Company. I stuck to classics and wore my white south sea pearl strand and studs.


Whew, that was a lot of photos and captions. Hope you liked them. Watch Cocktales this Sunday 9:30pm, Aksyon TV41. We also air internationally through TV5 International.




VIDEO: Daphne x Bench by MN8 Studio



Here’s another wonderful video coverage of the launch of my home scent line for Bench. It was produced by MN8 Studios, which also specializes in wedding and event photography and videography.

I love how they captured the details and the mood of the event. Hope you like it…


Bench / Daphne Home Scents 2 from Marty Ilagan on Vimeo.



Coral again



Coral Again collage


I was inspired to make another collage today. It had been raining in spurts the past week and for some reason, when it gets this way, I always think of marine colours. I am reminded of the times when I used to go diving – rain or shine. OK, now I’m stretching a bit. Truth is, I just got this pretty dress from K&Company. I adore the print! And that’s what inspired my collage.


01  I’m into tea towels and napkins. For everyday, we use white napkins. I’m on the lookout for prettier prints. These Jacquard Napkins from Anthropologie are looking really special. Set of 6, $32.

02  I have a similar vase in all white. So when I saw this on the Anthropologie site, my mouth watered. I’ve never cared about chrysanthemums until now.  Curvy Chrysanthemum Vase, $28.

03  This is the second time I’m highlighting this clutch from Anthropologie. Clearly, it is calling my name. Seafloor Clutch, $248.

04  I just got this dress from K & Company last week and wore it in the taping of my show Cocktales. I love the print. Coral and marine blue always make a winning combo. Dulce dress, P3,950.

05  Guaranteed to make you smile. A little kitsch can’t hurt. Jonathan Adler Whale Bookends, $150

06  My makeup artist Claire De Guzman has been using this lipstick on me during my show taping, and I totally caught the coral bug. I don’t know if I can pull it off with a semi-bare-everyday-face, but it sure looks good when I’m all dolled up. Loved it so much, I bought it today. Magnetic Coral Lipstick, L’Oreal Color Riche, PCX Stores, P625



Patrick’s Father’s Bike Day



Guys are the hardest people to buy for. When I was in university I worked during weekends in a retail shop for men called Harry Rosen. I figured it was the best way to save money because I wouldn’t care about employee discounts on menswear. But I was wrong. It had the most respected tailor shop in Canada. So I ended up ordering “made-to-measure” suit jackets for myself. I also bought my dad nice shoes and endless socks. To this day, if you were to ask me what gift you can give the Dads in your life, I would say – ties and socks. Boring.

So for Father’s Day, I asked Patrick to give me a list of what he would want. I am amazed at his level of interest in the world of bikes. For years he’s been assembling vintage and old bikes – fixed gears, racers etc. It’s a whole lifestyle. Now I get it.


BicycleGuy Collage


01 Cycling shoes designed by a Vietnamese man who studied design in the UK. It’s for single/fixed gear riders. QuocPham Fixed, £99.

02 I see a few of these around the house. Patrick uses them always. They’re called cycling birettas. They originally carried logos of team sponsors. Campagnolo Cycling Cap, $18.

03 They’re called BCGs. Birth-control glasses. Woman-repeller. This one’s from Etsy for $84.00. We found standard US military-issue vintage Horn Rim Birth Control Eye Glasses GI US Military Soldier in eBay for as little as $19.

04 This is the most-coveted cycling jersey. British-made Rapha is the Savile Row of cycling wear. Rapha Classic Sportwool Jersey, $195.

05 The H-Type Brompton folding bike in British racing green, designed for a more upright riding position.