Auction for Action Catalog



Auction for Action 2012 Catalogue
The auction catalog is now available online through this Flickr album.

Bloom Easy Armchair lime green
Bloom, by Kenneth Cobonpue


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Keep track of all the updates through the UNICEF Philippines website. Auction goes live October 1 to 7.







Daphne® stuff



I had a gazillion of these postcards made for my booth at World Bex last March. I had spent so much on all this branding (good quality paper and design) that I was very careful about distributing them during the 3-day trade fair. I didn’t want to run out before the show ended. And look, now I ended up with so much left over. I use them as stationery and my funny business card sort of thing. The thing about having a self-named brand is that no matter how it’s viewed, I will always look like a self-promoter. Yikes. Haha.


This is part of the batch I sent out to the winners of my last raffle months ago.


My heart still skips a beat every time I see a DAPHNE® display in Bench or Dimensione. This is the one in Bonifacio High Street.


They look so lovely here! I must say, they make the best gifts. Really. I often randomly walk in to Bench or Dimensione to buy a few bottles when I have to give gifts.


I always get asked which one is my personal favourite. But that’s like asking me which of my daughters I love most. They are all the same. Acres of Lavender is the best-seller because I think lavender is the universal scent for relaxation. It is also the most familiar among the three. The more adventurous ones go for Homemade Lemon Tart. This is the one that is most talked about. You smell more of the cookie tart rather than the citrusy lemon. It’s a great mix. Then the Mint Jasmine Infusion smells the most refreshing.


Since it is already Christmas in Manila (it has been since the last week of August), early planners should consider getting Daphne Home Scents to fill up their list.


It’s Christmas in Dimensione.


I love that my bottles are displayed at the check out counter!


If I saw this at the check out counter, I would buy impulsively.


Not so hard-sell, self-promoting, eh?



Christmas Photos



Info page


Thank you so much to many of you who signed up for Photos for a Cause in support of Issay Tanabe’s cancer treatment. So many people are coming together for this cause — photographers, volunteers, donors and you.

Special mention goes to Olympus for donating a VG170 camera. It’ll be raffled off at the event. And thanks to my Procter & Gamble family for donating gift packs to be given out to the first 30 sets of participants.

The event is this Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 at the Blue Leaf, McKinley Hill 8-5pm.




Please consider booking your family’s Christmas photos with Real Kids on Saturday Sept 29, 2012 8-5pm at Blue Leaf Pavilion. There will be four “locations” within Blue Leaf. You can use two out of the four “locations”. For only P3,500 you get two sets of 10 shots inclusive of 11×14 print and a DVD of the shots.

No reservations required. But to ensure some order during the day, please indicate whether you plan to come in the morning or after lunch. Call/text Doods Tanabe at 0922 896 8201.



Elle Decoration Launch



Elle Decor just happens to be one of my favourite magazines. I have it in Zinio in different versions. And I have it in print, American version.

This Thursday, the Philippines will finally have it’s very own Elle Decoration magazine through Summit Publishing.

And how surreal is it that I’ll be hosting the launch??? OMG. Thrilled. Beyond.


ED Covers
Celebrating its 25th year as the best selling luxury shelter title in the world, ELLE Decoration Philippines joins the ranks of ELLE Decoration France, ELLE Decor US, ELLE Decoration UK, ELLE Decor Spain, ELLE Decor Italy, and ELLE Decoration South Africa as the brand’s 26th edition.



Bench Universe



I’d never seen a Bench underwear show before. Knowing that this year is a very special one being the brand’s 25th anniversary, I mentioned it to Kristine Lim of Suyen Corporation. Since we are all family now (hehe), she sent me three tickets in the Lower Box. I brought Ingrid and Isabel. All three of us were Bench underwear show virgins.


With Ingrid Go and Isabel Gatuslao. It was a hoot being with these girls. MOA Arena is huge. Even though we had great seats, it was hard to identify who was walking the ramp. (I’m making a lousy excuse of course. We just really didn’t know who was who. Everyone looked stunning and that’s all that mattered.) Here are some I’ve identified. Please correct me if I’m wrong.


Enchong Dee descends from above and jumps off a suspended row boat…


… and gets on stage this way.


Models. (All photos taken using my Olympus OMD).


Kim Chiu just being pretty.


Kim Chiu and Jake Cuenca


Diether Ocampo and bike.


Richard Gomez


I see Richard Gomez, Diether Ocampo…


A closer look at Diether’s abs.


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