Louis Vuitton Architecture and Interior Design



Wow. Friends at Louis Vuitton Manila just sent me this book. Louis Vuitton Architecture and Interior Design. (It’s like… they know me so well. Haha.)

I’m not at liberty to say who, but someone close to me was involved in the sales/selection of metal skins that envelop most of the new U.S. stores. The person never told us until all the work was done and took us inside the store and told us the story. Now everytime I enter an LV, I always look at the metal skins.

I love it. I’m not sleeping early tonight. I’ll be reading this. In my work, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing a couple of the world’s top architects and designers. That’s my most favourite part of my job (and I’m still dreaming for more). So I’ll be reading the notes of Peter Marino, Moshen Mostafi and Jun Aoki. And soaking in all the beautiful branding, imagery, and architecture.



Thank you LV!



Olay Conversations



Here are some photos from the launch of Olay Conversations. It was an intimate gathering of media and P&G Beauty friends at Whitespace in Pasong Tamo Extension. Olay Conversations is a series of webisodes hosted by Boy Abunda focusing on women who’ve survived adversities and triumphed over life’s most difficult challenges. There are five versions. I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to one of if not all of them.

All photos from P&G Beauty.


Boy Abunda with the women featured in Olay Conversations – Priscilla Meirelles–Estrada, Mons Romulo, Bea Alonzo, Denise Laurel and Crickette Tantoco.


Boy with the subject of the first Olay Conversations, Mons Romulo. You may watch her story of heartbreak and survival here.


Denise Laurel’s webisode was shown at the event. I was most touched by her story of motherhood and her relationship with her family.


Bea Alonzo gives a different type of interview here – not the typical showbiz package.


Payless Shoes’ Crickette Tantoco has a future webisode of Olay Conversations about being a business woman, wife and mother. All webisodes will be aired in the Olay Philippines You Tube channel.


P&G Brand Communications Deirdre de Padua, P&G’s Country Purchasing Manager Shawie Sulit together with Priscilla Meirelles-Estrada and Priscilla’s gorgeous mom, Marcia Regina Meirelles.


Emcee Menchu Antigua-Macapagal and P&G Brand Communications Leader Ana Legarda


GHK's Kabbie Rodriguez and Cosmo's Regina Belmonte
Preview’s Anna Canlas and Cosmo’s Regina Belmonte


P&G Anna Legarda, Campaigns PR’s Romina Nañagas, P&G Beauty Brand Ambassador (me), model Annette Coronel and TV host Phoemela Barranda.


Olay Brand Manager Justin Lladoc


I wore a dress from Cos, that beautiful Ann Ong minaudière that won the Katha Award at Manila FAME last year, and Jewelmer’s Via Rosa earrings.



Belo at The Fort



I don’t know how I can write this without sounding like I’m bragging. Let me try to be scientific… I continue to get a lot of compliments about my skin — through random comments in social networks, emails from readers and most importantly from makeup artists. Patrick Rosas, after not having done my face in a while, said “You have good skin. What have you been doing?” When I said, “Nothing. Just regular facials.” He was in disbelief. I guess I can thank my genes for that.

It does take effort to appear poreless. I go to Belo every 2-3 weeks to get a facial and Power Peel. It just takes an hour and that’s it. No injections, no pills, no whitening, no fillers or lifts. Over the Holidays one of my closest friends said that her New Year’s resolution was to have skin like mine. So she asked for my specific regimen. Told her it was like a religious commitment. I never skip my appointments. I also minimize sun exposure. And if I have to be under the sun, it involves a hat, sunglasses and gel sunscreen (prescribed by Belo). I find that commercial sunscreens make me break out.

Just recently Belo Medical Group opened its 9th clinic at Bonifacio High Street Central aka Belo Fort. As with all Belo clinics, you get not only the greatest and most gentle service treatments, you also get a beautiful setting. Trust me, good interior design makes a big difference.

All photos from Belo Medical Group.


Cristalle Belo Henares and Dr Philip Bunag with Christian Bautista, Iza Calzado, Dingdong Dantes, Atticus King and Toni Gonzaga.


Toni Gonzaga hosted the brief program at the opening.


Dingdong Dantes


Atticus King, Bubbles Paraiso, Iza Calzado, Christian Bautista


Phoemela Baranda


Dr Jetti and Cristalle


Iza… lovely face.


Model Edward Mendez who is also a Sexy Solutions Fitness Instructor with Cristalle


To book an appointment, you may call 621-4030 or visit them at LG, 28th avenue, 7th st., Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, at the back of Jamba Juice. Or check out their Facebook page and website.



Zarah’s art



Last Saturday was a crazy busy day. Sophia had her theatre activity. Patrick and I had a gazillion errands to run. Lily and Stella stayed home watching Lalaloopsy and Monster High downloads. Then halfway through the day I remembered that we missed Lily’s math supplementary lessons. Oh well, the world didn’t fall apart.

While getting my act together for that busy Saturday, I checked my email and found this attachment from my friend Zarah Hernaez. And everything just slowed down and I was brought to tears.


Sketch by Zarah Hernaez
“Daphne. She’s a Mom.” by Zarah Hernaez
Digital painting on Samsung Galazy Note 10.1


I didn’t want to have to explain her portrait of me. Her letter put everything into context. I asked Zarah’s permission if I could publish her email.

I hope you like the attached. I did this on the Galaxy Note 10.1 but I hope I’ll get to do an acrylic on canvas one of these days. I wanted to do one of your glamour shots but that’s just not you. Not to me anyway. You will always be the doting, hardworking mom running around with the three girls with no make-up and loose hair to me. That is when you’re at your most beautiful but then, you also look like a Disney Princess so it doesn’t really matter if you’re made up or not (even when you don’t believe it sometimes). But…God is fair because you’re also a mom who calls me in the middle of the day to accompany her to school because her little girl’s cute eraser got stolen.Haay, nako.

It always amuses me when people say you look unapproachable and serious when you’re so funny, silly even. I think you’re closer to shy than unapproachable. You are blessed with 3 beautiful, creative, silly and intense little girls, a lot like their mom. You are blessed because you’re a blessing. Thank you for being someone who listens and has been giving me great advice the past several years (or advice passed on from Daddy Oseña).


So yeah, she knows me real well. Even Patrick, when he read this, said that Zarah’s got me all figured out. To think we “met” in Flickr and Livejournal . Now she is my constant What’s App conversation. And more than that. She’s a good friend.

I’ve known about Zarah’s art for a few years now. She painted portaits of Sophia and Lily in acrylic on paper. Back then she said she only did paintings of children. And she did it well. Her style isn’t your typical pretty and perfect photo-realism. I’d say there’s a bit of an Expresssionist in her. I don’t know how she does it. I was formally trained in Fine Art Studio – did everything including oil painting the classical way. I had never figured out how to paint a face.

Zarah’s talent is so raw that whether she uses real paint or a stylus on a Samsung Galaxy Note, she is able to communicate her art. Not only does she have hands that are gifted, but she has eyes that can see what others don’t. Hard to believe her real job is in the corporate world. I always try to tell her to pursue her art.

Last night she sent me another digital sketch. This one is more made up. It made me laugh. And blush.


Sketch 17018349
“Daph. Glamazon. Haha.” by Zarah Hernaez
Digital painting on Samsung Galazy Note 10.1


Check out Zarah’s porfolio here. Or email her at zhernaez@gmail.com for commissioned work. Something tells me she’s going to be a very busy artist Thank you Zarah.



Things I love



Valentines Day came and went. Sorry for the lack of posts. I was very busy the day before Valentines Day. I had events for Samsung and Procter & Gamble Beauty. At both parties I wore my recent HK loot from Cos. I’m really loving the stark silhouettes of the dresses. I kept my jewellery minimal. Just Jewelmer south sea pearl earrings.

And because its the love month and love week, let me start each caption with “I’m loving…”



At the launch of @SamsungPH #samsungrefph, I wore #cos and @toryburch shoes. #ootd #whatiwore
I’m loving Samsung digital inverter refrigerators. You all know I’ve been endorsing Samsung Digital Home Appliances (See ad on the right). You’ll be seeing more of me and Tessa Prieto Valdes this year as we introduce more exciting digital appliances for the home. Just before Valentines Day we launched a line of Samsung digital inverter refrigerators in sizes smaller than mine and in a price range that’s so affordable.


With the awesome, everybody's "Tito" - Boy Abunda. At #olayconversations #olayph #pgbeauty
I love Boy Abunda. And I mean that. Everything he does is so large yet he remains so humble and approachable. I don’t have a professional relationship with him but he responds to all my questions and concerns like its the most important issue of the day. Such a kind soul. This was at the Olay event where I attended as P&G Beauty Ambasador and Boy presented his new webisodes for Olay. Keep track of this channel for the February 17 release of the interviews of Mons Romulo and Denise Laurel about surviving major changes in their lives.


Off to P&G Beauty event tonight using my new minaudière from Ann Ong. This banig clutch won Katha Award in Manila FAME Fall 2012. #annong
I’m loving my new minaudière from Ann Ong. This Binanig clutch won Katha Award in Manila FAME Fall 2012. She’s still setting up her website. In the meantime you can find her work at House of Laurel and at Rockwell’s Archaeology.


With pretty actress Bea Alonzo at #olayconversations. Can't believe she said she was a fan of my work - #urbanzone and all. She's so lovely!
I’m loving Bea Alonzo. I think she’s a great actress. And she’s so beautiful. I love her even more because the first thing she said when she met me was “I’m a huge fan.” OMG. She said she would stay up and watch Urban Zone regularly. Denise Laurel said the same thing. And I’m loving her hair. It’s all in my Instagram.


And in keeping with all these things I love, here’s what I found on the net.


Collage Feb 15


01 Linda Farrow for The Row Leather Sunglasses. Oversized sunnies with refined colour blocking in its leather temples. Only 3 pairs left as of typing.

02 PUSHMATAaHA Hold Me Ring from Shopbop. Four hands reach up to hold a faceted crystal sphere.

03 Things We Love by Kate Spade New York now available at select branches of National Book Store.

04 Dwell Studio’s Frame Ink Rug. I’m still looking for that perfect rug. It’s so hard to find one in the Philippines. I am loving the graphic print of this one.

05 Dwell Studio’s Zebra Sky Papier Mache is a playful and cruelty-free way of hanging safari trophies.

06 Marie Turnor Accessories The Picnic Clutch from Shopbop. I really want this. It’s so foolish in a utilitarian way — crinkled, metallic leather bag inspired by the paper lunch sack. The top rolls and closes with a hidden magnet. Unlined lambskin leather.

07 VIKTOR & ROLF Rabbit Fur Ankle Strap Sandals, this is now 70% off and there’s only one pair left at Shopbop! Choose the pre-paid taxes and duties and you’ll have worry-free shipping to the Philippines.