Olay Conversations: Crickette Tantoco



I woke up to this — a new webisode of Olay Conversations.

Refreshing! Beauty, brains, substance, values, confidence, strength.


Crickette Tantoco


Crickette is full of quotable quotes. All real. My favourite, “If mama aint happy, aint nobody happy.” And “No, I’m not simple.”



Crickette’s thoughts on aging are so powerful and empowering. I love when women embrace their true beauty as they age. I love her attitude about life, love, relationships and finding her own place in this world.

Go Crickette! Peg!!!

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Cafe Elle Deco + Dedon



I hosted the opening ceremonies of 57th edition of Manila FAME and the official launch of Cafe ELLE Deco + DEDON at SMX Convention Center last Thursday.

Cafe ELLE Deco + Dedon—a concept pop-up café was set-up by ELLE Decoration Philippines to serve as a place for Manila FAME organizers, exhibitors, buyers partners and guests to take a break, hold meetings, catch-up on emails or simply have a coffee.

“Manila FAME is about blowing the horn for Filipino design and talent. Dedon and ELLE Decoration are excellent and well-trusted international brands who believe in this thrust. ELLE Decoration Philippines does not only give the Filipinos access to international information, it also gives Filipino design a stronger voice into its international network,” says Summit Media Deputy Group Publisher Ichi Apostol-Acosta.


The café, inspired by the Philippine nipa hut, was designed by Jinggoy Buensuceso and operated by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.


All the furniture like this houndstooth print woven set was from DEDON, whose luxurious line of outdoor furniture is all handcrafted in the Philippines.


Succulents encased in oversized copper containers.


I had to go closer and take this detail photo of the suspended succulents. Gorgeous.


More fashion-inspired furniture weaves from Dedon. This one in tartan plaid.


Hard to believe ELLE Decoration Philippines has just been around for only five issues! They’ve certainly carved a strong influence in the design market.


With Elle Decoration Philippines EIC Becky Kho and Summit Media Publisher Aurora Mangubat-Suarez.


With exhibitors rug and textile designer Inigo Elizalde, bag designer/manufacturer Rita Nazareno of SC Vizcarra and Ito Kish with Japanese buyers.


Kenneth Cobonpue with Pauline Juan of Preview, President of Summit Media Liza Gokongwei Cheng and Associate Publisher of Summit Media Tara Santos.


This year I was not a judge for the Katha Award. I judged the past five shows including Cebu Next. It was refreshing to see who would emerge winners.


The winners of Katha Award.


Ann Ong won again. I’m so happy for her. She’s been designing behind the scenes for many years and decided to come out and market herself last year. She won her first Katha Award last October. With us in photo is Rosvi Gaetos, Executive Director of CITEM (My photo).


Exhibitors. I love the callado embroidered shirt dresses on the women in the right!


Manila FAME buyers and guests. It’s a good season for many exhibitors.


Leo Espinosa, Carisa Cruz Evangelista and Arnel Papa.


Ito Kish with former editor of Real Living Apol Lejano, who now lives as a creative entrepreneur in a pretty island home in Bohol. (My photo).


I wore a K&Company with a lovely floral print, shoes from Zara and the golden south sea pearl studs and strand are from Jewelmer. I got the bag from Aranaz last year. I like carrying this to events because it fits all my touch-up makeup and my Olympus OMD.


Tomorrow, Sunday March 17th is Manila FAME’s last day. It has been open to the public since day one and selling usually happens on the last two days. There is an entrance fee of P500 per person. No kids 12 and under allowed. At SMX Convention Center.

All photos by RR Barretto for Summit Media. Except those indicated from my own camera.



Cocktales with Kenneth Cobonpue



Tonight 10:00pm in Aksyon TV, Kenneth Cobonpue joins us in Cocktales.


In addition to his success story in the field of design, Kenneth talked about the attempt to help out with the airport renovations/reconstruction. Back story here. We also talk about the gazillion copy cats who reproduce his award-winning designs.




Oscar de la Renta for the home



ODR collage


Good morning from this side of the world. Just had breakfast and I couldn’t resist posting this collage from Oscar de la Renta’s Home Collection. Everything is so lovely and luxurious in an island-inspired kind of way.


01 Kent Teak Salt Cellar. I love the mixing of the warmth of teak wood against the refinement of silver (plated) pedestals. Each salt cellar comes with miniature horn spoons, perfect for sprinkling around the dinner table.

02 Fish Salt and Pepper Set. In keeping with the theme of colonial island living, this pair of silver-plated fish salt and pepper shakers will add a polish and elegance to any table setting. I am biased because I am Pisces.

03 Cadiz Large Tray. It looks like organic material but this tray is handmade in India by master artisans out of Cadiz marbleized resin. It is reminiscent of ocean waters, particularly Punta Cana. It is a serving tray that fits in to a chrome tray stand and doubles as a side table or mini bar.

04 Champagne Bucket. Earthenware grand champagne bucket with architectural details in a crackle finish.






OKL Finds



Have you checked out One Kings Lane lately? Every time I browse through the site I get envious of people who live in North America. The prices of the goods are great! And the items for the home are so well-edited. I’m thinking the best way for us Philippines-based folk to make this work is to send our orders to a US-based relative or friend and then send to the Philippines by balikbayan box. But that doesn’t cover oversized items. Sigh.

Here are some goodies I found. These are on sale ’til March 16th.


OKL March


01 Vigo Rug, Poppy/Ivory. A hand-tufted rug crafted by skilled weavers in India, with a plush half-inch pile and a pattern of large-scale poppies.

02 Resin Log Stool. Cast from an actual log, this piece is constructed from resin and finished in real gold leaf.

03 Orwell Chaise, Yellow/Gray. Yellow, gray and white pattern on the cotton upholstery.

04 Tacy Circular Side Table. Made from the richly colored mango wood, this two-feet-wide table is reminiscent of the classic Saarinen Tulip Table. Butterfly joints are visible at the natural cracks of the wood.