Designers help out post-Haiyan



It is so touching to see many people from different sectors find ways to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. My personal facebook feed was burning with so many impromptu ideas for relief that came into fruition within days. As in all the recent emergencies – Ketsana/Ondoy, Washi/Sendong and Bopha/Pablo – it was amazing to see the private sector act quickly.

Haiyan happened just as we were closing the transactions for Auction for Action. We haven’t released the official report from the 7 day online auction but I am happy to announce that we raised P3.1 Million for UNICEF’s Supervised Neighbourhood Play Programme. I saw this programme firsthand when I visited the typhoon-ravaged towns in Davao Oriental after Bopha/Pablo hit last year. It helped children get a sense of normalcy back into their lives, especially after experiencing an emergency. I will be sharing more about the program and Auction for Action proceeds at a later date.

Our artist donors who have supported Auction for Action are finding more ways to help out communities affected by Haiyan. Immediately after Haiyan struck, Vito Selma was on the ground planning a feeding program. He had also been actively helping out Bohol right after the earthquake. It’s all informal, no big organization or fancy names. Vito plans to build chairs and tables for school children in Bohol.

Here’s how some of our artist friends are helping out.


From Vito Selma’s Instagram – “A reading nook in the showroom. Please watch out for my online auction in the coming weeks. All proceeds will be going to our little project — Soup Kitchen // Cebu. Our target is to regularly feed the 1,100 affected people in the town of Tabuelan every saturday until they finally get back on their feet. Proceeds of this auction will also go to our other project — CLEAN WATER PROJECT. We will be providing the people with materials and teaching them how to transform dirty water into clean,drinkable water.”


More from Vito Selma’s Instagram – Deconstructing, simplifying and redesigingn the traditional Philippine school chair for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the schools destroyed by the typhoon. Kindly email if you would like to sponsor a few chairs for a school!


New York-based designer Inigo Elizalde who produces some of his weaves from Cebu is hosting an online sale of his woven graphic pillow covers. 100% of the proceeds go to a Philippine organization responding to the needs of Haiyan-affected communities.


Shop Inigo Elizalde’s boutique 100% of proceeds will benefit relief efforts in the Philippines.


Our longtime supporter Aranaz is also setting up a special bag made by their suppliers in Bicol to help weavers in Samar get back on their feet. The bag will be sold in all Aranaz shops and will be available online by next week. Find out more about the Aranaz fundraiser here.






Belo Gives Back



Dr Vicki Belo’s garage sale fundraising for Typhoon Yolanda


Last Saturday, Nov 16, 2013, The Belo Medical Group held a garage sale at The Residences at Greenbelt clinic. It was swiftly organized in order to respond quickly and address the need for relief goods. Belo endorsers donated their “pre-loved” things like clothes, bags and shoes which were sold at low prices. The group raised P650,000 from the garage sale and Dr Vicki Belo’s online auction of luxury bags in Instagram.

Luxury and designer bags, shoes and clothes such as Dolce and Gabanna, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Bvlgari, Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Diane Von Furstenberg and Louis Vuitton were just some of the items sold during the garage sale. Prices went from as low as P100 to P5,000.

?Some of Belo endorsers who donated their pre-loved items are: Christopher de Leon, Sandy Andulong, Alden Richards, Christian Bautista, Toni Gonzaga, Karylle, Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Angeline Quinto, Derek Ramsay, Jennylyn Mercado, Hayden Kho, Daiana Menezes, Alodia Gosiengfiao, Iza Calzado, Bing Loyzaga, Edu Manzano and Grace Lee.

?Dr. Vicki Belo herself was hands-on during the event, helping out the cashier and bagging the items into biodegradable plastic bags. In addition to the garage sale, Dr. Vicki auctioned off some of her designer bags through her instagram account. Belo Medical Group also donated used tarpaulins, and Belo employees donated their Christmas basket budgets to the cause.

Some highlights from the garage sale. Photos from Belo Medical Group.








Dr Vicki Belo with Raymond Gutierrez and Georgina Wilson


Tom Rodriguez


Daiana Meneses


Alodia Gosiengfiao and Edward Mendez













Banago love



One of the many horrific images I saw of Haiyan’s destruction was of the town of Guiuan, Samar. For days, we were cut off from Samar. All lines were down. But when the first aerial images showed up, my heart sank. It looked flattened… eradicated from the map. I feared for the many lives lost. Then it dawned on me that my friend in Samar, Renee Patron, was actually in Guiuan when the storm hit.

I went back to Facebook to trace her updates. Her last communication with us was in the morning of the storm – November 8 around 1am. Her status read, “Haven’t been scared in a really long time and right now I’m scared this typhoon hasn’t even really hit yet and it’s strong and loud outside. God please. I hope everyone is in a safe place.”




It went on for days — no word from Renee. Like many of her friends, I feared for her life. Patrick kept telling me to be hopeful because at least Guiuan did not experience a storm surge — “just” the strong winds and rain. I can’t remember now when we finally received word from our mutual friend Butch Carungay, that Renee and her family made it. And in true classic Renee story, she was immediately up and helping the community.

Folks, meet Renee Patron. She is the founder of Banago, a brand of fashion accessories made in Samar and sold in some of the biggest retail shops in the US including Anthropologie, Nordstrom and Tommy Bahama. Please watch this beautiful video of what Banago is all about and the great work they did with the weavers in Samar.


Video courtesy of


This is Guiuan, Eastern Samar now…

Photo courtesy of Banago.


Photo courtesy of Banago.


We can help Banago and the barangays in Guiuan, Samar get back on its feet. Many of you want to help out DIRECTLY and through private relief efforts. This is a good way.




This MALAYA Tote is on sale for $88.00 USD at Banago’s Haiyan relief site here. Your donation will help to heal and rebuild the towns that were affected by typhoon Yolanda, most especially on the islands of Samar and Leyte, and handled only by members of the Banago team.



MAC Divine Night



MAC Divine Night


Mineralize Eye Shadow, Blush and Skinfinish pair rich, contrasting shades with the graphic impact of a limited-edition powder design. Fluidline in Macviolet and Stares & Speculation get you noticed, while Kohl Power Eye Pencil lines eyes with glittering shades of pearl. False Lashes sharpens with ultimate definition. Lips exude allure in matching shades of Cremesheen Glass and Lipstick, and glossy nails with a lacquered finish are fit to fire up everyone’s envy.


MAC cosmetics launched Divine Night at Whitespace, Makati last November 11.




MAC started the evening by announcing their P1 Million donation to UNICEF Philippines for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan programs. The funds came from MAC’s Global Aids Fund which is supported by sales from Viva Glam. In photo with me is my good friend Mel Lerma, Country Manager of Estee Lauder Group of Companies which owns MAC Cosmetics.


Allison Harvard and MEGA’s Suki Salvador


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Ingrid Go, Pong Niu and Gretchen Fullido


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Ellen Adarna


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Coleen Garcia


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Cloie Syquia


Town & Country’s beauty editor Nicole Limos, events editor Manica Tiglao and Alicia Colby-Sy.


Stephanie Zubiri, Vicki Abary, Rosanna Ocampo


With Pauline Juan, Myrza Sison, Agoo Bengzon, Mel Lerma and Tara Santos


Sarah Labahti


Wendy Valdez and Kat Hermosa


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Nikki Gil




Samsung Hope Centers



Samsung Service Hope Centers at Mandaue City.


On November 12, four days after Haiyan struck, I got word that Samsung pledged USD $1 million in cash aid to help with recovery and rebuilding efforts. Samsung made direct donations to three NGOs. It made me so proud that the company I am endorsing has so much heart and generosity.

In addition, Samsung Electronics Philippines (SEPCO) dispatched employee volunteer groups to the disaster areas. The Samsung volunteers, comprised of service engineers and employees from various departments are providing on-ground assistance for people in need.

Today I got one picture from the good work that they’re doing in the Visayas. They opened some Samsung Service Hope centers to help the victims wash their clothes. Centers are located in ABS CBN Jagobiao, North Road, Mandaue City and at the Tinago Sports Complex . Victims of the recent typhoon can just go there and wash their clothes for free. They even give free detergent. Next week if they get a venue locked in, Samsung will be servicing Leyte.

For onground info for Samsung Service Hope Centers contact Sheila at 09178043582 of Samsung or Ms. Lotis at 0916-5807694.

Thank you for the love, Samsung.