Lola Casademunt



A few weeks ago the Rustan’s group invited me to check out one of their new brands Lola Casademunt, a line of accessories from Spain. The Casademunt family was actually here in Manila to launch the products – bags, belts, gloves, shawls and fashion jewellery. I had missed the event but I’m glad I checked out the boutique at the Ladies’ section on the Second Floor of Rustan’s Makati.


The collection includes tote bags and kaftans perfect for traveling in the tropics.


Pretty bold pieces with crystals, like this lovely bracelet.


I was most smitten by these dainty bead bracelets using real seed pearls and turquoise beads. The charms are so tiny, perfect for piling on or wearing as a personal statement.


I picked up a few for my sisters.





Dolores Casademunt or Lola, here with her daughters Maite and Maria Mar Gassó, started her accessory line in 1981. Lola Casademunt is now sold all over Spain, and overseas in Italy, Greece, Dubai, France, United Kingdom, Japan and China.




Lola Casademunt is exclusively available at Rustan’s



Every bit helps



© UNICEF/NYHQ2013-0994/Maitem


It hasn’t been easy to get back to normal. Every day, I still cry. It’s a mix of sadness, frustration, fear. But there’s a lot of work to be done. Since the typhoon struck, I haven’t stopped trying to help connect people and groups with transportation and recipients. It was all I could do knowing I couldn’t personally go there and look for survivors. It was very difficult the first days when communication lines were down. But we didn’t let that stop us. I think when you are an individual and this emergency happens, you just find a way to help and make things move.


On 12 November, a woman cradling a baby stands amid debris and other destruction caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban City – the area worst affected by the disaster – on the central island of Leyte. Water, sanitation and hygiene, food, medicine, shelter, debris clearance and communications are among the priority needs. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1027/Maitem


The devastation of Haiyan is a global concern. For all of us Filipinos, it is very personal. I have family in Ormoc City. I was there last July to attend my grand aunt’s birthday party. I worried about them, they are so old and frail. My cousin runs a hospital there. He also lost the roof of his home. But he continued to work at the hospital. For a few days it was the only operational hospital in Ormoc. My friends raised money, bought medicines and food, sent them on a small private plane and gave them to my cousin’s hospital within days.

I also have a friend whom I thought didn’t make it after I saw the damage in Guiuan, Samar. I feared for her safety. But after a few days we heard she and her family made it and are now busy helping out the community. And I am so grateful for that. One day I hope she can tell her story. I want to give her a big hug.

There is an outpouring of support from all over the world. Our country needs that now. And I am so proud to be associated with UNICEF because they respond really swiftly and focus on the needs of children and families. One of the most crucial tasks is providing safe drinking water and sanitation. After this type of emergency, damage to water pipes and infrastructure severely compromised water supplies. UNICEF first worked on water supply. As of yesterday UNICEF, with the help of the Philippine Army and USAID, restored clean water in most of Tacloban. You can read about it here. You can see how fast and efficient your aid gets to the ones who need it most through UNICEF’s effort.


UNICEF Philippines Representative Tomoo Hozumi helps unload hygiene kits that were airlifted via a charter flight to the city of Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, on 15 November 2013. The hygiene kits contain essential supplies such as bath and laundry soap, sanitary napkins, toothbrush, toothpaste etc. © UNICEF/PFPG2013P-0246/Aroy


UNICEF Supply Division packing 20 metric tonnes of supplies for the Philippines emergency response. Supplies include: 30 x interagency emergency health kits- basic unit (basic drugs, supplies and equipment for a population of 1000 for 3 months), collapsible water tanks, 32 x 72 m2 tents, pharmaceuticals, Oral Rehydration salts, nutrition items (scales, folic acid etc.) © UNICEF/DENM2013-00173/Thoby


As of Nov 15, UNICEF distributed hygiene kits in Tacloban. These kits included detergent and laundry soap, bath soap, water containers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and sanitary pads. UNICEF has sent trucks with approximately US $142,000 worth of water, sanitation and hygiene supplies. These include water purification tablets, water tanks to support 45,000 people a day with drinking water, latrine slabs, and hygiene kits for another 15,000 people. UNICEF has sent similar supplies to Roxas, including water tanks, to support up to 19,000 people; water purification tablets, and squatting plates to set up latrines for 8,500 people in that city.

Tomoo Hozumi said tents, diarrhoeal disease kits, emergency hygiene kits for 90,000 patients and tarpaulins for shelter are to be delivered in Tacloban in the next days as the aid effort continues. UNICEF is also mobilizing education support and supplies to the to the most affected areas. These include tents, Early Childhood Development (ECD kits), student school packs and teachers’ packs as well as library kits for delivery to the most affected areas. Source: Unicef website.

After having seen what Typhoon Bopha/Pablo did in Davao Oriental are last year, I know this is going to be a long one. But help is already on the ground and more coming. Please keep your donations coming. UNICEF is requesting US $34.3 million as part of a US $301 million United Nations Flash Appeal for the Philippines, to provide essential humanitarian supplies and services through May 2014. Here is the video we made for my appeal as Special Advocate for Children. UNICEF website shows our call for donations, including Gary V’s as Goodwill Ambassador.



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Super Typhoon Yolanda






Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) pummelled through the central part of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. It left a storm of destruction in its wake, triggering 12 to 15 feet high storm surges, flooding, and landslides affecting an estimated 4 million people. Children urgently need access to safe water, hygiene supplies, food, shelter and a safe environment to recover.

Our resources are stretched from responding to three emergencies in a row within two months: armed conflict in Zamboanga, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol–and now, super typhoon Yolanda. We urgently need your help so we can aid those who are severely affected by this latest disaster.


To donate, please click here.



Happy Skin



Shut Up & Kiss Me moisturizing lippie from Happy Skin


I’m so glad I got to attend the launch of Happy Skin, a new local brand of cosmetics. This is the brainchild of Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez, known to beauty insiders because of her many years of working in a multinational beauty brand. She recently left her corporate job and set up her own baby — a line of cosmetics that multitask to keep skin happy, thus the name.  While the product was being formulated in Japan, Jacqe approached model Rissa Mananquil-Trillo to try some samples. Rissa loved the products so much that she asked to invest in the company.


Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo


The first thing I tried were the lippies. I’m a fan of this type of formulation of fat crayons like Clinique’s Chubby Stick and Revlon’s Just Bitten balm stain. I was pleasantly surprised to find more pigmentation on Happy Skin’s Shut Up & Kiss Me lippies. And despite the opaque colours, it is still very moisturizing. Apparently is loaded with Shea Butter plus vitamins A and E.


Yesterday morning I was stuck in traffic at the skyway and Makati. I got off my car and took the MRT so I could make it in time for a live guesting at Mornings at ANC. I didn't even have time to retouch makeup. I used Rissa and Jacqe's new line Happy Skin
From my instagram a couple of weeks ago. I had to post this photo from when I was stuck in traffic at the Skyway and Makati and I would have been late for a live TV guesting at Mornings at ANC. I ended up getting off my car and taking the MRT. I had used Happy Skin’s powder foundation and lippie. I didn’t even have time to retouch makeup and went straight to the set of the morning show. I believe I still looked human.


Happy Skin’s skin-loving products were designed to be fuss-free, easy-to-apply, and come in shades specifically formulated to complement Filipina skintones. According to Jacqe, “all Happy Skin products are infused with special skincare ingredients, such as Japanese tea leaf, cherry blossom, hyaluronic acid, and Argan oil, to name a few. All our key products are sourced and made in Japan because we recognize the importance of skincare in this beauty capital.”


Eye Need a Miracle concealer. This goes on smoothly and is not cakey at all.


Dont Get Mad, Get Even hydrating makeup


Pretty packaging with witty names.


The event fell on the week before our UNICEF Auction for Action so I wore one of my UNICEF Tshirts.  Dress code said “happy colours” anyway.


Always such a pleasure bumping into Lucy Torres Gomez


Jacque and Rissa with model friends Phoemela Baranda, Bubbles Paraiso and Valerie delos Santos


With Ces Drilon.


With Ruby Gan, Lourd Ramos and Apples Aberin. We all came solo.


With Agoo Bengzon and Pauline Juan



At the time of launch, Happy Skin was only available at select Plains & Prints boutiques. But today, Jacque announced that they will be sold at Beauty Bar! Congrats ladies!!!


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Orla Kiely @ Target





I’m loving my site partner for making things easy for us. A couple of months ago I was able to buy four pieces from the 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target collaboration online. I had it sent to my in-law’s place in the US. Then it got to me. Yay. I’ve also done some of my Christmas shopping online.

Here are more things I’m eyeing from Target. Who doesn’t love Orla Kiely?

 01  Belkin iPhone 5 Wallet Case

02  Dish Soap in Pear Ginger design

03  Sweet Pea Medium Hanging Organizer

04  Graphite Train Case

05  Colors