Negros Trade Fair

 

 

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I have to confess that I have not been going to the shopping and trade fairs the past couple of years. My reason is simple – I am really working hard at simplifying my life. I have way too many things, and I have been buying interesting goods during my recent travels. Plus I am easily tempted by pretty things. There is one trade fair that I cannot resist though – the Negros Trade Fair.

The Negros Trade Fair is the country’s longest-running provincial trade fair held annually in Metro Manila. It was established in 1985 to provide small and medium enterprises of Negros a venue to showcase their trade. This is the 33rd year of the Negros Trade Fair, in collaboration with the Association of Negros Producers.

This year’s theme is SWEET TALK: SUGAR SPICE, & EVERYTHING NICE,   and will take place on September 26-30 at the Glorietta Activity Centre. Negros grew its wealth and heritage from the success of the sugar industry. This resulted in a fascinating lifestyle enjoyed by a few of the Negrenese families who had haciendas. We get a glimpse of that refined way of living in the world that Chef Tonyboy Escalante created his restaurant in Tagaytay, Antonio’s. So it was quite appropriate that this year’s Negros Trade Fair was kicked off with a media lunch preview at Antonio’s.

The 33rd Negros Trade Fair pays tribute to the Negros heritage influenced by the sugar industry by encouraging the exhibitors to make use of sugar, its components, and by-products. The trade fair will feature booths from various sectors such as natural and organic food, garments, fashion accessories, furniture, décor, houseware, agriculture and tourism.

 

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Antonio’s was set-up beautifully in its veranda.

 

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Beautiful setting for our press preview.

 

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Antonio’s was born out of Chef Tonyboy Escalante’s own upbringing in an hacienda in Bacolod, Negros.

 

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The menu by Antonio’s

 

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Burrata from Negros.

 

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The raclette station is always a big hit.

 

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An original cocktail concoction by Chef Tonyboy. Tropical gin infused with sour fruit from Negros, batuan.

 

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That’s my raclette.

 

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Antonio’s reception area was transformed into a showroom by Negros Trade Fair patron and supporter, Nena Tantoco.

 

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A piña blouse by Rubyline

 

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Cotton apliqued blouse by Tilia.

 

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Ruffled wrap skirt by Tilia.

 

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Woven scarves and basket bags.

 

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Salad Fork by Silay Export

 

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Sauces and dips.

 

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With my godmother from our wedding, Mrs. Nena Tantoco, who traces her roots to Negros as well.

 

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Me and good friend, Chef Tonyboy Escalante. There is a section in my book #CHICbyDaphne about him. I’ve known him since the time he was just dreaming about Antonio’s. We have a running joke, he calls me his lucky charm. It’s in the book.

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(L-R) 33rd Negros Trade Fair Organizing Committee – Treena Tecson (PR Consultant), Mariel San Agustin (Domesticity), Isabel Lozano (Antonio’s), Banj Claparols (Creative Definitions), Cata Ereñeta-Manaloto (Ereñeta-Manaloto Chorizo), Albert Avellana, Chef Tonyboy Escalante (Antonio’s), Nena Vargas Tantoco, Merry Ann Colmenares (Artisana Island Crafts), Ina Gaston (Hacienda Crafts), Ynez Reyes (Negros Trade Fair), Joey Gaston (Hacienda Crafts) and Mike Claparols (Creative Definitions)

 

33rd Negros Trade Fair will run from September 26 – 30, 2018 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City.

 

Poster

 

Here are some more of the things you can find at the Negros Trade Fair. (Click on thumbnail).

 

 

PICC

 

 

PICC

 

I was invited by the management of the PICC – Philippine International Convention Center to spend an afternoon touring the facility. It may appear like the most random invite. The PICC isn’t your typical tourist place. Since I have publicly declared that the PICC is my favourite building in Manila, being invited there isn’t so random in my books.

I used to sneak in to the PICC and pretend to be scouting locations for events just to marvel at the massive concrete slabs, clean lines, smooth curves, and dramatic lights of the public spaces and private meeting halls. For most Filipinos, the PICC is the site of their graduation or professional convention. For me, it was neither of those, but I considered it an architectural gem, a reminder of a period in our history that is so intertwined with my personal family history.

Some facts: The Philippine International Convention Center is Asia’s first convention facility built specifically for a world event. It opened in 1976 by former President Ferdinand Marcos for the 1976 IMF-World Bank Meeting. It was built and completed in 23 months on land reclaimed from Manila Bay. The PICC was designed by National Artist for Architecture Leandro V. Locsin. The architectural style of the PICC complements the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ brutalist style. The PICC is managed separately as a government-owned and controlled corporation ultimately under the ownership of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

 

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The PICC’s Main Lobby’s grand staircase and 3,000+ drop lights hanging from the ceiling.

 

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An enormous painting by National Artist José T. Joya painting in the lobby. It is entitled “Ang Pagdiriwang,” and measures 5m x 8m.

 

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An HR Ocampo triptych at the management office of PICC. The art collection housed at the PICC belong to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

 

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Another large work by Jose T. Joya, a sculpture in wood. This is almost as tall as me.

 

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The sculpture garden was recently decorated with sculpture gifts from APEC member countries that participated in the 1996 conference in Manila. *

 

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Appreciating the lines and curves of these office stairs. *

 

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Another staircase, this time surrounded by original wood parkay flooring from 1976 . *

 

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One of the reception halls, prepared for an event later that day. The PICC can host meetings, conferences, birthday parties, and weddings. Big or small. *

 

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Original chandeliers at Reception Hall. *

 

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Loving the chandeliers. Photo by PIAA.

 

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The same red carpet staircase where St Mother Teresa and St Pope John Paul passed through. *

 

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Everytime I visit the PICC during an event, I always stop to admire this walkway leading to the Plenary Hall.

 

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The Garden. *

 

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The path leading to the garden is inspired by the painting of Joya. *

 

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Sculpture by Arturo Luz. *

 

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I will always appreciate the clean lines and minimalism of this building. *

 

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The Amorsolo restaurant on the second floor of the PICC Secretariat Building is open daily from Mondays to Fridays at 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. It is operated by the Via Mare Corporation.

 

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One of the meeting halls has a small theatre. *

 

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One of the things I love to gush over, and is most often unappreciated, is the detailing of the wall panels. *

 

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Carved in wood, these panels surround the interior of the theatre and meeting halls for the purposes of controlling sound and reducing noise. *

 

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These benches are designed and carved by  by National Artist for sculpture, Napoleon Abueva. *

 

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The exterior deck of the Summit Halls has a view of the Manila Bay and may be used for outdoor events.

 

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Lunch w the founder of Via Mare Glenda Barretto and PICC’s GM Renato Padilla. Via Mare is the exclusive caterer of PICC.

 

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A special setting for me. I was totally surprised by this.

 

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The menu, carefully prepared for me. I always associated PICC with big events, but it also makes for a quaint little venue for small events. Ask about the small dining rooms and meeting halls.

 

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My lunch.

 

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Lunch company.

 

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Crepes for dessert.

 

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With Via Mare’s Mrs Glenda Barretto. *

 

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Renato B. Padilla, PICC’s General Manager. *

 

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An untitled Arturo Luz sculpture. *

 

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With PICC’s Dinah Gonzalez and Portia Cabiad. *

 

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Outfit: I wore a white shirt and black skirt, both from Uniqlo. And kitten heel pumps from French Sole.

 

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Thank you, PICC.

 

 

Photos marked with “*” are taken by Marty Ilagan. With additional photos from my phone.

 

 

Smart + Cool: How I manage energy consumption at home

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We have turned into people who talk about the weather every single day. In Manila, this is the constant talk now. “It’s so hot!” and “Ang init.” Granted that we’ve been in the middle of summer, but really, it just seems to get hotter every year.

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I’m sure all of you in Manila can relate to this. How hot has it been in the city the past month? Look at the Accuweather report for May 2018. In reality it felt like a degree or two higher. It has been incredibly hot. For reference, 35 degrees Celsius is 95 degrees Farenheit — just 5 degrees away from boiling point. Source: Accuweather

If you’ve been following me on social media you know how I’ve been posting about my guilt-free use of aircon at home. Since December 2016, we have changed our units to inverter-type air conditioners. I can’t be too technical here. Basically inverter airconditoner units have a compressor that operates at high speed in order to cool the room quickly. When the desired temperature is reached, the compressor slows down, maintains same temperature, and saves energy (cost). A non-inverter aircon runs at fixed speed, so it costs you more.

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This is our Klarwind inverter air conditioner from Carrier. We got it in December 2016. It keeps our family room nice and cool. I love how the design is lipstick-thin, it didn’t obstruct the balance of our two elephant lamps.

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That is the Carrier wall-mounted split-type inverter air conditioner in our bedroom. The kids have the same one in their bedroom.

Air-conditioning units are no longer a luxury in the Philippines. Its become a necessity. Since we changed our units to inverter-type air-conditioners in our bedrooms, kitchen, living room and family room, we have noticed the dip in our monthly electrity bills. There was one month where we paid one-third (1/3) of what we spent the year before, with the same amount of use. It was my wish to eventually change the units in our guest room and study from a regular window-type aircon to an inventor. My wish came true and more after I hosted the press conference of Smart + Cool.

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With Mr. Raul Joseph A. Concepcion, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Concepcion Industrial Corporation at the launch of Smart + Cool.

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Mr Concepcion, introducing the Carrier Smart + Cool System.

The Carrier Smart + Cool is a system (Carrier Window Room AC + Smart+Cool Plug + Smart+Cool App) that uses a cool plug attached to your Carrier window air conditioner unit. It helps you to manage your air conditioner usage via a mobile app. It allows you to schedule your air-conditioner to turn on and off when you want it to. You can turn your unit on or off from even from a distance by remote. One of the most interesting functions of the Smart + Cool is it lets you track and monitor your electrical consumption in both peso amount or kilowatt usage. You can actually set a daily, weekly, or monthly budget limit and the app will let you know once you’re hitting your limit. This is a game-changer in smart appliances! Imagine, no more bill shock or guessing games!

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The day finally came when our new window-type Carrier inverter aircons for the guest room and study were delivered and installed.

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Since our house is old, and it already has existing window holes for air conditioners, we kept the model as a window-type and not the split-type wall mounted. The good thing is, this uses inverter technology – environmentally friendly, low electricity consumption, five-year compressor warranty. And that’s not even the most news-worthy part. Let me show you how Smart + Cool works.

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The Smart + Cool app allows you to control and manage your Carrier airconditioning unit from anywhere you are. You can turn it on or off when you’re on the road, or you’re at work. And it lets you track the consumption in either kilowatt or peso. I chose peso. Easier for me, budgeting-wise. But I can easily switch view to see actual energy consumption.

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The dashboard lets you control your aircon unit.

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Like yesterday, I turned on the aircon while I was out for a lunch party. I texted our the kids at home and told them to move to the guest room. The guest room is actually also my husband’s mancave. In the summer months it is the coolest place in our home. This way I didn’t have to turn on the air con in the family room.

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Here’s what it looks like on daily view. It shows that the day before, it cost us P85. And today, our running tab was at P53. I told the kids I wouldn’t let it go beyond P100 per day (for day-use, overnight is another budget limit). I’d be curious to track our consumption over night. But like I said, this is the guest room. Hmm perhaps we should do a sleep over.

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You can also schedule Maintenance Alert. A lot of consumers actually tend to disregard cleaning and maintain their air conditioners. It is so important to be on top of aircon cleaning. Our units are cleaned every six month. For our new window-type inverter unit, we haven’t set up the Smart + Cool app to do the maintenance alert yet. Note to self, set it up. This way, it’ll send me a message reminding me to have my unit cleaned… and Carrier will actually call or text me for a schedule. I love it.

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Basically that’s what it looks like on the wall. You see the Smart + Cool plug on the wall.

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This is the app looks like in Real Time.

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All that from a little cube plug that makes cooling your home so convenient and intelligent.

It’s only been a week since we’ve been using the Smart + Cool System, and I absolutely love it. With this, I can have total control of our new Carrier window-type air-conditioning unit. It has made the management of our air-con much easier. I appreciate the features of the Smart + Cool System by remote, like the on-off facility, scheduler, maintenance service, consumption manager, and real-time chat with customer service.

Watch my Instagram and Facebook page for more and current posts about how Smart + Cool has improved my life, our home, and our genuine family time. For more information Smart + Cool.

#WelcometoIntelligentCooling #CarrierSmartCool

S&R Members’ Treat

 

 

S&R - Members' Treat - March 2018

It’s that time of the year again — the S&R Members’ Treat is happening this March 14 until March 18, 2018 in all S&R warehouse clubs nationwide.

S&R Members will get five whole days of big value and even bigger savings, with Buy 1 Take 1 deals and price reductions of up to 50% off on lots and lots of your favorite everyday products as well as hard-to-find-global brands and more! From grocery staples like breakfast essentials, baon goodies, yummy baked goodies, imported treats, to various gift items, housewares, towels and linens, and even select appliances – EXCLUSIVE to all S&R members.

S&R currently has 14 warehouse clubs nationwide: BGC (Taguig City), Aseana (Pasay City), Congressional (Quezon City), Alabang (Muntinlupa City), Shaw (Mandaluyong City), Imus (Cavite), Nuvali (Laguna), Cebu, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, S&R Commonwealth (Quezon City) and S&R Dau (Pampanga).

 

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This is me when I travel. And that’s our luggage for all five of us.

 

As we are now planning our summer trips, I was telling my husband that my shopping and packing habits have changed so much. I used to shop more while on vacation. But now that pretty much everything is available in Manila, I don’t find the need to stock up on things. I used to buy housewares and dry groceries in Toronto and bring them back to Manila. Now, many of the things I need for the home is in S&R.

Here are some photos from my own kitchen.

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Early phase of baking quiche. I buy my Bisquick from S&R. And whenever I am there, I buy fresh produce too. I always get zucchini and cherry tomatoes.

 

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Roast chicken with herbs and Himalayan salt from S&R.

 

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This is me. Cooking in my kitchen for real. The dried herbs, salt, and pepper are all from S&R.

 

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This is me. Not cooking in my kitchen.

 

Here’s a little sneak peek at some of the items that may be part of the S&R Members’ Treat. Some items in photo are representations of items on sale. There may be variations on the actual items.

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1 Oster bioceramic indoor grill, 2 Cosco padded folding chair, 3 Kitchen Classics dish, 4 Copper cookware

 

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5 Ocean Spray Craisins, 6 Aregente artisanal potato chips, 7 Bevti apple juice, 8 Cubi wafers, 9 Ocean Spray Cran-Apple, 10 E. Wedel chocolates

 

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11 Bath towels, 12 Oster steam iron, 13 Cavendish and Harvey candy drops, 14 Storage bins

 

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15 Keter Tuff Packer, 16 Arm & Hammer Oxy Clean, 17 Keter Connect Rolling System

 

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S&R Member’s Treat. March 14-18. Doors will open as early 8am until 10pm.

Follow S&R in their social media accounts to get the latest updates and promos: Facebook snrmembershipshopping, Instagram @snr_official, and Twitter @snr_official.

 

 

Global Views

 

 

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Julia Buckingham for Global Views

 

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the opening of Global Views, a luxurious furniture shop in Ayala Vertis North Mall. Global Views is a US home decor wholesale company with showrooms and distributors across the US, Australia, China, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and now Manila. It offers a wide assortment of furniture and home accessories that can blend into elegant, refined, casual, and exotic settings. Global Views is the go-to design source of interior designers and decorators for residential and commercial projects. Now in Manila, Global Views is open for retail to the public.

 

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Storefront

 

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The shop window at Global Views in Ayala Vertis North

 

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Boomerang Chairs

 

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The Wiggle Dining Chairs in black, by Julia Buckingham.

 

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Just next door is another furniture shop called Home and Beyond. It is owned by the same couple that owns Global Views. In photo are the Global Views Philippines owner Josephine Lim and her team with influencers Tessa Valdes, Mikaela Martinez, Aubrey Miles, and Troy Montero.

 

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With Tessa.

 

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Home and Beyond has contemporary pieces of furniture and accessories.

 

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Cowhide rugs from Brazil at Home and Beyond. Im wearing a K&Company top, Azotea bracelet, and Rabeanco bag.

 

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With the owners of Global Views, Josephine and Frank Lim.

 

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Dwell Studio accessories.

 

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Wall sculpture that come in nickel, brass, or bronze.

 

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Detail of the wall sculpture.

 

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Kyoto cabinet.

 

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With TV host Regine Tolentino

 

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My favourite, the Link Bunching Table. Pieces with travertine tops shaped like jigsaw puzzles that link together. I also like the many choices of wall decor that come in brass, nickel, and other finishes. Here we see the Lily Pad Clusters in antique nickel.

 

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A nickel plated “gravy boat” used as a wine cooler. This, too, is one of my favourite pieces.

 

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The raindrop rug by Julia Buckingham. I had to show it to scale with my feet. I’m wearing French Sole.

 

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Visit the Global Views Manila showrooms in Ayala Vertis North Mall in Quezon City, and in Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila +63 946 3940.  Follow them in Facebook at GlobalViewsPH and Instagram at @GlobalViewsPH