Cafe ELLE Deco + Dedon



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I’ll be hosting the official launch of Cafe ELLE Deco + Dedon at Manila FAME. As well as the awarding of this year’s Katha Award. Yay!

This season’s Manila FAME is open to the public for a fee, but buying is only allowed on the last two days.

For more information, Elle Decoration Philippines and Manila Fame.




Red Plaid Card





It’s that time of the year again. Check out Assumption College Family Council project – the “RED PLAID CARD”, an Assumption privilege card which will be honored in popular dining, beauty, health care, retail, entertainment, travel establishments and so much more.

For just Php 500, and with a one year validity period (March 1, 2013 – February 28, 2014), card holders are treated to loads of perks, freebies and discount deals from hundreds of establishments.

By getting your own RED PLAID CARD, not only will you enjoy privileges and discounts, but you will also be helping numerous beneficiaries since proceeds from this project will support the Hain Feeding Program. Part of the proceeds will also go to support the varsity teams and the school’s plan to improve the Assumpta Courtyard into a comfortable all-weather venue.



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Check out Red Plaid Card on Facebook for the growing list of partner establishments. Or call the Family Council office at 817-7891 or 813-6291 and look for Ms Regine Capacio or Ms Annalyn Alegre to place orders.






Hari Sonik is huge





When I first saw the invitation to Elmer Borlongan’s first art toy collaboration with Secret Fresh Gallery, I was so thrilled I texted the gallery’s Bigboy Cheng right away. Of course most if not all the 45 pieces they made were sold or spoken for. Elmer Borlongan is who he is. And the toy genre has become a very strong player in the art scene.

Hari Sonik is freaky looking. So freaky that both Patrick and I think it’s cool. Hari Sonik represents what most Pinoys love and celebrate – music. And I love the name. Sounds so like a Pinoy joke. And no, the speakers don’t work. It’s art. Smile.

When I asked Bigboy how big it was (thinking it was good enough for a console table or niche), he said it was 3 ft tall. OMG. The size of Stella.

We had to see for ourselves.


There they are.


I finally met the man! Our very generous donor in UNICEF’s Auction for Action.


And another artist I admire – Plet Bolipata, Elmer’s wife. Here we are in front of a life sized Hari Sonik. There were six of these big ones produced.


Caught this one by chance. Elmer and his nieces and nephews.


So, yeah. Hari Sonik is a bit big.

Now everyone at home is freaked out. Haha.



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.