Peninsula SnowPages

 

 

The Peninsula Manila SnowPage sports a vibrantly colorful indigenous tribal pattern in red, blue and yellow and the sun motif adapted from the iconic “Sunburst” sculpture in The Lobby

 

Every year, The Peninsula Hotels does a fundraising campaign at Christmas time. They’ve already raised USD 1.5 million since 2003. This year, the holiday fundraiser is done in partnership with luxury toy-art collective, Papinee. The Peninsula’s iconic holiday mascot SnowPage gets a makeover by Papinee. There are 10 different limited edition SnowPages, each inspired by the culture and and traditions of each of The Peninsula Hotel worldwide.

There are only 300 SnowPages in each Peninsula Hotel. The price of the limited edition SnowPage is P4,000.

 

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Hand-made with luxurious fabrics and detailed embroidery, the limited-edition SnowPage also include the chance to win the experience of a lifetime with surprise seasonal gifts. Hidden inside a large number of the boxes are “Golden Tickets” for bespoke Peninsula adventures specially designed to create lasting memories for all the family.

 

Lucky guests have the chance to win the grand prize of a two-night stay for four in a Premier Suite, a fun dinner for four at Spices, daily breakfast plus exciting Peninsula Academy family experiences including learning how to prepare a halo-halo (traditional Filipino iced dessert). Other prizes feature delectable dinners for four, or the celebrated Peninsula Afternoon Tea sets.

 

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The Creative Director & Founder of PAPINEE, Mr Dev Suj, was in Manila yesterday and introduced us to his brand. PAPINEE installations and art directives have also led to monumental creative projects during Art Basel, with the Financial Times, at amFAR during the Cannes Film Festival, with Louis Vuitton, at Monocle, at the Sultan Gallery Kuwait, at Shanghai Fashion Week, with ICC Elements, Xintiandi and many more.

 

Papinee SnowPage toy in the making
The Peninsula Manila SnowPage sports a vibrantly colorful indigenous tribal pattern in red, blue and yellow and the sun motif adapted from the iconic “Sunburst” sculpture in The Lobby.

 

Papinee has specially designed 10 limited edition SnowPages, each inspired by the culture and traditions of each of the The Peninsula Hotel worldwide
PAPINEE has specially designed 10 limited edition SnowPages, each inspired by the culture and traditions of each of The Peninsula Hotel properties worldwide.  There are just 300 SnowPages created for each city. A percentage of proceeds from each SnowPage will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

 

Limited edition SnowPage plush toy by Papinee, P4,000 nett
Selected gift boxes contain “Golden Tickets” and the chance to win glamorous prizes for the family to enjoy.

 

 

MAC Cosmetics in Boracay

 

 

Leave it to MAC Cosmetics Philippines to present the Spring-Summer 2015 beauty trend report in the island paradise of Boracay. Every season and new collection in the past has so far been launched in very interesting and glamorous events. This one sets a new standard for seasonal launches. MAC Philippines flew the country’s top editors and a few bloggers to attend the presentation by Director of Artistry Romero Jennings. We all stayed at the luxurious Shangri-la Boracay for a couple of nights.

Here are some highlights.

 

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Upon arrival we were treated to some island essentials – the Face Protect Lotion SPF 50 and Mineralized Charged Water. I had my DAPHNE & NBS margarita pouch. And my favourite pair of sunnies – Thierry Lasry limited edition.

 

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The Shangri-la welcome. Yes to tropical fruits anytime.

 

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Flying in, I wore my DAPHNE x Seek the Uniq wrap skirt.

 

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My spacious room.

 

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We were treated to a facial at Chi The Spa at Shangri-la Boracay.

 

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With my best bud Ingrid Go, and Manila Bulletin’s Arnel Patawaran and Town & Country’s Nicole Limos.

 

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We each had our own spa cottage.

 

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Orchids everywhere.

 

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I swear, my future cottage will have a lovely courtyard like this.

 

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MAC hosted a beautiful welcome dinner by the beach garden.

 

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Our table.

 

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Lovely personal touches. Our water glasses were engraved with our own monograms.

 

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So much loveliness.

 

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With my BFF since birth Mel Lerma.

 

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The cocktails were specifically designed inspired by lipsticks – Heroine, Ruby Woo, Morange, Candy Yum Yum and Sin.

 

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What the cocktails looked like.

 

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With MAC Director of Artistry Romero Jennings who flew in from New York and Country Manager of Estee Lauder Group Mel Lerma.

 

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The smores bar was a big hit.

 

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I finally got to wear my black silk dress that I bought from Magali Pascal in Bali. I love that shop.

 

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Shangri-la Boracay at dusk.

 

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MAC sent makeup artist Gee Vee to my room to prep me for dinner. Such luxury!

 

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Monogrammed linen napkins at our farewell dinner.

 

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Ingrid and I at the farewell dinner

 

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Perfect place to wear caftans.

 

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I wore mine during the day. My favourite caftan, from Mist in Bali.

 

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My DAPHNE & NBS hummingbird tote bag came in handy.

 

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Off to the beach to catch the sunset. Wore Melissa sandals.

 

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We did the sunset thing…

 

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Until it turned like this.

 

MAC Cosmetics Spring-Summer 2015 trends as interpreted by Romero Jennings, here.

 

 

HIV… It’s not over

 

 

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A couple of days ago, December 1 was World AIDS Day. MAC Cosmetics showed a documentary entitled It’s Not Over by Andrew Jenks at a theatre in Makati. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend because I was hosting a very important event — the national launch of APEC in the Philippines. (Major!)

I couldn’t let the message of this film go by unnoticed though. It is a documentary that shows the reality of HIV-AIDS during this time. Most people associate AIDS as an 80’s issue that has already been resolved. But studies show that despite all the awareness, infections still continue. Young people account for over 30 percent of all new infections and, in certain areas and groups, infections are actually on the rise. This film was funded by the MAC AIDS Fund which has relied on 100% of sales from all Viva Glam lipsticks and has raised more than $340 million to date.

 

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I really think this is something we should be talking about in the Philippines. We are among the 9 countries that has increasing HIV/AIDS cases. It is quite alarming to see the stats that there has been a 50% growth annually in HIV/AIDS cases in our country.

It’s Not Over is a film that could start this discussion, especially among the younger people. Starting December 1, 2014, Netflix, the world’s largest global streaming platform, will be hosting the film for viewers worldwide, and SnagFilms, a leader in high-quality free film content, is making it available through its applications on Roku®, Xbox™, Sony® and more.

I hope people who watch the film will realize that a lot of work still needs to be done and that they will be inspired to look further into the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS around the world.

 

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Paige is a college freshman who has been living with HIV her entire life. After years of battling stigma, she has come full circle, becoming a young advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and using her experience to challenge assumptions and prejudice. Andrew first meets Paige at a dance marathon at her college in Indiana before taking off with Paige and her two roommates for an impromptu road-trip.

 

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A teacher and mentor, Lucky is working to keep young South Africans out of the type of trouble that he ran into at an early age. Lucky acts as a tour guide around Khayelitsha, the largest and fastest growing township in South Africa with some of the highest rates of HIV in the country. As Andrew follows him to work and around his hometown, Lucky emanates an exuberance and zeal for life that is an inspiring celebration of the efforts of a single, committed individual.

 

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An Indian playwright, Sarang (not in photo) is openly gay in a country where homosexuality is outlawed. Come along for the ride as Sarang’s new play, addressing gay marriage, makes its way from rehearsal to public debut. While in India, Andrew also meets Sarang’s boyfriend, witnesses the personal stories of HIV+ orphans, and experiences the staggering poverty of the infamous Falkland Road.

 

UNAIDS welcomes the film and calls upon young people around the world to mobilize around its vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Globally, an estimated 5 million adolescents and young people (ages 10-24) were living with HIV in 2013. Millions of young people living with HIV do not know they have the virus. Every day approximately 1,800 adolescents and young people become infected with HIV, accounting for nearly 31 percent of all new HIV infections.

“Young people will lead us to an AIDS-free generation. By ensuring adolescents and young people are aware of and have access to HIV services, we are not only saving lives, but also investing in a healthier future for generations to come,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We are proud of the strong partnership we have with the M?A?C AIDS Fund to advance global efforts toward ending the AIDS epidemic.”

The subjects in the film are active with MAC AIDS Fund grantees including Humsafar, Grassroot Soccer and Camp Kindle. These partners have received grants to help fight HIV/AIDS through the MAC AIDS Fund, which raises funds exclusively through the sale of MAC’s VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass. MAC donates 100 percent of the sale price to fight the AIDS epidemic and has raised more than $340 million to date.

 

For more information on the film, including cast biographies, grantee overviews, exclusive clips and ways to get involved, please visit www.itsnotoverfilm.com.

 

Jewelmer Gala

 

 

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It has become somewhat of a tradition that this time of the year, Jewelmer hosts a wonderful gala befitting the celebration of the Philippines’ National Gem. Back in 2012, I had the honour of being the host of the Jewelmer Gala. It was so glamorous and luxurious — Patrick Rosas did my hair and makeup and Randy Ortiz made my dress.

This year is Jewelmer’s 35th anniversary. It topped previous events with not just a runway fashion show, but an entire production involving theatre actors, dancers and a story of mankind’s despair over the death and destruction of planet earth, his realization that he can act upon it, and finally, his triumph in restoring balance to the environment. Performers include Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and award-winning actress Angel Aquino accompanied by original arrangements performed by the Manila Philarmonic. Top Filipino models, dressed in couture designed by Rhett Eala went on stage with Jewelmer Joaillerie’s Spring-Summer 2015 Collection.

Also launched was Jewelmer Joaillerie’s 35th Anniversary special pendant, symbolising the miracle of the golden pearl. It is composed of a 13mm golden South Sea pearl surrounded by an 18-karat yellow gold wave with 0.105-carat sparkling diamond “bubbles”. This piece depicts how the pearl is born from the sea even as it protects this miraculous treasure in its depths. It takes about five years and at least 323 individual steps to produce a single pearl. Each piece of this special edition pendant is numbered, handcrafted by Jewelmer’s expert artisans.

 

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Jewelmer Senior Vice President and Creative Director Gaelle Branellec and Jewelmer Deputy CEO Jacques Christophe Branellec

 

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Liza Ilarde of Manila Bulletin’s Style Weekend

 

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With Jewelmer Marketing Manager Isabel T. San Agustin

 

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One of those rare moments, together at an event.

 

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The gala took place at my favourite Manila building, the Philippine International Convention Centre (PICC). I took advantage of the beautiful space and snapped a lot of photos. Here’s my shameless OOTD. I wore a dress off-the-rack from Religioso, made of cotton jersey (bodice) and cotton (skirt). My shoes are from Melissa, yes they are PVC. Bag from Aranaz. And I wore my own pair of studs and strand of white south sea pearls from Jewelmer, of course.

 

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Jewelmer was founded in 1979 by Filipino entrepreneur Manuel Cojuangco and French pearl farmer Jacques Branellec in their pearl farm in Palawan, Southern Philippines—one of the few places in the world capable of sustaining the Pinctada maxima oyster that brings forth the rarest of all pearl varieties, the golden South Sea pearl.

 

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Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Ballet Manila. Photo by Vince Arcilla by Alfred Mendoza Photography.

 

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Angel Aquino played the role of Mother Earth.

 

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The Earth segment. Photo by Alfred Mendoza Photography

 

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Rhett Eala creations and the Jewelmer Joaillerie’s Earth collection. Photo by Vince Arcilla by Alfred Mendoza Photography.

 

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Water.  01 Baroque pearls, gems with unusual and dramatic silhouettes, are unexpected free expressions of nature, giving rise to unorthodox jewels that have long fired the imaginations of artists. This free-flowing TOCCATA necklace with 9 golden south sea pearls in 18-karat yellow gold lives up to its name, like a virtuoso piece of swift, lighthearted music. 02. From the  BOLLICINE Collection: A ring composed of one golden South Sea pearls set with diamonds in 18-Karat yellow gold. 03 Also from BOLLICINE, a bracelet composed of five golden South Sea pearls set with diamonds in 18-Karat yellow gold.

 

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Earth.  01 By far one of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery I’ve seen. This TROPICS necklace is composed of one single baroque South Sea pearl set with diamonds in 18-Karat yellow gold reflecting the earth’s bounty and many shapes, colours and textures of the natural world. 02 Scintillating petals unfurl in pavé diamonds, blossoming with the pearl at its heart. Each sparkling flower in the DOLCE ROSA collection is an unforgettable treasure, a sumptuous feast of nature and romance. Dangling earrings composed of two golden South Sea pearls set with 0.368 carat diamonds in 18-Karat yellow gold.  03 From the TROPICS Collection: Earrings composed of two golden South Sea pearls set with diamonds in 18-Karat yellow gold.

 

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Air.  01 From the LINEA DE ORO Collection, solid, straight lines are drawn in precious gold and set with sparkling stones to make a sophisticated setting against which the sensuous curves of a pearl stand out in stunning detail. A bracelet composed of five golden South Sea pearls set diamonds in 18-Karat yellow gold.  02 From the Zen collection, a cuff composed of golden South Sea pearls and diamonds in 18-Karat yellow gold.  03 From the Zen collection, amidst symmetrical ripples, a perfect duality of textures, and evenly spaced circles of light, a golden pearl floats in tranquility – a masterwork of breathtaking simplicity. A necklace composed of three golden South Sea pearls set with 20.66 carat diamonds in 18-Karat yellow gold

 

 

The Philippine Literary Festival 2014

 

 

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Announcement from my sponsor, National Book Store –

Raffles Makati and National Book Store present the first ever Philippine Literary Festival featuring international bestselling and award-winning authors Amy Tan and Chang-Rae Lee from October 23 to 25, 2014 at the Raffles Makati.

Attend three days of book signing, discussions and panels about books and literature with free admission! The Spotlight on Amy Tan panel will be on October 24 at 1:30 p.m. and her book signing will be on October 25 at 2 p.m. The Spotlight on Chang-Rae Lee panel and book signing will be on October 25 at 9 a.m. View the complete schedule and get details of all events at www.philippineliteraryfestival.com.

 

 

 

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Amy Tan is the woman behind ‘The Joy Luck Club’, ‘The Kitchen God’s Wife’, and ‘The Hundred Secret Senses’, which are all New York Times bestsellers and recipients of various awards all over the world. Her works have been translated into 35 languages.

 

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Amy Tan’s new novel ‘The Valley of Amazement’ is described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a novel that grabs your soul”. Abandoned by her mother Lucia, and uncertain of her father’s identity, Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai. Her quest will set her on a path fraught with danger and complexity, and the loss of her own daughter Flora. Lucia, a willful and wild American woman who was once the proprietress of Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds. Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, and will shatter all that Violet believed she knew about her mother.

 

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Korean-American novelist Chang-Rae Lee is the author of ‘Native Speaker’, which garnered numerous awards including Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the American Book Award. He was hailed as one of the 20 best American writers by The New Yorker magazine for his second novel ‘A Gesture Life’. His novel ‘Aloft’, earned him the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Adult Fiction category in 2006. Photo credit ©2009 David Burnett, represented by Cathy Saypol, August 19, 2009, New York, NY, NY Public Library

 

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‘On Such a Full Sea’ is Chang-Rae Lee’s latest novel set in a dystopian future America, which is described by the Washington Post as “a brilliant, deeply unnerving portrait”. In a class-divided future America where urban neighborhoods function as labor colonies for elite charter villages, Fan, a female fish-tank diver, embarks on what becomes a legendary quest to find the man she loves, who mysteriously disappears. Her journey will soon become a legend to those she left behind.

 

All events will be held at the Raffles Makati with registration starting at 8 a.m. everyday. Admission is free. Only books purchased at the Philippine Literary Festival will be entitled to signing passes for Amy Tan and Chang-Rae Lee. Sign up for updates and view the complete schedule at philippineliteraryfestival.com.

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