Carrera y Carrera



Olivia Palermo wears Carrera y Carrera


I had the honour of hosting the grand launch of Rustan’s newest luxury fine jewelry brand from Spain — Carrera y Carrera. The founder and designer, Don Manuel Carrera, flew in from Madrid to grace the occasion. The brand has a very rich history of making jewellery of the imperial families of Europe. Greatly inspired by the Spanish Golden Age, the Tesoros del Imperio collection is a reflection of the glorious past of the Spanish empire – rich, elaborate and luxuriously elegant.


With the founder and designer Don Manuel Carrera and wife Marina Cordon. Don Manuel has been at the forefront of Spanish jewelry design since the second half of the twentieth century. He is widely acknowledged as a respected designer, creative visionary, and innovative entrepreneur.


With the beautiful models wearing the latest Carrera Y Carrera Tesoros del Imperio Collection.


Carrera Y Carrera Communications and PR Manager for Spain-Asia Pacific Nerea Salgado


Michelle and Kevin Tan with Dina Tantoco


Nel Salvador and Joseph Calata


Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Beatriz Zobel de Ayala, Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala, Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq, Carrera Y Carrera Don Manuel Carrera and Marina Cordon


Here’s more of the beautiful Olivia Palermo wearing Carrara Y Carrera’s Tesoros del Imperio collection.












Exclusively available at Rustan’s in the Philippines.



Gingersnaps’ 20th Anniversary



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I had the honour of hosting Gingersnaps’ 20th anniversary. It is hard to believe that Gingersnaps is already 20 years old. The brand, its products and its stores always look so new and fresh!

I make no secret of my admiration for Gingersnaps. My daughters have always worn their clothes. I wore them during my pregnancy. They have the most fun and fashion-forward clothing for kids. The quality is always excellent. And the price points are more than fair.

It makes me proud to see how successful this brand has grown. It is a 100% Filipino brand that has gone global. Gingersnaps is now in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


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The president and creative director of Gingersnaps, Jerry and Sabrina Uy.


I’m so honoured to have hosted the 20th anniversary of a brand I love so much.


The online Gingersnaps Model Search was a huge success. They got over 3000 entries. They got narrowed down to fifty. All 50 applicants underwent a casting call where they had to pose for the camera and walk on the runway. The judges were fashion heavy-weights Mark Nicdao, Robby Carmona, Pam Quinones, Frank Briones and Gingersnaps’ Sabrina Uy. From the fifty, only ten were chosen to be the new faces of Gingersnaps!

These kids all went through casting, photo and video shoots, rehearsals. The result was an amazing fashion show that was filled with cuteness and loveliness. Here are some highlights from the show…























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Ayala Malls’ Javier Hernandez and Rowena Tomeldan with CJ Jesena


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Josiah Go and Tricia Gosingtian


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With Gingersnaps’ Sherry Yu


With some of the kids from the show


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Ravi & Roshan Samtani, Sabrina & Jerry Uy, Yvonne & Pael Romualdez


For the latest news on Gingersnaps, click here.


Wicked x MAC



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Defying Gravity. From the original Australian production. Photo by Jeff Busby courtesy of Wicked.


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As Long As. Photo by Jeff Busby, courtesy of Wicked.


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For Good. Photo by Juho Sim, courtesy of Wicked.


A couple of weeks ago I attended the MAC Wicked Greening event at their boutique in Glorietta.


I got to witness the application of Elphaba’s green make up. I’d say the whole face took less than half an hour.


Ali Calder is this international production of Wicked’s Elphaba understudy.


Wicked’s make up artist Kellie Ritchie demonstrated the application of Elphaba’s green make up using all MAC cosmetics. The green body paint isn’t available commercially. It is part of their PRO line.


With Ali Calder and Steve Danielsen who plays Fiyero, the leading man. They rushed back to the CCP shortly after this event to prepare for that evening’s performance. Which I got to watch.


With Estee Lauder’s Country Manager Mel Lerma. My first friend since birth.


This face chart shows how you can do a MAC Wicked-inspired look with emphasis on the eyes using shades of green.

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That evening after the MAC Wicked Greening event, we had dinner at the Diamond Hotel then proceeded to the CCP to watch Wicked.


I had to ask a reader to take my photo. (After he took a photo with me. So sweet. I love meeting you guys.)


It was a treat to watch the production with Manila’s top editors and writers – Cheche Moral, Agoo Bengzon, Jane Kingsu and Cai Subijano.


That night I got home and found this note in my bedside. From Lily. She knew I was watching Wicked without them. And made sure I knew how she felt. Haha.


So a few days after, I chanced upon some good seats for a Yolanda benefit from Tessa Prieto. I bought three tickets for Soph, Lily and my Mom for the January 31st show. They loved it. All three girls are singing show tunes everyday.


Wicked is showing in Manila until March 9th. For more information on Wicked in Manila, click here. For updates from MAC Cosmetics, click here.



Barbie Live



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We watched the opening performance of Barbie LIVE! last December 11 at SM MOA Arena. I was there with my three daughters and Tessa Valdes was with her littlest one Athena. We loved the show! The costumes were fabulous. Songs and dance were fun. Stella kept asking if they were real or dolls.

If you’re looking to treat your kids to something fantastic and festive, get tickets to Barbie LIVE!. Show ends on December 15.

In collaboration with EMS Entertainment, Barbie will bring fans a new opportunity to sing and dance with the introduction of an all-new musical, Barbie™ LIVE! Barbie LIVE! is an engaging production featuring contemporary music with empowering lyrics, energetic choreography and a modern storyline that will appeal to fans of all ages. Barbie LIVE! debuted last September in Singapore and will travel Asia through 2014. In Manila, the show will be staged at the Mall of Asia Arena from December 11-15, 2013 with 11 performances only.

EMS Entertainment, leading global creator of high-quality interactive exhibitions, family entertainment and live stage productions, received the global touring rights to Barbie Live! from Mattel in 2012 and has worked for almost two years to bring this vision to reality.


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Tickets for Barbie™ LIVE! are now available in all SM TICKETS outlets located in all SM Cinema ticket booths. For schedule and ticket information, visit or call 470 2222.

Barbie™ LIVE! is promoted in the Philippines by Vivre Fort Entertainment and Happy Junior Productions.

For more details about the show, visit or call (02) 470 6956.



Princess Lea



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When I told my girls we were invited to the launch of a children’s book about Lea Salonga, they were floored. They are big fans of Lea. Sophia knows all her songs. They’ve met her at the opening night of Mamma Mia at the CCP where they were surrounded by so many local stars but they only recognized Lea and another personality.

Princess Lea is Yvette Fernandez’ fifth book published by Dream Big Books, a subsidiary of Summit Books focusing on children’s stories about modern-day Filipino role models. Among the books in the series are Big John, the riches-to-rags-to-riches tale of John Gokongwei, Jr.; Nanay Coring, the success story of National Book Store owner Socorro Ramos; Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy, which tells of love for nation of the Aquino family; and Simply Jesse, which recounts the life of former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.


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Writer Yvette Fernandez, Lea and illustrator Nicole Lim. Princess Lea shows highlights of Lea’s life from when she was a six-year-old, landing a part in a local production of The King and I to an internationally renowned performer who has starred as Kim in Miss Saigon, Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables, and Mei-Li in Flower Drum Song, among others.


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The story builds up to the day of Lea’s wedding to Rob – Lea’s favourite “moment” in the book. She also says her favourite role is that of mommy to daughter Nicole, who read the 10 tips to succeeding like Lea Salonga.



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Also guests were Jillian, Trish and Congresswoman Leni Robredo.


As you know, Leni and I met in person days after Sec Jessie’s funeral. She had been a long-time reader of my blog and knew everything about me. Now we are friends. Surreal.


My girls read their books on the spot.


Then they all lined up and waited for their turn at the book signing. They weren’t just excited about seeing Lea again, they were also looking forward to talking with Yvette Fernandez (they call her Tita Yvette). Yvette has given them signed copies of all her children’s books. Soph has a knack for writing fiction and poetry, and hopes to be published one day. Both Soph and Lily love drawing and illustrating their works, so they were also in awe of the illustrator Nicole.


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Happy when they got their turn.


Stella said, “It’s the best book ever!” She is into superlatives. But really, it’s a great book.


Princess Lea is available in National Book Store and other bookstores nationwide for only Php 125. Part of the proceeds from the sales will go to the ICanServe Foundation, to benefit women with breast cancer.