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 www.smtickets.com 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 www.barbielive.com 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.



Etihad Airways



It was an honour for me to emcee the 10th Anniversary celebration of one of the world’s best airlines, Etihad Airways. For five consecutive years, Etihad Airways has been voted World’s Leading Airline. A couple of months ago, they celebrated their 7th year of service in the Philippines, coinciding with their 10th anniversary year. Here are some of the official photos from the event I emceed.


Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan, was the host and guest of honour of the event.


Mr Hogan has led Etihad Airways since 2006 – the very same year the airline started flying to the Philippines. One of the global industry’s most accomplished CEOs, James Hogan has had a stellar career in travel and aviation. He was recently honoured with the prestigious Executive Leadership Award at the 2013 Airline Strategy Awards and at CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence in Hong Kong last year, was named CAPA Aviation Executive of the Year.


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With the lovely flight attendants of Etihad Airways.


Also in attendance was Air Asia group CEO Tony Fernandes, who has recently been conferred with the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur award by the French government for his contribution to the Malaysian aviation industry and economy. Source.


Many thanks to Stephen Mahoney of Etihad’s Corporate Communications for sending me these photos. I recall he was telling me about the new service they were just launched – the Flying Nanny. I love the idea because we take our kids on long haul flights and I can’t tell you enough how important it is to keep them happy and preoccupied.


Here, more about the Flying Nanny.


What I wore: a black tulle and sequined dress I bought from a local line in Rustan’s many, many years ago, that rock crystal and white gold necklace I designed, and diamond stud earrings to keep the focus on the neckpiece. My hair and make up were done by Ria Aquino.



MAC Divine Night



MAC Divine Night


Mineralize Eye Shadow, Blush and Skinfinish pair rich, contrasting shades with the graphic impact of a limited-edition powder design. Fluidline in Macviolet and Stares & Speculation get you noticed, while Kohl Power Eye Pencil lines eyes with glittering shades of pearl. False Lashes sharpens with ultimate definition. Lips exude allure in matching shades of Cremesheen Glass and Lipstick, and glossy nails with a lacquered finish are fit to fire up everyone’s envy.


MAC cosmetics launched Divine Night at Whitespace, Makati last November 11.




MAC started the evening by announcing their P1 Million donation to UNICEF Philippines for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan programs. The funds came from MAC’s Global Aids Fund which is supported by sales from Viva Glam. In photo with me is my good friend Mel Lerma, Country Manager of Estee Lauder Group of Companies which owns MAC Cosmetics.


Allison Harvard and MEGA’s Suki Salvador


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Ingrid Go, Pong Niu and Gretchen Fullido


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Ellen Adarna


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Coleen Garcia


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Cloie Syquia


Town & Country’s beauty editor Nicole Limos, events editor Manica Tiglao and Alicia Colby-Sy.


Stephanie Zubiri, Vicki Abary, Rosanna Ocampo


With Pauline Juan, Myrza Sison, Agoo Bengzon, Mel Lerma and Tara Santos


Sarah Labahti


Wendy Valdez and Kat Hermosa


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Nikki Gil