Corners of our home


I did the ultimate in working from home today. My UZ team came over to shoot some spiels. This means you’ll be seeing snippets of my home in the next three episodes of Urban Zone. It is always a major production when my house is being shot. I’m glad I’m done the rounds of “publicity” for my sheets and furniture. There was a time we were shooting at the house every week. But now we’re back to reality. And reality with a husband who loves bicycles and three daughters who love toys just means we have clutter.

So I warned my team that we’ll have to do some major camera angling tricks to avoid the undesired shots. We are in the middle of supposedly having a garage sale and kitchen renovation. But those don’t seem to be happening. So we have stuff in boxes. Ugh.

I keep looking at how things were when we finished our room renovations. We had a clean slate. Now there are too many layers. Especially in my closet.


Master Bedroom
This is the “escritorio” in our room. Right now though there’s a TV on top of that desk. But we manage to keep this looking the same.


My favourite flower
This is my work desk, but now the kids have taken over. It’s full of bins of crayons and pens. Still relatively organized. Just a bit tight.

So here’s how our shoot went today. We limited the shots to little corners…


UZ shoot at home
We played with parts of the small lanai. I wore a sequined top which is the itchiest top ever created I think. I paired it with slim taupe pants and nude coloured heels. My bangs are getting long again and they’re starting to really bother me.


Manny and Denmark of UZ moved some furniture around. This is one of our outdoor chairs. It’s from the 60’s.


UZ shoot at home
Then they brought one of the Cobonpue chairs outside.


UZ shoot at home
I got this dress because it looked like fun. From Forever 21. I wore it with earrings that can convert into a bracelet. It’s a genius design by Diane von Furstenberg for H. Stern. Ring was a gift from Tito Villanueva, an interior designer friend.


UZ shoot at home
The red door. By the way, look at the icons of this website. The icon for Home/Blog is this exact door.


UZ shoot at home
This K&Company dress has a stunning colour. It’s just not registered well in this photo. I like wrap dresses. So easy to wear. My necklace is a collection of antique charms. The shoes are made by a local shop, the name escapes me.


So this is how my day went. In between filming, the kids were running around and air conditioning units were being cleaned.

Tell me, how did your day go?




Joey Samson for UNICEF


Get a chance to have a custom-made dress or suit by Joey Samson by joining UNICEF’s Auction for Action at


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Click on this catalog page and it’ll lead you to the bidding.


Joey is one of my favourite designers. He’s made for me some of the most interesting dresses. We first met at a Swarovski event – he was tasked to dress me up. He made me wear pants and some type of barong top. It was not very me at all. I was always into feminine, classic, pretty dresses. But I loved his work from that moment on. Joey has always given me a different perspective of fashion. I like the world of pretty and softness. But he’s the only one who can make me wear architectural and ironic. Here are some from my photo library.


Joey and Me
I appeared in the cover of Lifestyle Asia magazine together with other designers and their muses in 2007. Joey asked me to be his muse. I was floored. This started our many years of collaboration. (Pardon the over-photoshopping of my jaw here. I had nothing to do with it.)


I'm excited about this
This looks simple but it’s actually gravity defying. There’s only one hook that’s holding up the top of this dress. This is’t actually a gown. It comes in two pieces – a strapless top that’s completely opened at the back (but covered in drapes) and huge flowing pants below.


Across the street from Shangrila
He made me a strapless column gown with cuts and patches that are almost invisible, but they added to the shape and sculptural quality of the bodice. Then he added this silk sheath on top to soften the look. Even this sheath had twists, patches and stitches. It was complicated. But the result was beautifully minimalist.


My friend and I got the best mementos from Imelda Marcos
This was a satin trench coat dress. I wore it to the launch of Mrs. Marcos’ jewelry collection.


I love the drama in the back of the dress! Can't wait to wear it again
Here’s Joey showing me the drama of this jersey dress. I wore this weeks after I gave birth to Lily, during the first launch of Olay in the country, 2006.


Cheesy shot, but I just wanted to remember my dress
One of my biggest dresses. It’s even bigger than my wedding gown. Joey made me this ball gown for the second Olay ball in 2007.


One day it will all make sense
A little trivia. I wore the Joey Samson ballgown in this Star Cinema movie photoshoot. I was cast as the sister of John Lloyd Cruz in A Very Special Love. But I never got to actually shoot anything. If you want to know the dirt, here it is. I even lent my other Joey Samson gown to the other female actress Bing Pimentel, and interestingly they placed a brooch in the neckline, LOL. Side story, everyone seemed surprised that I’d lend a gown to another actress. Truth is I overheard the production people say that my ball gown was too dressy compared to the other actress’ cocktail dress so they wanted to dress me down by putting me in a short wig. I almost fainted upon overhearing that. No wigs for me, not for a “role.” So I offered to dress her up in my gown. Note that I don’t lend clothes to anyone, not even my friends. But the situation called for it. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. Haha.


Wearing Joey Samson
One of my recent Joey Samson dresses.


My outfit from behind
The same outfit from behind. The skirt is almost transparent. It is, actually. But because he plazed a gazillion yards of tulle fabric, it’s become opaque. Genius.


Makeup by Xeng Zulueta
The caged terno he made for me at the P&G 75th anniversary gala.


There are a other amazing creations on auction – please check them out. We’ve opened the bids up to June 4. We’ve also got sculptures and paintings from award winning artists – a marble sculpture by Seb Chua, photograph by Tom Epperson, a hat by Mich Dulce and many more.


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Click this logo to take you to the auction.



Tatjana clutch


Last Thursday I attended the launch of jeweller Janina Dizon’s new bag line called Tatjana. I had a dilemma. It was a mommy & daughters’ day. I took my two older girls to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 (which we loved, by the way. Lots of sensitive issues. It was really sweet.) But I also didn’t want to miss Jenny’s bags. So I asked if I could bring my two rabbits. I was hoping her kids would be there too.


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Jenny’s event was at the Presidential Suite of the Peninsula Manila. Gorgeous space. We felt like little princesses at a private tea party. Jenny asked everyone to wear hats or fascinators. But I pretended I didn’t get the memo. Haha. All the ladies looked so lovely.


I constantly think of ways for my collection to evolve and it was a natural progression to introduce a handbag line. I am very excited to present to you my newest line, color blocked stingray clutches called the Tatjana.

The Tatjana was named after my playful little daughter. Crafted with exotic stingray and fine lambskin, it’s a color extravaganza
with a precious detail- a 3 pointer brilliant cut diamond that is
placed either inside or outside the flap.

The yummy hues come in sunny yellow, grass green, blue sapphires, hot pinks and many many more.

Bespoke orders allow clients to choose their desired skins, (stingray, alligator, python or water snake) color combinations and diamond placements.


Janina Dizon
The stingray clutches were laid out beautifully across the tables. Major eye candy.


Janina Dizon
Each clutch comes with a 0.33 carat diamond – either inside or outside the flap.


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It’s a nice size for going out. It can fit a phone and a camera.


Janina Dizon - Tatjana Clutch
Comes in a myriad of colours.


Lily dance
Lily couldn’t help but twirl and dance.


Brought the girls to Janina's tea party
Me and my girls. I wore a purple K&Company dress from their current collection.


Tatjana Clutch
JANINA for Jul Dizon, Mezzanine of the Peninsula Manila Hotel, Mobile 0922.8163449