Alphaland Makati Place

 

 

It’s been a while since I blogged about homes and condos. I used to do it weekly because of my old show Urban Zone. But now I rarely have a chance to feature homes. I’m sure many of you are missing my house tours from UZ. It’s a good thing my friend invited me to check out a new development in Makati. I visited The Residents at Alphaland Makati Place. It is a very unique new development just at the foot of Ayala Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Makati Central Business District and two minutes away from Makati Medical Center.

Alphaland Makati Place is an integrated urban lifestyle solution, with residential, sports and leisure, and retail necessities all in one complex. There is nothing quite like it in Makati . You could practically stay in the Alphaland Makati Place for days and never have to step out. Everything is there. Alphaland Makati Place is a complete community that will cut down on commuting, save time and energy for its residents, and minimize traffic, all in secure, private surroundings. All units are fully fitted and fully furnished, and come with Home Automation. The entire development is 100% covered by a backup generator.

Alphaland Makati Place was built by the same developer of Balesin Island Club Resort. It consists of three residential towers above a six-storey podium that houses an upscale shopping centre and a membership sports club – The City Club. This isn’t your ordinary sports club. It has state-of-the art exercise facilities and a wellness centre. Ownership of a unit at The Residences will give you the benefit of using 52 amenities in a three-hectare area. Alphaland Makati Place is designed by Wong & Ouyang who also had a hand in designing Hong Kong’s Pacific Place.

 

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Alphaland Makati Place

 

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The scale model of the development. Alphaland Makati Place is designed by Wong & Ouyang who also had a hand in designing Hong Kong’s Pacific Place.

 

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The Residences at Alphaland Makati Place.

 

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Lobby of Residences

 

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I had to take a selfie at Master Bedroom of the units I visited. Sorry for my serious face. That wraparound view!

 

Here is an example of a one-bedroom floor plan:

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And what it actually looks like. The model unit shows exactly how the units get turned over — fully fitted and fully furnished.

 

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The same room in reverse.

 

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The living room of the same unit. I love that huge window.

 

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The bedroom in this 1BR unit.

 

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The washer and dryer are hidden away behind folding closet doors.

 

The Premium Two-Bedroom looks like this:
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And the 3-Bedroom unit looks like this:
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There are a minimum of five and a maximum of seven units in each floor. Each tower has three passenger elevators and one service elevator. And as part of Alphaland’s excellent property management style, they have a maid service available for P600 per day. And should a resident wish to employ a maid full-time, there is a dormitory for staff available at P4,000 per month.

 

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The bigger unit’s living room is fitted with built in shelves, lots of storage space, and recessed lighting.

 

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Wonderful kitchen. And take note of the extra storage under the bench by the window.

 

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Appliances are built-in and the solid surfaces are seamless. These appliances are all included in the unit, by the way. All you have to do is just move in.

 

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From the living room, you can draw the sliding doors in to separate the bedrooms if you are entertaining in the living/dining area.

 

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The living room and kitchen of the 3-Bedroom unit.

 

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Bathrooms are well designed with modern fixtures in chrome and white surfaces.

 

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The second bathroom in the 3-Bedroom unit.

 

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This is the ensuite of the master bedroom in the 3BR unit. I love the double lavatory and use of mirrors.

 

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The shower area is enclosed in a domelike structure with glass mosaic tiles.

 

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The hallways leading to the private quarters in the Two and Three Bedroom units are lined with shelves and drawers. (That’s my bag, btw).

 

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All the bedrooms have huge window views.

 

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The second bedroom in a Premium Two-Bedroom unit can fit two twin beds comfortably. It also has its own bathroom.

 

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They have been well designed to be mindful of maximizing space and storage.

 

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An extra bedroom can double as a den or guest room with this day bed.

 

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Which pulls out into a trundle

 

The City Club

All residential unit owners of The Residences at Alphaland Makati Place are automatically members of the City Club. Non-residents may also purchase memberships. The City Club occupies an area of 30,000 square meters. It is within walking distance of most of the major offices, residential buildings, and commercial establishments in Makati.

 

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The City Club lobby

 

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Ownership of a unit gives you access to all the club amenities – sports, wellness, restaurants, meeting rooms and more.

 

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Boxing ring

 

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Auditorium Theatre

 

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Outdoor pool

 

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All the themed restaurants in Balesin Island Club Resort can also be find here in Makati Place

 

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The Italian restaurant.

 

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The Balesin Islander restaurant.

 

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The Balesin Islander Restaurant offers fine Filipino cuisine.

 

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The restaurant also has cosy private rooms.

 

Aegle Wellness Center

By being a member of The City Club, you have access to Aegle Wellness Center. Walking through the halls of Aegle made me feel like I was walking in a white cloud. It was so pristine and immaculate.

Aegle Wellness is a state-of-the-art Center for Longevity and Holistic Health devoted to the enhancement of health through personalized health support, medical- and science-based technology, and extensive life management tools for long-term lifestyle modification. Aegle offers comprehensive programs uniquely designed to provide the resources, motivation, and support needed to alter one’s lifestyle through sustainable holistic healthcare programs — Total Ageing Management, Medical Detoxification, Weight Management and Nutritional Intervention, Functional Exercise and Fitness Program Design, Thalassotherapy for Anti-Ageing, Longevity and Regenerative Medicine, Customized Supplementation, Women’s Health, Men’s Vitality.

 

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Aegle’s reception area just by the pharmacy.

 

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The Hyperbaric Room

 

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The hyperbaric chamber involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. A hyperbaric chamber can treat decompression sickness caused by scuba diving. Other conditions for hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.

 

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Through an integrated approach based on scientific and medical diagnostics for early detection, prevention and correction of age-related imbalances, Aegle Wellness Center offers comprehensive evaluation of your body at cellular level for a personalized program based on your specific profile. (Source.)

 

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Therapeutic bath, located outdoors.

 

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The reception area of Aegle, leading to the therapeutic bath.

 

Alphaland Makati Place is designed from the ground up as an intelligent development, with state-of-the-art building management and security, as well as energy efficient mechanical, electrical, and sanitary systems. The complex will consume far less water and energy than comparable buildings, minimizing carbon emissions and unnecessary costs, while still achieving a high level of comfort. The project is registered under the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) rating system, which administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Makati Place is designed to a Gold level of certification.

In the past decade and a half, we saw a boom in the real estate market in Metro Manila. Much of this was chronicled in Urban Zone. The skyline of Makati, Bonifacio, Ortigas and Manila have changed so much. High rise condominiums and office towers dominate the city centres. And there are still more plans and promises for new condominiums.

When I saw Alphaland Makati Place already completely built with all the amenities and establishments in place, I was impressed. Not only was the place well designed and situated, it had all the amenities I would need. It even houses some international schools in the same building. No need to wait or base decisions on drawings and scale models. Everything is already there. All you have to do is move in.

 

For inquiries and a visit:
Jela G. Daclan
Email: jgdaclan@alphaland.com.ph
Cellphone: +63908-8868981 and +63977-8413884

 

 

Series 7 Project Manila

 

 

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I hosted the launch of the exhibit of Fritz Hansen’s collaboration with esteemed Filipino architects and designers at Studio Dimensione at BGC.

It is the 60th anniversary of the Series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen whose collaboration with Fritz Hansen dates back to 1934. The Series 7™ was designed in 1955 and is by far the most sold chair in the history of Fritz Hansen and perhaps also in furniture history. It is made of pressure moulded veneer with four stackable legs.

Each of the Filipino architects and designers were given the task to re-interpret the timeless and classic Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen. It was a celebration, of not just the chair, but also of the local Filipino architecture and design ingenuity. It is taking a design made way back in 1950s and showing how it is still relevant to us. The classic silhouette of the Series 7 transcends time and space.

 

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From left to right, Dean Yupangco, Ed Calma, Carlo Calma, Andy Locsin of Leandro V. Locsin Partners, Fritz Hansen’s Dario Reichl, Ben Chan, Gil Coscolluela, and Bong Recio.

 

 

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I hosted the official opening of the exhibit which will run until March 31st at Studio Dimensione. (I wore a K&Company dress.)

 

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Dario Reicherl, VP for Asia Pacific for Fritz Hansen, gave a brief talk about the history and relevance of the Series 7 chair.

 

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Gil Coscoluella wrapped the Series 7 in purple calfskin leather.

 

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Ed Calma kept the Series 7 form but added different colours and layers of wood veneer.

 

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Architect Juan Carlo Calma worked with three Series 7 chairs, superimposing them creating layers that represented a grotto.

 

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Andy Locsin of Leandro V Locsin Partners paid homage not just to Arne Jacobsen, but to his own father Leandro V. Locsin, by creating a mold of the Series 7 in poured concrete.

 

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I asked Andy if I could sit on the chair.

 

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Dean Joey Yupangco dressed up Series 7 in “leggings”.

 

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Bong Recio worked on a fusion of the Series 7 and the Filipino “batibot” chair.

 

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Suyen Corp’s Miguel Pastor and Nenita Lim.

 

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With fashion designer Joey Samson.

 

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The event was followed by a lovely dinner at Blackbird Restaurant.

 

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Seated, Lucy Torres Gomez, Ben Chan, Bong Recio. Standing, Robert Mananquil, Carlo Calma, Millet Mananquil and Dario Reicherl.

 

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With Dario.

 

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With old friend Keren Pascual and the Mananquils.

 

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Barbie and John Rey Tiangco.

 

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Suyen Corporations’ Noel Manapat and Keren Pascual.

 

The Series 7 Project Manila exhibit runs til March 31, 2016 at Republic of Fritz Hansen in Studio Dimensione, One Parkade, BGC. Photos by Miguel Pastor.

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Meralco Orange Tag

 

 

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My kitchen, renovated in 2013

 

When I was a kid, I never understood why my mother was always so conscious of us closing the door whenever the air conditioner was on or shutting off lights in rooms we were not using. I knew it was about energy conservation. But when you’re not the one paying the bills, it remains an abstract concept.

The past couple of years, I had gotten way more conscious of our energy consumption, most especially during the exaggeratedly hot summer months. Try being in Manila in April and May. You will melt without the air conditioner on. It’s almost a given that the chart of our electricity bill peaks during summer months. And needless to say, I have turned into my mother.

I have learned some tips along the way, especially when I renovated my kitchen a couple of years ago. All my new appliances were energy efficient (digital inverter types). We also use our washing machine and dryer during off peak times – like weeknights as opposed to daytime or weekends.

 

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I have an all-gas range and electric stove. My refrigerator is inverter type.

 

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My kitchen air conditioner also uses digital inverter technology.

 

But now, there are even more tools that can help you figure out the energy consumption of a certain new home appliance. And this is done not by the appliance brand, but by our own local electric company — Meralco. Very timely as I’m sure a lot of families are shopping for new electrical appliances this time of year — because of Christmas bonuses and homecoming of family members from abroad.

So before you go out there to shop for that new air con, fridge or washing machine, or small kitchen gadgets, look for the Meralco Orange Tag — brought to us by the Meralco Power Lab. In one look you already know the estimated operating cost of the new appliance. And you can make better decisions based on this information.

 

Cute commercial…

 

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Now you can compare appliances not just based on design and performance, but by energy consumption levels. Look at the numbers! That’s cost per wash.

 

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The Meralco Orange Tag shows the estimated cost consumption, estimated energy consumption and rate used, and transparency in computation.

 

It’s a great way to get the whole family involved in energy consumption consciousness.

 

 

Chairs update

 

 

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Me and the DAPHNE® chair, by my front door.

 

I’ve been meaning to write an update about the “Iloilo-APEC-chairs” issue last Thursday. But I’m never good with immediate reactions. So I slept on it and let a few days pass. Now there are no more emotions.

Last Thursday morning I posted this blog on “familiar-looking chairs” being displayed and sold at the Yusay Consing Mansion in Iloilo City. The story was carried by Coconuts Manila as well.

A quick recap –

 

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A reader sent me photos of the Yusay Consing Mansion (Molo Mansion), where these “familiar looking chairs” were on display.

 

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The Yusay Consing Mansion was set up with Ilonggo-made products on display and for sale. The logo of APEC appears prominently in the front lawn. Photo by John Rou, as it appears in Iloilo City Government Facebook.

 

On Iloilo City’s preparations for APEC —

Lawyer Helen Catalbas, director of the Department of Tourism (DOT) office in Western Visayas, said the tours would highlight century-old mansions and restored buildings, Iloilo churches, and local delicacies.

Another popular attraction of the tour is Casa Grande, a mansion built in the 1920s at Molo District that once was owned by the Yusay-Consing family. The house is right across Molo Church, also a popular sight for its Gothic-Renaissance architecture.

Casa Grande had been acquired and renovated by the SM Group, and was opened to the public on Sept. 17 in time for the Apec meetings. The mansion, which showcases Ilonggo products and other native wares, has since drawn hundreds of visitors daily.

Source Inquirer September 25, 2015

 

Two hours after I posted the story, I got a text from Stevan Tan, SVP of SM Supermalls. “It has reached my office – about the issue of an Iloilo furniture maker who copied your chair and showcased it in our Molo Mansion in Iloilo. We immediately called the attention of the exhibitor and had it pulled out already.”

 

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This is what the Molo Mansion looked like after the chairs were pulled off from the selling floor.

 

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This is the Iloilo-based furniture maker involved in this story. This photo was taken just last week at the Molo Mansion.

 

Beware of FAKE Daphne Chairs. My authentic chairs have a brass plate with my registered trademark. And the back doesnt look like that. Also that carving & paint finish are not at par with our standards. #DaphneFurniture is sold only in Dimensione shops.
In January 2014 I posted this on my Instagram. A friend of mine found these chairs in Iloilo City. Back then I was still actively selling DAPHNE® chairs in Dimensione. I had warned readers about these alleged poor imitations.

 

Since this story came out, I heard from lawyers, students, readers, and Ilonggo people who were disturbed by what had been done. One of them told me that those chairs were actually on display in the University of San Agustin. The owner of the furniture factory’s daughter had recently graduated from interior design class. And their son just got his architecture license.

I am touched by the expression of support from many readers and viewers, especially from my fellow Ilonggos. The silver lining is that I actually heard from people who were able to trace our common roots. Not only am I half-Ilonggo, I also gave one year of my adult life to help Iloilo and Guimaras in nation-building after I graduated from university in Canada. I was sent to the Philippines by Canada, specifically to that region, to manage an urban planning program funded by my Canadian government. (My first return to the Philippines was via Iloilo).

I was moved by this photo from a long-time reader. She is a Filipino working abroad. I remember she emailed us about purchasing this DAPHNE chair for her daughter. She wanted to give it to her daughter as a surprise. She couldn’t come home that Christmas. And if I recall, we had arranged the delivery of the chair to her home.

 

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My reader, a Filipino working abroad, reminded me that no kind of imitation can replace the value of something that is truly from the heart.

 

 

Those chairs look familiar

 

 

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Last November 2014, I had the great honour of hosting the official launch of APEC 2015 in the Philippines. It was attended by the country’s top business, economic and government leaders. No less than the President of the Philippines himself, President Benigno Aquino III was there to speak. It promised to be an exciting year with high-profile activities across the country. We are even getting a long vacation because of it next month.

This blog post isn’t really about APEC. It’s about chairs and integrity.

A reader of mine sent me these photos taken at the Yusay Consing Mansion in Iloilo City. It is a “heritage home” built in the 1920s and is currently being used as the site of three high-profile events for APEC dignitaries.

 

The Yusay Consing Mansion in Iloilo City is the site of the "one-stop shop" for APEC 2015. This is where the DAPHNE-inspired chairs are being displayed and sold.

The Yusay Consing Mansion in Iloilo City is the site of the “one-stop shop” for APEC 2015.

 

According to Iloilo City’s Facebook account, The Yusay-Consing mansion has been transformed into a heritage museum, where Ilonggo products are “proudly” displayed and sold. It is also now known as Molo Mansion. Here are the reader’s photos of the Yusay Consing Mansion displays and museum shop.

Please tell me what you see in these next three photos.

Inside the Yusay Consing Mansion, chairs that bear an almost exact resemblance to my chairs are being displayed.

Inside the Yusay Consing Mansion… those chairs look familiar.

 

The copies.

Those chairs look familiar.

 

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The price of one “accent chair”

 

Let me re-introduce the chairs from my own brand.

The DAPHNE® chairs were conceived in 2009. It was part of an overall wish, that one day there would be high-quality products sold under my brand. I set up DAPHNE as a registered trademark years before, upon the advise of my lawyer friend. Once we were set up, things worked out well and fast. I had products developed in partnership with top retailers and manufacturers. Our luxury linen was sold in SM and Our Home. Then came DAPHNE Furniture® which debuted in Rustan’s Makati and was later moved to all the big branches of Dimensione. Then DAPHNE® Home Scents for BENCH. And Currently, I have DAPHNE and National Book Store stationery. For all these products, there was a supporting team of designers, technical specialists and business partners who helped me design, set up, source, manufacture, market, and retail them. It wasn’t easy. It took time, money and talent.

The DAPHNE chairs were received well by the media and the public. They were cute. But more importantly, they were very well-made. Our partner manufacturer is one of the country’s top furniture makers, licensed for export and all that. The paint, distressing process, type of wood, hand carving process were all top-quality.

When my brand and blog were featured in Vogue Italia, the author asked me about the chairs. You may read about it here. You may also view the many times I’ve written about my chair in my blog.

Last year, my partners and I decided to put the furniture line to rest. We stopped making the DAPHNE chairs. I felt that the chairs had a good enough run. And it was time to move on. I had planned on developing new products.

So for now, there are no longer any real/original DAPHNE chairs being sold. I may bring it back one day… after all, it is very special to me and my brand.

 

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In 2010, in my own home. One of the prototypes of DAPHNE chairs and my youngest daughter.

 

"How did you do that Mom?" -Lily,5 upon seeing the Daphne Chairs at Dimensione
In 2012, I moved the DAPHNE chairs from Rustan’s to Dimensione. This coincided with the launch of my DAPHNE® homescents for Bench. Here is little Lily in the shop’s window.

 

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With the move to Dimensione, we came out with bolder colours. Still the same form.

 

My chair. I use its image in the packaging and on my website. This particular image was drawn by Isabel Gatuslao, who designed this website.
I use the image of the chair on my website’s dashboard. It has become this iconic thing. This particular image was drawn by Isabel Gatuslao, who designed this website.

 

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At UNICEF’s Auction for Action, which I founded and hosted for three years, I donated two DAPHNE® chairs. Here it is, displayed at the Yuchengco Museum.

 

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Early on, one of my readers, a baker, got inspired by the chairs. She used them as cupcake toppers and sent me this photo.

 

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Another baker in Ilocos Norte gave me this cupcake with an intricately handcrafted fondant replica of my chair. It was done to scale. I kept this, as is. Though my friend, Eliza, accidentally sat on it. haha. So the leg is broken.

 

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Original DAPHNE® chairs started to be used at Vanilla Cupcake bakery a few years ago. .

 

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The DAPHNE chairs were also sold in HEIMA for a limited time.

 

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At a trade show in 2012 where I was able to put all my products together in one setting. Months later, I launched DAPHNE Home Scents by Bench. And early this year I launched DAPHNE & National Book Store stationery.

 

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Featured in Lucy Torres-Gomez’s old TV show, Leading Ladies, in Lifestyle Network.

 

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The chairs are so special to me, I use it as my Twitter profile pic.

 

The APEC ministerial meetings have been ongoing in Iloilo City since September 22nd. The are “familiar-looking chairs” are being shown and sold as we speak. I don’t know what can be done now.

I’m just sad that there is no respect for intellectual property!

My heart is broken.