Another ad in Elle Decoration Philippines



I forgot to post this a few weeks ago. My full page ad in Elle Decoration April 2013 came out nicely (in terms of position in the magazine). Thrilled. It never gets old.


Elle Decoration April 2013


Elle Decoration April 2013



Canada Philippine Fashion Week



Canada Philippines Fashion Week


A bit over a year ago, my friend from Toronto, Jeff Rustia, and I met up in Manila for afternoon tea. He was going through a personal journey and rediscovery of the Philippines. He told me of this “crazy” idea of doing a fashion event where he’d bring Filipino designers to show their stuff in Canada. And now we have Canada Philippine Fashion Week on June 10-15, 2013 in Toronto.


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Lunch with Jeff and fashion director RomMel at Holts Cafe in Toronto.


Tickets are on sale online for the gala show at C$55. This includes a FREE $30 black car with driver to take you to the event.



For Boston



A few days have passed and I still can’t make sense of the Boston Marathon bombings. I don’t think I ever will. What kind of world is our children living in? Horrible.

Amidst all the conspiracy theories are stories of heroism, resiliency and love. At times like these when we see the worst and most evil of human acts, we also see the best and kindest in people. My heart goes out to all the families of those who’ve been hurt and killed. Nothing I say or do will ever take away the pain. In fact, I am even living in fear myself. It’s the mama bear in me. Sigh.

Hours after the attack, I got an email from the president of my site partner Rue La La. Their headquarters is in Boston just blocks away from the bombing. They are doing a small fundraiser to pay for medical expenses of victims. Available at Rue La La, keywords Honoring Boston.


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Rue La La will donate all net proceeds from the sale of this Honoring Boston tee to the Emergency Medicine Fund at Massachusetts General Hospital, which supports the patients and families affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy.

This item will be shipped standard (within the US) for free. Sale ends April 21, 2013.




Tiff Kids 2013



I attended the opening of TIFF Kids (Toronto International Film Festival) with my sisters and their husbands. My brother-in-law Mathieu’s aunt, Nancy Florence Savard, directed and produced the movie that was chosen to be the opener. The film Legend of Sarila is Canada’s first 3D animated feature — a really charming story about the adventures of three youths living on the Arctic tundra who must brave numerous dangers to save their community from starvation.


TIFF Kids offers a diverse slate of films from Canada and around the world at the Bell Lightbox from April 9-21.


The screenings include an opportunity for children to engage in discussions with filmmakers and special guests.


With my lovely sisters Pauline and Johanna.



The film maker Nancy Florence Savard. This movie took 11 years to make.


Nancy with Pauline and Mathieu.


Loved the bar and lounge, overlooking King Street.


With the greatest Toronto landmark, the CN Tower.


We had an ice storm the night before (yeah, in April). But the temperature went down and it was my first time to dress human again.


Check out the films that are in TIFF Kids. The festival is on until April 21.



Elle Decoration Philippines March 2013



Daphne Print Ad - TCMarch2013
Ad for Daphne Furniture in Elle Decoration March 2013.


Wonderful things are happening. But I am also knee deep into work. Somewhere between catching up with work, being involved with the kids’ school activities and fixing our house, I was able to free up three days to go on a UNICEF mission to Davao Oriental where I saw the aftermath of Typhoon Pablo. Major stories to tell. We’re working on them now…

I got a copy of Elle Decoration’s March issue. I’m so giddy to share that my full page ad came out! We shot the new collection of DAPHNE® Furniture. Then I got word from my friends at Elle Decoration that I’ll be hosting the opening of Cafe Elle Decor at Manila FAME. I had been planning a deeper involvement in Manila FAME this season but because of the above-mentioned things I’m doing, I wasn’t able to get my act together. So hosting this event makes me feel part of the very important community during design week.


Elle Decoration cover March 2013
Elle Decoration Philippines March 2013


Is it just me or are we really feeling that most eyes are on the Philippines again. Are we totally back on the map or what? Are you feeling it in your industry?

I love it!!! Yay Philippines!