K&Company is now in Alabang Town Center



K & Company Resort 2011
I love my imaginary K&Company life where I lounge around in lovely dresses in a lovely daybed like this one  in our friend Alicia’s lanai. Haha. Here’s a bit of good news…


K & Company Alabang
K&Company in Alabang Town Center is in the Ground Floor across National Book Store in the same alley of GNC.


K & Company Alabang
One side has the most comfortable and well-made jersey dresses.


K & Company Alabang
The other side has the prints and corporate dresses.


For updates and latest collections, please “like” K & Company in Facebook.



My Bench™ home fragrances



It has been almost a week since the DAPHNE Home Scents for Bench™ were launched. I haven’t written about the event yet because almost immediately, real life took over. I was allowed to be in cloud nine for a day, then everything fell into place like nothing happened. My kids started school. I’ve been busy establishing a morning routine with them. And I’ve focused on dropping them off and picking each one up every single day. This is the life that I want.

Just to shake things up a bit, Patrick brought the two older kids to Bench and Dimensione over the holiday. They were giddy when they saw the display of DAPHNE bottles along side chinos and T-shirts at Bench. Lily insisted to buy a bottle. I lined up and paid for it. The sales associate was speechless. It was a very cute moment.


Daph POP Final


I’ve been getting a lot of tweets and Instagram links from those who’ve bought and tried the scents. So far, all very good reviews. There are three scents – Acres of Lavender, Homemade Lemon Tart and Mint Jasmine Infusion. I’m really so proud of how they all came out. The Bench teams who developed the product and worked on the launch are so awesome.


Here’s the video that was shown at the launch. It tells the story of how the scents were created, and how the collaboration came about. The video was shot and produced by creative duo Jujiin Samonte and Paulo Castro.



More photos and highlights of the launch, coming soon. Sorry for the hangover. I don’t think I’ll ever get over this! Haha. Have you tried the scents yet?



The RAMP Crossings




On May 22 at the SMX Convention Center, watch as The Ramp, Mundo and The Ramp Kids, the in-house cult fashion brands of style-setting store, Crossings, further cement their sartorial standing with a sophomore show at Philippine Fashion Week. To be directed by Robby Carmona and styled by Daryl Chang and Andre Chang, the show promises to veer from safe and traditional ready-to-wear pairings. The Ramp will feature a visual melange of prints and patterns in playful and sophisticated silhouettes to create a Mixology of Style. Creative Director, Mario Barrientos and designer Macel Pangan, worked with paisleys, Zebra prints and cleverly contrasted these with sleek lines, peplums, flirty cutouts and thigh-high hemlines. For Mundo, double knit tops and cotton ensembles are awash in pastel and stripes, producing an effortlessly chic, weekend vacation look.

Take a sneak peek at the Fall / Holiday Collection of The Ramp Crossings’ with this teaser video created by Melvin Mojica, Jujiin Samonte and Paulo Castro.

For info and ticket giveaway promos like www.facebook.com/therampcrossings.
The Ramp is now available oneline at www.therampcrossings.com







I didn’t forget Mother’s Day. I was just busy living it instead of writing about it. We had a huge weekend. So happy that my parents are here. It made mother’s day feel even more special with my Mom around. In keeping with my love for old photos, here are some more…


Mom in Hong Kong
Mom as a stewardess for PAL, back when it was fantastic in the 60’s.


She represented Philippine Air Lines at an aviation convention in Hong Kong
She’s so lovely


My 1 year old birthday party.
Mom and me at my birthday party.


My mom in Manila Bay
Mom and I think it’s me (or my brother) in Manila Bay.


Stella and me
Stella and me by the same bay.


Happy mother’s day to my amazing mom, Rose, who taught me everything I know about being a mother and complete woman.

– how to make each child feel like she is the best and favourite because each child should feel that confident;
– how to support each child in choosing what she thinks she wants to do while a mother secretly hopes and prays the child will succeed in that chosen field/task;
– how to cook each kid’s favourite food and that a sprinkle of brown sugar always makes spaghetti and lasagna taste better;
– how to listen to three (in her case four) voices at the same time and pretend you hear them all;
– how to make your home beautiful and comfortable for all members of the family even if there’s clutter (to this day, we love going to my parents’ house);
– how to love and respect a husband so daughters will know how it is to be loved well and hopefully choose a good partner in the future;
– that it’s important for a mama to look and feel her best because it helps her become a better person and better mom;
– that a woman should have/earn her own money;
– that a woman should see the world before she gets married;
– that it’s better to order food than stress out over cooking party food (but she baked our birthday cakes and made apple pie from scratch anyway);
– that moms must find some quiet time to meditate and talk to God.


There are more lessons. Up to this day, I’m still learning from her. Amazing woman. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

My dad’s 50 years of flying



It’s going to be a huge day. My dad is celebrating his 50th anniversary at the Philippine Air Force Flying School in Fernando Air Base, Lipa, Batangas.

A milestone. The members of the Class of 1962 will be there with their families – all of us proud and honouring our dads who’ve had very interesting flying careers. But of course in my eyes, I will only be seeing my dad’s face marching among the many graduates of the Air Force. He is our hero, our star, our Superman. He flew. And he had superpowers.

Through the fifty years of his being a military pilot, he survived it not only with flying colours but with dignity and honour. I am proud to say that my dad is an honest man. I feel like I have to say it because this is a paragraph with the word “military” in it.

I will be emotional tomorrow. That’s a given. I’m a daddy’s girl.

But that’s not the only reason there will be tears. I am reminded of the dark period when my dad was a victim of a harsh system and an unfair judgement. His is a story you would never have heard about because his name wasn’t big enough to be of public interest. (Except now, his name is in Carlos Celdran’s Livin’ La Vida Imelda). My dad’s case wasn’t a scandal. It was an effect of 1986 but it wasn’t about politics. It was simply an administrative fiasco that had a huge effect in our lives. Like, we lost our country overnight. My dad lost his rank at the peak of his career. And from what I saw, he lost the sparkle in his eyes.

But my dad’s strength of character was unwavering. During the many years of feeling exiled in a foreign land, all he wanted was to go home and finish serving his country. He fought for his rights. It was complicated. A few people helped. In 1997, he accomplished his task. And I was beside him though the journey. He got what he wanted and deserved – his clean name with a clean conscience and even cleaner, empty pockets.

My dad officially retired from the Air Force with the rank of full Colonel with a humble plot of land he paid off during his career. No luxury vehicles. No mansion. Like I said… honest. And happy.


Dad, Air Force
In the early days of his active service in the military, my dad was a rescue pilot.


Dad, Air Force
He then flew as a helicopter pilot assigned to President Diosdado Macapagal. And he eventually stayed on in the presidential wing as helicopter pilot of President Ferdinand Marcos from the 60’s to 1983.


Dad, Air Force
Here’s one of his “superhero” photos taken in a rural area. I love old photographs.


Dad, Air Force
Another photo from the 1960’s. His military career was focused on flying helicopters. At one point he was the comptroller of 700th Special Mission Wing (Presidential). It was the 1970’s then, and they were acquiring many new aircrafts. Very exciting times for the young pilots.


My dad in a helicopter used in Korean War
This is the Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw. It is now in the PAF Museum near Resorts World.


Presidential Pilots with IRM & FM in Baguio
The presidential pilots with First Lady Imelda Marcos and President Marcos.


First Lady inaugurating the Puma (helicopter)
This was in the early 80’s. First Lady Imelda Marcos inaugurating the new PUMA helicopter.


My dad and Sammy Davis Jr
Dad got to fly heads of states and royalty (seriously). And other famous visitors like Sammy Davis Jr. In the background, Elvira Manahan.


Dad, Air Force
Dad as a civilian pilot in Canada.


Dad, Air Force
This photo brings us back to 1962, on the day when a young man from Quezon Province achieved his childhood dream of becoming a pilot. He did that… and more.


Some of the dads didn’t make it out of the Air Force. Mine did.

And he got the sparkle back in his eyes.

That’s a big gift. Thank you God.