Cocktales galore



Wow, it just dawned on me that I haven’t posted much about my show Cocktales. Unbeknownst to many, I am actually co-hosting a talkshow produced by TV5 News and Current Affairs. It airs on Aksyon TV41. You can find Aksyon TV on free TV channel 41, or on cable via Sky Cable Digibox 59, Destiny 7, and Cignal 1. Cocktales airs every Sunday night at 9:30pm and replays the following Sunday at 12nn.

Cocktales, the name of the show, is derived from our co-host Vic Agustin’s popular column. Vic’s column was known for its business and political scoops and sometimes juicy stories. Cocktales, the talk show, has more of a business-lifestyle theme. It isn’t heavy on the controversy but we do get our share of interesting scoops. It is fun.

Here are some outtakes from the past shows.


We had Senator Bongbong Marcos. It was a bit of a scoop because it was his first interview after the Corona Impeachment Trial when he was among the three senators who voted to acquit the chief justice. OK, just to get it out of the way, yes we are shooting in a car showroom. Not just any showroom. This is the Ferrari-Maserati-Jaguar showroom.


In between takes, with Sen Bongbong Marcos. The team asked him to put on a jacket as his shirt was the same colour as the background.


What do you think of his attire? I’m liking the leather driving shoes. He says he buys Italian suits in HK and he has an amazing trusted tailor here in Manila. Mang-someone… I should have taken note of the name. He also said that his biggest critics are the women in his life – wife Liza Araneta Marcos, sisters Imee and Irene, and his mom Imelda. After every major speech, they each have something to say about his hair.


This interview was a lot of fun. There were times when Bongbong looked vulnerable, even wistful – when we asked about his sons going off to boarding school in England at a young age, and about things he remembers about his father. We also “bonded” over discussing the Lady Gaga concert. He loved it. So did I.


A few weeks before Sen. Marcos, we also had the Aquinos over – Bambam and former-Senator Butz. Here in photo is Mr. Willie Soong, owner of the luxury car showroom.


Doesn’t Bambam look so much like his uncle, Ninoy? Bambam is engaged to be married to his longtime girlfriend this year. There are also rumours that he’s considering running for Senate. He dispelled those rumours during the interview, saying he’s just focusing on social entrepreneurship.


Cita and me, shot by Cita’s niece, Bianca Araneta-Elizalde. While getting ready for the interview, Bianca played with my Olympus OM-D. She may have fallen in love with it because she bought one a week after.


I wore this navy silk jersey dress from K&Company. I was a bit charged with static from the carpet, haha. Earrings are my own creation (various semi precious stones), bracelet is the same one you’ve been seeing for months (pearls & rubies from India), and necklace is just made of rhinestones. Shoes are from Zara. This is the part when I say all my clothes during the shoots are from K&Company. Click here to see K&Company’s latest collections.


We had a fun interview with Bianca Araneta-Elizalde. As I said, she is Cita’s niece and I’ve known her for a while. It was great exchanging stories about our daughters – she also has three girls! Bianca is a full-time mom. She recently launched a maternity and nursing wear line called Eden.


Me and Vic Agustin. OK ba yung car sa background? Haha.


Very interesting guest – Michael Carandang, one of the producers of America’s Next Top Model. Michael was responsible for bringing Filipino talents like Michael Cinco, Bench and Francis Libiran to Tyra’s show.


Michael talked about his plans and wishes for working in the Philippine setting. He is so knowledgeable about producing talk shows and reality shows. His first job was with The Jerry Springer Show! Imagine that as a training ground? He then moved to the Tyra Banks show and then America’s Next Top Model.


Our group shot with Michael.


And now we pause for a Ferrari beauty shot.


I was a bit concerned about wearing big hair. But I adore Avril, our hairdresser. Complete trust.


Yes it is a bit strange that we are using the car showrooms as our set. But I love how unique it is. I especially love the street-level vibe. Complete with man-on-the-street vibe, as you’ll see in the next photo. We usually see a lot of doctors and nurses as this is just across St Luke’s. Wish we could stay here for the whole year.


I wore another comfortable jersey dress from K&Company. This has a Missoni-esque print. Oops, my earrings are still the same semi-precious stones I wore at the Bianca Elizalde interview. Note to self: rotate stuff. My huge cuffs are a gift from my friend Katherine. They’re Marni x H&M. Too bad the shoes can’t be seen. I dressed down the look by wearing jelly shoes (wedges) from Melissa.


This is that K&Company dress I posted about in my coral story. I kept it even busier by piling on my necklaces – Fenton&Fallon x J. Crew and my hefty rock crystal “gems” set in white gold. I made that a couple of years ago. I would think twice about making another one now because the price of gold is just so high. Sigh. Earrings, I made those too. Well, at least I designed them. You’ve seen them before. Oooh, this is that “magnetic coral” lipstick I raved about in the same coral story.


I have to say that I love working with my co-hosts Vic and Cita. I learn a lot from them in the hours we spend during taping – their wisdom, experience and their enthusiasm for tv interviews. This is the first time for both Vic and Cita to host a talk show. The team behind the show is a lot of fun as well. We’ve got a great group.


Our next episode will feature lovely newlyweds Paolo Trillo and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo.


Rissa is seven months pregnant. I know! She looks GREAT!!!


Paolo, Rissa and the Cocktales gang.


Earlier on we also had the children of National Artist-elect Francisco Manosa – Bambi, Dino and Gelo who are all in the business of design and architecture.


My second episode on Cocktales was with the controversial fashion designer Puey Quinones about second and third chances. He mentioned trying his hand at catering now. Here I wore a Tiffany-blue jersey wrap dress from K&Company. I stuck to classics and wore my white south sea pearl strand and studs.


Whew, that was a lot of photos and captions. Hope you liked them. Watch Cocktales this Sunday 9:30pm, Aksyon TV41. We also air internationally through TV5 International.




Leave a comment

  • calix09

    I believe it’s  Mananquil not Manankil.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks. Edited.


    I should find this episode with Puey..

  • Topaz Horizon

    I am getting all the wrap dresses of K&Co.! Perfect for breast feeding!

    You look amazing, Daphne 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Yes. It’s actually half-wrap. The skirt part is fixed- which I find more comfortable than the real full wrap. So yes, still perfect for breastfeeding.

  • Deepa

    The coral lipstick looks stunning on you! Loving those piled-on necklaces too.

    • Anonymous

      I tried wearing it on a normal day (without professional makeup), and it wasn’t the same. Haha. It’s hard to pull off with a bare face.

  • Entrepid

    Hi Daphne!

    I am writing on behalf of Entrepid in Singapore. 

    Our adopted charity, Goducate, has been working tirelessly to alleviate poverty and social problems in Asia and especially the Philippines by helping Filipinos help themselves.

    We are reaching out to you because it has come to our attention that you have a very great influence on your readers and fans and have a huge potential to reach out to a large group of Expat Filipinos residing in Singapore.

    We would like to tell you more about our movement via email. We hope you can show your support to our cause. Entrepid will be hosting “Orchestrating a Rural Revolution”, a meet-and-greet session with Goducate’s Founder Dr Paul Choo in Singapore on the 23rd of June.

    Our email is and we hope you can find time to talk to us about Goducate!

    Thank you.

    Entrepid Team

    • Anonymous

      Here you go, publishing your letter so readers can know about your project. Thanks.

  • Jeunne

    Loved your show. it was my first time to catch you on tv again after F. so i just follow you on FB and your website. You are so graceful as always. 😉  i love the episode with Amina. Used to work with her husband Raffa in Makati before they tied the knot. I was in their wedding too. Nice to see photos of them as a happy couple.
    I missed the interview with Bong bong Marcos. I love the way he speak, i cant explain but it signifies good leadership if you talk impressively…  just like his father. We seldom have good speakers in our country. He’s next to Ferdinand Marcos and Ninoy Aquino, am NOT talking about politics. Just the way they deliver speech, message and opinion. Makes you agree even if you dont, hahah.  Something that we do not have anymore. Do you agree?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Apollo Dominguez Lumitap

      I agree with your thoughts about BBM.I never paid much attention to him until after watching a TV 5 show interview.He was very spontaneous and I liked him after he mentioned that his kids didn’t grow up with nannies…I wasn’t expecting to hear that considering they belong to a wealthy family.

  • Avaldeguer

    I just want to say that you’re such an impeccable dresser! I admire how you put things together. It’s great how you make you’re own jewelry and that you manage to use clothes and shoes that are accesible to girls like us. I read your blog and follow you on twitter but I have yet to catch your show:). Good luck with that!

  • Anonymous

    Daphne, you have a very perfect smile…