Charles & Keith opens flagship store at Bonifacio High Street

I had no idea Charles & Keith was so huge in the Philippines, with 30 stores all over Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Olongapo, Pampanga, and more.
Known for affordable fast-fashion footwear and accessories, Charles & Keith finally opened its official flagship store yesterday at Bonifacio High Street.
Franchised in the Philippines by Suyen Corporation, Charles & Keith updates its look at Bonifacio High Street, with 100 square meters of space, characterized by clean lines, marble accents, and dark metal details.

Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street
Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street

Loyal customers look forward to new releases from the store that arrive weekly.
The flagship store opened with Charles & Keith’s Spring 2015 Collection, featuring pop-art wallets and accessories.

Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street
Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street
Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street

What we liked: the metallic zippered wallets (Php 2199) and card cases

Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street
Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street

The polka-dotted wallet (Php 2199)

Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street

The ID case (Php 1199)

Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street

and the platform oxfords (Php 2399)

Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street

Spotted at the launch were Richard and Lucy Gomez with Suyen Corp’s Chairman of the Board, Mr. Ben Chan

Richard & Lucy Gomez, Ben Chan

Love: Ben Chan’s shoes (Dior)

Ben Chan's shoes

Ben Chan with Keri Zamora and Miguel Pastor

Ben Chan, Keri Zamora, Miguel Pastor

Karylle Yuzon

Karylle

The Zombettes (Ornussa Cadness and Sanya Smith) provided happy music to the shopping crowd.

Ornussa Cadness & Sanya Smith
Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street
Charles & Keith at Bonifacio High Street

Charles & Keith, the flagship store is now open at B8, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig from 11 AM-9 PM daily, right across from American Eagle.

http://www.charleskeith.com/

Help for Ralph Relucio

Last February 14, a 5th grade Xavier student named Ralph was badly burned during a camping activity.
The school’s official statement can be found HERE.
Every Xavier parent is affected and we have taken steps to raise funds for the boy’s long-term treatment at Makati Medical Center.
Viber parent groups are abuzz about developments in Ralph’s treatment. We are all praying for his complete recovery.
Meanwhile, my friends Penny and Patrice have been thinking of how to raise more money for Ralph.
We are planning to sell some of our pre-loved bags for the cause. Please watch for it.
Very recently I also posted this on Instagram:

Since then I have a received a few donations from friends and followers—from the Philippines, Canada, and the US.
Today I deposited the amount of Php 167,573 to Ralph’s BDO account and have emailed the donors the scans of deposit slips.

donations to Ralph

My heart goes out to the boy and his family and can’t imagine the pain they are going through.
If you would like to help out, here are ways you can donate:
1) You can use the Paypal button below





2) You can send me a check and I can deposit for you. Please email me at chuvaness@me.com for my office address.
3) If you would like to make a direct deposit to Ralph’s account, please email me at chuvaness@me.com for the bank details.
4) Prayers are always appreciated.

Once received and deposited, I will email you a proof of deposit.
P.S. We are not in touch with Ralph’s parents, and we do not know them personally. We are doing this as an act of charity and have no personal gain except to help out a child and family in pain.
Thank you very much for your time.

Greenwich launches #UltimateBandkada Search

Greenwich believes the best combination for a fun time is delicious food, great music, and good friends.
Greenwich pizza toppings are also made of the best flavor combinations.
With this formula in mind, Greenwich has launched a search for the best and most creative bands that can play musical instruments and create a mash-up of different genres, like pop, rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music.

The first ever Greenwich #UltimateBandkada Search invites bands that may be composed of rappers, singers, instrumentalists, or DJs—ages 18-35 years old—to join the contest that challenges them to mash up at least two music genres in one song.
Watch Donnalyn Bartolome, DJ Stove Allen and the rest of their bandkada mash up music styles in this hit song.

Do you have what it takes? Gather your music-loving barkada and create your own mash-up for a chance to win P100,000 plus a management and recording contract with Viva Records.

How to join:
• Send a link to a 60-second video of your band’s musical performance via http://www.ultimatebandkada.com/
• Or you can visit one of several Greenwich #UltimateBandkada audition booths that will be popping up in campuses around the Metro.
• Students and non-students can go to live auditions in these areas as well as the Greenwich main office in Ortigas, Pasig City.
• Auditions will run from March 11-21 so keep an eye out for the #UltimateBandkada booth.

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On April 23, 2015, Greenwich will announce the Top 8 bands that made the cut to compete for the title of Greenwich #UltimateBandkada.
Each band will be given lyrics to a Greenwich song which they will create music for with their chosen music genres. The contest judges will be announced soon.

For three months, the Top 8 “Bandkadas” will be trained by top musicians, artists, producers and vocal coaches from VIVA Records. These mentors will help in the preparation for the final #UltimateBandkada showdown which will be held in August.
The bands will go through an intensive Bandkada Bootcamp, during which they will develop an original Greenwich song that talks about friendship, sharing and fun while mashing up the identified major music genres. This will serve as their final piece for the competition.

The public can also keep track of the bands’ progress through the videos that will be posted on the #UltimateBandkada Web site, newspaper features and special segments on MTV Pinoy.
Everyone can also participate by voting for their favorite band from May to July.
The #UltimateBandkada winner will sign a record deal with VIVA Records, a management contract with Viva Artist Agency and a cash prize of P100,000.
The second and third placers will receive P60,000 and P40,000, respectively.
The Greenwich #UltimateBandkada Search is in partnership with Viva Records and MTV Pinoy.

To know more, go to www.ultimatebandkada.com

Spotted: Hot men on the Paris Métro

“Uhmm…I take back what I said about French men,” Grace said after finding this new Instagram account, Mecs Métro Paris, which features photos of men taken in the Parisian subway.
“You will ADORE the subway of Paris,” promises the Instagram account. It has gained nearly 55,000 followers after only two weeks on the Internet.

Personally, I’m scared of the Paris Métro. But check out the unshaven, unshowered?, I-can-hurt-you/apostolic looks of these men who know how to tie the scarf. Which begs the question: Bakit walang ganito sa Pinas???

Hot men on the Metro

Grace and I have been talking about starting our own Instagram account called “Hot AFAMs* in Manila” but have yet to spot one during the last week. One time it was raining men in Greenbelt, but lately, we haven’t seen any. Or maybe I need to get out some more.
If you’re loving the French men, the account to follow is @mecsmetroparis on Instagram.
Click HERE to see them all.

*a foreigner assigned in Manila

Lee Min Ho opens 3rd Kyochon branch in the Philippines

Lee Min Ho, we meet again.
Let me just say this: I love Lee Min Ho. Thanks to my cousin-in-law Keri Zamora, I discovered the wonders of Korean dramas via Boys Over Flowers, where Lee Min Ho plays the crushable rich spoiled brat, Gu Jun-pyo.
Since then I’ve been seeing Lee Min Ho all over Asia—for Bench

Lee Min Ho for Bench

LG

Lee Min Ho
Lee Min Ho

Line

lee min ho

OSIM uDiva

lee min ho

Samsonite Red

Lee Min Ho

FILA

Lee Min Ho for Fila

and so much more. I have seen him a couple of times in Manila for Bench and I feel so lucky that all my encounters with him have been effortless.

Lee Min Ho
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And now we meet again.
The traffic in Greenhills last Tuesday reminded me of Christmas season—except people weren’t there to shop.
We were there to get a glimpse of the most popular Korean actor probably in Asia.
The event was set for 6 PM but fans of Lee Min Ho were already at the venue as early as 10 AM.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Kyochon, famous for its double-fried chicken, with over 950 branches in South Korea, recently opened its third branch in the Philippines at Greenhills Theater Mall.
We made it just in time to take our seat when popular Korean host Sam Oh and my cousin, San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora, welcomed Kyochon ambassador Lee Min Ho amid screaming fans.
In fairness, I didn’t know Francis was that good onstage—showbiz na showbiz ang dating!

Sorry, my battery died.
Had no idea Lee Min Ho is almost as tall as my cousin Francis, who stands 6’5″.
According to Wikipedia, the Korean actors stands 6 feet 1 ½”. (Take a look at his shoe.)

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

This is the actor’s fourth visit to the Philippines. The 28-year-old is best known for his roles in the TV dramas Boys Over Flowers, City Hunter, and The Heirs. He also stars in the upcoming movie, Gangnam 1970.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Love that smile

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Last year, after opening at SM Megamall, Kyochon promised it would bring Lee Min Ho to the Philippines.
During the program, fans who had won in Kyochon’s Facebook contest received signed posters from Lee Min Ho and had a photo opportunity with the actor.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills
Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

He also signed few tables that will be placed inside Kyochon stores.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

Asked about his Kyochon favorites, Min Ho said his choice depends on his mood. He prefers spicy chicken when stressed, but normally goes for honey.
My personal favorite is the original wings. Yum!

Kyochon chicken

Min Ho urged Filipinos to try Kyochon’s Soonsal series, which are chicken strips coated in special rice batter and served with three sauces.
Kyochon chicken is fried twice, making the skin crunchier and the meat less greasy. It is known for its thin batter and double frying method that removes excess oil.
Kyochon is now open at Greenhills Theater Mall, SM Megamall, SM City Fairview and soon at Eastwood Citywalk.

Lee Min Ho opens KyoChon Greenhills

To know more about Kyochon, click HERE.
(Photos: Daniel Tan)

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