Best in hair: CNN’s Ivan Watson

Aside from being vertically challenged, one of my biggest frustrations in life is the hair. I was born with naturally thin curly hair, so most of the time when I look at a person, I notice the hair first.
I think people with great hair are so gifted. Lots of people are born with good hair strands, but not everybody has great hair.
I think that’s what made me notice Ivan Watson in the first place.
Aside from having a romantic job (as CNN Senior International Correspondent), Ivan has really good hair.
I have no idea if he’s married, single, straight or gay. All I know is he’s now based in Hong Kong (so near) and previously, he was based in Istanbul, Turkey for five years.

Ivan’s job at CNN takes him around the world—from the Philippines to Haiti, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia—basically where the action is.
Of course the job is only romantic because he’s cute (sorry!).
Last May, 2015, I got to briefly meet Ivan Watson at the CNN Philippines office on Shaw Boulevard.
I found out he was in town because I follow @ivancnn on Instagram.

Ivan Watson with nephew
Ivan with his newborn nephew. The hair is just killing me!!

After leaving a comment on Ivan’s Instagram, Angel Jacob messaged me on my phone.
Angel hosts MedTalk on CNN Philippines and told me Ivan was going to drop by the office soon.
So on May 4th, 2015, I woke up abnormally early to stalk him.

Angel is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet. I met her 13 years ago at a children’s party when Ben was just a few months old. She met me at the entrance of the CNN office.

Angel Jacob

Bit of trivia: I wanted to be a broadcast journalist when I was younger, but I froze the first time I was on cam, so I decided to write instead.
Here’s a quick peek around the office. News anchor Hilary Isaac was still with CNN at that time.

CNN Philippines

All the people behind the scenes. I would’ve liked to work here if I were younger.

CNN Philippines

I really envy people who can talk in front of the camera

CNN Philippines

Ivan arrived before lunch and was introduced to the bosses

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

We were waiting in a lounging area when Ivan Watson walked in wearing a jacket over jeans and leather shoes.

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

I took a picture of Ivan and Angel. Angel took her fan out because she is a “fan”

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

I would’ve wanted to talk to him but he had to go on cam for an interview.

Ivan Watson at CNN Philippines

Hay, ang pogi ni ankel, as Angel would say. LOL.

Ivan Watson

Ivan is the second CNN reporter I have stalked.

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Kanye West and adidas Originals release Yeezy Boost 350

Following the successful release of the YEEZY BOOST 350 in a white colorway last June, Kanye West and adidas Originals announce the global drop of an all-black version on August 22, 2015.
Yeezy Boost

The shoe marks the third footwear model between West and adidas.
First seen in New York last February during the YEEZY SEASON 1 Fashion Week presentation, the lo-top YEEZY BOOST 350 in black features uppers composed of tonal Primeknit—a breakthrough material using adidas’ most advanced digital engineering techniques to fit like a second skin.
Yeezy Boost

The YEEZY BOOST 350 hits stores globally on August 22, 2015.
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Yeezy Boost

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Caroline Issa visits Manila for Harlan+Holden

Caroline Issa, street style advocate, ready to wear designer, luxury consultant, and Publisher and Executive Fashion Editor of Tank Magazine, was recently in the Philippines as a special guest of Harlan+Holden.

Caroline Issa

With her was Masoud Golsorkhi, Group Creative Director of the London-based Tank Form Creative and Editor-in-Chief of Tank Magazine.
Tank has worked on campaigns for Mulberry (featuring Georgia May Jagger) and Christian Lacroix, and produced publications for Prada and G-Star. Caroline is also a creative consultant at Harlan+Holden.

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I met Caroline at the Harlan+Holden Tent in Greenbelt during a roundtable discussion that included Preview Magazine Editor In Chief Pauline Juan, L’Officiel Editor In Chief Pam Quiñones, blogger Kim Jones, newspaper columnist and socialite Tessa Prieto Valdes, fashion designer Rajo Laurel, and Stylebible Editor In Chief Anna Canlas, and myself.

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Inside the Harlan+Holden Tent at Greenbelt

Fig Symbol
Harlan+Holden’s fig leaf logo was designed by Caroline’s team

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L-R: Me (taking a photo of Caroline Issa), Rajo Laurel, Tim Yap, Caroline Issa, Kim Jones, Anna Canlas

Tim Yap hosted and moderated the talks that were attended by media, friends of Harlan+Holden, and fashion students from SoFa (School of Fashion and the Arts), De La Salle University’s College of Saint Benilde, Slims, and the Fashion Institute of the Philippines.

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The talks were centered on branding, which Caroline, known as a “businesswoman who loves fashion,” is an expert on. Caroline is a former retail and consumer goods consultant with a business degree from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. It was Masoud who offered Caroline a partnership in the company.

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L-R: Harlan+Holden founder Eman Pineda, Masoud Golsorkhi, Harlan+Holden’s Managing Dirctor Mia San Agustin, Tim Yap, Caroline Issa, Pam Quiñones, Pauline Juan, Tessa Valdes

Everyone got to take home copies of Tank and Because.
Tank Magazine

In the evening, Harlan+Holden hosted a dinner for Caroline and Masoud at Cirkulo on Pasay Road. Among those present were Bea Valdes, who appears in for Harlan+Holden’s lookbook for its B.C. Collection, a line composed of 15 essentials that includes shirtdresses, trousers, and pleated skirts.

Bea + Marga Valdes
Sisters Bea and Marga Valdes in Harlan+Holden

Caroline Issa + Masoud Golsorkhi +ITS
Caroline Issa, Masoud Golsorkhi, and Mia San Agustin

Cai Subijano + Rissa Trillo
Cai Subijano and Rissa Trillo

Mikaela Martinez + Amina Alunan
Mikaela Martinez and Amina Alunan

The evening ended with Tim Yap hailing a jeepney for the complete Filipino tour.

Jeepney Trio
Caroline Issa, Tim Yap, Eman Pineda

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Visit Harlan+Holden at Adora Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La Plaza, and Power Plant Mall or go to

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Celebrate Cibo’s 18th birthday with 18-peso dishes

I still remember the first time I tasted Cibo back in 1997. A friend of mine was raving about it and took me to Margarita Forés’s first store in Glorietta.
It wasn’t even a real store then, it was set up in an open area on the 2nd level, leading to what became the walkway to Landmark.
Cibo was in fact the first open area eatery in the mall. After that everyone pretty much followed.
Eighteen years and several branches later, Cibo is still very much part of our family’s lifestyle, or should I say, taste buds.
Margarita Forés catered our wedding in November 2000 and continues to cater/host our family’s birthday parties. Now even my kids have their Cibo favorites.

As Cibo turns 18 this August, they are offering dishes at Php 18 only when you order its partner dish at regular price. Check out the partnered dishes below.

cibo 18th anniversary combos

Cibo’s 18 Pairs for 18 Years promo is available from Monday to Thursday from 3 August until 30 September 2015.
CIBO is at Alabang Town Center; Gateway Mall (Araneta Center); Glorietta 4; Greenbelt 5; Eastwood Mall; Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center; Promenade Greenhills; Robinsons Magnolia; Shangri-La Plaza.

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Look who came to our pop-up shop at Tala Manila

Mavis Fuentebella, Patrice Ramos Diaz, Rita Nazareno, and I are very grateful to our friends and family, and even friends of friends, who came to the four-day pop-up event for dotcomme and Zacarias at Tala Manila last weekend.
Tala Manila is the brainchild of Mavis Manotoc-Fuentebella—the creative soul behind this hard-to-find shop which champions and promotes small labels from here and abroad.

Tala Manila
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Our latest collection for dotcomme includes the last designs of Penny Ong, our partner who passed away last June 15th. I’m proud to say her designs were received very well. :)

dotcomme at Tala Manila

Rita Nazareno is the creator of Zacarias handwoven bags which are usually sold in Europe and Japan.


From opening day (August 13) to closing on August 16, Patrice, Rita, Mavis, and I were overwhelmed by the support of people like Tweetie De Leon-Gonzalez, Irene Marcos-Araneta, Candy and Lucille Dizon, Monique Villongco, Dr. Tere Henson, Rhett Eala, Margie Duavit, Chiyo Tagami, Rajo Laurel, Dindi Gallardo, Cherish Garcia, Gabby Lichauco, Sevrine Miailhe, Pauline Juan, Isha Andaya, Ria Prieto, Gina Torres, Bea Ledesma, Malu Gamboa, Cai Subijano, Mia San Agustin, Christine Dychiao, Daryl Chang, Mano Lotho, Luis Espiritu and the SOFA students, Jappy Gonzalez, Pepito Albert, Yvette Fernandez, Eric Paras, Yu Hokazono, Tinay Villiamiel, Stenie Coyuito and Joseph Tay, Grace Velasco, Katrina Holigores, Daffy Morales, Denise Peralta, Mikko Sison, Tita Vicky Sales and the Nazareno family who came in full force.
They were only some of our guests who braved the heavy payday weekend/rain/Makati traffic to visit Tala Manila.

Tweetie Gonzalez
Tweetie Gonzalez in dotcomme

Patrice and Mavis
Patrice Diaz and Mavis Fuentebella wearing dotcomme

Nico LeChavalier
Nico LeChevalier

Tere Henson
dotcomme’s idol, Dr. Tere Henson

Monique Villonco
Monique Villonco

Grace, Led, Rem
Grace Velasco, Let Rosales, Rem de Vera

ava and melvin
Ava Yap and Melvin Mojica

gina and patrice
Gina Torres and Patrice Diaz

Rojo x Zacarias
Rojo Sison with Rita’s Star Wars bags

Spanish guests

Matteo, 11 months

Nazareno family
Nazareno family

Special thanks go to Jim Fuentebella and Yodel Pe (who did our dotcomme logo), Jasper Ong for the Magners and full support, Melvin Mojica, Ria Bolivar, Rem de Vera, Ann See, Jeramy and Shiela of Tala Manila, Preen, Don Papa Rhum and Portobello Bakery.

Don Papa rum

Everybody had fun trying on our clothes and Rita’s bags. Tiring but fun and definitely worth it. Can’t wait for the next pop-up store. Will let you know where and when.
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dotcomme x zacarias
dotcomme x zacarias
dotcomme x zacarias
dotcomme x zacarias
Dotcomme x Zacarias
Dotcomme x Zacarias

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