The Why and the moving on

Sometime last December or January, I was asked if I were willing to be interviewed for an article Jenna Sauers was writing about someone I used to know.
It was during the holidays and I couldn’t be bothered to go on Skype and put it together. Truthfully I just wanted him—the problem to go away—sort of like Bernie Madoff or the Birkin scammer who has fled to Texas.

When Jenna’s article came out in the New York Observer, I was disappointed that her article lacked many important facts, and I regretted the missed opportunity to say something.
So when fate brought me to Bangkok last April and I met Paolo Reyes of Rogue magazine, he talked about a profile they were doing on a certain blogger I used to know. He asked if I were willing to go on the record and help them put the story together. And with that I said yes. No more missed opportunity.

Now that the magazine is out, his friends/fans/supporters are asking why now? Why can’t I just move on?
How to move on when this creature and his sidekick continue to attack me online (parinig on Twitter) or anonymously in forums.
I am tired when people just assume I am jealous of him and his achievements.
I am baffled when I see that someone so evil can be acclaimed even by the same people he has tried to ruin on his evil blogs.
I am baffled with the short memory and that people don’t seem to mind that he got where he is by ruining lives—and by accumulating numerous credit card accounts.

To be jealous would be to assume that I want his life of traveling around the world, siting in the front row of fashion shows, being photographed and featured in magazines, going to all kinds of events, and spending like money grows on trees.
Fashion used to fascinate me when I was younger. But when I became a mom, my life changed, my goals changed. Even my weight changed.
My close friends will all tell you I would rather stay home in my sweats and with my boys.


The past two days have been crazy ever since the magazine was released in print and on
I had a three-hour lunch yesterday with Fr. Allen of Calaruega, who gave me spiritual guidance and I am grateful for the friends and their moms who are praying for me through this difficult time, because to talk about the past is to relive the the nightmare and the firsthand experience of knowing what this evil person is capable of.

So yes I will move on. I can now move on because I have said my piece. And if people still choose to worship him, then we probably can’t be friends because our values are different and your motives will always baffle me.

P.S. Before Rogue went to publish, it was read through by their lawyers while I have my own lawyers on backup.
I am very sorry if there were other people I mentioned as a matter of storytelling. I have no ill feelings or any intention to confront or hurt any of them. I wasn’t able to see the final draft as I had to leave for New York with my mom.
You are victims too and you know who you are. I hope we can still be friendly.

Visit to the Rogue office

I dropped by the headquarters of Rogue magazine before leaving for New York.
I love seeing cool work spaces, even more when there are cool people working there.
I worked in the newsroom of Daily Globe back in the ’90s. The office was on Shaw Boulevard. I have lots of good memories there, though the office didn’t look anything like this.

Rogue magazine office

I love old staircases

Rogue magazine office

This is the first thing I saw.

Rogue magazine office

I love the old rug against the concrete floor

Rogue magazine office

Paolo Reyes is the Editor-In-Chief. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a Louis Vuitton junket in Bangkok earlier this year. Over dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Paolo mentioned a story they wanted to do at Rogue and asked if I were willing to go on the record and be interviewed.

Rogue magazine office

Here’s the busy main area.

Rogue magazine office

In one corner are some coño problems—just kidding :)

Rogue magazine office

And around it are a few personal office spaces

Rogue magazine office

I like this room, it makes me sleepy though :)

Rogue magazine office

Just before I left I saw the happy couple Mark Nicdao and Pia Zaragoza, who is visiting from Paris.

Rogue magazine office

Mark Nicdao shot this month’s cover, which should be out in magazine stands this week. Buy it before it gets sold out.
If you thought the Birkin scammer was juicy, you would not want to miss this!

September Rogue

For those overseas, the September issue of Rogue will also be available for download at Watch for it!

(To be continued)

Cotton On opens September 7 at SM Mall of Asia!

COTTON ON, the Australian retail brand known for affordable, fast fashion opens September 7, 2012 at SM Mall of Asia.
Founded in Geelong, Australia in 1991, COTTON ON has over 800 stores worldwide operating in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Germany, South Africa and the United States.

Now COTTON ON comes to Manila via BENCH.
Be there as the store opens next Friday and enjoy these perks:

• Cotton On Php 500 discount coupon
Line up for the opening between 10:00-10:30 AM and get a Php 500 discount coupon you can use with a minimum purchase of P1,000 on regular items.

• Cotton On giveaway
Get a free Cotton On badge with every purchase. Or a Cotton On mug and badge for every Php 2,000 single receipt transaction.

• 10% discount for Bench Lifestyle cardholders
Present your Bench Lifestyle Card upon payment of regular priced items to enjoy a 10% discount.

• 25% discount for Bench Mastcard holders
Use your Bench MasterCard to avail of a 25% discount and earn 2x reward points. Valid for single receipt minimum purchase of Php 1,000 on regular items.


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Pupung goes SOLO

Back in the day when there was no Internet or cellphones, we read comics during weekends—everything from Archies to Tintins, to Pinoy komiks found in the pages of the newspapers.
Back in the ’80s, one of the more popular komiks was Pupung, created by a young cartoonist named Washington “Tonton” Young.
My Little Pupung started in the Tempo tabloid on December 15, 1983. It revolved around a young boy named Pupung, his family, and their congee restaurant.
The comic strip moved to the Times Journal until January 1986, when Young was fired after spoofing a radio ad for then-President Ferdinand Marcos.
Pupung later moved to the Manila Bulletin, where it appears to this day. (Wiki)
Solo Online Model Search 2012 Poster

This September, SOLO celebrates Pupung through its Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia Series, which featured Larry Alcala’s Slice of Life in 2010, followed Tony Velasquez’s Kenkoy in 2011.
Tonton Young’s characters appear on SOLO his and hers graphic tees, varsity jackets, polo shirts, woven tops and dresses, men’s long sleeve shirts and shorts, necklaces, pouches, and coffee cups.

Mens (P1695) and Ladies (P1595) varsity jacket
fuschia 745 ladies oversized graphic tee
black, white 745 three fourths his and hers graphic tee_2
Mens (P1695) and Ladies (P1595) varsity jacket_2
Pouch A (56)
white,black 545 his and hers all over print tee_2
black, white 745 three fourths his and hers graphic tee

The collection will be launched along with SOLO’s Online Model Search, now on its 4th year.
Interested parties must complete an entry form and submit their creative photo entries wearing any apparel from the Pupung x SOLO collection.
Contest and voting period starts September 1 until November 30, 2012. Grand Winners will receive cash prizes, gift certificates, and a chance to appear in SOLO ad campaigns in 2013.
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