Gilda knows

Forever 81
By Gilda Cordero-Fernando

Philippine Daily Inquirer • Sunday, November 27th, 2011

I like Kidlat Tahimik (aka Eric de Guia) because he tried to build a galleon. I like stage director Jose Estrella for being a girl named Jose. I like Recah Trinidad because he still receives mail addressed to Ms Trinidad. Also Ambeth.
I like Joven Cuanang because he can do 32 things at the same time. I like Satur Ocampo when he’s not talking communist. I like Manny Chaves because he fills in the blanks when I forget what I’m talking about. Raymond Lee? I will steal his pink shoes!
But I love my normal friends just as much as my dented friends. Normal friends never object to things you say. They just suffer in silence. I promised my seriously dented friends that I would not write about them, so I just drew them.



Gilda - Version 4Gilda - Version 2


Gilda - Version 3


Care for the Rare

As a mom of three boys (ages 3, 8, and 10), I can tell you they still appreciate plush toys.
Just this afternoon, Rustan’s sent two pieces from their endangered animal collection. Since there were two I gave them to the two younger ones. Christian got the cockatoo and Markus got the mouse deer


Trouble ensued when Ben apparently liked the mouse deer too. Luckily it didn’t turn into a biggie as they have tons of other plush toys.
I think it’s great that Rustan’s has collaborated with renowned plush toy manufacturer, Gund. Together they have produced an exclusive 11-piece collection of endangered animal plush toys. Supported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the aim is to spread awareness among the young for the conservation of Philippine Endangered Species (PES).


Says Rustan’s President Zenaida Tantoco: “Rustan’s is proud of this collaboration with Gund because it is one of the more creative ways to spread awareness to our loyal customers. Not only will you receive a nice plush toy for Christmas, you will also know more about what’s going on in our environment.”

From now until December 31, 2011 a minimum single receipt purchase of Php 10,000 gives you a chance to choose any one of 11 GUND toy designs. Just present your receipt to the concierge to claim any of these special gifts:
Philippine Eagle (Haring Ibon) and Blue-Naped Parrot (Pikoy)

Bearcat (Binturong)

Buffalo (Tamaraw)

Tarsier (Mamag)

Warty Pig (Baboy Ramo)

Marine Turtle (Pawikan)

Whale Shark (Butanding)

To know how to win a Rustan’s x Gund toy, go to

Cibo holiday gift sets

Not all food gifts are made equal. With Cibo’s gift sets, you get products that have Margarita Fores’s seal of approval.
This holiday season CIBO has prepared food items packed in habi boxes or hand-woven scrapped materials that provides livelihood for the indigent people of Baseco. They are made through a project of the Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran ng Baseco Inc., Urban Poor Associates, Maraming Bayani Foundation, Zesto and Oishi Corp.

GIFT SET 1 – PHP 2,950
Lavazza Qualita Oro (Beans), Lingue di Gatto (Cioccolatto), Lingue di Gatto (Plain), 2 bottles Sardines (Peperoncini), Crostini (15 pieces), 2 bottles Marmellatta (Mango), Palmieri (2 packs), habi box.

SET 1 [PHP 2950] [MG_0013]

GIFT SET 2 – PHP 2,350
Lingue di Gatto (Cioccolatto), Lingue di Gatto (Plain), Lavazza Qualita Oro (Ground Coffee in Can), Sardine (Peperoncini), Marmellatta (Mango), Crostini (15 pieces x 2), Palmieri (2 packs), “Habi” box.

SET 2 [PHP 2350] [MG_0008]

GIFT SET 3 – PHP 1,450
Lingue di Gatto (Cioccolatto), Lingue di Gatto (Plain), Sardine (Peperoncini), Marmellatta (Mango), Crostini (11 pieces), Palmieri, White Wooden Tray.

SET 3 [PHP 1450] [MG_0003]

GIFT SET 4 – PHP 550
3 bottles sardines (Peperoncini), habi box.

SET 4 [PHP 550] [MG_0006]

GIFT SET 5 – PHP 450
Sardine (Peperoncini), Marmellatta (Mango), habi box.

SET 5 [PHP 550] [MG_0050]

GIFT SET 6 – PHP 550
Patatine Fritte (Potato Chips), Cibo Bimbi T-shirt for kids, white wooden tray

SET 6 [PHP 550] [MG_0004]

Chuvaness Gift Set – PHP 850 (special order only)
Some of my favorite things: Patatine Fritte (Potato Chips), Lingue di Gatto (Plain), Maionese, habi box.


Place your orders at least one week in advance at the nearest CIBO:
Glorietta 4: 729-2426
Shangri-la Plaza: 633-2426
Alabang Town Center: 842-7285
Rockwell: 898-2426
Promenade Greenhills: 727-2426
Gateway Araneta Center: 913-2426
Trinoma North Triangle: 916-7165
Greenbelt 5: 758-2426
Eastwood Mall: 470-2426
For bulk orders, please call Bernadette Ong at CIBO Central Office, 912-3524.

Last night at Paseo Uno

I missed Mandarin Oriental’s food tasting at Paskuhan sa Paseo Uno last week and was dying to try Chef Ed Quimson and Booj Supe’s Paella Tinola. Luckily, Charisse Chuidian of the Mandarin arranged a special dinner for me and my cousins/friends Candy and Jenny Dizon, Pia Magalona and Harold Geronimo. (Yes, Twitter hater, I have friends! #duh)


From December 5-18, 2011, Paskuhan sa Paseo Uno will offer traditional Filipino dishes along with other buffet staples for lunch and dinner, such as Paella Tinola

Paella Tinola

Pancit Buko

Pancit Buko

Binagoongan sa Calamansi

Binagoongan sa Calamansi

A stalwart of slow food, Chef Ed incorporates traditional Pinoy home cooking with Spanish influence.
He considers his passion for cooking as a legacy from his grandmother Doña Consuelo Tuason Quimson, with whom he shared well-spent moments in the family kitchen from as early as five years old. He started cooking professionally at 17, although was already preparing the family dinner at age 11.


Here’s my first plate:

Pork adobo, chicken shawarma, Sinampalokan Rice, bacon bits

How sad! They didn’t have Paella Tinola that night! Sinampalokan Rice wasn’t bad though. I’m guessing Paella Tinola would taste just like Haianese Chicken Rice, Pinoy version.
You know what I really loved though was the Chicken Shawarma served in a fluffy pita bread. That’s my second plate. I like it plain with sliced onion. I don’t really need sauce.


I also had a bottle of that thing I’m giving up in 2012


For dessert, I had pineapple slices due to lack of space.
Paseo Uno’s exquisite buffet spread is regularly priced at Php 1,473+++, with Friday and Saturday dinner priced at Php 1,950++ inclusive of Paseo Uno’s Luxury Buffet.
To reserve, call Paseo Uno at 750-8888.

P.S. Tweet your comments to @jiritajackson while Disqus commenting is still down. Thank you very much!

Natori finds its home at Rustan’s

Rustan’s welcomes back Natori with its first ever boutique to open outside of the United States.
With her, Natori takes her signature Asian aesthetic that has made the brand distinct.


“Rustan’s mission is to continue to bring home world-class labels to the Filipinos, like Natori. Pioneered by a homegrown talent, its gives us pride to announce its opening at Rustan’s,” says Rustan Commercial Corporation President Zenaida Tantoco.


Natori’s Fall 2011 collection focuses on Bushido: The Way of the Warrior and explores the art and spirit of the Samurai. It shows in reworked kimonos and origami shapes in sensual fabrics and textures. Vivid colors, bold prints and intricate embroideries adorn the collection.



The new Natori boutique is now open on the 2nd floor Ladies section of Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Mall.
For more information, call Rustan’s Makati at 813-3739 or Shangri-La at 633-4636 or 50.

Just a simple giveaway

Hello! While waiting for Van to fix the Disqus problem, let me give aways some prizes to my Twitter followers (read: I need to augment my dismal Twitter numbers).

Simple mechanics:
1) Promo runs now until 11:59 PM of December 16, 2011 (Friday).
2) There will be 10 winners of the following:


Pepper Lunch x Team Manila notebook
Chuvanotes by Tickles
Manansala x Freeway mousepad
The newest edition of Enjoy Cards
Php 1,000 gift check from Adidas
Php 1,000 gift check from Payless*
Php 1,000 gift check from Marks & Spencer*
Php 1,000 gift check from Accessorize
Php 1,000 gift check from Debenhams*
(*care of Stores Specialists Inc.)
Plus, a variety pack of Burlington’s softest socks!


3) To join, you must have a Metro Manila address (due to participating store locations) and a Twitter account.
4) Follow @jiritajackson on Twitter.
5) Register HERE for the electronic lottery.
6) Winners will be announced on Saturday and informed via email, Twitter and Facebook.

P.S. Sorry, comments section is currently disabled while Van tries to find a solution to the problem. Thank you very much!

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