Our hero: apl.de.ap

My son and I had the pleasure of taking part in Ayala Mall’s INSPIRE event last night at Greenbelt 5.
Ben and his friend Emilio Aquino were invited by the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation to be onstage with the Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap.
Not a stage mom (more like harassed mom), I wouldn’t have encouraged it due to my packed agenda—if not for apl.de.ap whom I truly admire not only for what he’s achieved in the international music industry, but also for his sincerity in embracing his Filipino roots and helping improve the lives of his countrymen.
Well that, plus Ben really likes the Black Eyed Peas.


Spot my kid: he’s the one trying to catch a piece of confetti in his mouth.


So Ben thought they would be asked to dance onstage. He was a bit disappointed that all they had to do was stand and wave a yellow balloon—but of course, that didn’t stop Emilio from doing his trademark jiggy at 3:15.

Did the Coke OFW video make you cry? Listen to the words of this inspiring music video made for the We Can Be Anything Nationwide/Global Education Advocacy Campaign.
Born of a partnership between the Apl.de.Ap Foundation and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, the campaign was conceived after apl.de.ap (a.k.a. Allan Pineda) expressed his desire to help improve the education situation in the Philippines.
From his own experience he knew that education is the only long-term ticket to a better life. Unfortunately, millions among the youth are deprived of this ticket to opportunity or drop out of school for a variety of reasons.

To find out how you can help, go to http://www.wecanbeanything.com/.

Céleteque: the last lucky batch

Céleteque bag

Here’s the last batch of winners of Céleteque’s doctor’s bag loaded with the full range of Dermoscience products.

Nov 28: Julien Dio of Old Balara, QC
Nov 29: Maria Jobelle Lopez of Sampaloc, Manila
Nov 30: Carmencita Watkins of Cainta, Rizal
Dec 1: Pio Lacanaria IV of Makati
Dec 2: Maris Villareal of Cebu
Dec 3: Charyne Tatad of Mandaluyong
Dec 4: Mary Precious Madrid of Muntinlupa
Dec 5: Rocel Villasis of Pasig
Dec 6: Aldrin Liwanag of Bulacan

How to claim:
1) Metro Manila winners must print-out the email notice from Innovitelle.
2) Present this along with one valid photo ID, Monday to Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM at Innovitelle Office, 2/F Bonaventure Plaza, Greenhills, San Juan (across from Greenhills Shopping Center).
Look for Sheryl, Vita or Roan.
4) Prizes may be claimed within 60 days of publication. Prizes not claimed within this period will be forfeited in favor of Innovitelle.
5) Provincial winners will receive their prizes via courier.

Thank you Céleteque for the generous giveaway!
To know more about Céleteque Dermoscience, click here.

’80s hair

We have a hard time explaining ’80s hair and fashion to Ben whenever he sees it on TV.




“Why do they dress like that? Why is their hair like that?” Ben asks. “If find it so weird.”



Jeroen answers, “Ben, we also find Justin Bieber’s hair so weird.”
I nod. “Yes Ben, I find Justin Bieber’s hair so weird.” (I really hayrett.)
End of topic.



googoo&gaga trunk show this Saturday

In lieu of joining a bazaar this season, googoo&gaga will hold a special trunk show to release their latest designs, featuring works of Dan Matutina, 27+20, and Albatross as part of their 2nd Special Artist Collaboration Series.

Dan Matutina
Googoo & Gaga

Googoo & Gaga
Googoo & Gaga

Googoo & Gaga

googoo&gagaa isn’t just for babies anymore. Here’s a chance to get your hands on them with no busy lines, no crowds, and just a small special setup for their fans.

Googoo & Gaga

Googoo & Gaga

Googoo & Gaga

Googoo & Gaga

Googoo & Gaga

Be there this Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 11 AM – 6 PM at Unit 15-B, Two Lafayette Square, 105 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Free googoo&gaga bandanas and cookies for the first 50 guests!


To know more, go to http://www.googooandgaga.com/ or email audrey@googooandgaga.com.

Dr. Martens opens December 9 at Bonifacio Global City

I can’t tell this story enough:
When we were kids we didn’t have the fast fashion you all have right now (read: Forever 21, Zara, Topshop).
Most of the kids had no choice but to dress like their parents (think: Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Florsheim).
If you really liked fashion, you either had to be rich and shop abroad (as in physically, as there were no online stores then) or you had to be creative and make your own clothes.
During the ’80s we looked up to anything British (or in my case, Japanese and British). Some of the rich kids in U.P. and Ateneo had Dr. Martens shoes, while those of us with no access used army boots or even Gregg shoes.
Would you believe I got my Doc Martens only this year? I actually bought four pairs.
I got the Comme des Garçons x Doc Martens from Tokyo

Comme des Garçons x Doc Martens

Comme des Garçons x Doc Martens

Bought the wedge oxfords online. I wear this a lot

Doc Martens

Because if Lola Rei says Doc Martens are cool, then Doc Martens are cool.

Comme des Garçons x Doc Martens

Says Wiki: Dr. Martens shoes were created by Klaus Märtens, a doctor in the German army during World War II.
In 1945, he injured his ankle while skiing in the Bavarian Alps. Finding had to recover using standard-issue army boots, he designed improvements to the boots, using soft leather and air-padded soles.
When the war ended and some Germans looted valuables from their own cities, Märtens took leather from a cobbler’s shop. With that leather he made himself a pair of boots with air-cushioned soles. (read: nagnakaw siya!)
Fast forward to the early ’70s when skinheads started wearing them, and by the late ’80s, they were popular among punks, New Wavers, and other youth subcultures. (Note: we were into them in 1985 Manila, so the Wiki entry isn’t that accurate.)

Doc Martens

This December 9, 2011, Dr. Martens is set to open its very first concept flagship store in Fort Bonifacio.
The new store promises to stay true to its original British roots with fixtures and furniture one might find in the raw and industrial Northamptonshire, England factory.
It boasts raw brick walls and warm wood flooring, all within a solid steel shipping container.
Look for it at the center of the Fort Strip Plaza.
The flagship store will stock classic models—such as the iconic 1460 8-eye boot—along with newer, modern styles.
The Dr. Martens concept launch is open to the public. Store opens at 1 PM with festivities starting at 8 PM.

doc martens

doc martens

doc martens

doc martens

To know more, go to https://www.facebook.com/DrMartensPH or follow them on Twitter.