Stockholm St. x HEIMA this Friday

Quirky lifestyle brand HEIMA launches its second collaboration with Ava Paguyo and Stockholm St. this Friday, August 10, 2012.

Ava x Heima

Named after a random village street in urban Manila, Stockholm St. is a homegrown design madhouse that individually produces each piece with care. Its specialty is transforming plain fabrics into cloth graffiti that’s made to wear or becomes an interesting accent in any home.

Ava Paguyo x Heima

Stockholm St.’s Mash-Up 2008 collection is exclusively available at the HEIMA store:
Unit 229 LRI Design Plaza
210 Nicanor Garcia St. (Reposo)
Brgy. Bel-Air II Philippines 1209
Tel. 798-0027
Open from 10 AM to 6 PM
For more information, email stockholmst@heimastore.com

Ava Paguyo x Heima

http://www.heimastore.com

Happy birthday Bench!

In honor of Bench’s 25th anniversary, let’s look back at our favorite ad campaigns.
The Sculler, with Richard Gomez.
Winner: Best in Cinematography in the Ad Congress, 1991

Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger for Bench Underwear

Bench Raw Jeans with Piolo Pascual

Bruno Mars for Bench khakis

and my personal favorite, L’Amoreaux with Richard Gomez and Joanne Zapanta

http://www.benchtm.com/

Ben Chan headlines Esquire Philippines’ Wealth Issue

Esquire Philippines’ August issue delves into the non-conformists of men’s fashion, the 25th anniversary of BENCH, the screening of The Bourne Legacy which was shot in the country, and more.
BENCH founder Ben Chan graces the cover of the Wealth Issue as his business reaches 25 years of cultivating a lifestyle brand for Filipinos.
His success comes from providing a wide range of affordable, basic clothing, and also extends to fragrance, watches, accessories, snacks, and even a Bench MasterCard.
Ben says, “Anything that I do has the Filipino in mind. Anything that I do is always Filipino.”

Ben Chan in Esquire

Also featured is CEO Felipe Gozon as he talks about the TV5-GMA merger that shook the nation.
Mr. Gozon says, “You should not be surprised bakit gustong bilhin ang Channel 7. Parang tinatanong mo bakit ba nililigawan yung pagkaganda-gandang dalagang yun?”

Esquire Philippines August issue is now available at newsstands and bookstores nationwide for Php 195.
To know more, go to http://www.esquiremagazine.ph
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Serious coño problems

Dude, I missed the screening of this, pare. (Sorry, I’m kidding.)
Seriously, I feel really bad I wasn’t able to watch the screening of Give Up Tomorrow last July 27 and 29 at Cinemalaya.

Give Up Tomorrow poster

July 27th, I had already planned that trip to Tagaytay, and July 29th, a Sunday, was my rest day.
Give Up Tomorrow is a multi-awarded documentary by producer Marty Syjuco and director Michael Collins, who chronicle the story of Paco Larrañaga, a 19-year-old student who was accused (along with six others) of kidnapping, raping and murdering sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong in Cebu on July 16, 1997.

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Even as 40 witnesses (including Larrañaga’s teachers and classmates at the Center for Culinary Arts in Quezon City) testified under oath that he was hundreds of miles from the crime scene, Paco and his co-accused were sentenced to death by lethal injection in February 2004.

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On June 24, 2006, capital punishment was abolished in the Philippines, and in October 2009, Paco, a Spanish citizen, was transferred to the Madrid Central Penitentiary in Soto del Real, Spain, where he is due to serve his life sentence until 2038. By then he will be 61.

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Then and now: Paco in a Manila jail (above) and recently in Spain (below) where he was allowed to watch the screening of the movie with his family.

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Give Up Tomorrow hopes to prove the innocence of Paco Larrañaga, while exposing “a Kafkaesque extravaganza populated by flamboyantly corrupt public officials, cops on the take, and a frenzied legal and media circus. It is also an intimate family drama focused on the near mythic struggle of two angry and sorrowful mothers who have dedicated more than a decade to executing or saving one young man.” (Source)

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I’m really hoping they will screen this again in Manila as two screenings at the CCP are really not enough.
If there’s anyone who knows of any future screenings in Metro Manila, please let us know.

To know more about the documentary, go to http://www.pacodocu.com/

Please vote for Ben and Markus!

If I didn’t get pregnant (and homebound) with Ben in 2000, and my dad hadn’t discouraged me from working outside, I probably wouldn’t have discovered blogging 12 years ago.
Twelve years later, my sons—ages 10 and 9—have found out that their mom is a blogger with a following.
Like many kids their age, they have their gadgets and cannot imagine life without Internet.
Not too long ago they joined Instagram before I did and a couple of days ago they joined some contest which needs “likes” in order to win a membership to some cool Instagram pool.
While they’re in school I thought about surprising them by augmenting their “likes” on these entries.
This is Ben’s

Ben

And this is Marky’s

Markus

I don’t really know what the theme is. But if you’re on Instagram, please help me put the biggest smiles on my sons’ faces when they get home. It would really make my day and theirs if you could like these photos.
Ben
Markus
To vote, just log in your Instagram account on the upper right corner of the page.
Thank you very much!!
love,
Me

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