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Lady Gaga wears Mich Dulce!
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Not the greatest fan of Lady Gaga, but even I am tickled pink for Mich Dulce to have one of the world’s biggest stars wear her Urban Kitty hat from this season, Fall 2013!

Lady Gaga wears Mich Dulce

Mich Dulce’s Urban Kitty hat photographed by Everywhere We Shoot.
In Tokyo the hat retails for ¥ 48,000 or about Php 21,000.

Mich Dulce Urban Kitty hat

Lady Gaga was photographed wearing this outfit while leaving a rehearsal studio.
Someone please explain the pig snout—is she protesting the pork barrel abuse as well?

Lady Gaga wears Mich Dulce

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A Sleepover at Raffles (Part 1)
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As someone obsessed with great hotels, I’ve got a hotel bucket list that includes the legendary Raffles in Singapore.
I have been there but I have not stayed in.

Raffles Hotel Singapore, facade

Don’t know when that’s going to happen, so a free stay at Raffles Makati sounded good enough for me.
I’ve stayed at some of Manila’s “finest” hotels, but tell you the truth, I don’t find them world class.
A lot of the better hotels here in the Philippines have unrenovated rooms and bathrooms, which is enough to make me want to go home.
The Raffles Makati is a different story.
I have been there for many events—usually at the Long Bar, and the hotel seems small when you enter the lobby. But you’ll be surprised when you hit the guest room floors.
When my friends and I checked in for a sleepover, I was surprised when they told us they were giving us the Presidential Suite. I swear my mouth was hanging open.
They brought us to the 10th floor, where a fine clean scent hit us immediately.
The carpeted hallway looked and smelled ridiculously clean, like fresh laundry.

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Here’s something you won’t find at a deluxe room—elegant French doors

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

We had the Presidential Suite and a connecting Junior Suite. That’s 150 + 60 square meters of space for three girls!! Here’s the Master Bedroom with the king-size bed

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Writing desk and flat-screen TV (note: I couldn’t find an outlet to plug my laptop)

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

The sitting area is where I found an outlet, so that’s where I parked my computer

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines
Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

The sitting room leads to a nostalgic dressing room with dark wood floors

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Obviously I don’t travel light. That’s my luggage for an overnight stay

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

So much closet space!

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

and dressing table

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

This room leads to probably the best hotel bathroom in the country

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

with modern bathtub

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

separate shower and toilet stalls

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

and so many amenities I forgot to photograph

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Outside the bedroom is the living room, where we listened to akashic readings

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

There’s a bar that’s not mini

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

A dining room

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Kitchen

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

and a nice note from the Managing Director—thank you Mr. Meyer!

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Next: I’ll show you the Junior Suite

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Curious Comfort at Avellana Art Gallery
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Francesca Balaguer-Mercado presents Curious Comfort, a collection of new works at the Avellana Art Gallery this September 28 to November 16, 2013.
Balaguer-Mercado will show a series of photographs inspired by personal life-altering events since returning to Manila in 2011.
Her images represent experiences with loved ones, and her physical and emotional states during those trying times.

Francesca Balaguer-Mercado

Balaguer-Mercado’s series comprises ten images, all created with the underlying belief that something beautiful can come from an otherwise arduous situation.
The images vary in size, representing the scale of emotions felt by the artist, from large and assaulting to small and intimate.

Francesca Balaguer-Mercado

Balaguer-Mercado graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a degree in Film and Audio Visual Communications. She later moved to the US and pursued further studies, earning an MFA degree in Photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Her experiences and apprenticeships abroad have shaped her extremely hands-on process, resulting in a unique style of visual storytelling.

Francesca Balaguer-Mercado

Opening reception is on September 28, 2013, 6 PM at the Avellana Art Gallery, 2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay City.
For inquiries call 833-3357 or email avellana_gallery@yahoo.com
http://www.francescabalaguer.com/

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Proudrace opens Ayala Museum Designtalks 2013
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If you’ve ever wondered how Manila-grown streetwear label Proudrace has found itself in racks all over the world, don’t miss Ayala Museum’s DesignTalks lecture series on September 21, 2013, 3 PM at the Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby.
Composed of Pat Bondoc and Rik Rasos, Proudrace’s brand of casual clothing is synonymous to sleek but rebellious streetwear.
Since 2010, stockists in California, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and more have carried their products.
And wherever their name takes them, the designers proudly share their Manila roots and tag their clothing as “handmade in the Philippines.”

Proudrace in Malaysia
Proudrace
Proudrace

Australia
Proudrace
Proudrace
Proudrace

Taiwan
Proudrace

Japan
Proudrace
Proudrace
Proudrace

If you’ve ever dreamed of selling your brand globally, don’t miss this talk.
Admission is Php 300, or a discounted rate of Php 150 available to students, teachers, senior citizens and Ayala Museum members with corresponding IDs.

proudrace

Ayala Museum is located at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.
For inquiries call 759-8288 local 35 or 29, or email museum_inquiry@ayalamuseum.org.

http://www.proudrace.com/

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