Manansala x Freeway in stores now

Fashion meets art once again as Freeway features the works of National Artist for Visual Arts Vicente Manansala in its National Artist Collectors’ Series Holiday 2011 collection.
This is the 6th installment of the series which has previously featured National Artists Nick Joaquin (Literature), Ang Kiukok (Visual Arts), Jose Garcia Villa (Literature), Ramon Valera (Fashion Design) and F. Sionil Jose (Literature).

Manansala x Freeway

Vicente Manansala, iconic painter and illustrator, reinterpreted or indigenized cubism as he drew his themes from familiar Filipino scenes.
Some of his masterpieces are Madonna of the Slums, a portrayal of mother and child from the countryside who became urban shanty residents once in the city; and Jeepneys where Manansala combined the elements of provincial folk culture with congestion issues of the city.

Manansala was proclaimed National Artist for Painting in 1982

This creative fusion of fashion and art is reinstated in a 22-piece collection that includes classic and modern tailored dresses, woven shirts, sublimation-print dresses and graphic tees for men and women, a Manansala watch, tote bags and accessories.

Manansala x Freeway

Manansala x Freeway

Manansala x Freeway

Manansala x Freeway

Manansala x Freeway

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Manansala x Freeway

All items come in their own gift packaging and hangtag of Manansala’s bio.
To view the entire collection or find the nearest store, visit

Wow Philippines!

Our international airport has made it to CNN Go’s Top 5 Most Hated Airports in the World.
I wonder which government will actually fix the problem.
President Aquino, Mar Roxas, Secretary Jimenez, what are your plans?
Can we please have a real press conference, instead of dubious reportage from the Business Mirror?
What’s the real score? Who’s really designing it and when is it going to happen?

NAIA seats

World’s 10 most hated airports

The smelliest toilets, the longest queues, the rudest staff … sometimes air rage feels justified
By Jordan Rane, 9 November, 2011

5.Ninoy Aquino International, Manila, Philippines

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Wear a helmet — the first collapsed ceiling in 2006 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Beleaguered by ground crew strikes, unkempt conditions, soup kitchen-style lines that feed into more lines and an overall sense of futility, NAIA brings the term “Stuck in the 1970s” to a new level.
At Terminal 1, all non-Philippine Airlines remain crammed despite serious overcapacity issues and a new and underused Terminal 3 is occupied by a few minor carriers.
A rash of bad press this year (including a “Worst in the World” ribbon from Sleeping in Airports) was capped by a collapsed ceiling in T1, a paralyzing ground service strike at T2, and the usual charges of tampered luggage, filthy restrooms, seat shortages at gates, re-sealed water bottles sold in retail shops and an Amazing Race-style check-in routine spiked with bureaucracy, broken escalators, lengthy Dot Matrix passenger lists and creative airport departure fees.

Read more: World’s most hated airports |

Win major swag from Céleteque!

As a lifestyle writer, I get swag all the time, but not all swag are created equal. Once in a while we get swag that’s overwhelming, simply because it’s a LOT. That’s the kind of swag we like.
Not too long ago, I received two big boxes from skincare company Céleteque.

Celeteque loot bag

Inside: a kind of “medicine cabinet” with all the new Céleteque Dermoscience products

Celeteque loot bag

Celeteque loot bag

After the successful launch at SM Makati, I took home another swag bag

Aerial View2

Celeteque loot bag

Looks like I have enough Céleteque for years!

Celeteque loot bag

Now Céleteque wants to share the love with 29 Chuvaness readers in this simple giveaway.
Here’s how:

1. Promo runs from November 8 – Dec 6, 2011.
2. To join, you must have a Philippine address. Register HERE.
3. Participants may only register and win once.
4. Daily winners will be selected every week’s end by via electronic raffle. Every Monday, starting November 14th, winners will be published on and
5. One (1) bag of Celeteque products will be raffled everyday.
6. Winners may claim their prize from:

Innovitelle Office
2/F Bonaventure Plaza, Greenhills, San Juan (across from Greenhills Shopping Center)
Look for Sheryl, Vita or Roan
Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM only

8. Winner must present one (1) valid ID with photo when claiming his/her prize. Prizes may be claimed within 60 days upon publishing. Prizes not claimed within this period will be forfeited in favor of Innovitelle. Provincial winners will receive their prizes via courier service.
9. UNITED LABORATORIES, Inc. shall have the rights to all submitted answers in the contest. UNITED LABORATORIES Inc. reserves the right to disqualify any entries.
Employees of UNITED LABORATORIES, Inc. and its event organizers, agencies, promo suppliers and their relatives up to the 4th degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining this contest.


Roast Turkey by The Commissary

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day (November 24th), Christmas and New Year with a special roast turkey and your choice of sides from The Commissary of Margarita Fores.
Each turkey weighs a minimum of 5.5 – 6 kilos and serves 20-25 persons.


Roast Turkey with Foccacia, Pate di Fegato, dried mangoes and chestnuts (PHP 7,750)
Candied Yams
Whole Cranberry
Cranberry Jelly

Roast Turkey with ensaymada, jackfruit and jackfruit seeds, Antipolo kasuy and prunes (PHP 8,250)
Candied Yams
Cranberry Jelly
Fresh Langka & Pear Compote

Roast Turkey with Rustico, Sage, Minoyan Honey, Sultanas and Pata Negros (Organic Prosciutto from Negros) (PHP 9,350)
Candied Yams
Cranberry Jelly
Apple & Sultana Compote

To order (at least two days ahead), contact Anna Lopez at 729-0030 or (0917) 513-8945.

Go West live in Manila!

Not sure if I’ll be in Manila on November 11 and 12, but if I were, I would really love to be here.
Go West gives me the warm fuzzies. I truly love Go West.


English pop duo Go West was formed in 1982 by lead vocalist and drummer Peter Cox and guitarist/vocalist Richard Drummie.
Among their top hits: “We Close Our Eyes” and “Call Me” (1984), “King of Wishful Thinking” (1990) and “What You Won’t Do for Love” (1992).

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls presents GO WEST LIVE!
11 November 2011 Friday 7:00PM at Eastwood Mall Open Park
12 November 2011 Saturday 7:00PM at The Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill

Tickets/Reserved Seats: Php 1,350
For inquiries, call Megaworld Concierge: 709-0888/ 709-9888

Leaf Pie

TOKYO—Mom was tired so my sister and I went out to look for food at the depachika—or basement food hall found in Japanese department stores.
I get so overwhelmed every time I step into these. I don’t know where to look, I don’t know what to buy. I wish I had 10 stomachs.


Going to the depachika is a must when visiting Japan. It is a great source of pasalubong for the whole barangay.

Wagashi part

My sister bought 24 boxes of this highly addictive corn snack. A box contains small packets of Japanese flavored popped corn. I can eat five in one go—with ice-cold Coke. They are sooo evil!!

Diday's deadly corn snack

I’ll tell you what I really think is evil though—West Confectionery’s Leaf Pie. I know you’re gonna say we have that here and it’s called palmier—but this is the closest thing you can get to heaven in a bite.

WEST's Leaf Pie

I truly regret having bought just one teeny pack due to my so-called diet, while my sister bought a box for my dad.
(I have to ask Sayoko if she can buy for me.) I want to marry Leaf Pie!! I am down to my last piece and I am SO, SO SAD!!! :(

leaf pie

Watch this brainwashing video:

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