American Eagle Outfitters celebrity endorser and Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell flew in to host the event
Shay Mitchell with Miguel Pastor (L) and Bench CEO, Ben Chan
US Ambassasor Harry K. Thomas Jr.
Ribbon cutting with Cong. Freddie Tinga, Tony Aquino (Ayala Land President), Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, Simon Nankervis, (AEO VP for International Franchising and Global Business Development), and Ben Chan
Actors Carla Abellana
and Diether Ocampo
Ben Chan with Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, Kris Aquino, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Simon Nankervis
Confession time: I had never heard of American Eagle Outfitters until I found out Bench was bringing it in and moving into the former Dimensione flagship in Bonifacio High Street. (Click here to see Dimensione’s new location.)
My friend and former store manager, Efren Te, is now the American Eagles’s visual merchandiser.
He recently flew over to train in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, so I was excited to see the results.
Last week, Efren gave me the full tour before the store opened to the public last March 1, 2013.
When I arrived at 2 PM, Robby Carmona was busy rehearsing with live band and models for the launch.
The store’s design—as well as the wooden planks—came from the U.S.
We start on the second level where the menswear is located
I think my husband would wear these
Neutrals and colors
and an obscene amount of underwear to choose from
On the street level are the womens collections
A bit too young for me, but perfect for students and young ladies
Plus more cute underwear
P.S. I really love the fitting rooms—
Nice, spacious, spare, and plenty.
Efren showed me its special feature—the call button you can press if you need assistance or another size?
I feel so blessed to have National Bookstore as a sponsor, or should I say, benefactor?
That means I get invited to book signings, receive autographed copies of books, plus wonderful swag and gift checks that I can use to my heart’s content.
National Bookstore is my wasteland. I’m happy when I get to share the joy with friends and family once in a blue moon.
Today after buying new shoes at Payless and an early dinner at Pepper Lunch, my five-year-old son wanted to buy a Lego book. So off we were to National Bookstore with Ate Mariza and the nanny.
First, I found this really funny. With the elections coming up, I don’t know which politician would actually use these
Ate Mariza and Yaya Joan wanted to buy pocketbooks, which they share with everyone in the household, including the neighbors’ maids. I told them to choose 10 each.
I was kind of surprised to find these: 50 Shades of Grey in freaking Tagalog!
I should’ve opened it just to see how “butt plug” and “nipple clamps” would translate in Filipino.
And no, I didn’t show it to our maid. Here’s what they ended up getting:
Don’t know if this is a good idea…
Here’s what Christian got—he is a super hyper baby
And my loot: the latest Yes! magazine, Chanel book
Plus The Happiness Project book and journal
The latter is a gratitude journal, where today I will write: “Had a fun time at National Bookstore…”
I love to speak Tagalog (especially the cuss words), but I don’t read Tagalog very well.
I may know most of the gay terms, but certain words in Tagalog are really new to me. Like “hitad.”
I read this while looking at Ivy Lisa Mendoza’s Twitter profile:
I thought it sounded like a female relative’s term. But why would she call herself that?
I decided to find out on Twitter.