AJ Dimarucot, fiercely independent graphic artist behind Googoo & Gaga, Collision Theory, and the official logo of chuvaness.com has always followed his instincts and his truth.
From a rogue, satirical website to T-shirt designs for global brands, his brash, color-awash artworks have broken through to international recognition and commercial success.
With clients like Nike, Adidas, Zoo York and ESPN, AJ embodies the Filipino creative entrepreneur—global, independent, inspiring.
Nike Pacquiao tee
On September 3, 2011, join in as AJ shares his creative journey, revealing how doing what you love gets the world to love you back.
Starts 3 PM at the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati.
Tickets at Php 300 each or Php 150 for students, teachers, senior citizens and Ayala Museum members.
For inquiries, call 757-7117 to 21 local 35 or 24 or email email@example.com.
Ayala Museum’s DesignTalks is a lecture series that brings prominent and pioneering Filipino creative professionals to the center stage. Find out more at http://www.ayalamuseum.org
My house is a stockroom. I have so much stuff to give away, please forgive me for taking so long to do it.
This time around I decided to put together eight swag bags. The bags were chosen by me at Beabi.
Beabi currently sells the best clear totes. Two winners will get this swag bag.
Six winners will get the Beabi x Rajo Laurel Limited Artist Edition 2011 Tote Bag and Organizer
It contains three Dove boxed sets, Veet hair removal products, and the Kenkoy x Solo watch.
How to join:
1) Open to anyone with a Philippine address.
2) Eight swag bags will be given away. Winners will be chosen via electronic lottery.
3) Promo starts now until August 30, 2011 (Tuesday) midnight.
4) Please don’t clog my Inbox and join only ONCE.
5) Write your real name and address for claiming purposes. Otherwise your entry will be disqualified.
6) To join, simply fill out this form.
7) Winners will be announced here and on http://www.facebook.com/officialchuvaness.
My cousin Keri’s obsession with Korean dramas is contagious. She got me into Boys Over Flowers, which is the Korean version of Meteor Garden (Taiwanese drama I loved).
Luckily, my friend Mae gifted me two boxed sets of Boys Over Flowers, plus Mischievous Kiss, which star singer/actor/dancer (triple threat) Kim Hyun Joong. So yes, I find him cute and never mind that I was already in college when he was born.
As far as Kim Hyun Joong fans are concerned, Keri (L) is a certified diehard. She has traveled to Seoul, Shanghai and Yokohama to stalk him watch his concerts.
Kim Hyun Joong in Yokohama (Photos: Keri Zamora)
You can imagine the damage to my ear when I told her Kim Hyun Joong was coming to Manila for a Face Shop tour.
Last Friday morning, Keri came over to our house with makeup artist Tatin Yang, who did both of our makeup.
Left the house 11-ish to the Rockwell Club for a media lunch.
Do you think she’s excited?
While having our lunch, we couldn’t help but notice the hunky bodyguard, Mr. Jeong, who has his own Facebook fan page. He made sure the platform was stable. He looked under the chairs, inspected the flowers, and checked if the outside was clear.
Here’s a stolen shot by me
Then our On The Radar group (Keri, Grace and I) was called for a briefing upstairs as we were scheduled for a one-on-one for the Philippine Star (basically guidelines on what we can and can’t ask).
As we were talking to his Korean handler and interpreter, I noticed this entourage coming downstairs.
Watch Kim Hyun Joong walking slowly behind his bodyguard, with the golden hair, moreno skin, as he scans the room with his eyes.
That was our cue to proceed to the press conference. We took the elevator, they took the stairs. So we stalked him on his way there. Now watch the security and handlers with Kim Hyun Joong. Watch him scan the room and glance at us again.
He entered a room full of girls trying to stifle screams. (Here we have settled down.)
Oh, and he sat right across from us
Filipina-Korean radio/ TV personality Grace Lee hosted the program. (Why so pretty??)
Check out Gelli de Belen in the background.
Was he spaced out or checking her out?
If Paris Hilton has Isha Dinio, Kim Hyun Joong has 74-year-old Patria Ragasa. Her daughter spent Php 100,000 to win his cropped pants in a charity auction. As a bonus, they also got to meet and greet the Korean pop star.
Lola meets her crush idol.
She reportedly gave Kim Hyun Joong a key and said, “This is the key to my heart, I give it to you!” #afraid
She also begged him to kiss her!! That’s one aggressive lola, I tell you. He was very sweet to her though.
Lola’s 15 minutes of fame
Here’s the photo op, with Lola’s daughter on the left
The Face Shop donated the money to Abiertas House of Friendship, “a non-government organization that provides a temporary home to needy women, especially unwed mothers.”
During the press conference we were called to go back upstairs in preparation for our one-on-one.
The aircon wasn’t function so Keri peeled off her jacket. We were debating if she should interview him in a Roland Mouret bustier—or NOT!!
In no time we were called into this function room full of people and Kim Hyun Joong.
As soon as I saw the formal setting, I whispered to Grace, “Roland Mouret bustier is definitely not appropriate.”
Keri was assigned to interview him. I took photos and Grace held the Flip video.
To be fair, Keri acted professionally and did not fumble her lines/questions.
Check out the body language
After answering our ten questions, we were whisked away to accommodate the other reporters, not even allowed to ask for an autograph.
So Keri followed him to Trinoma at 5 PM while I had to attend two other events.
You can imagine the place was packed
Grace Lee hosted
Meet and greet for Face Shop promo winners
Watch for Keri’s coverage in the Philippine Star in a few!
To know more about the Face Shop, click here.
beabi, the organizer store recently launched its Limited Artist Edition 2011 Tote Bag and Bag Organizer in collaboration with Manny Pacquiao, Kim Chiu, and Rajo Laurel—three personalities admired in their respective fields.
The three celebrities were asked to design bags that capture their personalities, with part of the proceeds going to their chosen charities: Bantay Bata, Bantay Kalikasan, and Pacqman Partnerships for the Poor.
The bags come in two sizes: medium and large.
The medium sized bag retails for Php 1,395 while the large, which includes a nice zippered pouch is priced at Php 1,695.
Beabi x Rajo Laurel
beabi x Manny Pacquiao
beabi x Kim Chiu
Get them at beabi stores at Greenbelt 5, Robinsons Galleria, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Place Manila, TriNoMa, SM North EDSA, Eastwood City, and SM Fairview.
2. house keys
4. pen case
5. card case
6. Puffs tissues
7. Goody comb
8. checkbook, receipts organizer
9. wet tissues
10. Newman’s Own mints
And they all fit into this train case I bought from a trip abroad.
Everyone who sees the bag asks about it, so I decided to bring it in to the Philippines.
It comes in four colors: red and brown, pink, brown, and orange and brown.
They remind me of Globetrotter luggage, minus the price tag.
This train case only costs Php 5,800.
It comes in one size only and measures approximately 12.5″ (L) x 9″ (H) x 5″ (W).
Material is vegan friendly PVC, made in China.
It’s lockable with two magnetic closures, fits an iPad and all your other essentials. Think of it as your little bag of secrets. It also comes with a convenient detachable shoulder strap and smaller strap to attach to your carry-on luggage.
They are currently available at Madison Rockwell (2nd floor, near National Bookstore) and online at http://www.dotcomme.ph/.
Add Php 300 for shipping within the Philippines or pick up at Pepper Lunch Shangri-La or Greenbelt. I do not recommend shipping abroad as I have inquired and it costs almost like the bag itself.
OMG. I’m in love.
If I could marry fragrance, I would marry Margiela’s Untitled.
I don’t really collect perfumes. Right now I have five bottles on my dresser:
• Hayden’s Green Tea and Peony, a gift from Hayden and a favorite of Vicki Belo
• Acca Kappa which is truly sexy on a man or a woman
• Gap’s Close (which reminds me of Patrick Robinson in Tokyo)
• L’Artisan Bois Farine (a fave of Sofia Coppola)
and of course this Untitled by Maison Martin Margiela.
Found a sample at the I.T counter in Hong Kong while I was shopping and I gave it a try.
It brought me back to Houston to the hotel Zaza, which is one of my most favorite hotels in the world.
Zaza had this wonderful fruity scenting that haunts me to this day. I think Margiela’s Untitled comes very, very close to it.
They say scents are a powerful trigger of emotions and memory. When I smell Japanese crayons, I’m back in Grade 3.
When I smell Untitled, I’m back in Houston keeping my cousin Chelo company.
It’s been three years since she passed and not a single week goes by that I don’t think about her.
So these are the things I love in just one bottle: Martin Margiela