Meet my mom, the artisan
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My mom, Tita Zamora, has been making stuff with her hands since I can remember.
When we were kids she used to decorate our flannel pajamas using Japanese ball-point tubes of textile paint.
She did papier-mâché, stained glass, handmade stationery, flower arrangements made of bread dough, and so much more.

Sen. Pia Cayetano, Mom
Mom (R) with Sen. Pia Cayetano

From her I learned the art of gift-wrapping and the therapeutic joys of wrapping books in plastic.
She started beading about 12 years ago around the time my first son was born. After taking a hiatus, she rekindled her love for the craft after taking lessons from Portia Leuterio.

Portia Leuterio, Jullie Daza, and Tess Colayco
L-R: Portia Leuterio, Jullie Daza, and Tess Colayco

These days, Mom starts beading before breakfast and works on her current project the whole day.
She can finish a beaded bag within five to six days.
“It relieves stress because you’re not really thinking of anything except the beads, the needle and the design,” she says.
Recently my mom and one of her beading BFFs, Tita Bing Blardony, decided to sell over 200 finished pieces to benefit charity.
The venue was my dad’s conference room at the Fort, where the dazzling bags were perched on top of pretty boxes.

Mom's bags at NAC Tower
Mom's bags
Mom's bags

Proceeds of the sales went to the Arnold Janssen Catholic Mission Foundation Inc., which is headed by my mom’s other BFF, Tita Vicky Sales.
“The foundation benefits the poorest of the poor,” said Tita Vicky, who shares that the foundation has 53 centers in Dasmariñas, Cavite, eight in Bacoor and the National Capital Region, one in Tagaytay, and 26 in Rio Tuba, Palawan.

Yolly Reyno, Tita Vicky, Mom, Tess Colayco, Eega Narvaez, Portia Leuterio, and Jullie Yap Daza
L-R: Yolly Reyno, Vicky Sales, Tita Zamora, Tess Colayco, Eega Narvaez, Portia Leuterio, and Jullie Yap Daza

About 60% of the bags were sold, with each buyer getting an official receipt from the foundation.
The event was such a success, Mom and Tita Bing are already planning another for next year.

Bing Blardony, Frannie Jacinto, Mom
L-R: Bing Blardony, Frannie Jacinto, Tita Zamora

Nicole, Chame, Diday, Tita Inez
Nicole Zamora, Charmaine Zamora, Diday Riingen, Inez Galang

Sen. Pia Cayetano, Mom, Dad
Senator Pia Cayetano with Tita and Manny Zamora

Baby Cruz, Bing Blardony
Baby Cruz and Bing Blardony

Dad, Tito Ronny, Camille Villar, Mark Villar
L-R: Manny Zamora, Cong. Ronny Zamora, Camille Villar, Mark Villar

Alan Cayetano, Sandy Schramm, Pia Cayetano, Ronny Zamora, Tita Zamora
Senator Alan Cayetano with his mom Sandy and Senator Pia Cayetano, Cong. Ronny Zamora, Bing Blardony

Jake Montenegro and Mau Blardony
Former heartthrobs Jake Montenegro and Mau Blardony

Pammy, Tita Inez, Tita Mimi, Tito Ronny
Pammy Zamora, Inez Galang, Mimi & Ronny Zamora

Mom, TIta Noni, Tita Bing, Tita Dolly
L-R: Tita Zamora, Noni Galang, Bing Blardony, Dolly Galang

Dennis Zamora and Koichi Ishihara
L-R: Dennis Zamora, Koichi Ishihara

Daffy and TIsha
Daffy Zamora and Tisha Riingen

Tita Inez, Enet Quiogue
Inez Manapul Galang and Monette Quiogue

Leo, Mom, Tita Dolly
Leo Riingen, Tita Zamora, Dolly Galang (All photos: Daniel Tan)

Obsessed with Warren Beatty
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Never mind how Warren Beatty looks right now.
You might know him as Anette Bening’s husband or Madonna’s ex. I prefer to remember him as he was in the ’60s.
No, I wasn’t born yet. I just prefer old movies to the ones we have now.
When I was in high school I watched two of my favorite Warren Beatty movies—which I watched again recently.
In Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961), he plays a social-climbing Italian gigolo named Paolo di Leo.

Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Aside from being young and good-looking, his main talent seems to be hooking up with lonely old women who can support his expensive taste and lifestyle.
Through a madame pimp, he manages to get introduced to a recently widowed and retired American stage actress named Karen Stone (played by Vivien Leigh).

Vivienne Lee

In the beginning, she resists becoming a sugar mommy, but ends up giving in to most of Paolo’s wants when she starts to really fall for him.

Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Unfortunately, Paolo can’t resist younger women closer to his age.
This causes Mrs. Stone much grief, and the end is left to the imagination of the viewer.

You don’t always end up with your first or greatest love. It may be for the best or God’s will.
Splendor in the Grass (1961) tackles the subject of a love that was lost because of youth, wrong timing and obligation to one’s parents.
Set in 1920s Kansas, Warren Beatty plays a wealthy football player jock named Bud Stamper who falls in love with a pretty middle class schoolmate, Deanie Loomis (played by Natalie Wood).

Splendor in the Grass

Bud is dying to have sex, but Deanie’s upbringing tells her not to.
When Bud’s slutty sister Ginny comes home from the city, everyone is scandalized by her behavior.
After seeing Ginny nearly gang-banged at a party, Bud becomes demoralized and breaks up with Deanie.

Splendor in the Grass

He decides to follow his father’s advice and hook up with the school slut, Juanita.
Deanie can’t deal with the breakup and becomes temporarily insane and slutty. She ends up in a mental institution where she stays for two and a half years. There she meets a troubled young doctor she gets along with, while Bud also meets an Italian waitress (Zohra Lampert) who helps him during dark times.


When Deanie gets out of the mental facility, the first thing she does is look for Bud.
Are the feelings still there? What’s it like to see your ex?
The ending will break your heart.

Michael Fremer at the November Hifi show this weekend
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Celebrate 10 years of High Fidelity with The November Hifi Show this November 9 and 10 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati.
The event is an annual exhibition of the finest high-end audio and video systems from all over the world.
Audio- and video-philes will be entertained by a vast display of some of the best high-end foreign brands to the work of high-end Filipino custom builders.
There will be more than 200 brands, featuring solid state to vacuum tubes amplifiers, CD Players, digital servers and modern high-end turntables, OLED TVs to ultra high-definition projectors, Audiophile CDs, vinyl records, vintage audio gear, to the most ultra modern audio and video electronics.

November Hifi show

The turntable is back!
And for those purchasing a turntable, perhaps for the first time, many are not aware of the proper set-up procedures and tweaks that can be done to unlock its full sonic potential. Thus, that warm musical experience remains elusive to them.
With that in mind, the November HiFi Show is proud to announce that Mr. Michael Fremer—Senior Editor of Stereophile magazine, the leading international audio publication, and host of—will be hosting a Turntable Workshop on November 9, 2013.
Mr. Fremer is the authority in all that is analog.
He will be in Manila to cover the November Hifi Show and help introduce a new generation of converts to the joys of Two Channel Stereo Analog music reproduction.

Michael Fremer poster

To know more, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Happy Skin launches beauty care for Filipina skin
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Happy Skin is the newest venture of beauty partners Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez (L) and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo.
During their recent launch at Bizu, Rissa and Jacqe explained how the brand was created from scratch, with key products formulated and made in Japan.


To make the event even more fun, guests got to try the products from their own vanity kit that were filled with Happy Skin items, specifically personalized to match their skin tones.

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Friends and family came to show support, like Lucy Torres-Gomez

Happy Skin’s Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo with Lucy Torres-Gomez

Anchorwoman Karen Davila

Happy Skin’s Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo with Karen Davila

Philippine Tatler’s Mia Borromeo with PR maven Susan Joven

Philippine Tatler’s Mia Borromeo and Susan Joven

Cosmopolitan‘s Myrza Sison

Myrza Sison of Cosmopolitan

Model Valerie delos Santos

Valerie Delos Santos and Happy Skin’s Rissa Mananquil-Trillo

Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo and Liz Uy

– Happy Skin’s Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo with Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo and Liz Uy

Happy Skin takes cosmetics to a whole new level of hip and happy, with makeup that cares for your skin.
You’ll get hooked on the cute packaging, witty names, and skin-loving products designed to be fuss-free, easy-to-apply, and in shades specifically formulated to complement Filipina skintones.
Happy Skin collection

“We started Happy Skin because we’re firm believers in good skincare, and we don’t like compromising our skin because of the makeup we use,” says founder Jacqe. Co-founder Rissa echoes the same: “Truly good makeup should be your ally—not your enemy—in making you look and feel more beautiful.”


As such, all Happy Skin products are “infused with special skincare ingredients, such as Japanese tea leaf, cherry blossom, hyaluronic acid, and Argan oil, to name a few,” explains Jacqe. “All our key products are sourced and made in Japan because we recognize the importance of skincare in this beauty capital.”


Happy Skin is currently available at select Plains & Prints boutiques but will be available in bigger beauty stores very soon.
To know more, go to or follow @happyskin_ph on Instagram and Twitter.

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