Privato Hotel opens its doors!

A chic new hotel just opened it doors along Pasig’s Shaw Boulevard, right across Capitol Commons.
Privato Hotel is a collaboration among Architects Carmelo Casas, Juan Carlo Calma, and J. Anton Mendoza.

Bea Soriano at Privato Hotel

It boasts of veritable art work, including a life-sized wire sculpture by Davao-based artist, Ann Pamintuan.

Marian Rivera at Privato Hotel

The lobby, which is fully wrapped in Italian marble, features Calma’s distinct Privato pattern.
Made of Italian Carrara and Black Marquina, each marble “blade” was carefully water cut and painstakingly pieced together to create this design.

Lobby

Furniture is proudly Philippine-made, designed by Tina Periquet among others.

Photo 4 Furniture

Tucked on the 6th floor facing Bonifacio Global City is the Piazza Privato restaurant, which offers a sleek dining experience amidst J. Anton Mendoza’s signature clean and stark designs.
The Piazza is open to the public and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily from 6-10 PM.

Photo 5 Piazza Entrance 2
Photo 6 Piazza Corner

Since the developer is Green Asia Real Estate, the art pieces at Piazza Privato play a role in its advocacy for sustainability. The acrylic birds were inspired by endangered Philippine bird species.
Meanwhile, the wall art (at left) was commissioned from Japanese artist, Wataru Sakuma.
Made out of recycled paper, the triptych resembles a “nest” for the endangered birds.

Photo 7 Birds and Nest

The Mona Lisa portrait has a little back story.
According to urban legend, the Mona Lisa was actually the Duchess of Milan. As an ode to the fabled lady, her portrait holds her court at Privato.

Photo 8 Mona Lisa

For events and banquets, event planners can choose from the Milano Ballroom (it fits 120 guests!), the Firenze Ballroom, Roma A and B Function Rooms, and the Verona Roof deck Bar.
The rooftop also features the pool and gym.

Managed by Enderun Hospitality, Privato Hotel offers three room types.
First is the Executive Room, with a choice of either 2 twin-sized beds or 1 king-sized bed. Promo rate is at at Php 2,200++.

Photo 11 Executive Twin Bed
Photo 12 Executive King

The second room type is the Deluxe Double Queen that can fit a family of four. Promo rate is at Php 3,500++.

Photo 13 Deluxe Double Queen

The last room type is the One Bedroom Suite with a reasonable promo rate of Php 7,500++.

Photo 15 One Bedroom bedroom area
Photo 14 One Bedroom Living Room

For inquiries and reservations call (+632) 717-5888 or go to http://www.privatohotel.com.
Privato Hotel is also bookable on Agoda and Booking.com.
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UNIQLO launches SPRZ NY (“Surprise New York”) project

UNIQLO recently launched its SPRZ NY (“Surprise New York”) global project inspired by influential artists of our time. SPRZ NY features a number of specially designed items such as T-shirts, outerwear, innerwear and more, as well as a collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Uniqlo x SPRZ

Last May 2013, UNIQLO became a multi-year, corporate sponsor of MoMA—home to one of the world’s greatest collections of modern and contemporary art.
UNIQLO also sponsors the Museum’s “UNIQLO Free Friday Nights,” which provides increased accessibility to the Museum’s exhibitions, collection and film programs.
To further its continued support of MoMA, UNIQLO presents its MoMA Special Edition items, based on the works of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jack Pierson, Jackson Pollock, Lawrence Weiner, Ryan McGinness, and Sarah Morris.

Uniqlo x MoMA

Find them at UNIQLO stores worldwide beginning March 28, 2014.
MoMA Special Edition products will also be available at the MoMA Design Store and online at MoMAStore.org.

http://sprzny.uniqlo.com/ph/

Adidas teams up with Pharrell Williams

Adidas announced a long term partnership with Oscar-nominated, Grammy Award-winning superstar Pharrell Williams. The first adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams products will debut in the summer of 2014.
This is the first time Adidas has partnered with a designer who owns his own textile company.
adidas x Pharrell Williams

Adidas will collaborate with Williams’ Bionic Yarn coming from The Vortex Project—an initiative with Parley for the Oceans to turn plastic debris from the oceans into yarn and fabric.
Bionic Yarn will be used in some of Pharrell’s upcoming adidas Originals products.

“Working with an iconic brand like adidas is such an incredible opportunity. From the classic track suit, to growing up in Virginia wearing Stan Smiths, Sdidas has been a staple in my life. Their pieces are timeless. This is an exciting partnership for both me and for Bionic Yarn,” said Pharrell Williams.

Win a brand new BMW 116i, iPads, iPhones and more from Watsons!

Shop at Watsons and The SM Store Beauty Section now, as Watsons’ Triple Treats promo gives you more rewards, more discounts, and more points in their biggest promo yet!
Ongoing until March 31, 2014, enjoy discounts from top brands and triple your SM advantage, SM prestige, or BDO rewards points on qualifying products.
Get a chance to win one of 50 iPad minis, iPhone 5s, and Watsons gift cards, or a brand new BMW 116i in the grand draw!

Triple Treats A4_MALL

Here’s how:
Every Php 500 purchase, inclusive of at least one qualifying product from Watsons or The SM Store Beauty Section, entitles you to an e-raffle ticket.
To register, text WATSONS REG (name/address/email) to 2600.
To submit entries, text WATSONS (Invoice No./No. of Entries) to 2600.
For more information, go to http://www.facebook/WatsonsPH or text HELP to 2600.

Lunch at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Sayoko’s friend, Chef Shun Hirota, worked for Alain Ducasse before moving to the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s Signature restaurant, which has one Michelin star.

Sometimes he cooks for Sayoko and friends at home

On our second day, Sayoko treated Jeroen and me to a special lunch at the Mandarin to try Chef Hirota’s dishes.




Fancy! I love that my bag even had its own stool

Sayoko wanted to treat us for our wedding anniversary, which was actually last November. We had cancelled our annual honeymoon in Tokyo to donate instead to Yolanda victims.

Chef Shun Hirota, Jeroen and Sayoko

Thank you, Sayoko-san!!

(To be continued)

SALE! Kids and baby fair this weekend at Bench Tower

A once-in-a-lifetime family shopping event filled with deals, discounts, enlightening talks, exciting games and activities, is happening at the Playground of Bench Tower this March 28-30, 2014.
Carrying over 100 family-oriented brands, the fair will be a carnival of toys, clothes, and all kinds of baby and kids needs. Admission is free!

Bench poster

Learn about baby care, potty training and oral care from from CIRQUE DE BEBE’s talks and seminars.
Expecting moms and supportive spouses can learn about breastfeeding basics and how to avoid SIDS.
Check out Mothercare Philippines’ Facebook page for the program list and schedule.
Aside from the enlightening talks by renowned speakers and experts, parents will be wowed by amazing discounts from their favorite baby brands. Raffle prizes, goody bags, and other surprises will be up for grabs.
Highlights include a magic show, a Strider Adventure Zone, and Gymboree Play Area, while little girls can have their hair and nails done at the glam Barbie Salon.

Participating brands:

Bench poster

Visit Bench Tower’s Playground this March 28-30, 2014 at 30th Street Corner Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City.

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