Look who’s in Preview’s Best Dressed 2014

In 1999, I was on Mega magazine’s first ever Best Dressed issue. That was 15 years ago. (Photo: Lorraine Belmonte)

Cecile van Straten, Mega 1999

This year, I am one of Preview‘s Best Dressed—achieve! Hehe.
Seriously though my colour scheme hasn’t changed. And I am still difficult to photograph. (Photo: Koji Arboleda)

Comme des Garçons collectionCecile van Straten

When I was a kid we had film cameras and flashbulbs. You only took pictures during special occasions, unlike now where kids take selfies all the time and are used to the camera. That said, I would rather take pictures than be in them.
This month’s Preview (July 2014) features Georgina Wilson and Celine Lopez on the cover.

Preview cover July 2014

This year, Preview wanted to do more than come up with a list of best-dressed girls. So they decided to put two unlikely women together and ask them to converse. This year’s list also includes Jo Ann Bitagcol, Kim Jones, Ria Prieto, Pam Quiñones, Anne Arcenas, Marga Valdes-Trinidad, Tina Ong, Tinay Villiamiel, Zelda Kienle, Jessica Kienle, Dr. Aivee Teo, Jessica Yang, Marite Fe Ganse, Martine Cajucom, and Joane Laygo.

Also in the Best Dressed issue, Daryl Chang puts together a shopping guide for the first-time Manila visitor (or even long-time resident) including shopping haunts, a designer directory, and great finds that champion Philippine talent and craftsmanship.
They’ve also rounded up 30-plus pairs of the hottest footwear out there—and would you believe none of them have heels?
In the beauty pages you’ll find an arsenal of tools—from the right brush to different irons and blow dryers; plus how to get the perfect minimalist face in just 10 minutes.
Ann Jacobe takes you through a gym she’s dubbed “The Playground” and a healthy diet turned food business that’s given her the energy and glow of a woman half her age.
New neighborhood joints to eat in, Max Eigenmann’s photo diary from Art Basel Hong Kong, and a Q&A with Gab Valenciano are all in Preview July 2014.

My Oishi Sundate with Christian

Because of my work, I get lots of invitations. But for me to actually go to an event, there must be something special or different about it. This invitation from Oishi was difficult to ignore—a giant pack of chips landed at our front door.

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Inside the mother sack are tons of Oishi’s newest chips featuring Team O’s Elmo Magalona, Daniel Padilla, and Ramon Bautista.

Oishi chips

The package included an invitation to a Snacktacular meet and greet with Team O at Glorietta.
“Who likes Daniel Padilla?” I asked the maids.
Ma’am, lahat po,” said Mariza.
Sinong pinaka die hard?” I asked.
Si Aiza po.”

I would have liked to take Aiza to the Oishi event, but they decided Yaya Joan would come with me and Christian.
In case you didn’t know, Daniel Padilla—nephew of Robin Padilla and son of Rommel Padilla and Karla Estrada—is equivalent to Justin Bieber in the Philippines. I can’t remember the last teen idol adored at this level by the masses (do you?). Even Mich Dulce likes him.
So one Sunday I packed my son Christian (6) and Yaya Joan to Glorietta 2’s Activity Center.
My heart was weeping for Brazil, so Christian wore this despite his father’s disapproval.

Oishi event

The activity centre was packed. It was difficult to cut through the crowd and enter the venue. Good thing Franco Santos of Bridges spotted us and let us in.
While waiting for celebrities to arrive, I took Christian around the activity booths. First, we hit the soft serve machine made of Oishi milk with oats. He chose chocolate.

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Then celebrities arrived and all of a sudden everyone went wild

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Good thing Yaya Joan was there. I don’t know these people…it’s Colleen Garcia

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She is dating Billy Crawford apparently

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Christian and I went to the next booth, where you take an empty sack and fill it up at a mock grocery filled with chips. Christian loved this activity.

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He knows his Oishi favourites by heart so he knew exactly what to get, starting with Marty’s Cracklin’.

Oishi event
Oishi event
Oishi event
Oishi event

Elmo Magalona did it too, though not as wild as Christian

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Elmo Magalona

Then Christian hit the trampoline, where he appeared to be jumping out of a pack of chips. It was hard to pull him away, trust me.

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Ramon Bautista did it too

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My favourite booth was the Make Your Own Snack Mix

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You get an empty paper bag and choose the type of chips you like (I chose potato fries)

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Then you choose from different flavoured powders

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I chose nori, or Japanese seaweed

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Shake, shake, and OMG this was so good!! I wanted to go back the next day to make some more, but the booth was already gone. Oishi, please make these chips for sale!! You can call them Chuva Chips, hehe :)

Oishi event

Robbie Becroft made some too

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We like Robbie

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We took our seats while waiting for the program to start. Christian was such a good boy.

Oishi event

And then screaming happened. Daniel Padilla had arrived.

Oishi event

My camera doesn’t quite capture the sound of my eardrums breaking

Oh, and Kathryn Bernardo was there.

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla

They were brought backstage, and the show began with Team O’s Ramon Bautista, Slater Young, and Elmo Magalona

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Oishi event

Through the wonders of technology, Elmo sang a duet via music video with his father Francis Magalona

Elmo Magalona

Elmo never fails to make his mom Pia smile

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Daniel serenaded the fans

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And the show ended with Daniel’s latest TV commercial for Oishi. Watch and see Daniel Padilla in action

I totally get why they love him, Mich Dulce included.
Thank you Oishi for the fun Sundate!!

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Love, Christian

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http://oishi.com.ph

Birthdays and blessings, Part 3

As my dad said, all you need in life are five good friends.
While planning my party, I realised how many people I wanted to thank for their kindness, their time and generosity, and for being good to me and my family.
First to arrive were the DJs: Diego Mapa, whom I have known since 1990 when he was ‘this high’, and Melvin Mojica who has been my friend and collaborator since 1995.

DJs

The two older boys waited for the party to start with their iPads

The boys waiting for party to start
The boys waiting for party to start

While Christian had a blast with The Cure

Traffic was really bad, but the guests finally arrived after 8 (what a relief). Promise, there was no dress code, but almost everyone really came in black, white, or blue

Guests arrive

My sister Ana (and her boyfriend Carlos) came early and ruined my eye makeup with her letter and present

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Jeroen and his mates: (L-R) Darren McDermott, Gerome Vizmanos (who was my classmate at Parsons NY), and Joris Spanhoff (a.k.a. the BFF)

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Me wearing “The Dress” — with Poma Malantic, Kevin Ching, Janina Dizon Hoschka, and Dennis Robles

Poma, Cecile, Kevin, Jenny, Dennis

Friends from the Grocery days: Yodel Pe (who did my invitation), Jo Ann Bitagcol (our muse), and Fren Te (who managed Defect)

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Newly weds Mikee Carrion and Nikki Luna

Mikee and Nikki Carreon

Hayden Kho was popular with the girls: Kerin Ching, childhood friend Lia Anonas, Rem de Vera (Kaladkarin of the Year awardee), Chiyo Tagami (who cuts my hair), Harriet van den Borne

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Rita Nazareno

Rita Nazareno

Takatoshi Kimachi, who designed the Pepper Lunch and Yakitori One stores

Takatoshi Kimachi

Grace Velasco—proof that great friends can be met online

Grace Velasco

Friends from the ’90s: Tata Montilla, Melvin Mojica, Fren Te, Princesse Fernandez, and my sister-in-law, Charmaine Zamora

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My cousins: RJ Galang, his wife Ana, and Robin Galang

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Stop the monopod! More collaborators: Melvin Mojica, Garovs and Ryan Vergara, Kellyn See and Rex Gapuz, Tinay Villamiel

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Dennis Robles, Jenny, Lucille and Candy Dizon, JP Singson

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Melvin Mojica, Kerin Ching and Nicolo Manahan

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Jeroen with my idol Lorraine Mabasa and her husband Johnby

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Friends from the industry: Alexei Villaraza and Dinna Vasquez

Alexei Villaraza and Dinna Vasquez

Patty Betita

Patty Betita

Kissa McDermott and Kevin Ching

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Feeling FIFA: Fumio Onishi

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Jo Ann Bitagcol (left) Ginggay dela Merced (right)

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Jasper van den Borne, Gerome Vizmanos, Lia Anonas, Van Porciuncula (who takes care of this site), Rem de Vera, Harriet van den Borne

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Drea Zuleta, Ana Galang, Grace Velasco, Erika Tatad

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Dancing to Hall & Oates: Judd Figueres and Melvin Mojica

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Choosing dessert: Christian with Lia Anonas

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Jay Diaz, Fumio Onishi, Harriet van den Borne, Gerome Vizmanos, Joris Spanhoff, Patrice Diaz, Jeroen van Straten, and Patty Betita photobombed by Jo Ann Bitagcol

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Not everyone is here though. Some of my friends were traveling and some of the guests weren’t photographed.
I don’t get to celebrate every year, so thank you, Jeroen, for my party and to everyone who was there!

Jeroen van Straten

Special thanks to Patrick Diokno for the photos :)

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Birthdays and blessings, Part 2

When was I younger my dad told me, all you need in life are five good friends. If you can count the number of good friends you have with one hand, then you are rich.
When I was planning my birthday party I wanted to thank the people who have done good to me, my husband, and my children through the years. I tried to keep it small, but the number swelled to 70.
I wish I had the budget for 100! But I had to keep the number down because of the cost.
From one long table, it became two.

Table setting

I always get a warm fuzzy feeling from Margarita Forés’ food. We always get good service and the feeling after that the party was a success.

Table setting

Bawal ang chafing dish!!

Food by Margarita Forés

First, I wanted a pizza oven for freshly baked pizza on the spot.

Food by Margarita Forés

On the buffet were Spaghettini al Burro Pasta Flambé in Parmigiano-Reggiano wheel with a choice of toppings

Food by Margarita Forés
Food by Margarita Forés
Food by Margarita Forés
Food by Margarita Forés

Handmade Pappardelle with cream truffle mushroom paste

Food by Margarita Forés

Norwegian salmon baked in salt crust

Food by Margarita Forés

Batter-fried halibut fillet and chips in cones

Food by Margarita Forés

Grilled prime ribeye cooked on the spot and served on dul dul salt blocks

Food by Margarita Forés

Julienned wing beans

Food by Margarita Forés

Insalata de Cesare, tossed in a Parmigiano-Reggiano wheel

Food by Margarita Forés
Food by Margarita Forés

Cebu lechon, and more.

Food by Margarita Forés

Plus drinks and dessert station with Crepe Millefoglie and cakes by Mara de la Rama and Mrs. Yulo

Food by Margarita Forés
Food by Margarita Forés

Photos: Patrick Diokno

(To be continued)

How Geraldine Mapa’s work ended up in Time magazine

By Gian Cruz

A washi tape is a decorative Japanese tape that tons of crafters are obsessed with. Call it a fancy masking tape. We have no idea how the washi tape came about and suddenly became trendy. Washi tapes are used to decorate everything from scrapbooks to gift wrappers and tea cups.

Washi Tape

Washi tape isn’t something one would easily associate with portraits, but artist Geraldine (“Ge”) Mapa can tell us otherwise. Her very first washi tape project was in November 2013 for the Bloom Arts Festival.
It was comprised of three 18” X 18” acrylic sheets with the portraits of Garovs Vergara, Twiggy, and Andy Warhol.

Khismet with Twiggy in wash tape
Khismet Maralit with a portrait of Twiggy

Last May 2014, Heima home and lifestyle store invited Ge to do a live washi tape demo at their craft event, which led to the creation of Margot and Richie Tenenbaum on clipboards.

Wes Anderson_11_Margot and Richie

The event drew a lot of interest whether the artworks were for sale, which eventually led to Heima and Ge doing more portraits. So, for the 5th anniversary party of Heima, a Wes Anderson tribute was agreed upon, which led to Ge doing an additional ten more of Anderson’s characters, including Bill Murray in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

Geraldine Mapa
Geraldine Mapa

Geraldine Mapa washi tape portraits

Meanwhile on Facebook, Ge Mapa got tagged by a friend about an exhibit of Bill Murray artworks, which was open to anyone in the world. Ge gave it a shot and submitted a photo of her work.
A week later, her artwork ended up in a Huffington Post article on the exhibit, but sadly not to her credit, so she contacted the curator and the Huffington Post.
The curator replied that the matter should be fixed, with the good news that her artwork was going to be part of the exhibit. On top of that, Ge also found out that Time magazine had made an inquiry about the piece.
And that’s how she ended up in Time.

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The Bill Murray Art Show takes place on August 8, 2014 at Public Works in San Francisco, CA.
For more information, go to http://www.themurrayaffair.com/
To contact Ge Mapa, email her at mapa.geraldine@gmail.com.

Special thanks to HEIMA for the photos :)

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