Credibly challenged

On Sunday, Twitter was all about the girl who cried gang bang or “rape”.
It’s insignificant “model” Amanda Coling vs. four members of the Philippine National Football team, better known as the Azkals.

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She made the rounds of all the gossip shows, including Showbiz Central with Pia Guanio.
This is painful to watch (read: very long)

She explains why she decided after one month to come out and cry rape—cause she was dropped out of FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women, presumably after the rape rumors came out.
But her credibility is whacked as this surfaces on Facebook (read: scary).
Disclaimer: Phil Younghusband is not one of the Azkals implicated in the case.

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So please let this issue die. The issue became really tired by Sunday night. I just really wanted to say, she doesn’t sound like a victim. This is not Jodie Foster in The Accused.
Yung lang poe.

New from Moleskine

Moleskine introduces new colors to its classic black Moleskine Folio collection.
Folio is the top quality Moleskine collection, dedicated to creativity, free expression and design.
The popular Folio folder comes in three new colors, while new formats (short, long, small, large, plain and ruled) and colors are added to Stick Notes, making it an even better organizational tool for creative professionals.

Stick notes - Full colour
Stick notes - Semi Colour
The four Folio Collections—art, digital, professional and tools together offer a wide range of sizes and formats for your drawings, projects, writings and devices.
The Folio Collection is produced to the highest standards and with top quality materials. All of the different papers used for the Folio Collection are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.


After its first global premiere at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in April 2011, Moleskine’s long-awaited Writing, Traveling and Reading collections comes to the Philippines.
The three new collections include pens, pencils, bags, reading glasses, cases, reading stands and USB rechargeable book lights.


Designed by Italian designer Giulio Iacchetti, the new collections are compatible with Moleskine notebooks and planners through special clips and holders.


The new accessories retain many of the familiar features of the Moleskine notebooks: elastic band, smooth and rounded corners, black color, “in case of loss” label, and essential, contemporary-classic aesthetics.



The Moleskine new collections will first arrive at National Book Store.

Steven Meisel shoots Jimmy Choo’s latest ad campaign

Jimmy Choo unveils its Autumn Winter 2011 advertising campaign to launch in August and September books globally, shot for the first time by fashion photographer Steven Meisel.
Conceived by Jimmy Choo Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Tamara Mellon, the campaign is inspired by cinematic 1970s Parisian glamour and conveys the darker, subversive side of femininity.
“This season I looked to the women who have always inspired me for their chic, empowered sense of dress. The creative talent of Meisel transports us to a moment of stolen romance, perfectly capturing my vision for the season and the energy and spirit of the Jimmy Choo woman,” Tamara said.
Meisel photographed models Raquel Zimmermann and Ben Hill in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria.

Jimmy Choo Autumn Winter 2011 AD Campaign (2)
Perched broodingly on a satin strewn bed, clutching the new CATHERINE bag in luxurious black softbox leather and leopard print pony, Zimmerman channels French film noir heroines, wearing vixen-like FLORA, a buttery soft suede, black open-toe lattice-style boot.

The collection of Jimmy Choo shoes and handbags takes its cue from the early ‘70s and the sultry stars of the time; icons Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, and Veruschka, all admired as much for their beauty and style on-camera, as for their allure and innate sense of style off-camera.

Jimmy Choo Autumn Winter 2011 AD Campaign (1)
Tea is served, as poised in her hotel suite with ladylike classicism, she wears FLAXELY, a bootie in black suede which criss-crosses its way over the foot and up to the ankle in a perfect slim fit.

In the Philippines, Jimmy Choo is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Help rebuild Japan through Rockwell’s “Love Japan”

The Rockwell Community, in partnership with the Japanese Embassy, invites you to Love Japan, a one-of-a-kind bazaar and auction on July 23-24, 2011 for the benefit of Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this year.
The cause is especially dear to Rockwell as the Rockwell community has many Japanese residents.
“As an integral part of our close-knit Rockwell neighborhood, we would like to give back, especially since our Japanese brothers and sisters have continuously been supportive of Rockwell throughout these years,” says Mr. Harry Liu, a member of Rockwell’s Board of Directors.


There are many ways to join and Love Japan.

1) Sell or donate. If your closet or home is overflowing with furniture, appliances, gadgets, toys and clothes you don’t need, you can sell them to help Japan. Food booths are also available.
Those who don’t have enough items for a booth may donate an item or two through the Rockwell Club and Rockwell will sell that for you and consider it your donation.

2) Shop, dine, and enjoy in this special weekend souk, composed of unique bazaar items from Rockwell tenants and collections from select brands from Power Plant Mall selling at discounted prices.
A CosPlay Competition and Anime Festival are scheduled on July 23rd; while a Jamming for Japan mini concert is on July 24th.

3) Bid and buy pre-loved items and luxury goods at unbelievable prices. Silent bidding on July 23-24 (until 3 PM) and live auction on July 24 on Sunday, 6:30pm. Some of the items up for auction are paintings from celebrities and signed boxing gloves from Manny Pacquiao.

All funds raised will be donated through the Japanese Embassy.
For inquiries, call the Rockwell Club at 8978310 loc. 7444 / 7445 / 7403 or at 0917-807-1739.

Southern-bred Wagyu beef at The Fireplace

This July, enjoy a satisfying melt-in-your-mouth experience as The Fireplace at Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila introduces a new breed of Wagyu beef, native to the Philippine province of Bukidnon.
Wagyu beef is famous around the world for its distinct marbling characteristics and buttery tenderness.
Bukidnon Wagyu evolved from pure Wagyu cattle imported from Australia and cross-bred with the local Brahman cattle. The result is exquisitely tender beef, with high levels of marbling, at a fraction of the price.

Bukidnon Wagyu

Discover what makes Bukidnon Wagyu comparable to other prized beef of its kind as The Fireplace showcases its distinct flavour in a sumptuous selection of à la carte dishes, cooked to perfection in the restaurant’s signature wood-fired oven.
Indulge in Bukidnon Wagyu specialty dishes, such as Tournedos Rossini with Pan-Fried Foie Gras and Port Wine Sauce; Striploin with Herb-Butter Sauce and Fried Potato Wedges; and the chef’s recommendation, Peppered Tenderloin with Creamy Cognac-Pepper Sauce, Roasted Capsicum and Green Asparagus, to name a few.
Complete the local Wagyu dining experience with a platter featuring three of The Fireplace’s bestselling desserts—Hot Chocolate Soup, New York Cheesecake and Apple Pie.

The Fireplace

For enquiries and reservations, call The Fireplace at 247-8666 or 245 1234 ext. 7266.
Or e-mail

Disorganized mess

Years before the Azkals became popular, their Dutch uncle Victor dreamed for our boys to become football players.
With no intervention from either me or Jeroen, the boys just naturally picked up basketball and became fans. Maybe because basketball courts are all over the place.
So when I heard Kobe Bryant was coming to town, I begged for tickets and got them through the kindness of Ogilvy & Mather Philippines, who handles PR for Nike.
They gave us 4 Patron tickets and 8 Upper Box tickets. Because Jeroen’s best friend Joris wanted to take his two kids and we wanted to take Yaya Bhing, I gave away the 4 Patron tickets to my friend Tina’s kids.
Because the kids could only come after school, we arrived at Araneta Coliseum exactly 5 PM and saw this humongous line.


We had to go to the end of the line. A couple of pictures taken once inside, we made a quick stop to the restroom (which is in DIRE need of renovation by the way, much worse than NAIA), bought food, before we could enter the venue.
Only to discover as soon as the door opened that it was PACKED with people in a very scary way. Think sardinas and mackerel style—all the aisles were full and nowhere to pass. No ushers, no flashlights, nobody helping us find our way.
We were struggling in the dark. I was scared for my children.
I begged a guard to help us, he wouldn’t budge and I offered him money to help us. He refused the money and refused to move. I had to reason with him (read: tinarayan ko) to help us find our seats. He moved.
But he led us to the wrong section. We ended up outside where we first started. He left us.
I asked the door person to help us. He was confused with people shoving tickets to him. He was frozen stiff. He couldn’t move, didn’t know what to do.
So we found another guard. He led us to a section and left us, so I led our group of eight in half darkness until we reached Section 318 of Upper Box A and counted seats 1-8 (which was on our tickets).
At this time I was already upset because people were sitting everywhere and obviously on our seats. I motioned for the people (not in a friendly way, mind you) to get up and they did. Two people refused to budge. I heard them say, “Hindi tayo aalis.”
I called the guard for help. He looked at all our tickets. We were all in the wrong section—us and them.
#Award. I wanted to DIE. I asked everyone in our group to get up.
The guard led us to the correct section just a few steps away, and the people I shooed away grumbled as they claimed their seats back.
Once again I had to shoo eight people from our seats—the right seats. Some of them refused to budge, but we had tickets.
Finally we secured our seats and the children were safe from the possibility of a stampede.


Kobe played to a responsive crowd. Ben lost his voice shouting. Less than 30 minutes later, it was over.
People following me on Twitter were shocked how fast it was—reason being half the time we were looking for our seats.
We headed over to Max’s at Scout Tuazon, where the kids had sinigang and fried chicken.



I had fish.


And then we went home.
It was my first time to sit at Upper Box and I would never do it again.
As a mom, I felt like a failure because I put my kids’ safety in jeopardy. I should’ve kept the Patron seats (well, next time, if there is a next time).
When I got home, tired from a day of trying to be a good mom, I got a very nasty tweet from a girl who witnessed my shooing away people—not knowing what hell we went through, the fear I felt for my kids, all because some people allowed this mess to happen, that people were allowed to sit and stand anywhere against the safety of the general public.

Just now my husband saw this at the Philmug forum. Somebody who was there posted:
“Anyone have an idea why at around 4:30 PM, people from Upper B started going down to Upper A section? Who started it coz it was really chaotic? I’m not sure why they were allowed to do that.”
“I’ve heard that security themselves allowed it. Same goes with General Admission to Upper box,” went one reply.
True enough, when we arrived and showed our tickets, the usher said it was already “free seating” everywhere.
I’m writing this to let people know Kobe Bryant is huge, literally and figuratively. When he comes over you have to consider security, safety, and fire codes seriously.
Araneta Coliseum also needs to get their act together and it’s about time they renovated.

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