Robin Tomas launches Fall collection at Anik Boutique

NEW YORK—Filipino designer Robin Tomas launched his women’s fall collection during Fashion’s Night Out at Anik Boutique on Madison Avenue.

Robin Tomas

Dubbed Amish Chic Futura, Tomas’ latest collection features capes and shrugs in wools, silky dresses and blouses in black and white prints—all inspired by the Amish community—juxtaposed with modern cuts, pleating details and sophisticated silhouettes.





Tomas’ launch was held simultaneous to New York City’s 3rd annual Fashion’s Night Out where designers and celebrities mingle with shoppers in various shops around Manhattan with their doors open until late at night.



The Tomas Fall Collection is now available at Anik Boutique on Madison Avenue and 83rd street in Manhattan, New York.

Something to think about

This might hurt a little, but you must read it.
A few years ago my creative friends and I were gathered together at home asking why is it that mediocre talents or corrupt characters get to the top in this country, while really talented people get nowhere, even with their hard work and creativity.
We figured that in order to get to the top in this country, you have to play the popularity game. You have to be visible. You have to be social. You have to look rich (even if you’re not).
Last night Hayden was tweeting:

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It’s all about numbers now. It’s amazing how some people I never thought relevant have all the numbers on Twitter and Facebook.
But somewhere along the way, I managed to have a voice out there. I may seem shallow in my online persona, but my close friends will tell you I’m not.
I don’t think I have sold out completely. I say no to certain projects I don’t believe in, photo shoots, magazine covers and TV appearances because I don’t feel I am up to the job. I know my limitations.
I say no to a lot of events, invitations and trips abroad simply because I value my family and time to relax before putting myself out there for more attention and the risk of being ubiquitous.
I have an aversion to overexposure, to people who don’t know when to stop, how to say no, choose worthwhile projects, or tone down.
I hate it when simpletons have nothing more to say to me than call me old. To me, they should die young to rid the world of shallow youth who don’t respect their elders.
I am a minimalist, I am for family, I am for God and values. Never mind if the majority think I am old-fashioned or uncool. I belong to an older generation and I respect elders like F. Sionil Jose.
That’s why I think we have to stop and listen when people like him talk.

Frankie Sionil Jose (R), flanked by Ricky de Ungria. (Photo: Butch Dalisay)

Why we are shallow
HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose (The Philippine Star)
September 12, 2011

I was visited by an old Asian friend who lived here 10 years ago. I was floored by his observation that though we have lots of talented people, as a whole, we continue to be shallow.

Recently, I was seated beside former Senator Letty Shahani, PhD in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne, watching a medley of Asian dances. The stately and classical Japanese number with stylized movements which perhaps took years to master elicited what seemed to me grudging applause. Then, the Filipino tinikling which any one can learn in 10 minutes; after all that energetic jumping, an almost standing ovation. Letty turned to me and asked, “Why are we so shallow?”

Yes, indeed, and for how long?

This is a question which I have asked myself, which I hope all of us should ask ourselves every so often. Once we have answered it, then we will move on to a more elevated sensibility. And with this sensibility, we will then be able to deny the highest positions in government to those nincompoops who have nothing going for them except popularity, what an irresponsible and equally shallow media had created. As my foreign friend said, there is nothing to read in our major papers.

Again, why are we shallow?

There are so many reasons. One lies in our educational system which has diminished not just scholarship but excellence. There is less emphasis now on the humanities, in the study of the classics which enables us to have a broader grasp of our past and the philosophies of this past. I envy those Hindus and Buddhists who have in their religion philosophy and ancestor worship which build in the believer a continuity with the past, and that most important ingredient in the building of a nation — memory.

Sure, our Christian faith, too, has a philosophical tradition, particularly if we connect it to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Remember, the first Bible was in Greek. But Greek, Latin and the classics in these languages are no longer taught in our schools the way these are still studied in many universities in Europe.

We are shallow because we are mayabang, ego driven, and do not have the humility to understand that we are only human, much too human to mistake knowledge for wisdom. We can see this yabang in some of our public commentators, particularly on TV — the know-it-alls who think that because they have so much knowledge — available now on the Web at the click of a button — they can answer every question posed to them. What they do not realize is that knowledge is not wisdom. Until they recognize that important if sometimes awful difference, they will continue to bluster their way to the top at our expense because we, the people, will then have to suffer their arrogance and ignorance.

We are shallow because with this arrogance, we accept positions far beyond our competence. Because there is no critical tradition in this country — a tradition which will easily separate the chaff from the grain, we cannot recognize fakery from the real goods. That outstanding scholar, Wilfredo Villacorta, is a rare bird indeed; when offered a high position in government, he refused it because he knew he was not qualified for the job. Any other mayabang academic would have grabbed it although he knows he can’t handle it. And so it happens always — the nitwits who hold such high positions stubbornly hold on to their posts, bamboozling their subordinates who may be brighter than them for that is the only way those who are inferior feel they can have respect.

On the other hand, the intelligent person will be aware of his shortcomings. He does not hesitate to ask the opinion of those who know more than him on particular subjects. If he is a government hierarch, he will surround himself with advisers who he knows can supply him with guidance and background possessing as they do more knowledge, experience and wisdom than him. Such an official is bound to commit fewer mistakes because he knows himself.

We are shallow because we lack this most important knowledge — who we are and the limits to what we can do.

We also lack the perception, and the courage, for instance, to deny these religious quacks and the thousands who listen and believe in them. Sure, religion is the opium of the masses as Marx said. So then, how can we prevent the masa from taking this poison without recognizing their right to make fools of themselves? Again, shallowness because the good people are silent. Ubi boni tacent, malum prosperat. Where good men are silent, evil prospers.

This shallowness is the impediment to prosperity, to justice, and men of goodwill should emphasize this, take risks even in doing so. As the late Salvador P. Lopez said, “It is better to be silenced than to be silent.”

We are shallow because our media are so horribly shallow. Every morning, I peruse the papers and there is so little to read in them. It is the same with radio — all that noise, that artifice.

I turn on the TV on prime time and what do I get? Five juvenile commentators gushing over the amors of movie stars, who is shacking up with whom. One of the blabbering panelists I distinctly remember was caught cheating some years back at some movie award. How could she still be on TV after that moral destruct? And the telenovelas, how utterly asinine, bizarre, foolish, insipid moronic and mephitic they are! And there are so many talented writers in our vernaculars and in English as the Palanca Awards show every year — why aren’t they harnessed for TV? Those TV moguls have a stock answer — the ratings of these shows are very high. Popularity not quality is their final arbiter. They give our people garbage and they are now giving it back to all of us in kind! So I must not be blamed if, most of the time, I turn on BBC. Aljazeera, rather than the local TV channels. It is such a pleasure to read The New York Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the Washington Post, to listen to “Fresh Air” on US public radio and public TV where my ever-continuing thirst for knowledge (and good entertainment) is quenched.

We are shallow because we don’t read. I go to the hospital on occasion — the long corridor is filled with people staring into the cosmos. It is only I who have brought a book or a magazine. In Japanese cities, in Korea — in the buses and trains, young and old are reading, or if they are not holding books and magazines, they are glued to their iPhones where so much information is now available.

In these countries and in Western cities, the bookshops are still full, but not so much anymore because the new communications technologies are now available to their masa. How I wish my tiny bookshop or any Filipino bookshop for that matter would be filled with people. I’ll make an exception here: BookSale branches are always full because their books are very cheap. But I would still ask: what kind of books do Filipinos buy?

We are shallow because we have become enslaved by gross materialism, the glitter of gold and its equivalents, for which reason we think that only the material goods of this earth can satisfy us and we must therefore grab as much as can while we are able. Enjoy all these baubles that we have accumulated; sure, it is pleasurable to possess such artifacts that make living trouble free. And that old anodyne: “Man does not live by bread alone,” who are the thinking and stubborn few who believe in it?

I hope that those who read this piece still do.

Kidrobot x Swatch hits Manila this weekend

Swatch teams up with art toy, clothing and lifestyle brand Kidrobot, to create a collection of eight new Swatch Gents launching this September 17, 2011 at the Ronac Art Center.

Swatch x Kidrobot

Eight artists have contributed to the new collection, with each watch accompanied by a complimentary Dunny.
Dunny is Kidrobot’s iconic and highly collectible bunny-like vinyl toy that serves as a customizable canvas for artists.
These are (from L-R) Swatch-Ski Instructor by Frank Kozik, Swatch-Shout Out by MAD, and Swatch-Midnight Magi by Gary Baseman

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Swatch-Love Song by Tilt and Swatch-Bengali by Joe Ledbetter

kidrobot x swatch

Swatch-The So Far Away by Jeremyville, Swatch-The Eyes Are Watching by Tara McPherson, and Swatch-Tic Tic Boom by SSUR©

kidrobot x swatch

Following the launch of Kidrobot x Swatch this Saturday, the collection will be available at Swatch stores in SM Megamall, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 5 and Trinoma; SWATCH Kiosks in SM Mall of Asia, SM City North EDSA, SM City Davao, Glorietta 3, Rockwell Power Plant Mall, Greenhills V-Mall, Shangri-La Plaza, Robinsons Place, Ermita, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Festival Mall and Ayala Center, Cebu; and HOLE IN THE WALL Shops in Alabang Town Center and Ayala Marquee Mall, Angeles, Pampanga.

Win a limited edition vintage Vespa from Yellow Cab Pizza

Yellow Cab marks ten years of Great Pizza by giving away 10 limited edition vintage Italian Vespas, through a grand anniversary celebration called One Great Decade, One Great Vesparade.
Yellow Cab customers get a chance win one of 10 Vespa scooters from July 1 to September 30, 2011 just by spending a minimum of Php 500 on dine-in, takeout, or delivery at any Yellow Cab store.

Vespa Raffle Promo Pic

Each scooter bears a design, inspired by the Great Pizza experience.
The chic pistachio and pastel pink colored Vespas are reminiscent of Dear Darla, Yellow Cab’s healthy pizza option.

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Two minimalist black and white motor scooters represent Yellow Cab bestseller New York’s Finest.

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But more than irresistably delicious pizza offerings, Yellow Cab is all about the Great Pizza experience.
“We want our customers to savor the thought of digging into freshly made pizza the minute our Yellow Cab delivery Vespa zooms into their driveway with their order,” says Marketing Manager Alexandra Bustaliño.

Promo period for the first month is from July 1 to 31 with three scooters to be given away at the draw on August 10, 2011.
Raffle entries submitted from August 1 to 31 will be included in the succeeding draw to be held on September 10, where another three units will be raffled off.
The final draw for entries submitted from September 1 to 30, will be held on October 10, where the remaining four Vespas will be handed over to winners.

Yellow Cab Pizza Co. operates in five countries worldwide, with over 80 branches located in the Philippines.
To know more, go to or follow them on Twitter.
For Great Pizza Delivery 24/7, call 789-9999.

Carnival de Rainhas at Rockwell this Sunday

Enjoy great food, fun games and sweet bargains at Carnival de Rainhas, a carnival and bazaar rolled into one, presented by Regina Iustitiae Sorority this September 18, 2011 at the Rockwell Tent from 10 AM-10 PM.
More than 50 concessionaires will offer food, clothes, bags, accessories, and toys for sale; game booths, face painting, balloon twisting, glitter and henna tattoos, cotton candy, photo booth, caricature art, and tarot card reading.
Win raffle prizes, including a trip to Boracay and Yellow Cab gift certificates.

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Carnival de Rainhas or “Carnival of Queens” is an annual festival held in Bethlehem, Brazil, celebrated a month before Easter and serves as a farewell to negative experiences of the past year.
Similarly, this event serves as the sorority’s farewell to the past school year, ushering a new one in celebration of its 6th anniversary.
Being the oldest sorority in the Ateneo Law School with the most number of bar topnotchers, Regina Iustitiae’s vision is to be a catalyst for women empowerment, seeking to produce excellent women lawyers.
The sorority is proud of its annual bar operations, where it takes care of its barrister sisses by providing for reviewers, hotel accommodations, food and other needs to ensure they are successful in passing the bar.
In line with this, all proceeds of Carnival de Rainhas will benefit the bar operations.

Entrance fee: Php 100, which comes with a free game
The event is made possible through the sponsorship of Yellow Cab, Petron and Seair.

Ensembles presents Religioso collab for Holiday 2011

Known for changing the landscape of corporate wear, Ensembles continues to pioneer wearable collaborations through its Designer Series, working in the past with designers like James Reyes, Debbie Co and Louis Claparols.
Now Ensembles is proud to collaborate with designing duo Religioso for its Holiday 2011 Collection.


For Ensembles Holiday 2011 Designer Series, Religioso puts their signature pleats and bows on classic pieces that are subtle yet structured, color blocked or pleated. The collection will hit Ensembles stores on September 16.

Color Blocked Dress, P1695 Dress with Origami Detail, P1995
Two-Toned Cocktail Dress, P1895Dress with Origami Detail_red P1995
Top with Shell Pleats, P1495Top with shell Pleats_black P1495

Sisters Yvette Religioso-Ilagan and Choc Religioso-Dayrit recently celebrated their 4th anniversary in the fashion industry. They started by doing weddings in 2005 before starting their own clothing brand Religioso in 2006. Their main women’s line embodies the stylish empowered woman of the new millennium, inspired by genteel well-dressed women of the past. This makes Ensembles and Religioso a perfect tandem: female, flattering, empowering, timeless.

Choc and Yvette

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