Miss Universe candidates who don’t stand a chance
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Only six days to go before Miss Philippines takes home the crown. That depends on how she answers in the Q&A portion, because I am 99% sure she will get into the Top 5.

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That’s because of Miss Philippines’ winning streak during the last three years.
In 2010, Venus Raj finished 4th Runner-Up.
In 2011, Shamcey Supsup won 3rd Runner-Up.
In 2012, Janine Tugonon nearly brought home the crown at 1st Runner-Up.

Miss Philippines

If the lucky streak continues, then the only way is up!

Miss Philippines 2013, Ariella Arida

I’m not a huge Miss Universe watcher. I turn off the TV when Philippines is out of the race.
In my years of watching though, I’m not a good judge of who’s going to win because Miss Universe standards are different from my own.
Some believe there is a lucky formula, such as a certain hairstyle, hairline, height, body type, even the cut of the gown.
Taking those into consideration, I think I can predict those who will not win Miss Universe this year.
Based on the hair, these candidates are out:

Because you can’t win with Miley Cyrus hair, Miss Switzerland.
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The Taras Bulba dilemma: The hair does not match the extension.

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L-R: Miss Lithuania, Miss Chile

Puson factor: Miss Ethiopia

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Bawal ang baduy: L-R: Miss Azerbaijan, Miss Aruba
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Miss Haiti, Miss Slovenia
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Miss Mexico, Miss Guam
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Miss Brazil, Miss Canada
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Actually most of the gowns are so bad, I am hard pressed to find a decent gown.
Even Miss Philippines (L) and Miss Japan have unflattering gowns.

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As for the most decent gowns, I’d go with Miss Australia (L) and Miss Singapore

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With so many talented Filipino designers, I wonder why Ariella Arida has to wear that washboard gown to the most important competition of her life?
Seriously, Megan Young had a better fighting chance with this gown. Let’s cross our fingers.


Sensorium: Media/Art Kitchen Manila opens at Ayala Museum
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To celebrate 40 years of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, Media/Art Kitchen Manila will open the exhibition component of Sensorium at the Ayala Museum on November 7, 2013, Thursday at 6 PM.
A series of performances will feature Singaporean artist Bani Haykal and local artists Caliph8, Mannet Villariba, Mel Araneta, Paolo Garcia (Pasta Groove) and Erick Calilan.
The exhibition will run until November 24, 2013.

Bani Haykal


The exhibit will showcase the work of Japanese and Southeast Asian artists like Kenichi Hagihara, Takashi Makino, mamoru, Yuichiro Tamura, Tetsuya Umeda, Lyota Yagi (Japan), lifepatch, Anggun Priambodo (Indonesia), Fairuz Sulaiman (Malaysia), Ringo Bunoan, Kawayan De Guia, Tad Ermitano, Liby Limoso, Manny Montelibano, Renan Ortiz, Maria Rosalie Zerrudo (Philippines), Chulayarnnon Siriphol (Thailand), and Bruce Quek (Singapore).

Kenichi Hagihara

Takashi Makino
Takashi Makino


Tesuya Umeda
Tetsuya Umeda

Lyota Yagi

Fairuz Sulaiman

Bruce Quek

Tad Ermitaño
Tad Ermitano

Laboratories (Green Papaya Art Projects, 98B), workshops/talks (Benilde School of Design & Arts), as well as performances (Escolta) and screenings (FDCP Cinematheque Baguio/IloIlo/Davao) are also scheduled this month until November 24. 2013.

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Stay Curious: Lee Spring/Summer 2014
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Lee Jeans Philippines recently showcased its Spring/Summer 2014 collection at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium, which was transformed into a street scene with the audience right at the heart it.

Lee denim show

Pieces highlighted denim engineering, together with colorful pieces inspired by digital technology.
The collection also featured Union Made Lee101+ which celebrates the brand’s signature denim pieces.
Models wore Lee’s Stretch Deluxe jeans, made of quality Italian fabric with improved stretchability and an enhanced shape recovery for a leaner, more flattering fit.

Lee denim show
Lee denim show
Lee denim show
Lee denim show
Lee denim show
Lee denim show
Lee denim show

One of the highlights of the show was the presentation of capsule collections from the Lee Style Army 2013, featuring the work of talented students from all over the country.


This year’s winning team is Team Futurama/I Am A Futurist, composed of Nazer Molina (UST), Van Oscar Tabaloc (UP-Cebu) and Paulina Raymundo (DLS-CSB) for fashion design and John Karunungan (SoFA) for styling.


Student models brought life to the collections, with Lin Villacorta (UP-Diliman) and Arwin Villafuerte (DLSU) emerging as this year’s winners.

Lee winners

To celebrate 125 years of Lee Jeans, a denim exhibit highlighted the works of brand influencers: artist Leeroy New, Turbo Goth vocals Sarah Gaugler, muralist Deejae Pa’este, accessory designer Paul Jatayna, fashion designer Jerome Lorico, ProFormula Racer and designer Mark Bumgarner, and sister IndyCar racer, Michele Bumgarner.

Part of the celebration of its 125 year milestone, Lee also showcased a Denim Exhibit

To see more, follow Lee Jeans on Facebook.

VIDEO: Oishi’s big surprise from #TeamO #JeepO
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In my family, I was once voted most difficult to gift. Not my mom, not my dad. Me.
The truth is, I’m not that difficult to find a present for. Just give me something cute that I’ve never had. Such what landed at our front door today—a giant sack of Oishi chips!

Giant Oishi bag

I swear, Christmas isn’t complete without Oishi. Every year I look forward to their holiday Cuckoo bag, which are great for gift-giving
Oishi Cuckoo bag 2010

We don’t eat them everyday, but let’s get real: chips are nice to have around the house for a quick fix. Especially when everyone’s asleep. Nothing wrong in indulging every now and then.


One time, Oishi sent a giant pea and pork woven bags made of recycled materials


One bag had pork-based chips


and the other had the phenomenal vegetarian chicharon, which you must try if you still haven’t


Another time they sent a box of chips, taller than my 6-foot husband

From Oishi
From Oishi

Let’s just say it’s always fun when the Oishi truck comes around

I always love when the Oishi truck comes around
Oishi Christmas
Guests took home Oishi goodie bags filled with their favorite Prawn Crackers.

But nothing tops this giant Oishi bag we haven’t opened yet.
My son is such a ham. Just look at him.

Giant Oishi bag

Oishi recently launched an adorable new commercial featuring Team O’s Elmo Magalona, Ramon Bautista and Slater Young.
Watch what happens when they surprise unsuspecting jeepney riders around Metro Manila. Love this!

Special thanks to Franco Santos of Bridges PR for sending the surprise 🙂

Franco Santos in Oishi
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