Call for entries: Project Runway Season 3

Project Runway Philippines Season 3 is now searching for the next big Filipino fashion designer.
Set to premiere on ETC in February 2012, model Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales takes over as host for the new season.
Joining her are returning judges, designer Rajo Laurel and top model Apples Aberin, and designer/mentor Jojie Lloren, faculty head of the Asian Institute of Fashion.
From L-R: Rajo Laurel, Apples Aberin, Jojie Lloren, Tweetie de Leon

Awaiting the winner of Project Runway Philippines are a 10-page fashion spread in Mega magazine, Php 500,000 in cash, a start-up business package of 10 sewing machines, a short-term fashion design course at a top European fashion school, a two-month apprenticeship with Asian Institute of Fashion’s top industry professionals, and a full scholarship for a 4-year AB Fashion Design program at the Asian Institute of Fashion at iACADEMY.

Auditions for Project Runway Philippines Season 3 begins this month at:
• Pryce Plaza Hotel, Carmen Hill, Cagayan De Oro City from August 20-21, 2011
• Marco Polo Hotel, Lahug, Cebu from August 27-28, 2011
• Hotel Supreme, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City from Sept. 3-4, 2011
• Jungle Gym, Kamagong Street, Makati City from Sept. 6-7, 2100

Applicants must be at least 21 years old, Filipino citizens, and bring with their portfolio including three completed outfits of his/her own design.

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila welcomes new GM

MANILA, Philippines—Richard Simmons has been formally announced as the new General Manager of Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila. Richard comes to the Philippines from China, where he held the position of Hotel Manager of Grand Hyatt Macau which opened in October 2009.

Richard started his career in the hotel industry with the Hyatt International in Sydney, Australia in 1986.
After completing an intensive Management Training Programme in Hyatt Regency Dubai in September 1990, Richard pursued his hotel career with various roles in Rooms Division and Sales and Marketing.
Since 1994, Richard has remained in Asia with senior appointments in Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Macau and now, the Philippines.
His commitment and dedication has gained him over 20 years of rich experience working for the Hyatt brand.

Richard Simmons, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila's New General Manager

The Australian national looks forward to the new challenges ahead, most especially with the support of the team behind Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila.
It’s not his first time to be posted in the Philippines. Between 2004 and 2007, Richard made a career move to Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts which brought him to Beijing and Mactan Island, Cebu.
“I am excited to be back in the Philippines. I had the privilege to experience the world renowned Filipino hospitality and it is always an honor to return to a country where people are genuinely friendly and naturally hospitable, on every level. To be part of the wonderful team of Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is brilliant and I am inspired everyday by my colleagues,” shares Richard.
“I am eager to catch up with old friends and make new friends here in Manila. I look forward to being part of the dynamic hospitality industry in Manila and to actively contribute to the growth of tourism in the Philippines and the exciting Manila Bay area.”

Dissecting the Real Housewives of New York

I’ve been watching Real Housewives of New York since the beginning up to its fourth season, which ended recently with two reunion episodes.
I read on Twitter that Part 2 of the reunion was especially toxic, and true enough, it was one of the most stressful 65 minutes of television I have ever seen.
I watched it in the wee hours of the morning by myself and halfway through I wanted to cry at how mean these women are to each other.

From L-R: Cindy Barshop, Kelly Killoren-Bensimon, Jill Zarin, LuAnn de Lesseps, Andy Cohen, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Alex McCord (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/Bravo)

Here’s what I thought of each housewife while watching the final episode:

1) I hate LuAnn the most. She is a mean girl, the Queen Bitch. I cannot stand her hair, her songs and even her chaka boyfriend (kahit na mabait). Plus points: She has a nice house at the Hamptons.
2) Jill Zarin is Mean Bitch #2. But I am partial to her because I find her the most sosy. Plus points: I love her husband Bobby. So mabait.
3) Kelly is psycho and Mean Bitch #3. I’m scared of her masculine body. Plus points: She is the prettiest and has the nicest house. At masarap siyang kakampi.
4) Cindy Barshop is just simply boring. I don’t know if she really belongs to the show. Plus points: She has good taste in art and is a hard-working woman (read: idol).
5) Ramona Singer is a train wreck and how I don’t want to grow old. I find everything about her baduy. Plus points: she seems like a good mom to Avery.
6) Sonja Morgan could be really pretty in a Lauren Hutton/Barbra Streisand sort of way—but the way she dresses is so bastos with all her private parts hanging out. I am really scared of her old townhouse and her toaster oven. Plus points: maganda siya.
7) Alex McCord is the most kawawa. The brunettes are so mean to her, I feel so bad. Yes she is baduy but I think she is the kindest one in the cast. She just doesn’t know how to mind her own business. Plus points: payat siya.

Standing from L-R: LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan
Seated: Cindy Barshop (L) and Kelly Bensimon

While watching the last episode I started to think about grading the housewives just to see how I feel about them adds up.
I really hate LuAnn the most and think Alex is the kindest one, but according to this chart, it looks like Ramona is the one I hate the most.
Check this out: (highest score possible: 100)


What’s your opinion of the housewives and did the last show make you cringe or cry?
Who’s your favorite and who’s your hatest? Tell me in the comments section below.

Cathay Pacific scandal solved

When I first saw photos of the Cathay Pacific sex scandal, my immediate concern was safety. I mean who wants the pilot messing around with a flight attendant during a flight?
This video is in Chinese, but you get an idea.

Now Cathay Pacific has released an official statement. The incident didn’t happen during a flight (thank God) and the pilot and flight attendant are no longer connected with the airline. One wonders what kind of job they can get next?
The following statement is issued on behalf of Mr. John Slosar, Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific Airways:

Statement by Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar

12 August 2011

“I can confirm that two members of our crew shown in compromising situations in photographs published recently in Chinese-language daily newspapers are no longer employees of the company.
I can also report that we have found no evidence to suggest that the incidents happened on any of our flights while airborne.
We will now produce a report of our findings and pass it to our regulator, the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. We will continue to co-operate with the CAD as required.
I know that many people were disturbed by the damage this incident caused to the reputation of our cockpit and cabin crews, all of them serious safety and service professionals, and to the airline itself.
I want to assure the public and all of our staff that we conducted a thorough investigation into the circumstances in which the photographs were taken and published.
And I can provide further assurance that our investigation was fair, conducted without fear or favour and with no special consideration or regard for rank or position in the company.
As Chief Executive of Cathay Pacific, let me be crystal clear about one thing: I find any behaviour that recklessly soils the reputation of our company or our team members as totally unacceptable.
That’s why we moved as swiftly as we could to ascertain the facts of the case, and to take decisive action.
I appreciate that some people wish to know more details of our findings.
However, the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance strictly limits us from discussing matters between the company and individual employees.
For this reason, we cannot release information about the specific actions that have been taken by management or individual members of staff, or comment on rumours relating to individuals.
This is the law, and we must and will respect it.
But I am satisfied that the actions we have taken are the right ones and that the lessons learned will make all of us in the company even more conscious of our responsibilities under our own Code of Conduct and the privacy provisions of Hong Kong law.
Finally, I would like to thank the Cathay Pacific team for their understanding and concern as we carried out our inquiries, and also to those who conducted the investigation with diligence, determination and commitment to a fair process.”


Puey ‘fesses up in MEGA August issue

In this digital age of blogs, Twitter and Facebook, more than ever, a social media scandal can cause an individual to lose everything he/she has worked hard for.
Words of praise turn into dismay, disappointment and disassociation. Judgment is easily casted before light is shed on the issue.
Take the case of celebrity designer Puey Quiñones, who became the subject of shame and ridicule which began with a photograph of a re-tagged jacket posted all over Facebook and Twitter.

Puey Quinones_lowres

In the August Issue of MEGA, Puey opens up to Editor-in-Chief Sari Yap to talk about the incident.
“I agreed to do the interview only because of Sari,” Puey said.
It’s never easy to go public and admit your wrong deeds, but Puey braved the odds and apologized to those he let down.
In said interview, he said he didn’t want to prolong his agony and opted to apologize rather than deny the allegations.
It’s easy to create a scandal, but to erase the stigma will take time and effort to erase.
Puey may have done things wrong, but to err is human.
Coming out clean by admitting his fault is a good way to start again.
Read more about the exclusive confession of Puey Quinones in the August Issue of MEGA Magazine with the Maricar Reyes on the cover, out in stands now.


Update: Puey loses job once again

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