Kenneth Cobonpue opens Greenbelt showroom
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I rarely go around Makati due to traffic, so I was surprised to see that a Kenneth Cobonpue showroom had popped out in a very visible area like Greenbelt Residences. Finally we can see his body of work without having to fly to Cebu or go to Manila FAME.
There’s a show window at Pasay Road and there’s a more private entrance from inside the driveway of the building.

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

Knowing Cobonpue’s reputation as a world-class designer and his prices, even I felt intimidated to enter without my friend Patrice in tow. At first the young girls working inside seemed kind of snooty that you kind of just want to walk in and hurry out. I mean, it shouldn’t hurt to smile or even greet a potential customer right?
Good thing Patrice saw her friend Roselen Ocampo who works there.

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

She was nice and welcoming that was able to ask permission to take pictures of the beautiful showroom.
Opened last October 6, 2013, the two-level showroom sits on 423 square meters of space that is a collaboration among Kenneth and his friends—designer Budji Layug and Architect Royal Pineda, with styling by J. Anton Mendoza.

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

The first thing that caught my eye was the fancy mint green tricycle by the window

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

The showroom features over fifty styles of outdoor and indoor furniture designed by Cobonpue over the last 15 years.
It includes the iconic Bloom chair in yellow

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

and the Yoda chair in red

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

Bullet day I’m going to own some Chiquita stools, cleverly made of long pieces of cork

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

These pieces would complement covered outdoor areas

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

I call this the Doña chair

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

We also love the planters

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom
Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

and this oversized ottoman

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

Kenneth Cobonpue’s Manila showroom is located at the street level of Greenbelt Residences, San Lorenzo Towers, Pasay Road corner Arnaiz Avenue, Makati.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 8 PM, and Sunday from 11 AM to 7 PM.
For inquiries email or call 576-1639 • 576-1642.

Inside Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom

How to remove an insanely huge blackhead
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“I want to work for Vicki Belo,” Mich Dulce once said.
“But why?”
“Cause I want to pop zits!” Mich said.
Don’t we all?
I get so obsessed with zit popping—when it’s especially good, I like to replay the event over and over in my head.
I know right? Abnormal.
Anyway I found this video on Facebook. It shows some girls taking out a really huge, impacted blackhead on their friend’s skin. It is so gross, more horrifying than The Conjuring.
It also reminds me of removing Cedric’s earwax in 2009—you can read about it HERE.
Meanwhile, if you think you have the stomach for it, watch this till the end.
You have been warned.

Angel Aquino co-stars in Patrick Marber’s Closer
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Red Turnip Theater announces its maiden production, a staging of Patrick Marber’s acclaimed play, Closer.
Directed by Ana Abad Santos, the cast features Angel Aquino, Bart Guingona, Cris Villonco, and Marc Abaya.
The show will run during the weekends of October.

Closer cast

After Patrick Marber debuted Closer in London in 1997, the play won him a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1998, as well as the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play when it was staged in New York in 1999. General audiences may be most familiar with the work due to its 2004 film adaptation by Mike Nichols, starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen.

The story revolves around two couples who weave in and out of each other’s orbits. It’s a study of lust, seduction, deceit, the myriad little lies we tell others (and ourselves), and the cowardice that keeps us from being honest.
Watch the trailer, directed by Marie Jamora:

The production will mark acclaimed film actress Angel Aquino’s debut in a stage play.
Aquino was most recently seen in Erik Matti’s On The Job, which debuted at the Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Bart Guingona is no stranger to the material, having directed it himself in a production several years ago.
TV and film actor Marc Abaya, son of pioneering director Marilou Diaz-Abaya and frontman of rock band Kjwan, also makes his stage debut with Closer.
And Cris Villonco is one of the founding members of Red Turnip Theater.

Closer poster

Technical Direction & Lighting Design: John Batalla
Set Design: Gino Gonzales
Sound Design: Jethro Joaquin
Costumes: Raven Ong

Tickets available at TicketWorld. Call 891-9999 or or go click HERE.
Or call 215-0788 • 0917-537-8313. Opening night tickets available only through Red Turnip.
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Lee Denim Workshop: One hot mess
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Lee Fall/Winter 2013 denim collection

Manila’s artsy hipster crowd flocked to The Fort’s hip URBN Bar to attend Lee’s Denim DIY Craftsmanship Workshop, featuring celebrities invited to showcase their personal style and passion for denim.
Seen at the scene were artist Leeroy New

sculptor-fashion designer Leeroy New

Visual and tattoo artist Sarah Gaugler

visual and tattoo artist Sarah Gaugler

Designer and muralist Deejae Paeste

designer and muralist Deejae Paeste

Fashion blogger and accessory designer Paul Jatayna

fashion blogger and accessory designer Paul Jatayna

Also present were pro formula racers Michelle Bumgarner and Mark Bumgarner and designer Jerome Lorico who created customized denim pieces using bottles of paints, threads, needles, studs, and other sewing supplies, while DJ duo Deuce Manila spun upbeat music. You can imagine one hot mess!
Host KC Montero went around the workstations, which also had actor Ruru Madrid and showbiz reporter Nelson Canlas getting their hands dirty.

KC Montero
KC Montero

Ruru Madrid and Nelson Canlas
Ruru Madrid and Nelson Canlas

Held in celebration of Lee’s landmark 125th anniversary, the activity kicked off Lee’s Style Army Competition—whose entries will be displayed in a Lee Denim Exhibit during Philippine Fashion Week this October 25, 2013, 6 PM at the Atrium, SM Mall of Asia.
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