Twinkle Ferraren x Freeway for Summer 2012

This Summer 2012, Freeway collaborates once again with swimwear designer Twinkle Ferraren, whose collection features handwoven strips of swimsuit fabric.
On her third collaboration with Freeway, Twinkle says, “It’s a fusion of different visions, aesthetics and styles. I describe this collection as ‘feminine in action’. It features handwoven braids, weave designs and appliqués in sporty, active silhouettes with feminine details.”

Freeway Swimwear 2012 Poster

Twinkle says she was inspired by our local weavers, the intricate patterns they create, and the passion that comes with it.
With a keen understanding of what women want, her collection doesn’t sacrifice style and femininity no matter how active or sporty their lifestyle.
“More and more women are getting into sports, being active and keeping healthy through dance, sports and water activities. It’s great to see some feminine details especially in swimwear,” she added.
“As a designer, it is both a task and an honor to bring to light a person’s inner beauty and unique personality whenever she wears my creations.”

Gold One-shoulder maillot with crochet detail (Php 1,295)

Top: White with crochet detail (Php 795) • Bottom: Black with crochet detail (Php 645) • White Cover up

Top: Mustard with crochet detail (Php 795) • Bottom: Blue with crochet detail (Php 645)

One-piece (Php 1,295)

To complement the sporty chic swimwear collection by Twinkle Ferraren, Freeway showcases wide array of cover-ups, hyper-bright summer dresses, flirty tops and flattering bottoms to make you stand out this summer season.

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Swatch, Stars and Swag at Salon de Ning

Last March 15, the Peninsula Manila’s Salon de Ning was transformed into Swatchville, as each room was decorated to complement the latest Swatch collections.
Dressed just like French fine artist Fafi, Alodia Gosiengfiao held court in a room illuminated with blacklights and fluorescent doodles.


Alodia Gosienfiao dressed as Fafi

Another room highlighted the Dragon Swatch, in commemoration of Chinese New Year


This is where guests, including Anne Curtis, had their fortunes told

Anne Curtis gets her fortune told

A third room was decked in black and white, just like the new Lorenzo Petrantoni Swatches

Petrantoni room

A fourth room in gold was inspired by the Swatch Chrono Golden Block Collection.

Rowell Santiago, Derek Ramsay, Anne Curtis, James Locsin, Matteo Guidicelli
L-R: Rowell Santiago, Derek Ramsay, Anne Curtis, Swatch Brand Manager James Locsin, and Matteo Guidicelli

Matteo Guidicelli gave away dragon plush toys and Year of the Dragon Swatches to best-dressed guests, such as Henny Zobel.

Matteo Guidicelli awards best-dressed Henny Zobel

Myx Awards’ Best New Artist, Zia Quizon opened with an apt song—Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time, accompanied by Robby Mananquil on guitar.

Wearing Petrantoni Swatches, Christian Bautista sang a duet with girlfriend Carla Dunareanu.

Singing couple Carla Dunreanu and Christian Bautista duet while wearing Swatch x Petrantoni watches

Chris Tiu wore the 1st prize entry of the 7th Annual Chinese New Year Art Competition of the Philippine Star and Swatch.

Chris Tiu

Guest enjoyed champagne, wine, and halo-halo lambanog with salmon burgers topped with little Philippine Star flags, beef burgers with XO sauce from the Peninsula Hong Kong, crab caviar beggars’ purses, Aussie blue cheese and truffle honey on walnut toast with Peninsula Hong Kong’s Spring Moon walnuts, Peking duck salad on crispy wontons, foie gras pot stickers, gold-dusted beef samosas, Shanghai noodles, and baked Alaska.

Virgie Ramos and Teddy Boy Locsin
Swatch Philippines President Virgie Ramos with Teddy Boy Locsin

Milette, Miguel and Regina Belmonte
Milette, Miguel and Regina Belmonte of Philippine STAR

Don Jaime and Doña Bea Zobel with granddaughters Cristina, Henny, Natasha and Beatriz
Don Jaime and Doña Bea Zobel with granddaughters Cristina, Henny, Natasha, Sylvia and Beatriz

Natasha, Cristina and Sylvia Zobel
Natasha, Cristina and Sylvia Zobel try on the bright colors of the Swatch New Gent lacquered collection

A toast from Swatch Philippines President Virgie Ramos (center) with Christian Bautista, Carla Dunareanu, Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay, Chris Tiu, Zia Quizon, Alodia Gosiengfiao and Matteo Guidicelli

The night evening ended with music by Jay-R and DJ Callum, Swatch x STAR loot bags, and puffy souvenir throw pillows printed with the Swatch faces—guess who took them home?

All my throw pillows

Thank you, Tita Virgie!

Updated: How to win one of five Nutrilite weight loss packages

Some people are naturally thin and some of us have to work for it.
You’d be surprised what some people go through to maintain their bodies. Besides the usual diet and exercise, many turn to supplements and meal replacements to achieve their ideal weight.
Do you want to lose a few pounds this summer? How about a giveaway to to help you jumpstart your weight loss?

I’m giving away five of these NUTRILITE Trim Down packs to five lucky readers.
Product Pack

It includes four basic products:

1) Nutrilite Positrim Protein Bar
Packed with 22 grams of protein, full of ready-to-go energy and with all the right nutrients for an active lifestyle. Each sugar-free bar contains only 250 calories.


A unique blend that combines the minerals chromium and vanadium with a special blend of herbs to help your body metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein. It plays an important role in activating key enzymes involved in fat metabolism and gives your weight management program some extra help.


3) Nutrilite Positrim Drink Mix (Dutch Cocoa Flavor)
Substitute your meal with one packet: Just add water and shake up a glassful of energy and good nutrition.
Each packet makes a complete nutritious meal that provides a carefully considered formula of fats, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.


4) Nutrilite Carb Blocker
The first and only supplement that provides an exclusive blend of natural plants extracts that blocks both sugars and starches which can help you lose weight. Lab tests show that a three-tablet serving of Carb Blocker taken with a high-carb meal, can help block up to 500 carbohydrate calories—without depriving your body of vitamins, minerals and fibers. Lose calories, not nutrients.


Each NUTRILITE’s Trim Down package also includes a tape measure and meal planner to keep track of your weight loss.
And it’s worth Php 6,840 at Amway Philippines (call 814-8181).
However, since you’ve read this far, you must be interested in winning one of five Nutrilite packages we’re giving away in this simple promo.

1) Contest runs from today, March 20, 2012 to March 30, 2012.
2) To join, you must have a Philippine address (for delivery purposes) and a Facebook account.
3) You must also “Like” the Amway Nutrilite page on Facebook.
4) Register HERE and answer the simple question: Who is your thinspiration* and why?
5) Winners will be announced on Saturday, March 31, 2012 on and Amway Nutrilite’s Facebook page. Winners will also be informed via email and Facebook.

*Thinspiration: a person who inspires you to lose weight.

The Secret of Magnum’s success

The secret of Magnum’s success in the Philippines doesn’t lie solely on the velvety, smooth and creamy ice cream coated with a thick layer of cracking real Belgian chocolate.
A lot of it has to do with its selection of Magnum ambassadors, who have 1.8 million Twitter followers among the six of them.
Though the total may be 2/3 of Anne Curtis Smith’s current following, the number is still significant. For as soon as the ambassadors got the go signal, they began a Twitter hashtag that immediately trended.
Soon, followers all over the country were rushing to their nearest convenience stores to buy one or all three flavors—Classic, Almond, and Chocolate Truffle.
Magnum Ice Cream - Classic - Almond - Chocolate Truffle

Eager tasters photographed their loot, tweeted it, and posted pictures of themselves on Facebook with the ice cream bar. While thousands joined in the bandwagon, some were annoyed with the trending of what they called “the social climber’s ice cream.”


Led by main endorser Solenn Heussaff (a.k.a. the triple threat of singing, acting and painting), the ambassadors were composed of her brother, food blogger Erwan Heussaff (a.k.a. main squeeze of Manila’s darling Anne Curtis), celebrity stylist Liz Uy, socialite and hostess with the mostest Tessa Prieto Valdes, fashion designer Rajo Laurel, and creative consultant Raymond Gutierrez.

L-R: Erwann Heussaff, Liz Uy, Raymond Gutierrez, Solenn Heusaff, Rajo Laurel, Tessa Valdes

Last March 14, 2012, all that tweeting and ice cream hoarding led to a huge VIP party staged by Robby Carmona and SAGA Events at Whitespace.
After a nice dinner at Mangetsu on Jupiter Street, my friends and I headed over to Pasong Tamo extension, which was unusually slowed down by traffic. After all the crowd that attended was estimated between 700-800 guests.
A massive letter M greeted us at the driveway, which had, on the left, the longest red carpet and step and repeat (photo wall) known to Manila.

Magnum launch

Magnum launch

To the right, tons of photographers, cameramen and lenses waiting for guests to arrive.

Magnum launch

The first guest I spotted was ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio, whom I never see in product launches, so my impression was, woah, this is HUGE.

Charo Santos Concio

Not wishing to be photographed, my friends and I slipped behind the photographers and watched the people enter from the sideline. (We also turned down an opportunity to be photographed at the throne.)
On the red carpet: Magnum Global Team (L-R) Jessica O’Donell, Sophie Galvani, Mick Van Ettinger, May Suenikom, Vanessa Caralps

Magnum Global Team: Standing from L: Jessica O’Donell, Sophie Galvani, Vanessa Caralps; Seated: Mick Van Ettinger, May Suenikom

Divine Lee and Victor Basa

Divine Lee and Victor Basa

Meagan Young

Megan Young

Lauren Young

Lauren Young

Ces Olondriz, Nicole Andersson and Xeng Zulueta

Ces Olondriz, Nicole Andersson and Xeng Zulueta

Pia Magalona and Pia Guanio

Pia Magalona and Pia Guanio

Kim Chiu

Kim Chiu

Marco Lobregat

Marco Lobregat

Bianca Gonzalez and Magnum Brand Manager Jean Madrid


Unilever-RFM CEO & Managing Director John Concepcion with Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Peachy Concepcion

Unilever-RFM Chairman and Managing Director John Concepcion, Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Peachy Concepcion

When the five brand ambassadors arrived in gray Jaguars, pandemonium ensued—among photographers, that is. That was our cue to enter the party venue, which was wrapped in video screens.
We watched as they projected Solenn Heussaff arriving in a hot red Ferrari driven by Autostrada Motore Inc.’s Executive Director, Marc Soong.

Magnum launch

Magnum launch

The Techy Romantics warmed up the party before TV commercials were screened and the ambassadors individually introduced onstage, Robby Carmona-style.

Rajo Laurel and models Olivia and Marie Ann Umali
Rajo Laurel with models Olivia and Marie Ann Umali

Models came out in black tie opening bars of Magnum

Lance Howard and models

Then a video featuring Solenn Heussaff

She finally emerged singing with backup dancers as trays of Magnum ice cream were served to guests.


When German DJ Kid Fresh started to play his set, that was our cue to go home and leave the dancing to the youngsters. That was 10:30 PM.
Finally, this video by captures the mood.

Magnum Ice Cream is a collaboration between Unilever and RFM, mother company of local dairy giant Selecta. Through its many years in the Philippine market, Selecta Ica Cream has consistently been a major industry player—a position that will certainly be cemented with this major launch.

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