BlackBerry PlayBook here on August 6th

Research In Motion has announced that the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet will be available in the Philippines from August 6, 2011.
It will come in three Wi-Fi® models, featuring 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of memory storage, and will be available nationwide from authorized retail stores and mobile operators with a 12-month warranty.
“The BlackBerry PlayBook is an incredibly powerful and feature-rich tablet that is ideal for both business and personal use,” said Gregory Wade, Regional Managing Director at Research In Motion.  
“You really need to hold the BlackBerry PlayBook in your hand to fully appreciate how much it stands out in terms of power and portability, and so we encourage customers to visit a retail store and try it out for themselves,” added Wade.

Blackberry PlayBook Tablet

The BlackBerry PlayBook features an ultra-portable design and delivers industry leading performance, uncompromised web browsing with support for Adobe® Flash®, true multitasking, HD multimedia, advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a robust development environment.

Specifications include:
• 7″ 1024×600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
• Ultra-portable at less than a pound and less than one-half inch thick: 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4” (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
• 1 GHz dual-core processor
• BlackBerry® Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
• MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
• Support for high resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG4, WMV) 1080p HDMI output
• Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front and 5MP rear)
• 1 GB RAM memory
• Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models)
• GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
• Stereo speakers and stereo microphones
• Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity
• Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support

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What they wore to the Preview Ball

Weeks before the Preview Ball, friends were already asking me what to wear to the Coco Banana-themed party.
I am proud to say I was able to set foot in Coco Banana before it finally closed its doors in the late ’80s.
Unfortunately wala nang tao when we went there in our ’80s attire. All I remember were the disco balls and lights, bleacher seats, a couple of (real) dogs, and small paper money used as club currency.
Last July 8, 2011, the Preview Best Dressed Ball was held at Seventh High in Bonifacio High Street.

Bianca Gonzales, Raymond Gutierrez, Anne Curtis, Erwan Heussaff, Laureen Uy, Liz Uy
L-R: Bianca Gonzales, Raymond Gutierrez, Anne Curtis, Erwan Heussaff, Laureen Uy, Liz Uy

Preview editor-in-chief Pauline Suaco-Juan said, “Indeed, many Preview readers are oblivious to the ’70s and its icons because they hadn’t been born.” Still they opted for a camp theme, Coco Banana, “which was touted as the Studio 54 of the Philippines,” Pauline said.

Bea Soriano and Isabelle Daza
Bea Soriano and Isabelle Daza

Hosted by Georgina Wilson, the Ball began with Pauline giving a toast to the ten best-dressed ladies in the country: fashion bloggers Camille Co and Laureen Uy, jeweler Lucille Dizon, actresses Mylene Dizon and Iza Calzado, retailers Anne Gonzales, Penny Ngu, and Keri Zamora, model Pauline Prieto, and designer Charina Sarte.
And in true Preview fashion, the rest of the night was devoted to a night of fashion, dancing, and intense partying.

Keri and Francis Zamora

Andi Eigenmann
Few months pregnant Andi Eigenmann

Geneva Cruz
Geneva Cruz

Divine Lee
Divine Lee

The Preview Best-Dressed Ball was co-presented by Emporio Armani and Plains & Prints, and made possible by Havaianas, Michael Antonio, Blackberry. Preview’s July Best Dressed issue, with Iza Calzado on the cover, is out in stands now.

Preview July Cover

Read about the legendary Coco Banana here.

How to design a Royal Pen

I must be living under a rock. I didn’t even know Prince Albert of Monaco already got married last July 1st. I thought I would see it live on CNN. It is now three weeks later and I haven’t seen any wedding photos up until now.
So many details go into a royal wedding and what commoners like us don’t know, is that even the pen is thought of. You can’t get married to a prince and use a Bic ballpen.
Come to think of it, I wonder what kind of pen we used when we got married?
For the wedding of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco to Charlene Wittstock, Montblanc created a one-of-a-kind writing instrument, a Création Privée from the Artisan Atelier Hamburg.
It was used by the couple on their wedding day as they made their lifelong commitment to each other.

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The intricate writing instrument was inspired by architectural elements of the Palais Princier and the Principality Flag, embellished with precious stones and the monogram of the Princely Couple.


The unique fountain pen is made of solid white gold. The cap and barrel is engraved with a rhomb-shaped pattern and set with 161 rubies and 128 diamonds, reflecting the royal occasion and the colors of the Monegasque State.


The largest stone to adorn the writing instrument is a ruby in rhomb cut set on the clip.
The 18K gold nib is engraved with a dove, rings and crown—all meaningful symbols of this state union.
As with all its creations, the Montblanc emblem adorns the top of the cap, this time in mother-of-pearl, reflecting the rarity of this piece and representing the future prosperity of the Princely Couple.


Following the wedding day, this unique writing instrument becomes a memento of a special occasion in European history, and a personal treasure for the newlyweds.

Montblanc is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-la and at Newport Mall, Resorts World.

The best steak in town

Pepper Lunch aside, Jeroen’s favorite steak is hands down, Mamou.

Mamou steak

For me, it’s Tsukiji’s Wagyu Ohmi Beef, which I can have only once in ten years because it’s so bloody expensive.
So when my friend Abet invited us to her birthday treat, I was really just hoping to have the best kani salad in the world (Pepper Lunch aside).

Best kani salad, Tsukiji

But then Abet mentioned wagyu—say what? I couldn’t refuse. I seriously thought four of us were gonna share one order—we had four orders of wagyu.
I was shocked when four orders of steak were brought to the table! I was also in heaven. I broke my no meat diet and gave in to steak, rice, and Coke.


These were my lunch dates: Tina, who isn’t a Coke drinker, ends up ordering Coke whenever she sees me.


Patty is a Simple Girl with perfect ponytail and Longchamp Pliage tote. Kulang na lang hand sanitizer! (And iced tea )


Here’s the generous celebrant


And once again, Patty, who is simply chica.


I treasure times with my girl friends as much as my gay friends. Thank you Abet for the wonderful treat.

Tsukiji Japanese restaurant is at the Milky Way Building, Pasay Road corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati
Tel. 843-4285 or 812-2913.

Who do you choose to be?

Find out from Smart C+’s new generation of movers and shakers: Anton del Rosario, Divine Lee, RJ Ledesma, Liz Uy, and Rissa Mananquil
Designed for multi-tasking individuals on-the-go, Smart C+ is a revolutionary vitamin-powered drink made with real fruit juice and pure vitamins, minus colorings, preservatives, and additives.
Each 500 ml bottle delivers 500 mg worth of Vitamin C, known to be beneficial in strengthening the immune system, supporting the metabolism, restoring energy and repairing vital cells and tissues from day to day stress.

To know more about your Smart C+ ambassadors, click here.

Ed Westwick on CNN’s Talk Asia

Five years of playing American bad boy “Chuck Bass” on “Gossip Girl” have made British actor Ed Westwick one of the biggest names on US television. Talk Asia sits down with the 24-year-old to discuss the popularity of the show, how he nearly missed out on his career-making role and he shares his experiences of working with some Hollywood’s biggest names.


“Gossip Girl”is shot on location in the heart of New York City and is based on a popular series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar that explore the lives of a group of privileged adolescents. The show’s popularity has seen its stars become idols across the globe. But for Westwick, a problem with his working visa nearly saw the actor dropped from the show before it even started. He recalls how he felt as his nervously waited for the go-ahead.
“I don’t think I allowed myself to panic too much, because if I would have done, I don’t know, the whole world would have crumbled down around me. Fortunately what happened is I had a fantastic immigration lawyer, who met me in Toronto, which is apparently the place you go to get quickie visas!”


Born and bred in the U.K., Westwick’s first acting role was in the 2006 British film “Breaking and Entering” directed by the late Anthony Mingella. He says the experience was invaluable and exciting.
“All of a sudden you are 17-years old and you find yourself on this film set with an Oscar winning director, and film stars like Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Ray Winstone and Robin Wright Penn. And it was just like this is pretty cool, everyone is super nice and it’s fantastic. And you’re just like, wow, this is great. It’s summer and I’m 17, turning 18 on set, and they bought me an iPod for my birthday.”

The 24-year old is also a singer in the band “The Filthy Youth” but has had to put his musical aspirations on hold after moving to New York.  But Westwick won’t rule out a musical career in the future.  “We get inspired for films through music.  You only have to look at Quentin Tarantino, who said that whenever he is having an idea for a film what he does is he will go through his record collection… I don’t feel like anyone should have any reservations about pursuing one art form just because they are established in an another.”

Highlights of Ed Westwick’s interview with TALK ASIA will be available online at after the first airing.

Show times:
Wednesday: 0930 GMT (1730 Hong Kong)
Thursday: 0330 GMT (1130 Hong Kong)
Saturday: 0800 GMT (1600 Hong Kong)
Saturday: 1600 GMT (0000 Hong Kong)
Sunday: 0830 GMT (1630 Hong Kong)
Monday: 0200 GMT (1000 Hong Kong)
Monday: 0730 GMT (1530 Hong Kong)

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