How to celebrate Philippine Star’s 25th

It’s the Philippine Star‘s 25th anniversary this month, so lots of events are happening in the city.
You may have noticed a few billboards on Edsa celebrating the personalities behind Philippine Star, such as columnists Ting Ting Cojuangco, Lucy Torres Gomez, and Rissa Mananquil for Bench.

Tingting, Lucy, Rissa

Recently I did a photo shoot for Bench with Star columnists Adel Tamano, Quark Henares, Erwin Romulo, Jessica Zafra and Stephanie Zubiri. I think it’s coming out during the big anniversary party later this month.
Also Margarita Forés concocted two dishes especially for me and my editor/mentor Millet Mananquil.
The dishes are part of Philippine Star and Ayala Malls’ EAT Dining Festival from 8 July to 30 September 2011 only.


You can get the dish for free if you use your BPI credit card card (minimum Php 1,500 purchase at Ayala Malls) or you can order à la carte at participating restaurants.

Margarita created Queen Millet’s Bouchee ala Reine 25, a vol-au-vent (hollow case of puff pastry) with a melange of 25 creamed enoki and shimeji mushrooms spiked with champagne, watercress garlic cream, asparagus, mixed greens with white wine dressing. Available at Lusso, Greenbelt 5, Makati, for only Php 260.

Queen Millet's Bouchee ala Reine 25

For me, Margarita made Cecile’s Spaghettini ‘Il Classico ala Chuva: garlic, chilli pepper, parsley on spaghettini cooked in extra virgin olive oil and topped with bone marrow. 
Available at CIBO Greenbelt 5, Glorietta 4, and Trinoma only.
Php 208 for a single order and Php 365 for La Famiglia.

Cecile's Spaghettini 'Il Classico ala Chuva

Meat lovers Grace, Jay and I tried it at Cibo, Greenbelt 5, along with two orders of Tagliata di manzo Aglio Rosmarino. Washed down with a tall, cool glass of red grape shake, it was the perfect end to a satisfying meal. (Read: busog).


Thank you, Margarita Forés, Anthony Prudencio, Robert Lim, and your team!

Credibly challenged

On Sunday, Twitter was all about the girl who cried gang bang or “rape”.
It’s insignificant “model” Amanda Coling vs. four members of the Philippine National Football team, better known as the Azkals.

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She made the rounds of all the gossip shows, including Showbiz Central with Pia Guanio.
This is painful to watch (read: very long)

She explains why she decided after one month to come out and cry rape—cause she was dropped out of FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women, presumably after the rape rumors came out.
But her credibility is whacked as this surfaces on Facebook (read: scary).
Disclaimer: Phil Younghusband is not one of the Azkals implicated in the case.

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So please let this issue die. The issue became really tired by Sunday night. I just really wanted to say, she doesn’t sound like a victim. This is not Jodie Foster in The Accused.
Yung lang poe.

New from Moleskine

Moleskine introduces new colors to its classic black Moleskine Folio collection.
Folio is the top quality Moleskine collection, dedicated to creativity, free expression and design.
The popular Folio folder comes in three new colors, while new formats (short, long, small, large, plain and ruled) and colors are added to Stick Notes, making it an even better organizational tool for creative professionals.

Stick notes - Full colour
Stick notes - Semi Colour
The four Folio Collections—art, digital, professional and tools together offer a wide range of sizes and formats for your drawings, projects, writings and devices.
The Folio Collection is produced to the highest standards and with top quality materials. All of the different papers used for the Folio Collection are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.


After its first global premiere at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in April 2011, Moleskine’s long-awaited Writing, Traveling and Reading collections comes to the Philippines.
The three new collections include pens, pencils, bags, reading glasses, cases, reading stands and USB rechargeable book lights.


Designed by Italian designer Giulio Iacchetti, the new collections are compatible with Moleskine notebooks and planners through special clips and holders.


The new accessories retain many of the familiar features of the Moleskine notebooks: elastic band, smooth and rounded corners, black color, “in case of loss” label, and essential, contemporary-classic aesthetics.



The Moleskine new collections will first arrive at National Book Store.

Steven Meisel shoots Jimmy Choo’s latest ad campaign

Jimmy Choo unveils its Autumn Winter 2011 advertising campaign to launch in August and September books globally, shot for the first time by fashion photographer Steven Meisel.
Conceived by Jimmy Choo Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Tamara Mellon, the campaign is inspired by cinematic 1970s Parisian glamour and conveys the darker, subversive side of femininity.
“This season I looked to the women who have always inspired me for their chic, empowered sense of dress. The creative talent of Meisel transports us to a moment of stolen romance, perfectly capturing my vision for the season and the energy and spirit of the Jimmy Choo woman,” Tamara said.
Meisel photographed models Raquel Zimmermann and Ben Hill in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria.

Jimmy Choo Autumn Winter 2011 AD Campaign (2)
Perched broodingly on a satin strewn bed, clutching the new CATHERINE bag in luxurious black softbox leather and leopard print pony, Zimmerman channels French film noir heroines, wearing vixen-like FLORA, a buttery soft suede, black open-toe lattice-style boot.

The collection of Jimmy Choo shoes and handbags takes its cue from the early ‘70s and the sultry stars of the time; icons Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, and Veruschka, all admired as much for their beauty and style on-camera, as for their allure and innate sense of style off-camera.

Jimmy Choo Autumn Winter 2011 AD Campaign (1)
Tea is served, as poised in her hotel suite with ladylike classicism, she wears FLAXELY, a bootie in black suede which criss-crosses its way over the foot and up to the ankle in a perfect slim fit.

In the Philippines, Jimmy Choo is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Help rebuild Japan through Rockwell’s “Love Japan”

The Rockwell Community, in partnership with the Japanese Embassy, invites you to Love Japan, a one-of-a-kind bazaar and auction on July 23-24, 2011 for the benefit of Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this year.
The cause is especially dear to Rockwell as the Rockwell community has many Japanese residents.
“As an integral part of our close-knit Rockwell neighborhood, we would like to give back, especially since our Japanese brothers and sisters have continuously been supportive of Rockwell throughout these years,” says Mr. Harry Liu, a member of Rockwell’s Board of Directors.


There are many ways to join and Love Japan.

1) Sell or donate. If your closet or home is overflowing with furniture, appliances, gadgets, toys and clothes you don’t need, you can sell them to help Japan. Food booths are also available.
Those who don’t have enough items for a booth may donate an item or two through the Rockwell Club and Rockwell will sell that for you and consider it your donation.

2) Shop, dine, and enjoy in this special weekend souk, composed of unique bazaar items from Rockwell tenants and collections from select brands from Power Plant Mall selling at discounted prices.
A CosPlay Competition and Anime Festival are scheduled on July 23rd; while a Jamming for Japan mini concert is on July 24th.

3) Bid and buy pre-loved items and luxury goods at unbelievable prices. Silent bidding on July 23-24 (until 3 PM) and live auction on July 24 on Sunday, 6:30pm. Some of the items up for auction are paintings from celebrities and signed boxing gloves from Manny Pacquiao.

All funds raised will be donated through the Japanese Embassy.
For inquiries, call the Rockwell Club at 8978310 loc. 7444 / 7445 / 7403 or at 0917-807-1739.

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