Fine Dining by Lance Katigbak

I just came home from dinner in one of the newly opened fine dining restaurants at The Fort. I didn’t get to eat a lot because I’ve given up meat for Lent. I had a few pieces of bread with butter, a tiny portion of fish, and an ice-cold glass of Coke. What I was really dying for were truffle fries—actually any kind of fries—which they didn’t have.
I didn’t have a bad experience, in fact I thought about giving up meat for good because it makes me eat less.
I totally forgot about this short film I saw earlier this morning.


Filipino filmmaker Lance Katigbak, 18, won the People’s Choice award at the recent Manhattan International Film Festival in New York. His short film, Fine Dining, bested 14 entries from the United States, United Kingdom, India, Belgium, Rwanda, among other countries.
When I first saw it, I thought it would be a typical, sad Filipino poverty film. Turns out it has an unexpected twist, but I still don’t know if I should laugh or cry. And you?

Thanks a MiLi

Anyone who’s been inside my room knows it’s like an episode of Hoarders with mountains of swag and press releases. Lucky for me, sometimes I find something in there that I actually need.
Last Christmas someone gave me a MiLi gadget charger, which got lost in a pile.
Don’t you just hate it when your battery dies inconveniently (read: nowhere to charge)? I hate it so much I actually carry an extra BlackBerry battery. But even that can get stressful as changing batteries means I have to restart my phone, which takes time. So I looked in my box of swag and found this Mili power crystal.
It’s a tiny gadget you charge at home. Stick it in your bag with the attachments you need—you can charge your BlackBerry, iPhone, iPods and more. Every time I use it, people ask me about it, so I decided to blog it and share.
Unlike other mobile chargers I’ve tried, this one really works and costs much less. While it won’t charge your battery fully, it will give you enough power until you can go home and recharge (within the day of course).


I still don’t know who gave it to me, so may I say thank you to that wonderful person.
After doing some Googling I found the local supplier of MiLi saw some other cute gadgets worth checking out.
See for yourself!

Kaws x Hennessy launches at Ronac this Saturday

You may have seen his extra large vinyl toys while in Hong Kong or Japan—those giant creatures that are part Grey’s Anatomy and part Mickey Mouse.

Photo: David Chu

Behind these modern art pieces is Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS, the New York based artist known for limited edition toys and graffiti art all over the world.
KAWS started out as a graffiti artist in Jersey City, New Jersey. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York, he worked briefly as a freelance animator at Disney, before he became known for subverting imagery on billboards, bus shelters and phone booth advertisements.
In the late ’90s he started to produce limited edition vinyl toys that became an instant hit among global art toy collectors, especially in Japan.
He has collaborated with Nigo for Bathing Ape, Jun Takahashi for Undercover, and Comme des Garçons among others.
This Saturday, Ronac Art Center launches the limited edition Kaws x Hennessy V.S. Cognac bottles in Manila.

kaws x hennesy

kaws x hennesy

kaws x hennesy

Celebrate with Hennessy on March 3, 2012 at 7 PM as they officially release the last of the KAWS-designed Hennessy bottles, for sale exclusively at Secret Fresh in Ronac Art Center (Php 1,800).
For more information call 570-9815 local 7 or go to

The 84th Academy Awards on VELVET

Only a few hours before the Oscar Awards, I have succeeded in watching a few more movies, namely, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Tree of Life, and The Descendants. I’m not crazy about any of them, but if I had to watch one again, I would see Midnight in Paris a second time.
Please don’t bother watching Tree of Life, unless you want to see an extended, annoying version of National Geographic, the movie. As Kevin Ranson of said, “If I can prevent just one person from watching this, it’ll have been worth suffering through it.”
Now here’s what the Oscars are all about this year.

Watch the Academy Awards on Velvet channel beginning 6 AM Manila time, if you want to see the Red Carpet coverage. If you prefer to sleep in longer, show proper begins at 9:30 AM. Billy Crystal returns as host.
And if you’re working (as I am at noon), a replay will be aired on Monday night.

Oscar Awards

To know more, go to

DVF x GAP for little girls

As a mother of boys, it used to hurt passing by little girls’ clothes and not having someone to buy them for. But after the third boy came along, I learned to adjust and no longer have daughter envy.
The boys haven’t stopped asking for a little girl though, so it’s still part of the plan about two years from now—hoping that God will give us the right baby girl and a bigger house cause we have no more space! (My house is seriously filled with swag, my room looks like an episode of Hoarders!)

And speaking of girls, Belgian-America designer Diane von Furstenberg is known for bold prints and wrap dresses such as these


Now imagine them on little girls, ages newborn to 14.
For Spring 2012, DVF collaborates with GapKids and babyGap to create summer wardrobe essentials such as T-shirt dresses, tanks and shorts, capris, leggings and swimwear. Even the iconic wrap dress is reinvented with a higher waist.

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At the heart of the collection are the vintage prints DVF is known for. Accessories include sunglasses, espadrilles, hats, and sandals.

Gap Kids x DVF
Gap Kids x DVF
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The collection launches exclusively at GAP Shangri-La Plaza and GAP Bonifacio High Street this March 2012.

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