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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar now part of Historic Hotels Worldwide
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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan is now part of Historic Hotels Worldwide, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an organization that helps promote heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar was also nominated as one of the Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels in Asia & the Pacific alongside Alsisar Haveli in India, Sofitel Legend Metropole in Vietnam, Laxmi Niwas Palace in India, Hotel New Grand in Japan and The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore.

Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar
Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar

Historic Hotels Worldwide, an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (in the United States), represents the finest global collection of historic hotels and other historic lodging spanning more than 10 centuries in more than 30 countries.

“We are delighted to induct Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, a heritage community resort built in 2000 to Historic Hotels Worldwide.” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We welcome Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Mr. Jerry Acuzar and leadership team into Historic Hotels Worldwide.”

Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar
Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar

To be nominated and selected to be featured on the Historic Hotel Worldwide site, lodging properties must be at least 75 years old; utilize historic accommodations; serve as the former home or be located on the grounds of the former home of famous persons or significant location for an event in history; be located in or within walking distance to a historic district, historically significant landmark, place of historic event, or a historic city center; be recognized by a local preservation organization or national trust; and display historic memorabilia, artwork, photography, and other examples of its historic significance.

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“We are more than honored to be the first resort in the Philippines inducted into this prestigious organization through our efforts of bringing the best of Filipino heritage and culture to the world. We are also very delighted to be nominated as one of the Best Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels in Asia & the Pacific. In line with this, we will continue to showcase local craftsmanship and the warmth of hospitality that Filipinos are known for,” said Erwin Dona, Director of Brand Marketing for Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, which opened its doors to the public, is a development that’s rich in history and architectural integrity. Since 2000, the 400-hectare land has been undergoing development. At present, 26 hectares have been developed and are being used as space for the resort’s growing heritage community.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar has architectural pieces from 18th century Philippines. The casas or houses are the centerpieces of this Bataan resort.

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The resort takes pride in its collection of houses from the Spanish colonial era. With this collection of casas and accesorias, the resort aims to revive Filipino heritage, culture, and tradition in this modern age.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is part of the Conde Nast Johansens Luxury Global Collection and is a project of the New San Jose Builders, Inc. in consultancy with Asian Grand Legacy.

Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar is in Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, 2107 Bataan
Tel (02) 332 5338

To know more, click HERE.

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Philippines’ Mark Gonzalez joins 2017 Business of Fashion #BoF500
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If Forbes.com has the Forbes 400, the Business of Fashion has the BoF 500—a prestigious roster of the most influential people shaping the global fashion industry today.
Based on months of research, data analysis, and nominations from current members, the list is refreshed yearly with the names of retail moguls and creative personalities around the globe.

This year, one Filipino—Mark “Jappy” Gonzalez—joins the BoF 500 roster as the Managing Director and co-founder of H&F Retail Concepts, Inc.
Since 1995, when Jappy opened the first homme et femme boutique at the Shangri-La Plaza, his stores and brands have developed a cult following of hard-to-please shoppers that look forward to brands only previously found abroad.

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Photo: Patrick Diokno

H&F Retail Concepts, Inc. is an independently owned retail entity that encompasses multi-brand shops such as UNIVERS and Hoodwink, alongside 16 franchised boutiques such as Balenciaga, Fred Perry, COMME des GARÇONS, and Ladurée.

Jappy is responsible for the conceptual impetus and overall merchandising of the company, with 32 years of experience in the luxury retail industry.
Here’s what some of his friends and best customers say about him.

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To see the complete roster of the 2017 BOF 500, click HERE.

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First look: Happy Skin’s 23-piece collaboration with Sanrio
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Growing up in the ’80s, all girls were obsessed with Sanrio.
I remember having an “arms race” with my classmate Anna Zosa over Hello Kitty items—from matching pencil cases to aprons.
I don’t know about Anna, but I still haven’t outgrown these cute things.

Now Sanrio fans who are all grown up will be pleased to know Happy Skin is launching a 23-piece makeup collection featuring Hello Kitty, Little Twinstars and My Melody.
I recently met up with Happy Skin co-founder Rissa Mananquil-Trillo who showed me the entire collection over drinks at the Peninsula.

“It was an honor to meet Mrs. Yuki Tsuji last March at the Sanrio Licensing presentation,” said Rissa. “She’s the wife of the late Mr. Hunihiko Tsuji who had the vision to take Sanrio outside Japan. There’s so much love for Sanrio characters around the world because of him,” she said.

The collection includes products for face, skin and nails.
“We studied the personalities of Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Little Twin Stars in great detail, so what you will see from the products’ packaging to the shade of the makeup to even the names of the shades communicate who they truly are,” said Happy Skin co-founder Jacqe Yuengtian Gutierrez.

The collection includes two blushes with a handy mini-brush (Php 899)

Happy Skin x Sanrio
Happy Skin x Sanrio

Two sponges (both Php 499, including two small twin ones)

Happy Skin x Sanrio
Happy Skin x Sanrio
Happy Skin x Sanrio

Make A Clean Sweep Micellar Makeup Wipes (at Php 249—a first for Happy Skin)

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Blotting sheets (Php 175)

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I’m a minimalist, so I really liked the nude nail polish.
The Sanrio Characters Express Gel Polish (Php 299) comes in five shades: Red Apple, Purr-fect, Peaches & Cream, Curious Kiki and Lala Love.
You can buy individually or in a boxed set of five at Php 1,299—perfect for gift-giving.

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Of course, a Happy Skin collection wouldn’t be complete without the brand’s famous lip products:
Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies (Php 599)
Moisturizing Matte Lippies (Php 699)

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and Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippies (Php 699).

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There are seven new shades:

Hello, Hello Kitty
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Kitty Cat
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Flower Power
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Berry Good
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Twinkle Twinkle
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and Star Wand—all in character packaging.
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There are also lipstick sets—perfect for the holiday season, and packed in reusable cute Sanrio boxes. (Php 1299)

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Happy Skin x Sanrio
Happy Skin x Sanrio

Get them first as the Happy Skin x Sanrio Characters collection becomes available for pre-selling from this September 11 to 13 at happyskincosmetics.com and zalora.com.phwww.happyskincosmetics.com/stores.
To know more, follow Happy Skin on Instagram @happyskin_ph and Facebook.

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Talk of the Town: Korina Sanchez Roxas at the Belo-Kho wedding
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A week before Vicki Belo’s wedding to Hayden Kho, I attended a dinner for author Kevin Kwan hosted by National Book Store at the Raffles Makati.

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Guests naturally talked about the upcoming wedding in Paris—who’s coming and who’s not invited, including how much is the rental of the Palais Garnier, where the wedding reception was to be held. (So yeah, the reception venue wasn’t quite a secret as people thought.)

Another topic of conversation during dinner was who is the better doctor—Belo or the competition. I’m extremely biased so I said Vicki. So did my two other seat mates.
Because even though Belo has some sketchy endorsers on her deck, it’s the ones you don’t see on billboards that speak volumes of how good Belo is.

Take Albert Martinez whom I encountered at the Belo Clinic during his Ulthera treatment (he was in the next room) and compare him to his brother William who did not get any treatment. Albert looks tons better.

Why is Piolo Pascual well-preserved at 40 compared with other leading men?

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(I saw Piolo at the Belo clinic and noticed that his facial mole had grown. I asked Dr. Belo if it should be removed, and she said Piolo didn’t want.)

Anyway, out of all the guests, celebrities and socialites in the actual wedding—guess who was being talked about most? In my circle, it was Korina Sanchez Roxas.
Everyone is just amazed how stunning she looks at 52.

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Korina Sanchez with Grace Lee

I mean just look at her arms. It makes me want to go back to Belo for another lipo. I don’t know if Korina is hitting the gym these days but she really looks good!

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Photo: Tim Yap

But how does one look this good without a glam in team in Paris?
We asked Korina how she put her look together and this is what she said:

“Nag panic ako kasi late ko na nalaman na black or white lang ang pwedeng colors ng suot. So I scoured though my closet and found an old, simple but well-fitted Nicole Miller bustier gown.
Eh ang simple sobra. I bought two strips of chantilly lace from Pepito Albert. Ako na ang nag drape sa may taas para lang may drama.”

“My hair was done by same hairdresser as Nicole Kidman, Monica Belucci and Marion Cotillard in Paris, as recommended by PJ Pascual. Ang mahal. But worth it. At nagamit ko narin sa wakas ang emerald jewelry ko.”

Here’s Korina Sanchez with Alexander at the John Nollet salon in Paris. Not too shabby, don’t you agree?

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