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The Kris List: Look what Kris Aquino’s up to
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You don’t have to be a Kris Aquino fan to know that anything she does is news.
Like her or not, you’ll have to admit that she has the numbers. If she features a new restaurant, it will be packed. If she’s talking about an eyebrow pencil, people are going to want that.

Kris Aquino

Lately I’ve been wondering what she’s up to since she’s no longer as visible on TV.
In a way, I can relate very much. After more than 15 years of blogging, I’ve decided to slow down.
I feel like change is in the air, not just for me but for lots of people.
I feel like Kris and I may be in the same cycle—except she has more guts and more will to reinvent herself, while I’m just waiting for things to unfold.

When you decide to slow down there’s a risk that people will forget about you. Some people are lucky enough to make a successful comeback and reinvent themselves.
I stumbled upon Kris’ Facebook page where she has #TheKrisList, a series of videos where she talks about new experiences.
The first webisode is called Calligraphy, where she learns the art of handwriting through the guidance of professional calligrapher and painter, Alessandra Lanot.


Being the daughter of a former journalist, Kris said she has much respect for the written word.
“When I give gifts, I make sure each one comes with a note written for the person. I am not a patient person but calligraphy taught me that if you want something to turn out beautiful, you have to give it time and you have to have patience,” she said.
From calligraphy strokes, Kris learned to give herself time to pause and “always end on a high.”

In the second episode, Camping, Kris gives in to her son Bimby’s wish to go camping.
“Our kids will always challenge us,” she said.
Kris and Bimby went to Caliraya where, upon the latter’s wishes, they pitched a tent, tried to fish, flew a kite, and walked around.
“It was tough, but seeing my son smile made it all worth it,” she said. “You will do anything for your kid, no matter how difficult.”
At the end of the episode, Kris realized that while her relationships didn’t work out, she now has two precious sons who are “kind-hearted, honest and respectful.”


In the third episode, Kris returns to the kitchen with Laing.
Her guest is designer Avel Bacudio, who is also an expert in cooking the spicy Bicolano dish.
“Food is a big part of my life,” she said.
In explaining what laing is (a dish made of taro leaves, pork, shrimps, coconut milk and chilis), Kris realized that the dish, though simple, has so many layers.

Avel told Kris two secrets about making laing. One is to use taro leaves from Bicol because the leaves are bigger. He also emphasized that one shouldn’t stir the pot as it is believed it will make the leaves “itchy.”
“It is important to use good quality pork, so go for a brand you trust. It is also important to take your time, be patient and wait for all of it to come together.”


To view all the webisodes, click HERE.
The Kris List is powered by Petron Corp. in partnership with San Mig Light, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdog and Monterey Meatshop.

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Mother’s Day flowers, gifts, and engraving at Adora
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What to do when your mom has everything?
You can’t go wrong with flowers. From May 9 (Tuesday) Rustan’s Flower Shop will have a pop-up shop at Adora, located at 2/F, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.
It’s all about spring wreaths at Rustan’s Flower Shop. You can pre-order them until May 12, Friday at 12 noon) or customize your own arrangement from Rustan’s Flower Shop’s fresh blooms, including Ecuadorian roses, calla lily, orchids, tulips and more.
The spring wreaths are made from fresh flowers and will last for a week.

Rustan's flower shop

Adora also offers a complimentary engraving service for in-store purchases—from candles, perfumes, makeup compacts and even Rimowa luggage.
In-store engraving will be on May 9 and 13 but if you purchase anything you want engraved for Mother’s Day (which is on Sunday, May 14), you can just leave it with Adora and come back on the 13th to pick it up.

Adora fragrances

Adora is home to brands like Diptyque, Valentino, Chloe, Becca, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Penhaligon’s, Anya Hindmarch, Givenchy and many others.
Don’t forget to check out their shoes and bag department.

Adora shoes
Adora bags

Adora is the at 2nd level Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.
For more information, call Adora at 217-4029.
Follow them on Facebook or and Instagram @adora.ph.

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VIDEO: A look inside the Comme des Garçons exhibition at the MET
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NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute presents Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, from May 4 to September 4, 2017 at the The Met Fifth Avenue, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Floor 2.

Comme des Garçons at the Met

A thematic exhibition, rather than a traditional retrospective, this is The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.

Rei Kawakubo
Young Rei Kawakubo

“In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Met.

“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

Rei Kawakubo said, “I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design…by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion…imbalance… unfinished… elimination…and absence of intent.”

The exhibition features approximately 140 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection.
Objects are organized into nine dominant and recurring aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo’s work: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, High/Low, Then/Now, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes.

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, on The Met Fifth Avenue’s second floor, has been transformed into an open, brightly lit white box with geometric structures.
Intended to be a holistic, immersive experience, the space facilitates engagement with the fashions on display.
A suggested pathway begins with four ensembles enclosed in a cylinder, reflecting Kawakubo’s enduring interest in blurring the boundaries between body and dress. Visitors, however, are encouraged to forge their own paths and experience the exhibition as a voyage of discovery.
The spare space has no text on the walls—instead, at the entrance, visitors receive an exhibition guide with gallery text and object labels.

Exhibition Credits
The exhibition is curated by Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, who collaborated on the exhibition design with Rei Kawakubo.
Lighting for the exhibition was created by Thierry Dreyfus @ Eyesight Group.
Heads and wigs are created and styled by Julien d’Ys.
The design for the 2017 Costume Institute Benefit is created by Raul Avila, who has produced the Benefit décor since 2007.
Special thanks to Apple, Condé Nast, Farfetch, H&M, Maison Valentino, and Warner Bros. for their support of the exhibition and benefit.

Comme des Garcons book

A publication, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, authored by Andrew Bolton with creative direction and design by Fabien Baron and Yuki Iwashiro of Baron & Baron, accompanies the exhibition.
It features new photography by Nicholas Alan Cope, Inez and Vinoodh, Katerina Jebb, Kazumi Kurigami, Ari Marcopoulos, Craig McDean, Brigitte Niedermair, Paolo Roversi, and Collier Schorr.

Comme des Garcons book

A rare interview with Rei Kawakubo and a chronology of her career, amplified with quotes from the designer, provide additional insight into her aesthetic and career.
Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, the 248-page hardcover book has 205 color illustrations and comes in a slipcase with a pullout poster of a Paolo Roversi photograph that was shot for the publication. It retails for $50.

To know more about the exhibition, click HERE.

Comme des Garçons at the Met
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Dennis Garcia: From bassist and songwriter to painter
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I grew up in the ’70s when Manila was so much fun and no traffic.
No traffic and no Internet. Just radio, TV and magazines (think TV Times and the occasional Tiger Beat).
Hotdog was an emerging band that started the iconic music genre Manila Sound. Their songs included “Manila, Manila,” “Ikaw ang Miss Universe ng Buhay,” “Annie Batungbakal” and “Bongga Ka ‘Day.”

Hotdog band
(L-R) Dennis Garcia with bandmates Lorrie Ilustre, Rene Garcia, Mon Torralba, and (sitting) Roy de Rivera

I’m proud to say “Annie Batungbakal” was about my dear friend and “mother”, Gina Garcia.
She’s the sister of Dennis Garcia, Hotdog’s bassist and writer of most of the band’s hits.

with Gina Garcia
Gina Garcia (R) aka Annie Batungbakal and I at my wedding, November 2000.

While Dennis still writes the songs, he also paints.
This June, he mounts his first major one-man show at Ricco Renzo Gallery, 2nd floor, LRI Design Plaza, Reposo in Makati City from June 7 to 18, 2017.
His acerbic wit, sensual (sometimes sexually explicit) and whole gamut of emotions will be “heard” and seen in glass-encased frames.
He will be exhibiting 25 all-new pieces, all based on songs he has written for Hotdog.

Dennis Garcia paintings

Garcia will bring back all your favorite OPM songs, but this time, on canvas using acrylic and oil paints. He has had no formal education or training for the arts.
In the show, he will introduce an art phenomenon called Outsider Art which he says is “naive, self-taught art from simple inspired people, aimed at your heart, not your wallet.”
Garcia’s paintings will be affordable.

He wants to champion the Outsider Art genre, which is a Matisse-like expressionism movement.
“There are no rules here, my art unchains myself. I am not who will be confined in a box. I have also invited fellow outsider artists to motivate them into working on their own exhibit,” he says.

Words commonly associated with Outsider Art are “naïve”, “pure”, “raw”, “visionary” and “fanatic, untouched by the pettiness of everyday life and mainstream culture.” It unveils the unadulterated act of creation, outside of trends and the desire for commercial success. It can convey the power of the unbridled imagination to create order and beauty from basically nothing.

Through his paintings, expect to see a lot of Garcia’s wit, sensuality and other emotions.
The paintings will be named after Hotdog songs so expect titles like “Behhh Buti Nga,” “Pers Lab” and “Miss Universe ng Buhay ko.” There is even a painting called “Careful,” which is a tribute of sorts to former gossip show host Inday Badiday.

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