If you’re an old soul like me who grew up watching TV in the ’70s, you’d definitely know who Max Alvarado is.
He was the ultimate mean guy who played the villain for over 60 years in Philippine cinema.
Sadly Max, he died a bit early at the of 68 in 1997.
Meanwhile, presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte is 28 years old. His mother, Elizabeth Zimmerman, is Jewish American by ethnicity, which explains Baste’s mestizo looks.
The surf-loving dude looked rather cute when he was younger
But the older and he gets, the more he looks like Max Alvarado.
Just take a look at those lips and eyebrows
The sinister smile with crow’s feet
That squinty stare with the badass outfit
And the natural irresistibility to the opposite sex.
Just in time for summer, Happy Skin creators Rissa Trillo and Jacqe Gutierrez, are launching sun care products.
The pretty business partners visited me at home (Rissa is a neighbor) to show me their latest Catch The Sun gel cream and spray mist.
Catch the Sun Brightening UV Gel Cream SPF 40 PA+++ (Php 999) is a watery gel cream that protects against UV rays and doubles as an anti-urban pollution screen.
It is lightweight, non-sticky, and delivers a matte finish.
“Because of Moringa Seed Oil, our UV gel cream shields skin from pollution and free radicals that accelerate aging and skin stress,” explains Rissa. “The innovative water-based gel formula also makes it weightless and non-greasy, so you can wear it alone or as a makeup base.”
Sun protection is only one of the benefits of Catch the Sun’s Brightening UV Gel Cream SPF 40 PA+++. It also protects users from environmental pollutants such as cigarette smoke and air pollution.
“Everyday life exposes us to pollutants like car emissions, industrial gas, and cigarette smoke. They may be invisible, but exposure to such pollutants, even just six hours a day, is enough to cause skin irritation, dull skin tone and, yes, accelerated skin aging. Sunscreen alone is not enough,” said Rissa.
Personally, I’m loving the Sun On the Go Hydrating UV Mist SPF 35 PA++ (Php 699), which is basically a spray-on sunblock. You can even spray it on top of your makeup for a double purpose of sunscreen plus setting spray.
“What makes the formula different from the rest is its unique makeup fit polymer, which adheres to the skin and prevents makeup from coming off. It’s perfect to use before makeup as a first layer of sun defense, or over makeup to create an instant protective shield without ruining your look,” said Rissa.
Both Catch the Sun products were developed without colorants, mineral oil or parabens. The products are so mild that Rissa even uses them on her two little girls Celestia and Audra.
I am not a morning person, so getting up at 4:30 AM is a huge effort to me.
We left Pasig at 6 AM with enought time to buy Jollibee corned beef which we ate in the car. Yum!! I did not want to starve during the three-hour show.
We arrived at MOA Arena at 7 AM and met Rizel of M.A.C who gave us the VIP tickets. Wow! I did not expect our seats to be this good! This seat is worth Php 50,000.
I was at the same row as designer Michael Cinco, who did Pia Wurzbach’s blue ball gown
He is practically a legend! I learned about him from the new Netflix docu, To Be a Miss, which shows how a pageant-obsessed country produces beauty queens.
Mr. Sousa was super nice and accommodating to picture takers. There is no truth to the rumor that he walked out when Miss Venezuela was eliminated…
In front of Michael Cinco was Pia Wurtzbach’s boyfriend, the child-like, Marlon Stockinger
Behind us was President Duterte’s Chief Legal Counsel, Atty. Salvador Panelo.
Right in front of me was gazillionaire Lucio Tan, who left before the show ended.
Now you see him,
Now you don’t.
And all around us were just tons of gays and AFAMS from all over the world. Fun!!
When I was young I got to watch Bb. Pilipinas live at the Araneta Coliseum. I remember it being so much fun, with all the gays and fans screaming—I wanted to experience it again.
What better way to do it than to watch Miss Universe in Manila?
But I wasn’t willing to pay these ticket prices.
Gov. Chavit Singson spent more than US$12.5 million to stage it here, and I heard he lost money.
If Mr. Singson can’t make money of it, nobody in their right mind will do it again. Therefore, it’s our last chance.
But somehow the universe heard me. The day before the coronation night, I got a text from Vanessa Vergara of M.A.C—official makeup sponsor of Miss Universe 2016—that she had two VIP tickets for me!! I was over the moon!
I decided to bring Dinna, who has been covering the preliminaries for Smart Communications, but had no ticket to the main event.
With an on-air time of 8 AM, that meant we should be at Mall of Asia Arena by 7 AM.
That means leaving the house at 6 AM and getting up at 4:30 AM to get dressed.
Here’s why I believe Mr. Singson lost money. I heard they were scrambling for funds days before the event—even calling mayors’ offices for sponsorship.
Candidates were sent out to minor sponsors to hawk strange products that have nothing to do with beauty—anything to raise more funds. I also heard the candidates were dead tired from all the extracurricular activities, such as hawking Ligo sardines.