Andrea Bocelli this April 26 at Mall of Asia Arena
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Tenor Andrea Bocelli brings his Cinema World Tour concert to the Mall of Asia Arena on April 26, 2016.
The concert, presented by Music Management International, supports the international tenor’s new album Cinema and will feature classic cinema soundtracks, along with arias and duets from the most legendary operas and other classical pieces from Bocceli’s repertoire.

Andrea Bocelli

Cinema celebrates some of the greatest movie songs of all time and reunites a team of musical legends like David Foster, Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis.
It also marks Bocelli’s first new studio recording in two years and showcases theme songs featured in films such as Doctor Zhivago, Love Story, The Godfather, Life is Beautiful, Il Postino, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, as well as stage musicals such as West Side Story and Evita.

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli has recorded songs in five different languages (Italian, French, Spanish, English and Sicilian) and teamed up Ariana Grande on the heart wrenching duet E Piu’ Ti Penso from Once Upon A Time in America/Malena, and Nicole Scherzinger on the epic musical anthem Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from Evita.

With over 80 million albums sold worldwide, Bocceli, has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His Central Park concert in 2011 entered the history of music as one of the greatest live performances of all time. He has sung live before three Presidents of the United States, three popes and royal families all over the world.

Ticket Prices:
VIP—Php 18,160
PATRON—Php 13,725
LOWER BOX A—Php 11,615
LOWER BOX B—Php 8,445
UPPER BOX—Php 6,335
GEN ADM—Php 2,635

For more information, go to SM Tickets or call (02) 470-2222.

Net-A-Porter hates me
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Last night I received an email from Net-a-Porter inviting me to click on a Jacquemus dress, which I did and bought within a few minutes.
I paid with my Eastwest Visa, using Johnny Air as my shipping address because we all know when things get shipped to Manila, Customs will make you regret it.
Shortly after, I received this email:


I don’t have an alternative U.S. address. It was 2:25 in the morning, and I didn’t have energy to fight for a dress. I checked my order history at Net-a-Porter and found this:


I had forgotten that I have never had a successful order from the store so I posted this on Instagram to remind me:


I received lots of suggestions from followers. Grace even called to tell me she has successfully ordered from Net-a-Porter lots of times and shipped via Johnny Air. (see below)


This morning Eastwest called to tell me they were putting my card on hold due to an anomalous online transaction. I told them, do not put my card on hold. I made that transaction, and please don’t charge me because they cancelled the order.
I’m convinced that Net-a-Porter has flagged my account and I can never order from them.
Whatever. I’ll find that Jacquemus dress elsewhere.

P.S. Found the same dress on Shopbop 25% cheaper. Plus free shipping via Amazon Prime. Meant to be.


Commercial muna: Here are the Doña Maria “Level Up Your Rice” winners
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Last March 11, we posted a contest sponsored by Doña Maria rice where winners would get cash prizes, gift packs, and a chance to meet Alden Richards.
Contestants were invited to create a dish using Doña Maria rice and post them in their Instagram accounts.

Here are the three lucky winners who will each get Php 10,000 cash, Doña Maria rice, and a VIP pass to meet Alden Richards:

Doña Maria winners

Nine minor prize winners will get Php 5,000 cash and Doña Maria rice:

Doña Maria winners

Plus one more special award goes to @cookieandrei, who sent this entry:

andrea mae olivar

Winners, please check your DMs via Instagram.
Thank to everyone who took time to create amazing dishes using Doña Maria Rice!
For more information, go to

The Living Room: La Cocina de Tita Moning (Part 4)
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I was excited to go upstairs. My great grandmother had a house on Kanlaon street in Quezon City. The parties were always downstairs and I always wanted to go up but never had the chance.
The staircase at the Legarda mansion is beautiful and well-preserved, with paintings and framed photographs lining its walls.


The living room is beautiful with a great chandelier, upholstered furniture and paintings, including a small Juan Luna, a great big Hildalgo, and even a couple of Dutch paintings. Oh, I forgot to look inside that room in the back. Nobody peeked because I think we were hungry.

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The living room

There’s the big Hidalgo painting in the middle

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The other side of the living room

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Another room houses Don Alejandro’s radio equipment. He used to get up at 5:30 AM and tinker with these.
Lunas, Hidalgos, camera and lab equipment—makes you think how much doctors must’ve made back in the day. This family was really rich.

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This was where I sat down to look at one of the family albums. I would have looked at all of them if there were time. The album I looked at was about the funeral of Don Alejandro.

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I am not afraid. (To be continued)


P.S. I will sleep first because I’m super tired. Will continue tomorrow…

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