Manila F.A.M.E. opens today
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Manila F.A.M.E. International, one of the longest running trade shows for home and fashion lifestyle products in the Asia Pacific, opens its doors from 16 to 19 April 2011 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
Now on its 53rd edition, Manila F.A.M.E. International has evolved into more than just an exhibition for home and fashion lifestyle products.
It also provides buyers and visitors a one-stop venue in sourcing products made by Filipino craftsmen, who now enjoy the reputation of being among the best artisans in the world.
The show’s curator, Maja Olivares-Co, found inspiration in our country’s rich resource of traditional raw materials in creating the show’s concept – TM/New Directions.

TM/New Directions focuses on the country’s traditional raw materials – fiber, shell and wood – that are widely used in the Philippine handicraft industry. These iconic materials, creatively transformed into impressive home and lifestyle concepts, are displayed in two settings, the Heritage Hall and Ideas Wall, the show’s centerpiece.
Manila F.A.M.E. offers a wide selection for home interiors featuring furniture and home furnishings, (home decorations, home accent and décor), holiday décor, gifts, arts and crafts, and fashion complements (costume jewelry, fine jewelry, footwear and leathergoods).

Manila F.A.M.E. International, the country’s trade show for top-notch artistry and craftsmanship, continues to become a popular destination for best designs in home and fashion lifestyle products in Asia.
It remains one of the favorite sourcing destinations of famous brands such as Pier 1 Imports, Crate and Barrel, Neiman Marcus, Ballard Designs, Kalalou, Roost, Lawrence of La Brea, Hermon & Hermon, Papaya, Samaco, Lane Crawford, Li & Fung, El Corte Ingles, Hollander, Konert, Impressionen, Asplund, Etoile Kaito, itokin, Euro Diwan, BML, Kontekas, DK Home, Haans Lifestyle, and Briefing Collection.

Manila F.A.M.E. International is one of the longest trade shows for lifestyle products in Asia Pacific and the only accredited event in the Philippines by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers.
For more information, go to, email or contact Manila F.A.M.E. International Secretariat at telephone numbers (632) 833-1258.

Meet Alodia
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Globe Tattoo’s latest endorser is Alodia Almira Gosiengfiao, Filipina cosplayer, model and artist.

Alodia Gosiengfiao

At 15, Alodia started cosplaying—short for “costume play” where participants don costumes often drawn from popular fiction in Japan. Her remarkable achievements in the cosplaying have made her stand out and be recognized as Ambassador and VJ For Animax-Asia and co-host of ABS-CBN’s Laugh Out Loud.

Alodia Gosienfiao

As one of the Internet’s queens with a staggering fan base on Facebook and Deviant Art, Alodia relies on Globe Tattoo, with its constant and reliable speed to keep her up to date on what’s happening in the world.

Alodia Gosiengfiao

Whether on the road, in the workplace or at your favorite hangout, Globe Tattoo  places the world in your hands in just one click.
Tattoo Broadband is an all-in-one wireless modem/router that will get you speeds of up to 3 mbps.
Plus, its shareable WiFi connection means up to four of your friends can hook up their WiFi devices from as far as 100 meters away.

To find out more, visit Globe stores, call 730-1000 or go to

How to win a BlackBerry from!
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Two weeks ago I was invited to a very intimate BlackBerry  event with all these afams (read: foreigners).
There’s Oliver Pilgerstorfer, RIM Senior PR Manager for Southeast Asia.
RIM or Research In Motion is the company behind the innovative and award-winning BlackBerry®, also known as the product that will change your life.


There was Arun Verma, RIM’s Platform Evangelist.

Arun Verma, RIM's Platform Evangelist

As a blogger, I get to review so many phones, it’s no longer funny. Yes, I have a stockpile of unused phones at home. But to tell you the truth, I’m hooked on the BlackBerry. I love it so much, I have two backups.
I love that I can get text messages, email, Yahoo messenger, Twitter, Facebook and more—all in one gadget and in real time.
Some of you may have all of that in your phone already, but what sets the Blackberry apart is the BlackBerry Messenger or BBM.
It’s a special feature for BlackBerry users to keep in touch with each other anywhere, anytime.
Just to give you an idea…

So that night there was this contest to win one BlackBerry Curve. There was a three-part elimination round that tested one’s BBM skills. I didn’t win the first two, but when the third question came up on the subject of Gossip—I knew I had it in the bag.
The question was: Which showbiz couple fell in love through BBM. The boy is a dancer who comes from a showbiz family.
—At this point I started to type in Rayver Cruz. And now it was just a matter of choosing between Sarah Geronimo and Cristine Reyes—I know because I NEVER miss an issue of YES! magazine.
The second part of the question went like this: The girl is a sexy actress….
—Freaking Cristine Reyes! Typed and BBM sent!
I won the third round! So I qualified for the final which asked three of us contestants to take a picture of the BlackBerry Curve on our phones and BBM it to Benjamin Thomas, RIM PR Specialist for Southeast Asia.

Me and Ben Thomas

Unfortunately an over zealous contestant from another newspaper pushed my boob in order to take the photo—and I lost. Let me just say this much: I hate it when strangers touch my boobs!!!
So I lost that round—but I’m happy to say BlackBerry has given me three new BlackBerry 9780s—one for me and two to give away.
• The contest is open to anyone in the Philippines who has a BlackBerry and the BBM feature.
I know it ain’t fair. But I will negotiate with BlackBerry to allow non-BlackBerry owners to participate in Round Two.
• The Prize: One BlackBerry Bold 9780 worth PHP 24,800, featuring the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, to be given per contest round. A total of two BlackBerry Bold 9780 devices are up for grabs for the duration of the contest. (Again, I will talk to them about letting non-BlackBerry users join the second round.

BlackBerry 9780BlackBerry 9780

1) Take your BlackBerry and scan this barcode into your contacts:


How to add a contact:

2) BBM your answer to this simple question: What’s the best thing about BBM? Only one entry per BlackBerry user. Deadline for Round 1 elimination is on Holy Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
3) The top 20 answers will be added to a BBM Group and their entries will be posted on the blog.
4) Once invited to the group, I will give you a special task using the BlackBerry camera.
5) No use of profanities / slurs / sexual insinuations and no asking me for a date, hehe, unless you are a member of F4.
6) Decision will be FINAL and no correspondence will be entertained.
7) By submitting an entry, you hereby agree for the use of the contents / creative to be used by and RIM for promotional and marketing purposes.
8) P.S. I am not a judge so what are you waiting for, join na!

Everywhere We Shoot at Ayala Museum’s Design Talks
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Ayala Museum’s Design Talks lecture series brings prominent and pioneering Filipino creative professionals to center stage.

On April 16, 2011, the creative duo Everywhere We Shoot is scheduled to speak at the Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby at 3 PM. Coinciding with the talk is the opening of their first solo exhibition at the Third Floor Glasslane.

everywhere we shoot

Composed of Ryan Vergara and Garovs Garrovillo, their moniker is not just the duo’s name but also a statement of intent, a manifesto of sorts in praise of the ambulant imagination.

Both trained at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s School of Design & Arts, Ryan was a Multimedia Arts major while Garovs studied Fashion Design and Merchandising.

They’ve done commissions for brand campaigns, record sleeves, and lookbooks for top Filipino designers, with works appearing in almost every major magazine in the country as well as a number of publications abroad.

everywhere we shoot
everywhere we shoot

They have established an inimitable style of art through photography, fashion, and graphic design that is characteristically ironic and playful and always with a hint of humor.

everywhere we shoot
everywhere we shoot

They simplify the complicated, and exaggerate the basics. The success of their partnership is that they create images that refuse to stay put.

Tickets are sold for Php 300 regular rate or discounted at Php 150 for students, teachers, senior citizens and Ayala Museum members.
For inquiries, call 757-7117 to 21 or email .
Ayala Museum is located at Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.
Click here to RSVP.

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