Our home in ELLE Decoration Philippines this month

Unique homes and green living ideas are highlighted in the April 2015 issue of ELLE Decoration Philippines, beginning with the residence of designer and blogger Cecile Zamora-van Straten on the cover.
“I like things that are very special and different,” says Cecile of her approach to home decorating.

Our house
Our house

The April issue also takes a closer look at homes with a green and sustainable focus, from artist Emily Campos’s electricity-free dwelling in Batangas to renowned French designer Philippe Starck’s weekend retreat in Paris that introduces his vision of the eco-conscious home of the future.

Emily Campos
Emily Campos

Philippe Starck's house
Philippe Starck

Other notable stories in this issue include a garden special full of lush inspiration, a look at outdoor furniture perfect for summer lounging, and a roundup of environment-friendly hotels and resorts around the world that design-savvy travelers can enjoy.
The April 2015 issue of ELLE Decoration Philippines is now available at leading bookstores and magazine shops.
The digital edition is available via the App Store, Buqo, Summit Newsstand, and Zinio.
Follow @elledecoph on Instagram and Twitter and ELLE Decoration Philippines on Facebook.

Watch: Celia Rodriguez and Cherie Gil star in Acer’s new #PowerLook campaign

“I was the first Valentina—in color,” said actress Celia Rodriguez.

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The younger members of the press during Acer Philippines’ event at Salon de Ning seemed quite clueless. But there I was standing in awe of her.
Valentina. You gave me nightmares as a child. I swear.
Back in 1973, Celia played the role of Valentina, Babaing Ahas in Lipad, Darna, Lipad!, which starred Vilma Santos.

Lipad, Darna, Lipad_moviead

I almost didn’t make it to the Acer event due to my sore throat, but I had to be there because my son Markus is asking me to check out Acer for his graduation gift.
I had no idea, so imagine my thrill when I found myself in front of Celia Rodriguez and Cherie Gil at Salon de Ning. And both did not disappoint in how they looked.
Celia wore a drapy red top by Fanny Serrano. Her makeup was done by Leony Diaz. Blast from the past.
Cherie Gil, who also played Valentina in Darna! Ang Pagbabalik in 1994, wore a shimmery gold by Mark Bumgarner.

Celia Rodgriguez and Cherie Gil

The two actresses star in Acer’s new ad campaign #PowerLook, which introduces new products from Acer’s new premium line. Among these: the newest and most powerful laptops, 2-in-1 tablets with removable keyboard, desktop computers, projectors, monitors, and mobility products—all of which combine powerful performance and good looks.

Aspire V 13
Aspire V 13

H6510BD Projector + Aspire Revo One
H6510BD Projector + Aspire Revo One

P7605 Projector
P7605 Projector

U5313W Projector
U5313W Projector

Aspire Z3-615 AIO
Aspire Z3-615 AIO

Aspire Switch 12
Aspire Switch 12

Liquid X1
Liquid X1

“These are very exciting times,” said Cherie Gil. “It’s amazing what technology can do.”
Rodriguez, who admits to being no techie, prefers to use a laptop where she can watch movies during lull moments at shootings or tapings.
The faces of Rodriguez and Gil can be seen in billboards all over Metro Manila and in a TVC showing how a #PowerLook can get you what you want. Watch this.

Acer Philippines said the two actresses were chosen because of “their ability to evoke a powerful image and personality through their attitude and look, which the new campaign and its products project well.”
The campaign highlights Acer Premium line’s pioneering technology and hopes to capture high end markets with its mid and high range products featuring first class engineering and sophisticated.

“In the Philippines, Acer is known for its low-mid options. But lifestyles are changing quickly. The tastes of the market are changing; people are looking to more elegant options that put a little more into their technology,” said Manuel Wong, managing director of Acer Philippines.

To know more about Acer’s new offerings, go to https://www.facebook.com/AcerPH.

OMG: Look inside the Candy Crush headquarters

I have extreme office envy after seeing the Candy Crush headquarters in Stockholm.
Yes, I am still playing Candy Crush. I have already spent $500 on lives and boosters, but am no longer spending as much since I can play the game on five gadgets.
Candy Crush is a stress reliever as well as a productivity killer.
Currently I am at Level 867 on Candy Crush Saga.

Candy crush

On Candy Crush Dream Levels, I am at Level 587

Candy crush

On Candy Crush Soda which I recently started, I am at Level 305.

Candy crush

Candy Crush Soda is the greatest game ever since Super Mario 3, Hatris, and Dr. Mario, in my opinion.
Now take a look at where my $500 went: A conference room

Candy Crush headquarters
Candy Crush headquarters

Lounging area

Candy Crush headquarters

A place to eat

Candy Crush headquarters

A place to lie down

Candy Crush headquarters

Meeting room

Candy Crush headquarters

And my favorite rooms

Candy Crush headquarters
Candy Crush headquarters

The space was developed by Adolfsson & Partners for gaming company King, which owns Candy Crush.
Wish I could visit.
Source: High Snobiety

Herbie Go: Filipino actor in “Girls”

What TV shows are you watching this season?
For me, it’s Girls, Scandal, and my old favorite, Little House on the Prairie.

I usually stop watching a show when:
a) the plot becomes lame
b) I start to hate everyone on the show
For these reasons, I’m giving up Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

But even though I hate almost everyone in Girls, I can’t stop watching because the dialogue fascinates me. Lena Dunham—who plays Hannah Horvath in Girls—is someone I can’t stand and admire at the same time.
The show is so cool that I got kilig when I saw a Filipino guy in a scene with Dunham and Gillian Jacobs, who plays Mimi-Rose on the show.

Herbie Go in Girls

In the scene, Hannah and Mimi-Rose stop by a convenience store to buy snacks, when Lena asks the Filipino cashier if she can use the restroom.

Lena Dunham

An argument ensues when the cashier barks at her and tells her no, so the two girls walk away with an unpaid item. How do I know he’s Filipino? Because he shouts “HOY!” to them on their way out.
As I was watching this I couldn’t help but think: Geez, why do I know that guy?
I tried to remember where I had seen him.

herbie go

And then it came to me. When I was a studying in New York in 1994, there was a Mel Chionglo movie called Sibak (Midnight Dancers) that my gay friends and I watched in the theater.
I remembered an actor who played a bit role as a young gay student in the film.
In the scene, Gandong Cervantes played a male prostitute who offered to devirginize a student played by Herbie Go. This was them more than 20 years ago.

herbie go

I’m quite amazed that I was able to retrieve this piece of useless information in my memory bank.
Makes me wonder how Herbie went from Midnight Dancers to Girls?

According to IMDB.com, New York-based Herbie Go has the following movies and TV shows to his credit:
Aphasia (Short, 2014) as Delivery Man
Girls (2015, TV Series) — Cashier
Ask Me My Name (2015) — Cashier
Love in Ambush (TV Movie, 1997) — Aide
Midnight Dancers (1994) — Gay student
Fortunes of War (1994) — Khmer Rouge Officer

Amazing what the Internet brings you.

Tougher trunk show at Tala Manila

TOUGHER by Takashi Uokawa from Osaka, Japan visits TALA Manila this weekend.
See what’s in store this summer for men and women—from bags to tops in the coolest fabrics and shorts to match, cotton T-shirts, pants, and chambray shirts that can be customized.

Tougher
Tougher
Tougher
Tougher
Tougher

March 28-30, 2015 from 10 AM-7 PM at Tala Manila
Unit 103, Three Salcedo Place, Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati

Tougher

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