Raffles Makati celebrates a year in Provence at Mireio
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Raffles Makati celebrates 365 days of Mireio.
In-honor of its first year anniversary, the Provençal-inspired upscale brasserie will be serving a selection of its popular dishes this December 8 to 12, 2017 from 12 to 10:30 PM continuously at PHP 365 nett.

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Savor select French Mediterranean favorites for lunch and dinner at the special anniversary rate.
Appetizers include the signature smoked salmon tartare with Granny Smith apple and Dijon mustard cream; classic tomato tart with clams and escargot, garnished with rocket salad and parmesan cheese; and soup of green lentil with pan-seared foie gras and truffle oil.

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For the main course, choose from a selection of Provençal slow-cooked oxtail parmentier, traditional herb-crusted jackfish on ratatouille, and orzo with king prawns flambéed in Pastis and star anise cream.
End it with apple tart tatin topped with vanilla ice cream, lavender crème brûlée for a taste of Provence, and 65% Maraicabo chocolate mousse with truffle and hazelnut crunch.
For more information and reservations, call 795 0707 or email

LOOK: All the Jollibee pics of Prime Minister Trudeau you need to see
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Everybody knows if you want to go viral, you do Jollibee.
When Anthony Bourdain dined at Jollibee in an episode of Parts Unknown, everyone went nuts!

Yesterday when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Manila for the ASEAN SUMMIT, his first stop from the airport was Jollibee’s North Harbour branch, along with his security detail.

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The visit had been arranged days before by the Canadian Embassy.
According to a Jollibee representative, Trudeau has already been to their first branch in Canada. He wanted to visit a Jollibee here because apparently, Jollibee is a big deal in Canada.

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LOL. What a rockstar.

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Oh, and Trudeau has a soft spot for Filipinos because his nanny was a Filipina, said the Jollibee representative.
He arrived at Jollibee North Harbour yesterday at 4:30 PM and stayed for 30 minutes to interact with Jollibee officials, customers and the crew.

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If he ran for Philippine president tomorrow, he would win.

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Oh God, how cute!

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Girl: Deadma

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This girl has way too many photos with Trudeau, so she wins too.

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He even picked at her fries.

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If you’re curious as to what Trudeau ordered, he had a one-piece Chickenjoy with rice and a Strawberry Tea Float. He didn’t finish his actual order though (too much chika?), so he had it to go.

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PS. Thank God he didn’t do a boodle fight because, gross.

Kuysen: Inspiring creativity, delivering solutions for 28 years
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Everyone knows how much I love great bathrooms. I first heard about Kuysen when they opened their first showroom in Greenbelt in 1989 and I was invited to do a collaboration with them.
When we started building our house more than 15 years ago, I came back to Kuysen as a customer.

Kuysen Enterprises was founded by Kuysen Go, who started with Tyrolit, a brand of bonded abrasives. Later on, Kuysen also brought in German manufacturing brands Hansgrohe and Duravit, and it became one of the country’s foremost authorities in bathrooms and bathroom fixtures and accessories.

When Kuysen invited us to their newest showroom at The Eton Greenbelt Residences, Legaspi Street, Makati, we were excited to discover their new offerings, such as the Zanotta mirror and Vibia Cosmos lights at the entrance.

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“Kuysen’s mandate is to bring uninterrupted elegance to the whole house,” said Kuysen Enterprises President Jensen Go.
The opening of the showroom also served as the start of Kuysen’s venture into furniture and lighting with international premium brands like Porro, Living Divani, Zanotta, Ceccotti, Baxter, Paolo Lenti and Vibia.
These bring the brands under Kuysen’s umbrella to over 30.

Kuysen’s great minds at the opening:
President Jensen Go, Design Director Marleen Go-Uyecio and Sanitec President Edison Go, together with Amelia Tagliabue, Davide Dal Bianco, Roberto Pozzoli, Marco Van Velsen, Patrick Ung, Carlo Ranieri and Gianluca Ceccotti to name a few.


Kuysen believes every item from its showroom is an investment.
Porro has an impressive selection of wood veneers for bedroom luxury and wardrobe systems. The Italian brand combines manual craftsmanship and state of the art manufacturing processes.


Living Divani has been producing sofas, armchairs, beds, bookcases, storage, carpet and outdoor furniture since the early 1970s. Its upholstery collection is what Living Divani is best known for.

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Baxter, which is also an Italian brand, is popular for luxury leather furniture. The leather is skillfully processed and naturally treated (to retain and enhance its intrinsic qualities) by master tanners.

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Paola Lenti, unlike the three other brands mentioned, is more colorful. The brand is known for outdoor furniture that are made from innovative materials and come in fun colors. Many pieces are made from a patented rope fashioned from special weaving techniques.

Vibia isn’t just about lighting; it’s about creating atmospheres. The Barcelona-based decorative and architectural lighting company allows its clients to customize lighting according to their needs and specifications. But the collaborative process is not mundane but more artsy. It’s a brand that is highly admired by artists, designers, design students and architects.

Vibia’s Patrick Ung flew in from Singapore for the opening

Slamp is an Italian manufacturer of modern lights with unique designs. Slamp Tube floor lamp is one of the most bought lighting fixtures. Using innovative materials such as Opalflex, Flex and Cristal Steel Flex are considered true pieces of art.

Santa & Cole is a Spanish company creates lighting ranging from indoor lighting to large street lamps. Each Santa & Cole creation is distinct. The product line includes a wide range of selections for every style and preference.

Ceccotti has over 60 years of experience in making furniture that combine luxury design with topnotch craftsmanship. Each piece from the Italian brand has a timeless look.


Zanotta tells the story of over 60 years of curiosity and experiments. With over 550 products manufactured since 1954, Zanotta has carved its own place in the extensive and discriminating world of design.

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Next year, Kuysen will open its five-story showroom designed by renowned architect Ed Calma. It will be a design and experience center that will give new meaning to the words “user experience.”

Visit the new Kuysen furniture showroom at the ground floor, Eton Residences, Greenbelt, Legazpi Street, Makati.
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Terrace House star in Up Dharma Down’s newest music video
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What do Japanese reality show Terrace House and Filipino band Up Dharma Down have in common?
Both have a cult following. They aren’t talked about a lot in public but you’d be surprised at the number of people who are fans of Terrace House on Netflix and Up Dharma Down and their songs.

UDD recently launched their music video for their new song Sigurado, which was directed by Nic Reyes and shot entirely in Tokyo.
The music video shows Terrace House’s Mizuki Shida in what looks like a date around Tokyo.

“Instead of a narrative, we made the video about ‘feels.’ We kept it simple and let the song shine,” said Reyes.
The team shot the music video for two days entirely in Tokyo. It’s the first time that the band members do not appear in their video.
“It’s our fifth collaboration with Nic. We can’t imagine doing a music video without him,” said UDD vocalist Armi Millare.

The band’s other members are Carlos Tanada, Ean Mayor and Paul Yap.
Up Dharma Down is known for music that speaks to the soul. Their followers range from teenagers and their not-so-young mothers because good music, they say, knows no age.
For the launch of its music video, UDD flew in Miss Shida to meet to the Philippine media.

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Mizuki Shida (left) with the members of Up Dharma Down

How was UDD able to get Shida, a barista, to agree to the shoot?
“It was Toti. He made it happen,” said Millare.
Toti is Toti Dalmacion of Terno Recordings, which manages Up Dharma Down.
Toti, a Terrace House fan, thought it would be a good idea to cast Shida in the music video and he was lucky to see her at the coffee shop in Tokyo where she worked.

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“They were very kind,” said Miss Shida of her experience. “It was very nice.”
We just had to ask Miss Shida how it felt that the three guys on Terrace House didn’t seem to see her in a romantic light.
“There were six people there: three boys and three girls. It was a very small world. There is a bigger world out here and that’s how I chose to look at it,” she said through an intepreter.

To know more about Up Dharma Down, click HERE.

Vice Cosmetics: The makeup collection that broke the Internet
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Except for CNN and ANC, I don’t really watch TV, so I didn’t know who Vice Ganda until my cousin Keri told me a story about the Taylor Swift concert in 2011, where her daughter Amanda spotted Vice Ganda with Kris Aquino, and Amanda wanted to have a photo with Vice Ganda, not Kris Aquino.
I was like, who’s Vice Ganda??
Now I know.

Vice Ganda is a popular flamboyant gay comedian and TV host who’s known for wearing outrageous costumes.
Now he’s also known as an influential business partner with the successful opening of District 8 gastro-pub in Greenhills and now Vice Cosmetics.

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Everybody—including some makeup snobs I know—is talking about Vice Cosmetics.
With prices that fit right into the brand’s “Ganda For All” beauty philosophy, Vice Cosmetics taps into the Instagram generation’s need for lips that are perfectly lined and filled in.

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Stocks in shelves were sold out within two hours and Vice Cosmetics own website crashed a few times due to the volume of users.
According to the brand’s US-based partners, business for Vice Cosmetics was so brisk that it caused multiple servers to crash.

The Phenomenal Lip Kits, which include a lip liner and liquid lipstick, are priced at Php 295.

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The Good Vibes Matte Lipsticks are Php 199.

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“They would, truthfully, have been priced slightly higher but Vice wanted everyone to be able to afford the lipsticks,” said Rhoda Campos (below, left), head of Business Development and Marketing at Vice Cosmetics.

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The idea behind the products is genius. The Phenomenal Lip Kits come in eight colors ranging from browns and nudes to reds and berries. The shades are perfect for millennials. The Good Vibes Matte Lipsticks come in colors that are more age-democratic.

The lip kits come in shades which relate to Vice Ganda’s career: Pony, Benjamin, Whoops Kiri, Girly, Phenom, Star, Unicorn and Showtime.
The shades in the Good Vibes collection are even gayer and more showbiz: Ganderz, Aura, Hayabayabayu, Kering-Keri, Good Vibes, Pak Ganern, Tarush and Kavogue.

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The clamor has been so great that Vice Cosmetics is having a “good problem.”
Rhoda admitted they underestimated demand for the lipsticks. According to sources, the lip kits are selling so fast, with most in-demand shades, Pony and Whoops Kiri.

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Vice Cosmetics will be formally launched in a concert called “Ganda for All” at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on October 22. Admission is free to those who purchased the lipsticks.
The collection is available at selected Watsons and SM Stores, and Vice Cosmetics kiosks at Trinoma, Farmers Plaza and Market! Market!

To know more, go to

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