If Forbes.com has the Forbes 400, the Business of Fashion has the BoF 500—a prestigious roster of the most influential people shaping the global fashion industry today.
Based on months of research, data analysis, and nominations from current members, the list is refreshed yearly with the names of retail moguls and creative personalities around the globe.
This year, one Filipino—Mark “Jappy” Gonzalez—joins the BoF 500 roster as the Managing Director and co-founder of H&F Retail Concepts, Inc.
Since 1995, when Jappy opened the first homme et femme boutique at the Shangri-La Plaza, his stores and brands have developed a cult following of hard-to-please shoppers that look forward to brands only previously found abroad.
To see the complete roster of the 2017 BOF 500, click HERE.
Growing up in the ’80s, all girls were obsessed with Sanrio.
I remember having an “arms race” with my classmate Anna Zosa over Hello Kitty items—from matching pencil cases to aprons.
I don’t know about Anna, but I still haven’t outgrown these cute things.
Now Sanrio fans who are all grown up will be pleased to know Happy Skin is launching a 23-piece makeup collection featuring Hello Kitty, Little Twinstars and My Melody.
I recently met up with Happy Skin co-founder Rissa Mananquil-Trillo who showed me the entire collection over drinks at the Peninsula.
“It was an honor to meet Mrs. Yuki Tsuji last March at the Sanrio Licensing presentation,” said Rissa. “She’s the wife of the late Mr. Hunihiko Tsuji who had the vision to take Sanrio outside Japan. There’s so much love for Sanrio characters around the world because of him,” she said.
The collection includes products for face, skin and nails.
“We studied the personalities of Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Little Twin Stars in great detail, so what you will see from the products’ packaging to the shade of the makeup to even the names of the shades communicate who they truly are,” said Happy Skin co-founder Jacqe Yuengtian Gutierrez.
The collection includes two blushes with a handy mini-brush (Php 899)
Two sponges (both Php 499, including two small twin ones)
Make A Clean Sweep Micellar Makeup Wipes (at Php 249—a first for Happy Skin)
Blotting sheets (Php 175)
I’m a minimalist, so I really liked the nude nail polish.
The Sanrio Characters Express Gel Polish (Php 299) comes in five shades: Red Apple, Purr-fect, Peaches & Cream, Curious Kiki and Lala Love.
You can buy individually or in a boxed set of five at Php 1,299—perfect for gift-giving.
Of course, a Happy Skin collection wouldn’t be complete without the brand’s famous lip products:
Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies (Php 599)
Moisturizing Matte Lippies (Php 699)
and Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippies (Php 699).
There are seven new shades:
Hello, Hello Kitty
Best of Friends
and Star Wand—all in character packaging.
There are also lipstick sets—perfect for the holiday season, and packed in reusable cute Sanrio boxes. (Php 1299)
A week before Vicki Belo’s wedding to Hayden Kho, I attended a dinner for author Kevin Kwan hosted by National Book Store at the Raffles Makati.
(I saw Piolo at the Belo clinic and noticed that his facial mole had grown. I asked Dr. Belo if it should be removed, and she said Piolo didn’t want.)
Anyway, out of all the guests, celebrities and socialites in the actual wedding—guess who was being talked about most? In my circle, it was Korina Sanchez Roxas.
Everyone is just amazed how stunning she looks at 52.
If your little boys and girls want to be chefs in the future, Pepper Lunch is holding Little Chef workshops this month.
The workshops, open to kids ages 7-12, will be held at Pepper Lunch stores where the kids will be taught everything the Pepper Lunch way—from greetings to assembling their own favorite meal at the restaurant.
The Pepper Lunch Little Chef workshops are being launched along with the Pepper Jr. meals, the restaurant’s version of kiddie meals. They are dishes created specially with kids’ appetites and tastes in mind. Aside from Baby Ribeye Steak (Php 320) and Teriyaki Chicken (Php 245), other dishes are Hamburg Steak with Cheese (Php 220) and Beefy Spaghetti (Php 220).
The workshop costs only Php 399. Aside from the cooking lesson, the kids will get a certificate of attendance, a completion badge, name tag, mini apron, chef’s hat, and a pair of gloves. Of course, the child’s Pepper Jr. meal is included in the fee.
There will be four sessions on three dates in two Pepper Lunch locations:
September 9 – Shangri-La Plaza
September 16 – Rockwell Power Plant Mall
September 23 – Rockwell Power Plant Mall and Shangri-La Plaza
The sessions will be at 11 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM.
There will only be 10 slots for each session.
The kids will be supervised by Pepper Lunch staff during the workshops. The staff will also be responsible for cooking the meals.
Aside from assembly and cooking, there will also be games and a short lecture on how the dishes are assembled and cooked. A prize will be awarded to the most properly assembled dish.
The kids need to be accompanied by an adult during the workshops.
To register your kids, go to the Pepper Lunch branch that you’ve chosen for them to attend. You just need to fill out an application form. Hurry, as slots are limited!
Finally, a chuva-approved hotel opens in Tagaytay.
And by that, I mean a place I could actually stay in because it has modern bathrooms with clean lines. For me, bathrooms are everything. If I’m not comfortable in my hotel bathroom, I’d rather stay home.
There is seriously a lack of chuva-approved hotels in the Philippines, that’s why I was very excited when I learned about Anya Resort from my friend Alexei Villaraza, who arranged a special tour for us.
Anya Resort opened last July 2017, and is just one of three Philippine hotels included in the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It is managed by Anya Hospitality Corp.—a partnership between Roxaco Land and Fuego Hotels.
We drove to Tagaytay on a Tuesday morning, 11 AM and got there around 1 PM. Not bad.
You drive through this bamboo-lined road
and arrive at this resort
Frankly, I was shocked at the security we had to deal with. The gated community is heavily guarded so if safety and security are your concerns, then you’ll be happy there.
Exclusivity, privacy, and space are at the core of the Anya philosophy, said Joe Escalambre, Sales Director at Anya Resort & Residences who welcomed us upon arrival.
From the main building, which houses the reception area, three restaurants, and two function rooms, you can walk to your room or take a golf cart.
The hotel was busy when we arrived. There was a large group from Max’s, I saw my friend Mark de Joya, and cute couple Audee and Kristel Villaraza, who were just checking out.
“What we loved most were the little surprises. The resort knew I was celebrating my birthday, and they made is feel special was through small, repeated surprises,” he shared.
“Normally, resorts have a standard 2 PM check-in time. Anya does not practice this. You can check-in and check-out anytime through your Lifestyle Assistant. We arrived at 9:30 AM and it was great knowing we still had a fully day to enjoy the amenities.”
“There was a security personnel standing outside of our suite the entire time. At first, we found this odd, but seeing a security detail whenever we would step out gave us a good sense of safety. He didn’t follow us. He just guarded the perimeter area,” said Audee.
Units at Anya Resort have been sold to investors from Php 11 million for a studio to Php 21 million for a one-bedroom. The rooms are enrolled in a lease-back program where they are rented out as hotel rooms. Right now, they have a special rate ranging from Php 5,200-Php 6,900.
Joe gave us a tour of the two room types.
The one bedroom (101 to 127 square meters) has a living room and kitchenette
and a spacious bathroom
The studio is 49 square meters and has either one king-sized or two double beds, plus a daybed for a third guest.
Plus the beautiful bathroom
The rooms also have balconies and terraces.
Next we toured the three dining outlets.
Heading Anya Resort’s food and beverage department is Relais and Chateau-recognized chef Emmanuel Stroobant, who writes books, appears on TV, and owns restaurants in Singapore.
Samira is the all-day dining restaurant while Anila is a cafe and wine bar.
Amra is a deli that serves pizza, pasta and sandwiches that you can enjoy by the poolside.
Anya Resort represents the second phase of the 7.2-hectare Anya Resort & Residences development in Tagaytay City. The first phase comprises residential lots, which the owners can develop in accordance with three different house designs. The third phase will offer 134 residential units in 10 low-rise condominiums.
P.S. If you’re bringing a driver, Anya can help you arrange his accommodation at a nearby lodging for Php1,000 per person/per night, inclusive of two meals.
Finally, a chuva-approved hotel in Tagaytay. If only one would open up in Baguio, that would be perfect.
Universe, make it happen!
Anya Resort is at Buenavista Hills Road, Barangay Mag-asawang Ilat, Tagaytay City Telephone
Manila (632) 657.1640
Cavite (046) 419.8040
Hotline (0998) 577.9999