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Top Barcelona fashion brand comes to the Philippines

/ 02:48 AM August 07, 2013

SSI’S Mike Huang and Desigual’s marketing manager for Asia Pacific Josie Kam. PHOTO by Alex Van Hagen

Stores Specialists Inc. has welcomed to the Philippines Desigual, the latest addition to SSI’s stable of international brands.

LATEST from Desigual’s 2013 Collection for ladies. PHOTO by Alex Van Hagen

Known for its bold prints and eye-popping colors, Desigual is originally from Barcelona, Spain. We were told it was born with the slogan, “It’s not the same.”

Desigual seeks to provide a different customer experience by creating imaginative store spaces.


Its “neon” concept offers dark settings with touches of blue lights that highlight the garments and create alternative worlds. This idea makes shopping a real pleasure, dahlings.

MYX VJ Julz Savard and DJ Katsy Lee. PHOTO by Alex Van Hagen

Hosted by MYX VJ Julz Savard, the grand launch was held at Club Haze which was decorated with an explosion of colors, as the invitees wore their trendiest clothes in bright hues and striking patterns.

Playful cocktails such as Galactic Fun, Sexy Kisses and Summer Love, and endless Absolut Vodka had everyone in a great fun, partying mood palanggas.

The mood prepared them for a spectacular fashion show that sent models to the runway to the upbeat dance music by DJ Katsy Lee.

Michael Huang of the Rustan’s Group of Companies and Desigual marketing manager for Asia Pacific Josie Kam welcomed the guest of honor, Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq who came with his lovely wife Rosa and daughter Clara.

“Desigual’s new store in Manille is an addition to its increasing global store count—with more than 350 stores in over 100 countries,” said Josie Kam at the event’s finale, dahlings.

Desigual, exclusively by SSI, is at Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Bonifacio High Street Central.

Puno’s birthday bash


LAWYER Rene V. Puno (center) with wife Ann and children Luis, Renee and Yago. PHOTO by Alex Van Hagen

A super-clear evening sky with the panoramic view of Alabang and the Laguna de Bay was the background of the birthday bash of lawyer Renato “Rene” V. Puno.

The event took place at the 22nd floor of Bellevue Hotel in Alabang.

Puno, managing partner of the Zulueta, Puno and Associates (ZPA) law firm, was treated by his adorable wife, my palangga Ann Santa Cruz Puno, to a perfectly planned dinner bash, with an endless flow of excellent wines and great menu from Bellevue’s talented chefs.

Arriving on time were ZPA Law’s smart and sharp founding partner, lawyer Antonio Zulueta; Ambassador Joey Antonio with wife Hilda Reyes; Sandra Jocson Fernandez; Justice Ricardo Rosario and Taguig RDO Maridur Rosario; Mark Bechara; Qatar Airways’ Abdallah Okasha; SEC Commissioner Juanita Cueto; Philippine Stock Exchange counsel lawyer Daisy Arce; Bergamo’s Mel Meer; Joanne Rae Ramirez with husband Ed Ramirez; southern lady Bebot Laurel; Christian Espiritu; Ramil Lombos of DM Consunji Inc.; Noel Gonzales; Gabriella Wegfahrt; businessman Freddie Lozano; Letty Uichanco; Tina and Tony Laurel; Dr. Jocel Novenario; and Ping and Valerie Sotto, dahlings.

A toast was made by the icon of emcees, Johnny Litton:

“May lawyer Rene Puno continue to be blessed with good health, prosperity and an abundance of lasting friendships.”

Cheers to that!

Grey Goose International

Our town’s leading lifestyle engagers and nightlife impresarios blazed the greens of the upscale Alabang Country Club for the 5th Grey Goose Invitational.

BACARDI Martini Philippines’ Ross Bautista, Bacardi Martini brands commercial manager Bobby Campos, Au Aguilar, country manager Sanjit Randhawa, Ito Zamora.

An annual event, Grey Goose saw 30 teams vying for the pole position in the prestigious tournament, dahlings.

Golf die-hards who took part in the tourney included GP Reyes, Mike Floro, Edwin Dazo, Noel del Rosario, Alfie Tiaoqui, Jon Naval, Mike Besa, Howard Co, Jay Server and Jun Yupitun.

Also present were Thai Ambassador Prasas Prasasvinitchai and celebrity golfer Ogie Alcasid.

“Grey Goose is today one of the top luxury icons in the world,” said Sanjit Randhawa, country manager for the Philippines and Indonesia. “(It) proactively connects and engages with consumers who love life, lead in life and who seek the best, and our participating golfers here in Manila epitomize just that.”

Bobby Campos, Bacardi Martini brands commercial manager, also gave remarks.

RICHARD Tiu, Nikki Tang, Thai Airways GM Sern
Chupikulchai and Mastermind’s Sunny Ku

“Grey Goose is a natural fit with the sport,” said Campos, “as the brand’s image fires up the competitive spirit for the sport. This year’s tournament was truly momentous with 30 teams participating, and we look forward to an even more exciting one next year.”

The fun part was the 19th Hole Celebration held at the Jaguar/Land Rover showroom, which was transformed into a plush, gorgeous Grey Goose lounge for the evening.

Invitees were treated to a sumptuous buffet and served with free-flowing Grey Goose, natch! Particularly great were the signature cocktails “Back Nine” and “Grey 19th Hole.”

Sponsors were Thai Airways, Jaguar/Land Rover, and Raffles & Fairmont Makati.

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