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Without Batting An Eyelash

At home in ‘Kassa’ with vintage, modern furniture

By: - Columnist
/ 07:20 AM July 14, 2017

Piolo Pascual, Boy Abunda, Marilyn Gan, Dr. Steve Mark Gan

Karen Santos, fashion designer-turned-curator of beautiful things for the home, hosted lunch at Nest Furniture on Jupiter in Makati—the venue of her latest Kassa popup exhibition-sale of 19th-century antiques, mid-century vintage pieces and new furniture.

The gathering, coorganized by Santos’ friends, interior designers Conrad Onglao and Tania Lichauco, had a lush, tropical theme, leaf-pattern tablecloths, beautifully embroidered and starched linens, bamboo cutlery and Portmeirion plates with a botanical garden design.

Such elements provided an elegant, unexpected contrast to the furniture on display, from the inherent classicism of the 19th-century pieces, to the modernism of the mid-century finds.


Onglao and Lichauco likewise put distinctive vignettes within the showroom, demonstrating how vintage works blended with contemporary pieces.

Seen enjoying the lunch, the setting, and each other’s company were Ramon Antonio, Cristina Davila, Bea Zobel, Tessa Valdes, Rene Orosa, Vicki Delgado, Chat Fores, Jam Acuzar, Chyll Ramirez, Jonathan Matti, Kai Lim, Jessica Puyat, Nikki Tayag, Erica Concepcion Reyes and Jason Buensalido, among other interesting people.


NorihideOno, Gitri San Diego, Jojie Dingcong, Mark Lua, Henrik Lagoni

Belvedere Vodka

To all my palangga out there, what’s your drink of choice lately? To those who like vodka, the good news is that the makers of Belvedere Vodka, dubbed as “the world’s super premium vodka,” want us to have a taste of the flavors of nature and to “Relearn Natural.”

“Come, heed the call to immerse yourself with the natural essences of the Earth that only the Belvedere brand has,” Marek Vojcarcik, mixologist and Belvedere Vodka Asia-
Pacific brand ambassador, said.

Delighted guests watched him showcase the campaign’s signature cocktail, Belvedere Spritz, refreshingly made from natural ingredients, completely free from additives.

Natural ingredients meant fruits, select herbs and fresh vegetables infused into Belvedere Vodka.


Anthony Gallardo, Veruzka Graterol, Simon Feraud, Daniela Schneider

Behind the smile

“It’s not just a smile, it’s a statement.” Beyond being a mere tagline or slogan, this is the credo that inspires Dr. Steve Mark Gan, president and CEO of Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (Gaoc), touted as one of the best dental clinics in Southeast Asia.

It’s not just a person’s smile that counts, said Gan, but having a good set of teeth builds confidence and self-esteem, among other personal benefits.

The Gaoc Group continues to grow, dahlings, its latest branch having recently opened at the second floor of S Maison in Conrad Manila.

“We continue to expand because we believe in quality dentistry for the Filipino,” Gan said. “This is part of our vision of providing only the best dental care through partnerships with top clinics in Singapore, Taiwan and Italy.”

The Gaoc Group’s S Maison clinic allows clients to experience its extensive range of world-class services, manned by topnotch dentists, and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and immaculate, and modern-looking interiors.

Prominent figures in politics, business and show biz graced the inauguration of the clinic.
On hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon with Gan were former Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez, Miss International 1964 Gemma Cruz-Araneta, Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada, Gaoc chief finance officer Marilyn Gan, Michael Tan of LT Group, Dr. Wong Keng Mun of T32 Dental Centre Singapore, Dr. Wu Ming Che of Sense and Beauty Dental Center Taiwan, Dr. Melinda Garcia of PRC board of dentistry, Patrick Loke of Shofu Dental Asia Pacific, and Straumann director and head of sales and marketing for Apac distributor markets Philip Nueesch.

Tricia Centenera, Mari Koh, Dennise Oca

Mishi Cu-Unjieng, Gio Robles, Andromeda Rono

Cedric Pasco, Kat Smorodina, Drew Javellana

Landon Leoncio, KC del Rosario, Chelsey Singson, Jolo Ejercito

Cristina Davila, Bea Zobel, Karen Santos

Bea Ledesma, Jam Acuzar

Kassa table setting

Karen Santos finds

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