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LORETTA Hannikainen, Nokia Indochina-Philippines area head William Hamilton-Whyte, Ambassador of Finland Heikki Hannikainen

MEGAN Young and Robi Domingo

Nokia fanatics were treated to an awesome night when the mobile phone giant launched its Lumia 610, 710, 800 and 900 smartphones at Bonifacio High Street Central, palanggas.

The new phones promise incredible mobile technology, fast connection and great extra features.

The club-themed event, “Lumianation,” was hip and super fun. It had fantastic light displays, cool house sounds, exciting activities, endless flowing food and cocktails.

Loads of invitees danced to a remix of iconic Nokia ringtones. DJ Nina Saputil and the international group Jump Smokers took turns on the illuminated stage, playing their awesome electro beats that kept everyone rock and rolling throughout the amazing event.

JR ISAAC, Summit’s Myrza Sison, Nokia corporate communications manager Nikka Abes, ABS-CBN’s Philip Cu-Unjieng

Hot shots in the event were William Hamilton-Whyte, vice president and area head of Nokia Indochina and the Philippines, and Heikki Hannikainen, ambassador of Finland. They were joined by the Nokia Philippines rah-rah team led by general manager Dharmesh Goshalia and corporate communications manager Nikka Abes.

It was interesting to watch the guests who were users of other brands being challenged in the Nokia Lumia booth. They were shown how they could take photos through their Nokia Lumia phones and share the images through Facebook quickly.

Naturellement, the four Nokia Lumia phones were up for grabs as giveaways that night. The winners screamed in delight as they became the new proud owners of Nokia’s latest phones. They quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. They themselves posed their amazing photos and videos on Facebook, using their Lumia, of course.

Go for it and get the new Nokia Lumia smartphone, natch!

(More info? Visit http://www.nokia.com.ph.)

Dusit’s tribute to moms

CRIS and Isabelle Albert, Christine and Audrey Limjoco, and Dawn, Ayisha and Jacob Lagdameo

Dusit Thani Manila partnered with Bantay Bata to pay tribute to the mothers of the world. The hotel laid out a benefit-raising family buffet and mounted a children’s fashion show.

The benefit raised a cool P2.5 million for Bantay Bata’s pediatric heart patients needing life-saving heart surgeries, palanggas.

“Dusit International’s founder is an 80-year old mother Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui known across the industry as ‘Thailand’s first lady of hospitality,’” said Danelle Palang, the hotel’s senior public relations officer. “It was her vision, determination and commitment that has built Thailand’s most respected hotel name, Dusit International. Her strong passion, as a mother, fueled her life’s work for over 60 years. This has been one of Dusit Thani Manila’s reasons for supporting this project.”

TESSA Prieto-Valdes, Mandy de la Rama Santos and Solene Santos

“We believe that we must look after the children of today so that they can look after the world tomorrow,” said Prateek Kumar, Dusit Thani Manila’s general manager, himself a father of two-year-old Jia Kumar. “Hence, we intensely help charities focused on children, like Operation Smile, Laura Vicuña Foundation and now Bantay Bata.”

The happening at the Grand Ballroom of Dusit Thani Manila featured the hotel’s famed Family Sunday Crossover Buffet, which combined the best cuisines from its Japanese restaurant, Umu; Thai resto, Benjarong; Italian restaurant, Tosca; and Basix All-Day Dining Restaurant, dahlings.

JUNIOR Prieto of Racks, Marta Prieto Lovina, Chiqui Martinez Prieto, Marylou Prieto

The grand highlight was the Children’s Couture Fashion Show, in which children modeled original pieces from our namedroppable designers. The show was mounted together with Lifestyle Asia.

Later, gifts were given to all the mommies by Country Colours, Olay, Villa del Conte Cioccolate, W/17 and Megaworld, dahlings.

Racks at The Fort

When you are in the mood for real good down-to-earth cooking, without batting an eyelash, you should dash over to renowned Racks, which has now spread its wings with 15 awesome branches, dahlings.

FORMER Sen. Jun Magsaysay, Nacho Legarda, Andre Kahn, Junior Prieto

Ever since good-looking couple Junior Prieto and Chiqui Martinez Prieto took over the brand a few years back, the resto has grown.

The couple did a complete face-lift of the resto, transforming the interiors from white to “the warm, relaxed and cozy ranch feel of today, while keeping the same to-die-for recipes for the core products that everyone has loved since it first opened in the ’90s,” said Chiqui M. Prieto, dahlings.

PABLO and Pocholo Garcia-Morera (standing); Jeff Blake, Marilou and Martha Garcia Morera, Sofia and Alex Blake

No wonder Racks has been attracting regular and new clientele in droves, palanggas.

Leading the guests to the opening of Racks’ new branch in The Fort were former Sen. Jun Magsaysay and Marilou Kahn Magsaysay.

Other VIPs during the opening were Andre and Ito Kahn, Marie Ramos, Pilar Prieto Lorenzo, Rosemarie Prieto, art collector Marylou Prieto, Iggy Ramos, chef Marta Lovina and Butch Lopez.

Believe moi, dahlings, the food is better than ever at Racks. Yes, it rocks!


In the June 15, 2012, column on the launch of Porcelanosa Grupo, Kevin Belmonte was identified as a guest. Actually, he was one of the Philippine partners of Porcelanosa. Sorry for the mistake, palanggas.

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