Lucerne, headed by brothers Emerson and Ivan Yao, gave the center stage to leading Swiss watchmaker Breitling when it unveiled its exquisite pieces from its Baselworld 2012 Collection, dahlings.
Jetting in from Singapore was Tristan Boyer de Bouillane, sales director for Asia Pacific and Middle East, and Mitch del Rosario, brand manager of Breitling Philippines.
Good-looking Dingdong Dantes, with a jaw-dropping Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT on his wrist, was presented as Breitling’s brand ambassador.
“Breitling’s Baselworld 2012 Collection reflects the brand’s commitment to quality timepieces with revolutionary features, being the last remaining independent Swiss watch brand and the only major luxury watch brand to equip all its models with chronometer-certified movements, the ultimate mark of precision,” said De Bouillane.
This collection features two mobile disks: a 24-hour disk and a disk bearing the names of 24 cities representing the world’s 24 time zones.
The Transocean Chronograph Unitime comes in steel or red gold versions with the city bezel available in English, Chinese, Russian and Japanese languages.
Other incredible features distinguish Breitling, making the brand known for its timeless quality and horological mastery, palanggas.
Surprise birthday bash
At Casa Celestina, the awesome 1930s ancestral home of Rachy Cuna in Manila, we surprised Marisa Echauz Cojuangco on her birthday.
This surprise bash came about because, as always, her husband Choy Cojuangco had wanted something unique for Marisa’s birthday.
Days before, Marisa’s friends, sisters Gia and Maia Suarez, had wanted to meet with Rachy regarding preparations for Maia’s daughter who was set to get married in Boracay. Rachy suggested a dinner in Casa Celestina. Gia herself organized the surprise bash and invited Marisa on the excuse that the meeting would be to discuss the wedding décor for the Boracay affair.
Little did Marisa know that Gia had invited their closest friends to greet her on her birthday.
Providing a little entertainment were the guitar and percussion duo, Dine and Wine, giving an impressive performance, palanggas.
Of course, Rachy had his ever reliable pianist that night, too.
Rachy prepared the excellent menu: kilawin; Rachy’s Star Salad; chicken pork adobo; Soul Fish, his lola’s favorite fish dish; crab cooked with aligue; and his famous gelato.
Rachy entertained us all in style, dahlings. Now, don’t you just admire and love him?
Focus on Turkey
Miladay Jewels joined hands with premier travel and tour provider Meteor Philippines to showcase the exotic beauty of Turkey when its Turkish Collection was launched.
Welcoming the jeweled set were Turkish Ambassador Hatice Pinar Isik, Meteor GM Ligaya Tabirao, Miladay’s Yvonne Dayrit Romualdez, Christine Dayrit, Jaqui Dayrit Boncan and handsome Mark Dayrit.
Also welcoming the guests was Miladay endorser Karylle, palanggas.
Bum Tenorio emceed the launch, which drew loads of discerning jewelry aficionados and collectors as well as travel executives such as Marissa Bautista of King of Travel, Erlinda Yapana and Sally Calano of Wayfair Tours, and Michelle Victoria of Golden Eagle.
“As a woman and an individual who has great appreciation for excellent craftsmanship and beautiful things, I do not think that there is a better way to present Turkey and all of its richness and exotic allure, than collaborating with Miladay, one of the country’s finest jewelers,” said Ligaya Tabirao.
Turkey is one of my favorite destinations abroad. And Meteor is encouraging Filipinos to visit it.
Naturellement, authentic Turkish cuisine was served as guests enjoyed a trés exclusive first look at Miladay’s dazzling Turkish Collection.
During the raffle, Townes Inc. owner Elita Pacho, who purchased pieces from the collection, won a six-day, five-night trip for two to Istanbul with everything included, care of Meteor Philippines and Turkish Airways.
The trip is great value added to Miladay’s fine collection, dahlings.