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SILVANA Novelli Fornari, Teresa Herrera, Isabel Roces, Annette Gozon-Abrogar and Davines’ managing director Armand Valencia

CHRIS Cone, Marge Argel, Cherry Reyes and Henri Calayag

At a super fun cocktail happening at the mind-boggling Mind Museum in Bonifacio, Davines, one of the world’s favorite women beauty products, invited all the top salon owners and hair experts and a dash of social icons and fashionable personalities for a casual get-together to promote environmental conservation, dahlings.

Supporting the event were model Teresa Herrera,  model-writer Isabel Roces, GMA Films president Annette Gozon-Abrogar, and Silvana Novelli Fornari, spouse of the Italian ambassador.

We were completely amazed to see the gallery of the museum transformed into a modern garden with striking images projected all over the white walls. Guest enjoyed the cocktail food while taking sips of Vitamin Boost. Cocktail mixes were prepared by Finlandia, natch!

DAVID Feldia, Victor Ortega, Gloria Dela, Davines’ operations manager Chester Co and Lourd Ramos

ANNETTE Gozon-Abrogar and Marites Gozon

Admiring the Davines beauty loot were Ferdi Salvador, jet-setting writer Heidi Ng, Stylebible’s  Nikki Santiago, Seventh High’s Jose Haresco and Lito Trinidad, Rima Otswani, Christine Jacob-Sandejas and husband Paco, and Carlo Calma.

Experts from Davines gave a short talk about the brand and its products. Pam Joaquin and Audra Lucero-Garcia said the Davines’ principle is based on “natural solutions.”

They added that “98 percent to 100 percent of the products are all-natural with fully recyclable or biodegradable packaging.”

Check out Davines in all the top salons.

Nokia Maps

NOKIA corporate communications manager Nikka Abes and Nokia Maps Challenge first place winner JC Pulido

The battle of technology and speed is heating up. Nokia recently hosted an exciting race for tech-savvy individuals via Nokia Maps Challenge, a whirlwind tour of areas around Ayala Avenue in Makati.

Carrying Nokia smartphones, contestants completed the “Amazing Race”-inspired game with pit stops in Glorietta, Ayala Museum, Ayala Triangle, Filipinas Heritage Library and Paseo de Roxas parking lot.

In the exciting challenge, participants had to find the wild boar statue near Glorietta, the black sculpture near Dela Rosa Avenue, and a patriot’s monument at a landmark intersection, among other clues, which were sent through their Nokia mobile via @NokiaPilipinas, natch.

NOKIA Services marketing manager Corinne Risos-Bacani (second from left) with executives from Wunderman: Emmanuel Mangahas, Peter Juan and Java Lee

Upon arriving at the correct landmark, they checked in their location via Nokia Maps, then took a photo of themselves, which they automatically uploaded on their personal Facebook and Twitter accounts. A confirmation message gave them the clue for the next checkpoint.

“The Nokia Maps is preloaded in Nokia smartphones to give users a great out-of-the-box experience,” said Nokia Philippines corporate communications manager Nikka Abes. “It offers maps for over 110 countries with drive and walk directions, public transport, and weather information. Its latest release features new additions such as voice search, geo-tagged photo display, and a new and improved Route Planner. Even better, users can now avail (themselves) of these features offline!”

Check out @NokiaPilipinas on Twitter and add Nokia Philippines on Facebook for updates.

Lagarde wines from Argentina

JULIA Quisumbing and Carlo Lorenzana

Carlo Calma-Lorenzana and Bobby Basa Tenchavez have discovered the joys of happy-hour culture and realized that going into the business of good wines is a great idea.

Classmates long ago at La Salle Green Hills, the two young entrepreneurs visited vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina, and après became the exclusive importers and distributors of Lagarde wines.

Aprés enjoying the different flavors of wine, they concluded that “Lagarde’s wines topped them all.”

So they partnered with the classy Tivoli of Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which served a jaw-dropping menu by chef Rene Vercelli. Served were delectable hors d’oeuvres for cocktails. A surprise dessert brought a chorus of “oohs and aahs.”

BOBBY Galang, Palmi Layug, Bobby Tenchavez, Rep. Tom Apacible

Carlo and Bobby paired Tivoli’s menu with Lagarde’s high-end wines: Lagarde Altas Cumbres’ extra brut sparkling wine; Henry Gran Guarda 2007, Lagarde Cabernet Franc and as dessert wine, Henry Muscato-Viognier 2010.

Carlo and Bobby hosted the affair as a welcome for  Lucila Pescarmona, the fourth-generation owner of Lagarde, who had come to Manille for a short visit. She was truly impressed, dahlings.

MANNY Estacion, Abe Licaros, Kit Aguado, Benji Picardo, Johnny Litton

Heading the namedroppables list were, naturellement, Joaquin Daniel Otero and wife Silvia Otero. Also in the dinner were Argentinian minister Jaime Goldaracena and wife Hisai; proud Tender Bob partners, the couple Bob and Betsy Tenchavez; Lamberto and Apples Meer, and Cirilo and Vilma Santos.

MARGIE Moran, Argentinian Ambassador Joaquin Daniel Olero Sr., Marta Silvia Olero

The following day, wine-lovers Francis and Vicky Abraham texted: “We are still gushing over the dinner and the perfect wines that were paired with it!”

Should I say more? The night was a dream come true for all lovers of fine food and exceptional wines.

Check out Lagarde’s premium wines from Argentina, call Carlo Lorenzana at +63918-9990917 or Bobby Tenchavez at +63917-8913080.

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