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Top Italian designer jets into town


ICANSERVE founding president Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, Dove endorser Angel Jacob and Rustan’s Supercenters Inc. president Donnie V. Tantoco

The pillars of business and society and other powerful A-listers were welcomed by First Life president and CEO Peter Coyiuto to his company’s hot series of business forums at Manila Polo Club in Makati.

“This forum series serves as an avenue for First Life to provide clients and friends with valuable and timely information on financial planning as well as inspirational life stories that benefit the Filipino family,” Coyiuto said.

In the forum, lawyer Angelo M. Cabrera, founding partner of AMC Law Office, discussed “the legal framework as well as vital court decisions arising from estate settlement cases.”

Paul Joseph M. Garcia, senior VP for assets management of Bank of the Philippine Islands, tackled “local and international perspectives affecting the Philippine economy.

UNILEVER’S Carl Cruz, ICanServe Foundation’sNikoy de Guzman, Rustan’s Fresh Supermarket’s Frances Yu

Karen Davila of ABS-CBN talked about her experience as a broadcast journalist.

Moi was told that on its awesome 53rd year, First Life Financial Co. continues to provide financial security products and services, maintaining a coveted position among life insurers in the country today.

And, for almost two successful decades, First Life has likewise been the exclusive Philippine partner of two of the world’s largest life insurance companies, Swiss Life (Switzerland) and Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (Japan).

Cappellini opens in Taguig

RITCHIE Velasquez, Karl Cotaoco, Aggie Artadi

Italy is still top of the line when it comes to furniture, dahlings, so leave it to the grand master of retail, Ben Chan, to add another feather to his cap with his latest baby, the Italian design firm Cappellini, which has just opened its Manila showroom, dahlings, at One Parkade in Bonifacio Global City.

This world-class furniture brand marked its debut in the country, thanks to the partnership between Dimensione and Suyen Corp.

The très exclusive launch was attended by hotshot designers and architects, palanggas. Signore Giulio Cappellini jetted into town and gave an inspiring lecture about design concepts and his vision of the “Cappellini Dream.”

After all, dahlings, Time Magazine praised him as one of the most charismatic leaders of design and “one of the top 10 trend-setters of our time.”

What is it about Cappellini that makes it distinct from other luxury furniture brands? With more than 60 years of design expertise, the brand continually pushes the boundaries of design, making it iconic and highly influential.

SHANGRI-LA Plaza’s Lala Fojas, Unilever’s

Invitees couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous Cappellini Manila Showroom that had pieces like Marcel Wander’s “Tulip” swivel armchair, Dror’s “Peacock” armchair, “Antler” armchairs by Nendo, Shiro Kuramata’s “Side 1,” and “Thinking Man’s Chair” by Jasper Morrison, no less.

Check out Cappellini Manila at One Parkade, 28th Street, Bonifacio. Visit www.cappellini.it.


‘In the Pink of Health’

Rustan’s Supermarket and Dove launched their partnership campaign, “In the Pink of Health,” at Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza.

The joint initiative sought to raise awareness about breast cancer and raise funds for the benefit of ICanServe Foundation, dahlings.

“Rustan’s has been looking after the needs of women for over 40 years already, and we continue to provide them with quality products to help them care for themselves,” said dashing Rustan’s president Donnie Tantoco, no less.

“With this campaign, and Rustan’s and Dove as our partners,” said  ICanServe Foundation VP Nikoy de Guzman, “we hope to increase awareness on the importance of early detection as a preventive measure.”

MONIQUE Buensalido, Carla Cassanova, Frances Yu, Nina Daza Puyat

It was a pink-themed affair, palanggas, from attire to food. The invitees enjoyed a smashing smorgasbord consisting of scrumptious pink chicken lily sandwiches, strawberry-filled cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, salmon gravlax with condiments, pink and green macaroons, and other pink yummy sweets, courtesy of Gourmet to Go.

Check out the Dove Pink Kit available for a limited period only at Rustan’s Fresh at Rockwell and Shangri-La Plaza, dahlings. Also enjoy the Club des Sommelier Rose and Sparkling wines. A portion of the sales of Dove Pink Kits and other items will go to  ICanServe Foundation.

Bazaar south of Manila

The St. James the Great Christmas Bazaar is now on its 21st year and it will be held on Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., at Cuenca Community Center & St. James Parking Lot, Ayala Alabang Village. Entrance is free.

Proceeds will be for the benefit of St. James Foundation.

Chairpersons are the mother-daughter team of Mimi and Nikki Valerio.

All Mastercard and Visa credit cards will be accepted. ATM machines and mobile ATM’s available for the shoppers.

Free shuttle services are available.

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Tags: Dimensione , Dove , First Life , ICanServe Foundation , interior design , Italian designer , Karen Davila , Manila Polo Club , Peter Coyiuto , Rustan’s Supermarket , St. James the Great Christmas Bazaar , Suyen Corp.

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