Quantcast
Latest Stories

Tessa!

Face-to-face with the ultimate tease, Dita Von Teese

By

It took only one night in Bangkok to discover the perfect female body. Dita Von Teese, the renowned Queen of Burlesque, showed off her most graceful and curvaceous form in a one-night show in Bangkok’s posh Peninsula Hotel.

The burlesque dancer and actress performed a steamy show, starring her porcelain, flawless skin and voluptuous figure, for an intimate audience all invited by Cointreau. The liqueur’s famous “Be Cointreauversial” attitude is best personified by Dita, famous for taking a dip in a giant martini glass and cavorting with other whimsical stage props before mouth-agape viewers around the world. Dita is actually American, but her show is just like Cointreau—quintessentially French.

Straight from Bangkok airport, the Philippine press contingent, namely Pepper Teehankee, Melo Esguerra and I, braved the legendary Bangkok traffic and luckily made it on time for the intimate interview with La Dita. The quaint Hotel Eugenia was the venue for the tête-à-tête.

Born Heather Renée Sweet some 40 summers ago, Dita’s stage name is her own combination of a favorite Hollywood bombshell from the ’50s and a name from the Yellow Pages. She shared numerous juicy tidbits, including the fact that she is vegetarian, does Pilates daily, and has a vintage lingerie collection.

And to keep in shape, her regular exercise is… sex! Given her bod, I may have to rethink my dedication to triathlon and have a serious conversation with my hubby!

Cointreau Teese cocktails

Too bad the interview was cut short as it was time to head to the press cocktails at Sofitel Bangkok, hosted by Xavier Desaulles, regional managing director of Remy Cointreau, and Justin Weston, global brand director of Cointreau.

Sunny Ku, Cointreau’s PR maven, and Joey Pineda, commercial manager of Remy Cointreau Philippines, informed the group that Dita said her best interview from among all the different press contingents was the one with us. Clearly that’s because we talked about exciting topics instead of say, politics and stuff like that. It also helped that all three of us arrived in fab outfits!

The famous burlesque artist and the Cointreau team have been perfecting a cocktail that bears her name: Cointreau Teese. Dita wanted the cocktail to be representative of her style, so she selected violet as the top note. The cocktail is perfected with apple and lemon juices, and finished with a slice of ginger on the edge of the glass, to add a touch of spice.

The night came alive at the Dita Von Teese Show at the Peninsula Bangkok, the highlight of which was when she took a skinny dip in a giant Cointreau highball glass.

Putting the tease back into striptease, she also did things with a feather fan best left out of the pages of this family newspaper. With all the glitter, props and costumes, I was in “Dita” envy. All I want for Christmas is a Dita-esque figure!

‘The King and I’

I could not get away from Thailand, even upon my return home. A few nights after arriving, it was time to see “The King and I,” the Broadway musical about the King of Siam and his schoolteacher Anna at Resorts World Manila. Our Assumption HS Batch ’81 celebrated the show along with 82 beneficiary children—one for each of King Mongkut’s children.

Our children-beneficiaries came from the Leukemic Indigent Fund Endowment, the Scholars of Dream Big Pilipinas Association from Gawad Kalinga in Mandaluyong, and CCF Makati Tagalog School from Barangay Poblacion, Makati. We also welcomed the seminarians from Our Lady of the Angels Franciscan Seminary.

To complete our batch of 82 kids, we had the 14 members of the San Juan Nepomuceno Glee Club from the Assumption Mission School in Malibay, Pasay. This school is one of the 13 mission schools that our batch and other Assumption alumnae support annually. The kids gamely caroled at the lobby that evening.

None of this would have been possible without the help of our generous sponsors. A big “thank you” to the generous folks at Magnum, Misibis Bay Resort, Marie France, Svenson and Facial Care Center. A very special thank you also to Volvo, who has supported our projects for the past eight years, and to Tito Nards Gamboa, who also made it possible for these children to watch the show.

Magnum raffled off 20 boxes of Magnum and freezers full of Magnum. Magnum has been so supportive of all our charitable projects, including sending treats to the high-school children studying at Sisters of Mary in Silang, Cavite.

Swatch Christmas event

Swatch was also a generous donor and sponsored 50 kids to see the show. A week later, Swatch kicked off the Christmas season with a Christmas event. It seems that every year, the Swatch Christmas event gets better and better.

As Swatch creative director Rowell Santiago said: “Virgie Ramos never does anything twice. And the latest event must be better than the last. Her energy does not wane, so we all have to keep up with her.”

This year, the Swatch Christmas was celebrated with the opening of the Swatch Shop in Glorietta 1. The store was beautiful. Everything was shining and glittering, including the new gold Swatch watches on display.

Gone are the days of ribbon cutting for Swatch. The bar has been raised! Tita Virgie and her team created huge golden doors with revolving gears. The guest of honor, Jaime Zobel, put his palm on the doors and they magically separated to formally open the store.

As the Swatch doors opened, Zia Quizon sang her acoustic version of Adele’s “Skyfall.” Then, the dynamic duo of Matteo Guidicelli and Alodia Gosiengfiao presented a golden briefcase to Jaime. In it were bundles of Jaime Zobel Swiss francs!

The best part was when Swiss Ambassador Ivo Sieber announced that the Zobel Swiss francs were legal tender at the Swatch Shop, but only for the evening. At that point, the guests collectively proved there is no frenzy like a Pinoy shopping frenzy. The yummy food of Margarita Fores took a back seat to the Swatch displays.

All of which goes to show, one night in Manila is a lot more fun than one night in Bangkok.

Follow @tessavaldes on Twitter or e-mail her at seaprincess@inquirer.com.ph.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Cointreau , Dita Von Teese , Queen of Burlesque , The King and I



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  2. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  3. This is not just a farm
  4. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  5. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  6. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week?
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  9. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  10. The truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, eggs benedict, chicken leg confit are excellent
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  5. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  6. South Koreans crave Asia’s smelliest fish
  7. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Ex-Givenchy model fights for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

News

  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Philippine eagle rescued by Army turned over to DENR
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
  • South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  • Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing in ferry sinking
  • Sports

  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
  • Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
  • Man City slips further out of title contention
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Business

  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
  • PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS
  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
    Marketplace