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Hotel by the bay gets a $5-million facelift–without losing that Locsin touch

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PHOTOS BY CHITO VECINA

Sofitel Philippine Plaza recently unveiled its newly refurbished Grand Plaza Ballroom, the last in a series of major projects to “elevate” its facilities and make them on par with the Sofitel chain’s “level of luxury” the world over.

Posted: November 19th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Filipino designers make a splash –again–at Malaysia Fashion Week

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FILIPINO designers in Kuala Lumpur: Joel Escober, Rosenthal Tee, Roland Alzate, Noel Crisostomo, Jeffrey Rogador, TonichiNocom, Rene Santos and Ron Ramiro
PHOTOS BY ALEX Y. VERGARA

For the second straight year, Filipino designers made a splash in the recent Malaysia Fashion Week (MFW) by presenting distinct but wearable collections.

Posted: November 14th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

So ancient Balinese, yet so contemporary

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GUY
Bedarida,
John Hardy’s
French-Italian
creative
director

Unlike most global jewelry brands, Bali-based American jewelry brand John Hardy sets itself apart from the competition by employing ancient Balinese techniques such as hammering, carving and even weaving strips of silver and gold, and combining them with more modern Western techniques and aesthetics.

Posted: October 31st, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Lloren proves why he’s different from the pack

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KAYE Tiñga, Jojie Lloren, Tessa Prieto-Valdes

Guests who were aware of designer Jesus “Jojie” Lloren’s theme tried to guess the Filipino painters he was channeling in his 40-piece collection presented at the Red Cross Charity Gala last Saturday in Makati Shangri-La’s Rizal Ballroom.

Posted: October 24th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Tailored pieces, prints and colors–because ‘women are reluctant to wear something shiny to the office’

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DESIGNER Xernan Orticio and
Elite Garments CEO Sheree
Gotuaco

By constantly working with budding designers, this homegrown brand is able to regularly offer patrons something new, while teaching newbie collaborators valuable lessons in ready-to-wear.

Posted: October 17th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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