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Calma’s fundamental art

ALL ABOUT THE VIEWS  The canopied deck sits high commanding views of the lake and volcano. Philippe Starck’s sofa is the perfect match. Photo by Romain Rivierre

Architect Ed Calma has become synonymous with minimalism. His design revolves around geometry, nature, void spaces and materials.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Cocoon Magazine | Read More »

A condo has lounge-bar feel

LONDON FEEL  Interior designer Wilmer Lopez tries to capture the owner’s directives to turn his one-bedroom condo unit into a cozy bar typical of London and New York. He achieved this by, among other things, knocking down the wall separating the bedroom from the living room, and opting for red bricks, semi-exposed installations and gray, concrete finishing on walls. To jazz up the wooden floor, he had it painted with a bold black-and-white chevron pattern. Photo by Bobot Meru

WHEN this marketing executive from a leading fast-food chain acquired a condo unit, he gave very clear directives to furniture and interior designer Wilmer Lopez. He wanted the 48-sq m one bedroom to look and to feel like a lounge/bar—eclectic, retro, typical of those in big cities like London and New York.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Cocoon Magazine | Read More »

Mel Meer updates the old world

BRING STYLE OUTSIDE  The choice of black for the furniture is very Parisian. The clean lines of the black, wooden   Oriental benches blend with modernity of the wireframe arm chairs. The red ottomans inside the stone cabana accentuate the black-and-white palette. Tress, perennials, shrubs, and ferns highlight the home. Photo by Bobot Meru

Style savant Mel Meer decorates by instinct. “I just do what I feel like doing,” he says. After a visit to Paris, he was inspired by the old world but informal elegance of the French. Thus the influences from his French sojourn became apparent when Meer did the interiors of his spacious home. He used white and ivory on his walls, matched them with dark tones of the flooring and furniture.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Cocoon Magazine | Read More »

Pen Roque’s laid-back persona

PLACEMENT AND FLOW  “The purpose of a living room is to gather friends in big or intimate groups. Instead of two sofas facing each other which are rather confrontational, 
I provided a layout that flows from the L-shaped sofa and cul de sac in the corner to the dining room,” says Pizarro.  BenCab’s ‘Sabel’ painting, Roque’s most prized artwork, is given value, it floats on the wall.

After working as a top executive in a multinational company, Paquito “Pen” Roque can now enjoy the fruits of his effort. Aside from travel, he rewarded himself with a condominium that reflected his style and substance.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Cocoon Magazine | Read More »

Work-life balance—Maricar Xerez-Burgos finds it in Nasugbu

INFINITE BEAUTY  A shaded infinity pool and the sparkling waters of the West Philippine Sea provide a scene of relaxation for Maricar Xerez-Burgos and her family at Terrazas de Punta Fuego.

For most executives, a business trip means being away from family and the comforts of home. For Alby Xerez-Burgos and his wife Maricar, however, it is an opportunity to spend time with their children at their home away from home.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Cocoon Magazine | Read More »

Michel and Amparito Lhuillier take their gardens to lofty heights in Cebu

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A certain mountaintop in the Visayas might still be a patch of wild terrain today if Michel Lhuillier had followed a divergent career path in his youth. “He wanted to become a farmer when he graduated from De La Salle (University),” revealed his wife, Dr. Amparito Llamas Lhuillier, the light-heartedness evident in her voice as she shared the fond memory. Instead, his dream of a pastoral life was deferred for a few decades while he pursued a more lucrative trajectory in jewelry and finance. Now, after raising their family and building a business empire together, the indefatigable couple is enjoying that long-awaited bucolic lifestyle in the hills high above Cebu.

Posted: March 18th, 2013 in Cocoon Magazine,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Hervé and Tess Lampert’s Dedon house


It echoes the global furniture firm’s exquisite design, sustainable technology—and most important, the user’s personal touch and love of family   By Marge Enriquez Photos by Stanley Ong   Decorating their home in a Cebu subdivision, businessman Hervé Lampert, 36, and his Cebuana wife Marites “Tess”  Gonzales, 40, live up to the precepts of Dedon,  [...]

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Cocoon Magazine | Read More »

Management expert Johnlu Koa shows how to apply the 80/20 rule to your possessions

Guests’ shoes in the main living room can be unsightly. The  Almario sisters used Mayie Delgado’s photo to disguise the shoe cabinet.  Photo by Tonette Jacinto

ASK ANY design consultant or homeowner who’s “OC” (obsessive-compulsive) about tidiness and removing clutter at home, and chances are, he or she will say it’s just a matter of attitude.

Posted: October 9th, 2011 in Cocoon Magazine,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The baroness’ art of good entertaining

The French political and military leader ate on this tablecloth in the 18th century when he conquered the Papal States of Italy.  Photo by Bobot Meru

IN 1797, Napoleon Bonaparte, after crossing the Papal States in his Italian campaign, reached Ancona, a port and trading city in northeastern Italy. Seeing the troops, the marquis of the Palazzo Trionfi ran to his fortress called the Rocca Priora on the city border. He then opened fire with two outdated cannons.

Posted: October 9th, 2011 in Cocoon Magazine,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Maymay Liechtenstein enchants with dinner inspired by Ballet Philippines’ Encantada

The dining room, furnished with Gabriel Barredo sculpture, has that wow appeal. Huge phaelenopses evoke the theme dinner inspired by Ballet Philippines’ revival of ‘Encantada.’ Photo by Bobot Meru

FOUR HOURS before the dinner, art patron and entrepreneur Kathleen Liechtenstein, “Maymay” to friends, was fashioning logs from Valrhona dark chocolate. That would be the dessert of her theme dinner for Ballet Philippines (BP) which was set to announce its forthcoming season with its opener, the revival of Agnes Locsin’s Encantada. Written by Al Santos, the story is about an enchantress who protects the forest, and how man suffers from his crime of savaging nature.

Posted: October 9th, 2011 in Cocoon Magazine,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Johannes’ meditation

An arbor supports morning glories and trumpet vines called Datura, more commonly known as ‘Angel’s Trumpet’ and forms a canopied walkway where light is filtered through. Photo by Stanley Ong

THEY SAY there are many lessons to learn from gardening. In this age of multiple distractions, it requires us to take in time, deal with change, be still, and be patient.

Posted: October 9th, 2011 in Cocoon Magazine,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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  2. Lover’s quarrel linked to hunger – study
  3. Encounter with a ‘Mangkukulam’
  4. ‘Kamias’ for fever, ‘siling labuyo’ for headache–first aid in the kitchen
  5. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  6. Summer treat for your aspiring astronomers
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. ‘Heaven is for Real’: Nonfiction book on life after death reaches screen
  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


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  • Sign maker to be nailed to cross for 28th time
  • 50 Quezon City cops each carry 30-kg crosses
  • AFP: Abu Sayyaf group, not MILF, target of Basilan operation
  • Massive infra spending set
  • Sports

  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
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  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Power Pinoys settle for 7th place
  • Successful coaches to get raise
  • Lifestyle

  • Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  • Celebrate Easter Sunday at Buddha-Bar Manila
  • Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation
  • Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City
  • Finalists announced for best translated books
  • Entertainment

  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Jealousy is kid stuff
  • Mommy-daughter adventure continues
  • Business

  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Gov’t subsidies to state firms fell in first 2 months
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • 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

  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Milpitas, California kids wrap up a successful run of ‘The Wiz’
  • Netizens welcome Japan’s visa-free travel plan