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Channeling Imelda’s Favorite Home Stylist

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GLORY DAYS: Making Malacañang bloom during the Marcos years was a highlight of Laing’s career as stylist to the rich and powerful (Photos courtesy of Lopez Museum and Library Collection)

I first met him when I was about 6 years old, this stern British gentleman who smelled so good, but looked so forbidding when he found my disarray of Barbie dolls, Chinese checkers, Old Maid cards and stack of clothes fashioned into a tent blocking his way.

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Two generations and the Mandarin

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HEY, HEY, THE CANGS ARE HERE: Isabel (left) and mother Maricris (PDI Photo/Kimberly dela Cruz)

It seems only fitting that what the mother saw in its inception, the daughter is bringing to its conclusion. In a few days, as the iconic Mandarin Oriental Manila closes its doors after almost four decades, it is also closing the pages of its colorful history as experienced by two generations in one family.

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Hotel’s Queen of Talk

Chuidian. INQUIRER PHOTO/Kimberly dela Cruz

People might miss Mandarin Oriental now that it’s closing its doors, but most media folk will miss its PR most—a woman so thoughtful, sophisticated and cool that her staff only knew she was upset when she pursed her lips!

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Surviving traffic with your Smartphone


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Photo Illustration by Riki Velarde

There are plenty of apps developed to help circumnavigate traffic, but here in Manila, you’ve got a better chance of winning the lottery (even if you haven’t bought a ticket) than escaping terrible traffic.

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Becoming Human Again


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Six months after super typhoon “Yolanda” ravaged Samar and Leyte with relentless ferocity, the multi-purpose hall in Barangay Sulod, Basey, Samar remains in abject disrepair.

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

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