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I FIRST heard of Pandora jewelry while I was in Sydney three years ago visiting my sister Olivia. On a shopping spree around the city she suddenly had the craving to purchase a bracelet, and there for the first time, I was exposed to the eye-catching jewelry pieces of Pandora.

So I went to the super-successful Manila debut of Pandora at the second level of the chic Greenbelt 5 in Makati, dahlings.

The Philippines is the latest market in Asia to welcome Pandora, which designs, manufactures and markets hand-finished and modern jewelry at affordable prices.

Jetting in from Singapore for the opening was trés charmant Anders Peter Juel Sauerberg, managing director of Norbreeze Group, distributor of Pandora in the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. He was joined by Emerson Yao and Ivan Yao, managing directors of Lucerne.

?I am confident that Pandora will inspire more Filipinos to express their individuality,? said Sauerberg. ?Their love for keepsakes makes Pandora a perfect partner to cherish any moment.?

?Each piece can be customized and tells a story about one?s life,? said Emerson Yao. ?Pandora jewelry can match one?s taste, lifestyle and, of course, special moments.?

The launch was superbly hosted by top model Bianca Valerio. We breezed around and loved the soft adequate lighting and elegant ambiance of the boutique, befitting the successful Danish brand, noted for jewelry of ?high standards, craftsmanship, quality and design.?

Pandora is sold in more than 320 Pandora-branded concept stores in some 50 countries around the world, dahlings.

Check it out, palanggas. I?m sure you would not leave the store without at least getting one glittery piece. I?m sure even the men out there would fancy one or two pieces as I did.

Joe?s birthday

Still in the best of shape, five-time Speaker of the House Joe de Venecia has loads of reasons to celebrate, as shown by his well-attended birthday bash hosted by his wife, Rep. Gina Perez de Venecia, at their well-appointed South Forbes home, dahlings.

Some 200 hot namedroppables from politics, business, show biz and fashion were all très visible and accounted for.

Seen at the party were former president Joseph Estrada, Speaker Sonny Belmonte, SMC president Ramon Ang, Tessie Coson of SM, fashion icon Josie Natori, former Central Bank chairman Gabby Singson and construction magnate FF Cruz.

?In the last three months I am proud to say I was a moving force in three major international summits: the Global Peace Conference in Kenya, the International Conference of Asian Political Parties in Phnom Penh, and the Conference of Political Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean in El Salvador,? Joe told me.

I also found out that these global confabs were participated by the governments, NGOs and business leaders of the Asia-Pacific region.

Once more, JDV has, naturellement, proven his skill as a ?peacemaker nonpareil forging peace initiatives in the conflict-ridden Asian region.?

Newest Cebu hangout

Without batting an eyelash, I can rightfully say Cebu has a nightlife to compete with Manila?s, palanggas.

This was proven once again with the heavy traffic that led to Luxx, Cebu?s newest nightclub.

Renowned local band Johnnie and the Walkers played the hits of the ?80s and ?90s.

My palangga Boyet Sison also hit the DJ booth. He played back to back with DJ Johanna del Rosario and Marlon Orellano.

No less than Mr. Nightlife himself, Nuvo?s Louie Ysmael, hosted the evening together with Vudu CEO JP Chiongbian.

Resident DJ Kutlyfe played R&B at the second-level Lounge.

A mob of a thousand-strong were queuing way past 3 a.m. Playing Top 40 hot beats were Republiq?s Mars Miranda and NYC?s Jay Jung.

Well, palanggas, the sleepless four-day launch was a happening-packed event in Cebu.

GP Reyes and Luxx?s resident DJ?s played all throughout, dahlings, sending everyone detoxing after days of heavy partying, Cebu-style.

Hotel Elizabeth Cebu and Bellavista Hotel were the official residences of the artists.

Luxx, like Vudu, is located at the Crossroads in Banilad.

Check out, www.vudu.com.ph. E-mail VUDU.cebu@gmail.com; contact 0917-7100300 or 0917-7100400.