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This year, Maurice turns…

ALEX Van Hagen, Tetta Agustin and husband Christian Bavery, celebrator Maurice Arcache, Nini Licaros. Seated: Nene Leonor, Dr. Loi Estrada, Justa Tantoco

It was a rare opportunity for Manila’s elite to escape the hot summer sun when Nini Licaros, Mabel Abaño, Mellie Ablaza, Fortune Ledesma, Nene Leonor, Chit Salud, May Neri, Yoly Ayson, Helen Ong, Evie Costa and Agnes Huibonhua hosted the casual but elegant Forbes Park party for moi.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Oscar-caliber gathering for birthday boy Chito Antonio

ARCHITECT and interior designer Chito Antonio

It was supposed to be a surprise bash given by his intimate group of pals for architect and interior designer Chito Antonio. But a day before his birthday, he himself decided to host dinner at The Tivoli in Mandarin Oriental Manila.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Columns,Fashion and Beauty | Read More »

BPI launches Cebu’s first business library

“SALAPI” coauthor and branch business manager Carlos L. Apuhin, BPI Foundation executive director Florencio G. Maranan; BPI president Cezar P. Consing; University of San Carlos vice president Fr. Generoso Rebayla Jr., SVD; “Salapi” coauthor José Eleazar Bersales; BSP regional director lawyer Ma. Lux Berciles; BPI chairperson Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and former BPI president Aurelio Montinola III

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama got his wish when the Bank of the Philippine Islands donated the top floor of its main branch in Cebu to be used as the city’s first ever business library open to the public for free.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Letting it all hang out at Hennessy event

MOËT Hennessy associate director for marketing Angela Lam,Moët Hennessey Asia-Pacific- Philippines communications and public relations manager Richard Jamandre Alarcon; Moët Hennessy Asia-Pacific-Philippines chief representative Olga Azarcon, Moët Hennessy art director Steven Bullock

This year’s edition of Hennessy Artistry Manila Halo, recently held at SM Aura Premier’s Samsung Hall and The Deck, featured a fab synchronized party with different sets of talents in one grand night, dahlings.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Back in Boracay for a birthday bash

MOI with Iloilo’s royals, from left, Pearl of the Pacific owners Marilou Sanson, her daughter Rita Sanson, and Greg Sanson

Boracay is the Philippines’ version of St. Tropez, that devilishly chic town on the Côte d’Azur in France which has been the playground of the rich, famous and infamous for decades. Boracay may have become too crowded and commercial than we would like, but I guess no other place in the Philippines, dahlings, can have the riotous fun that people on the beach have during the day, or evoke the magical atmosphere that pervades the island at sunset and early evening.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Columns,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Marking another milestone of my beautiful life

MAKATI Shangri-La’s director of communications Lesley Tan, moi, Shangri-La’s corporate trainee Inah Manalaysay, Carla Reyes Tengco

“If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends,” said Merry Browne. Marking another milestone can be quite daunting. I had been hoping to turn another year old quietly, but my friends convinced moi otherwise. Après much contemplation, I gave the go-signal to celebrate my birthday.

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

‘Vibers’ welcome New Year

PRIVÉ’S Cesca Rivas, Viber country manager Crystal Lee

The social media network Viber ushered some eight million Filipino users in 2014, which was a cause for celebration via a New Year’s Eve countdown in Metro Manila and Boracay, dahlings.
Viber groups were treated to Cosmo Manille’s top night spots such as Republiq Club, Privé Luxury Club, Imperial Ice Bar, Publiko Pub and The Distillery.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Columns,Fashion and Beauty | Read More »

LA Tenorio off to Toronto; Kris Aquino, Lucio Tan honored

ROBERT Lim, Felipe Gozon, Farid Schoucair and Jaime Bautista

Popular cager LA Tenorio and former seaman Jesus Montiel will enjoy a vacation with their respective families after they won MasterCard’s Cross-Border raffle promo, dahlings. Both had qualified for the raffle entry after spending at least $50 in a single overseas transaction on their MasterCard, natch!

Posted: December 18th, 2013 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Bonifacio the hero takes over Bonifacio the city

PASSIONFEST celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio by bringing the town fiesta experience to the city.

Bonifacio Global City (BGC) pays tribute to Andres Bonifacio, the Filipino hero after whom the commercial complex was named, with this year’s Passionfest—a weekend fiesta that aims to make history hip.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Health and Wellness | Read More »

The party’s over–for now

BERNIE Liu, Golden ABC

Canceling and postponing events are nothing new to Irene Martel Francisco, publisher and managing director of Philippine Tatler magazine.

Posted: November 22nd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Charity at the heart of best-dressed women awards

BEST dressed.Mags Cue, DermAsia Corp.’s Nikki Tang,Makati Rotary Club president Maila M. Garcia, Jerika Ejercito

Charity, one of the greatest Christian virtues, was the motivating factor of the annual Best Dressed Women of the Philippines (BDWP) Awards recently held at the grand ballroom of Makati Shangri-La.

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

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  5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  6. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
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  8. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
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  10. Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
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  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  4. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  7. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  8. Prince William fuels speculation of second royal baby
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  10. This is not just a farm
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