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When ’70s fashion extravaganza was synonymous with one name: Bobby Caballero

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TOGETHER FOREVER. Designer Ernest
Santiago and Bobby Caballero, now
together in the afterlife

It was 1972 when I first met Bobby Caballero. Martial law was only a few months old, and I was barely 15, on a Christmas school break from La Salle Green Hills. Auggie Cordero took me to Nayong Pilipino that cool December night to assist him for a dress rehearsal for “Bagong Anyo,” Imelda Marcos’ fashion show meant to end all fashion shows.

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Stepping Into Grandma’s Shoes


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(Cover photo by Jilson Seckler Tiu)

If the sins of the father cannot be visited on the son, does that put Marcos grandson Fernando Martin “Borgy” Manotoc in the clear?

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

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 »

Gia Macuja bags role of Imelda’s nanny in West End ‘Here Lies Love’

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AS CLARA in ‘Passion,’ withMenchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Fosca
andMichael Williams as Giorgio; and as Cosette to Jaime Blanch’s
Marius in ‘Les Miserables’—both with Repertory Philippines
PHOTOS COURTESY OF GIAMACUJA-ATCHISON

Singer Mark Bautista has been cast in the role of Ferdinand Marcos for the West End staging of “Here Lies Love,” a musical about the life of Imelda Marcos.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Imelda the musical casting in Manila for authenticity

This image released by The O and M Co. shows Ruthie Ann Miles as Imelda Marcos in "Here Lies Love," with concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, at The Public Theater in New York. Byrne, the Talking Heads frontman went to the Philippines last week to add potential names to the English-based talent pool as he gears up to present the show in London this September. AP

David Byrne has gone more than an extra mile to ensure his immersive show “Here Lies Love” about Filipino ex-first lady Imelda Marcos is as authentic as possible as it goes international: He’s just finished casting in Manila.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Theater | Read More »

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