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This year, Maurice turns…


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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 »

‘Her-storic’ lesbian-only cemetery opens in Germany

Prenzlauer Berg

What may be Europe’s first lesbian-only burial place opened Sunday in a forested Christian Lutheran graveyard in the German capital.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Belo stars conquer Bacolod


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MATTEO Guidicelli, Bianca Manalo, Jojie Dingcong, Chole Cuenca-Chua holding Jojie’s birthday cake, Cristalle Belo-Henares and Derek Ramsay

Bacolod City went gaga over the visit of Dr. Vicki Belo and Belo Medical Clinic endorsers Derek Ramsay, Matteo Guidicelli, Bianca Manalo and Cristalle Henares.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again

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BORGY Manotoc and Georgina Wilson are happily together again the second time around

It’s time for my monthly Sweet and Sour, palangga, so let me start with this truly sour note. There is this impostor who has opened Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts under my name. I have never had an account in these social media sites, and I still don’t have. This impostor will be discovered, and will be exposed. Please delete this person from your account and spread the word to friends to do the same. Thanks, palangga.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Oscar-caliber gathering for birthday boy Chito Antonio


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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 »

Humor trumps good looks in PH, poll shows

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Sense of humor trumps good looks.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Who were Manila’s original society families?

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I move through life with confidence and a sense of humor and my days are filled with delight!

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Back in Boracay for a birthday bash


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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


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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 »

Do we have a mentally sick society?


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There is so much violence happening in the streets of Metro Manila one would think a war is going on. Reports of criminality are so numerous that it has almost become a way of life for us.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Columns,Health and Wellness,Mind and Body | Read More »

Early end-life plan for elderly in aging Japan

Japanese Emperor Akihito, center, is led by a Shinto priest when he visits the tomb of his late father Emperor Hirohito at the Musashino Mausoleum in Hachioji in the western suburbs of Tokyo. AP FILE PHOTO

Japan’s emperor Akihito surprised the nation last month when palace officials announced plans for his funeral. His wishes for a relatively modest one — and the act of
planning ahead — were widely seen as a good example in this rapidly aging country.

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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