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Cheers to a long-standing ‘love affair’

DEREK Ramsay, Susie and Ed Calma, J. Anton and TinaMendoza

I have a long-standing “love affair” with Swedish watch brand Swatch and its Philippine distributor Virgie Ramos—who is and will always be my fairy “watchmother” when it comes to my timepieces and most especially my charity work.

Posted: November 9th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Swatch sets world launch of BenCab limited edition

The BenCab
image on the invite
to Nov. 4 launch

‘I’ve always wanted a woman,” said BenCab with an almost deadpan expression. I didn’t have to bait him into saying it. He obviously knew it was a sound bite I wanted to get as we sat down to dinner last week.

Posted: October 31st, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Winding up my Swatch

HAPPYLAND. Swatch & Swatch at 918 Arnaiz Ave., San Lorenzo
Village, Makati, is converted into a Sistem51 playground.

Time marches on and there is nothing we can do but make the most of it.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Catching BenCab at Swatch+Swatch Center

NATIONAL Artist for Visual Arts Ben Cabrera

Visual arts mover Annie Sarthou called it serendipity. I happened to be near the place where National Artist (Visual Arts) BenCab was giving the soon-to-open Swatch + Swatch Center a once-over, at the invitation of Virgie Ramos.

Posted: October 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Swatch SISTEM51 turns the world upside down


In 1983, Swatch introduced a simplified, Swiss made quartz wristwatch with only 51 parts. The world’s first plastic watch was made not by hand in the traditional Swiss manner, but on a fully automated assembly line.

Posted: October 6th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »