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Swiss ‘freeze’ formula stops aging dead in its tracks

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Plants that survive and flourish in the harshest weather conditions are the basis of a new line of anti-aging treatments. They call to mind Darwin’s natural selection and survival of the fittest.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Alzheimer’s patients find care in Thailand, PH

In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, a Thai caretaker, right, carries Gerhard, an Alzheimer’s patient from Switzerland in a swimming pool at Baan Khamlangchai care center in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand. Thailand is poised to attract more Alzheimer’s sufferers from the Alpine country and elsewhere. The Philippines is offering Americans care for $1,500 to $3,500 a month, well below US rates.  AP

Residents of this facility for people with Alzheimer’s disease toss around a yellow ball and laugh under a cascade with their caregivers, in a swimming pool ringed by palm trees and wind chimes. Susanna Kuratli, once a painter of delicate oils, swims a lap and smiles.

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The diplomat’s wife returns to her roots


“Chäschüechli,” said the gracious Filipino hostess with a slight contraction on the throat, followed by an expulsion of breath.

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Old-World name–but don’t call these timepieces a ‘heritage brand’

TIMEBOUND Trading chair and CEO Arthur Bautista, Savoy Collections chair Christian Frommherz, Timebound Trading director John Young, Savoy Collections president and CEO Pascal Savoy

Like all Swiss-made watch brands, Savoy (pronounced sav-wa) is proud of the Swiss ingenuity and craftsmanship that go into each of its timepieces.

Posted: October 4th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Someone who will call them mom or dad


I am looking for a baby. For almost a year now, I have been in search of the little one who will bring joy into the still childless home of my friends in Switzerland.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

‘The hills are alive’–with beautiful views and Filipino voices

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On July 29, I flew to Zurich where I was met at the airport by Helena, head of the Asia Desk of the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund (SCLF), our partner for about 20 years at the Institute of Women Studies. They took care of the airfare for my sabbatical trip all over Europe.

Posted: February 9th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Filipino chefs dish out crispy corned beef for Aquino, delegation

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FOOD TRIP IN DAVOS Even as far as Davos in Switzerland, President Aquino apparently could not do without his favorite food—crispy corned beef.

Even as far as Davos in Switzerland, President Benigno Aquino III apparently could not do without his favorite food—crispy corned beef. That was for breakfast. For lunch, what else but adobo?

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Chocolate, cheese and sausages–cheers to the Swiss!


Switzerland makes some of the world’s best chocolates, and it has the highest per capita rate of chocolate consumption worldwide. It’s also the 10th most peaceful country in the world. Does it follow, then, that chocolate is the key to world peace?

Posted: August 16th, 2012 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Historic diamond sells for $9.7 million

In this May 2, 2012 file photo an employee shows the Beau Sancy diamond, 34.98 carat,  at Sotheby's auction house in Zurich, Switzerland. Marie de Medici wore it at her coronation as Queen Consort of Henry IV in 1610, and now the Beau Sancy diamond is a lavish accessory owned by an anonymous bidder who paid  US $9.7 million  (7.6 million euro) for it at Sotheby’s auction in Geneva  Tuesday May 15, 2012.

A centuries-old diamond passed down through generations of European royalty fetched nine million Swiss francs ($9.7 million) at auction in Geneva on Tuesday.

Posted: May 16th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tenor Arthur Espiritu shuttles between Switzerland and Israel for performances


It was raining applause and euphoric ovation in the Balay Kalinaw debut of pianist Oliver Salonga on June 18. His Haydn and Schumann showcased his musical side, but the Beethoven and, more so, Lisz’s Dante sonata displayed his torrential power. The poor baby grand was on the verge of collapse with the demonic intensity of [...]

Posted: July 4th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Old Manila’s new chef serves up surprises


Manila Peninsula has a new chef—Samuel Linder. Some of you may know him from Aubergine fame, and if you do, expect plenty of good things. Linder, originally from the small village by the lake of Brienz in the center of Switzerland, is now Old Manila’s chef de cuisine. For 10 years, he was head chef [...]

Posted: June 30th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Food,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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  2. Palawan favorite getaway of show biz celebrities
  3. This is not just a farm
  4. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  5. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  6. She has become the sex slave of her best friend
  7. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  8. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  9. Most criticized books list includes Hunger Games, Perks
  10. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  1. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
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  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
  9. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  10. This is not just a farm
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  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


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