For a change, the talk is all about art in Congress | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

PEDRO Singapore assistant retail operations manager Freddy Chew, Suyen Corp. vice president of BusinessDevelopment Bryan Lim
PEDRO Singapore assistant retail operations manager Freddy Chew, Suyen Corp. vice president of BusinessDevelopment Bryan Lim

Dressed up in classic sleek black-and-white accents, Greenbelt 5’s The Gallery was bustling with energy during the grand launch of international brand Pedro’s 2013 autumn-winter collection, Urban Modernism, dahlings.


“Pedro’s latest footwear offerings for men and women are designed with versatility in mind, such that their wearers can take them from day to night, or from work to play,” said Pedro Singapore’s assistant retail operations manager Freddy Chew.


A LED screen along the 10-meter-long white runway flashed different images of New York, natch, to set the mood. It jived perfectly with the collection’s city theme.


The show was brilliantly divided into day- and nightwear.  The day segment showed models in pairs while having a dynamic time, while the visuals on screen showed the busy streets of NY and its iconic yellow cabs. As darkness crept in, the guests watched the colorful skyline of the Big Apple on display. Models’  black-and-white outfits complemented the gorgeous shoes.


Pedro’s autumn-winter collection totally marries style and function, dahlings, with a sleek, minimalistic and modern aesthetic to take on the business of the day and the pleasures of the night.


Phoemela’s birthday bash


CTV Ultra Lounge Manila again hosted the birthday bash of professional model and TV personality Phoemela Baranda, dahlings.

SUYEN Corp.’s Martin del Rosario and Kristine Lim; Pedro Principals’ Ho Qi Mei, Irene Chua and Abigail Tan


The black-and-white bash was superbly put together by CTV owner—and my namesake—Maurice Laude, no less, and his partners, Cacay Moras and Pepper Teehankee, together with some of Phoem’s closest pals. A scrumptious buffet was served, including excellent paella and to-die-for beef dishes.


There was an endless pouring of chilled Moët & Chandon champagne and Belvedere Vodka the entire night, thanks to our dear friends from Moët Hennessy Philippines, but who else, n’est-ce pas?


To maintain the party atmosphere at its highest peak, DJ Toons Canoy played sounds that truly befitted the profile of this luxurious lounge until the wee hours of the morning, would you believe?


Many of our town’s beautiful faces from the modeling world came in their most fashionable black-and-white ensembles.


CLUBBING TV ownerMaurice Laude, Phoemela Baranda

One couldn’t help but spot among the crowd my pal Tim Yap, the celebrator’s close pal Ruffa Gutierrez, Bubbles Paraiso, Apples Aberin, JR Isaac, Jing Monis, Beaver Lopez, JP Tuason, Bea Recto, CJ Jaravata and Wendy Puyat.


Cheers to Clubbing TV Ultra Lounge and to our gorgeous birthday gal, Phoem Baranda!


Check out Clubbing TV Ultra Lounge on the lower ground floor of New World Hotel.


E-mail [email protected] or call 0917-5813572. Visit


‘Sining sa Kongreso’


“Sining sa Kongreso 4,” the fourth annual visual art exhibition organized by the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. (CSFI) headed by the super-dedicated Mons Romulo, no less, has successfully ended.


A veritable who’s who and a couple of “who’s that?” from the world of politics and art came to the opening, palangga.


Organized in partnership with Art Gallery Asia (Patriarch Building, 2224 Pasong Tamo and Don Bosco St., Makati City), “Sining sa Kongreso 4” featured “a wide range of works that

BEAVER Lopez, Cacay Moras Server, Pepper Teehankee, JheManreal

represent the very best in Philippine modern and contemporary visual art,” explained Mons to moi.


Works on display included those by National Artists Fernando Amorsolo, Arturo Luz and José Joya; Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Ramon Orlina, Michael Cacnio, Mauro “Malang” Santos, Mario Parial, Tam Austria and Manny Garibay.


Joining this Modernist survey, moi was told, “is a great selection of works from some of the finest contemporary artists, including Andres Barrioquinto, Rene Cuvos and Josue Mangroban.”


The exhibit had people chatting about the beauty of art instead of politics, for a change. Toward the end, the invitees congratulated Mons.


CLAUDINE del Rosario, Owen Singson, Enrique Gonzales, Clarisse Chiongbian

“The Philippines is not all about politics,” she said, “but is a treasure full of awesome artists that blow the socks off many politicians.”


Part of the proceeds will benefit the many important projects of CSFI.


For more info, call 0917-8943888.

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