Cosmo Manille’s shoe connoisseurs trooped down recently to Edsa Shangri-La Plaza’s East Wing for the Philippine launch of Italian luxury footwear brand Santoni.
According to Santoni’s Italian area manager Andrea Casavecchia, “Santoni follows the Fatto a Mano su Misura tradition which involves detailed feet measurement and rigorous handcrafting of shoes.”
Santoni’s Italian master artisan Francesco de Santis jetted in from Italy to demonstrate the art of shoemaking, dahlings.
Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno took part in the ribbon-snipping and inauguration ceremony, along with Santoni general manager Edith D. Dychiao, and Santoni Philippine distributor Lucerne’s managing directors Ivan and Emerson Yao, no less, palangga.
“We are delighted to bring to Manila the first Santoni boutique,” said Emerson Yao. “It is a brand that we believe in. With its creativity, elegance and craftsmanship, Santoni is a name to reckon with in the field of luxury footwear.”
Highlighting the event was a fashion show from the Santoni Spring-Summer 2014 Collection with matching clothes from internationally renowned Filipino fashion designer Francis Libiran.
You’ll feel more than comfortable when you slip a pair of Santoni shoes, believe moi, dahlings.
Santoni is at 2/F East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza mall. Log on to santonishoes.com.
Beauty is one hot topic most women can’t resist, di bala palangga? But how people see real beauty was the subject of an unusual event, Dove Summit, held recently at Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
Some 80 editors and writers covering the beauty beat were invited to a two-day staycation at the hotel to reconnect with themselves and discover what real beauty is all about.
“A study conducted by Unilever last year showed that only 7 percent of Filipino women consider themselves beautiful,” said Mian Datu-David, Unilever marketing director for the Dove Masterbrand. “This is not acceptable. We need your help, as the most influential people in the media today, to raise this number and reach out to the 93 percent of Filipino women who have yet to realize that they are, indeed, beautiful.”
Dove’s Twitter account @Doveph invited women to join a live conversation and pledge their support to the real beauty advocacy through the hashtags #realbeauty, #realcare and #iambeautiful.
Take note, dahlings, in just two hours, #realbeauty trended with over 66 million hits on social media.
The second day of the Dove Summit allowed guests to experience the technology of product categories Dove Skin, Dove Hair and Dove Deos.
The bottom line, palangga, is that beauty is what a woman has when she looks the same after washing her face. And Dove helps her to have that look.
‘Expressions of luxury’
The fast-expanding conglomerate Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC) hosted an elegant sit-down dinner, dubbed “Expressions of Luxury,” held recently at the grand ballroom of Crimson Hotel Filinvest City in Alabang.
During the event, guests had a good look at the FDC’s properties aside from Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Alabang: Crimson Resort and Spa in Mactan, Cebu; and the latest, Crimson Resort and Spa in Boracay.
Even before dinner, organizers hobnobbed with guests as popular bubbly Moët et Chandon flowed endlessly, dahlings.
Après FDC’s FilArchipelago Hospitality Inc. VP for sales and marketing Carmela Bocanegra led a tour of the hotel, guests partook of the special six-course dinner prepared by executive chefs Alessio Loddo and Stuart Blair.
Everyone agreed when area manager James Montenegro said that Crimson Hotel and Resorts “has just redefined luxury to an elevated hospitality experience.”