The Philippine Tatler magazine had a fantastic launch of its fifth Traveller issue, with the adorable woman of substance Hindy Weber-Tantoco on the cover, shot on location in Siem Reap, Cambodia, palangga.
The event, launched at the Raffles and Fairmont Makati ballroom, had elegantly dressed guests arriving fashionably on time at half-past 6 p.m.
Early in the program, Philippine Tatler managing director Irene Martel Francisco and editor at large Mia Borromeo gave their respective remarks, followed by Raffles and Fairmont Makati managing director David Batchelor.
Joining them onstage for the symbolic bubbly toast to success were Tatler editor in chief Anton San Diego, general manager Lynne Palma, and yours truly, as lifestyle and social editor.
A special segment unveiled “The Art of Luxury Travel”—a showcase of respected brands including The Bellevue Manila, Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, Globe Telecom, Jewelmer, Raffles Residences Makati, Samsonite, Singapore Airlines, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, Solaire Resort & Casino, and Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa, all of which are featured in the same Traveller issue.
Raffled off were nine awesome prizes, dahlings, from South Sea pearls and culinary journeys to business-class plane tickets and luxury stays at gorgeous resorts and spas. The lucky winners included Patsy Zobel, Nini Licaros, Julie Boschi, Margarita Delgado, Camille Cruz-Reyes; Jessica Tan Gan and Bettina Osmeña.
DJ Cocoy Puyat’s thumping dance music and excellently chilled champagne and other drinks got everyone’s adrenaline pumping.
Guests also savored world-class dishes from food stations manned by the Raffles and Fairmont’s talented chefs. The line was long at the Japanese booth serving sashimi and signature maki rolls; the French corner offering fresh shucked Fine de Claire oysters from southwest France which I couldn’t have enough of; the Spanish table bearing paella and chorizo; and the cheese station with baked brie, manchego and stilton.
TV junkies rejoice!
Movie buffs and TV junkies have enough reasons to rejoice as Samsung unveiled the world’s first curved ultra-high definition (UHD) television, plus an array of new TV and home entertainment products, held at Blue Leaf Filipinas events place in Aseana City, Parañaque.
Guests were transported back to the Roman empire, as a gladiator trainer and his fighters emerged from the 75-in, 65-in and 55-in Samsung Curve TV displays.
Also shown was a teaser from the coming Michael Bay-directed film “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.”
The Samsung Curved TV gives videos a stronger presence not seen on flat screens, making the display seem bigger than it is. It likewise allows you different viewing positions.
Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp. president CL Lee pointed out that all the new TV products have “Screen and Sound Capture that allows you to save scene images and audio clips straight from the TV with an easy-to-access button on the remote control, and a new Soccer Mode which provides advanced features specifically designed for a more enjoyable soccer-watching experience.”
All you have to do, palangga, is sit down, relax and have a great time with Samsung’s wave-of-the-future products.
“There is simply no bigger and bolder way to make a homecoming bang than to ‘Stomp’ your way back to the Philippines,” said Andres Fernandez, the Filipino cast member of the award-winning Broadway and West End show “Stomp,” whose return engagement at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) main theater started on Tuesday and is ongoing till June 22.
The Hawaii-based Fernandez, born to a Kapampangan father and a Visayan mother, has been singing and dancing alongside his big brother Johnny since 1985.
After the Manila dates, Fernandez will join the rest of “Stomp’s” Asian tour which includes China and Taiwan this August.
But you have to catch the CCP shows, dahlings, and see what all the joyful noise is all about!
“Stomp” in Manila is presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Concertus Manila. Tickets are available at TicketWorld, tel. 8919999 or visit ticketworld.com.ph.
Take advantage of the promo for the Saturday and Sunday shows, with 10-percent off on tickets for Visa cardholders.
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