One big runway for #IAmSMWoman | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

ANNA Rufino, Celine Gabriel-Lim, Claire Celdran-Rodriguez

YOU should have seen it, palangga, when SM Makati’s third floor was transformed into one big runway as it launched its #IAmSMWoman campaign.


Focusing on the four characteristics that make up today’s modern women—exceptional, driven, strong and confident—the campaign showcased for three days SM Woman’s comprehensive mix of fashion-forward and minimalist pieces.


Each of the three days highlighted a different theme.


The first day, trendy and stylish clothes for the adventurous youth took center stage as events and TV show host Janeena Chan and student athlete Gabi Darza led fresh-faced models down the catwalk.


The second day—which focused on sophisticated and functional pieces for career-driven women—had fashion entrepreneur Amina Aranaz-Alunan and model-host Teresa Herrera-Anthony walking the runway.


The third day stressed SM Woman’s commitment to diversity with a variety of empowering, classy clothes for women of substance as worn by celebrity host and editor in chief Sarah Meier.


Also featured were pieces complementing the beautiful curves of women like actress-comedian Cai Cortez and style icon-model Andrea Aldeguer—who led models of various shapes and sizes down the ramp.


Other personalities present at the event included GMA 7 artist Thea Tolentino, model-beauty queen April Tanhueco, TV actress Helga Krapf, former PBB housemate Say Alonzo, actress Ara Mina, actor Gab de Leon, travel blogger Camie Juan and event host Issa Litton.


 Penshoppe Denimlab 2016


Meanwhile, dahlings, Penshoppe took its hot new denim designs to the stage at the recent Penshoppe Denimlab 2016 fashion show at the TriNoma activity center.


Hosted by radio DJ Joyce Pring, the event, which featured K-pop star Sandara Park as special guest, drew a large crowd.


Opening the show was indie band Fools and Foes, après which DJ Jess Milner continued the music with her playlist.


One of the event’s highlights was the new campaign for one of Penshoppe’s most popular scents, Denim Love—which held a Sniff-Off Challenge.


The crowd could barely contain its cheers and whistles as two lucky female contestants were challenged to have a whiff of the Denim Love fragrance from the bodies of two good-looking hunk models.


Two more contestants also had the chance to smell the fragrance on the models, one of whom was Moala Tautuaa, the hot rookie in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and current member of Team Gilas.


As the show drew to a close, Penshoppe brand director Jeff Bascon thanked everyone for the support. And then the crowd went wild when Park was called in to say hello.


Check out the new Penshoppe Denimlab 2016 collection available at all stores nationwide.


For live updates on the brand, visit or follow Penshoppe on Facebook; Instagram and Twitter @penshoppe; and Snapchat teampenshoppe.


Steinway youth piano tilt


It was a thrill beyond expectations as I experienced an enchanting evening of music.


Hansel Harel L. Ang emerged the grand prize winner in the 3rd Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition held at the Francisco Santiago Hall, BDO Plaza.


The event was presented by Steinway Boutique Manila with its partner, BDO Private Bank.


The amazing Ang will represent the country at the Steinway Regional Finals Asia Pacific in Malaysia, where he will compete with aspirants from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam for a spot in the International Steinway Festival in Hamburg, Germany.


Ang bagged the Philippine edition’s top prize for Category 2 (ages 12-14).


Jet Stephen C. Chong won in Category 3 (ages 15-17).


Steinway Gallery Singapore general manager Celine Goh said, “I’m glad to see young pianists making new friends and exchanging musical ideas at the Steinway Youth Piano Competition.”


BDO Private Bank president and director Josefina Tan added: “When Steinway approached us for the project, we saw the opportunity to help identify and nurture Filipino pianists to train, compete and perform in the world stage.”


This year had six finalists: Ang, Irene Lee and Andrea Bernadette Verzosa, Category 2; Chong, Carlos Raphael Cornelio and Moriah Ongchoco, Category 3.


Sitting as judges were Philippine-born pianist Albert Tiu, Singaporean piano mentor and performer Benjamin Loh and founder of Nat Music School in Thailand, Nat Yontararak.


The International Steinway Festival was founded in 1987 and is now being held every two years in Hamburg, where the renowned Steinway & Sons pianos are built.


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