Criselda Lontok still poised after all these years | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Paolo Tantoco, Marilen Tantoco, Mohamed Fedal
Paolo Tantoco, Marilen Tantoco, Mohamed Fedal

Your mantra for the week: “Because the Mighty God within is my Counselor, I find solutions to all problems.”


There is only One Power in the Universe, and that Power may be found within each human being, who discovers it in his or her consciousness.


When this happens, the Holy Book says, “For unto us a child is born, a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”


These qualities can change lives for the better—unlike Churchianity’s teaching that life is full of struggle and suffering, it can then be a Wonderful journey.


Metaphysically, when Jesus of Nazareth discovered the Power greater was within him, a child was born unto him and one of his qualities, The Everlasting Father became most clear to him when he said, “It is not I that doeth the work but the Father” as proclaimed in John 14:10.


Regarding one of the child’s names, Wonderful: In IAMISM, it means that this Power can create wonders in our lives, moments that we call “miracles.” With The Mighty God, nothing is impossible, and as the Counselor, you can be guided in every way to your highest good and greatest joy easily and effortlessly. And when you have become The Prince of Peace, you will know nothing can ever disturb your peace of mind, remembering Heaven is your mind at peace.

Wendy Yuchengco, Mia Borromeo, Zelda Kienle, Marivic Vazquez

Rustan’s events


Recently, two important Rustan’s events were held. The first, “Le Coeur du Maroc (The Heart of Morocco),” on the fifth level of Rustan’s Makati, had Rustan’s chair Nedy Tantoco and Morocco Ambassador Mohammed Rida el Fassi as hosts, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Moroccan National Tourist Office and HSBC as sponsors.


The other, “A Return to Elegance,” at the Rigodon Ballroom of Peninsula Manila, was a celebration of 35 years of transformative style, featuring the latest creations of Rustan’s in-house fashion designer Criselda Lontok.


At the Moroccan affair, guests enjoyed chef Moha’s authentic cuisine, along with exotic teas and wines, as well as samples of Moroccan henna painting, Arabic calligraphy, and Moroccan music from the Berber rhythms.


And speaking of Berber, on display for sale were Berber necklaces, colorful tajines, handmade Moroccan leather slippers, chessboards and original Moroccan kaftans—the most attractive was an aqua marine silk worn stunningly by Monia Zaoui.


Criselda’s night


Meanwhile, at the Peninsula, Criselda presented her latest magnum opus, “A Rebirth of Style,” to a packed ballroom of long-gowned ladies of Manila’s elegant set. Many of them participated in the show as models, walking the ramp like true professionals.


Among them were Marivic Vazquez, Zelda Kienle, Frannie Jacinto, Mia Borromeo, Linda Ley, Tania Fricke Lichauco, Alana Montelibano, Dina Tantoco and Tessa Valdes.


Debuting on the ramp was 17-year old Wendy Yuchengco. Her grandmother, Margarita Sison, was in the audience proudly cheering her on.


35 questions


A video interview with Criselda was pleasurable to watch. In the 35 questions asked of her, her answers were always direct to the point while maintaining her poise. She was dressed simply in a matching blue-green blouse and pants with a striking neckpiece.


But I thought she could have worn something simpler for her show. I have forgiven those large, blooming sleeves that were trying to steal away from her beautiful self, which, thankfully, did not succeed.




In last week’s column, US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim’s surname was inadvertently spelled King. Our apologies!



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