The long queue and rains did not stop University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman students, faculty and alumni from flocking to Beach House last Monday and Tuesday. It could have been, after all, the last time that they would enjoy the canteen’s famous barbecue.
Rhian Ramos sits down for this interview in a room with a brick wall, a black chalkboard disguised as a fireplace (“I commissioned Solenn Heussaff to draw a mural of white fire,” she explains), and a bed overflowing with distressed jeans and sweaters. The interiors are a hint of the girl’s strong personality, an impression she reinforces in chat to follow.
For Jose Benitez and wife Caryll Martinez of Denovo, “local is the new premium.” This belief, they say, sets apart their debut collections of “fast find” jewelry pieces from predictable pieces produced by more established foreign brands.
I walked into Lorenzo (Enzo) Medel’s humble home with his concert program stuffed inside my bag. I was going to have it autographed by the winner of several prestigious competitions: the Namcya (National Music Competition for Young Artists), PTGP (Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines) and the UP College of Music and National Steinway Piano Competition.