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Brand Femme

Photos by JOVEL LORENZO In a quaint café located beside the iconic Tesoros on Arnaiz Avenue, Makati is a showroom that invites women to celebrate not just the usual clothes or bags most females appreciate, but a unique message of strength and hope fostered by a sisterhood of businesswomen who find purpose in gender, and encouraging a love for local.   GREAT WOMEN This showroom-cum-café goes by the most apt brand name: Great Women, the organization that bonds their unifying vision to support products that aim to empower women from different localities and even the most remote places in the country. Great Women is not just another business venture. It is a one-of-a-kind business model borne out of the “convergence of national and local government agencies, women’s groups, and private sector groups resulting in improving …

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Wellness weekend

If you’re like me, and the rest of the million moms all over the world who find great purpose and satisfaction in all things related to beauty and wellness, then you’ll find it a treat that the Shangri-La Plaza has a four-day bonanza gathering their best brands via a health and beauty fair, which runs until Aug. 21. Staged at the East Atrium of its newest wing, the event “A Heart for Health Beauty and Wellness Fair,” brings together well-loved brands of the mall, particularly their Wellness Zone at the 5th floor, to satisfy and recognize their patron’s need for a healthy mind, body, and overall wellbeing. The fair, staged as part of the mall’s 25th year celebration, aims to promote a holistic approach to healthy living by enticing visitors to touch, taste, smell, see, …

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Better safe than sorry

As a 35-year-old mom of two kids, contraceptives would seem to be the least of my worries. At an age when noontime shows officially place me in the order of “titas” (I strongly resent this by the way), my concerns seem more focused now on my career, providing my kids a comfortable home, and making sure they go to a good school and grow up to be good citizens of this country. But truth is, no matter how focused I am with my own personal goals, the issue of population control, teenage pregnancy, and the alarming rise of sexually-transmitted diseases are troubling realities one can’t simply turn one’s back on. In the latest United Nations Population Fund report, nearly a billion females from Asia Pacific aged 10-24 years old are considered to be sexually active. AIDS and HIV, on the other …

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Late night comforts

There’s a “happening” restaurant that can cater to the late night needs of partyphiles in the metro, especially those who party the night away in Makati and BGC. The restaurant, Café Naya, has a menu that offers midnight grubs to those who have last-minute cravings, those who need something hot and delicious to nurse a developing hangover, or those who simply want something satisfying after an evening out in town. Cafe Naya serves coastal cuisine from France, Greece, Spain, and Italy—comfort dishes, whipped by Chef Mikko Reyes and are best enjoyed with friends, or with someone you love. Café Naya is located at the foyer of The Palace Manila Pool Club, and is a great place to hang out at before and after an evening of “clubbing.” The charming place offers an otherwise welcome …

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Nuvali rising

There’s a surprise waiting for those who wish to visit Sta. Rosa, Laguna this season, or any time after that. Ayala Land has further amped the entertainment and leisure value of their masterplanned development, Nuvali, and you shouldn’t miss it. What used to be a small lifestyle strip offering a few chosen restaurants for those looking for a pitstop while on their way back to Manila from Tagaytay has now become a destination on its own. Thanks to a well-planned development in both residential, business, and leisure aspects, Nuvali is now Ayala’s most exciting project to watch out for. There’s more happening in the 2,290 hectare development, most of which are geared toward the family, and in promoting the “green” lifestyle that puts a premium not only on the environment, but the …

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