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Maximum Glamour

With the resounding success of last year’s Red Charity Gala, style arbiters Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tinga recently held their eighth annual event at the Shangri-La at The Fort. Strong and hardworking, the duo is passionate about not only presenting the best of Filipino couturiers, but likewise for their cause—the Philippine Red Cross and the Assumption HS 1981 Foundation. This time around, they spotlighted the innovative fashion-cum-interior designer Chito Vijandre.  After an absence of 30 years, the creative and visionary showed his inaugural 40-piece Filipiniana haute couture collection. During cocktail time at the foyer of the grand ballroom, the guests couldn’t help but make side glances at the cocktail showstoppers—the male and female models in various pose and dressed in nothing but the latest in Bench underwear. A few of the …

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Being Healthy and Fit the Organique way

‘Take good care of your bodies; it’s the only place you have to live in.’—Anonymous “I’m happy championing Organique Acai premium Blend juice, the brand whose vision and mission I advocate. I am very pleased to be associated with the company that fulfills its promises and whose message is aligned with my personal beliefs and lifestyle,” Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, former Ford Supermodel and now health buff gushed to us in our Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel forum. Tweetie has a certain healthy youthful glow about her now in her more “matured” age. She is an actress, entrepreneur, and a mother of four children, one in college already. Sportswoman Tweetie owns and manages TdLG, a boutique that designs and manufactures handcrafted jewelry, mostly made from kamagong. Her pieces of art are attracting buyers around the …

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Where will fashion (and design) be without literature?

Images by Noel B. Pabalate Video by JC Villanueva and Julius Lacaba As architect Gerry Torres and costume designer Eric Pineda put it, there are many reasons why De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) said yes to the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) invitation to jointly present “Badong: Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage” at the 12th floor gallery of the School of Design and Arts (SDA) building in Manila. Ongoing until Dec. 17, the show honors the late National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal with an exhibit featuring costumes, scale models, and digital images of his many projects for Ballet Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino where he was CCP resident manager. The show doesn’t include costumes he did for concerts and TV shows. Among the items on display are Bernal’s costumes from such theater productions as The Magic Flute, Sa Bunganga ng Pating, Realizing Rama, Lapu-Lapu, and Orosman at …

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Puttin’ on the Ritz

Images by Ali Vicoy Classic beautiful silk dresses, bow ties, sequins, glittering gloves, tassels and fringes, music from The Jazz Era, The Charleston and tap dancing, and tons of laughter—it was indeed a dazzling night at the “Roaring 1920’s-Gatsby Style” Manila Bulletin Thanksgiving Party at The Manila Hotel. Set in the roaring ’20s but with a touch of 21st-century lights-and-sound technology, the evening sure matched the pomp and pageantry of the lavish parties of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The Manila Hotel’s Tent City returned to the Jazz Age with dancers tap-tap-tapping in their Maryjanes, singers like Arthur Manuntag breaking into the likes of Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and Louis Armstrong’s “West End Blues,” and games that brought out the highroller in every guest. At …

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The 13-Year Wedding March

Images by Noel B. Pabalate Theirs was a wedding 13 years in the making. That’s no joke or an exaggeration or a manner of speaking—it took Martin Rosario and Camille Ongpauco 13 years to finally decide to take the plunge, although for 13 years, since they met on a beach in 2003, they have been swimming in the deep waters of togetherness, replete with all the tension, friction, and terrors of rough seas on which they’ve managed to stay afloat, hands together, and all the joys, comforts, delights, and adventures of tide and time. But 13 years is a long time. At the wedding on a balmy weekend in early October, in the late afternoon of Oct. 8, 2016, at Angelfields Sanctuary in Silang, Cavite, just up the road to Tagaytay, the very, very long engagement was the theme of …

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World affairs

Beauty is not merely a physical attribute but also a state of mind. It is an attitude. This power of beauty is characteristic of Miss World winners, who craft a personal image in the manner she desires to be. They look as beautiful on stage as they do outside, with hardly a hairstyle and with but minimal makeup. They move in their gorgeous ways, modern yet old-fashioned and owning their space with élan and flair. A veritable “Who’s Who” in the Miss World Organization recently filled the residence of celebrated newlyweds Dr. Daniel Vasquez and Baby Cruz Vazquez. Miss World Philippines special adviser Baby and her loving husband hosted the delegation, highlighted with the presence of Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna and Mr. World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal. It was their first …

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Soroptomists and challenges of service

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”—Mahatma Gandhi We met the personalities of the Soroptomist International, a woman’s volunteer organization which boasts of the biggest number of clubs (more than 15,000) and  members worldwide. The Bulong Pulungan also witnessed the launching of the new SIPR Website. Led by the Soroptomist International of the Philippine Region (A Foundation) Inc. governor Rosario “Cherry” Tumameng, the ladies from different member clubs came to the Bulong Pulungan in their snappy hand-woven bluish-lavander blazers made by indigenous tribes, all afire with  noble intentions and projects  to help transform the lives of women and girls in the country. They also aspire to have a unified voice in building strong and peaceful communities. The four pillars of the SIP are Malen Ang, …

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Read to lead

Images by Noel Pabalate Canvas, a non-government organization whose mandate is to spread the love for reading among Filipino children, has produced a new title, its 20th children’s book, with no less than National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera as one of its collaborators. Simply dubbed as BenCab’s Activity Book for Children, the P300 book follows in the heels of Nadia and the Blue Stars, an earlier book by Francesca Nicole Chan Torres, which Gigo Alampay, founder and executive director of Canvas, credits for helping kids caught in such disasters as Supertyphoon “Yolanda” and the Zamboanga siege cope. This time, Canvas has tapped teacher Karen Foronda to write the text and develop all the activities in BenCab’s book, including sections for coloring, find-the-word puzzles, and even paper doll cutouts inspired …

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Say Chiz

Images Noel B. Pabalate and Pinggot Zulueta All long for unity. All long for peace. Even in dirty politics, where the winner takes it all, it is, after all and ultimately, an honorable game in the name of country and countrymen, especially in the case of Senator Chiz Escudero, who was the first and the most gracious to concede to his rival, now Vice President Leni Robredo, at last May’s elections, the most vicious and divisive, with the highest turnout of voters at 84 percent, to date. At Sen. Escudero’s birthday dinner, a simple Mongolian barbecue at the Woodside Clubhouse at the Ayala Woodside townhouse complex on Doña Hemady in New Manila, Quezon City, the Vice President was clearly, though unofficially, the guest of honor. The birthday celebrant took her around from table to …

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They made it to the wedding

In a Mark Bumgarner pouf dress in black, Heart Evangelista or Love Marie Escudero was the perfect matron of honor to her sister Camille Ongpauco’s wedding the other Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Angelfields Sanctuary in Silang, Cavite. She came with her husband, Senator Chiz Escudero, and many of her friends, who had become as dear to her sister and her sister’s groom, her boyfriend of 13 years, Martin Rosario, over the years. It was Camille’s day, and Heart took her place just beside and behind her sister, cheering her on, drying her tears, carrying the bride’s wedding gown train, and walking Camille’s beloved 13-year-old cocker spaniel, Al Ongpauco, the ringbearer, down the aisle. She, along with their half sister Mitch Ongpauco (the other half sister Lissa Payawal Quirino was …

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