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Love on a Starry, Starry Night

Angel thoughts Learn to love without condition, talk without bad intentions, give without any reason, and, most of all, care for people without any expectation.  —Anonymous Happy Valentine’s Day! My true love left me to join his Maker 10 years ago, so I shall spend this day for hearts trying to find “our star” in the evening sky and thank Him for having had Sonny! Now that the campaign season has officially begun, the five-ring circus is in town! Lent is also upon us Christians, so let us use this season to repent for our offenses and negligence and examine which candidates deserve our votes! We had two senatoriables at our Bulong Pulungan forum at the Sofitel, our home for the past 30 years. Both were “revelations.” The most recent was Senator Vicente Sotto III, …

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10 Love lessons we learned from tagalog romcoms

If there’s one thing Filipinos are complete suckers for, it’s love. Most of us—if not all—are hopeless romantics, that’s why Filipino movies about love never fail to hit the box office. Count on the Filipino audience to even memorize the lines and apply the message of these movies in their lives. Here are 10 Filipino movies that made us stop and think about our romantic lives, even for just one moment. This classic falling-in-love-with-the-best-friend film starring Kim Chiu as Mae and Gerald Anderson as Bogs tells us not to take people for granted. Sadly, it’s the people willing to do everything for us whom we neglect. No matter how much a person loves us, if we push them beyond their limit, they’ll soon realize they’re better off without you so let’s …

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Taking that Ounce and Running with It

Pinoys don’t like to talk about sickness, even the possibility of it. They find the subject too morbid, or sad, or ominous. Then again, so are the 689—yes, the number isn’t a typo—toxins that we don’t also talk about or are even aware of for that matter. Some are now probably even frolicking in the water we’re drinking, or had staycationed in the tuna we had for dinner last week, or are now lounging in that “healthy” salad we just ordered, the yoga mat we used, or the children’s toy we just held minutes ago. BPA, mercury, pesticide, lead—these are just four of what people recognize as toxins and it’s disquieting to think that there are 685 more lurking in God-knows where. And unfortunately, these toxins we are exposed to every day …

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People of the Year

In this world we live in, people continuously strive to create something that would last beyond one’s lifetime. Thus, we look up to super achievers. With Sofitel Philippine Plaza, People Asia brought together industry influencers and doers who reshape our world. It was a night of experiencing Filipino excellence as chairman Ray Espinosa and publisher Babe Romualdez welcomed esteemed guests to the prestigious 2016 People of the Year awards night at the Grand Plaza Ballroom of Sofitel. At the upscale foyer entrance of the ballroom was a sumptuous cocktail menu that teased our senses. There were several stations—the one with the variety of cheeses and breads, the fondue table, the Peking duck section where renowned pianist Cecile Licad and SSI CEO Nedy Tantoco amusingly posed with the three hanging ducks, the dessert …

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Into the deep

The experience of being an artist for Love Marie Ongpauco aka Heart Evangelista gives her a kind of “high” that she could not understand. (“The feeling is priceless. I just paint every day.”) In her previous exhibits, Love Marie creatively explored varying emotions of women, surrounding them with ambiguous shapes and forms and colors that imbue her canvas with throbbing vibrancy. This time, she delves deep into her childhood memories, having gone fishing with her father Rey Ongpauco, with another sold-out exhibit “Oceans Apart” on view at the Artist Space of Ayala Museum until Feb. 10. “It was kind of our thing. He had wanted a boy, which is why he brought me along hiking or fishing,” she says. She draws her inspiration from what she remembers from those days. “I …

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Her Majesty: The Filipina

After three tries, endless dreaming, and a lot of determination, Pia Wurtzbach had the biggest transformation when she was crowned as Miss Universe 2015. She showed the world, the universe, rather, that she is not just confidently beautiful with a heart but that dreams come true as long as you don’t give up—and that she did, even if she had to take the same path over and over and over again to reach her goal. For years, the country has seen how Filipinas transformed into the beauty that they are now. They’ve transformed from the typical mahinhin and mahiyain Maria Clara to somebody like the fierce and fabulous Pia. Modern Filipinas know how to stand up for themselves and get what they want. Now, they’re not just handling the kids, the household, …

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The look of love

JEWELRY HIGH SEDUCTION The timeless icon of extraordinary glamour lives eternal Coiled tightly around the history of humanity, the serpent is a powerful symbol dating to ancient Greek-Roman mythology. Representing wisdom and seduction, the sinewy snake has transcended 2,700 years of Roman history to become a beautiful motif of eternal renewal. Civilization has been intertwined with the emblem from the times of ancient leaders—none more associated with the serpent than Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. The reputed beauty’s jewels revered the snake, her royal diadem a cobra, as she arrived in Rome to a cheering crowd in 46 BC. In the 1963 epic film Cleopatra that depicted the story of the clever queen, actress Elizabeth Taylor wore Bulgari serpent jewelry on and off camera. The snake, the inseparable accessory of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of …

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What PNoy wishes for his Birthday

ANGEL THOUGHTS No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything. —Anonymous   Happy birthday, President Benigno S. Aquino III tomorrow, an auspicious day since it’s the start of the Year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese calendar! May you have everything you desire and wish for this special day! But what do you think the President would want for his birthday? I bravely asked him the question and he answered: “I want peace and truth to prevail!" For his birthday, he plans to have dinner with his family and a few close friends. Apart from celebrating his birthday, the party is meant to also thank them for their wholehearted support, a source dear to him said. As for his plans for …

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Gathering of the finest

In a city with an ever-growing food and dining landscape, The Philippine Tatler Best Restaurants Guide (BRG) has established a name for itself in the local fine dining scene, backed by 12 years worth of comprehensive reviews of restaurants in Metro Manila and beyond. Joining forces with Solaire Resort and Casino, Philippine Tatler kicked off the Best Restaurants Guide 2016 with aplomb. The Finestra was the perfect setting with its glam surroundings and epicurean spread that overwhelmed the senses. The Tatler BRG‘s contribution to the hotel-restaurant boom with its recent foray into the exclusive dining scene has drawn fervent praises. Around 170 restaurants across the archipelago are featured in this latest edition that features an all-new, integrated multimedia concept that takes advantage of not just print but also online and social media. People are always on the lookout for value, flavor, and diversity and BRG has brought everything from traditional Filipino favorites to Japanese classics, French haute cuisine to Chinese dimsum and Spanish tapas. The book will be constantly updated throughout the year. For the first …

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The ties that bind

ANGEL THOUGHTS Remember, the sinner who is sorry for his sins is closer to God than the just man who boasts of his good works. —St. Padre Pio   How do you entertain royalty? By showcasing the best of the country’s musical talents and dances and serving a sumptuous, prettily-plated dinner by 2016 Asia’s Best Female Chef Gaita Fores of Cibo amid a breathtaking garden setting filled with all-white butterfly orchids and greenery (Congratulations socials head Susan Reyes!). Presided by Louie Ocampo as musical director, the cultural show featured performances from Martin Nievera who did a Broadway medley, Lani Misalucha, soprano Rachel Gerodias who did a heartstopping rendition of the death scene in Madame Butterfly, the Loboc Children’s Choir, the Power Dance Troupe, and the Bayanihan. That was how the Palace rolled out the red carpet …

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