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Night of feels

It was a night full of feelings as members of the media, key customers, and key partners were the first in the Philippines to witness and experience a momentous beginning of a new chapter for Coca-Cola. The world-renowned beverage company recently hosted the “Night of Feels” at the Rigodon Ballroom Peninsula Manila to reveal the biggest global campaign beginning 2016, “Taste the Feeling,” which was launched simultaneously in 200 countries. Coca-Cola Philippines vice president for marketing Stephan Czypionka led the ceremonial toast and explained how the new campaign would re-create the Coca-Cola experience for new and old drinkers alike by unifying everything that every Coca-Cola trademark product stood for—that the simple pleasure of drinking Coca-Cola makes every moment special no matter when, where, or who you’re with. “‘Taste the Feeling’ is all about capturing both the functional and emotional traits of Coca-Cola—the uplifting refreshment of drinking our product and how having a Coke makes any moment more memorable and more special,” she said. The well-loved brand gathered …

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What’s your color

Rabbit You’re the hopeless romantic. People love you for your tenderness, grace, and sensitivity. Your lucky color is pink. Toughen up the dainty shade by wearing masculine pieces with it. Dog You are fiercely independent. Your loyalty makes you one of the best friends around. Your lucky color is green. Go for deep emeralds which look flattering on most skin tones. Dragon You exude confidence! You inspire others with your lively and intellectual personality. Your lucky color is gold. When donning this flashy hue, opt for silhouettes which provide more coverage. Horse People flock around you because of your warmhearted and easygoing personality. Your lucky color is brown. It can be tricky to pull off, so go for unique silhouettes and fabrics. Monkey Your career is your top priority, but you are also very versatile. Your lucky color is …

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Welcome home

Barangay San Roque, in the town of Tanauan in Leyte, population unknown—some residents were unregistered and had no birth certificates—had an enviable and unrivalled view and access to the waters of the Pacific Ocean. To get to the beaches, one had to pass through this small, thriving barangay of nipa huts and corrugated sheets. Here, the hardy residents got their livelihood from the ocean as fishermen, or as pedicab drivers who would ferry local visitors from the main road to the unpaved, gravely path that led to the shoreline, or as sari-sari store owners who sold softdrinks and chips visitors consumed during their day trips to the beach. It was a good life—fresh air, bountiful catch, a little revenue from local visitors. On Nov. 8, 2013, as wave after wave surged …

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The happiest kingdom of them all

For someone whose childhood is filled with dreams of being a princess, who cried when Andy had to let go of Woody and Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3, and who started to watch Mickey Mouse shows in black and white until it became technicolor, all the way to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, stepping at the “happiest place on Earth” was a proof that the dreams and the wishes that your heart make can definitely come true. Aside from the rides I was eager to try, I was looking forward to the things that Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL) had in store for their 10th anniversary had awakenend the little girl in me, as in a fairy tale book. From the Disney characters to the cast members who created extraordinary performances, the …

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A grand wedding

The moment was magical like champagne bubble bursting. The Bryan Chua and Micheleen Subia nuptials had it all, a combination of elegance, style, grandeur, and clearly a love match. Looking every inch like a princess in a Veluz bridal gown, the radiant bride drew raves as Ernesto Subia led his daughter down the aisle at the Santuario de San Antonio, Forbes Park. Bryan is the son of Peru consul general Francis Chua and Tanzania consul Betty Chua while Micheleen is the daughter of businessman Ernesto and Pacita Subia. The mass was officiated by His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, the Most Reverend Honesto Ongtioco, the Most  Reverend John Du, Monsignor Joseph Tan, Fr. Marcelo Manimtim, Fr. Venerando Agner, and Fr. Aristotle Dy. The enjoyment of family, friends, and the wedding entourage—best …

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Vin d’Honneur at the Malacañang

ANGEL THOUGHTS “When God blesses you financially, don’t raise your standard of living. Rather, raise your standard of giving.” The Vin d’Honneur is a traditional reception hosted by the Chief Executive for the members of the diplomatic community, top officials of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the government, and business leaders to welcome the new year. The Jan. 14 Vin d’Honneur this year was extra special and, at the same time, bittersweet as it was the last to be hosted by President Benigno S. Aquino III. The ladies of the diplomatic community were elegant in their national costumes and the Filipiniana-dressed locals were charming in ternos,  baro’t saya and patadyongs. I came in a Criselda Lontok top, my trustworthy piña skirt from Kultura, and a filigree necklace made by …

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The real Game of Thrones

“So what got you into polo?” I asked  Stu Tomlinson. “See, I grew up in New Zealand,” he answered as he adjusted the red cap on his head. “Rock climbing, golf, tennis, rugby, snow skiing, mountain biking: These were my sports growing up.” The country manager of a multinational company then went on to narrate how he ran into some guys who played polo when he moved to Malaysia who asked him if he could ride a horse. “I said I think so,” he chuckled. It’s been four years, and he’s been playing the sport ever since, getting better and better by the day. He is now one of the more feared competitors of polo in the country, the passion in his eyes unmistakeable. To him, nothing compares to this hybrid sport of soccer …

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Artistic license

When a massive “box” (made up of what looks like a hundred LED screens) set in a middle of a ballroom is hoisted up to reveal an assemblage of models with one in the middle dancing languidly to an ambient Enya-esque music, you know you’re in for a good show. MB x LM. Race car driver-turned fashion designer Mark Bumgarner’s and actress-artist Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero’s (a.k.a. Heart Evangelista) initials were enough to draw a roomful of fashionable guests, designers, editors, beautiful faces, and philanthropists, but the moment that box was lifted, the lights turned up, and models began snaking through the runway, it became apparent that this was no ordinary fashion collab debut. It was a demonstration of creative pursuits. It was a fashion spectacle. It was art. The MB x LM …

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An erte celebration

Club Bulakeño made a grand statement recently as it saluted its 27th anniversary with the theme “Celebracion con Erte.” The annual fundraiser, held at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La, saw members and guests in Erte-inspired gowns. After its president Jonas Cabochan’s speech, all eyes focused on the beauteous lady president, Shelly Lazaro. Shelly mentioned that Club Bulakeño’s theme took inspiration from the Russian-French artist Romain de Tirtoff, who used the pseudonym Erte, saying, “We are delighted to see all of you enjoying tonight’s high fashion Gatsby décor, costumes, and production number prepared by our esteemed members, officers, and directors with the wonderful help of friends and benefactors.” This was the third time that the club had the conferment of awards on outstanding Bulakeños called “Mga Huwaran ng Bulakan.” The honorees received a trophy symbolic of a torch created by Metrobank Foundation Prize for Achievement in Sculpture awardee Peter de Guzman. The spirit of excellence of past historical leaders such as Marcelo H. Del Pilar paved the way for future outstanding Bulakeño achievers. The 2015 Awardees were Che-Che Lazaro of Probe Productions, Inc. for Media; Roberto M. Pagdanganan, chairman of Medicines Transparency Alliance, Inc., for Public Service; Roman Felipe S. Reyes, chairman of Reyes, Tacandong, & Co. for Accounting; Josefina Sincioco, president and CEO of Chef Jessie Restaurants for Culinary Arts; and Donnie Tantoco, president of Rustan’s Department Store for Entrepreneurship/Retail. Also a …

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Boy’s Italian

Since he began his career at the Central Bank of the Philippines, his name, Eduardo Sergio G. Edeza, has been synonymous with banking and finance. But outside the boardroom, the former national treasurer and current food and beverage conglomerate, San Miguel Corp. senior vice president is known for his tortellini and his lovely Italian dinners where he cooks every single dish, from antipasto to deserto. At home and in the kitchen, the esteemed treasurer and corporate executive is simply Boy. And his VVIP guests—family, friends, bankers, corporate peers, prexies, CEOs—are just guests, very lucky guests. Boy fell into cooking as a way to fight stress and “bad spaghetti.” “I grew up eating my mom’s homemade spaghetti, the proper Italian spaghetti made with homemade tomato sauce that’s not at all sweet,” he says. He couldn’t find a decent spaghetti place in Manila so he taught himself to make his own, from scratch, using only the best ingredients he could …

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