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Dream wedding

Images by John Jerome Ganzon Video by Julius Lacaba and Samuel Abad As if a luxurious wedding reception was taking place inside the SM Mall of Asia, Wedding Essentials magazine, the ultimate guide for the wedding Pinay bride published by Manila Bulletin, exhibited “Dream Themes,” a road show that was a one-stop place for ideas and inspirations for every couple. The event features different tablescapes from four of the most sought-after wedding stylists namely Gideon Hermosa, Teddy Manuel, Joyce Aguilar, and Michael Ruiz. “The road show is the first of the four road shows we’re going to have. The next ones will be at SM Megamall, SM Makati, and SM Aura. We decided to do this for the bride to take a closer look at how we set up the reception and tablescapes. The …

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Smash like a girl

Images by Noel b. Pabalate The Wimbledon whites, powerful ballet movements, the high ponytail/cheerleader-esque aesthetic, 22-year-old Canadian tennis darling Eugenie Bouchard in a cute Nike vest and shorts number, so close to what any fashion-conscious 22-year-old would wear to the mall; reigning queen of tennis and two-time Vogue cover girl Serena Williams flawless in an all-white dress with a high neckline and layered pleated skirt in Wimbledon. When young women look at images of tennis players on court today, they see girls who are dressed like them, scream and swagger like them, relentlessly work to prove their worth just like them. This puts tennis in a position of power in inspiring girls to embrace and never downplay their talents. A poster of Serena Williams in mid–epic scream should be required on every …

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5 Things to check out at the Uniqlo SEAsia flagship store

At 2,700 square meters spread out over three floors, the newly opened Orchard Road store is the largest Uniqlo store in Southeast Asia. With a fortified presence in the region that includes about 30 stores each in Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, the retail brand is set to dominate the fastest rising region in the world. Tadashi Yanai, Japan's richest man and Fast Retailing's owner, says that Southeast Asia is a growth engine, and 30 percent of the world's business is derived from the 10 ASEAN countries. "What we're pushing is a concept called the democracy of clothing," says Yanai, who flew in from Japan to make an appearance at the opening of the global flagship store in Singapore. "The LifeWear concept is made for all. Cashmere used to cost hundreds of dollars, …

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Crystal clear

Mexico’s premier tequila distiller, Patron, and the masters of French crystal, Lalique both evoke an elite association. With an impressive client roster, Patron dazzles with over-the-top presentations, and the recent launch of “Art of Patron” platform with Lalique marked the first time that the venerated crystal maker has collaborated with a tequila brand. Rustan’s celebrated this exclusive collaboration, Patron en Lalique: Serie 1 with only 500 individually numbered and handpolished bottles available globally. At the Lalique Boutique, 4th level Rustan’s Makati, there was an atmosphere of stylish intimacy with a splendid view of the Patron en Lalique art piece on display. The chic event opened with a toast by regional director of marketing and commercial strategy for Asia Pacific of the Patron Spirits International AG Milton Alatorre; vice-president for Asia Pacific …

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Cultured pure diamonds are eco-friendly

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” —Henry Kissinger Truly, in these very troubled times, only Pope Francis can get all the heads of the world’s different religions together and pray together for peace! At Assisi, Italy, the pope gathered religious leaders from different religions and denominations, representatives of refugees, and troubled governments to sign a covenant to seek peace and pray for peace last Tuesday. This tradition started with St. John Paul II and has been continued by his successors. Whatever our political affiliations are in this divided country of ours, let us all pray and work for peace. As St. Francis of Assisi prayed, “Let peace begin with me!” The accusation of convicts against Sen. Leila de Lima is being taken as gospel truth by some …

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Kitchen confidential

Images by Noel Pabalate Ugen, the exclusive island-community development off Sorsogon, has partnered with high-end European brands Armani/Dada and Gaggenau in outfitting 16 “bespoke” villas out of a total of 68, which the Japanese-led company plans to build in the next two to three years. Clients and their interior designers can choose from and work around such themes as Pearl, Organic, and Raw to realize their dream kitchens. Andrew Sparrow, Ugen’s CEO, announced the partnership recently with Venus Ngu, CEO of Cocina Mobile, Inc., exclusive local distributor of Italian-made Armani/Dada countertops and modular kitchen cabinets at the Cocina Mobile showroom at Bonifacio Global City. Ugen is partnering with a different distributor to bring German-made Gaggeanau appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, temperature-controlled wine cabinets, induction hubs, microwave ovens, coffeemakers, and even plate warmers. At …

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The Pen at 40

In a fastchanging world, the Peninsula Manila has stood the test of time, possessing the secret of longevity. At 40 years old, this bastion of elegance, of quintessential fine taste and where high society frequent, to see and be seen, has remained the icon where hospitality is golden. Genial general manager Mark Choon stood at the red carpet entrance and greeted each guest to its 40th anniversary gala. After his opening speech Mark Choon introduced Sir Michael Kadoorie, chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, the holding company of The Peninsula Hotels, who flew in from Hong Kong for this special festivity.  He said, “This hotel is very close to my heart being only the second Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels property to bear the Peninsula name. Following our flagship property …

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Cracking the (lady) boss code

Images by Noel B. Pabalate Video by John Alvin Veri and Angelo Alejandro WOMEN ON TOP From left: FCC’s Sharon Dayoan, Agnes Gervacio, and Cristina Concepcion are out to increase the number of women CEOs in the country As women, no matter where we are in the world, at whatever stage of our lives, we repeatedly hear about what we need to do. Or what other people expect us to do. How we need to behave, what is appropriate for us to wear, opinions we best keep to ourselves, what is seen as too much or not enough, the acceptable number of selfies we’re allowed to post on Instagram, the socio-cultural politics of what society considers appropriate for us and for our lives. When in fact, the most important questions a woman can—must—only ask herself are simply “What do I want?” “Who do I want to become?” “How am …

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Manners Maketh Man

The proverb “manners maketh man” means that a man’s character is defined by his manners. This phrase was popularized recently in the 2014 Hollywood film, Kingsman, which is about a group of dapper spies from England that recruits a young chav (an English stereotype of boorish young men) and transforms him into a proper spy like his deceased father. This phrase struck a chord in most of its audience, especially among young fans who now use it as a mantra. Its message is simple and direct, not hard to understand at all. A message that is quite relevant today. Not all people abide by this fundamental proverb. Times have changed, the rules have changed, and people, too. Most people today don’t think about how others feel. What’s important now is getting that …

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Kingdom beauty

Images by Noel Pabalate Drs. Z and Aivee Teo describe the newly opened A-Institute at Burgos Park Building in Taguig as an “accumulation” of what they have in their older beauty clinics. Yet the place, with its modern, French-inspired interiors featuring chevron-patterned black-and-white marble floors from Italy, a series of gold lighting fixtures by Tom Dixon, and streamlined furniture pieces from Fritz Hansen, looks totally different and much bigger than any of their other existing facilities. “It’s a different take from our Aivee Clinics, which primarily address skin conditions through various non-invasive treatments and procedures,” said Aivee. As a lifestyle and wellness center, the A-Institute offers a more holistic approach to health and beauty with several labs to address such concerns as hair, snoring, slimming, and even orthosports for amateur and professional athletes. Boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao is said to regularly go to the A-Institute’s …

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