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Elegance in the modern Filipina

By TingTing Cojuangco This year’s panel of “TingTing’s List” is composed of Honorary Consul of Monaco Fortune Ledesma, fashion entrepreneur Tina Ocampo, Tatler managing editor Chit Lijauco, designer Albert Andrada, and myself. We defined elegant Filipina as:  “The woman who unwittingly is at the center of attention knows the language of fashion possesses beauty; ​is refined and cultured;she commands respect in her chosen field and ​leaves a legacy of grace wisdom and compassion.”  With that criteria in mind, we came up with this list of 10 Elegant Filipinas. Felicia Atienza A graduate of Wharton and University of Pennsylvania, Felicia spent 10 years immersed in the competitive world of  finance working for multinational giants, JP Morgan Fleming and Merrill Lynch. She is today president, CEO, and founder of Chinese International School, a K-12 International Baccalaureate World School. Mariquita Yeung Referred to as Dame Mariquita Yeung based in Cebu, she balances family and philanthropy, and business where she devotes great enthusiasm. She has established health centers …

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Of dream bridal gowns and sunset weddings

Fashion designers Francis Libiran and Patricia Santos were the featured talents in a recent bridal show at Conrad Manila’s Forbes ballroom. Organized by Manila Bulletin’s Wedding Essentials (WE) Magazine, “The Journey to I Do” was a day-long bridal showcase, which featured top brands and wedding suppliers, including high-end jewelry brands like Bulgari and Jewelmer, photographers, videographers, emcees, music providers, florists, makeup artists, and cake makers. The event culminated in a fashion show in the evening featuring professional as well as celebrity models such as Lovi Poe, Christian Bautista, and Venus Raj. In its bid to position itself as an “urban wedding destination,” Conrad Manila sought WE’s help in staging the event. “We worked around the theme luxe seaside,” said Kitten Zapata, editor in chief of WE. “We came up with such a …

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Speak softly and be human

Is glamour only a memory? It originated from a Scottish word meaning “enchantment” or a “magic spell or charm,” according to the Oxford dictionary, but in my personal and very, very limited brush with glamour, it started with two words—Chona Kasten. I said words, because, to me, at that time, more than a person, she was only words of glamour I would overhear in adult conversations at the dinner table or when my aunts would tag me along on shopping sprees at Rustan’s. Chona Recto-Kasten died in April 4, 1987. I was a teenager, in transition from high school to college, although thanks to her and all things glamorous I grew up associating with her name, I had even in those young years been under the spell of the good life—fashion, …

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Swiss for my sweets

Marco Polo  Ortigas  Manila’s “All Things Swiss” was an afternoon delight replete with Swiss cheeses, Swiss cuisine, wine, and music, in celebration of its 725th National Swiss Day and presented in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland. Swiss partners, media, and society gathered at the Marco Polo Ballroom for the event, as master of ceremonies Rapha Kiefer, a Swiss himself, and the hotel’s Swiss general manager Frank Reichenbach welcomed Embassy of Switzerland’s deputy head of Mission, Raoul Imbach. For the traditional cutting of the Swiss cheese, they were joined by Samuel Po, Lt. Col. Patrick Boratel, Xin Tian, and celebrity guest Sarah Lahbati. In his welcome speech, GM Frank Reichenbach said: “I am a Swiss national, (I was) raised and grew up in Switzerland. It is a country that is known for its stunning mountains and majestic views. Through its towns lies and lives the culture of Switzerland, something that is simple, but rich. For us to celebrate this special day for Switzerland, we are very happy to share the culture that I have always loved.” Switzerland’s culture …

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Society stars came out for Johnny

There is absolutely no one else like Johnny Litton. Ever relevant and progressive, with an amazing staying power, Johnny has set the bar as the consummate host and master of ceremonies par excellence. One can’t help but admire his candid wit, engaging humor, and countless stories of the movies, sharing his experiences at the time when he was with Mever films and a regular at the Cannes Film Festival and other such glittering events. It was his splashiest moment and Johnny vibrantly greeted his almost 600 guests who walked down the red carpet to greet him on his 80th birthday, held recently at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. It was reminiscent of a little Hollywood Oscar event, with the ladies dazzling in their red carpet gowns. The Marriott grand ballroom was packed …

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Tress chic

By Kaye Estoista-Koo Did you know that Europeans don’t like it straight or “clean-looking?” Berni Ottjes, Dutch artistic director of L’Oreal Professionnel is setting the record straight on hair at the grand hair show featuring the trendiest color of 2016, FrenchBrowns by Majirel. Berni’s live demo hair cuts and styles were partnered by Francis Libiran’s 12-piece fashion ensemble. He remarks, “The structure of the girls here is totally different from the girls we have in Europe, but it’s nice to play with structure like that. It’s not always about the beautiful flat hair, I heard here the women would kill for straight hair but in Europe, a lot of younger girls are coming out with more structure, the more beachy way of wearing their hair. I think it’s more feminine, more fun, it’s more how …

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Where the Bookworms are

By Ana Valenzuela From Palanca winners to a Pulitzer prize-winning author, from first time authors to authors who have their 20th book in print, it was a gaggle of authors. The good thing was, it was not even a quarter of the crowd who flocked the recent Philippine Readers & Writers Festival 2016 at Raffles Makati. It was a three-day affair where there were panel discussions about the different genres, publishing in the digital age, blogging, and everything in between about books and literature. It was an opportunity to meet your favorite authors and to have your books signed and obsess over the whole experience days later. For many, the highlight of the festival was the foreign writers, namely Pulitzer Prize-award winning author Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master’s Son) and bestselling authors Paula McLain (The Paris Wife), and Anna Todd. All of them shared that they were excited to meet their Filipino fans. Johnson said he wanted to wear a barong while McLain said she enjoyed a Burger Steak meal at …

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30 million Champions to raise

Images by Coach Tomas Lozano In a recent report by the Philippine Statistics Authority, it shows that of the 100 million Filipinos (and counting), 30 million are below 16 years old, 30 percent of the household population in the country. For others, that’s just about as many problems and deficiency in terms of education, job opportunities, and healthcare. To Makati Football Club (MFC) founder and president Tomas Lozano, that’s 30 million young football athletes, training, competing, winning, and representing the Philippines in tournaments here and abroad. If only our basketball-crazed country—citizens, athletes, the government, and the private sector included—can finally give Philippine football the assist it needs to kick the proverbial ball completely over the goal line. It’s not like our kid athletes are lacking in football potential. They are, in fact, champions. Case in point: last July, MFC Boys 12 placed third in the biggest youth football tournament in the world, the Gothia Cup held …

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‘Moments’ with the ‘living saint’

ANGEL THOUGHTS As long as one is alive, whoever he or she is, that life is sacred. — Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle Today is the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa by Pope Francis in Rome. Alive, she was called “The Living Saint” and world leaders all respected and revered her, Christians or non-Christians. But her happiest moment was when Pope John Paul 11, now a venerated saint himself, visited her and saw for himself her work among the poorest of the poor, the homeless, the rejected, the forgotten. They shared a deep friendship and understanding of each other’s mission that lasted their lifetimes. For her work, establishing hostels, hospices, homes, and feeding programs regardless of their religions, showing God’s love to the world, Mother Teresa was given a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She visited …

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Why a writer must suffer

Images by Noel B. Pabalate Imagine the blank page staring back at you but you can’t think of anything to write. Imagine your life spent beating deadlines with barely any time to edit or revise. Imagine eating, driving, being with someone and never truly being present because there are always words and stories darting like specks of light in your head. That’s a pretty normal day for writers. It’s not drama, it just is. All that daydreaming, some say, shouldn’t be so hard. It’s not rocket science, unless, of course, a writer who is not a surgeon or a scientist is asked to write an article on either. It’s not physically taxing, until you find your fingers bleeding, not a morsel of food in your stomach, not a wink of sleep, your …

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