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For the boys

Keep it sleek As time changes, men’s preferences and growing choices evolve and they become more selective in the kinds of clothes they wear to look exceptionally better.  Gone are the days of the basic jeans and shirt, or a boring suit and tie. Now, men dare to wear color, prints, and unexpected silhouettes. Get ready to man up and get all the attention at Pierre Cardin for handsome weekend looks. Look put together but efforlessly stylish, like a young gentleman should, in a sea blue striped printed short-sleeved shirt and burgundy shorts with roll-up hem or in white micro-printed shirt and gray woven shorts.  Shop with a minimum of P1,000 and get a Pierre Cardin gift. Cinderella Glorietta 3, Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, Vmall Greenhills, and Robinson’s Ermita. www.cinderellaph.com; …

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All the pretty horses

Images by Noel Pabalate To mark Magis’ 40th anniversary, Dimensione, exclusive Philippine distributor of the Italian-made high-end furniture and home accessories brand, has tapped 14 local artists from Secret Fresh gallery to reinterpret the Magis Rocky. Designed by Australian industrial designer Marc Newson, the Rocky is made of rotational and molded polyethylene in the shape of a miniature horse that comes with its own saddle and a pair of stirrups. In keeping with its name, the accent piece rocks and, depending on the person’s weight, can be sat on. The plain, unadorned version comes in white, brown, and black, and retails at P59,950 at Dimensione’s Bonifacio Global City (BGC) branch on 28th Street corner 7th street. Part of the event’s fun is to see how artists Renato Barja, Jr., Iya Consorio, Egg Fiasco, …

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Wake me up when September comes

Whew, the dreaded Hungry Ghost Month, Aug. 3 to Aug. 31, will be over in a few days, the unluckiest time of the year, when spirits from the underworld roam the world of the living, causing very unfortunate things and events. To avoid unnecessary risks, feng shui experts advise people against traveling, going on adventures, launching projects, signing documents, undergoing surgery, and basically everything that is exciting and essential to life. And now that it’s almost over, it’s (almost) time to party… WALK TALL High chunky heels are all over the fall-winter runways like this sandal with straps in maroon patent calfskin from the Hermès Women’s Shoe Collection autumn-winter 2016. KAMPAI! Until the end of September, guests can choose from Novotel Manila Araneta Center’s Gourmet Bar’s selection of nibbles and sips curated by the hotel’s culinary team. Choose to match the Filipino classic dinakdakan with a selection of classic wines. Each bespoke combination …

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A millennial’s solution to the drug problem

ANGEL THOUGHTS “When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” The drug problem is mainly affecting the Millennials because according to the Dangerous Drugs Board, the mean age of drug dependents in this country is 20 to 29 years old. Thus, last week, a Millennial legislator Rep. Christopher de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan) took a stand at the Plenary of the House of Representatives to offer his formula to wipe out the drug crisis in this country. Rep. De Venecia said that because the drive against drugs by the Philippine National Police (PNP) is focused only on the “eradication of the family tree of the drug supply ecosystem,” there should also be a parallel national effort to prevent the demand for illegal drugs, to institute an affordable rehabilitation program …

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Say ‘I do’ at the Marriott

“Marry Me at Marriott,” held recently at the Grand Ballroom building of Marriott Manila, was a wedding spectrum far beyond spectacular. It was the launch of the highly exclusive bridal show set to establish itself as a benchmark among bridal exhibits. The Grand Ballroom is a grand statement, the largest in the country so far. As if this wasn’t fabulous enough, general manager Bruce Winton announced that there would be more amenities at the soon-to-open West Wing, thus setting the pace for the wildest dream venue possible. The dynamic Marriott Manila’s director of marketing communications Michelle Garcia said in her speech: “To the gentlemen, don’t just say ‘Marry Me.’ Complete it by saying ‘Marry Me at Marriott.’ And to the ladies, you will not regret the day you said yes, …

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Culture rules

Desaturated color nature prints and bursts of bright appliques adorn a trio of white outfits. The clean white fabric serves as the perfect canvas for the modern print. The bottom edges of the garment are cut according to the shape of the print, showcasing an interesting finish to relatively classic silhouettes. This is the modern take of young Thai designer Anuruq Jaidee on the traditional costumes that were once worn by nobility in the palaces of Ayutthaya, the old capital of Siam, the old kingdom of Thailand. Most of the traditional costumes are inspired by nature that surrounds the palaces—from wild orchids to colorful butterflies to bird’s nests. “I’ve taken inspiration from the fashion of the palaces of the court of Ayutthaya and turned it into something wearable in modern times, something …

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Consular chic

The Consular Corps of the Philippines is an organization close to the heart of consul general and dean of the Diplomatic Corps of the Philippines, Fortune Aleta Ledesma. If anyone can pull it off, it is through the charisma of fashion icon Fortune and as such, she continues to play an integral part in their annual fundraising “Fashion Harmony.” Held recently at the New World Makati, it was an inspiring event that brought together members of the diplomatic corps, in the pursuit of its commitment to aid abandoned and abused children, the elderly, scholars, and victims of calamities. Fortune likewise credits the project’s success to vice dean and consul Antonio Gallo, chairperson consul Agnes Huibonhoa of the Gambia and co-chairperson consul Betty Ang of Tanzania. After the National Anthem, the operatic duo …

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A reading for JR Isaac

We might think that the explosion of information on the Internet has desensitized many of us to the facts of life, like death, but no, death still does come as a shock, like a thief in the night. This is how death struck me when I heard of JR Isaac’s passing. On Tuesday night, just after dinner, I was on Messenger with friends Myrza Sison, Tweetie de Leon Gonzalez, Apples Aberin, and Bea Recto Agnir and it was all about him being under intensive care due to liver failure. “Pray for him,” we implored each other. “Storm the heavens.” That, alone, was a bolt from the blue. Not JR. He was so young, too young—and he was fit, he was healthy, he was so alive. But one hour later, he was not. …

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A model working farm school

ANGEL THOUGHTS “The Filipino is worth dying for”— Senator Benigno Aquino jr.   Today is the 33rd death anniversary of Senator Ninoy Aquino Jr. His assassination woke us up to the real horrors of Martial Law. His willingness to die for his people started our movement to freedom. His death strengthened us to fight the dictatorship until we ousted him through our peaceful People Power Revolution. Please remember him in your prayers. There will be ceremonies at the NAIA tarmac at 8 a.m. today and at 11 a.m., wreath-laying ceremonies at Ninoy’s bust at Terminal 3. Now, my first outing with my Bulong Pulungan group after my vacation was to visit the Farm School of Sen. Cynthia Villar in Las Piñas. We took it as the prefect occasion to present her an award (long over-due) …

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Let the Art out of the Bag

Portrait by Noel B. Pabalate and Video by JC Villanueva Love Marie OngpaucoEscudero, otherwise known as Heart Evangelista, is done downplaying her artistic talent. Since revealing herself as a deeply contemplative artist, an intensely passionate one at that, Love Marie is gliding through a rich creative journey all her own, not pandering to some perceived notion of what is art and how to express it. Instead she’s embracing her creative impulses and turning them into artworks, in all shapes and sizes, with an authenticity and spirit that’s distinctly hers. Of all her artistic ventures and creative collabs thus far, none is bolder and more whimsical and more lavishly unrestrained than her upcoming bag exhibit, “Carry Your HeART,” featuring a collection of Hermès handbags handpainted by Love Marie, at the Volkswagen Showroom, at …

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