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Timeless and under the Radar

Dressing like a Parisian woman is the ultimate sartorial goal of any fashion girl worth her detox Himalayan pink salt. But for reasons known only to the heartbreakingly stylish locals of the City of Light—all the books, articles, blogs, magazine editorials, and TV shows devoted to the how-tos of Parisian chic can never quite cut it close enough. Perhaps the real fashion insider secret to channel your inner Marion Cottilard or Caroline de Maigret or even French-American style sweetheart Lily Rose Depp doesn’t lie on the “how” but the “what.” Because anyone can wear a pair of skinny jeans, beaten up leather jacket, silk blouse, and tasseled pixie boots, but not everyone outside Europe has access to the brands that make these pieces distinctly au courant. On her many travels to Paris and …

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Can a text change your life?

By Ana Valenzuela and Images by Noel Pabalate Touted as the text capital of the world, the Philippines has seen its share of text scams, and they are nothing new to Filipinos. Like most Pinoys, writer-director Inna Salazar would receive short messages with fraudulent claims. She would usually reply, even stress about it if she cannot report it. One day, however, she wondered what type of person could be behind those messages. This would serve as the foundation of the story of the Cinemalaya entry Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching. “If ever a text scam will reap something good, what will it be? I created a story in my head, jumbled with everyday things that I see: traits of people who I observe, modern taboos that I see, I combined them in …

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Tacos, tortillas, and burritos

ANGEL THOUGHTS “In life, have a friend who is like a mirror and a shadow;  A mirror never lies and a shadow never leaves.” —Anonymous We left our hearts in Mexico City.  Spending four full days there was a blessing and when we left, we vowed to find our way back again... sometime soon. By the way, we need visas to get to Mexico but Mexicans do not have to get one coming here. They have 30 days to stay here. We took the flight back to Vancouver and it was back to the arms of my grandsons and their daddy, Junie. Then after four days, we made the long flight via PAL (really shining through) back to Manila. We had to wait 20 minutes before we could land, the one runway of NAIA …

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Will you?

Imagine an oasis of calm and elegance located right in the middle of cosmopolitan Makati. Then think of beautifully designed gowns, gorgeously-set tables, and beautifully styled events, luxurious gifts for couples from Rustan's, and touches of Tiffany inspirations all-around. Will You?, an exclusive bridal event, brought together three luxury brands Tiffany & Co., Rustan's, and Raffles Makati to launch three new luxe bridal packages. This exclusive partnership showcased the event and table stylings available from 2171 Floral Creations, Spruce Floral Designs, The Love Garden, Zenas Pineda & Co., and Jo Claravall along with the themed gown designs by Veluz featuring Classic Filipiniana, Modern Beauty, Enchanting Artistry, Whimsical Adventure, and Ethereal Brilliance. The bridal packages come in Classic, Deluxe, and Prestige options with Raffles Makati as the venue for the wedding reception. In …

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Pinay power

By Alex Y. Vergara Images by Noel Pabalete Video by John Alvin Veri   Filipino women’s exploits and achievements, from chef Cristeta Comerford’s stint as White House executive chef to Leni Robredo’s political career and hard-fought race to win the vice presidency, have been enjoying a great deal of media coverage lately. They have also given a good number of Filipinos the world over reasons to celebrate and feel good about themselves. But there was a time not too long ago when the word Filipina had a far more limited and often derogatory meaning. It was as if Filipino women were incapable of being anything else other than domestic helpers, “exotic” women, and mail-order brides. It was under this scenario that a group of Filipino-American women in the West Coast led by Marily Mondejar decided …

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Star of the show

By Kaye Estoista Koo One hundred thirty years ago in 1886, jewelry designer and Tiffany & Co. founder Charles Lewis Tiffany wanted to find a way to make a solitaire diamond in a ring sparkle. At the time, diamonds were set into the engagement ring band, not lifted, and the King of Diamonds in America wanted so bad to make the diamond the star of the piece. As Erica Kerner, Asia-Pacific vice president of Marketing for Tiffany & Co., recounts how the famous Tiffany setting got created, her eyes sparkle with excitement: “You couldn't really see the beauty of the diamond because it didn't sparkle, as light is what makes a diamond sparkle. Mr. Tiffany wanted to lift the diamond and find a way to get light into it to really bring …

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Michele Josue is a friend of Mine

Images by Robo Formacion Hair and makeup by Scarlett Tumalon Styled by Edward James Castro Video by Jay Bustamante Shot on location at Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu Do you know Matt Shepard? Google his name and you’ll see he wasn’t just some random victim, not even a victim but a hero, whose horrific death in 1998 led to the Matthew Shepard Act, a hate crime prevention measure only recently signed into law in the US by President Barack Obama. On the night of Oct. 6, 1998, Aaron McKinney (22) and Russel Henderson (21) gave the 21-year-old University of Wyoming freshman a ride home in Laramie, robbed him, beat him to within an inch of his life, tied him to a wooden buck fence, and left him for dead in the cold Wyoming fall. A biker, who mistook Shepard for a scarecrow, found him 18 hours …

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All day all night party

People have great admiration for those who, despite age, just keep on going, imbued with a personal mantra of work and fun, of sharing, and more. A role model, a gentleman of unwavering passion, and with laughter as big as his heart, Don Ado Escudero celebrated his 85th birthday at his famed Villa Escudero hacienda. Known for its idyllic setting and graceful ambience, with its babbling brooks and turn-of-the-century house, this year Ado celebrated with an “All Day All Night, Come As You Are and When Convenient Party.” It was a breakfast till dinner affair, which started with mass celebrated by Fr. Mercurio at 8 a.m. and which culminated in a fashion show and entertainment numbers at midnight. All these and Ado hardly showed signs of exhaustion. For the past 30 years Ado has celebrated his milestones, throwing parties, and sparing no expense in the pursuit of fantasy, with doses of opulence. The genteel man said: “All my parties have been very well attended by friends who enjoy the same things in life. Since I met Patis Tesoro in 1980, we’ve thrown themed parties and most of them required costumes.” His curiosity knew no limits and in his moment of nostalgia he recounted his past …

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Wear it with pride

There are few things in this world that can make a lady (or man) swoon quite like jewelry. A ring (engagement or no), a fine necklace, sparkly earrings, big or small, understated or over the top, a piece of jewelry has the power to lift the spirits, finish a look, or make one feel exceptional. But for the women of Jul B. Dizon, couture jewelry (particularly those made of precious, super rare gemstones) means so much more than that. Jul B. Dizon first opened its doors in 1978 and has since prided itself in the attention to detail and delicate care with which each unique and timeless piece is made. This level of attention has endeared the company to its loyal clients as it continues to endeavor turning the intimidating act of purchasing jewelry into a familiar, very personal affair among friends. And now, as Jul …

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Turning a page

Portrait by Noel Pabalate Amanda Griffin Jacob is not perfect. A little hard to grasp, yes, seeing as she—her life, career, marriage, family, how she looks in a plain white shirt tucked in a navy A-line skirt—seems anything but. Before marrying husband David Jacob on a beach in Bali, Amanda was an "it” girl multihyphenate who served up major life envy with nary a hashtag, Twitter follower, or bad girl rep. She’s gorgeous and famous and internationally successful without the gloss and filter of Instagram. All these she easily—happily—set aside when she gave birth to her firstborn Kieran. And it was around this time when the world got acquainted to the real Amanda—a new mom fresh out of a TV and modeling career who was unsure if she was messing up her child for life, just like any other first-time mom—through her blog Glam-o-Mamas.   That was six years ago. Now, Amanda, three kids and a total of 200 lbs. gained and lost …

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