Friday, March 22, 2013

style weekend - mar 22

pls buy manila bulletin today (mar22) and get your free copy of style weekend! it's our men's issue (out every last friday of the month, except for this month—because next friday is good friday and we have no issue) and we've got liam hemsworth on the cover! he was in manila last week as the new bench endorser!

also in this issue: breitling jet team, man of the hour JR ang, tour guide for puerto galera, DJ mari ferrari on the centerfold, and more!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

my manila fame find

did you guys get to visit manila fame at the SMX convention center last march 14-17? if you didn't make it, be sure to catch the next one in october. twice a year, this international exhibition showcases the best in philippine design when it comes to furniture, home furnishings, christmas decor, and of course fashion (apparel and mostly accessories). this season i was honored to be asked to be a judge for the fashion category of the katha awards. here i am with my fellow judges for this category: 
L-R: millie dizon, SM's VP for PR & marketing; isabel de leon, manila bulletin lifestyle editor; me

last october 2012, ann ong won. well, guess what, she won again! this is her winning piece below, a minaudière called virginia, from her sierra madre collection. it's made from felled trees, cut and polished, and trimmed in gold. i like that it recycles beautiful pieces of wood found on the ground, and not from chopped-up trees. 

it wasn't my first choice, though. ann's piece certainly had the wow factor and i can imagine it on the pages of vogue as a last look item. a lot of the accessories we saw were not earth-shattering in terms of design, but often it was the back story of the company or the design or even the materials used that made them interesting. i was very drawn to the ones that were sustainable, eco-friendly, recycled... but you couldn't tell. and this is the one that moved me the most: raw earth collections by silnag. check out this necklace below. can you tell what those fine little beads are made of? 

i was shocked—and a little grossed out at first—to learn they were made from carabao nails! ewww, right? but the tiny beads were so clean and polished, you wouldn't even be able to tell. here they are mixed in with another part of the carabaohorn: 

they also use the bones (after scooping out the bulalo), but i wasn't able to take a picture. the carabao parts are just cleaned and bleached, not dyed, so the colors are very natural.

here is a necklace and matching ring to which they added crystals for some color: 

but the owners emphasized that no carabaos were killed just for these accessories. they collect the horns, bones, and nails from cara-beef slaughterhouses. ok, stop reading if that grosses you out because you will be surprised how much cara-beef is used in our everyday food (allegedly, some local corned beef and fast foods use cara-beef). so instead of throwing the parts away, they are made into beautiful, wearable things. zero waste. it's the wave of the future. 

for more information, visit their website

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

now open: BCBG max azria

the presence of this brand in the philippines seems to be off and on. i've seen it at mix and i've seen it at rustan's. but for the first time, it finally has its own freestanding store at bonifacio high street central. the shop has been open since december, but last week they had a formal launch. here are raffy and kat florencio, the couple who brought the brand in (they also own the local technomarine, my diamond, and soon-to-open hervé léger): 

there was a mini fashion and here are a few trends i gathered from the current spring collection: 

black-and-white prints with a dash of hot pink

the new colorblocking

long formal dresses in red, white, and blue

a second branch of BCBG max azria will open middle of the year at the new shangri-la plaza wing. watch for it!

Monday, March 18, 2013

let's eat: oyster mondays

i've been absent for a month, and whaddaya know, my first post back is about food! tonight, the hubby and i got to partake of oyster mondays at circles, makati shangri-la. that's all-you-can-eat oysters as part of the daily buffet for only P1,635+++! that's pretty "sulit" if you're an oyster lover like me mmmmm... plus, the oysters are all imported. right now, the freshest come from france (normandy and brittany), australia, and utah—all huge, plump, and juicy mmmmm... 

aside from their regular fare, every station will be serving an oyster dish like oyster pizza, oyster sushi, oyster tempura, and oyster fritata, among others. the hubby said he was looking for oystersilog. na-challenge ang chef! if you like 'em baked, you can get them with mozzarella, cheddar, and rockefeller-style. 

while i like my oysters best freshly shucked with a squeeze of lemon and a drop of tangy cocktail sauce, i really enjoyed the pass-around platter. waiters walk around with trays of these delicious raw oysters topped with a combination of ingredients. mmmmm... 

did i say mmmmm...? 

oyster mondays, every monday dinner buffet at circles, makati shangri-la. for more info and reservations, call (2) 813-8888.