Cris Albert’s Champagne Birthday; Hoseki’s Knoi Esmane Wins International Award


Cris Albert’s Champagne Birthday;

Hoseki’s Knoi Esmane Wins International Award

FILA diva, Cris Albert recently celebrated her birthday at Opus, one of the favorite haunts of the stylish set.  Eye-catching in her black Balenciaga, the effervescent Cris pampered her guests in her usual Moet & Chandon Rose’ fashion.  The lounge was magically aglow with Ecuadorian roses and tall gothic-like candles, and what better way to set the champagne mood, than with the cool sounds of Sinatra in the background.

The opulent menu to match, included twice baked gorgonzola souffle, beef carpaccio, quail and bacon delight, pan roasted Chilean sea bass, duck a la orange and the succulent rib eye with truffled mashed potato specially prepared by Chef Carlo Miguel.


Innovative Filipino designer Knoi Esmane of Hoseki Jewelry Art, recently won not one, but two Silver Awards at the 8th International South Sea Pearl Jewelry Design Competition.  With him during the award ceremonies were Hoseki founder Faico Co and corporate affairs director Zabeth Co. The event coincided with the Hong Kong International Jewelry Show.  Among the more than 700 entries around the globe, Esmane’s pieces titled, “Genesis Brooch” and the “Eternal Love Necklace” garnered the Silver awards.   Knoi’s cutting-edge creativity has won him a total of five major international awards and nine international merit awards.

The FILA princess Cris Albert beams with joy over her sparkling cake
Tim Yap, Cris Albert, Sari Yap, Ana Abad Santos and Chris Badiola
Cris Albert, Ana Abad Santos, Nini Cosca and Irene Yulo
Peach Cebrero, Mitz Lauraya, Cris Albert, Margot Cabreza and Nini Cosca
Hoseki Founder Faico Co with designer Knoi Esmane receiving the Silver Award for Brooch category from Seung-hae Moon, managing director, Asia Pacific for the Gemological Institute of America
Hoseki corporate affairs director Zabeth Co with Knoi Esmane receiving the Silver Award for Pendant/Necklace category from Australian Trade Commission Deputy Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner Phil Ingram
Zabeth Co, Seung-hae Moon, Faico Co, Knoi Esmane with some of the judges of the competition
Hoseki’s winning “Genesis Brooch” is made of precious south sea pearls, golden south sea pearls and natural round keshi pearls mounted in yellow gold with black diamond pave