The Barber of Seville’: A Triple Celebration at the CCP

The enthralling and long-awaited opera, “The Barber of Seville”, held recently at the CCP Main Theater, commemorated the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Italy, the 60th anniversary of Rustan’s and the 50th anniversary of the Philippine Italian Association. Visionary Italian director Antonio Petris was also the set and costume designer, with…

THE JOHANN STRAUSS SOCIETY’S GALA

Classical music soared to new heights at the recent gala concert presented by the Johann Strauss Society of the Philippines. Conductor Dr. Ernest Hoetzl, known as the Austrian Ambassador of Music, won the admiration and affection of the audience, with its interestingly varied repertoire performed by The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Well-loved pieces of Mozart, Brahms…

The Josie Natori Drama at ‘Manila FAME’s Fifty-Fifth Edition

  The Josie Natori  Drama at ‘Manila FAME’s Fifty-Fifth Edition The powerful magnetism and enthusiasm of Josie Natori is exhilarating. With verve, Josie stood up from her group of friends to greet us, as Rupert and I entered the ‘55th Manila FAME’ event at the SMX Convention Center. As we exchanged pleasantries, it brought back…

Travelife’s Marvelous Tribute to Japan

The vitally energetic Travelife magazine, which comes up with inventive ideas each time, deserves kudos and acclaim for having presented “Japan Night”. For us, it was a ‘must-attend’ event.  My husband Rupert and I share the same feeling of endearment towards Japan – a place of superlatives – with its food, the sights, culture and…

The Best of Philippine Society

High society honored the Silver Anniversary of Lifestyle Asia at an exclusive cocktail party held at Red, Makati Shangri-la hotel. The glamorous evening was highlighted by the unveiling of the book: “25: The Best of Philippine Society”. To this day, Lifestyle Asia continues to showcase “living at its finest”.  Founder Exequiel ‘Syke’ Garcia had the…

Marivic Rufino’s Surprise Exhibit of ‘SOFT ART’ at PENINSULA MANILA

MARIVIC RUFINO’S SURPRISE EXHIBIT OF ‘SOFT ART’ AT PENINSULA MANILA Through her romantically sensible and highly feminine works, artist-writer Marivic Rufino has impressed mightily in her recent exhibit, exuding a visionary feel as well as decorative. Her eye for detail and passion for color, spill off her canvases and onto her latest creations. Mav says…

The Albert’s Wedding Renewal in Boracay; The FILA Polo Cup

Fila luminaries Butch and Cris Albert have a flair for reinventing themselves, as they go about their worthy pursuits with élan and style. At this early time of the year, the bon vivant couple had already realized two splendid events. With a penchant for nature, the innovative Alberts drew family and friends to an ultimate…

Party of the Season: Joe and Ronnie Concepcion’s Milestone Celebration

Party of the Season:  Joe and Ronnie Concepcion’s Milestone Celebration Icons to emulate, twin brothers Joe and Ronnie Concepcion’s milestone celebration was such a knockout, that the evening gown-clad guests had ran out of superlatives. Undoubtedly the party of the season, the prominent brothers recently celebrated their 80th birthday in grand style at the Makati…

The 12th ‘Manila’s Best Dressed’ Gala Night Earmarked for Charity

The 12th ‘Manila’s Best Dressed’ Gala Night – Earmarked for Charity One glimpse at the theme of the 12th Manila’s Best Dressed Gala Awards Night says it all.  “Glamour and Elegance with a Heart” was a salute to the awardees’ outstanding leadership and contribution to society.  The event was held recently at the Grand Ballroom…

Philippine Tatler Celebrates at Red

PHILIPPINE TATLER CELEBRATES AT RED Philippine Tatler never fails to give an occasion a special flair, with its reputation for excellence and glamour. Recently, media icon Irene Martel Francisco, publisher of the prestigious glossy magazine, together with Anton San Diego, Editor-in-Chief and Mia Borromeo, Editor-at-Large,  hosted the James Suckling Guide to the best Bordeaux Wines…

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…

An Evening of ‘Moda Italia’

Italy deservedly sits among the world’s greats in haute couture. It carries such stalwarts in the industry, as: Bvlgari, Armani, Prada, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, and Ferragamo to name a few. Recently, Rustan’s Department Store, Stores Specialists, Inc. and Metrobank Card Corporation staged the “Moda Italia” show at Greenbelt 4, a showcase of the very best…