#WeShopAsOne: Filipino celebs who shop local

#WeShopAsOne: Filipino celebs who shop local

All the more we look up to these stars for their support of local makers, from bag crafters to fashion designers.

Homegrown designers having their creations shown abroad is nothing new; Filipinos are, after all, quite creative when it comes to design.

But what’s worth celebrating more is the growing patronage of our very own celebrities for local brands. The upside? Since these stars are most people’s fashion inspirations, then the geniuses in our fashion industry get the limelight they very well deserve. Here are a few of these local-loving personalities who we are giving our nods to.

Marian Rivera-Dantes (@marianrivera)

The Hispanic showbiz royalty that is Marian Rivera is known to rock local threads, specifically local weaves, which she pairs with classic pieces. A search for #kaTribuYan on Instagram yields local designers like Ivara Seron (@ivaraseron), Yong Davalos (@yong.studio), and Jor-El Espina (@jorel.espina).

Heart Evangelista (@iamhearte)

A person who’s no stranger to the world of fashion is Heart Evangelista. Yes, people know her for wearing some of the most popular fashion brands in the world, but she’s also known to #wearlocal (not an official hashtag, but we would like it to be) particularly by designers such as Bea Valdes (@beavaldesdesign) and Mark Bumgarner (@markbumgarner). Oh, and did we mention she’s the creative director of local fashion brand Kamiseta?

Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina)

A lady who’s no stranger to the catwalk (model, designer, former Bb. Pilipinas-Universe), Maxine Medina has been seen in clothes that one might recognize without being in the fashion industry. But did you know that one of her favorites as far as jewelry is (at least according to her IG) concerned are by local designer Marcy Lim‘s (@marcysjewelry)?

Cat Arambulo-Antonio (@catarambulo)

This lady went from being in PR and brand management to a beauty columnist, a brand ambassador, and an interior designer. She’s also one proud momma, but we’re here for her sense of fashion, especially in carrying local creations from the likes of Lally Dizon (@lallydizon_mnla) and her collaboration with up-and-coming Mindanaoan label KAAYO Modern Mindanao (@kaayo.ph).

Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila)

Anthony Ramirez (@anthonyramirezdesigner). Jewelmer (@jewelmer, top-of-the-line South Sea Pearls, in case you’re wondering). Mark Bumgarner. Filip+inna (@filipinna). This fashionable journalist has worn them either on air or in events she hosts/attends. She’s no stranger to the spotlight, what with hosting a show on ANC and all, so why not use it as a showcase for local designers?

Lyn Ching-Pascual (@lynching7)

Morning shows at GMA 7 were always pleasant, especially when this lady was on screen. The morning show host has been a part of Unang Hirit ever since it aired in December 1999, and she’s brighten up her fair share of mornings not only with her wit but also with her fashion sense, especially with her Katre (@katrehq) bags.

Any notable brands and celebs we missed? Hit us up in the comments section below!

Glamp in style at Nacpan Beach Glamping, El Nido

Glamp in style at Nacpan Beach Glamping, El Nido

Top tier camping facility Nacpan Beach Glamping opened its doors in one of El Nido’s quieter areas, Nacpan, about an hour’s ride from the main town—a thumbs up to those wanting to camp but with creature comforts at bay.

Isn’t it grand?

In a one-hectare land now sits nine luxe tents surrounded by palm trees and shrubbery, mere steps away from what The Daily Telegraph has described as one of the “29 dreamiest beaches on Earth.” Nine more tents are set to open in October.

Here’s how it looks from the outside.

The tents made from canvas with heavy-duty cotton built to withstand the El Nido weather, come with a zipped mesh and PVC windows, and view of either the beach or the mountains. The interiors are set in earthen tones furnished with queen bed set on top of a native-style sisal rug, has thoughtful touches like a Japanese pendant light, and airconditioning, which you don’t really need if you’re breathing pristine sea breeze.

This is how it looks inside.

Food at Nacpan Beach Glamping is part of the stay you pay for and you get it from the Nacpan Sunmai Restaurant located right beside the campsite. It features an international menu with local favorites like sisig and grilled tanigue mixed with Japanese katsu, Italian pizza, and smoothie bowls. Other exciting stay inclusions guests get to experience are a one-hour sunset sail, and origami classes using coconut leaves.

Visit between December and May and you may get the chance to see turtle hatchlings being released.

The basics
Php7,500 per night for two; however, a tent can fit up to four
Nacpanbeachglamping.com
Tel: +63956 234 0162

Get there. SkyJet Airlines (skyjetairlines.com) has regular flights from San Vicente, Palawan where a van can take you to El Nido. Get off at Discover El Nido office on Amboy Street in El Nido town and hop on the Nacpan Shuttle Service.

Stars for Christmas: the Philippine parol

Stars for Christmas: the Philippine parol

Christmas maybe from the West, but the parol is truly Filipino.

The West may have developed the idea of Christmas, but the Filipinos have embraced it possibly more than the rest of the world. Case in point: the Philippines having the “longest Christmas” in the world, with decor and the holiday spirit kicking in as early as September.

A quintessential part and perhaps the most unique symbol of Christmas in the Philippines is the ever-present parol, a five-point-star-shaped lantern usually made of bamboo sticks and colored paper.

Taken from the Spanish word farol (meaning lantern or street light), its origins are said to date back to the early 1900s in Pampanga. First made by Francisco Estanislao, its base design, a five-point star pretty much stay unchanged since its inception.

Materials used vary from simple—bamboo sticks for the frame covered by papel de hapon or colored cellophane—to complex—steel, white or stained capiz shells, and a bunch of wires and circuitry. You can find at least one parol by the façade of Filipino home, or as part of the holiday decor beautifying streets of busier metropolises like Makati.

If you’re looking for the best designs, look no further than San Fernando City in the province of Pampanga. Lantern making in this city is an art and a livelihood, and is best embodied in the annual Giant Lantern Festival, held a couple of weeks before Christmas in December annually.

The basics
Get there. Take a Partas or a Victory Liner bus from these transport companies’ terminal in Cubao to get to San Fernando, Pampanga. Travel time is about one hour.

Tsokolate Eh; Tsokolate Ah

Tsokolate Eh; Tsokolate Ah

Do you know the difference?

A passage in chapter 11 of Dr. Jose Rizal’s esteemed novel Noli Me Tángere will usually go over Filipino students’ heads. It’s the simple act of preparing hot chocolate, though it is indicative of how Padre Salvi (or some other friar during those times) treats his guests.

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“Well, if he offers you chocolate—which I doubt—but if he offers it remember this: if he calls to the servant and says, ‘Juan, make a cup of chocolate, eh!’ then stay without fear; but if he calls out, ‘Juan, make a cup of chocolate, ah!’ then take your hat and leave on a run.”

“What!” the startled visitor would ask, “does he poison people? Carambas!”

“No, man, not at all!”

“What then?”

“‘Chocolate, eh!’ means thick and rich, while ‘chocolate, ah!’ means watered and thin.”

translated from Chapter 11, Noli Me Tangere, retrieved from gutenberg.org

Why is this significant? It’s because people back then looked at tsokolate eh as a far superior drink, reserved only for the ruling class (i.e. Spaniards). “Eh” was believed to have come from the Spanish word espesso (thick), while “ah” from aguado (watered down or thin).

Nowadays, it doesn’t matter if you’re into tsokolate eh or tsokolate ah, as it boils down to personal taste. What you may want to look into is what you pair your traditional Filipino chocolate drink with.

The basics
Café Adriatico is one of the best places to get tsokolate eh, served with pan de sal, a Filipino bun, and kesong puti or cheese made from carabao’s milk. Café Adriatico’s original branch in Remedio Circle, Malate, Manila and has a branch at SM Mall of Asia.

FB: @CafeAdriatico

Musicals and Christmas bazaars: Events in November

Musicals and Christmas bazaars: Events in November

It’s like Christmas came in a month earlier.

Cats the Musical

It’s on a limited run for a reason. Poster from Lunchbox Theatrical Productions

November 6 onwards
The Theatre at Solaire
Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City
Paranaque City

Based on T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats the Musical” makes a stop in the Philippines for a limited season run at The Theatre at Solaire this November 6. It tells the tale of how all Jellicle cats gather for their annual Jellicle Ball just to hear who Old Deuteronomy, their benevolent leader, will pick as the Jellicle cat to be reborn into a new life. It features a cast headlined by world-renowned theatre star and the country’s own Joanna Ampil reprising her role as Grizabella.
Ticketworld.com.ph

Noel Bazaar 2019

November 15 to 24
World Trade Center, Pasay

Nineteen years on and no other Christmas bazaar in the country has yet to match the largest Christmas shopping bonanza that is the Noel Bazaar, with its first leg happening on November 15 to 24 at the World Trade Center. The bazaar is where you find the latest crafts and merch from some of the country’s best entrepreneurs, and GMA 7’s top celebrities auctioning off their pre-loved items. The best part: it’s all for charity.
Facebook.com/noel.bazaar/

VegFest Pilipinas 2019

November 16 to 17
BGC Arts Center, 26th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Head for the BGC Arts Center on November 16 and 17 and join the Vegans of Manila at VegFest Pilipinas 2019, an event meant to showcase of all things vegan—from food and non- food products and services, to talks about vegan lifestyle. If there’s ever a place and time to know more about veganism or find the latest vegan products in the country, it’s this.
Facebook.com/VegFestPilipinas/

Earth Run 2019

November 24

The fourth and final leg of this year’s Takbo Para sa Kalikasan, Earth Run gives you a reason not just to stay in shape but also be more aware of what is happening to our environment. Take part in the 3km, 5km, 10km run or go all out for the environment and join them in plogging, or picking up litter while jogging.
Facebook.com/takboparsakalikasan/

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