Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Legally Blonde in Meralco!

A musical in Meralco! Finally! It's been a while since the last.

I just want you to know that I have never seen so many people in PINK under one roof in my life. It was truly the color of the night.

Jul B. Dizon Jewellery made the heart silver necklace for Ellen (photo to follow) and because of our tiny contribution, I was able to get my party peeps in to watch the Press Night of the play.

I found myself laughing out loud a few times. Although, perhaps I should watch again to see if they have ironed out the kinks.

Nikki never missed a line. She got all the notes and danced and sang into the hearts of her viewers. It is not her fault that the sound system screwed up parts of the play where her voice was drowned out by static. I like her and as her first play, I think she did pretty well.

Nyoy.....oh my Nyoy...he needs to get his voice out of the acoustic mode. He's in theatre now where a powerful voice is totally necessary, especially when he's singing. He seemed scared throughout the beginning and middle part but at the end of the play, he showed he was more relaxed and made his voice heard, a little too late, but at least he can do it if he tried.

Cristina Villonco is a natural. It's obvious she's done this before which is why she exudes confidence. Wish Vivian had more singing parts though. I would have wanted to hear more of her singing.

Funny man, Calvin Millado who played the UPS guy, made everyone laugh. His uber tight uniform was hilarious on its own.

Geneva Cruz, I have to admire her for what she has to do in the play. She works out, does aerobics, jump ropes WHILE singing that it made ME exhausted just watching her. After her GYM performance, she has to speak her lines and hiding the fact that she is breathless was a little weird. By the way, her body ROCKS!!!!

J and J will surely watch it again because they loved it so. Bravo to the cast and crew!!

Billy Joe Crawford, the love of Nikki Gil's life. He wore pink to show support too!

A little story. When I was 17, my high school friends and I decided to take theatre classes for summer. At that time, it was only Repertory and it was all the way in Makati. I would take the air conditioned bus to go all the way to Buendia because my parents didn't like the fact that I am taking up this class. Imagine? Me at 17 in a bus on EDSA? I was so scared ALL THE TIME. When I got down from the bus, I had to take a JEEPNEY to get to Repertory. I hated it. But when I got to the class, everything was ok again.

My friends and I did a summer play together. It was fun and after summer, I was back doing what I am doing now. Jewellery. But my friends stayed on, learned the art of theatre and excelled in it. Lourdes Faberes is an actress/model in London doing plays and movies and commercials. It's been forever since I last saw her but I have very fond memories of our time in high school.

I am not sure about ALL the plays that Chari Arespacochaga was involved in. Not sure if blogspot has enough space for me to name each one but Chari has come a long way from that summer class we were in. She is the director of Legally Blonde and I feel so proud knowing her. Congratulations!!!

Run is till July 18.
For tickets, call 8927078
or TICKETWORLD 8919999

Friday, June 25, 2010

Never Too Late....

...to share with you news of a great food bargain!! Calling all chicken lovers!!!

For P165.00 you can have an unlimited quarter-sliced chicken pieces from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm daily until July 17, 2010!! By adding PhP39, customers can also avail of bottomless Pepsi products. Rice is not included but who cares? Just stuff yourself with chicken! Anyway, for your information, one order of rice is P31.00.

“It has been an exciting 65 years for Max’s. From a small cafĂ© in Scout Tuason, Max’s has grown to become one of the most-loved homegrown brands in the world, a brand that every Filipino can be proud of. Max’s Chicken-All-You-Can promo translates our heartfelt gratitude to all our patrons –families who have created their fondest memories at Max’s, and individuals who continue to embrace and enjoy Filipino cuisine,” said Marc H. San Juan of Corporate Marketing, Max’s Restaurant.

I just hope that they don't give customers a silly excuse like, "Sorry, we ran out of chicken."

Will try it with my family. After that, I am sure they will be sorry that they ever thought of this promo. BWA HA HA HA!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Marvelously Malacanang!

I don't understand why Pres. Noynoy does not want to live here when he takes his post. I have never been to Malacanang. Well, only once in the garden when Regine held a concert there produced by Former First Lady Ming Ramos. It was for PISO PARA sa PASIG Foundation. I didn't get to go inside and so, I never really knew what it was like until Paul S. sent me a link to view his photos of it.

I was shocked at how beautiful it is and how MASSIVE it is, as Paul would say it.

His photos are of rooms which are not open to the public so even if I take the tour, it won't be the places that he took shots of. I am officially jealous but at the same time, PROUD that we Filipinos have a structure so amazing and rich with culture and history.

I had the chance to go inside each room that I would want to see when it was President Joseph Estrada but I didn't take it because I never thought it would be interesting. REGRETTING it so much now.

Thank you Paul for showing me this and for letting me share to my peeps.

This thimble was used to sew our FLAG!!! Amazing.

To view more of the awesome pics of Malacanang, please visit:


Monday, June 21, 2010

Business Lunch, Old Manila Style.

It was MS birthday 2 weeks ago and it was about time that we celebrate it.

We decided to try out the Business Lunch of Old Manila last week.

Lapu-lapu OR

Crepe Suzette

The food was good. Service was great but I think for P990++, it's a bit teuer (expensive in German). WIll try out Tivoli's Business Lunch soon and compare. Will update you folks!

Happy Birthday Michael!!!

That's some SERIOUS wishing!

My lunch mates. Thank you CYT for treating us. Don't do it too often or else I will get used to it. (Bwa ha ha)

Old Manila, The Peninsula Manila
Best to reserve.

Daddy's Day With Mercedes Benz!

Father's Day truly is a special one especially when the father's in your family are as great as mine. My Dad has taken over my Mom's role while maintaining his COOL Lolo status with his grandkids. I am truly blessed to have someone like him as my Daddy-o.

AG on the other hand is not my dad BUT I can truly tell how great of a a father he is to his lil' boy. Cedric and CJ are outstanding dad's as well and only deserve the best.

So when I posted on my FB that my Dad wanted a car for Father's Day, Grace Ang picked up the opportunity to make the Father's in my life truly happy by sending over a MERCEDES BENZ, 2009, E 300 to my house for them to use for 2 days.

Now, the men in my family are indeed car lovers but they are also quite practical. My Dad asked my Mom, when she was still with us, if he should buy her a Jaguar or MB. My Mom would say, "I am fine with our car, as long as it is air conditioned and will take me to where I need to go, I don't need anything fancy." And this has been instilled in all of us since then.

That was a WOMAN talking. Not really caring too much about a vehicle but of course would rather stay home if she doesn't have the right pair of shoes on. I am honestly happy with my Honda CRV. It was my very first big purchase as an adult, it's red and has AC, so I am good....for now.

To be frank, I think we have TOO many cars right now. Since Mom left, my Dad has bought 2 cars. It's only been 6 months. It may not be a Jaguar or MB but still...2 cars in 6 months is something Mom would never approve of. But that's MEN for you. It's like their own shoe closet. The more shoes and clothes the WOMEN buy, the more cars the MEN think they should have.

But when the MB was driven up the garage, the boys came out with their jaws dropped. Of course, I took the opportunity to joke around and tell them that I bought it and well...of course, they didn't buy it and knew I was just kidding. In less than 10 minutes, AG, Dad and 2 little nephews were out the gate to take it for a spin.

AG loved it so much that for once, he was itching to drive around, even to FAIRVIEW! Usually, he just wants to stay home and watch TV but in this case, I had a hard time keeping him still!

I personally LOVED the car. I felt so right in it. Like it was made for me. (BWA HA HA HA) I loved it so much that it was all I could TWEET about all day. But when they turned it over to me, the contract had the price written on it. GULP. As I said in my FB, we would have to sell 5 of our cars to get this beauty. And if it were up to me, I would say, bye cars and HEEELLOOOOO Mercedes!


Friday, June 18, 2010

MEGA's Drive for Everything Local.

It was a night I most likely will NOT forget.

It's funny here in Manila because since it is such a small city, each fashion event is like a family reunion. Everyone knows each other and then you end up making BESO to about 150 people. And it's even funnier when one seem so surprised to see another when you know that you will see that exact person again next week. This is Manila and it's either you go with the flow or you don't go at all. What I like about going to this particular event is the VENUE and the THEME, other than the friends I know I will see.

Philippines. It's our country. Our homeland. Sometimes I feel like dropping everything and leaving the country for good out of frustration that I sometimes face in my day to day life. The traffic, pollution, politics, even the bumpy roads drive me nuts. We have built buildings 50 stories high, why can't we make a simple road smooth the way a road should be?

But then again, this is where I am from. The country where I will be deported to when I get caught in Spain for overstaying. (BWA HA HAHA) The country which will accept me with open arms, forgive and love me for who I am. A Filipino.

For MEGA's event last week, it paid tribute to local products. Regine Velasquez, the magazine's June cover girl is wearing a T-shirt from Bench.

The venue was at Manila Hotel which is one of the country's most popular landmark.

The food was all things Pinoy.

Although maybe they should have left out the comment of the organizer out of the final Menu. (HAHAHA. Call me eagle eyes.)

The attire that they asked everyone to come in was the guests' own version of modern Filipino. ME LIKEY! I wore a Rajo Laurel which everyone seem to love which is good because I love it too.

My seat mate, the very fashionable, Ms. Ruby Gan.

Miriam Quiambao wore a super conversational dress. Loved it but only someone tall and skinny like her can carry it off.
Ms. Grace Ang wore a pink pina that showed off her curves and sexy legs. Her back was beaded for that extra OOMPH!

Ms. Cheryl Tiu wore a modernized pina by Puey Quinones.
Off the shoulder made it look hot hot hot!!
Mr. David Kaufman wore his Barong Tagalog (Puey Quinones) from his wedding and cotton candy pink pants with matching pink shoes. What else do you expect from David? Stands out from all the rest.

General Manager of Manila Hotel, Mr. Kleon Keekstra wore a banig coat by Frederick Peralta. It was the most unique piece of the evening.

Mr. Chris Badiola, Florence Ko and her daughter.

Love her hide and seek Pilipinas map from C2.

Rajo Laurel, Georgina Wilson and Nix Alanon.

Frederick Peralta.
Ms. Cris Albert.
Host Tim Yap and Puey Quinones.
Wearing Puey Quinones.
Gwen Ruais, Phoemela Barranda and Ruffa Gutierrez.
Nix Alanon.

Rima Ostwani.

Editor-in-chief of 100 Magazine, Carlo Velasco.
Shahani Gania.

Mr. Mario Katigbak.

Ms. Jeannie Gouldbourn.
Mr. Mark Higgins.
Ms. Frances Lim.
Ms. Janina Hoschka, Carla Perlas and Cheryl Tiu all wearing PQ!

Ms. Sari Yap who owes me so much juicy chizzmizz.
Suki Salvador, Creative Director of MEGA Magazine.