I Am The Best of Bicol

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Thank you to @philippinestarlifestyle and Tita Millet @milletmartinezmananquil for helping spread good news always and supporting our very own artisans – this time from Bicol with the help of entrepreneurs Carlo @carx and Rica Buenaflor.  Check out today’s @philippinestar Lifestyle section  #Bicol #bestofbicol #h2hphilstar#h2hproudtobepinoy #bestofbicol#PhilippineArtisans

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Bare Burger

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 So happy to be with family.  We had lunch with my cousin Marie @marie.pineda who always follows me in NYC haha!!  Whenever I’m here she’s here and I’m happy :-)  Marie the newlywed who is vegetarian ( and ate that vegan burger) and hopefully will have a baby soon :-)  #h2hny #h2hnyc2017Bare Burger (1)

 Love this place where we had lunch today. @bareburger They have 44 branches in 5 countries :-)  #Bareburger #h2hnyc2017

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 First time for me to see a vegan burger :-)  Farmstead Burger at @bareburger
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Our ingredients for our yummy burgers, sandwiches, and salads are sourced as close to home as possible.

Our ingredients for our yummy burgers, sandwiches, and salads are sourced as close to home as possible.

PORTUGAL DIVINO

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This May, Rustan’s, in partnership with the Consulate of Portugal in Manila, invites everyone to celebrate the wonders of Portugal with PORTUGAL DIVINIO!: A Portuguese festival. Be transported to the romantic land of Portugal through the vibrant imagery and sensual colors of the festival.PORTUGAL DIVINO (19)Highlighting this special occasion is a special colorful art and home exhibit, where the works of renowned Portuguese painter Arlinda Frota will take the center stage. Through her exquisite, meticulously hand-painted works, Arlinda Frota, an icon in her own right, shares the amazing stories of her homeland her travels across the world.PORTUGAL DIVINO (21) PORTUGAL DIVINO (20) PORTUGAL DIVINO (22) PORTUGAL DIVINO (23) PORTUGAL DIVINO (24) PORTUGAL DIVINO (25) PORTUGAL DIVINO (1)Choosing porcelain as her canvas, Arlinda has found the means, in her own words, to “bring into physical form feelings and harmony that give meaning to the universe, society, nature and humanity.” Since she took up the brush in her youth, she has held numerous exhibits, and her works have become prized pieces. In fact, one of her works as even presented as a Kofi Anan Prize given by the former UN Secretary General at the 7th World Peace Exhibition.

“The delicacy of the traditional arts, the minutiae of the details when painting flowers, trees, landscapes, birds, plants, butterflies, bees and other subjects drawn from nature or human figures, have enchanted me since my childhood. Even the touch of the porcelain itself and the brightness and light it emanates are complimentary reasons for my devotion,” Frota shares in her book, Reflections, shedding light on what inspires her to create art.

Starting May 11 until May 25, revel at her works at the 5th Level of Rustan’s Makati, and at Rustan’s Shangri-la from May 26 to June 6, The artist herself will grace the launch of the festival on May 11, sharing an afternoon with friends, family and other art enthusiasts. The next day, May 12th, Arlinda Frota will also have a meet and greet at Rustan’s Makati where her works will be showcased alongside other handsome pieces and home décor from other heritage brands, helping paint a more vibrant, evocative image of Portugal.PORTUGAL DIVINO (26) PORTUGAL DIVINO (1) PORTUGAL DIVINO (27) PORTUGAL DIVINO (28)In addition to the pieces by Arlinda Frota, have a look at the classic cookware of Silampos,PORTUGAL DIVINO (11)bold ceramic serveware from Bordallo Pinheiro,PORTUGAL DIVINO (12) PORTUGAL DIVINO (6) PORTUGAL DIVINO (5) PORTUGAL DIVINO (13) PORTUGAL DIVINO (14)and contemporary porcelain dinnerware and glassware from Casa Alegre.PORTUGAL DIVINO (10) PORTUGAL DIVINO (9) PORTUGAL DIVINO (7) PORTUGAL DIVINO (3) PORTUGAL DIVINO (29)Flatware from HerdmarPORTUGAL DIVINO (8)and Table linens from Texteis Iris will also be highlighted.PORTUGAL DIVINO (15) PORTUGAL DIVINO (2) PORTUGAL DIVINO (4)The festival also coincides with the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima and in this light, Rustan’s will present collections of Our Lady of Fatima at the festival. An exhibit held in honor of the blessed Lady will be held on the 5th floor of Rustan’s Makati from May 11-June 6.

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On May 24, Vicky Barrera shares more sumptuous Portuguese food and wine pairing at Rustan’s Makati, while Chef Robby Gocco inspires the palate with healthy Portuguese cuisine  at “A Taste of Portugal” food demo on June 6 at Rustan’s Shangri-la.

Along with celebrating food and the arts, Portugal Divino! will shed the light on the fashionable trends and styles with collections by Ricardo Preto and U by Ricardo Preto. Ricardo Preto’s exclusive collection for Rustan’s is inspired by movement. The designer crafted the Ricardo Preto collection using architecture as a starting point. The sharpness of the lines is tempered with softer fabrics, providing the perfect fit. From this, structured silhouettes became flowing silhouettes, in white, blue, black and earth tones. U by Ricardo Preto, on the other hand, is a collection made to provide ease of choice, ease of movement through life. Taking inspiration from the beauty present in quotidian life, the designer imagined relaxed silhouettes, in which every detail matters. Peaceful lines in flowing and soft fabrics, in a range of colors: blue, orange, white, pink and green. The famed Portuguese designer will have meet and greet events at all Rustan’s stores during the month of May.

This month of May and June, at Portugal Divino!, be swept away and be inspired by the evocative colors and rich cultural history of Portugal.

National Arts Club

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After dinner, we celebrated in the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park

Welcome to The National Arts Club @nationalartsclub
OUR MISSION IS TO STIMULATE, FOSTER & PROMOTE PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE ARTS & EDUCATE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE FINE ARTS.

The National Arts Club was founded in 1898 by author and poet Charles De Kay, the literary and art critic for The New York Times. He together with a group of distinguished artists and patrons conceived of a gathering place to welcome artists of all genres as well as art lovers and patrons. At the turn of the 20th century American artists began to look to our own country rather than to Europe for inspiration, and the American art world was alive with energy. The newly-formed National Arts Club took residence in a mansion on 34th Street. American art had a new home. ( NAC website ) #NationalArtsClubNYC #h2hnyc2017#h2hny

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FRANKLIN & MARSHALL

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Franklin & Marshall is an Italian clothing company located in Montorio, a hamlet of Verona.

Formed in 1999 by Giuseppe Albarelli and Andrea Pensiero, the brand has a strong vintage connotation tied to the world of US colleges.

All F&M knitwear is in line with the business ethics that have distinguished the company from the very beginning.

Today F&M offers a wide range of articles that includes T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, wool jumpers, Bermuda shorts and much more besides, and that combines the colours and lines typical of sports and casual clothing.Franklin and MarshallF&M has always been attentive to initiatives connected with social responsibility and is involved in many projects still in progress and others that have been completed with enormous satisfaction.

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CAMPO DEL NIEVO. The people living in Verona say they are going to play “at the Nievo”. It is one of the city’s historic football fields, close to the city walls and near the San Giorgio complex. Franklin & Marshall has turned the dusty playing terrain into a synthetic surface for the local children to use whenever they want as they have free access to it. And in this way cherish their dreams of glory.

BRIGANTI DI LIBRINO. They snatched the San Teodoro field away from neglect and dereliction and made rugby and hope grow. They are called Briganti di Librino and they fight in one of the toughest neighbourhoods of Catania as they try to teach lawfulness and offer the local boys an alternative to juvenile deliquincy. With an oval ball and a smile.

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FRANKLIN FOR AFRICA. A T-shirt to help the Salesians in Ethiopia. This is how Franklin & Marshall started up an aid programme for those who have been working in one of the planet’s poorest areas since 1975. All proceeds from the sale were donated to charity because Franklin for Africa is more than a simple T-shirt. It is rather a message of hope and growth for a future that can be pursued with work and studying, as well as through sports, competition and playing.

WORLD FOOD PROGRAM. Franklin & Marshall supported the WFP “Fill the Cup campaign. The name of the initiative was taken from the plastic cups that are widely used to serve porridge and other foods supplied by the WFP to the schools in developing countries. That is because today food in schools is a powerful network of social protection for children and their families, it improves living conditions and represents an investment in human capital from the nutritional, health, education and equality of the sexes viewpoints.

In the Philippines, Franklin & Marshall is exclusively available at Rustan’s Shangri-La and Rustan’s Makati.

Dinner for Jerome

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 Only JP #jpcastiyocan plan his own birthday bash because he’s so “OC” as per best friend Ria Pineda @riapineda2 :-)

 Fabulous dinner at Union Square Cafe @unionsquarecafe #h2hny#h2hnyc2017 #h2hcelebrationsDinner for Jerome (17)  Union Square Cafe was the first restaurant of Danny Meyers ( Shake Shack) 30 years ago but now relocated in 19th street #UnionSquareCafe #h2hnyc2017 #h2hny#h2hflowers

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Pottery Barn launches its Designer’s Circle Rewards Program

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Infuse your personal touch and style to create a truly warm and welcoming ambience. Transform any space into a beautiful setting or a house into a home with fine furnishings from Pottery Barn, the premier destination for home and décor.

(Top Row L-R) Wilfrid and Maritess Magcase

(Middle Row L-R) Carlo Calma, Dominic Galicia, Emmanuel Miñana, President of SSI Group, Inc. Anthony Huang, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Anna Angara, sisters Cynthia and Ivy Almario, Eric Paras, Cyndi Fernandez-Beltran, Dan Lichauco, and Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan

(Bottom Row L-R) Susan Joven, Nina Huang, Jason Buensalido, Joey Yupangco, and Chito Antonio

Through this members-only initiative, Pottery Barn aims to help designers bring to life their style visions through special rewards, promos and discounts, and access to exclusive products reviews and events.

1“Pottery Barn has an uncompromising devotion to quality, and this is seen and felt in all of its collections and family brands such as West Elm and Pottery Barn Kids. With its extensive selection of home furnishings – from décor to furniture and more, Pottery Barn helps interior designers meet the demands of their discerning clientele. With Pottery Barn, you are assured of quality pieces that exude warmth and a timeless appeal,” says Anthony Huang, President of SSI Group, Inc.

Nina Huang and husband, President of SSI Group, Inc. Anthony Huang2From the living room to dining room, bedroom and bath, Pottery Barn adds that perfect touch to create a comforting, yet contemporary feel in your home. With its wide palette of soft textures and versatile fabrics, Pottery Barn offers its customers timeless collections of unparalleled quality, style and value.

Wilfrid and Maritess Magcase, Joey Yupangco, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, President of SSI Group, Inc. Anthony Huang, Jason Buensalido, Nina Huang

3Sisters Ivy and Cynthia Almario, Nina Huang, and Susan Joven4Dan Lichauco and President of SSI Group, Inc. Anthony Huang5President of SSI Group, Inc. Anthony Huang and Chito Antonio6Carlo Calma, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan7Cynthia Almario, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Ivy Almario, Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan8 Wilfrid and Maritess Magcase, Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez, Joey Yupangco9Rustan Commercial Corporation Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco-Enriquez and Anna Angara 10Nina Huang and Joey Yupangco11Merchandise Manager of West Elm Clarissa Reyes and Carlo Calma12Joey Yupangco and Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan 13Chito Antonio, Joey Yupangco, and Jason Buensalido 14Maritess and Wilfrid Magcase, Jason Buensalido, Dominic Galicia15Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan, Eric Paras, Chito Antonio, and Dominic Galicia16Jason Buensalido and Cyndi Fernandez-Beltran 17Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan with sister Cynthia and Ivy Almario18Home Stylist of West Elm Isaiah See and Cynthia Almario 19Chito Antonio and Merchandising Group Manager of Pottery Barn Group Regina Bonoan 20Cyndi Fernandez-Beltran, Merchandise Manager of Pottery Kids Donn Yambao, and Merchandise Manager of Pottery Barn Katrina Villongco-Albar 21Ivy Almario, Wilfrid and Maritess Magcase, Cynthia Almario, and Emmanual Miñana 22Now, designers can have their pick of elegant pieces that blend seamlessly with any style. From the classic to the contemporary, from rustic to industrial chic, exclusive collaborations, handcrafted collections and one-of-a-kind, multi-function pieces offer an assortment of relaxed versatility. Be inspired to decorate your spaces and make every room your obra maestro.

At Pottery Barn, find everything you’ll need to make your style visions come to life.

In the Philippines, Pottery Barn is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., and is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central and Estancia at Capitol Commons. Visit facebook.com/PotteryBarnPH or follow @potterybarnPH and @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.

Visiting Tita Minnie

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Visiting Tita Minnie in her Park Avenue condo. She has several which she invested on many years ago. So smart and so lucky! This is where she entertains :-) Visiting Tita Minnie (10) She told me she lights 25 candles when she has guests over here  #h2hny #h2hnyc2017Visiting Tita Minnie (14) Visiting Tita Minnie (11) Visiting Tita Minnie (12)Visiting Tita Minnie (30)Visiting Tita Minnie (31)  She has many photos around :-)Visiting Tita Minnie (13)  Angela Galang Osmeña married to Paolo is also here in the city for a week. Great to catch up before she leaves! She continues to work with her family business in Manila – piggery business  #H2HPeople#h2hny #h2hnyc2017 #MinnieOsmenaVisiting Tita Minnie (2)So happy to catch pretty mother and daughter – Tita Minnie Osmeña and Stephanie here in New York! We try to see Tita Minnie when we are here even for awhile and this time it’s nice to see Stephanie who has been working in NYC for 6 years. She grew up here but left to work in London for 7 years and now back in NY. #h2hny #h2hnyc2017#MinnieOsmenaVisiting Tita Minnie (1)Visiting Tita Minnie (15) Visiting Tita Minnie (3)   Tita Minnie has many photos around her place and she showed me more from her drawer. Here are some of my favoritesVisiting Tita Minnie (23) Wow!! From Hola magazine :-)Visiting Tita Minnie (16) Visiting Tita Minnie (17) Visiting Tita Minnie (4) Visiting Tita Minnie (5) Visiting Tita Minnie (6) Visiting Tita Minnie (18) Visiting Tita Minnie (7) Visiting Tita Minnie (8) Visiting Tita Minnie (19) Visiting Tita Minnie (9) Visiting Tita Minnie (20) Visiting Tita Minnie (21) Visiting Tita Minnie (22)Visiting Tita Minnie (24) Visiting Tita Minnie (25) Visiting Tita Minnie (26)  Tita Minnie said that this is her most precious photo – her Dad with her son Paolo :-)Visiting Tita Minnie (27) Visiting Tita Minnie (28)Visiting Tita Minnie (29)

Lever House

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 You won’t miss this building and art installion especially at night!  It’s so colorful and bright :-)

Lever House at 390 Park Avenue — The iconic Lever House, designed by the renowned Skidmore Owings & Merrill in 1952, remains a New York City landmark. Its glass-encased lobby became a regular showcase for contemporary art starting in 1998. ( Time out APRIL 1 2010 ) #LeverHouse#ParkAvenueNYC #h2hny #h2hnyc2017#H2HArt

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