Salvatore Cuomo

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 Lunch last month was at the recently opened Salvatore Cuomo @salvatore_cuomo11 #SalvatoreCuomoPhSalvatore Cuomo (1) Salvatore Cuomo (16) It’s a beautiful spaceSalvatore Cuomo (2) Salvatore Cuomo (3) Salvatore Cuomo (4)  Serious  lunch meeting today with part of #Nisekrew Salvatore Cuomo (29)  Our head planner Carmina @thecrazycook_ph arrived from Davao and she presented her maps, quotes, itinerary, and all the research she did for our upcoming trip in 2017 :-) She is amazing Can you guess where Nisekrew is traveling next? Salvatore Cuomo (28)Salvatore Cuomo (5)Salvatore Cuomo (17) Salvatore Cuomo (7) Salvatore Cuomo (19) Salvatore Cuomo (20) Salvatore Cuomo (11) Caprese con Mozzarella di Bufala – Yum!Salvatore Cuomo (18) Crostone di Porchetta – YUM!Salvatore Cuomo (21) Salvatore Cuomo (6) Salvatore Cuomo (12) Salvatore Cuomo (8)  The Quattro Formaggio and the D.O.C. ( Cherry tomato and basil )

Pizza at @salvatorecuomoph is their bestsellers. You can order two kinds in one so we got the Porcini and Porchetta and the Salsiccia and FriarielliSalvatore Cuomo (9) Salvatore Cuomo (10) Salvatore Cuomo (22)  Our favorite at @salvatorecuomoph was the Yakitori.   We got the assorted 5 kinds but among the 5 we liked the pork belly and the chicken leg ( 2 kinds on the right of the photo )  #SalvatoreCuomoPh #yakitori  Salvatore Cuomo is Italian Japanese :-)  Salvatore Cuomo (32) Salvatore Cuomo (14) Spaghetti Alla Spuma di CarbonaraSalvatore Cuomo (23) Salvatore Cuomo (26) Risotto ai Porcini MushroomSalvatore Cuomo (24) Salvatore Cuomo (13) Salvatore Cuomo (15) Salvatore Cuomo (27) Salvatore Cuomo (25) Salvatore Cuomo (30) Salvatore Cuomo (31)Salvatore Cuomo philippines

Perricone No Makeup SkinCare

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Perricone MD unveils a modern innovation  in Color Treatment that redesigns the landscape of beauty. Dr. Nicholas Perricone is above all a pioneer in the science of healthy aging and beautiful  skin. His unwavering  dedication  and tireless  quest  to uncover the  most  advanced  technologies  toachieve beauty, forms the foundation  to a revolutionary  new approach  to color:

Introducing  No Makeup Skincare.

Designed to reveal the glow of health  and the flush of youth.

Dr. Nicholas  Perricone  brings  science to the  art of beauty  in No Makeup  Skincare,  addressing  a common yet concealed aging concern:  Loss of youthful  color which naturally  occurs as we agedue to a change in the balance of pigment  activity. Over time, skin loses its inner radiance  as a dull, grey cast drapes over the face. Designed  with  Dr.  Nicholas  Perricone’s  leading   anti-aging   skincare  technology,  No  Makeup Skincare restores the color of youth and imparts  the look of healthy, radiant  skin. Thebreakthrough formulations  found in No Makeup  Skincare not only deliver the instant  benefits  of youthful  color, but  over time  also help  to sculpt  the  appearance  of youthful  facialarchitecture.   The  result  is a sculptured  portrait  of extraordinary  beauty.

 No Eyeshadow Eyeshadow

 10 mL/0.3 fl oz

 Primary Concerns

 Loss of smoothness, some discoloration, crepiness along the upper eye lid or seeking an eyeshadow that delivers a natural look

 Solution

 No Eyeshadow Eyeshadow, formulated with Acyl-Glutathione to instantly tighten and firm the eyelid while brightening and smoothing for a youthful, natural look

 Features & Benefits

Formulated with Acyl-Glutathione to deliver the look of firmer, smoother skin along the eyelid

Restores healthy, natural and even color to eyelids with universally, flattering shade

Crease proof and long wearing while delivering anti-aging benefits

An elegant serum texture glides onto eyelids and blends seamlessly providing the perfect amount of coverage

 How is it Different?

Acyl-Glutathione works synergistically with pigments to visually improve eyelid texture and tone both instantly and over time• Instantly diffuses fine lines and smoothes skin texture along the eyelid

Formulated with light-reflecting pigments to provide a soft focus, satin finish with a pearlized effect

Can be worn alone or works as the perfect base to enhance additional color application

Application

Dr. Perricone  recommends shaking well before use.  Apply 1-2 dots onto eyelid and use fingertips to gently smoothe  and blend.

 Complementary Products

 No Mascara Mascara, No Browtint Browtint, Firming Eye Cream

Perricone No Makeup SkinCare

Foundation Foundation Serum

30 mL / 1 fl oz

Primary Concerns

Uneven skin tone, loss of radiance, dullness, visible surface imperfections; adverse to applying heavy, more traditional foundation.

Solution

No Foundation Foundation Serum is designed to restore the natural color and radiance of youthful skin while delivering powerful anti-aging benefits and sun protection with a suede, semi-matte finish.

Features & Benefits

Weightless suspension technology ensures optimal delivery of actives and unified application of pigment and minerals with a breathable second skin effect.

Non-chemical mineral-based SPF 30 with Zinc Oxide to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Neuropeptides help boost the appearance of suppleness and firmness.

Alpha Lipoic Acid minimizes fine lines and wrinkles while delivering powerful antioxidant protection.

Vitamin C Ester corrects skin undertones and optical diffusers counteract red, yellow and blue undertones.

How is it Different?

Combines Dr. Perricone’s legendary anti-inflammatory technology with cutting edge makeup science to restore skin’s natural health and inner radiance.

Unique treatment serum with a luxurious fluid texture and flawless finish.

Designed to restore skin’s pigment and color of youth.

Diffuses and softens visible imperfections without settling into fine lines or aging one’s appearance.

Application

Dr. Perricone  recommends shaking well before using. Dispense 3-4 drops into palm and use fingertips to apply evenly over entire face. Can be re-applied as necessary to build desired coverage.

Complementary Products

No Concealer Concealer, No Blush Blush, No Bronzer Bronzer, No Lipstick Lipstick, No Mascara MascaraPerricone No Makeup SkinCare

Highlighter Highlighter

10 mL?/?0.3 fl oz

Primary Concerns

A dull complexion, loss of radiance and loss of color

Solution

No Highlighter Highlighter is a unique  color treatment cheek serum formulated to impart immediate luminosity and brighten the complexion with light-reflecting pigments.

Features & Benefits

Lightweight, fluid texture with an elegant pearlized effect

Vitamin C Ester helps to brighten the skin and diffuse imperfections caused by sun damage

Light-reflecting pigments allow for a subtle, luminous and radiant complexion

Universally flattering shade highlights and accentuates cheek contours and youthful definition

Multi-tasking, can be used along upper brow bones and tip of nose for a more dramatic effect

How is it Different?

Combines Dr. Perricone’s legendary anti-inflammatory technology with cutting edge makeup science to restore skin’s natural health and inner radiance

An innovative highlighting color treatment serum designed with light- reflecting pearls to bring instant radiance and glow that is lost with age

Enhances contours, improves skin tone and smoothes skin texture

Can be added to No Blush Blush, No Bronzer Bronzer or directly to lips for added luminosity

Application

Dr. Perricone  recommends shaking well before use. Apply 1-2 dots along upper cheeks and gently press into skin to accent and create definition. Can be applied to the upper brow area or tip of nose for amore dramatic effect.

Complementary Products

No Foundation Foundation Serum, No Blush Blush, No Bronzer Bronzer

Perricone No Makeup SkinCareNo Lipstick Lipstick

4.2 g / 0.15 oz

Primary Concerns

Loss of youthful lip color and contour; dry and nourish-deprived lips; faded lip color due to loss of profusion with age.

Solution

No Lipstick Lipstick is an anti-aging treatment that is designed to restore the natural color of youthful lips while deeply nourishing and conditioning lips.

Features & Benefits

Optimal delivery of actives and unified application of pigment and minerals.

Non-chemical mineral-based SPF 15 with Zinc Oxide helps to protect lips from UVA and UVB rays.

Neuropeptides help to smooth vertical lip lines and address loss of fullness and suppleness.

Hyaluronic Spheres and Tocotrienols add fullness while moisturizing and nourishing.

A universally flattering shade that adapts to individual skin chemistry.

How is it Different?

A revolutionary solid to serum anti-aging lip treatment designed to mimic the natural youthful color of the vermillion zone, the area inside the lips.

Sheer buildable color to enhance, contour and impart a healthy profusion of color.

Deeply hydrating, leaves lips conditioned with a soft, natural shine and the tease of youthful rosy color.

Naturally revives lips color while making lips appear supple and youthful.

Application

Dr. Perricone  recommends applying generously and evenly over the lip area. Re-apply throughout the day as desired.

Complementary Products

No Foundation Foundation Serum, No Concealer Concealer, No Blush Blush, No Bronzer Bronzer

Perricone No Makeup SkinCare

No Bronzer Bronzer

10 mL / 0.3 fl oz

Primary Concerns

Loss of radiance, loss of youthful color, overall fatigued and dull complexion; an alternative to extreme, sun exposure.

Solution

No Bronzer Bronzer is designed to deliver an overall, warm, natural, sun-kissed and healthy glow without the harmful effect of the sun.

Features & Benefits

Weightless suspension technology ensures optimal delivery of actives and unified application of pigment and minerals with a breathable second skin effect.

Non-chemical mineral-based SPF 30 with Zinc Oxide to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Vitamin C Ester helps to brighten the skin and address visible sun damage.

Highly adaptable color mimics natural melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigment, giving a universally flattering glow.

How is it Different?

Combines Dr. Perricone’s legendary anti-inflammatory technology with cutting edge makeup science to restore skin’s natural health and inner radiance.

An innovative bronzing serum designed to instantly revive skin imparting the look of a warm, radiant, healthy complexion.

Diffuses fine lines, improves skin tone and smoothes skin texture.

Can be added to foundation to warm and customize color.

Application

Dr. Perricone  recommends shaking well before using. Dispense 1-2 drops into your palm, rub together and gently pat onto forehead, cheeks, chin and nose – where the sun naturally bronzes the skin. You can also dispense 1-2 dropsinto palm onto fingertips and pat along targeted areas to highlight and contour cheeks for a more dramatic finish.

Complementary Products

No Foundation Foundation Serum, No Concealer Concealer, No Blush Blush, No Lipstick Lipstick, No Mascara Mascara

Perricone No Makeup SkinCareNo Blush Blush

10 mL / 0.3 fl oz

Primary Concerns

Loss of radiance, loss of youthful color, overall fatigued and dull complexion, compromised cheek contour due to aging.

Solution

No Blush Blush is scientifically formulated to restore the natural color and radiance of youthful cheeks while addressing compromised architecture of cheekbones  and contours.

Features & Benefits

Weightless suspension technology ensures optimal delivery of actives and unified application of pigment and minerals with a breathable second skin effect.

Non-chemical mineral-based SPF 30 with Zinc Oxide to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays.

DMAE helps to firm and tone the skin, restoring the appearance of lift and contour along the cheekbone.

Self-adjusting shade mimics the natural color of youthful, adolescent skin.

How is it Different?

Combines Dr. Perricone’s legendary anti-inflammatory technology with cutting edge makeup science to restore skin’s natural health and inner radiance.

Unique, revolutionary cheek serum designed to sculpt, lift and define cheekbones while restoring volume and accentuating contours.

Imparts a youthful and healthy profusion of color that adapts to individual skin chemistry.

Restore skin’s pigment and color of youth, imparting a natural rosy glow.

Application

Dr. Perricone  recommends shaking well before using. Apply 1-3 dots on the ball of the cheeks and gently pat while blending  in a lifting, upward motion  towards  the hairline.  Can be mixed with No Bronzer Bronzer to customizecolor.

Complementary Products

No Foundation Foundation Serum, No Concealer Concealer, No Bronzer Bronzer, No Lipstick Lipstick

Perricone No Makeup SkinCare

No Concealer Concealer

9 g / 0.3 oz

Primary Concerns

Discoloration, dark circles, imperfections, tired, fatigued looking eyes.

Solution

No Concealer Concealer, a multi-tasking anti-aging concealer that delivers flawless coverage and treatment benefits while protecting with broad spectrum SPF 35.

Features & Benefits

Vitamin C Ester for brightening and collagen boosting.

Hyaluronic Acid to lock in moisture and minimize wrinkles over time.

Phospholipids deliver essential moisture while creating a barrier to further protect the skin from environmental stressors.

Non-chemical, mineral-based SPF 35 with Zinc Oxide and

Titanium Dioxide to protect  skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Microcirculatory agents that help treat dark circles so they are less visible over time.

How is it Different?

Delivers flawless coverage and reduces the signs of stress and aging over time.

Instantly camouflages dark circles and imperfections while smoothing and brightening.

Mineral-based sunscreen protects without irritating eyes or the sensitive skin around the eyes the way chemical sunscreens can.

One universal shade; doe-foot applicator offers crease-proof, non- drying, blendable finish.

Can be used to camouflage imperfections on targeted areas of the face as well as an eye primer for smooth, long-wearing makeup.

This treatment concealer is “fully loaded” with anti-aging agents that deliver results both instantly and over time.

Application

Dr. Perricone  recommends applying along the lower eye contours. Gently blend with fingertips and smooth  outward. Can also be applied on targeted areas of the face to cover imperfections.

Complementary Products

No Foundation Foundation Serum, No Blush Blush, No Bronzer Bronzer, No Lipstick Lipstick

Perricone No Makeup SkinCare

Foundation Foundation

30 mL / 1 fl oz

Primary Concerns

Uneven skin tone, loss of radiance, dullness, visible surface imperfections; adverse to applying heavy, more traditional foundation.

Solution

No Foundation Foundation is designed to restore the natural color and radiance of youthful skin while delivering powerful anti-aging benefits and sun protection with a dewy, glowing finish.

Features & Benefits

Optimal delivery of actives and unified application of pigment and minerals.

Non-chemical mineral-based SPF 30 with Zinc Oxide and

Titanium Dioxide to protect  skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Alpha Lipoic Acid minimizes fine lines and wrinkles while delivering powerful antioxidant protection.

Vitamin C Ester corrects skin undertones and optical diffusers counteract red, yellow and blue undertones.

How is it Different?

Combines Dr. Perricone’s legendary anti-inflammatory technology with cutting edge makeup science to restore skin’s natural health and inner radiance.

Unique cream with a dewy, glowing finish.

Designed to restore skin’s pigment and color of youth.

Diffuses and softens visible imperfections without settling into fine lines or aging one’s appearance.

Available in two shades, including No Foundation Foundation

Fair.

Application

Dr. Perricone  recommends applying evenly with your fingertips and blending  product in circular motions.  Can be re-applied as necessary to build desired coverage.

Complementary Products

No Concealer Concealer, No Blush Blush, No Bronzer Bronzer, No Lipstick Lipstick, No Mascara Mascara

Perricone No Makeup SkinCareNo Makeup  Skincare Collection

Primary Concerns

Loss of youthful color, overall fatigued and dull complexion, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, brittle or faded lashes, dry and nourish-deprived lips.

Solution

Designed with Dr. Perricone’s leading anti-aging skincare technology, No Makeup  Skincare restores the color of youth and imparts the look of healthy, radiant skin. Formulated with potent antioxidants and correctivenutrients, Face Finishing Moisturizer perfectly complements No Makeup  Skincare.

Features & Benefits

No Foundation Foundation Serum (10 mL / 0.3 fl oz)

This weightless, fluid foundation reveals skin’s natural radiance

to impart a flawless complexion. Formulated with Neuropeptides, it improves the appearance of firmness, wrinkles and pores while protecting with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

APPLICATION

Dr. Perricone  recommends shaking well before use. Dispense

3-4 drops into palm and use fingertips to apply evenly in circular motions.  Can be re-applied as necessary to build desired coverage.

No Blush Blush (5 mL / 0.17 fl oz)

A revolutionary blush serum designed with Broad Spectrum SPF

30 and DMAE to restore the appearance of lift, volume and contour along cheekbones  while imparting a youthful, healthy profusion of color.

APPLICATION

Dr. Perricone  recommends shaking well before use. Apply 1-3 dots on cheeks and gently blend in circular motions.

No Mascara Mascara (4 g / 0.14 fl oz)

Designed with an exclusive 2-sided  root to tip brush and formulated with Neuropeptides and Biotin, this lash treatment defines and lifts to impart the look of longer, fuller lashes that beautifully frame, awaken andenhance  the eyes.

APPLIC ATIO N

Dr. Perricone  recommends using the wide and flexible short bristle at the lash root to build thickness  and volume. Then, rotate brush and sweep the fine, firm comb through lashes to lengthen, separate and define.  Allowto fully dry before re-applying to achieve desired look.

Perricone No Makeup SkinCareMascara Mascara

8 g / 0.28 oz

Primary Concerns

Sparse, brittle or faded lashes, looking to strengthen, enhance  and add volume to lashes without damage.

Solution

No Mascara Mascara , a unique  anti-aging lash treatment designed to regenerate and restore the health  of lashes with the added benefit of instant color to define, lengthen and strengthen lashes.

Features & Benefits

A powerful serum formula ensures optimal delivery of actives.

Scientifically formulated with Neuropeptides to help regenerate, condition and nourish lashes.

Tocotrienols and Biotin help improve the health and quality of lashes with every application.

A revolutionary and highly specialized dual-face root-to-tip brush and a fine tooth comb allow application precision for optimal lift and separation.

How is it Different?

Combines Dr. Perricone’s legendary anti-aging technology with cutting edge makeup science.

Multi-dimensional universal shade – not quite black, brown or burgundy – that enhances all skin tones without looking harsh.

Long-wearing formula designed for easy removal to avoid harsh rubbing of delicate eye area.

Achieves optimal, lift, length and volume; clump and smudge- free, for lashes that beautifully frame, awaken and enhance  the eyes.

Application

Dr. Perricone  recommends wiggling the wide and flexible short bristles at the lash root to build thickness  and volume. Then rotate brush and sweep the fine, firm comb through lashes to lift, lengthen and separate. Allow to fully drybefore re-applying to achieve desired look. Easy wash off with gentle cleansing.

Complementary Products

No Concealer Concealer, Blue Plasma Orbital

Perricone No Makeup SkinCare

Perricone MD launches Re:Firm, a transformative face treatment designed to restore

skin to its youthful suppleness and form.

Re:Firm

The Inspiration

Dr. Perricone’s passion for the science of healthy aging and beautiful skin has led to the discovery of countless groundbreaking technologies that  continue to raise  the  bar  for what  people  have come  to expect  from traditional skincare.

His latest discovery is no exception.  Inspired by the body’s own skin regenerative compounds, Dr. Perricone has uncovered  the secret to mimicking skin’s own youthful behavior in a proprietary complex that  not only offers superior  results, but delivers ahighly unique  and luxurious  experience.

Introducing Re:Firm, Surface Recovery Complex.

The Story

Harnessing a complex of Dermal  Stim Factors,  combined with DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid, Re:Firm is designed  to help  activate  surface  renewal,  instantly transforming skin to a smooth,  porcelain-like finish while working to restore it to its onceyouthful appearance of suppleness and plumpness.

Young skin contains  multiple  regenerative factors – naturally occurring molecules that help to maintain skin elasticity and resiliency.  Environmental stress and the natural aging process deplete these molecules as skin

‘forgets’ to repair and renew.

Dr. Perricone  has discovered a way to mimic the behavior of regenerative factors with Dermal  Stim Factors, delivering an instant conforming and smoothing effect on the skin.

The Experience

The Re:Firm experience  is highly unique.  It begins  as a smooth,  glass-like  solid in the jar that  instantly breaks into a luxurious serum upon contact, creating a micro-wrapping barrier  of powerful and active anti- aging factors. This micro-wrappingacts as both an immediate smoothing transformation and a trigger to begin the skin reforming process.

This solid to serum formula bounces back to a flawlessly smooth surface within seconds after being deformed, mimicking the long-term action on the skin.

The Results

Restored appearance of skin elasticity and dramatic improvements in skin’s ability to bounce back

Improved resiliency, vitality and radiance of youthful skin

Outstanding performance in the smoothing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, non-invasively

Increased hydration and suppleness for a youthful effect

The Science

DERMAL STIM FACTORS  designed to mimic how youthful skin behaves. DMAE to help firm and tone the skin while stimulating surface radiance. ALPHA LIPOIC ACID to smooth  imperfections and re-surface  the skin.

Extraordinary Results

CLINICAL STUDIES

100% experienced  improvements in skin firmness/elasticity after just 30 minutes.

100% continued to experience improvements in skin firmness/elasticity after 4 weeks.

CONSUMER STUDIES

After 30 minutes

94% agreed skin feels smoother and softer.

91% agreed skin appears  reflectively smooth.

After 4 Weeks

93% agreed skin appears  reflectively smooth.

93% noticed a smoothing transformation.

93% agreed skin feels supple and hydrated.

89% noticed improvement in the appearance of skin resilience.

Application

Dr. Perricone  recommends smoothing a pea-sized  amount over a cleansed  face, working  into  the skin as product transforms from a gel to a serum. Use in the morning.

Price and Distribution

Re:Firm launches on perriconemd.com and in Perricone MD boutiques November 2015. Sephora, Nordstrom and Ulta launch January 2016. The suggested retail price is $155 for 1 fl. oz.

RE:FIRM EYE WILL FOLLOW THE LAUNCH OF RE:FIRM IN APRIL OF 2016.

Distribution

This collection is exclusively available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source

About Perricone MD

Founded in 1997 by Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Perricone MD features a collection of exclusive, unique

and highly efficacious Cosmeceuticals comprised of patented  and proprietary  technologies that have

revolutionized anti-aging skin care. These technologies include DMAE,Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin

C Ester, Tocotrienols, Phospholipids  and Neuropeptides.  The brand  also offers Nutriceuticals,  which are targeted  supplements that work on a cellular level to help achieve health and beauty from the inside out.

Perricone MD  is a global  leader  in  the  prestige  professional  skincare  category.  The  brand’s products   are  available  at  the   Flagship  stores  in  Malibu  and  Berkeley, on  the  website   at www.perriconemd.com.   as wellas through  Sephora, Nordstrom,  Ulta, Niemanmarcus.com and other leading specialty stores in the US.Perricone MD products are also available in more than 12 countries around the world and sold in prestige venues.

Oishi Wow

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 Today was a happy day.   Today I found out that Oishi @oishiph loves Heart2Heart

Oishi sent me 4 gigantic snacks including the 3 snacks that I really like – Cheese Sponge and Mobsters Caramel & Cheese popcorn. Breadpan is a staple in the house
Oishi wow heart2Heart Inside each of this gigantic snacks are 20 to 30 Oishi snacks Thank you @oishiph  #Oishi #OishiPh #H2HSnacks #H2HSnackFinds #OishiWowgigantic cheese sponge oishi wow

Whenever I see a snack I have not tried, I get the smallest size pack of it and try it.  I usually like the cheese ones only so these were some of my choicesoishi grocery cartOut of that shopping cart, I liked 2 oishi snacks!

Adding this to #H2HSnackfinds #H2HCheese

 It’s literally what it is called!  a sponge that is soaked with cheese :-)  Oishi cheese sponge 2The smallest pack is just right for me.  So I am glad they come in small packs.  I don’t have to seal a big pack and worry that it might lose its freshness. I went back to the supermarket to buy more!!!

Oishi cheese soaked sponge My cousin Ana told me about this so I bought one to try and loved it!!!  Mixing sweet and salty is dangerous because you won’t stop!!Oishi Mobsters Caramel and Cheese popcorn 2YUM!!!!Oishi mobsters caramel and cheese popcorn

Plato Wraps

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 I’m so happy I had the chance to meet Mrs. Kamela Seen and her daughter Kreme. Owners of Plato Wraps @platowraps

A 15 year old company with now with 58 stores 17 of which are still company owned. After 5 stores they franchised out and grew to 58. What’s interesting is that they are based in Dagupan. They are in the bakery business and they have 6 Panderia Antonios which started in 1998. Mrs. Seen told me that when they opened their Bakeshop people were lining up for their chicken wrap so she gave it a try and opened in Manila 2 years after. I dug even deeper and found out that her husband is the baker behind the business. Listen and find out why from Mrs. Seen herself.

They now have 135 employees in their commissary in Dagupan and they deliver to Manila every week their products for their stores! More power to the Seen family and @platowraps  #PlatoWraps #platowrapsat15 #H2HPeople

Kamela and Kreme Seen Plato wraps

Kreme Seen

Second generation joining the family business and updating the brand image.   The colors used to be red and blue and now it’s green.  I was happy to find out that Kreme used to work for Rustan’s in HR. She told me that after college she worked outside the family business but then later on wanted to help her parents. So nice to see family businesses growing and successful at what they do #platowrapsat15 #PlatoWraps #H2HPeople

kreme seen plato wraps

Chunky Chicken is the reason @platowraps was born. It is the bestseller among the wraps. Mrs. Kamela Seen called it Plato Wraps because their bread was round and shaped like a plate.  So it’s a “plato” which they made into a wrap and wrapped different yummy fillings. They are going to develop healthier variants in the future to give health conscious people more options. Happy 15th year anniversary to @platowraps #PlatoWraps #CrunchyChicken

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PlatoWraps. You’ve probably seen it—in the mall, in your school, in a cafeteria. It doesn’t make your heart skip a beat like your crush, but it is that reliable friend you can count on for delicious comfort. Every single time.

For 15 years, PlatoWraps has been quietly but assuredly serving value-for-money handheld meals to Filipinos on the go. When the family was given the opportunity to expand their bakery, they came up with something new for their customers. A true family effort, Tony Seen produced the flatbread that his wife, Kamela, decided worked better with filling. The plate-shaped sandwich was thus named Plato Wraps. From its first filling of chicken—a family recipe—Plato Wraps has launched a full menu, with Ham and Cheese, Plato Wraps (4)Yummy Tuna, Plato Wraps (2)Beef Gyro, Plato Wraps (3)and more. They also offer seasonal fillings, like Adoboritto, Cheese Pimiento, and Platopizza.

It’s never been a better time for this enduring and successful brand. With the abundance of dining options available, Filipinos have become more discerning about what they eat and PlatoWraps fits right into what today’s busy cubicle-dwellers are looking for—portable, affordable, and healthy.

“Customers are now more health-conscious. They understand products that are made with less preservatives and additives. They want food that is prepared fast without sacrificing the quality and taste, “says PlatoWraps Brand Manager Kreme Seen. That’s Plato Wraps to a tee.Plato Wraps (1)To celebrate their milestone and to keep up with the changing times, Plato Wraps has adopted a newer, more streamlined look. The green logo is inspired by their signature ridged flatbread, making their brand much more identifiable.

What’s more, Kamela, who heads kitchen duties, is also busy concocting new items to look forward to. PlatoWraps’ fans will be interested to learn that they’re developing a chia wrap, as well as experimenting with fillings like bean sprouts and gourmet tuyo. The most exciting part? Plato Wraps will also come out with package filling and flatbread that customers can take home and enjoy at their leisure.Plato Wraps (5)A standalone store is also in the pipeline once the Seens’ nail a good location. A PlatoWraps “Café” so to speak would allow them to feature many other delectable items.

Fall in love and fill up with this wholesome treat and catch their new and exciting delightful wraps.

Experience and taste your favorites to go meals at @PlatoWraps and @PlatoWrapsOfficial or visit www.platowraps.com.ph

 

The Manila Hotel Filipino Food Festival 2016

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Taste the Flavors of the Philippines at The Manila Hotel’s Filipino Food Festival

The Filipino food has indeed captured the essence of Southeast Asia’s exceptional gastronomic experience. The archipelago lived with a vibrant history and diverse traditions across more than 7,000 islands over the centuries that created a unique cuisine—one that reflects its own history.

This year’s Filipino Food Festival will feature many of the country’s favorites. Culinary sensation Dedet “Lechon Diva” Dela Fuente Santos, the person behind Manila-based restaurant Pepita’s Kitchen will take us into a one-of-a-kind gustatory journey as she innovates all-time favorite Pinoy dishes and introduces new dishes that we will surely love.

 “The Manila Hotel Filipino Food Festival will run from August 25 to September 16, 2016 at the Café Ilang-ilang.

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We invite you to celebrate with us as we partake the best of Filipino cuisines prepared by our “Lechon Diva” Dedet Dela Fuente Santos”, says Nian Liwanag-Rigor, Assistant Vice-President for Public Relations and Corporate Communications.

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To officially kick-off the Festival, a Media Launch transpired last August 02, 2016 where guests came to sample the culinary concoctions. Indeed, the afternoon was full of flavors and colors with everybody’s love for food. The Manila Hotel’s Resident Manager Gerhard Doll welcomed the guests in the afternoon’s affair. Mr. Doll signaled the official start of the Festival with a Philippine-inspired tradition—the breaking of the clay pot.

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The melodic accompaniment of the San Sebastian Manila Rondalla and the cultural dance performances from the Children of Mother Earth also took part in the revelry.

Manila Hotel Filipino Food Festival 2016 san sebastian manila rondallaIt was a sight to see Café Ilang-Ilang adorned with native decorations resembling a true Filipino fiesta that is sure to make an extraordinary dining experience.

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Guests were delighted to savor the skillfully prepared dishes

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such as the best seller truffle rice stuffed lechon de leche (entire pig roasted until crisp and golden-brown stuffed with truffle),

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Pepita’s Filipino paella (a rice dish with ancient roots that originated from Spain but with a modern twist), Manila Hotel Filipino Food Festival 2016 filipino buffet dedet dela fuente Manila Hotel Filipino Food Festival 2016 filipino paella dedet dela fuente pepitas Manila Hotel Filipino Food Festival 2016 pepitas pinoy paella Manila Hotel Filipino Food Festival 2016 pinoy paella pepitas

hiplog (shrimp dish with salted egg sauce),

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and balut salpicao (made of developing duck embryo). Not to be missed are the assortment of Filipino-inspired pizzas—Adobo, Palabok and Lechon pizzas.

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These are just some of the mouth-watering dishes that are featured at the Café Ilang-Ilang. The selection is overflowing!

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Positioned as the true heart of the Philippines, The Manila Hotel is the country’s premier five-star and flagship hotel. It is located at One Rizal Park, Manila. For more information, call 527 0011 or visit www.manila-hotel.com.ph; follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheManilaHotel and on Twitter @ManilaHotel and Instagram @manila_hotel.

Romancing the Mediterranean

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Rustan’s celebrates the best of France, Italy, and Spain: Romancing the Mediterranean

Discover and explore cultures beyond the borders of the Philippines without having to leave the country as Rustan’s celebrates, “Romancing the Mediterranean.” For the whole of month of August, this special showcase, featuring the best of Spain, Italy and France, will take you to the heart of the Mediterranean, enticing you with delightful experiences, and the world class merchandise from Rustan’s.

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To launch this spectacular celebration of culture, Rustan’s transported its guests and patrons to the Mediterranean as they go around and discover hidden gems, cosmopolitan haunts, world-class cuisine and an epicurean lifestyle in that part of the world. Starting off the evening with an angelic opera song performance by 8 year old Harriette Wharmby,Romancing the Mediterranean (1)followed by the inspiring speeches by Rustan Commercial Corporation Chairman and CEO Zenaida Tantoco and Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M Lopez, who later joined in a toast with other dignitaries including – French Embassy Charge d’Affaires in the Philippines Laurent Le Godec, Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno, Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines His Excellency Luis Antonio Calvo Castaño and wife Madame Maria Jose Carrasco, Rustan’s Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco Enriquez, President Donnie Tantoco, and Rustan’s Chairman Emeritus Amb. Bienvenido Tantoco, Sr.Romancing the MediterraneanConcluding the night’s program, guests were treated to a romantic dance performance by Fundacion Centro Flamenco, and eventually led to the home floor to continue the celebration with sumptuous food stations featuring the countries’ beloved dishes.

Guests get to feel the charm of the Mediterranean and be acquainted with the craftsmanship and design of Europe’s finest items featured along the halls of Rustan’s through different showcases of merchandise inspired by the three superstar destinations. From hand-sculptured porcelain and crystal accents for the home, to tailored apparel and beautiful accessories, the country’s leading luxury store offers a captivating selection of merchandise originating from the three cultural capitals. This August, Rustan’s has the perfect pieces to add a touch of excitement and romance to any one’s home and wardrobe.

Find something to adore from the land of love, France. Fill the home with passion using exquisite dinnerware from Bernardaud, and perhaps Lalique’s unique crystals.

Romancing the Mediterranean (5)Romancing the Mediterranean (4) Romancing the Mediterranean (3) Romancing the Mediterranean (2)Fall in love with Clarin’s skincare products and classic scents from Chanel and Diptyque are sure to make women feel beautiful and desirable. Fit the latest shoes from Christian Louboutin, pick out a lovely tote fromLongchamp or treat the men to versatile, go-to date outfits at Faconnable.

Pieces from Italy show true affection for impeccable design and quality crafts.Fendi’s handbags and accessories definitely create a fashion statement, while the collections of Oleg Cassini, Armani Jeans, and Marina Rinaldi make every day-wear feel like it is straight off the runway. A brand that embodies Italian heritage, Visconti has the perfect pens for gifting for any occasion. Refined taste is seen in other proud Italian names such as Greggio, and De Longhi, leaders in dinner and kitchenware,

Iconic pieces that speak of perfection all hail from Spain. Experience the understated opulence of Loewe’s one of a kind bags and the stunning yet comfortable apparels from Pedro del Hierro and Adolfo Dominguez. For the home, Lladro and Nao seamlessly bring a touch of Spanish modernity and express adoration through exquisite figures.

Throughout the campaign period, Rustan’s highlights their unique selections of brands and merchandise through styled Mediterranean-inspired vignettes for the home, curated in partnership with the leading wedding resource website in the Philippines, Bride & Breakfast, newly-engaged Lifestyle Blogger Tricia Gosingtian and RJ Gabunada, and soon-to-wed couple Pia Ugarte and Pacholo Morreira. This special showcase allows couples and homemakers to discover new ways on how to transform their house into a warm, loving home.

For the entire month of August, Rustan’s Home will also be hosting a series of workshops and events to inspire homemakers. Catch the incredible opportunity of joining these events at the following dates: Breville Kitchen Workshop and A Mediterranean Affaire Launch at Rustan’s Shangri-La (Aug 12); Nemox Gelato Demonstration (Aug 13); Bugatti Vento Blender Workshop (August 14); Patron x Lalique Event at Rustan’s Makati (August 26) and at Rustan’s Cebu (August 27).

Loyal patrons and customers will also get the chance to win incredible prizes. For every purchase from participating Mediterranean brands, earn a raffle coupon and get the chance to sail away to the crisp cerulean seas of the Mediterranean aboard Crystal Cruises. Another luxurious treat up for grabs is a 3D/2N love-filled stay at the newly opened 5-star hotel, Shangri-La at the Fort. Enjoy a free staycation with pampering treats at its renowned spa, and a hearty breakfast at the High Street Cafe.

Through “Romancing the Mediterranean”, be inspired and discover new ways to not only beautify your home, but transform your life. Thanks to Rustan’s, we are, indeed, reminded that life is too short to be lived without passion and a touch of romance.

For more information about Romancing the Mediterranean, visit Rustan’s located at Ayala Center Makati, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Gateway Mall Cubao, Alabang Town Center, and Ayala Center Cebu.

LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste

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 Lady Scott Jones @ladyscottjones And the women behind Cura V @curav came together to bring you: In Good Taste – A Three Day Affair on the Art of Entertaining at Home last  July 28-30 2016, from 11am to 8pm at the LSJ Home, The Metroclub, Estrella Street, Rockwell, Makati. #LadyScottJones #CuraV #InGoodTaste #RustansFlowerShopLSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (12) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (1) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (6) From creating the perfect spread, and signature cocktail at home, to picking fresh flowers, curating tabletops and breathtaking tablescapes- perfect for entertaining friends and family gathered around the table. Valuable tips and inspiration just right for brunch and dinner, and just-because-its-weekend at your home. They shares some style pointers and a menu to match that you can use now until the holidays by the 3 speakers  – Karen Santos, Alicia Sy and Nicole OrtegaLSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (10) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (13) Kay Reyes @statementtheory Grace Baja @gracehomemanila Natalya Zobel @lanai_manila and Karen Santos @kassabykarensantosin good taste lady scott jones 20 Special visitors – Lolo Benny and Tita Tess LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (7)Many friends came over :-)LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (11) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (9) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (8) Rustan’s Flower ShopLSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (3) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (2) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (4) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (5) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (15) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (18) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (17) LSJ & Cura V In Good Taste (16) Congratulations to my sisters Maricar and Pam of Lady Scott Jones! 😉
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Izakaya Sensu

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Tried out this new Japanese resto – Izakaya Sensu @izakayasensuph at Netpark, BGC. It’s by the Raintree group #IzakayaSensuPh #Raintreerestaurants
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Izakaya Sensu (15) Izakaya Sensu (7) Sensu Agedashi TofuIzakaya Sensu (17)  Yaki Tori Omakase 7 for P275.00 at @izakayasensuph #IzakayaSensuPh #yakitori :-)

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Ground Floor, Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

(02) 752 5678 for inquiries.

Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort

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 I’m a kid at heart always !  Super LOVE  Adventure Zone at @kerrysportsmanila in @shangrilafort Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (1)The handsome and super fit  Director for Kerry Sports, Mike

 Contact Mike Montes for membership or any inquiries at (0917) 571 5463 #AdventureZone #KerrySportsManila #ShangrilaFort #H2HKidsAdventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (2) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (18) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (12) Waiting area for adultsAdventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (4) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (14) I love the Pram parking :-)Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (3) Cafe :-)Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (5) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (15) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (16)Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (11) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (13) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (10) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (7) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (9) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (8) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (6) Adventure Zone in Shangrila Fort (17)

There are 3 party rooms in Adventure Zone @kerrysportsmanila Above the Sky, Little Galaxy and Bubble Sea which is the biggest and can accommodate up to 70 people. You don’t have to be a member to have a party here adventure zone shangrila fort party area Adventure zone kerry sports manila shangrila fort party galaxy Adventure zone shangrila fort bubbles party

MaArte 2016

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 Save the date August 26-28 at 8 Rockwell Penthouse

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 Beautiful Mel Francisco @marimelfrancisco with the official @maartefair fan by no other than the Fan Man Monchet Olives @monchetthefanman #MaArteFair #WeAreMaArte #MaArteFair2016

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Tita Cedie Lopez Vargas @cedielv modeling a bag by Zarah Juan @zarahjuan which for sure everyone will at the @maartefair

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Zarah is part of the Great Women @greatwomenbrand and she also has her own designs. She will also be collaborating with Rhett Eala @rhetteala and the Ayala Museum @ayalamuseum this year. Sleepless nights that’s all worth it she says   #ZarahJuan #H2HDesigners #H2HPeople

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Pretty and charming Kathy Sarabia Babst of @kathyandkathybespoke at the upcoming @maartefair

She has the most beautiful lockets and now featuring men’s accessories too. More power Kathy and Kathy ?? Save the date August 26-28 at 8 Rockwell Penthouse #WeAreMaArte #MaArteFair2016 #MaArteFair #H2HDesigners #H2HPeople

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Beautiful  Jackie Caballero of Art of Gold @artofgoldincMAARTE 2016 (39)MAARTE 2016 (28)

So happy to meet this lovely young lady Gabbie Sarenas @gabbiesarenasph

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I saw her blouses made of piña and loved them instantly. She also does bespoke designs. The bonus is, She told me that one of her most treasured mentors is my cousin in law, Hindy @hindyweber  #GabbieSarenas #H2HDesigners #H2HPeople #MaArteFair2016

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Pretty Jenny will be there with her artisanal pizza @pizzamorena

She started her first booth at the Balik Bukid fair by @hindyweber 3 years ago. She will also be launching her frozen gourmet pizzas at @maartefair #H2HPizza #gourmetpizza #artisanalpizza

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Eric Paras @ericparas of A-11 @artelano11

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First time MaArte exhibitor – Ken Samudio @kensamudio Truly beautiful products that are also works of art

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Handprinted linens By Tara

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MaArte Evolves!

MaArte, returns to Rockwell for the 8th season on August 26-28, this time at the 8 Rockwell Penthouse to showcase the best of the Filipino craft andartisanship. The annual fundraiser organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, has become the most prominent craft fair in the country after theCITEM international market organized by the Department of Trade and Industry. The goal of the Foundation is to raise funding to support the NationalMuseum, as well as making “export” quality products accessible to the retail market. Over 70 selected retailers  join  the  collective,  as  it  gears  to  bring unique  offerings  that  sometimes  are only available to the overseas buyer, or simply, have no venue to present their work.

The evolution of MaArte from its humble beginnings at the National Museum was funded by a grant for The Heritage Month Program headed by MitaRufino. The fair has grown into a bustling visual tapestry of the Filipino heritage. Each craftsman featured has a story to tell, and each item sold takes ontechniques that were passed on by generations from different parts of the country. What makes this program unique is that it is an ideal venue for the artisanto show their products to a discerning market.  The evolution of the product to meet today’s peripatetic lifestyle, and changes in taste keep it relevant. Everyparticipant has a passion for their work, and each piece captures the soul of the maker. Indeed, MaArte is more relevant now, more than ever, because itcaptures the soul of the Filipino artisan.

“We have been doing this for 8 years, and we have grown so much. Our challenge is to ‘Evolve the  Filipino  Craftsman.’  Over  the  past  years  that Rockwell  has  been  our  home,  we  have attracted a wider market of individuals who appreciate the indigenous work of the Filipino, for the modern lifestyle. Fabrics, baskets, jewelry, clothing, and a myriad of new accessories will be available to our buyers” emphatically notes Maritess Pineda, Museum FoundationPresident.

Starting the preholiday season shopping, guests come to the fair to see a new interpretation of classic Filipino craftsmanship. The steering committee,composed of Maritess Pineda, Armita Rufino, Cedie Vargas, Mel Francisco and Susie Quiros, is diligently choosing retailers to provide the ultimate program tokick off the buying season

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Product development is key to this evolution. Working with internationally trained PJ Aranador, participants will have a feel of the international buyers marketand create products unique to MaArte.

“What sets this fair apart is that the sellers are flexible, and are willing to try new items. The buyers come because this isn’t just one of those bazaars; also,one shouldn’t miss out on the MaArte Finds, a special setting that shows up and coming designer and craftsmen looking to showcase their products. “We callthem our MaArte babies”, notes Pineda.

The iconic landmark at the Rockwell Center is the new home for MaArte. The penthouse and lobby of 8 Rockwell will house the event, with a special settingat the lobby that will feature thematic  product  displays  as  MaArte  Couture,  Eternal  Summer  and  Home.  These  special displays will highlight theflexibity of the artisans to work with designers to create a look that will be metropolitan, and usable, yet very Filipino. The committee has engaged EricParas, Carlo Tanseco and Rhett Eala, all MaArte supporters to create these displays.

Rockwell has also evolved as a stalwart of Filipino ingenuity and entrepreneurship, capturing Filipino  elements  in  their  developments.  The boutique community  concept,  either  in  their enclaves in Manila, and now in Cebu, are a testament to their commitment to serving the Filipino lifestyle, as wellas capturing its essence.

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The Penthouse of 8 Rockwell, the pinnacle of the Rockwell Center, will provide the experience for unique interpretations of the Filipino soul. Indeed, it will be avery MaArte experience.

HAPPY STAR CHILD

Happy Star Child is a mother and son team, where now, 12-yr-old son creates the works of art, while             mom             curates             and             hand             paints             each             piece. Hinged on everyday experiences with Mother Earth, stories and books, art, music and poetry, icons and muses, connecting with people, and the sheer joy of embracing life to the fullest, sans gadgets.

Happy Star Child started in 2009, borne out of the desire to raise healthy, creative and loving children.

Happy Star Child (The Handmade Company) is an artistic collaboration between now, 12-year-old-young-artist Caxantino and hisTV-director-mom, Connie. Together they create handpainted funct+Art for the home and stylish Art+wear made by their hands,imagination and everyday experiences.

Contact Details: Connie Macatuno, conniemacatuno@yahoo.com

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AKABA

AKABA is a lifestyle brand that promotes the use of indigenous, handwoven textiles from the Philippines. By connecting community-based artisans and thegrowing global market demand for handwoven, artisan products, AKABA seeks to empower underprivileged rural communities through sustainable livelihoodand equitable trade. Beyond stable income, healthcare and basic financial assistance for education are provided to our weaving partners all over the Philippines. Quality is at the core of our brand. Our products are cut, sewn and assembled meticulously, with a one attention to finishing touches such aszinc-alloy accessories and high quality fasteners.

Specialties

Manufacturing, Handwoven textiles, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurship, Community development, Fashion accessories, Bags, knapsacks & backpacks

AKABA is a Filipino design and lifestyle brand that produces knapsacks and travel bags highlighting the beauty of different nativehand woven textiles from all over the Philippines.

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Silnag, an Ilokano word meaning “rays of the sun”, signifies the hope and aspirations of grassroots artisans in the countryside.

Established in 2006, Silnag has been making and exporting ladies fashion jewelry made of natural materials such as horn, bone, shells, and scrap wood.From things almost thrown away, Silnag artisans recycle and skillfully turn them into bold, statement pieces which are refined and have an ethnic touch.

Silnag’s design inspiration is derived from the rich cultural heritage and unsullied wilderness of the Cordillera.

Silnag jewelry is exported to the US, UK, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Hongkong.  It is also available

at Rustan’s Makati, EDSA-Shangrila, Alabang Town Center, and Cebu.

The materials used are by-products of food and farm trade, so, no animals are harmed for the purpose of obtaining the said raw materials.  None of thematerials used are included in the prohibitive list of CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species).

Silnag neckpieces are unique, statement jewelry made of organic/natural raw materials such as Philippine Water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) horn, Cow (Bos indicus) bone, shells, scrap, so, no  animals  are  harmed for the purpose of obtaining the said materials.

Contact Details:  John Danao, john@silnag.comMaArte 2016 SilnagCornerstone Pottery Farm / Glazed Platter

For this year, EJ Espiritu will launch crystalline glazes for his wares. Crystalline glazes are magical. The process of creating crystal matrix on pottery are an “old school” technique which EJ hopes to revive and make handcrafted pottery a greater fashion statement for the home.

Eduardo G Espiritu, Jr.

Graduated from Adamson University with a BS degree in Ceramic Engineering.

He has worked for various companies in the Philippines (sanitary wares, refractory materials producer, and exporter) as a Sales Representative,Laboratory Technician, and Plant Manager.

In 1996, upon returning from the U.S., he and his wife started their business. As subcontractors. That company is Cornerstone Ceramic Manufacturing.

In 2001 be longer a subcontractor, EJ designed their own product line (stoneware pottery) and launched it at the National Trade Fair. It is his technicalbackground that helped the company sustain past the Asian crisis; at a time  when companies were closing operations. In 2005, cornerstone ceramicmoved to Silang, Cavite and became cornerstone pottery farm.

In 2008, EJ started teaching pottery classes. His creations are inspired by the natural surroundings at their farm. He enjoys developing his own glazeformulations and combines it with organic shapes and textures.

For 20 years, he has been producing and creating handcrafted pottery which showcase how science and art come together beautifully in stoneware pottery.

Contact Details: EJ and Eva Espiritu, evaespiritu@gmail.comMaArte 2016 CornerstoneMilvidas / Macrame Plant Hanger

Milvidas is a very small livelihood project that started 5 years ago. Maria Antonia CuUnjieng arrived from US and decided to do something different. Severalyears back, her family had established the Gawad Kalinga village in Multinational Village, Paranaque. Crochet was something that was easy to learn so theystarted a small group doing simple coasters and glass buggers with 6 people. That was in 2011.

In the past five years, their product line has expanded and now they have 16 ladies whom they meet weekly to provide materials, assign newwork and pick up their submissions for the week. It is an ideal set up because they do not need to leave their homes. They crochet in betweentheir chores and can continue to lend their families without any disruption.

Milvidas (meaning a thousand lives) is a brand that is sold through the family corporation, Menaggio Trading Inc. mostly in informal pop-ups and somechosen bazaars. They have opted to remain small and low key in order to keep a close watch on quality and consistency.

They make crocheted tableware with the bulk of sales coming from coasters, glass huggers, napkins and placemats and some table cloth. Last year, theyadded trays and tray liners and began to work with raffia for placemats. They also have some bags, a baby line of blankets, bibs and burp pads, as well asgorgeous poufs and pillows.

This Macramé Plant Hanger and bowl is from Patio line of Milvidas to be launched in MaArte. They come in fabulous colors, madeof imported all-cotton threads.

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Micki Olaguer / Mine

“Mine” is an ode to the the Filipino gold miner, and evokes the processes and tools of small-scale gold mining in various regions inthe Philippines – focusing on the mine shaft, and the gold pan. Using custom hand-cut mother-of- pearl components, the collection challenges the use of  traditional natural materials in modern jewelry.

MICKI OLAGUER

Micki began her love affair with jewellery when as a child, she would hunt for fallen seed pearls from the corners of her mother’s bedroom floor and swallowthem, thinking they were candy. Being the daughter of a fine jeweler constantly exposed her to well-crafted jewelry from a young age.

She took up Industrial Design at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, where she graduated cum laude and garnered an award for BestThesis.

In pursuit of her dream of becoming a jewelry designer, she apprenticed under renowned Filipino   jeweler   Janina   Dizon.   She   later received   an  international   scholarship   from the Gemological Institute of America, where she specialized in colored stones. She is currently certified as a GIAAccredited Jewelry Professional.

Her curiosity for combining whimsical forms with mother-of-pearl led to her being awarded the top prize at the Red Box DesignCompetition under the Fashion Accessories category at Manila FAME 2015.

In 2016, along with three other designers, she represents the Philippines as an exhibitor at  London  Fashion  Week’s International  Fashion Showcase,  which  celebrates  up -and- coming designers from around the world.

Contact Details: Micki Olaguer, micki.olaguer@gmail.comMaArte 2016 MOlaguerGifts and Graces / T’boli Clutch

These  handwoven  clutches  are  made  from  premium  excess cotton fabrics by the mothers of Binan, Laguna and Sakadafarmers from Negros Occidental. These clutches are made even more special by the brass accent die-cast by the T’bolis of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

 GIFTS AND GRACES

Gifts and Graces, or G&G, is a fair trade certified non-stock, nonprofit organization that works with  craftsmen,  artisans,  and  micro-entrepreneurs  from marginalized groups  to  help  them improve their livelihood programs. G&G works in the areas of product development, market access, technical support onenterprise management, and advocacy of fair trade practices. Each purchase of a Gifts and Graces product supports our partner livelihood groups andartisans and helps them break free from the cycle of poverty.

Non-Government Organizations or NGOs and other organizations in direct service to marginalized groups set up livelihood programs to help give theirpartners a source of income that will help them provide for their basic and secondary needs. The challenges these groups face, however, are enormous asthey struggle with limited financial, technical, and human resources. This is where Gifts and Graces come in.

At Gifts and Graces, we believe in supporting non-profit organizations and livelihood communities   in   their   quest   to   pursue   entrepreneurship   as   a  means   to   overcome marginalization due to their economic status, background, or lack of education. We are committed to helping the poor earn additionalincome to meet their basic and secondary needs to achieve a dignified standard of living and become contributing, self-reliant members of society.ABOUTOUR PRODUCTS

The Gifts and Graces product collection is an eclectic collection of handcrafted products with a bohemian flair and a touch of luxe because each communityrepresents different skills. Our product categories are mainly in fashion and home accessories. We also work with clients on special, customized orders forwholesale, special events, and corporate gifts and giveaways.Aside from being great items, each Gifts and Graces product represents the desire andcommitment of the groups we work with to seek dignified alternative sources of income. When you buy from Gifts and Graces, you support marginalizedfamilies and individuals with their livelihood. The pride, self-esteem, and sense of purpose that comes with work empower them and help them become self-sufficient and contributing, productive members of society. A gift from Gifts and Graces is a gift that lifts the spirit.

Contact Details: Jennifer Ragalado, marketing@giftsandgraces.com

MaArte 2016 Gifts and GracesGreen Babes / Guyabano Concentrate

Green Babes has an array of indulgent treats such as chocolate mallows, chocolate pretzels, ?avored marshmallows, chocolatechip cookies, and other snacks which kids and kids-­­at-­­heart totally love.

GREEN BABES

To make top quality gourmet food items available to everyone. That’s our Mission.

We  want  to  provide  people access to  affordable  organic and gourmet local  food  items  to promote the local food industry as well as health andwellness, even in our small way. Established in 2011, Green Babes is owned by longtime friends Bopeep Arroyo and Zerla Mayuga.

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We believe that living a healthy lifestyle while enjoying the flavors of good food are aIainable as long as there’s a conscientious effort in putting the balancebetween the healthy and the indulgent.

Green Babes’s primary commodity is our organic eggs–fresh chicken eggs, salted duck eggs, and balut. We have a farm in Laguna where we get oureggs fresh everyday.

 Contact Details: greenbabesmnl@gmail.com

MaArte 2016 Guyabano ConcentratePasty Armoire / Mocha Chocolate Chip Sticky Bun

Sweet buttery roll filled with chocolate butter, coated with coffee chocolate sticky sauce and topped with chocolate chips.

PASTRY ARMOIRE

A retailer and supplier of high quality pastries with an outlet in Paranaque and a commissary in Quezon City. Opened in BF Homes Branch last August 2015with the aim of being the preferred one stop gourmet dessert shop within the communityAside from its wide selection of pastries, Pastry Armoire is a distributor of Deep Dips by Chef Arnold and of Up in The Clouds Ice Cream.

Contact Details: Raymond Quisumbing, mypinkwasabi@gmail.com

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