Starbucks Philippines Supports PETA’s Annual Summer Workshop

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This summer many kids are taking time off from school, and it’s the perfect time to take up a new hobby and hone their talents further. Countless workshops are popping left and right, from cooking to dancing. Kids nowadays can spend some time to pursue their passion and develop their skills. One of the most popular workshops this time of the year are theater workshops which allow kids to discover their unique and creative talents. Not only that, children who enroll in a program like this also get to learn more about our rich culture and artistic heritage.Starbucks Philippines supports PETA's annual Summer Workshop (4)This year, PETA brings its annual Summer Workshop to more Filipinos as part of its celebration of the company’s 50thanniversary. The workshops will be conducted in various satellite venues in the cities of: Makati, Quezon, Angeles and Tacloban. Recognizing the vital role of theater arts in communicating our identity and our highest ideals, Starbucks Philippines supports this program aimed to shape a new generation of artists.Starbucks Philippines supports PETA's annual Summer Workshop (5)“Starbucks believes in supporting organizations that create opportunities and promote positive change. Since 2015, we have partnered with the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA) as one of the beneficiaries of our planner promotion. We are inspired by their use of theater to raise awareness of important social issues while nurturing the creativity of Filipinos.” said Noey Lopez, president, Starbucks Philippines.

PETA’s Summer Workshop started last April 17 and will run untilMay 28. Courses include Children’s Theater, Integrated Theater Arts for Teens, Theater Arts and Creative Musical Theater. In its classes, PETA uses the Integrated Theater Arts approach, a method that PETA has developed since the 70’s. This method uses group dynamics, drama, creative dance and movement, creative sound and music, visual arts, and creative writing and is the company’s main foundation for all the trainings it provides.Starbucks Philippines supports PETA's annual Summer Workshop (2)Children from ages 6 to 8 and older kids from ages 9 to 12 can enroll in the Children’s Theater courses that aim to enrich the child’s creativity and imagination. Teenagers aged 13 to 16 will benefit from the Integrated Theater Arts for Teens. As they learn to work in a team, they discover their talents and their self-confidence and communication skills are enhanced.Starbucks Philippines supports PETA's annual Summer Workshop (3)For aspiring actors aged 18 and up, the Theater Arts course gives fundamental knowledge of theater history and appreciation and skills in improvisational theater production. Meanwhile, theCreative Musical Theater course gives students the opportunity to learn more about the fundamentals of musical theater. The program provides comprehensive training that is aimed at enhancing the enrollee’s musical theater skills.Starbucks Philippines supports PETA's annual Summer Workshop (1)The highlight of the course is a final recital: an original work created by each class whose participants get to perform on the PETA – Phinma stage.

“For the past 50 years, PETA has provided Filipinos with meaningful entertainment through theater productions, but aside from that we have also provided much needed theater arts education for the youth. This summer workshop is aimed at unleashing and nurturing the creativity of young people and adults through a unique and holistic process which allows them to shine whether on or off stage,” says PETA curriculum director Dr Brenda V. Fajardo.

Starbucks Philippines and PETA have been working together since 2015 to advance the theater community in the country. Starbucks has primarily done this by sharing a part of the proceeds from its planner promotion.

To join the PETA Summer Workshop, visit their website

Dinner in Brooklyn at Ramon’s

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Super fun evening at Ramon Padilla’s @ramonatlargehome in Brooklyn :-) Thank you Ramon for hosting and sharing your beautiful home with us – definitely better than eating out #h2hny #h2hnyc2017

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Dinner in Brooklyn at Ramon's (32)Korean kimchi soup – YUM!!!
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2 years ago ( June 2015 ) Ramon Padilla @ramonatlarge opened Evertrue @evertruesalon that creates the most natural eyebrows through a technique called microblading. It’s located at the Flat Iron building and soon he will be opening in Chicago. Ramon is a Harvard Business School graduate and worked in L’Oreal before starting his own business. He also has 2 other salons – Strip and Browhaus. So happy to meet such a nice guy, young like us :-)  and so accomplished. More power and looking forward to more salons around the USA and all over the world. #evertruesalon #Microblading#H2HPeople

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Our salon specializes in the most natural-looking semi- permanent makeup  treatments for brow, eyeliner, lip, and lash.

Our salon specializes in the most natural-looking semi- permanent makeup treatments for brow, eyeliner, lip, and lash.


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ohw? is the shared vision of two footwear professionals with many years of experience. Our aim is simple – to bring a fresh approach to men’s footwear with contemporary and functional designs.

Designs are kept simple and uncluttered to allow us to showcase these skills, the standard of our manufacturing and our attention to detail. ohw?’s design process takes place in the UK, beginning each season with numerous ‘field trips’ for creative inspiration.

We collaborate with leading footwear designers to translate our pick of the latest trends and then work closely with our production team to develop these from concept into reality.

Rustan's Press Release on OHW (2)

All the materials we use are of the highest quality, ranging from premium suede and nubuck to full grain leathers. Every pair comes with all leather laces, linings and socks, as well as authentic details such as hand-stitching and size markers along the cut edges of the upper materials (the traditional way that shoemakers indicate the sizes of cut pieces). Rustan's Press Release on OHW (1)Although our designs are trend led, function is also a priority. All our shoes and boots are designed to be ‘optimum fit’ (pretty damn comfortable) and have combination rubber/phylon soles.

Phylon is more usually found in the midsole of sports shoes, which means our footwear is exceptionally easy to wear. From having our own factory to handpicking the people we work with, we believe that everything we do should be a reflection of who we are.
This is the reason we chose the name ohw? and why our first marketing creative features not models, but some of the people who work with us. This commitment extends to every part of our business because we want to emphasise the authenticity of our brand. For this reason, every pair of ohw? shoes is even individually hand-signed by the person in our factory doing the final quality check.

OHW shoes are available at Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza.

Di Fara Pizza

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 We were so lucky to witness this because he is not always there. Super love watching 80 year old Domenico De Marco making pizza one by one at @difarapizza_nyc

For 50 years (1965) he’s been serving yummy pizza in Brooklyn where people wait an hour or two to eat his pizza.  Truly a labor of love.  A business with passion and heart.  A must drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It’s worth the wait and experience – there’s only one in the world  #DiFara#DiFaraPizza #h2hpizza #h2hnyc2017#h2hny

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Furla’s 90th Anniversary

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Furla’s company history, from the beginning of the Twentieth Century to the dawn of the new millennium is reflected in a handbag with interchangeable flaps that becomes a portable time machine travelling across nine decades.

 Furla building Milano

The FURLA Metropolis, available in five colors: Petal, Magnolia, Gold, Ruby and Onyx will have nine different flaps to narrate the story of the brand that began in 1927 and since then has traveled, in women’s hands for nine decades – keeping them company on their journey of freedom and independence across time and space.

Furla’s journey started in the Roaring Twenties: the age of Charleston and “The Great Gatsby” by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, where the wild parties in the French Riviera were all the rage in the story. The Twenties of Josephine Baker and Art Déco, gave birth to what we now consider modernity, the decade that consigned the Nineteenth Century to history. This decade was represented by a soft nappa leather flap with a velvet base and stud carrying the number “20” galvanized in light gold.

It continues in the Thirties: the Jazz Age, the decade of glamour, of Marlene Dietrich’s mysterious voice and magnetic eyes. The Thirties flap is made of tortoiseshell PVC with ivory colored mink fur with the inscription “30” laser-etched in white on the black tab.

Whereas during the Forties, the crazed rhythm of Swing, frenzied joy of music and dance, and songs celebrating newfound peace had its flap of the Forties handbag printed with a petal and ruby check. Then the number “40” is printed on leather ruffles and a bow, evocative of that decade’s pin-up girls.

Then the Fifties – the age of rock and roll, Elvis and the “greaser” gangs, and the explosion of colors post-WWII decade illuminated by the omnipresent jukebox lights had its flap in pink, turquoise and onyx with embossed colored parts, while the number “50” in light gold was set on the iridescent tab.

The Sixties are the decade of psychedelia, the Beatles, and the cool dry linear elegance of the Mods. Hence, the flap is patterned like a turntable resting on a desaturated Union Jack flag in gray, black and white instead of the traditional red, white and blue. The onyx black on the printed base has a long stud in place of the volume knob while the number “1960” is smacked in the center, where a vinyl LP’s label would be.

From the Sixties’ turntables to the Seventies disco revolution, this decade of glitter and absolute freedom of a new underground culture takes over the world. The flap is in glitter fabric with sails and mirrors like a Disco Ball hanging from the nightclubs’ ceilings, reflecting the light of a future that seemed stranger and more exciting than science fiction.

The Eighties representing Punk and the new wave presented Fashion as a provocation with brooches pinned to Queen Elizabeth’s nose becoming the epitome of that revolutionary stance. Therefore these are the years, for Furla’s journey, of the heart-shaped flap fastened with safety pins, studs and a denim tongue with a bold, unabashed “Furla 80” printed on the flap.

For the Nineties we travel across the ocean from Great Britain to the United States where the Age of Hip-Hop, rappers, “gangsta” style and “bling-bling” was the luxury of excess. The Nineties flap is made of suede, with an onyx and orange rubberized thermo-adhesive strip with white stitching like the one over the jersey of a Football team. It has a big “90” number smacked in the middle of the flap, embroidered with printed, convex leather.

Furla’s time travel and journey through nine decades of the Metropolis handbag ends in the 2000s, the “Aughts”: the decade of technology and dawn of the new Millennium. The flap is in a silver laminate lined with a folding plate, just like a robot’s complete with screw-shaped rivets and shimmering rhinestones. The 2000’s is a world expanded, flattened and interconnected by technology wherein our digital present was so unthinkable back in the Twenties when the Furla journey began.

In the Philippines, Furla is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, Greenbelt 5, Newport Mall, Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.


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 Early dinner at estb ( Establishment) at @cornelluniversity

Establishment at Statler is refined casual dining restaurant in The School of Hotel Administration that is staffed and operated each night by the students in the Restaurant Management course.
Establishment opened its doors on September 17, 2012, as the culmination of a multi-semester effort supported by faculty and staff, to launch a student run restaurant.

Positioned as a classroom first and a restaurant second, Establishment serves as a hands-on learning environment for students to synthesize foodservice concepts, business principles, and hospitality management theories and to apply their knowledge in a live restaurant setting. As a restaurant open to the public, our goal is to provide our patrons with a unique and fulfilling dining experience. ( source estb menu) #cornelluniversity#estb #H2HCornell #h2heducation

Estb (2)Estb (7)Estb (6)  Every night they have specials prepared by the team that is scheduled that eveningEstb (4)Matzo Ball Soup
Estb (8) Braised BrisketEstb (13)  Fried Chicken with fresh herbsEstb (14)Estb (3)Yum !  Cheese bread – herbed butter, fontina, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and marinara sauce at estb ( Establishment ) @cornelluniversity  #cornelluniversity#estb #H2HCornell

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Rustan’s Franz Collection 2017

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Known for its handcrafted gifts, collectibles, and home décor, Franz Collection amazed the world of luxury again with its exquisite 2017 spring collection. The brand’s long-time partner, and the most upscale department store in the Philippines, Rustan’s, is adding a touch of spring to its stores by introducing these new artworks.

One of the highlights is the 15th Anniversary Collection that features wonderful creations from international artists such as G.G. Santiago from the U.S.A., Ute Patel-Missfeldt from Germany, and several others from Taiwan. These designers are unified by an aesthetic vision that combines the artistic traditions of the East and West. This unique fusion style is inimitable and a hallmark of the brand.

FRANZ proudly produces artwork co-branded with the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam). FRANZ’s unique three-dimensional style actualizes some of Van Gogh’s techniques, as the precisely handcrafted details in porcelain recreate the master’s signature brushstrokes and thickly applied paint. The newest vase inspired by Van Gogh, “A Window Full of Love,” features iris flowers. This porcelain piece is shaped like a window that directs the viewer’s gaze to the field of blooming irises. The liveliness of the flowers in all their vibrant colors extends beyond the frame, spilling out and pulsating with an energy that desires to explore the passions of life.

Rustan's Franz Collection 2017 (1)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is another cultural institution that has co-branded with FRANZ. Two new pieces from this collection are inspired by work painted by Impressionists Alfred Sisley and Edgar Degas. Sisley’s work depicts an idyllic scene that easily calls forth a nostalgic longing for the joys found at home and with family. Degas’ work, on the other hand, depicts the dedication demanded of young ballerinas who must perfect their craft. The vase suggests that true dedication to art and its values will result in dreams coming true.

Rustan's Franz Collection 2017 (2)

With spring just around the corner, FRANZ always has the perfect piece. Dedicated to depicting the everlasting beauty of nature, there is no better brand for celebrating the coming of spring and the renewed growth this season brings. From lifelike birds to exquisitely detailed flowers and insects that look like they might flutter away at any moment, the handcrafted art of FRANZ is unrivaled. The brand has received innumerable awards; in particular, the Hibiscus and Rainforest collections have been awarded the “Seal of Excellence in Handicrafts” by UNESCO.

The latest FRANZ pieces are available at the Rustan’s, so visit us today!

Franz is exclusively available in Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Cebu.