REP 50 GALA

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The grand musical gala to celebrate its milestone golden year, REP: 50 Years of Telling Stories culls Repertory Philippines or REP’s current roster of talents and acclaimed alumni to narrate the theater company’s story – from its beginnings, to its continuing efforts of nurturing the next generation of performing greats.

REP: 50 Years of Telling Stories encompasses all aspects of theater from the narration, music, choreography, producers, performers, comedians, set designers and directors,” says President & CEO Mindy Perez-Rubio. “It took a team of almost one hundred people to mount this production featuring seven segments with different directors.”

The show is one grand story told through song, dance and visuals with musical numbers from past REP productions such as A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Carousel, Camp Rock, Pippin, Annie, Sound of Music, Jekyll and Hyde, Seussical and Les Miserables.REP 50 GALA (2) REP 50 GALA (3) REP 50 GALA (5)Opening with a tribute to Zeneida “Bibot” Amador, the performance honors all the REP founders who built the company. It then transitions to the tradition of telling stories that are universal and appealing for every Filipino through choreographers, dancers and actors.REP 50 GALA (4)It also flows through the works of writers, musical directors and designers who make “magic” on and off stage, to the directors or the interpreters of the tales who ensure the stories are told well. The audience is also taken behind the scenes to discover the hard work of unsung heroes like production managers, stage managers and the like whose efforts are hardly seen. Another highlight is the telling of stories that educate young theater-goers through Repertory Theater For Young Audiences.

A fitting showcase brings the gala to a close, with young and upcoming Reppers taking over center stage as the veterans hand the baton to the new guards of Philippine theater.

This one-night only musical fittingly celebrates REP’s five decades of developing Filipino talents and staging excellent productions from Broadway and the West End. Bart Guingona serves as over-all director and collaborates with segment directors Jaime del Mundo, Miguel Faustmann, Audie Gemora, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Raymond Lauchengco, Freddie Santos, and Michael Williams as well as musical director Ejay Yatco and writer Luna Inocian. 

Theater luminaries and stars including REP co-founder Baby Barredo, REP Artistic Director Joy Virata, Monique Wilson, Franco Laurel, Sheila Francisco, Markki Stroem,Morisette Amon, Pinky Amador, Mitch Valdes, Ayam Barredo-Eckstein, Cara Barredo,Leo Martinez, Cocoy Laurel, EJ Villacorta and many more gather to#ComeHomeToREP.

REP: 50 Years of Telling Stories proves that the theater company will continue to stage the best productions and develop more Filipino talents for years and years to come.REP 50 GALAFor updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram, and follow @repphils on Twitter.

High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort

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 Heart2Heart finally tried the buffet at the Shangrila Fort :-)  High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (71) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (68) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (50) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (51) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (40) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (37)Infused water in each tableHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (66)Basil and Watermelon was the flavor of the day.  It changes dailyHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (67)There are 9 live stations in the buffet.  I did not get the exact names so I will just describe them :-)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (52)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (64)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (62)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (63)Salad StationHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (55)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (57)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (58)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (56)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (59)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (60)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (57)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (61)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (3)Seafood StationHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (2)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (12)Grilling StationHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (41)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (43) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (42)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (11) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (69)Noodle BarHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (28) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (31) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (29)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (30) Dimsum, Roasts and Wok StationHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (32)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (34) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (35) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (33)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (38)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (39)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (36)Pasta, Teppanyaki and Sous VideHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (21)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (24) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (22) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (23) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (25) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (27) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (26)Beverage cart
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Father’s Day at Mecha Uma

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We celebrated Father’s Day at Mecha Uma :-)

I tried some ala carte items and I liked both.  Definitely unique flavors from Chef Bruce
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 LambFather's Day at Mecha Uma (12)  Everyone else had the Omakaze Father's Day at Mecha Uma (3)Father's Day at Mecha Uma (10)Father's Day at Mecha Uma (11)Father's Day at Mecha Uma (13)For the main – Choice of  PigeonFather's Day at Mecha Uma (15) or BeefFather's Day at Mecha Uma (14)Father's Day at Mecha Uma (1) We walked to the back to check out Bank Bar so Dad and Mom could see it :-)  It was also my first time :-)

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Salo Salo at Mireio

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We had a wonderful lunch at Mirèio @rafflesmakatihotel  So bright with a beautiful view and fresh sunflowers  Enjoyed our Salo Salo with the Salo Salo gang  with topics that range from honey to aphrodisiacs to duck breasts  Super yummy and super fun   Till our next one #mireioatraffles#raffleshotelmakati #h2hsalosalo

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Pan seated foie gras caramelized turnips Salo Salo at Mireio (8) Slow cooked oxtail parmentier  Salo Salo at Mireio (17)Salo Salo at Mireio (13)   Appetizers at Mireio @rafflesmakatihotel  Carrot soup,orange, cumin, Mascarpone   Salo Salo at Mireio (10)Salo Salo at Mireio (7) Eggplant tatting, sautéed seafood, pesto  Salo Salo at Mireio (9)  Niçoise salad

All delicious  #mireioatraffles#raffleshotelmakati#h2hfoiegrasSalo Salo at Mireio (15)  Pan seared mahi mahi Salo Salo at Mireio (11)  Grilled sirloin steak at Mirèio @rafflesmakatihotel We got lunch sets 2 and 3 course and everything was delicious  #mireioatraffles #raffleshotelmakati#h2hpasta #h2hsteaksSalo Salo at Mireio (16) Linguini chicken ragout Salo Salo at Mireio (18)Salo Salo at Mireio (1)Salo Salo at Mireio

Italian Streetfood at CIBO DI STRADA

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 Cibo di strada @cibophintroduces Italian streetfood  at @smaurapremier ? Congratulations Gaita @margaritafores and Amado @amadofores #CiboPh #CibodiStradaCIBO DI STRADA (16) CIBO DI STRADA (14) CIBO DI STRADA (15) CIBO DI STRADA (19) CIBO DI STRADA (18) CIBO DI STRADA (23) CIBO DI STRADA (17) CIBO DI STRADA (21) CIBO DI STRADA (20)CIBO DI STRADA (1) CIBO DI STRADA (4)CIBO DI STRADA (5) CIBO DI STRADA (2)CIBO DI STRADA (7)CIBO DI STRADA (8)CIBO DI STRADA (9)ArosticciniCIBO DI STRADA (12)  Fritto Misto – Yum :-)CIBO DI STRADA (11)My favorite among the Italian streetfood of @ciboph Pizza Fritta which comes in 3 ways – Prosciutto cotton bel paese mozzarella fontina, Tomato mozzarella Basil anchovy and a sweet one for dessert Nutella banana.   This is available in all Cibo restaurants 26 #CibodiStrada #CiboPh #h2hpizzaCIBO DI STRADA (3)CIBO DI STRADA (6)

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Birthday Celebration at Caring Jesus Foundation

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Continuing Tita Dorothy’s 60th bday celebration this time with the kids of Caring Jesus Elementary School in Pandi Bulacan. She fed the kids KFC and gave them backpacks filled with food and other basic necessities. The school was founded by my Tito Eddie and cousin Dino Pineda They give free education to almost 70 children from Kinder to Grade 6 and after which the foundation funds the high school tuition of all the graduates Wow

#h2hcelebrations #h2hgivingback

Previous Entry:  Caring Jesus Educational Foundation Feb. 8, 2011

Caring Jesus Elementary School December 22, 2011

Happy Totes by Caring Jesus Foundation October 1, 2013
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Montblanc X Unicef

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Immerse in a luxurious universe and discover the true essence of a century old brand as Rustan’s unveils the new Montblanc store concept at Rustan’s Makati. The newly renovated layout boasts an elevated sense of elegance – embodying all which makes Montblanc truly iconic – with dynamic lines, handsome details and an ambiance of true luxury.

SSI President Anton Huang, Assistant officer of the Economic and Commercial Section at the Embassy of Germany in the Philippines Katharina Bandelow, Program Specialist for the United Nations Children’s Fund, Philippine Country Office Verity Rushton, Montblanc President for SEAMatthiew Dupont, Rustan’s Board of Director Maritess Tantoco Enriquez, Rustan’s Patriarch and Chairman Emeritus Amb. Bienvenido Tantoco Sr., Rustan’s CEO and Chairman Zenaida Tantoco, and Rustan Commercial Corporation President Donnie TantocoMontblanc X Unicef“Rustan’s is constantly planning improvements for our stores, to make them even stronger luxury brand destinations. Montblanc Rustan’s Makati is the first concept boutique of the brand in the entire Southeast Asian region, and we’re proud to be its partners in realizing its new global vision,” shares Michael Huang, Vice President for Store Planning and Expansions.

From the original 78-sqm floor plan, Montblanc has grown its presence to an impressive 110-sqm luxury retail space. The larger store gives space to more choices for Montblanc customers, offering a bigger selection of leather goods, writing instruments, and of course, beautiful timepieces. “In this new, immersive environment, clients can more fully enjoy the Montblanc experience, which honors contemporary design and the traditions of craftsmanship” Michael adds.Montblanc X UnicefFor more than a century, Montblanc has impressed patrons with its pioneering spirit that honors tradition, excellence in craftsmanship and a passion for innovation. And as it pushes forth into a new decade, Montblanc wants its boutiques to embody that unique optimism and vision of the company.

Taking inspiration from the signature elements of Montblanc, the new concept boutique becomes an immersive retail environment that will encourage people to stay in. Designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance communicates that this will be a space that is pure and which boasts an uncluttered aesthetic.

A powerful palette of black, white and wood, and strong, refined lines build a fitting backdrop on which each Montblanc writing instrument, timepiece, jewelry and leather product can be highlighted and appreciated.

“Montblanc, as a leader and style purveyor, has built a name for itself, crafting pens and watches that are the epitome of quality and luxury. Since Montblanc entered the Philippine market years ago, it has garnered a strong following, endearing its clients with its highest standards of perfection. As Montblanc evolves, it is only expected that their retail presence also reflects that their new direction,” shares Anton Huang, President of The SSI Group Inc.

THE WRITE EXPRESSION

Each Montblanc piece strikes a balance between contemporary design and classic elegance, and reflects a pioneering spirit that continues to excite patrons today. This June 2017, Montblanc introduces its latest collection, Montblanc for Unicef.

Montblanc, in partnership with UNICEF, aims to improve learning conditions for over 5 million children around the world by providing quality learning materials and better teaching. For every piece in the “Montblanc for UNICEF Collection” sold from April 1 2017 to March 31 2018, Montblanc will donate 3% of the proceeds to support UNICEF and its literacy projects, with a minimum amount of $1.5 million being guaranteed by Montblanc.

In addition to this new collection, patrons can still enjoy the luxury collections of Montblanc such as the core classics-Meisterstuck collection, and a roster of special and limited editions, such as the Great Characters Miles Davis collection and the Writer’s Edition William Shakespeare Collection.

“Montblanc is more than just a heritage brand, it embodies a unique vision and aesthetic. It is the symbol of the highest standards of perfection. Over the decades, it has become a trusted and well-loved brand because of its openness to evolve through innovation. And as it grows, adapting to the times and changing markets, Montblanc can be assured to find a partner in Rustan’s in realizing its vision. We are very proud to present the new flagship-sized store. It is truly a wonderful place to experience the essence of the brand and interact with products of impeccable make,” shares Donnie Tantoco, President of the Rustan Commercial Corporation.

With Montblanc’s new concept boutique, rediscover the legacy of luxury and revel in the true Montblanc experience.

Visit the New Montblanc Boutique in Rustan’s Makati, first floor.

Montblanc is exclusively available in Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Cebu, Greenbelt 5, City of Dreams Manila and Newport Mall, Resorts World. 

Piaget at the 70th Cannes Film Festival 2017

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As actors, directors and producers gathered to the French Riviera to celebrate the 70th Cannes Film Festival, incredible talents brought radiance and elegance to the red carpet wearing pieces from the watchmaker-jewellers’ audacious collections.

The epitome of glamour, Jessica Chastain, Piaget’s International Brand Ambassador, Member of Jury this year wore a shining ring in white gold set with 1 cushion-cut emerald from Colombia (approx. 6.08 cts) and diamonds from the new High Jewellery Collection Sunlight Journey.Piaget 2017 (2)During the closing ceremony, Jessica Chastain paired her show-stopping gown with audacious earrings in white gold set with diamonds as well as a ring featuring a stunning white diamond from Piaget’s new High Jewellery collectionSunlight Journey.Piaget 2017 (1)Olga Kurylenko, respected actress and Friend of the Maison trampled the red carpet in Piaget Jewellery wearing a stunning pair of earrings in pink gold set with diamonds and a ring in pink gold set with 1 cushion-cut diamond from the new High Jewellery Collection Sunlight Journey.Piaget 2017 (4)Portuguese actress and friend of the Maison Maria Joao, added a touch of flamboyance to her outfit tonight on Red Carpet, choosing to wear radiant ring and earrings in white gold set with diamonds from the High Jewellery collectionSunlight JourneyPiaget 2017 (3)Piaget is exclusively available at The Silver Vault, Rustan’s Makati and City of Dreams Manila

About Piaget

It was in La Côte-aux-Fées that Georges-Edouard Piaget set up his first workshop in the family farmhouse and devoted himself to producing high-precision movements. This was back in 1874 and marked the start of an ever-growing reputation. In 1943, the company took a decision that would prove crucial to its future by registering its brand name. 

Faithful to its pioneering spirit, Piaget in the late 1950s set about designing and manufacturing the ultra-thin movements that would become one of the Maison’s signatures and leave a lasting impression on watchmaking.

But Piaget was also a style: a marriage of gold and an explosion of color, new shapes, precious gems, and dials made of hard stones. Carried along on the wave of extraordinary creativity driven by Yves G. Piaget, the brand’s jewelry collection grew in an original direction with a resolute emphasis on color.  

Rich of more than 140 years of history, the ever-bold brand, innovated by offering jewels in motion, extravagant Haute Joaillerie collections, and incredible watches to become today one of the world’s most prestigious watchmaker-jewelers.

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