Recycled and indigenous materials used to reflect Christmas spirit
Las Piñas once again proved that it is "the lantern capital of Metro Manila" as residents of its barangays showed their ingenuity in creating the best Christmas parols (lantern) using recycled and indigenous materials at the 7th Parol Festival's lantern-making competition.
"We are pleased that the Parol Festival has become popular not only here in Metro Manila, but in other parts of the country as well. I always promote the festival when I attend festival in other provinces. This is a big boost to our three-generation, parol-making industry," said Cynthia Villar, managing director of the Villar Foundation, which is in charge of the yearly festival.
The festival is the brainchild of the former congresswoman of Las Piñas. In 2007, she encouraged the city's magpaparols (lantern-makers) to organize themselves into the Samahang Magpaparol ng Las Piñas. And to support them, the then Congresswoman Villar set up the Las Piñas Parol Center, which serves as a training area for the lantern-makers.
"We want this unique tradition of parol-making to be continued by the younger generation so we support theindustry as much as we can," said Villar.
The Parol Festival was held at its new venue, the Villar Social Institute of Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG), along C-5 Extension in Pulang Lupa Uno. In the last six years, it had been held at the St. Joseph Bamboo Organ Church.
Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar was pleased with the entries in the parol-making competition.
"The entries are becoming more and more artistic and creative, reflecting Las Piñeros' skills and craftsmanship in making traditional lanters," he said.
The lantern-making competition also highlights environmentalprotection as participants can only use recycled materials such as shampoo sachets/bottles, cans, bottles, tetra packs, newspapers, etc. and natural or indigenous materiala such as coconut husk, dried leaves, fethers, shells, etc. The frame of the lantern should be made of bamboo.
Poverty alleviation finds a home at Villar SIPAG
To raise Filipinos out of poverty has always been the main advocacy of the Villar Foundation and the couple behind it — Sen. Manny and former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, chairman and managing director, respectively — put up the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance or Villar SIPAG to serve as home of all their efforts and endeavors to fulfill their advocacies.
"We have been in public service, both in personal and political capacities, for decades, We have implement numerous programs and project that helped Filipinos better their lives. Through Villar SIPAG. we will step up our efforts to reach out to even more people who need guidance, training. Information, inspiration and skills to rise out of poverty," said Cynthia, who is now popularly called as Misis Hanep Buhay because of her untiring effort to provide livelihood opportunities to Filipinos nationwide.
She said Villar SIPAG is more than a showcase of the Villars' past, president and future efforts to lift Filipinos out of poverty. It will be a working hub and proactive center. Its name alone highlights and promotes the value of hard work as a tool in overcoming proverty.
"We are serious about our goal to end poverty. It is not just a catchphrase for us, it is a serious campaign and this structure is a solid evidence of that. This will be a hub of our activities for our impoverished countrymen. Our goal is that this center will also be instrumental in bringing about positive changes in people's lives and the country as well," added Sen. Manny, who is also known as Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga, in reference to how he personally overcame poverty through hard work and persistence.
Villar SIPAG will feature, among others: Poverty Alleviation Museum, SIPAG Poverty Knowledge Management Center, Nacionalista Party Museum, Reception Hall, Mini-Theater, Offices, Archives and Training Rooms.
SIPAG Poverty Knowledge Management Center will serve as a library or resource center to collect, preserve and make accessible to the public an array or reading and reference material on poverty reduction, generation of childhood, and entrepreneurship. It aims to cater to students of all ages, scholar, policymakers, journalists, etc.
The Training Room will offer seminars, briefings and training on livelihood opportunities, entrepreneurial strategies and other relevant and related topics for the womenfolk, the youth, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and other marginalized sector of the society.
The Nacionalista Party Museum will exhibit memorabilia, photos, documents, among others, of the oldest political party of the country.
The reception Hall and Mini Theater will be the venue of conference, symposia and screening of videos or performances tackling the issue of and related to poverty reduction. It will also be made available for use as venue of private gatherings.
The Villar Foundation, through its various livelihood-generation and skills training initiatives, has played an active role in poverty alleviation for 20 years already. Its barangay-bases livelihood enterprises now provide income to Las Piñas and other parts of the country, where it has established more than 100 pilot projects.
Kipling and World Vision for a brighter tomorrow
There is no greater joy this Christmas than giving a bright smile to a child's face. This is what Kipling, together with World Vision, emphasized when they launched "A Brighter Christmas For a Brighter Tomorrow," a program that aims to provide additional funds to sponsor the education of children under the care of the Christian development and advocacy organization.
The partnership and the new endeavor of the Belgian bag brand is a timely effort to spread the fun and happiness instilled in each of its bag, presenting the less fortunate children with a gift of hope.
Welcoming the guests at the event were Benjamin Go, president of Greyhound Marketing Corp., exclusive distributor of Kipling in the Philippines; and Jun Godornes, National Resource Development associate director.
During the launch, Kipling handed a commemorative bag to World Vision to celebrate their partnership and to symbolize the brand's pledge and Holiday advocacy.
Some of the country's young stars also showed their support to the program. These include Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Kylie Padilla and Jessica Connelly, as well as World Vision celebrity ambassador Miriam Quiambao, who hosted the launch program.
Present at the event to help raise awareness about the program were representatives from Kipling's ad agency The Sven Group and talent agency Vidanes Marketing.
Mint sets original Pinoy moment in fashion
Set in the backdrop of original Pinoy music, Mint, the country's most hip and fashionable label, unveiled its debut showcase for the Philippine Fashion Week to celebrate 10 years in the fashion industry. A bold, bright and blossoming look on the future of Pinoy fashion was presented on the runway.
The 2nd Hall of the SMX Convention Center was filled to the brim with fashion spectators and entertainment fans, all getting a dose of Mint's flavorful take on youthful style, as paraded by its top endorsers: sultry showstopper Sam Pinto, and beloved boy-next-door Xian Lim, admirable leading man Gerald Anderson-all showing off a bite off Mint's colorful spring/summer 2013 collection.
The music of the 1970s experienced a 21st century remix, with their memorable vintage vinyl covers of Tito Vic & Joey, Pilita Corales, Juan Dela Cruz, Rico J. Puno, Cinderella, Hagibis and VST & Co. found cleverly emblazoned on Mint's neon raglan-sleeved OPM shirts. Paired with day-glo sportswear inspired pieces and acid-washed denims, Mint presented high-tech fashion that reminisced the best of OPM music.
The folksy hit "Bulaklak" ushered in female models in a festive display of florals-from Hawaiian to English Country, digital printed to retro paisley, giving a tasteful hint of the innate sex appeal of the modern Filipina.
The Mint men are not to be outdone. With pastel-hued bottoms adding more life to Americana-inspired tops-like star-spangled pique polo shirts, gingham long-sleeved shirts, and varsity jackets-expect boys to hit the streets next season with a fresh update to their urban looks.
Fashion ingénue Pepsi Herrera, Mint's long-time collaborating designer, presented a premiere ready-to-wear collection for the young label, with architecture as clear blueprint. Ladies in dove-tailed, asymmetric-draped, and optical-cut chiffon dresses sashayed down the Mint runway, offering a luxurious alternative to the brand's more relaxed aesthetic. The men, on the other hand, donned well-tailored two-toned long-sleeved shirts in oxfords and chambray over sharp denim trousers and under rugged dinner jackets that present a polished urban style.
And lastly, showcasing the unlimited thrills of our tropical life, Mint unveiled a swimwear collection decked with retro-inspired bikinis, light-knit cover-ups and ombre-dyed hot pants for the girls, and tribal-printed tanks, nylon windbreakers and digital-printed board shorts featuring the world's best beaches for the boys.
PBB teen stars Ryan Boyce, Fred Payawan, TV5 sweethearts Imee Hart and Shy Carlos also rocked the runway looking their best in the brand's latest pieces together with the three Mint endorsers Xian Lim, Sam Pinto and Gerald Anderson.
Tresemme events in 2012
As one of the world's greatest consumer goods companies, Unilever recognizes the ever-changing needs of its consumers and shoppers, especially since more and more Filipinas ago to the salon to further nourish and style their hair.
Their newest hair brand gives women salon-gorgeous hair at home, everyday. TRESemme prides itself as a brand being born from salons and dedicated to creating salon-quality, stylist-tested, professional-grade wash, care and styling products to help you create your own style at home.
JC Buendia gala
To celebrate the creativity, design aesthetic and talent of one of the best Filipino fashion designers in the Philippines — JC Buendia — this year, TRESemme partnered with Metro Society and made the marriage of hair and fashion possible.
A virtuoso in his field, Metro Society paid tribute to JC Buendia for his impeccable and seamless style that puts every Filipino in the front line of fashion. His design aesthetic has made him one of the most sought-after designers of his generation and has helped mold the Filipinos' taste for sophisticated and stylish pieces, for both men and women. As anticipation built for Buendia's 25th gala show, backstage was brimming with exciting scenes as hair stylists, led by the TRESemme hair stylists Jing Monis, Victor Ortega and Tinette Puyat, along with makeup artists and models.
Model, host, beauty columnist and TRESemme's very own Backstage Onlooker Kelly Misa caught the hustle and bustle backstage as she gave a sneak peek to what happens before all the glitz and glamour of such an event.
Unilever Philippines marketing director for Hair Anna Mangilin, country media manager Macce Samarista, PR and Events manager Nikki Abella, TRESemme brand manager Ann Esteves and brand assistant manager Raiza Revilla graced the event to show their support. TRESemme's Style Arbiter Liz Uy and Creative Virtuoso Raymond Gutierrez were also spotted.
Zee Lifestyle presents Furne One
After conquering the world with his distinctive brand of whimsical style, the amazing Furne One returned to his beloved Cebu for a charity show which served as a grand finale to Zee Fashion Forward.
With TRESemme as one of their major sponsors, the homecoming collaboration transformed the Rizal Library and Museum Ballroom into a couture runway, which highlighted the Dubai-based designer's dramatic and intricate pieces.
With a show that could not be missed, style mavens and fellow designers gathered to congratulate Furne One including the TRESemme Style Team: Creative Virtuoso Raymond Gutierrez, Style Arbiter Liz Uy, Backstage Onlooker Kelly Misa and The Tres Aficionados Jing Monis, Victor Ortega and Tinette Puyat.
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