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Unicef, DBM sign deal to boost M&E capacities

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00 Published in Business

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to strengthen monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacities in government toward establishing a national results-based M&E system.
The Unicef-DBM partnership seeks to strengthen M&E capacity of national government agencies in support of mainstreaming performance-informed budgeting (PIB) in government for economic and social development.
The PIB approach links public expenditure and results for better accountability, as well as increased efficiency and effectiveness to attain targets set forth in the current Philippine Development Plan (PDP, 2011 to 2016) and Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
“We endeavour to enhance the capacity of government in ensuring that M&E is in place in national policies and systems for more effective and efficient allocation of resources, especially for Filipino children,” said Lotta Sylwander, Unicef Philippines representative.

Treasures from around Asia

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00 Published in Life Style

L’Indochine opens flagship storeat SM’s Mega Fashion Hall 

Last week’s formal opening of the flagship store of the locally created lifestyle store L’Indochine gives customers from the north part of Metro Manila a chance to discover chic, colorful and handcrafted Asian pieces chosen by its young and itinerant owners.
The store attracts the eye with its colors and textures, and as one ventures inside, the pieces call out for thorough inspection. At L’Indochine, it is best to make time for a leisurely browse.
The store carries more fashion finds and home ware, each one as tempting as the last. Gorgeous hand-embrodered boleros from Thailans, long skirts, dresses and tunics; clutch bags and accessories; block prints from India; Cermin Dinding Rono mirrors from Indonesia; carved wooden furniture from Thailand, exotic lacquer jars from Myanmar and many other home finds have made their way into the store’s shelves, tempting lovers of beauty and craft to bring them into their own home, too.
According to its young owners, sisters-in-law Charlene Carlos and Leona Panutat, when the opportunity came for them to open L’Indochine at SM Aura Premier in 2013, they did everything themselves, including the design of the interiors. “It was sort of an experiment,” they reveal. The store has been such a low-key success, however, that they welcomed another chance to showcase their style and taste. “We began getting requests from our customers in the North to open a branch in the area,” say C&L, the dynamic pair behind L’Indochine. “We also wanted a larger space to execute all the exciting ideas and plans we have for the store.”
The 251.67-square meter L’Indochine flagship store is almost three times bigger than their first store at Aura, giving more opportunities for special design concepts, as well as for highlighting larger items and furniture.
Like the first store, the new branch showcases expertly curated and exquisitely designed items with the distinct modern Asian style for which L’Indochine has been known. It will introduce their exciting new finds from their recent journeys to India, Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand.
Many of these items are handmade, making them one-of-a-kind and limited in quantity. Created by skilled craftsmen and local artisans trained in techniques passed on from generations, these special pieces can each take anywhere from a week to a hundred days to produce. Each visit to the store is an opportunity for the customer to unearth a new and exciting find.
The store’s location at Mega Fashion Hall has also inspired C&L to “focus on increasing our fashion and accessories collection. Apparel from India, Thailand and Indonesia will make their way into our racks.”
Elements of style will also be evident in their home collection, “which will focus on accent pieces — from show stopping ceramics, bright and cheerful batik pouffes and pillows, block print textiles, assorted glass and fabric lamps, to colorful glass and serving ware. We will also be carrying more furniture and home accessories in bold saturated colors.”
The store will also have furniture, bedding and rugs in its upcoming collections. Furniture pieces from up and coming Thai designers will also be on display.
If you want to add a touch of exotic to your home or are searching for an exquisite gift, a visit to at L’Indochine store will certainly not be amiss.
The store welcomes guests at the fourth level of gleaming SM Mega Fashion Hall in Mandaluyong City.

A weekend of bespoke ideas

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00 Published in Life Style

Visitors to the Caravan II: Bespoke were not just abuzz with interest, they got downright personal. The second installment of the popular lifestyle market brought in a well-curated assortment of brands with a unique twist.
Guests were able to make their finds completely their own by having them personalized by the artisans in attendance.For one weekend, The Kirov Model Unit at Rockwell became the mecca for people who value creative ideas and customized designs. 
Many picked out choice novelties from a diverse range of goods including monogrammed leather folios from Coco and Tres, clever plates by The Wareshop Total, stamps and embossers by The Best Impressions, and delicate Morse code accessories from Adorno Handmade. Choose-your-own charms from Stockton Row and Michelline Syjuco’s latest collection, Lovlos, were a hit with eager buyers. Attendees were also able to witness art in action with Robby Singh’s on-the-spot pet murals and digital paintings by Mawee Borromeo.
Local designers Nicole Whisenthunt and Rhett Eala, tastemaker Blue Carreon, San Vicente, Palawan Mayor Pie Alvarez, and Representative Karlo Nograles with his wife Marga, were spotted milling around the booths, enjoying tasty treats from participating eateries Your Local and Scarsdale. Style mavens Ria Prieto and Hannah Cruz, fashionable entrepreneurs Sookie Chiongbian and Tina Lagdameo, and mother-and-daughter beauty duo Vicky and Cristalle Belo happily walked away with their bespoke acquisitions. 
Watch out for the caravan’s third installment. Follow The Caravan on Instagram @thecaravanph for updates and e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inquiries.



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