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By Pauline Songco, Staff Writer

Filipinos always want what’s best for their families, especially when it comes to their children. Celebrity mom Camille Prats-Yambao is no different — she is always on the lookout for pure and natural products for her upcoming baby girl and son Nathan.
Due in a couple of months, Camille takes her time in making sure that she is healthy especially since she recently entered the most crucial time of her pregnancy.
“Maybe it’s just a stage that I was going throughbecause prior to the pregnancy, I’d been hearing a lot from other people that there are mothers who really undergo a sensitive pregnancy. But I just take it one day at a time,” shares Camille.
Although there are days that she feels down, Camille entertains herself to stay happy. “I watch my favorite series. And my son Nathan is always there to cheer me up, and my husband is also there so I feel like it is just a phase that I know is going to pass by really quick. My priority is to stay healthy for my baby.”
The former child star describes herself as a hands-on mother. “With Nathan kasi...he’s actually very easy to manage. He’s a very good boy; sobrang masunurin na bata so, for me, I somehow got to know him so well that I know how to manage him,” Camille says.
“Growing up...when he lost his dad, he was only three, so the first few years I became a spoiler. Of course, it’s different when it’s the mommy and the son. So when it was me raising him, I realized that I can’t be that kind of mom anymore,” she says. “I don’t want him to grow up spoiled and a brat so I have to be very stern in disciplining my child.”
Camille, however, adds that her disciplining style has never been about instilling fear. “It’s more about love, like, in return, if your child loves and he respects you, he’ll do the things you want because he wants to please you,” Camille avers.
As a mother, she doesn’t let stress get in the way as she wants to stay healthy for her family. Camille maintains a healthy diet and routine that helps her achieve a glowing look and skin that many people compliment. She uses Sanosan, a German brand that specializes in formulated, organic and natural skincare products.
“I’ve been using it for quite some time now, and it’s really just what I need. During my first pregnancy, one of the most difficult things for me was battling those pesky stretch marks. Now, with my second child, I’m better prepared,” she enthuses.
Sanosan is the only brand that offers a mama care line based on two pure natural ingredients, olive oil and hydrolyzed milk protein. “Usually the other brands are for adults and for babies only. But with Sanosan, they really focus on the needs of the mommies. Like the leg cooling cream, I haven’t seen that in other lines or other products, so it takes care of your skin while you’re pregnant, which is a very good thing.”
With her delivery date coming soon, Camille’s excitement is hard to contain. “I’m so excited to meet my little girl so that I can start using Sanosan’s Baby Care line. I just know that bath time is going to be easier!” Camille beams. “Mabango siya and since it comes from all-natural ingredients, I know I don’t have to worry about damaging my baby’s skin. Choosing pure and natural products is my way to show her how much I love her, even before she is born.”
Sanosan Baby Care, Sanosan Natural Kids, Sanosan Anti-Stretch mark Cream, Mom-To-Be Oil and other Sanosan Mama Care products are available onlie at Lazada, Baby Company, Kids Company and in leading department stores nationwide.

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L’Oréal Philippines empowers underprivileged women

By Gelyka Ruth R. Dumaraos, Contributor

L’Oréal Philippines is not only in the business of making women beautiful. More than just a beauty company, this leading company is paving the way to help women in the marginalized areas realize their dreams.
Fifteen women from the barangay of Sto. Nino in Marikina City recently graduated from the L’Oréal Philippines’ Beauty For a Better Life program, a three-month training for women in the underprivileged communities. The program provides free, international and high-quality training as they are equipped with skills, which they can turn into a source of livelihood.
L’Oréal Philippines hopes to help pave the way for a better livelihood for families and create ripples as they build their own careers.
The “Beauty For a Better Life” program was launched last April 19. It was completed with a one-week internship, which immersed them on actual hairdressing jobs. Trainees had gone through classes where they were taught different hairdressing skills such as blowdrying, haircoloring, haircutting and application of hair treatments. They were trained under the expertise of L’Oréal Philippines hair professionals.
The L’Oréal Foundation’s “Beauty For a Better Life” is one of the Foundation’s key programs to help women dream and realize their potentials in society. It is being implemented in different countries as well.
A woman with dreams
Mary Rose de Guzman, one of the first graduates of the Beauty For a Better Life, says she worked hard for the training so she can provide additional income for her family. She finished her training while juggling her school work. She is currently a fourth-year college student. She was also hailed as the valedictorian of the first batch of graduates for the “Beauty for a Better Life” program.
According to L’Oréal Philippines Corporate Communications manager Carmel Valencia, these women showed dedication and commitment. For her, they will reach greater heights.
 “This has always been what L’Oréal Philippines stood for and we are happy to witness firsthand how beauty can positively impact and improve lives through programs such as Beauty For a Better Life,” she shares.
The graduates received hairdressing starter sets from L’Oréal Philippines. From this, they can choose to pursue a career in salons in Manila or start their own business within their communities.
The second batch of Beauty For a Better Life was also launched on July 25.
This is not the first time L’Oréal Philippines recognizes the need to help women in underprivileged communities.
In 2009, the beauty brand established its ‘Bigay Daan’ program, which taught hairdressing and makeup skills to over 300 unemployed women in Pasig over four years.  

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Meet a ‘most influential Filipino woman’

Dina de la Paz-Stalder, president and CEO of Stalder Group of Companies, has been selected one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World (Global FWN100) by the Filipina Women’s Network.
The Global FWN100 Award recognizes 100 women of Philippine ancestry who are changing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their achievement and contributions to society, femtorship and legacy. De la Paz-Stalder was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world.
The Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award Founder and Pioneer category honors Filipina women in their capacities as the chief executive, president, executive director or founder of a company, community organization, non-profit or business venture that they helped start, build or significantly grow. This award category is for the trailblazers who have marshaled resources and applied innovative practices, processes and/or technologies in a new and groundbreaking way to address significant business or organizational opportunity.
“The Global FWN100 women are dynamic entrepreneurs, rising stars under age 35, practitioners, behind-the-scene leaders, community, government and corporate managers and executives who have moved through the ranks in large organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies. They are inspiring examples of women doing extraordinary work who will motivate our youth and future leaders,” said Marily Mondejar, founder and CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network. “They were selected based on the size and scope of their positions, influence in their industries and their communities, board affiliations and other leadership roles.”
The Global FWN100 Award is a working recognition award with a meaningful purpose: FWN’s 2020 Vision: a Filipina woman leader in every sector of the global economy. The awardees are asked tore-invent herself by “femtoring” (female mentoring) a young Filipina woman and bring her to the Filipina Leadership Global Summit from October 25 to 29 in Toronto, Canada, at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre.
“Dina de la Paz-Stalder is now a valued partner in helping FWN develop the Filipina community’s pipeline of qualified leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the “president” position in all sectors of the global economy,” added Dr. Maria Beebe, FWN’s board chair. “We gather all these amazing women at the Filipina Summit to inspire each other and create synergy. We interview each awardee so that their collective stories of how they disrupted their professional and personal lives will be part of the largest recorded diaspora in modern times.”
“The summit’s theme this year is ‘Filipina Women: Leading. Advocating. Impacting.’ Seeing all the Awardees on stage during the gala awards ceremony assures me that the future of our young Filipina sisters is solid,” said Susie Quesada, president of Ramar Foods and FWN president. “Awardees often share this inspiring evening with their mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sons, spouses, partners, young women and men, mentors and bosses from their organizations. They all come on stage to celebrate her.”
“I feel overwhelmed that I have been awarded for the Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World Award: Founder and Pioneer. I did not expect that they’re going to give me this opportunity to show my capability as a Filipino and as a woman in inspiring business entrepreneurs. Now, I am more motivated to encourage more people with my story — from my humble beginnings to the dazzling height of success. May we all continue to work together, nurture and empower this unique group, FWN,” said de la Paz-Stalder.

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What your skin needs mid-year

The middle of the year often gives hardworking men and women the blues for a lot of reasons. Storm clouds, flash floods and the resulting traffic cause a large amount of stress. Add to that performance reviews that can boost or slow down a career, and tuition fees that have to be earned and saved up for the kids’ remaining school year.
Still, people can try to look their best and feel that they are running on their peak performance, despite the pressure. And it starts with taking care of one’s skin. Let’s face it, how they like or dislike feeling and living within their own skin can also have an impact on their self-confidence.
“Skin care addresses two concerns: wellness and aesthetics or our sense of being attractive. That’s why we do have to take care of our skin and not take it for granted,” emphasizes Dr. Lalaine Salazar, Medical Director of the SvelT’i Health and Beauty Centre in Timog Avenue, Quezon City. “Fortunately, this is something we can do ourselves, with the help of clinical specialists, and the results will last a long time. Proper skin care will arrest certain medical conditions like acne, remove those pesky pimples, and even raise our energy levels by making us feel younger than we are.”
Skin care should start as early as the pre-teen years, as the habits that the young person will develop will follow them into adulthood. It should also be consistent and applied every day of every single year, regardless of the climate or the season. “It is never too early or too late to start taking care of your skin whatever the season is,” Dr. Salazar points out.
What are the important ways that one can maintain that youthful glow despite the inconstancy of weather?
1. Hydrate! Always make sure skin is always hydrated because water will always cleanse our skin and wash away its impurities and toxins. There are two ways to do this: internal and external. “Always drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day. That’s how you hydrate from the inside. Do this even during the rainy season. You have to keep yourself hydrated at all times.” says Dr. Salazar. “Externally, you can apply every morning our massage cream that infuses the skin with collagen. Collagen rejuvenates the skin and makes it appear youthful. Our production of it reduces as we age, but products like the massage cream infuses regular doses of collagen that add that let the skin’s natural glow to shine.”
2. Block and nourish. The skin’s health will be boosted by two substances that should be applied everyday: sunblock, which shelters it from the more harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and facial serum which tightens once loose skin and improves the radiance to the face. “A sun block is a must,” exhorts Dr. Salazar. “Always use it, even if the weather is cloudy. All parts of the body exposed to the sun must be protected, even your neck and hands. Also, a proper facial serum keeps away the anti-aging effects accelerated by the climate, stress and even genetics. It makes you look youthful and energetic. Our stem cell ampoule also reduces the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles, improves the skin tone, and softens the skin as well.”
3. Watch the under eye. Another advise that Dr. Salazar gives is about the proper care of the skin under one’s eyes. She explains, “The thinness of the skin leaves them more vulnerable and it also lacks a lot of the oil glands that rejuvenate our skin.” Neglect of this part of the skin will result in heavy-set eyebags that can make the face sag. Collagen again comes into play in this part of skin care. “Collagen can stir up the oil glands within the eye frames,” Dr. Salazar reveals the solution. Svelti’s firming eye cream triggers the production of collagen, effectively reducing the signs of stress and aging. The firming eye cream should be applied diligently every day in the morning and preferably before going to bed.
4. Wash and learn. The thorough cleansing and washing away of make-up before sleeping is also an important part of skin care. To cap the skin care regimen, Dr. Salazar recommends a cleanser that can prevent the onset of pores, blemishes and acne; it will also improve skin tone and heal any skin inflammation.
“Do proper skin care daily and you will see the results,” enthuses Dr. Salazar. “To ensure that you are on the right track, you can confirm the methods and outcome of your skin care regimen with clinical specialists who will advise you accordingly. A monthly visit can do wonders for the overall wellness and aesthetic appearance of your skin.”

To know more about SvelT’i’s treatments, inquire at (02) 332-7546 / 09188-SVELTI (783584) or visit the clinic at 5F South Insula Condominium, 61 Timog Avenue, Quezon City, from Mondays to Fridays, from 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays, from 8 a.m. yo 1 p.m. You may also visit SvelT’i FB page at and IG account @SVELTI_PH.

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Fort Bonifacio A heritage ignored

Text and photos by Edgar Allan M. Sembrano, Contributor

There is much more to Fort Bonifacio than the obvious commercialism or concrete jungle that now dominates its landscape.
This former American military camp, which used to be called Fort William McKinley, after the 25th president of the United States, was established by the Americans in the early 1900s and later named after the revolutionary Andres Bonifacio.
The camp’s land area used to be bigger, straddling the municipalities (now cities) of Pasig, Taguig, Parañaque, Makati and Pasay. And, for more than two decades now, it is still being disputed by Makati and Taguig.
In the 1990s, portions of the fort together with other military properties were sold by the national government to private investors for the modernization of the Philippine armed forces.
This move paved the way for their transformation into commercial hubs.
As a result, Fort Bonifacio lost a number of American era structures and relegated its historic war tunnel to oblivion.
With the structures gone, many are clueless about this part of the metropolis’ rich historical, cultural and natural heritage dating back to the Spanish colonial period, even prehistoric times.

Guadalupe formation
In 1965, a fossil of the long-extinct Philippine rhinoceros (Rhinoceros philippinensis) was discovered by a certain Mr. de Asis somewhere in Fort Bonifacio on sediment which forms part of the ancient volcanic deposits called Guadalupe formation.
The fossilized portion of the rhino’s upper jaw, which measures about 12 centimeters and close to seven centimeters wide, is now part of the National Museum collection.
Portions of the Guadalupe formation particularly located in the present-day barangay of Cembo (Central Enlisted Men’s Barrio) and also possibly at the barangays of West and East Rembo (Rangers Enlisted Men’s Barrio) were actually the source of adobe or volcanic tuff used in the construction of Spanish era churches in nearby areas and the walls and other structures of Manila’s Intramuros.
A part of this formation became what is referred today as the Guadalupe Quarry.

Ermita de San Nicolas
The only existing Spanish colonial structure in Fort Bonifacio, which was actually constructed out of the adobe at the Guadalupe Quarry, is the late 17th century San Nicolas de Tolentino Chapel or the Ermita de San Nicolas located on JP Rizal Extension (Route 22B and Route 59 during the American period) in West Rembo.
The chapel built from 1686 to the 1690s is located in what used to be called Estancia de Meysapang, which originally belonged to the Augustinian Monastery of Intramuros, given to the Augustinian Monastery of Guadalupe in 1623, returned to the former, and given back again in 1636.
A dispute on the chapel’s ownership in the late 18th century between the curate of Pasig and prior of Guadalupe ended to naught as Archbishop Juan Antonio de Zulaybar gave in 1794 its jurisdiction to the San Pedro Macati parish because the chapel was far from Pasig and the Guadalupe monastery was not a parish.
This chapel was the site of lavish Chinese fiestas from the 17th to the 19th centuries due to their devotion to the saint.
The Chinese devotees would travel on boats via the Pasig River from Binondo to reach the chapel upstream passing through Quiapo, Pandacan, Santa Ana, San Pedro de Macati and Guadalupe.
It was ruined by a fire in 1900 and restored in the 1990s by Architect Ramon Zaragoza and his team.
Also located on West Rembo and nearby areas is the area called Malapad na Bato, an adobe promontory described in Jose Rizal’s novel El Filibusterismo as a sacred place among the locals, which later became the hideout of bandits.

US military prison
Less than half a kilometer away from the San Nicolas chapel passing through the site of the then Fort Andres Bonifacio College (now University of Makati, Fort Bonifacio Elementary and High Schools) is the still-existing Fort Bonifacio Prison or the Fort Bonifacio Rehabilitation Center, now the Makati City Jail.
Constructed during the American period, the facility was initially used for the United States military law offenders, which, after World War II, became a prison for maximum security prisoners of the Bureau of Prisons and an exclusive jail facility for political prisoners in 1968.
In the years after the first People Power revolution, it was abandoned by the Bureau of Prisons and subsequently used by the city of Makati.
A stone’s throw away from this prison is the Makati Park and Garden where a statue of Andres Bonifacio stands.
This Bonifacio statue was marked by the National Historical Institute, now National Historical Commission of the Philippines in 1997.

Located on a plateau inside the former military camp, now sandwiched by the Bonifacio Global City and McKinley Hill, is the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial (MACM).
Officially dedicated in 1960, the cemetery contains more than 7,000 remains of United States war dead in the Second World War from the operations in the Philippines and New Guinea, the largest US military cemetery outside the United States.
The cemetery has neatly arranged white marble crosses; two semi-circular structures containing the names of 36, 279 missing US soldiers, mosaic maps of the Pacific war theater, as well as China, Myanmar and India by Margaret Bruton; and the seals of the different states and territories placed on the floor.
At the end of these structures stands the 60-foot chapel, which bears the high relief of an American warrior combatting his enemy and symbols for the American ideals liberty, justice and country. It also has an image of Columbia with a child that represents the future.


MACM used to have a commanding view of Mount Arayat in Pampanga, Mount Makiling in Laguna, and the Tagaytay Ridge, but the construction boom in the area has marred its visual integrity.
Another historic cemetery located in Fort Bonifacio is the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB), which was established as the Republic Memorial Cemetery in 1947 to honor soldiers who died in the Second World War.
It was renamed LNMB in 1954 by President Ramon Magsaysay.
More than 49,000 dignitaries, soldiers, veterans, national artists and scientists are currently interred at the cemetery.
Notable burials include Presidents Carlos P. Garcia, Diosdado Macapagal, Elpidio Quirino, and controversially Ferdinand Marcos; Vice Presidents Salvador Laurel and Arturo Tolentino; former senator Blas Ople; publisher Max Soliven; National Artists Levi Celerio and Vicente Manansala; National Scientists Eduardo Quisumbing and Fe del Mundo, among others.

War tunnel
Perhaps one of the enduring legacies of the past in Fort Bonifacio is its 76-year-old war tunnel located in between Post Proper Northside and Pembo (Panthers Enlisted Men’s Barrio), underneath Circumferential Road 5 or C5.
Although greatly shortened due to the development in the area with only 730 meters remaining out of its original length of 2.24 kilometers, the tunnel ordered to be built by General Douglas MacArthur originally for the purpose of being t headquarters of the United States Army Forces in the Far East remained to be a testament to the significance of the area as a former military post.
The government’s plan for it to be converted into a museum is yet to materialize.
With its present set-up as a fast-growing commercial center, there are only a few tangible evidence alluding to Fort Bonifacio’s contribution to the rich history and heritage of the country except for a number of sites and structures that have survived up to this day. These still give meaning to the present and may still inspire future generations.

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Japanese ‘benshi’ to perform in Manila


The Japan Foundation, Manila brings a rare performance by Japanese renowned benshi, or silent film narrator, Ichiro Kataoka, accompanying Yasujiro Ozu’s silent gangster film Dragnet Girl (Hijyosen no onna, 1933) on September 2, at 5:30 p.m. during the 11th International Silent Film Festival Manila to be held at Shangri-La Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from August 31 to September 3.
Accompanying Kataoka’s captivating live interpretations of silent film will be the acclaimed Celso Espejo Rondalla (CER), performing their own original music score giving authentic Philippine flavor to the Japanese classical film. Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis.
Throughout the world, silent films were shown with musical accompaniment. However, the silent films screened in Japan from the turn of the century to the mid-1930s were not only accompanied by live music but also a performer, known as a katsudo benshi or benshi for short, delivering live performance acting as a narrator, actor and storyteller. Standing next to the screen, benshi provides everything an audience may need to fully appreciate and enjoy a silent film. Some of the benshis were stars and had their own followers, making them more popular than the movie itself at the time.
With the coming of sound film, benshi disappeared but a small number of benshi continued to perform along with silent film screenings, keeping this unique tradition and art of narration alive. Ichiro Kataoka is one of the best-known active professional benshi in Japan today. He has been narrating more than 350 silent films not only in Japan but internationally, having been invited to perform at festivals and special screenings around the world including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden and United States. A star student of master benshi Midori Sawato, he is also a film and television performer, a voice actor for animation and video games. This is his first time to perform in the Philippines.
Accompanying the silent film and benshi is the CER, one of the Philippines’ world class string ensembles founded in 2002 by Celso Espejo, the group’s conductor and one of the pillars of the Philippine Rondalla. The CER is composed of three generations of outstanding rondalla players and have been invited to perform nationally and internationally. In 2012, the group represented the Philippines in the 3rd International Music Festival in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. A year after, the group performed at the 65th Anniversary of the Embassy of the Philippines in Rome, Italy, the India International Center Experience: Festival of The Arts in New Delhi India (2013) and the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Iran and the Philippines in Tehran.
Dragnet Girl, which Kataoka will narrate, is considered as one of Japanese cinema’s masterpieces; and is about a body guard committing robbery to help a subordinate in trouble and plans to make a getaway, but is confronted by his lover, a typist who by night inhibits the world of the yakuza. Kataoka will narrate the film in Japanese, and there will be subtitle of his narration in English. The movie will be presented in a rare 35 mm and lasts 100 minutes. Kataoka will also briefly explain about the history of benshi and answer questions from the audience.


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Eerie, rude awakening

By Kathleen A. Llemit, Senior Writer

Some critics have called Birdshot a “coming-of-age thriller.” On one hand, it can be, since it follows the story of Maya (Mary Joy Apostol), the teenager who unwittingly kills a Philippine Eagle, a criminal offense. Mikhail Red’s film, however, follows another character whose awakening is as eerie and rude as that of his protagonist.
Arnold Reyes’ Domingo, an eager junior police officer, similarly faces that life-altering transition. Like Maya, he is the only other character whose development progresses until the end of the movie.
Films that explore character development usually fall into that dangerous pit of slow storytelling, leaving the first part to drag. Red appears to have taken time to set the mood for both, but he tells it in such a way that still stimulates viewers through picturesque frames of sunsets, lush ricefields and beautiful flora. These, ironically, precede the consequences of Maya’s action as she finds herself and her father (Ku Aquino) at the mercy of a corrupt system.
Their once idyllic life, as the family who takes care of the vast ricefield in a remote town, is shaken when Domingo and his superior Mendoza (John Arcilla) are tasked to pursue the case of the killing of the Philippine Eagle.
Here, their characters’ lives intertwine and they find themselves learning the hard way. While Maya’s character progression is juxtaposed with ironies, Domingo’s is consistently dark and foreboding. The presence of a jaded (Mendoza) and outright malicious characters such as their precinct chief (Dido de la Paz) is enough to drive eager beaver Domingo into being a wayward cop overnight. His desire to do good for the mysterious missing farmers, which he and Mendoza are originally assigned to solve until the powers-that-be tell them to drop it, is overwhelmed by obstacles posed by these sinister characters.
Red does not only use a title that can lead viewers to infer what it could mean, but he litters his film with symbolisms and added touches of mystery. Maya’s unmistakable red cape-like vestment is obviously inspired by the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, whose legend tells the story of a girl wearing a red cape told not to wander into the woods lest she encounter the “big bad wolf.” In Maya’s case, she whad been told repeatedly by her father never to go inside the forbidden area, which actually is a protected area, but she does and their tragedy begins. The presence of a faceless man, shaped like a scarecrow popping out in scenes where Maya feels threatened, gives enough jitters to the viewers.
The film features a talented cast, especially newcomer Apostol. While nuanced acting are expected from Arcilla and Reyes, Apostol holds her own. The 19-year-old tells this writer during the film’s recent screening sponsored by Globe that she did not really intend to pursue acting. She is currently enrolled at the Bulacan State University, taking up a Tourism course. But she just found herself acting, and it seems her role in the film opened up opportunities for her to be part of major projects, including an appearance in a popular nightly show.
She was 16 when she shot Red’s second full-length feature, but she was able to keep with the acting of Arcilla, Aquino and Reyes. In fact, one last final scene, where she and Reyes spar with only their eyes and body language, is unforgettable and cathartic, leaving both their characters and the viewers alike purging the horrors that unfolded in the film.
Birdshot is one of the 12 films featured in the currently running Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino. It is produced by Tuko Film Productions, Buchi Boy Films and PelikulaRed, and marketed by Globe Studios. The films are showing until August 22 in cinemas nationwide.

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Kabataang Gitarista to hold anniversary concert


Kabataang Gitarista (KG), a classical guitar training program for public high school students in Manila, Pasay and Paranaque, will celebrate its fifth anniversary through a concert at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) on Saturday, August 26, at 3 p.m.
Performing in the concert are the different batches of the Kabataang Gitarista currently receiving training: the 2016 and 2015 batches, and the core group composed of batches from 2014 and earlier. Their trainors are Maestro Jose Valdez, and his assistant Daniel Lopez.
The highlight of the concert will be the performance of the KG five-member all-male performing ensemble composed of two alumni majoring in classical guitar who are currently enrolled in colleges of music, and selected outstanding members of the 2014 batch currently in high school. The group is composed of Christian Mercader, Fernando Sy-Changco III, David Tiongson, Andrei Fernandez and Edel Mark Bitao.
KG was organized by the CCP Artist Training Division in August 2012 to promote appreciation for, and interest in classical guitar performance among public high school students; to provide the highest level of guitar training free of charge; and to develop a performing classical guitar ensemble.
The KG has given performances in selected public and private schools, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines besides many other venues. The group has also given lecture-demonstrations, workshops and outreach concerts to promote classical guitar among the youth.
The five-member all-male performing ensemble from Kabataang Gitarista represented the Philippines in the “Asian Gems in the Arts” in connection with the 2016 Conference of the FACP (Federation of Asian Cultural Promotions) at the George Town Festival in Penang, Malaysia on August 28, 2016. Its most recent performance was at the Ayala Museum in June in connection with “Guitar Nights.” The group won second prize in the Guitar Ensemble Category and Edel Mark Bitao won second prize in the Solo Junior category at the first St. Scholastica’s Classical Guitar Competition on June 24, 2017. In addition, the group has been invited to perform in Baao, Camarines Sur, on August 22, 2017, through the Department of Education in Region 5, in connection with its plan to organize its own Kabataang Gitarista branch in the region.
The current high school members continue to create an impact in their respective public high schools by performing as soloists in school activities and winning in solo instrument competitions. Many of them have improved their performance skills, academic standing and self-confidence through their participation in the program.
The program includes Philippine traditional song Doon Po sa Amin (Valdez, arr.) by Batch 2016; De Leon’s Ilang-Ilang by Batch 2015; and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, Lecuona’s Andalucia, Suarez’ Katakataka with Arevalo’s Ikaw ang Mahal Ko, Silos’ Ikaw Lamang, de Falla’s Danza Ritual del Fuego and a medley of movie themes to be performed by the 2014 Batch and earlier. All the ensemble pieces were arranged by Jose Valdez.
The all-male performing ensemble will play selections from Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel/Mercader, arr.), Introduction et Fandango (Boccherini/Kannengeiser, arr.), selections from Bizet’s Carmen (Bizet/Kannengeiser, arr.), Bluezilian (Assad), Presto (first movement) from String Quartet No. 3 (Mozart/Hoger, arr.), Libertango (Piazzolla/Hirakura, arr.), Pacific Coast Highway (York), Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal (Cuenco/Valdez, arr.), El Relicario (Padilla/Valdez, arr.) and Usher Waltz (Koshkin).
The concert is free and open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis.


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Dressed to the nines for a golden cause


By Manuel Cinco, Contributor

City of Dreams Manila vice president for public relations Charisse Chuidian, Best Dressed Women of the Philippines selection and organizing committee member Gambia consul Agnes Huibonhoa, City of Dreams Manila property president Geoff Andres, consul Helen Ong and Best Dressed Women of the Philippines selection and organizing committee member Jayelles’ Roselle Rebano

Being at your most beautiful while lending a helping hand to Filipinos facing bigger challenges in life is possible. This is what the Philippine Cancer Society’s Best Dressed Women of the Philippines, the longest-running fashion show for a cause, is all about.

In a delightful afternoon tea hosted by City of Dreams led by property president and 2017 Men of Extraordinary Influence awardee Geoff Andres and vice president for Public Relations Charisse Chuidian, the Best Dressed selection and organizing committee spearheaded by event chairperson Angola Consul Helen Ong formally introduced the ladies of style and substance, who will star in this year’s charity ball on September 27 at the Grand Ballroom of the Shangri-La at The Fort.
The 2017 Best Dressed Women of the Philippines is bannered by socio-civic leader and Benedictine International School founding chairperson Miladel Lourdes “Milo” Bondoc and Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan and Awardees Anna Pashmina owner Annabel Uy-Braganza, Tengco Group Corporation head Maria Victoria R. Tengco-Burgos, professional international stylist Yamani Caliwara, Fortune Bee Inc., owner Ruby Tan Chua, Skin 101 chief executive officer and medical director Dr. Jennie Francisco-Diaz, Civil Defense Action Group (CDAG) Board of Trustees member and corporate secretary Veronica Ho, Exuviance by Ross chief executive officer Rosemarie Tee Licup, socio-civic personality Nina Paula Vergara Ng, 186 Wilson Realty Inc. owner Brenda Ngo, JAKA Group of Companies president and chief executive officer Katrina Ponce Enrile, interior designer and REMAX Philippines master franchise co-owner Katz Montealegre-Santos, Mondejar Gallery managing director Minerva Mondejar Steiner, Status Hair Salon owner Robina Marie Ko-Tan and London College of Fashion alumna Jennifer Tieng.
These women are selected for their beauty, style, kind hearts and for leading lives worthy of merit.

Birth of an institution
What could have been just a fund-raising dinner dance at the Manila Polo Club to raise funds for Philippine Cancer Society’s patient services to help cancer patients turned out to be a greater cause reaching out to more Filipinos. Through the initiatives of consul Helen Ong and society icon Johnny Litton with philanthropist Imelda Cojuangco, the Best Dressed Women of the Philippines was born in 2004.
“We are on our 14th year and we did not envision when we started in 2004 that our Best Dressed Women concept will continue to provide the much needed funding support to the Philippine Cancer Society,” Consul Helen Ong noted in her welcome remarks.

Behind the best dressed
The Best Dressed Women of the Philippines wouldn’t go this far without some of the most dedicated men and women in our society who offered their unwavering support from its inception to what it is now. With Imelda Cojuangco as the honorary chairperson, Helen Ong as the event chairperson and Johnny Litton serving as the event’s emcee and adviser, the selection and organizing committee was initilally composed of Roselle Rebano, Gerry Contreras, fashion czar Pitoy Moreno and Monaco consul Fortune Ledesma.
Through the years, the committee strengthened their think-tank and added socio-civic leader Mabel Abaño, fashion designer Roy Gonzales, Sandie Poblador, Tanzania consul Betty Chua, businesswoman and 2013 Style Icon Elaine Rojas Villar, Gambia consul and 2009 Best Dressed awardee Agnes Huibonhoa, Marian Ong and Mario Katigbak.

Fashion and compassion
through the years
From 2004 to 2016, the annual charity ball has featured 28 Style Icons like Chito Madrigal Collantes, Cristina Ponce Enrile, Gretchen Oppen Cojuangco and Naida Angping and 153 Best Dressed Awardees Gina Lopez, Monique Lhuillier, Margie Moran Floirendo, Vicki Belo, among others.
Apart from the Style Icons and Awardees, the Ambassadors for Life also has their share of the spotlight, these are the men and women who became an important part of the event and they have encouraged more and more people to participate in the yearly gathering.

Growth of the institution
While the charity gala’s main highlight are the Style Icons and Best Dressed Awardees, the PCS also started to give recognition to distinguished gentlemen in 2011 and was initially called the Exemplary Men of Influence and later on became the Men of Extraordinary Influence. These men are leaders who made their mark in their respective industries and contribute to the betterment of our society. Among them are President Rodrigo Duterte, former president Fidel V. Ramos, senator Manny Villar, businessmen Ramon Ang, William Belo, Henry Chusuey and Wilson Tieng.
This year’s Men of Extraordinary Influence is composed of Geoff Andres, Presidential Communications Operations Office Jose Ruperto Martin Andanar, TV host Alejandro “Kim” Atienza, Cebu Landmasters Inc., chairman and chief executive officer Jose Soberano III, Megaworld senior vice president Kevin Tan, Phoenix Petroleum president and chief executive officer Dennis Uy, CWC International Corporation president Fred Yuson and senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.
Last year, the Woman of Influence and Style, a new award was introduced to give recognition to a lady who has shown success in both business and society and was given to life insurance pioneer Rosario “Inday” Castaños Salientes.

True to its mission and vision
Fighting cancer is one of the most difficult challenges in life and a lot of less fortunate Filipinos face this dreaded disease. This is what the Best Dressed Women of the Philippines is all about. Through the funds generated from the annual ball, the BDWP gives a substantial financial support to PCS for their programs and projects to help those in dire need such as pap smear, free chemotherapy drugs, cancer hospice care, mammography, biopsy and the Patient Navigation Program which directly benefits cancer patients particularly in the successful treatment of their diseases.
Ambassador Albert del Rosario, a member of the PCS Board of Trustees and the head of resource generation thanked the Best Dressed in their unwavering efforts to help the Society.
“We salute the noble and philanthropic men and women behind the Best Dressed Women of the Philippines in helping the PCS spread our advocacy among the general population and provide life-saving medical treatment directly to cancer patients who seek help at our doors”, Ambassador del Rosario said in his speech.
Elzy Remulla, a 37-year old patient from Cavite diagnosed with a Stage II-B ovarian cancer and Frances Pulongbarit, a 41-year old housewife from Bulacan diagnosed with a Stage III breast cancer, both assisted by PCS also narrated their bout against the Big C and expressed their heartfelt thanks to the Best Dressed Women of the Philippines.

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A coveted bridal show

On its fifth year, Manila Marriott Hotel proved once again its commitment to making grand weddings come to life. Just when you thought you had seen it all, the hotel left everyone in awe of the many tricks they were able to pull up their sleeves.
The opening was a showstopper: a chic Mercedes Benz SLC bridal car drove down the runway, portraying how every Marriott wedding can start with a grand entrance. Even the last to strut down was a sleek Mercedes Benz SLC convertible driven by the dapper Alden Richards. These stylish cars accessed the Grand Ballroom through two car lifts for a seamless choreography.
In between the plethora of bridal collections, stellar performances exhibited how creative weddings at Marriott can be. First was an electrifying aerial dance from a fabric hung on the Grand Ballroom’s 12-meter high ceiling. While two dancers did their acrobatics, an eight-tier wedding cake descended from the ceiling, leading to a symbolic slicing of the cake scene. The string ensemble by in-demand wedding instrumentalist Bernie Pasamba cued in the dreamy fall of rose petals while endearing little girls walked through it. Just like the first dance of the newlyweds, Manila’s top dance group G-force rocked the entire runway with a romantic-to-upbeat flash mob performance. After the finale collection, the trio group Groomsmen gave a serenade. Now, those are incredible elements you can include in your Marriott wedding.

Reception to impress
Right before the show, guests enjoyed a feast at the spacious foyer of the Grand Ballroom. A long-stretch of appetizers, savories and desserts overflowed for the thousand guests. Entrees included a handful variations of California roll on an ice carving, canapes, bourbon smoked pork leg and organic vegetables. An extra cheese was added on a huge table of locally-sourced cheeses paired with German bread, a recipe by Executive Chef Meik Brammer. The plush dessert table had cakes, cupcakes, homemade marshmallows, macarons, fresh fruits chocolates and vegan bars. And, guests couldn’t resist Manila’s biggest iron pan filled to the rim with beef stew. Complementing the sumptuous food were endless servings of sparkling, red and white wines.

An eye for detail
The grand experience began right upon arrival. Guests were dropped off at the West Wing, newest expansion development that adds 228 premium rooms and suites to the property. Then, they were ushered to the Skybridge, the modern connection between the Main Hotel, West Wing and Marriott Grand Ballroom. Marriott wedding cakes lined up at the Skybridge; each made with fondant, delicately hand-painted and embellished with edible pastillage.
The fragrance of fresh flowers welcomed the guests at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Today’s top event stylists, Gideon Hermosa, Michael Ruiz and Teddy Manuel — best known as the GMT — collaborated for the first time in Marry Me at Marriott. The incredible trio designed the opulent floral installations, chandeliers and drapes that accentuated the venue.
The ballroom’s professional high steel platforms and catwalks made up the heavy-duty design and lights of the show. All seats are prime with the three feet by eight feet rise panels to create eight-row bleachers, to provide the thousand guests with an unobstructed view of the show.

Most talked about bridal parade
Headlining the bridal show was an alluring mix of collections from famed local designers Avel Bacudio, Hannah Kong, Happy Andrada and Michael Leyva. Michael Leyva opened the show with young designer Patty Ang and closed it with a bang with Anne Curtis. Happy Andrada came next with her bridesmaids squad Lorin and Venice Gutierrez and Janeena Chan. Most adorable flower girls opened for Hannah Kong, Kathleena Tan (daughter of Kevin Tan) and Aria Gutierrez (daughter of Gutierrez); ravishing ladies closed for her including Maricar Reyes-Poon, Tricia Gosingtian and Olympian Hidilyn Diaz. Avel Bacudio was the perfect finale a pair of with dashing grooms, Sam Wilson and Alden Richards.

Memories for keeps
As if the entire night wasn’t a treat already, Manila Marriott Hotel partnered with luxury brands for special giveaways as a cherry-on-top for the guests. Four stunning ladies got a bundle of lipsticks from Bobbi Brown, four head-stunners received the newly launched perfume products of Jo Malone London, one stylish woman won a salon party from Extraordinail, huge bags of high-quality hair extensions were given by Tokyo Posh, two couples won premium timepieces from Skagen, and one lucky winner won a one-year membership in Club Marriott.
To end the night, four winners were had a “happily ever after” moment as they got the most coveted staycation in Marriott’s 261-square-meter Chairman Suite at the new West Wing.

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