Wednesday, February 29, 2012

MEGA's 20th Anniversary was Stylistic

It is truly a Dragon Year for the Mega Publishing Group of Companies. Soon after celebrating the 25th Year Anniversary of Lifestyle Asia, they celebrated another milestone: Mega's 20th year as the Philippines' Best Fashion Magazine.  Sari Yap had a vision when she founded Mega.  Indeed, she proved to be a visionary--look just how far Mega has reached! 20 years of being on top of their trade and still the leading Fashion Magazine as of today! 

"Age cannot wither nor custom stale her infinite variety..."

It was a 2 fold celebration. It was also the Grande Finale of Mega's 10th Young Designers Competition
It featured a special capsule collection from 2011 Winner Russel Villafuerte and 2006 Finalist Veejay Floresca

The 6 Finalists were Mara Chua, Oz Go, Kirby Cruz, Robin Gundran, Ched Dalogaog and Renan Pacson.

And the winner for 2012 Young Designer Competition is.....Renan Pacson! 

The judges were Meryll Yan, Avel Bacudio, Sari Yap, Raya Mananquil, Suki Salvador.

The other winners were the fashionistas that graced the memorable affair!  Dressed to the nines as always, Manila's A- lister did justice to an event that celebrates a magazine's dedication to style and elegance in fashion! 

Congratulations to Sari Yap and the rest of the Mega staff who made the affair the success that it was!

Sphinx of the Nile Linda Ley is surrounded by Fashionable  Consuls Mely and Louie Ablaza, Evie Costa and Helen Ong

Drama in Gold and Black-Mega's founder and editor in chief Sari Yap and beauty consultant Suzette Lopez

Yours truly in a Maureen Disni draped blush chiffon which felt so soft and comfortable

Taguig's first lady, Kaye Tinga in black and gold cocktail dress by Pepito Albert

Manila's favorite and talented designers,  Dennis Lustico and Ito Curata

Beauty queens Margie Moran and Patty Betita 

Magazine Mogul Jerry Tiu, lovely wife Lian and daughter, young fashionista writer, Cheryl Tiu

Gerardo Mathay and wife Camille, Melo Esguerra, and Business Development Officer of Premier Wines and Spirits, Lucio Pua

One of Cebu's top designers, Jun Escario and Accessory designer Mia Florencio

Lucio Pua, chic in Gucci, Atty. Mela Bengson, Life Style Asia's  Editor in Chief Anna Sobrepena, and Hotelier Alfredo Roca

Coosome twosome Dody Puno and Charade Galang

Risa Hontiveros' interesting back detail

TV Host and Writer Tim Yap, TV host Bianca Gonzalez, and photographer extraordinaire Wyg Tysman

Designer Charina Sarte in her creation

Rustan's fashion consultant Rima Oswani

Ever Bilena's everlasting star, Kristine Gabrielle

Krystal Henares and Cris Badiola

Young fashionista whose names I did not get but deserves to be featured because of their interesting gowns. 

Gown by Eric de los Santos 

a young staff member of Mega Magazine in a sexy silver pantsuit

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Zee Lifestyle Magazine Shoot at Discovery Shores, Boracay

I so look forward to visiting Discovery Shores, Boracay again and again.  It's my home away from home.
Given a choice of places to R&R (Recharge and Refresh), Discovery Shores will definitely be on top of my list. 

The reason for this visit was a request from the publisher of Zee Lifestyle Magazine Eva Gullas to feature Discovery Shores in their April Issue. The dynamic outgoing GM Jun Parreno, who is the genius behind the personal details that set apart the Discovery brand experience in the hospitality field, readily agreed.

For starters, their motto is Service that is all Heart!  This has been their battle cry for the past five years. The staff members are trained to serve always with a smile. 

The hydrofoil ride to Discovery Shores had an added "Parreno" touch to it-my traveling buddy, Dr. Cecile Infantado and I were served canapes and champagne by charming boat stewardess Stephanie.  Cheers Jun!

Upon arrival, the welcome committee were on hand with a tropical drink of pandan and lime, cold towels that were truly refreshing and two bouquets of multi colored daisies which made us feel like beauty queens.

Our room had a "Welcome Home" streamer that made us feel at home right away. Our pillowcases were embroidered with our names. A bowl of our favorite fruits and native delicacies were on the coffee table. Yummy! One never gets hungry in Discovery Shores.  Not to be forgotten, a soothing foot massage which set off the relaxing tone of the stay. The foot massage included a foot bath with fresh flowers on the bowl.  I felt pampered from the top of my head to the tips of my toes.

All the amenities translate to the brand experience.  The butler on the beach spoiled us daily with delicious local delicacies like turon na saging, ube maja blanca, fruit platter, wines and juices.

The five course nouvelle cuisine dinner arranged by DS's excellent chefs headed by Chef du Cuisine Hadille Mata, and Chef du Partie Nathaniel Carlos on our first evening was a world class experience.

It was a romantic dinner by the beach just in front of the multi awarded Indigo fine dining restaurant.

How perfect could our first day be!

The highlight of our second day was our Terra Spa experience.  Cecil, Eva and I chose a 2-hour Terra special. It  took out all the kinks and aches in my system. I felt as perfect as a new born baby! 

The well equipped gym was near our room so we had no excuse to skip our daily exercises.  It gave us a good excuse to binge on the goodies the beach butler served us. 

The daily lunch buffets were deeeelicious but we chose to eat with Discovery's special people (Jun, Leeds, Belle, Joy Anne Denoga (Director of Sales and Marketing), etc.) their lunch for the day. I loved the mongo, adobo, pinakbet, guinatan calabasa with malunngay &shrimp, and fresh fish. Filipino food at its best!

I always feel a gamut of emotions during departure day. I feel sad to say good bye to our hospitable and friendly DS friends but also grateful to our good Lord to have been blessed with another memorable Discovery experience.  During the boat ride to the airport, Rhea and Rayniel serenaded us with a touching song to come back to Discovery Shores, Bora! What a fitting goodbye that went straight to our hearts!

Outgoing GM Jun Parreno, who is now C00 Of Discovery Properties and Leeds Trompeta, Incoming GM of Discovery Shores, Boracay
Our Zee Lifestyle Magazine group was hosted to a world class five star dinner on the beach! Jiji Gullas, Eva Gullas,(Publisher) Cecile Infantado, Leeds Trompeta, Mayenne Carmona, Richard Stoltzman and Discovery's Joy Anne Denoga are all smiles!

Cheers! Cecile and I were served champagne and canapes during the short hydrofoil ride.

A darling green eyed doggie guarded our room by our window. What a charming touch!

 Upon arrival in the hotel, we were welcomed with floral bouquets by the staff.  Cold towels with orchids (staff extreme left) were refreshing after a tiring early flight.

Jun Parreno, the charismatic outgoing GM, welcomed us and introduced us to young songbird (Hawak Kamay, Pagibig) Yeng Constantino and her Mommy.

Belle Chen, Leeds Trompeta and Eva Gullas, enjoy a Moroccan dinner at Kasbah on our 2nd evening. 

Cecile, Richard and I were on the other side of the table.

I just love the welcome streamer inside our room.  How can we get homesick?

On our trip back to the airport, we were serenaded by Rhea Vasquez and guitarist Rayniel. The song was all about going back to Discovery Shores! So touching!

Our room was so cozy!

A jacuzzi overlooking the pristine beach is in a two bedroom suite. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lifestyle Asia's SILVER in RED!

Magazines come and go.  They are a dime a dozen. But when a magazine endures the test of time and reaches the big SILVER mark, then that is a milestone worthy of a big celebration.

Lifestyle Asia Magazine, was started by Ezequiel Garcia in 1987 with Ting Ting Cojuangco on the cover of its maiden issue.

In 2002, it changed hands and taken over by the Mega Publishing Group with Liza Ilarde as its first EIC.   Sari V. Yap was its next EIC in 2003 until 2007 when Anna Sobrepena assumed the post and brought the magazine to the next level.

To date, Lifestyle Asia remains the country's longest running glossy and has for over the last five consecutive years, ranked number one in the luxury magazine category, according to the results of independent study by the Singapore based Synovate Report.

"It is a tribute to those who brought Lifestyle Asia to where it is today and to a reading public who subscribed to nothing less than living at its finest", as I quote Anna Sobrena during her speech.

It was a well attended event, with Manila's luminous elite attending.  Moet et Chandon and other wines  overflowed like there was no tomorrow, Olga Asercon made sure of this. 

Katrina P. Enrile and me

Wig Tysman, Sheila and Mikey Romero

Two men with their Moets- Cris Badiola and Rupert Jacinto

 Stephen Sy of Ethan Allen, Lian Tiu, wife of Chairman Jerry Tiu, and Loli Sy

 Vicky Schmid, Thai Airways GM Mr. Sern, Vicky Assad, and HK banker Doreen

Vicky Zubiri, son Miguel and daughter in law Audrey

 Cheryl Tiu of Lifestyle Asia and her friends

 Charlene Cobanquiat Tiu and Oh Yes, it's Johnny!

the ever glamorous Linda Ley  with the Chairman of the Board, Jerry Tiu 

 Citizen of the world Virgie Lane and Lifestyle writer Tina Jacinto

Tess Lampert, Olga Asercon, Melo Esguerra and his friend

 My favorite chiropractor Martin Camara and his lady friend Michelle

 Happy Ongpauco Tiu with husband Dexter and friend Johnny Co

 BFF Cris Badiola and Mega Publishing Group's President Sari V. Yap

 Anna S. and I traveled to Offenburg, Germany to feature the palatial houses of hostess with the mostest, the fabulous Vicky Schmid

 Amparito Lhuillier, elegant mom of designer Monique Lhuillier, strikes a pose with Grand Belle Resources Chairman of the board, the suave and dapper Willie Osier.