Thursday, August 21, 2014


Manila based French photographer Romain Rivierre holds his first exhibit in the Philippines entitled Facétieux held at A _Space in Makati city.  The talented artist  presents a visual narrative of black and white and colored portraits of some of Manila's popular personalities.  Raw candid moments captured by the brilliant eye through the lens reveal a narrative sense of realism in every photograph.  Echoing his purist sensibilities of the artform, the photos successfully present a candid take on various facets of a personality.  Untainted by commercialism,  the photographer's collective portraits presen a strong point of view invisible under the spotlights.  A simple but amazing exhibition of an artist truly a league on his own.

The iconic Pepe Smith.

Fashion and TV personality Tweetie de Leon Gonzales.

Iconic "Walk this Way" Carlos Celdran.

Terry Gilliam ,director: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Monty Python, 12 Monkeys, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Fashion designer Rhett Eala.
The crowd.

The man of the hour - Romain Rivierre.

Radar MNL's EIC Izzy Gonzales and managing editor Alex Pierson.

The author(5th from left) with makeup artists Jopie Sanchez, Jewelmer's Rose Talaman, Celine Aguila and Penelope Uy and Tanya Escaler Rivierre.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bench's Naked Truth(Full Campaign)

Truth be told that Bench is one of the institutions in the retail landscape in the Philippines. For more than two decades, the multi-awarded brand has successfully shaped Philippine fashion with statement campaigns, wide range of brands/labels, extensive lifestyle platform, publishing books and most importantly as a stage to the up and coming and celebrated list of celebrity endorsers.  Through the years, they have be come home to the who's who, the now and next. From award winning celebrities, international stars, personalities, models, athletes and the likes, the prime industry mover has created a monumental kingdom that consistently spearheads retail in the Philippines fashion forward.  With this comes the much awaited annual denim and underwear show entitled "Naked Truth". One of the biggest events of the year comes to play on September 19, 2014 8PM at the Mall of Asia Arena. With a powerhouse cast of the hottest faces in  the world of cinema and modeling, this is one unforgettable celebration you wouldn't want to miss.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Neo Studies

Fashion designer Jun Escario has taken a whole new look to neoprene. The fabric currently on the style spotlight is echoing a feminine mood in elegance.  His latest creations display on texture the beauty of hand painting, embellishments and luxe detailing.  Lady-like interpretations showcase the transformative allure of sophistication. Pastel, neutrals and bold hues unite in a seamless display of classic elegance. Much has been said and read about neoprene, but fashion continuously takes the in-the-moment fabric forward.

Jun Escario is located at the 2/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Mövenpick Cebu

Traveling is a luxury.  If you're thinking of getting away from Manila and looking into 
the islands for your next vacay destination, why not check out a remote luxury culture located in Cebu - Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island.
A jet-set playground from the madness of the concrete jungle, this remote paradise offers a style-setting lifestyle with a unique luxurious experience.  A ten minute drive from the Mactan Cebu International Airport, one is welcomed by the grandeur of the lobby's Mediterranean inspired attraction highlighted by unique local handmade furnishings developed by world-class Filipino designers Manny Samson, Cynthia and Ivy Almario and Fred and Butch Valdes of i5(design consultancy group).  Chic immaculate whites attractively complimented with cool hues create a relaxed mood channeling the beauty of hotel island living. 
Design and style work nature. Overlooking the breathtaking Hilutungan Channel, the hotel boasts of 245 luxury guestrooms and suites wherein each room has a variety of amenities which include  a flat screen television, minibar, hair dryer, safety deposit box, tea and coffee-making equipment, Chopard luxury bathroom amenities, complimentary Wi-Fi and more. Luxe is at its finest with this must-go to getaway. Five star facilities unfold as guests enjoy the hotels irresistible trappings such as its own pristine stretch of private, white reef sand beach(comes with a marine sanctuary), state-of-the-art fitness center ( which offers endless lifestyle activities such as Yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Zumba dance classes, mixology and culinary classes, among others), Spa( which offers premium treatments, massages, packages and other pampering services), The Monte Carlo Ballroom(356 square meters events and social gatherings space), Portofino and Cannes(109 square meters venue for smaller events),The Game Room and Kids Day Care center, where children can have fun and play with a variety of toys and games.
Dining at the Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is a gastronomic celebration as it offers indulgent out-of-the-box dining concepts and parties. With three major outlets.The Sails is the main all-day dining restaurant featuring intercontinental cuisine where one can savor the taste of both East and West. The Forum features both indoor and al fresco lounge areas where they offer a hard to find list of branded alcoholic drinks, mouth-watering concoctions and snacks.  The major attraction in this haven of luxury is the Ibiza Beach Club.  Inspired from one of the legendary party places in the world, ones stay in Mövenpick will never be complete without the ultimate beach experience.
A fusion of nature and lifestyle, this modern habitue brings world-class entertainment, eclectic DJs and unique dining treat that serves authentic Balearic-style Churrasco( Brazilian all-you-can-eat barbecue offering nine types of meat and four kinds of seafood). 

Mövenpick Mactan island Cebu is an extraordinary masterpiece where luxury is at its finest.  Outstanding service and hospitality reigns in this great escape where one eyes can feast on sparkling blues and amazing ocean views. One of  the best in Philippines, this perfect vacation destination is a threshold of postcard perfect memories to last a lifetime.

The view from Ibiza Beach Club.

The lobby.


Lobby fixtures.

Point of view.

Afternoon delight at the lobby.

The Forum.


Take a dip.

Chic corners.

Day package pampering.

In the shade.

Beach lounge.

Sun kissed.


Ibiza Beach Club's ocean view.

Dining in Ibiza Beach Club.

Take a break.


Fine dining at night in Ibiza.

Afternoon hue.

Luxe trappings.

Suite sensation.

It takes two.

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Telephone Number: 02799 1111, 032 492 7777


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