Wishing for a future with limitless possibilities


There are numerous milestones in every child’s life that make parents proud, but the ones that make their hearts burn ever so warmly are graduations, whether for pre-school, grade school, high school or college. We were blessed to have two this week and are left with wishing for a future with limitless possibilities!

Our youngest daughter Athena finished her Primary Years Program at the Beacon School, and had a Moving On Ceremony as she goes to Grade 6 next school year. The following day, our elder daughter Annika graduated high school at Beacon Academy. It’s been a happy-sad week for my hubby Dennis and me as we sit and see our daughters’ academic achievements.

Attending both graduation ceremonies has made me ponder about the world that these kids are getting into; whether it is a better world than the one I joined after I finished high school. I know for a fact that technology and communications are more advanced, and social media plays a bigger role now. But with global warming and other illnesses of this world, these kids enormous tasks ahead, to take action and heal our planet with new and greener ideas.

At the graduation ceremony of Annika, founder of Messy Bessy Krie Lopez was the commencement speaker. Krie shared her journey from the corporate space to the fulfilling world of social entrepreneurship that is Messy Bessy. I think she did a super job inspiring the young adults to look at greener ways of doing business.

It truly is a big year for Annika and all her fellow 18-year-olds going through commencement as well. To all of you, I wish you the best as you embark on a future with limitless possibilities. Just remember to enjoy your individual journeys.

Last January, Annika turned 18 and celebrated a movie-themed debut party with her friends all dressed as awesome movie characters. To fully take the theme to the extreme, Norman and Mye Cruz of Adworks Graphics created an awesome invitation, and posters using Annika’s images on her favorite movies. Her costumes included a Queen of Hearts gown by Cherry Veric and a Kill Bill ensemble by Rajo Laurel.

Covering the Ballroom of The City Club with movie-theme sets, Pido Villanueva of Ambiance by Pido created astonishing sets from Pirates of Caribbean, Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Avatar. Matching themed cakes were added to further decorate the space. Hearts and Bells made pirates-and-skulls themed cupcakes and a giant elaborate pirate ship as the main cake. Penk Ching made a dragon-designed, Mulan-themed birthday cake that was displayed at the front of the venue.

Special themed cocktails were concocted using Manille Liquor that all enjoyed. Prizes from Swatch were given to the guests with the best costumes and were awarded by Swatch grand dame Virgie Ramos. Swatch has been present in all our parties and these super fun Swiss watches are always the most awaited prizes.

Together with the new collection, Swatch’s Tita Virgie recently hosted a private screening of hot hunk star Derek Ramsey’s new movie. “My Candidate” at My Cinema in Greenbelt. Long time Swatch friends like BenCab, Annie Sarthou, Susan Joven, Millet Mananquil, Sandy Uy, Rowell Santiago and Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala enjoyed a fiesta-like buffet before and after the movie screening.

Keeping with the election theme, a Derek in Barong Tagalog photo wall greeted all the guests for a perfect photo op. For the movie screening, I wore the new Swatch POP Collection with its eye-catching pop-out head.

The heart and soul of the new Swatch POP Collection comprises nine watches in designs guaranteed to let the imagination run wild. One minute they’re ticking along on your wrist. The next they have hooked up with a cute pearl necklace, or attached themselves to your yoga mat in search of a Zen moment.

Three stunning black and white pieces – POPdancing, POPmoving and POPlooking – salute graphical purity. They are joined by a trio of colored creations – POPalicious, POPiness and POPpingpop – with confetti replacing digits to offer some alternative eye candy. Adding extra fizz to the family are POPover, POPtastic and POPthusiasm. Neon meets pop art and makes a splash as these extrovert timepieces pimp it up and pump it up. Every watch comes with a special clip to attach it to wherever the wearer’s imagination takes it. Since Swatch knows these watches are destined to go places, there is a POP accessories range embracing colored neck chains, a metal pocket chain and a table-clock stand. Matching wall watches complete the line-up – just pop it up!

At the opening of Global Views, an international home furnishing and accessories shop, I took my new Swatch as it perfectly matched with my outfit. Located at the new Shangri-La Hotel Bonifacio Global City, Global Views began in 1997 with a vision to produce a unique collection of home accessories and accent pieces that are elegant, exotic, refined and casual.

Brought to Manila by visionaries Josephine Lim and Christine Lu, Global Views offers over 5,000 items made by skilled artisan from all corners of the globe. The company attracts buyers from over 10,000 retailers, ranging in size from nationally known multi-store chains and specialty interior design stores.

Global Views emphasizes an importance in excellent customer service, beautiful catalogs and a constantly evolving website.

Other exciting launch I attended was the Grey Goose Gastronomique at the Blackbird at the Nielson Tower. Manila’s celebrated Chef Colin Mackay curated a special dinner menu paired with premium spirits of Grey Goose.

Prior to dinner, Grey Goose cocktails were served that included Citronique, Cucumber Fizz, Cosmopolitan and Dry Martini. Canapes were paired with chilled Grey Goose VX.

Honorees for the night included Raul Manzano, Marc Tagle, Lesley Tan, Pepper Teehankee and Monchet Olives.

Truly it was a most auspicious occasion to launch the Grey Goose VX. Masterfully crafted with a hint of precious cognac, a pioneering new spirit is born. Inspired by the heritage of Grey Goose creator and Maitre de Chai François Thibault, Grey Goose VX establishes a new standard in luxury spirits.



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