Hello, September!


So what’s the fuss about Jose Mari Chan and the beginning of the ‘ber months? At the intimate, joint birthday dinner party hosted by Philippine Tatler editor Anton San Diego for Fila CEO Cris Albert and me, we started singing classic Jose Mari Chan songs and joked about how we Pinoys have the longest Christmas season.

Although a few weeks late, Cris celebrated her birthday at Manila House to jointly celebrate Fila’s participation at the upcoming Milan Fashion Week. Anton and I are eagerly excited to attend the by-invitation-only fashion show with Cris.

After the scrumptious dinner, members of the Red Turnip Theater showed how real singers jam! Ana Abad Santos, Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, and Rem Zamora amazed us with their performance-level Broadway hits. Equally amazing were JM Rodriguez, Anton San Diego and Christine Flores. Cris’ hubby Butch Albert sweetly serenaded the birthday girl, while my hubby Dennis declined to perform.

Together with the rest of the members of Red Turnip, Rem invited all to the gala night of their latest production, “A Doll’s House, Part 2” on September 15. The production runs weekends from September 15 to October 7 at the Zobel De Ayala Recital Hall, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, and is sponsored by FILA as part of their continuous support for the Philippine theater community. Tickets are available through TicketWorld, tel. 891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph.

At the party, my lips were lusciously sealed with the latest Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain lipstick. This luxury beauty and make-up brand has invented its first customized lipstick with a double mirror case. Choose from a wide range of shades and cases to create your own lipstick. The cases come in a multitude of styles, from the most timeless to the trendiest, along with limited editions, so there are an infinite variety of choices.

For the Guerlain local campaign launch, top photographer Mark Nicdao was tasked to dramatically capture 11 beautiful ladies highlighting the Guerlain lipstick. The women included Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Boop Yap, KC del Rosario, Princess Violago, Janeena Chan, and me, doubtless as the most “mature.”

Jen Jimenez Yalung, Prestige Cosmetics Division General Manager

Now in my mid-50s, I feel more and more people around me are much younger! Is it because I have crossed over to the second half of life? Either that or most events I have been attending are focused on the younger set, just like the recent Coke Studio Homecoming event.

In line with the Coke’s thrust to empower the youth, Coca-Cola tapped into young Filipinos’ love for music through Coke Studio PH, which became a haven for OPM last year. Today the project continues, further establishing itself as a hub of Pinoy talent, introducing a stellar lineup of local and international Filipino artists.

Stephan Czypionka, Coca-Cola Philippines VP for marketing, shared that they want to continue and strengthen this legacy. Coke takes it a step further by enabling the youth to do their part for a greater cause.

This year, Coca-Cola announced an industry-first goal to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can it sells globally by 2030, in line with their vision of a “World Without Waste.” Coca-Cola encourages teens to deposit their PET bottles in designated recycling bins, and the Coke Studio TuneCycle, a stationary bicycle that grinds PET bottles, will be a staple in Coke Studio events. The ground PET bottles will later be turned into eco-bricks.

September is becoming one of the busiest months this year. This week is the opening of “M Butterfly” at Maybank Theater, and this coming weekend is the Mutya ng Pilipinas beauty pageant. As the pageant turns 50 this year, it brings the promise of greater heights and new achievements to its storied and golden history.

I am excited to be one of the judges at the upcoming prelim competition and coronation night. I’m super happy to support Venisse Laurel-Hermano and the rest of the Mutya management group as they undertake new initiatives for the beauty industry. I have prepared my own crown by Mark Shandar to wear during coronation night.

The last weekend of September will be extremely busy. The country’s longest-running provincial trade fair in Manila, The Negros Trade Fair, is happening again this September 26-30 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati.

Since 1985, NTF has provided small and medium Negrense enterprises a venue to showcase their individual ingenuity and a platform for trade. As always, admission is free. Check www.negrostradefair.com for details.

Rounding up September is the annual Global Mala Project (www.globalmalamanila.com). Since 2007, GMP has focused on its mantra of uniting the global yoga community through service and collective action. The global mala movement brings together people who share the same values of mindful living, sustainable practices and collective consciousness. GMP is from 8 AM to 10 PM on September 30 at the Blue Leaf McKinley Hill at BGC.

Various lineages of yoga, and non-traditional classes of drumming and capoeira, will highlight the GMP. In addition, talks on health, wellness, sustainability and mindful living will happen throughout the day. I will make sure I go to attend the Kundalini yoga sessions of gong bath master and healer Rosan Cruz.

Also at the GMP will be The Mindful Market, a pop-up space that promotes and supports organic, natural and sustainable products, businesses and services. Each participant will share same values of wellness, sustainability, conscious consumption and living a zero-waste lifestyle.

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