Just Fun!


“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions,” the artist Pablo Picasso once remarked. Colors can have a powerful impact on our moods and even behaviors.

A kaleidoscope of colors greeted all the guests at the recent launch of Swatch Fall 2018 Think Fun Collection. Swatch grand dame Virgie Ramos and her team transformed the Swatch Building into a fun house full of colors.

Think Fun was a private afternoon party hosted by Mia Borromeo and Susan Joven. Indeed color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action and influence mood, so my actions at the event were to shop and shop, all the while maintaining a good mood.

Many of the guests seemed to share my mood, thanks to the colorful sofa and chairs, striped tablecloths, and hanging installations in rainbow palettes. The color patterns amazed the guests, who all came fashionably colorful as well.

The colorful explosion in theme, fashion and design most definitely made everyone “Think Fun!” The food spread was all in color as well – colored breads, ham and delectable cheese, plus fruity gelato. Everyone enjoyed the three-meter-long rainbow cake.

The cutest guest was little Scarlet Snow Belo, Hayden Kho and Vicki Belo-Kho’s bright and bubbly, three-year-old daughter. She enjoyed running about the place while choosing her own Swatch Flik Flock watch. Another special guest was National Bookstore grand dame Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos who just turned 95 years old!

Tita Virgie has yet again created an unforgettable Swatch event, with the help of set designer Gino Gonzales with his brilliant design concept. Gino has been designing multiple events for Swatch and his intense creativity can also be seen at the ongoing Slim’s Fashion & Arts School exhibit at SM Megamall.

Prior to the exhibit, Slim’s supporter Jo Ann Bitagcol photographed the whimsical clothes at the Swatch building. I was happy to drop by and get first dibs at the students’ creation for possible options for the Bench Terno Con Ball this November. SM Senior VP for Marketing and Communications Millie Dizon came to chat with Slim’s siblings Sandy and Mark Higgins.

The annual Slim’s students exhibit has “Laro” as this year’s theme. This colorful exhibition celebrates the fun side of design, and is a collaboration between Slim’s, Swatch and SM Malls. “Laro” is open to the public until October 3 at Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall.

Students found inspiration from classic toys, fairy tales and games, looking back to the fun of their childhood days. The clothes are a riot of colors and witty designs, complemented by giant watch heads from Swatch, representing the Swiss brand’s new “Think Fun” collection, which pushes the boundaries of fantasy and play. The collection features watches that explode with colorful graphics and patterns, and magical sparkling touches.

While the students’ design concepts are lighthearted, in true fashion their approach to execution was clearly taken seriously. Every garment was designed, cut and sewn by the students – many of the pieces showing off the students’ sophisticated technical skills.

The Red Charity Gala is happening on October 27, less than a month from today, at our new venue Marriott Grand Ballroom. To generate more charity funds for our beneficiaries, Philippine Red Cross and Assumption HS 81 Foundation, we have several outstanding auction items up for bidding.

Here are some of the exciting pieces to think about:

GLOBE PLATINUM Huawei Mate 20 Pro with the Platinum Plan 3799 for 12 months worth 60,000.00

St. Luke’s Medical Center Overnight Executive Check-up for two (2) in our Presidential Suite worth 110,000.00

ULTHERA Ultherapy treatment for 3 years valued at  300,000.00

Jewelmer necklace

Balesin Island Club membership share

Home Interior Package:


URATEX premium mattress

Viking Range 30″ rangetop 202,680.00

Gorenje Special edition Volkswagen retro refrigerator at 250,000.00

The Peninsula Manila 5 days, 4 nights accommodation in an executive suite with American breakfast for two (2) at the Peninsula New York

Remy Martin Louis XIII at 140,000.00

Royal Gem jewelry item

CRIMSON RESORT & SPA BORACAY Seaview Villa with Plunge Pool Stay (3D/ 2N), with daily breakfast and transfers and 90 minute massage at 113,350.00

Discovery Leisure Company

2-Night Stay in a Junior Suite with breakfast for two in Discovery Shores Boracay

Diagold square yellow and pink sapphire with diamonds in 18k white gold setting ring and earring set at 350,000.00

CRIMSON HOTEL FILINVEST CITY MANILA 2 Bedroom Presidential Suite Stay (3D/2N) inclusive of daily breakfast for 4 at the Crimson Executive Lounge, hosting for an intimate party of 10 guests at the Presidential Suite at 92,500,00

Bellevue Resort Bohol 3 days 2 nights stay in a Junior Suite at The Bellevue Resort with Buffet Breakfast for two valid from October 2018-May 2019

Bluewater Sumilon Beach Resort Two (2) 2n/3d room accommodations in a 2 bedroom villa with fullboard meals and airport transfers for 4 persons worth Php 80,000 each

City of Dreams Overnight stay in a three-bedroom Presidential Villa at the luxurious Crown Towers for six persons, inclusive of breakfast for six at Breezes and A one-hour pampering massage at the Crown Spa for each of the six guests at 267,000.00


MARRIOTT MANILA 3 overnight stays in a Premium Room on Oct 27-28

Discovery Leisure Company Two (2) 2-Night Stay in a Sunset Suite with breakfast and complimentary transfers for two in Club Paradise Palawan

Discovery Leisure Company Overnight Stay in a 1 Bedroom Suite with breakfast for two stay in Discovery Primea Makati

Shangri-la Boracay 4-day 3-night stay in a 2-Bedroom Pool Villa, including transfers, daily breakfast buffet, 4-course degustation dinner at Rima Mediterranean Treetop Dining for 2 pax, and Signature treatment at Chi Spa for 2 pax

Bellevue Manila Overnight stay in a Premier Suite with Buffet Breakfast for two valid from October 2018-May 2019


Ideal Vision 10 designer eyewear


Cravings catering for 50 & floral styling

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