Celebrating the holidays

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Even as I watch the weighing scale inch higher because of holiday “over-indulging,” I have decided to postpone all fitness programs and enjoy the festivities. After all, it is the happiest time of the year!

Luckily, some Christmas celebrations include physical activities to burn excess calories. I immensely enjoyed bowling at the 3rd Alice Dixson Celebrity Super Bowl at SM Megamall. Although our team didn’t make the final round, we won best team costume! It was fun to bowl for the benefit of Kalipay Negrense Foundation. 

And the very next day, I got more exercise at the Manila Golf Ladies Day Tournament with my annual partner Sophia Blanco. With her almost pro golfing skills, this Junior Golf champ made all our team points while I goofed around playing with a green wig and alien glasses the entire round. 

And right after was the ZBabes Zumba Christmas party, where more food is consumed than calories burned, even if the class is a Zumba marathon of two hours.

I finally got some real exercise walking the final half kilometer to the U2 Joshua Tree Concert at the Philippine Arena. The epic and very emotional concert had the most enormous LED screen showing amazing graphics. 

Tim Yap , Sea Princess , Raul Manzano , LA Consing Lopez, Stephanie Gonzalez, Anton Barretto , Margarita Fores and Javi Martinez

I danced through the entire show, burning all I ate at the special dinner prepared by incredible chef Margarita Fores for the Christmas episode show of Tim Yap. Airing soon, Tim’s Table was taped at Premium Wine Exchange, where we enjoyed a sumptuous menu with wine pairing. Gaita shared her lucky Bono story where the band ate at her restaurant, Grace Park. 

Last week, I watched the Underwater Hockey at the SEA Games, and missed the launch of Ayala Malls’ joyful and festive Christmas “Stylescapes,” a showcase ofdifferent themed vignettes of luxurious, holiday home celebrations. An integral part of their Christmas campaign, “Awaken the Season,” it gathers and curates the various items from Ayala Malls’ home and specialty stores in eye-catching sets styled by celebrities and renowned interior designers. 

“Stylescapes” gets shoppers to truly feel the excitement of the season, and bring those ideas to their own homes. Co-presented by Avida Land, the first set of showcases was launched last week, including Stylescapes at Glorietta, TriNoma, and Ayala Center Cebu. 

At Glorietta, Sofia Zobel-Elizalde and award-winning events stylist Zenas Pineda presented a feast for the senses with their Filipino-themed “Halo-Halo Noche Buena.” The “Alice in Wonderland” Stylescape at TriNoma was styled by Dr. Aivee Teo and events stylist Gideon Hermosa. It is on exhibit at the L1 of TriNoma until January12.

Down south in Cebu, Teresin Mendezona and Eva Gullas present “Colonial Cebu” at the Alcoves Lobby of Ayala Center Cebu. Inspired by the Queen City’s rich history and culture, this Stylescape highlights Cebuano arts and crafts, with capiz and burdado details as some of the prominent elements that celebrate heritage and traditions.

Alabang Town Center’s Stylescape will be on exhibit from January 6-31, a “British Party” curated and styled by actor Derek Ramsay and Zenas Pineda. I was honored to have a showcase too, with Cyndi Fernandez of Moss Manila, presenting modern luxe “Trends for 2020” at the Greenbelt Stylescape.

More food during the holidays was enjoyed at the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World celebration. It was held at the Italian restaurant Finestra in Solaire Resorts Hotel. The week was conceived by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote the excellence of Italian cuisine.  

This year, Ambassador Giorgio Guglielmino treated 120 guests, with a menu created by two Italian chefs, Alan Marchetti of Finestra and Carla Brigliadori of Casa Artusiwhere the recipes are from Pellegino Artusi, considered to be the “Bible” of Italian cuisine. The two chefs, the latter a traditionalist and the former an innovator, were chosen to highlight the spectacular way Italian cuisine can sparkle, as it is cooking for the stomach and the soul. I was thrilled to have the ambassador tell me how he is so interested in presenting the most innovative aspects of today’s Italy, from art to design and on to cooking. 

A special mention was made to Chef Margarita Fores, present at the evening, whose episodes on his most recent culinary journey in Italy have just been aired with great success under the title, “My Italy with Margarita Fores.” Check it out on YouTube.

In closing, let me encourage all to check out Kartini Gallery where art patron Nina Malvar is presenting “Abstract Quad,” an exhibition featuring four seasoned artists who have gained recognition and awards for their abstract work. 

Waldz Villanueva has garnered top awards in distinguished painting competitions. His abstractions represent compositions and vibrant brushstrokes of his stories about a subject as evident in his latest “Water Series” and “Sound Series.” Bacolod master artist Rodney Martinez’s abstract compositions could be cubistic or abstract expressionist. His compositions are usually drawn from the artist’s freedom, passion and experience expressed in masterful strokes of bright-muted -shadowed colors.  

Lloyd Tronco’s abstract works are tempered with a keen sense of balance and composition, a style he has developed from his passion in architecture and from the influence of his business in outdoor advertising. Chris Pizzaro was born with innate artistic flair. In more than three decades of art practice, his abstract works create colors and images that move in exhilarating detail which are evident in his “Reggae Mood,” “Urbanization” and “Stone” series.  The exhibit also showcases the talent of emerging artist Janet de Grano in Flow Art and abstractions. Check it out at Kartini Asia Gallery at Madison Galeries Mall located at Don Jesus Blvd., Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa City, or call Ms. Ria Sian at tel. 09266899014.

​Ten days to go before Christmas! I hope I can keep the pounds off!

More pics on Instagram @seaprincess888.

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