Everything is a sign, everything is a gift!


For those who believe, everything is a sign, for those who love, everything is a gift! And for those who are looking for holiday gifts, head to the Noel Bazaar at the World Trade Center. It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas with the opening of the longest running Christmas shopping extravaganza in the country. On its 19th year, the Noel Bazaar at the WTC started this weekend and runs until November 24.  

With over 500 merchants on board to delight shoppers, the bazaar’s roster of merchants range from clothing, skin care and cosmetics, toys and novelty items, as well as packed and ready-to-eat food items. 

True to its tradition, Noel Bazaar also features an exciting line-up of special events in partnership with GMA Network. At the ribbon cutting last Friday, GMA Kapuso Stars such as Benjamin Alves, Patricia Tumulak, Camille Prats and Iya Villania were present together with GMA Kapuso Foundation Ambassador Mel Tiangco. I joined CUT Unlimited Inc. President Mayose Gozon-Bautista at the ribbon cutting ceremony with other guests-of-honor.

The Noel Bazaar series is for the benefit of several beneficiaries, including the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inquirer Foundation Corp., Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation, Gifts and Graces Foundation, and the Noel P. Gozon Memorial Clinic.

Celebrate the Christmas season at Noel Bazaar also on Nov 27-Dec 1 at the Filinvest Tent Alabang, and Dec 19-22 at the SMX Convention Center.

Straight from the Noel Bazaar opening, I headed to the residence of Italian Ambassador Giorgio Guglielmino for the special appointment of Ben Chan. I didn’t have time to change from my Mrs. Claus costume so I greeted all the guests with some happy holiday cheer!

As the distributor of high quality Italian furniture brands and designs, such as Cappellini and Foscarini, to Filipinos, Ben has developed a solid relationship with Italy for several years.  Ben has significantly contributed in raising Italy’s visibility by promoting its excellence to the Filipino market. Through his Dimensione showrooms, Italian products have become synonymous with beauty and elegance for thousands of Filipinos. 

In consideration of the above, the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, has awarded the title, Cavaliere dell’ Ordine della Stella d’Italia, to Ben Chan for his outstanding contribution in building relationships between Italy and the Philippines. 

This is such an honor for a man who has truly made an important mark in the local and global fashion industry as well. Red Charity Gala chair Kaye Tinga and I are annually thankful for Ben’s generous support all these years. Together with Bench, the RCG 2019 is highlighted at the Lifestyle Asia’s November 2019 issue. 

We are proud of the ten young ladies who were specially chosen for the November cover. They are Angia Laurel, Alexa Andanar, Erica Dee, Arabella Dabao, Jeline Vitangcol, Sofia Romualdez, Mica Lagman, Alayne Umali, Kylie Tinga and Amanda Zamora. 

Last month, Lifestyle Asia hosted its first Lifestyle Asia Ball in Bangkok. 

Bringing this endeavor to life, the team partnered with One Siam, ICONSIAM, and The Residences at Mandarin Oriental. Together, they indulged the guests with the best treatment they deserve, redefining the luxe experience.

A one-of-a-kind, luxurious treatment

Lifestyle Asia sent out invitations to select influential personalities to come to an exclusive event in Bangkok and experience only the best from the country. Starting from their departure at the airport, it was a premium service of hospitality as an RSVP Lifestyle Asia sign guided the guests to a VIP lane at the check-in counter and fast immigration processing for their convenience. 

The luxurious and tailor-made treatment continued with customary welcome cocktails in Siam Paragon, followed by an opulent dinner at the famed Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. 15 Mercedes-Benz were deployed as chauffeured service to the dinner and were on standby to escort guests back to the hotel after the evening’s reveries. 

Lifestyle Asia’s Editor-in-Chief Dong Ronquillo welcomed everyone and thanked partners in Thailand for this wonderful, unique experience. MQDC Vice President Sangrawee Kositphaisan and Assistant Managing Director of Siam Piwat Company Sarutorn Asaves extended their gratitude for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to share their stories, especially in introducing The Residences at Mandarin Oriental. Over dinner, well-known Thai singers Panadda Ruangwut and Mutmee Pimdao serenaded guests with their soothing voices where Mutmee crooned opera, while Panadda uplifted the energy in the room with her lively songs, allowing guests to sway and dance to the rhythm of the music.

Speaking of balls, Rupert Jacinto’s The Fab Gala was a resounding success. Held at the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Manila, Marriott’s Cluster Director of Marketing Mitch Garcia welcomed the guests who looked fab in their ‘Haute Couture in black, white and gold” gowns. The beautifully decorated ballroom done by Robert Blancaflor provided the joyous mood, as the Faaabvlous ladies and men strutted down the runway. Now on its 10th year, the Faaabvlous Fab Gala was even more spectacular, with the exhibit which was held at the ground floor lobby. The event was earmarked for the advocacy of the Advertising Foundation of the Philippines and for the ‘Ako Ang Saklay’ drug rehabilitation center, under Fr. Arnold Abelardo.

Special highlights of the evening were: the new theme song “Faaabvlous”, music by National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, arrangement by Danny Favis, lyrics by Rupert Jacinto and sung by Brendon Banares;  the presentation of the Faaabvlous Heart awardees, the Faaabvlouos of  Spirit, the  Faaabvlous Women, the Forever Faaabvlous Women, the Faaabvlous Edge and the Men of Faaabvlous. Sponsors were: VOLVO, Titania Wine Cellar, Liquid Gold, Ozeki Sake, Stores Specialists, Inc. Museo Orlina and C.W.C International Corp., The exhibit is on until November 25.  

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