Although I am sometimes mistaken for a fashion designer, my actual “day job” is working as an interior designer. Fashion is a top interest, but interior design is my true fashion.

At the ongoing Philippine World Building and Construction Exposition (Worldbex) at the World Trade Center Manila and the Philippine Trade Training Center, my designing expertise is showcased in a modern classic home office vignette that is part of the Interior Design Gallery. This year’s Interior Design Gallery beautifully showcases different vignettes by several icons of the trade, including Johnny Hubilla, Ivy and Cynthia Almario, Chat Fores and quite a few more top interior designers.

For my home office space, Moss Manila Home’s Cyndi Fernandez assisted me in creating a modern, classic interior look with rich accents of gold and emerald. This elegant display wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors – Studio Eleven for the feather-print wallpaper, Lumina Concepts Lighting for the lighting fixtures, Davies for the paint, South Pacific Marble for the flooring and Wilcon Depot. For info about Moss Manila, please contact info@mossmanila.com.

Worldbex is open until today only. This much-awaited trade fair has close to 500 booths by local and international participants and a compelling selection of galleries, pavilions, and live installations from the industry’s great minds. Worldbex 2016: Uniting Strong Foundations is sponsored by Wilcon Depot, Boysen, NxLED and Moldex.

Our interior design firm, together with talented designers Tessa Alindogan and Anton Barretto, is currently working on the office plans of the Fila office expansion. Fila princess Cris Albert is the hard-working president of Fila Philippines. She is looking forward to having a more attractive, interactive working environment that will have a cheerful setting and provide a more exciting work playground for Fila executives and staff.

Apart from heading her successful multi-brand shoe retail business, Cris also supports several charities, including the Red Charity Gala and the Child Protection Network. For the latter, Fila Philippines sponsored the Tatler-organized, annual fundraising dinner.

The benefit dinner for the Child Protection Network was a night filled with an abundance of delicious food, an overflow of red and white wine, a gaggle of gorgeous women and dapper men, and a plethora of exquisite works of art lined up for auction. All came together for a cause greater than the night itself – the protection of children.

The Child Protection Network dinner was an elegant affair held at the Raffles Hotel. The organization aims to bring protection to children who are victims of some sort of abuse.

To help the organization, twelve items were up for auction. Some of the artworks auctioned off reached as high as P700,000. Cris herself took part in the bidding and won a trip to Ellenborough Estate in Maryland, where scenes from the movie “The Wedding Crashers” was filmed.

Guests from Fila included their endorsers Fabio Ide, Jake Letts, Harry Morris and Jovan Masalunga of the Philippine Volcanoes. As a major sponsor, Cris gave the opening remarks for the evening and expressed her concern for the issue and her support for the Child Protection Network to continue their vision of safeguarding the future and lives of impoverished, abused children in the country and all over the world.

A week after that wonderful affair, Cris and I enjoyed the amazing concert of instrumentalist Chris Botti with musical superstar Sting at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriot Hotel Manila. Thrilling the audience at the one-night only show, the sold-out concert delighted Manila high society, local celebrities and music fans. The exclusive performance of the British singer-songwriter responsible for megahits like “Englishman in New York,” “Roxanne” and “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” and the renowned trumpeter who once toured with the great Frank Sinatra gave an unforgettable experience.

Songstress Emmanuele Adda warmed up the audience with jazz standards before announcing a special raffle prize: roundtrip air tickets to Paris, France for two courtesy of Emirates Airlines. Afterwards, Botti appeared onstage. The boyish trumpet player regaled audiences with jazz standards accompanied by a talented group of musicians that included violinist Caroline Campbell.

Sting appeared midway through the set to loud cheers. Wearing a dark blazer over a t-shirt that showed off his toned physique, the former frontman of the band The Police immediately performed his popular hits.

Botti said that he has known Sting for about 20 years. According to him, Sting is one of the finest musicians of this generation. Audiences were visibly thrilled as they spilled out of the venue, genuinely happy to have caught an evening of truly wonderful music from two of the most gifted musicians of our era.

In closing, let me plug the Assumption HS 1976’s fund-raising event – a block screening of “Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice” on April 9 at 4 PM in Cinema 3, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center. This a fundraising effort for scholarships in various Assumption mission schools in the Philippines.

The Assumption mission schools all over the country are: St. Martin School, Baguio City; Assumpta Technical High School, San Simon, Pampanga; San Juan Nepomuceno School, Malibay, Pasay City; Assumption School, Passi, Iloilo; Assumption Socio-Educational Center, Barrio Obrero, Iloilo; Sta. Rita Academy, Sibalom, Antique; Xavier de Kibangay, Lantapan, Bukidnon; and St. Vincent Academy, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

“Batman vs Superman” is a fantasy/science fiction film based on DC Comics characters and stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. For tickets, call Marijo Severino at 09989965823 or Bel Consing at 09176389874.

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