Hard work + wise investments = Rewards of luxury


Luxury is the pleasurable reward that comes from hard work and wise investments. On the one hand, there is the luxury of travel. Vacations create luxuries of unforgettable and priceless memories.

And then there is the luxury of spending. Buying anything – cars, jewelry or, as in my case, trinkets and accessories – is a luxury, enabling one to obtain a personal treasure, perhaps one that may become a family heirloom someday.

At the top of the luxury pyramid must be the purchase of a Mercedes Benz. Few automobile makers can match Mercedes Benz’s drive for progress. Whether in terms of design, comfort, or innovation, their cars have consistently remained ahead of the pack.

So surprise then, that the launch of the latest Mercedes Benz E-Class was a jam-packed affair at the new Shangri-La at The Fort. The new E’s considerable technological innovations raise industry standards for ride, comfort and performance efficiency. This was evident in the three cars on display in the ballroom, on a revolving stage with a massive digital wall behind that highlighted the cars’ handsome features.

Greg Yu and Felix Ang, chairman and president of Auto Nation Group, were joined by Thomas Ossowski, the German ambassador, and Wolfgang Huppenbauer, Daimler SE Asia CEO, to welcome the scores of business tycoons who attended the launch. The mood was extremely upbeat.

The car itself did not disappoint. Among its new features are a 360-degree network of cameras, sensors and radar to further enhance safety. The sensual interior includes swathes of brown leather that spill over ergonomically designed seats and classy wood accents that complement the entire sporty aesthetic.

The driving experience is bound to be stellar. The E-Class is powered by a 2.0L, inline, four-cylinder engine, and geared with the new 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission. Gosh, I can only remember getting up to fourth gear when I used to drive myself around.

While all these features may excite car aficionados, I just get a thrill riding inside a Benz and alighting from one with grace and elegance. At the launch, I bumped into Ernest Cu, Globe Telecom CEO. Ernest told me that, of course, Globe would be a sponsor of the upcoming Red Charity Gala.

Felix, who is always so generous, also pledged his support so we are delighted that Mercedes Benz will be on board as well. We will be seeing the Mercedes Benz elegantly displayed once again at the Shangri-La Hotel at The Fort at the Red Charity Gala on October 8.

Although I am into fancy bejeweled accessories, I am slowly being drawn to the world of fine jewelry. As I am growing wiser, I figure I should start investing in real pieces I can pass down to my two daughters. My favorite designs are those from Jul B. Dizon Jewellery.

In the halls of The Peninsula Manila, Jul B. Dizon hosted a one-day engagement that served as their annual homage to the world of timeless jewelry designs and masterpieces. The award-winning brand is celebrating 38 years of delivering one-of-a-kind gemstone pieces, and this year’s new collection is a testament to their design skills.

Guests had the opportunity to see firsthand the finely crafted pieces by the Dizon sisters: Candy, Ginny and Lucille. Each sister debuted a collection celebrating artistry, heritage and individual influences. Each collection carried its own individual sense of style and guaranteed there’s something that suits everyone.

The anniversary show has always been a long-standing tradition of the company. Jul B. Dizon first opened its doors in 1978. Over three generations, the company has delivered pieces that are standouts in workmanship and design.

This year, Jul B. Dizon Jewellery donated part of their sales to the Philippine Cancer Society. The PCS is also the beneficiary of an annual charity ball that honors The Best Dressed Women of the Philippines. The curtains were raised on the 13th edition of this annual charity ball with an afternoon tea at Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Leading the festivity was event chairperson and Angola consul Helen Ong, joined by her committee members, Jayelles’ Roselle Rebano, Mabel Abaño, Marian Ong and adviser Johnny Litton. They were joined by Philippine Cancer Society vice chairman Antonio Ma. Guerrero.

Formally introduced at the affair were the 2016 Best Dressed Women of the Philippines awardees composed of Dr. Cecilia Ramos Bernad, Alta Redor Lyttle, Judith Tan and Sheilla Maria Golez Tiongco among others. Founded in 2004, this charitable event continuous to support the Philippine Cancer Society in their programs to help the disadvantaged sector. The first ever PCS Mobile Clinic fitted with a cryotherapy machine was also launched with their help.

The annual charity ball is set for September 22 at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La, Manila. For sponsorships, please call Zeny Avila at (02) 734-2127 or 09275316044.

My personal preference when it comes to luxury is fashion. At the Fashion Exchange International, amazing fashion designer Rajo Laurel designed a stunning gown for me to wear. What could be more luxurious?

Fashion Exchange was powered by Samsung, the two-day affair launched with a bang at the Marriot Grand Ballroom. With its aim to make Filipino talent and creativity known globally, FEI showcased ASEAN fashion designers, with focus on Philippine brands highlighted in a series of events, including an industry talk, designers’ showroom, an international designer presentation, and a fashion buyers’ show.

The highlight of Fashion Exchange International was a runway show featuring ready-to-wear pieces from established designers Ivarluski Aseron, Rajo Laurel, Francis Libiran and Dennis Lustico. It was truly a fashion extravaganza, and thus, the height of luxury for me.

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