Move over Barbie, I have my own doll! To my delightful amazement, Mhon Lumabe, a Filipino working in Brunei created two personalized dolls wearing miniature versions of my gowns by fashion designer Cherry Veric.

Posted on his Instagram account @fashiondollbn, Mhon first made a replica of my white gown for the unforgettable wedding of Hayden Kho and Vicki Belo in beautiful Paris. The detailed creation also included intricate beading and lace accents of the headpiece done by Mark Tenchavez of Shandar.

The second doll was the floral creation that Cherry made for the latest Philippine Tatler Ball last November. It was such a showstopper that even international shoe designer Christian Louboutin was quite impressed. The very charming shoe designer recently sent me a personalized note and his new lipstick collection.

I am eagerly awaiting a third doll, hopefully wearing a gown by international fashion designer Michael Cinco or Ezra Santos. I am also looking forward to our Red Charity Gala 2018 with our featured designer Rajo Laurel. We are already planning the biggest charity gala yet, to be held at the Marriot Grand Ballroom on October 27.

For the Gala, I will ask artist Bea Valdes to create a special bag for me. Her latest collection was a collaboration with Philux. Philux has been manufacturing and retailing high quality furniture pieces for over three decades. Hearth – Philux X Bea Valdes is their newest collection of impressively beautiful pieces for the home.

Two tales of craftsmanship intertwine in this design collaboration. Behind the brands are the Kienle and Valdes sisters, who come from generations of families in the furniture and fine jewelry businesses, respectively. From the echoes of the workshop floor, to the focused light from a jeweler’s nook, these design teams have created several masterpieces that are stunning works of art.

Bea Valdes is internationally renowned for her intricately beautiful handmade bags and accessories. Their coveted pieces continue to receive global recognition and have been featured in publications including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, CNN and Newsweek. Their vision has always been to bring distinctive Filipino craftsmanship to a global audience.

Last weekend was quiet an epic one. I returned back to the grand stage of SM MOA Arena for the USANA Grand Celebration and the launch of the revolutionary skincare product USANA Celavive. USANA Celavive Skincare Counsel and Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1989 Sara Jane Paez and I hosted the launch. The event showcased the USANA Celavive Associate Ambassadors, USANA Celavive Skincare Experts Equestrienne, Michelle C. Barrera and Football heartthrob, Misagh Bahadoran and the Face of USANA Celavive, Sam Pinto.

Formulated with advanced technology, USANA Celavive helps unlock our bodies’ natural power to reduce the appearance of visible ageing. Featuring ingredients to support skin’s natural renewal processes, these high-performance skincare products deliver benefits that are unique to your individual beauty needs.

With key cosmetic nutrients and powerful peptides, USANA Celavive helps support our skin’s healthy, beauty-preserving functions to battle the most common signs of visual skin aging, including wrinkles, dryness, loss of elasticity and texture.

It was also an epic weekend for a lot of first-time marathon finishers.
There are fun runs and then there are life-changing marathons such as the recently held The Bull Runner – Sun Life Dream Marathon. Last February 18, 743 runners crossed the finish line of the marathon in Nuvali.

These runners make up the ninth batch of Dream Marathoners who have successfully completed the program designed by Coach Jim Lafferty and Jaymie Pizarro, a top running blogger aka the Bull Runner and the first Filipino to complete the World Marathon Majors.

The Bull Runner – Sun Life Dream Marathon is the first and only event in the world that is designed for first time marathoners. Since its inaugural event in 2010, TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon has grown in popularity due to its unique race features and impressive reviews. In both 2012 and 2013, it was recognized as one of the top 10 marathons in the country by Runner’s World Philippines. More than that, it has inspired non-athletes, beginners, or experienced middle-distance runners to aim for the elusive goal of running a full marathon.

“The Dream Marathon is one of a kind because we only accept first- or second-time marathoners in our event. Upon registration, we embark on a 22-week journey together from August to February where we provide participants with a marathon program, Bull Sessions or run clinics, Bull Circles or running talks, a Send Off Party, and a fully-supported race with Dream Chasers, racers who support you during your first marathon. This is more than a race; it’s a life changing experience,” Jaymie shared with me.

Prominent TBR Dream Marathon finishers include Christine Jacob-Sandejas, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, Daniel Matsunaga, Ruby Gan, Bearwin Meily, Mico Halili, and Eric Virata aka Slick Rick. Every year, runners await the opening of TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon registration hoping to grab a slot into one of the most prestigious marathons in Manila.

Registration for TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon will open in August 2019. For more information, visit and

The TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon would like to thank its sponsors: Title Sponsor Sun Life – GoWell, Presenter GATORADE and ACTIVE HEALTH, Official Venue Partner NUVALI, Official Timekeeper GARMIN, Official Laboratory Partner HI PRECISION DIAGNOSTICS, Official Photographer PHOTO OPS. Regular Sponsors: NEW BALANCE, 2XU, PEAKFORM, HAMMER NUTRITION, TOBY’S SPORTS, RUNNR, SUN MADE BROWN RICE, URBAN ASHRAM, FORWARD LEAN RUNNING, FITBAR, SECOND WIND, A GAME. Hotel Partners: SEDA HOTEL, NUVALI, PASEO PREMIERE HOTEL, TECHNOPARK HOTEL. Media Partners: PINOYFITNESS.COM, RACE DAY, SBR.PH and beneficiary HERO FOUNDATION.

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