It’s the start of the Season!


With the “ber” months officially here, we welcome the overwhelming re-entry of iconic singer Jose Mari Chan into our social media feeds, with all the witty and funny memes coming out. I especially love his new McDonalds ad together with George Yang, chairman and founder of McDo in our country. The campaign started in time for Grandfather’s Day last September 8. With its life lesson of “living your dreams,” the ad made me think about other dreams that I would like to fulfill as I turn another year wiser! 

My love for Africa has truly grown since the first time my hubby Dennis and I travelled there over a decade ago. My dreams are made of Africa! I‘m so thrilled and honored to be A2A Safaris’ newest brand ambassador to promote all the various destinations of their growing travel company. 

As avid safari enthusiasts, A2A Safaris founders Lit Cortes and Binky Dizon experienced the challenges of organizing their own trips to Africa. This gap in the marketplace led to the launch of A2A Safaris as Asia’s first Africa safari specialists in 2002.

Sea Princess , Tracie and Binky Dizon of A2A Safaris and Kaye Tinga

A2A Safaris specializes in bespoke, luxury safaris to Africa. They have deep and longstanding relationships in Africa, and work with a carefully curated portfolio of luxury safari properties and handpicked safari guides across the continent’s most pristine wilderness areas. They have extensive knowledge and first-hand experience gained from planning their own safaris and arranging several thousand safaris since the 1990s.  

For our Red Charity Gala next month, A2A Safaris is once again supporting us with an exciting safari adventure. They are offering an auction package of Royal Chundu in Victoria Falls plus stays in super luxe hotels in Joburg, Cape Town and the Winelands – including a stay at famed winery Delaire Graff. 

Last week, A2A Safaris, with the special participation of artist Irene Ibañez and her gorgeous watercolors of the African people, had a three-day pop-up of THEIR Africa – handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, ethically-sourced, and fairly traded.

A2A Safaris’ ladies Tracie Anglo Dizon and Kitty Cortes have scoured Africa for special pieces. Of course, when they saw the gorgeous watercolors of Irene, they just had to invite her to join their event. The pop-up was for the benefit of The Nomad Trust, a non-profit organization which carries out community, environmental and conservation initiatives in Tanzania.  

Recently A2A Safaris arranged the wonderful family vacation of beauty expert couple Dr. Z and Dr. Aivee Teo. Along with their super stylish children, the Teos went to two camps in South Africa – Lion Sands Sabi Sands and Marataba Camp. 

Soon after their amazing safari trip, the family headed to Boracay for their cover feature of the September issue of Lifestyle Asia. The Aivee Group has much to celebrate as they mark their tenth anniversary in the beauty industry.   

The Aivee Group is named after their president and medical director, Dr. Aivee Teo, who established the company alongside her husband, Z. A decade ago, Aivee decided to put up a clinic to cater to her growing number of patients, and Z, the visionary that he is, made a decision to establish a clinic that gives clients the “experience” of luxury and sophistication in a health and wellness center. Today, that first clinic in BGC turns ten, along with five new centers around the city serving hundreds of patients every day. The group also opened up a clinic in Singapore last year.

Today, The Aivee Group has over 250 driven and passionate individuals. At their recent tenth anniversary celebrations, awards were given to loyal ten-year service awardees. The Group has received numerous awards and accolades given by different associations in the Health and Wellness industry. One of these is the Ultherapy Visionary Award, which Aivee has received from 2013 to 2018, in recognition of being the country’s leader in administering Ulthera treatments. 

I am so grateful that Ulthera is once again sponsoring our Red Charity Gala. We will be auctioning a couple’s treatment as part of their newest campaign, featuring Richard Gomez and his beautiful wife Lucy Torres. 

Apart from endorsing A2A, I am also the Wilcon Depot brand ambassador. I was happy to attend the grand launching of Wilcon Depot Sto. Tomas, their third branch in Batangas province.  

Wilcon’s 55thdepot store is a must-visit home shopping destination. It accommodates thousands of strong, reliable, local and international brands in the market. At the grand opening, I joined Wilcon Depot heads Lorraine Belo-Cincochan and Rose Ong at the ceremonial ribbon cutting. We were also joined by Anton Barretto, editor of ABS-CBN MetroHome, and Congresswoman Ma. Theresa Collantes.   

September is the month that we are in full blast preparing for the Red Charity Gala on October 12, 6:00 PM at the Shangri-La at The Fort. RCG isthe country’s premier fashion and philanthropic event, started by co-chair Kaye Tinga and I 11 years ago. Last week, the RCG press con was held at the beautiful Champagne Room at the Manila Hotel, hosted by Manila Bulletin and Emil Yap.  

For the first time, RCG will gather its past honorees in an unprecedented fashion event titled, “The First Ten,” truly a one-of-a-kind fashion show for the benefit of Philippine Red Cross, Assumption HS 81 Foundation, and various charities throughout the country.

The Red Charity Gala 2019 is presented by Bench and IAM Worldwide, in cooperation with Air Asia, A2A Safaris, Bernhardt, Diagold, Emirates Airlines, Globe Platinum, Jewelmer, Megaworld, Philippine Airlines and Ulthera. Together with our generous partners, Hokkaido Tracks, The Manila Hotel, and Tessera, plus our media partners Lifestyle Asia, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Philippine Star. RCG also gets additional support from Adworks Manila, Fuentes Manila, Furnitalia, Moss Manila, Mint College, Robert Blancaflor Group,, and Royal Gem. 

More pics on Instagram @seaprincess888.

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