It’s the time for showing gratitude


It’s that time of year when we show gratitude to all who have made 2018 an awesome year. Thanksgiving is the season that represents food, family, and moments of sharing and professing gratitude.

Salcedo Auctions hosted an intimate, early Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate a highly eventful 2018 at their showroom. It was also to showcase their yearend auction, “Under the Tree: The Wish List.” This auction will be held at 11 AM on November 24 at Three Salcedo Place. True to the spirit of the season, the sale is a veritable wish list for experienced and budding collectors alike, with an impressive line up of fine art, jewelry and timepieces, vintage memorabilia, and antique furniture.

For art lovers, the sale features a number of impressive works such as National Artist BenCab’s 2008 acrylic on canvas, “Sabel,” Ang Kiukok’s 1970 oil on canvas “Blue Table,” and Lao Lianben’s 2009 acrylic on canvas “Zen on My Head.” Check out the all auction items, all ready for viewing at Three Salcedo.

“Under the Tree: The Wish List” will include furniture pieces, but if you fancy more contemporary furniture, check out the big anniversary one-day sale of Bernhardt Furniture on November 24 at their shop in Greenhills. There will be huge discounts of up to 50% on all items.

At the recently held Red Charity Gala, Bernhardt Philippines was a key donor. We are so grateful to Eric Po for his support in putting up a Bernhardt bed set for auction, which was won by Alaine Chong, the beautiful wife of Brgy143 executive producer Bernard Chong.

Practicing gratitude is a very powerful tool to shift our attention away from what we have not to that which we have. As the saying goes, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us. True homage comes from the heart.

I am truly grateful for the success of the Red Charity Gala 2018, especially for the annual support of Bench and the Bench family headed by CEO Ben Chan. A truly generous friend and patron of the arts, Ben also sponsored Ternocon 2018, held last November 11 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

TernoCon 2018 was a terno-making convention and contest for regional designers. It was the second phase of 2017’s “Fashioning the Terno” mentoring program for regional designers and cultural workers, held in Vigan, Bacolod and General Santos, and jointly implemented by the CCP through its Cultural Exchange Department working alongside Bench and Suyen Corporation. Gino Gonzales, artistic director of TernoCon, together with chief mentor Inno Sotto, Luzon mentor JC Buendia, Visayas mentor Cary Santiago, and Mindanao mentor Len Cabili, shared their respective philosophies and design processes with 30 participants.

At TernoCon, I was so proud to wear a terno with a bright orange tulle accent by Dennis Lustico, the first featured designer at the Red Charity Gala. It was the perfect outfit to watch the presentation of the Terno entries, followed by the Terno collections of the three TernoCon mentors. The show included performances by the Ramon Obusan Folkloric group and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

Judges Joey Samson, Myrza Sison, Felice Sta. Maria, Nick Tiongson and CCP chair Margie Moran-Floirendo deliberated and scored the TernoCon entries. Winners were awarded after the show.

Since Thanksgiving is in the midst of the holiday season, bazaar season is already in full swing. The Noel Bazaar series officially kicked off its 18thyear last November 15 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. The ribbon-cutting ceremonies includedMayose Gozon-Bautista, president of Cut Unlimited, and Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, president of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The biggest & brightest Noel Bazaar Series officially opened its 18th year at the World Trade Center last November 15 and will run until November 30, 2018.
Ms. Justine Bautista, Business Development Officer of Cut Unlimited Inc.
Sr. Christine L. Pinto, OSB, President of St.Scholastica’s College Manila
Ms. Rikki O.Escudero, Executive Vice President of GMA Kapuso Foundation
Ms. Kyline Alcantara, GMA Network
Ms. Mayose Gozon-Bautista, President of Cut Unlimited Inc.
Ms. Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez, President & CEO of Philippine Daily Inquirer
Ms. Pamela D. Pascual, President of World Trade Center Metro Manila
Ms. Bea Binene, GMA Network
Ms. Joyce Pring, GMA Network

Noel Bazaar is the largest and longest-running holiday bazaar in the metro, and is back for its biggest and brightest run yet with longer event days and a larger roster of carefully curated merchants. The one-stop holiday shopping destination will be at the World Trade Center until November 30, and will then move on to its next leg at The Filinvest Tent in Alabang from November 29 to December 2, December 13 to 16, and December 20 to 23. It will also be at theSMX Convention Center fromDecember 14 to 23.

The Noel Bazaar Series is held in partnership with GMA Network and Philippine Daily Inquirer. This event is for the benefit of GMA Kapuso Foundation, Philippine Daily Inquirer Foundation, Gifts and Graces Foundation, Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation, along with the Noel P. Gozon Medical Clinic and Lingkod Puso Foundation.

As we get closer to December, there are so many Christmas Tree-lighting ceremonies. City of Dreams Manila ushered in the Yuletide festivities with “Light Me Up,” a spectacular and synchronized, holiday lights and sounds show at the unique lighting ceremony of its towering 32-foot Christmas tree and its surrounding Winter Wonderland-inspired décor replete with white ornaments, glimmering lights, soaring ice crystals, snowmen, small Christmas trees, and a life-size Santa’s sleigh with reindeers at the resort’s main entrance.

Parañaque City mayor Edwin Olivarez, Belle Corporation executive committee chairman Willy Ocier, and City of Dreams COO Kevin Benning spearheaded the lighting ceremony, and were joined by beauty queens Ms. Eco International 2018 Cynthia Tomalla and Ms. World 2018 First Princess Chanel Morales.

The dazzling lights and sounds show featured a festive production of about 10,000 multi-colored lights dancing to jovial beats. The show will be on every Saturday and Sunday of December, including Christmas Day, every first 15 minutes of the hour from 1 PM to 5 PM. I am so looking forward to seeing the show and posting some cool videos afterwards!

More pics on Instagram at @seaprincess888.



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