How lucky are we to have witnessed the Super Blue Blood Moon last January 31? I had to figure out what each of those words meant from an astronomy perspective. Super means a larger than usual moon when it achieves fullness at the closest point of its orbit to earth. Blue isn’t a color but just a rare, second full moon in the same month. Blood refers to the red orange color that the earth’s shadow casts on the moon during a lunar eclipse.

Each of those is rare but the combination of the three is wow. This event last happened on March 31, 1866, and the next trifecta is on January 31, 2168. I guess this is what “once in a super blue blood moon” means!

After that spectacle to end the month, January has turned out to be a stellar beginning to 2018. I was at the Manila House launch of the eyewear DJP Collection of i2i New York last week.

The collection was designed by their brand ambassador and our country’s “Teen King” Daniel Padilla, together with i2i New York’s owners, Ricco and Tina Ocampo. The DJP Collection is a set of hip and on-trend yet inexpensive sunglasses, greatly inspired by music influences and other Hollywood idols, such as Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., and John Lennon.

Daniel told me that he has always liked playing with different styles of eyewear, which is a manifestation of the risks he’s willing to take when it comes to fashion. He is the perfect addition to the growing i2i New York family.

Daniel and i2i are both authentic and true. He shares not only the style of their brand but also the mission of providing quality yet affordable products to the public, which is very evident in the DJP Collection. Tina shared that it is very important for their celebrity endorsers also believe in the products in such a way that they can talk about it with credibility and passion.

i2i is always on the lookout for the latest in eyewear fashion, and it also considers the needs of customers in choosing the materials used for their products. Because of the success of the DJP line for i2i, Karla Estrada, Daniel’s mom, recently opened an i2i branch in Tacloban as a franchisee.

From the well-attended launch, I did a quick costume change to grace the golden wedding anniversary celebration of Ed and Mila Lacson at The Palms Country Club in Alabang. The elegant couple was surrounded by their children and grandchildren, happily joined by a roomful of their closest friends.

I am always touched to see a close-knit couple achieve such a golden milestone, and one attained after a lifetime evidenced by solid family values that have been transmitted through the generations, excellent business growth that has been contributed by both, and superb health that can only have come as a reward from the good karma both have spread over five decades. That, in a nutshell, is Ed and Mila’s marriage.

It was cool to watch Ed surprise Mila with a new set of wedding rings for themselves, the crowd cheered both on as they danced for all of us. As Ed said, we are all looking forward to their next golden anniversary in 2068.

My busy weekend ended at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila for Le Grand Royal Brunch at Spiral Restaurant, with its 21 dining ateliers with featured wine trolley and champagne. The Sunday brunch celebration included an elegant and nostalgic fashion show by multi-awarded fashion designer Albert Andrada, presented under the creative direction of Robby Carmona.

For his fifth sartorial showcase at Sofitel, Albert created “The Margaret Collection,” inspired by the timeless royal fashion of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. The 14-piece collection featured colors of the crown jewels including ultraviolet, the pantone color of 2018. Models walked through Spiral and its iconic staircase donning golden pearls by Jewelmer with glamorous make-up by Guerlain.

The celebration was a royal engagement of its own as guests arrived in fabulous high tea outfits wherein guests were able to try on different British style fascinators and hats by my own favorite har designer, Hat Momma’s Lou Laurene at the Le Grand Royal pop-up booth. Lifestyle blogger couple David Guison and Vina Guerrero, wearing matching outfits in blush shades, both won the Best Dressed Awards and received special gifts from Tefal and Jewelmer. Discering gourmands also got the chance to win special gifts from Power Mac Center, Tefal cookware, Cuisinart, Guerlain and Elizabeth Arden.

Le Grand Sunday Brunch at Spiral adds color to the weekends of all hearty gourmands. Check it out on April 29, July 29 and October 28 this year. For reservations, call tel. 832-6988.

Last week, acclaimed photographer Mark Nicdao showcased his latest photographic exhibit, entitled “X-Ray.” It is a beautifully curated visual narrative of how Mark rediscovered his passion and reason for photography.

The photographs featured in the exhibit were taken while Mark was on a bus and in motion. Fueled by the fire of passion ignited inside him, Mark promised himself that his next solo exhibit would be meaningful and would tell the story of his rediscovery of self. “X-Ray” is exactly that promise, fulfilled. It is as personal as you can get with Mark who shares this story with a series of 26 photographs.

Maserati proudly supports the exhibit and Mark’s story. AutoStrada’s Jason Soong is proud to support fellow Person of Passion. Autostrada is the exclusive and only licensed distributor of Maserati in the Philippines.

True to the core values of Maserati, the People of Passion are select and distinct individuals who each have contributed their time, expertise and wisdom to their communities and are fervently passionate about making a positive change. They are also advocates of the Hope in a Bottle campaign. The foundation, headed by Nanette Medved-Po, aims to build more classrooms for public schools, especially those that are in the far provinces and areas that have been survivors of natural disasters. Check out “X-Ray” at the Autostrada showroom in Bonifacio Global City.

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