A special Philip Stein event was held at the Rigodon Ballroom of Peninsula Manila recently. Rajo and I joined Johnny Litton, Paolo and Suzi Abrera, and Paco and Christine Sandejas at the glamorous affair, emceed by Bianca Valerio.

Highlighting the event was Lea Salonga performing an exclusive concert entitled “The Sound of Legacy.” The multi-awarded artist has collaborated with Philip Stein to create a watch with her name on it.

Will Stein, CEO and co-founder of Philip Stein, welcomed the guests on behalf of his wife and brand co-founder, Rina. In his brief remarks, he noted that they were “launching tonight the newest collection from Philip Stein, which perfectly matches the life and style of Lea Salonga, as we share similar values—that of passion, excellence, and purpose.”

Indeed, the global timepiece is known for fusing luxury and natural wellness technology in its world-class quality accessories. Philip Stein is known for health, wellbeing, and living in tune, a brand legacy that differentiates it from other timepieces.

The audience was mesmerized when Lea entered the ballroom with her opening number, “Something’s Coming” from “West Side Story.” Musical director was her brother, maestro Gerard Salonga.

Lea capped the show with her original song, “The Journey,” as she encouraged the audience to build their own legacies, starting immediately. “Today is the perfect time to begin,” she said.

The magical time didn’t end there, as everyone in the audience was asked to lift the glass cloches at the center of their tables, to reveal the Legacy collection watches hidden underneath.

Lea remarked on behalf of Will Stein: “This means a lot to me, and to us. We hope that these timepieces will serve as a beautiful reminder for you to never stop believing that you have what it takes to build on your legacy—every day.”

The Legacy Collection, along with the Lea Salonga Legacy Limited Edition watch, will be distributed exclusively first in the Philippines, as a tribute to Lea’s roots, which is also Philip Stein’s way to say “thank you” to Filipino customers who have been loyal to the brand for the past decade.

Only 222 pieces were made for the Lea Salonga Legacy Limited Edition watch, and the Legacy Collection is available in Philip Stein boutiques, Lucerne, Chronos, Wrist_pod and Swissgear stores nationwide. (www.

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