Thanksgiving and appreciations


It was a week of thanksgiving and appreciation for all the wonderful blessings and adventures we have been through this year. On Thanksgiving Day, we enjoyed a special lunch at the Viking Range Showroom in Westgate Commercial Center in Alabang.

Viking Range celebrated its partnership with the recently held Red Charity Gala fundraising event with a cooking demo and fun lunch by international chef Karla Mendoza. At the Gala, Viking Range auctioned off a 36” Dual Fuel Range. All proceeds went to the Philippine Red Cross and Assumption HS 1981 Foundation.

For the Thanksgiving follow up event, chef Karla handled the Viking Range with the same aplomb she learned over working with celebrity chef Mario Batali for twelve years. Her experience started with the first Mozza of Mario Batali in Los Angeles and later Mozza in Singapore. Now back home for good, we are blessed to have this culinary gem in our city. By next year, she plans to finally open her own restaurant.

Viking Range was founded in Mississippi, USA, and has been a globally trusted and award-winning kitchen appliance brand for decades. Known for its professional performance for the home, its cutting-edge kitchen appliances have been the outstanding choice in creating a chic, efficient, and durable home kitchen. In the Philippines, the brand is distributed by Middleby Worldwide Philippines.

Coordinated with Viking Range PR Tedrick Yau, the celebration lunch was attended by Red Charity Gala co-chair Kaye Tinga, as well as a number of foodie friends. Vic Ochoa and Jody de Ocampo, heads of Middleby Worldwide Philippines, both welcomed guests and personally extended their gratitude for the partnership with Red. The Viking Range Showroom became the venue for Chef Karla’s cooking demonstration.


Using both the induction cooktop and the gas range with griddle in the showroom’s working kitchen, Chef Karla worked her magic. Chilled inside the wine cellar were wines from Bacchus Epicerie. The delicious wines paired nicely with the scrumptious dishes. Real Food was part of the affair and provided organic food giveaways to all the guests. Viking Range Showroom is at Unit 205, Westgate Commercial Center, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, with contact numbers (02) 828-1363 and 0995-6688128. Visit for more details.

More on food, Buddy’s Pancit Lucban recently opened another branch at Venice Grand Canal McKinley Hill Mall in Taguig City. The dynamic couple Zaldy and Nova Veluz celebrated the opening with the most festive party complete with marching band.

This year, I am also very thankful for my relatively good health and active lifestyle. In between all my multiple fitness programs, I am glad I am able to squeeze a yoga class or two. Kundalini Yoga instructor and healer Rosan Cruz recently opened Yoga+Express Legazpi.

Together with other partners, Rosan opened the new yoga studio right in the heart of Makati CBD in Legazpi Village. The studio caters to those who lead busy lives and want to move their body, destress and find inner peace. The yoga classes are only 60-minutes long.

There are 31 classes to choose from starting at 6:45am to 7:45am weekdays and from 10am to 3pm on weekends. The yoga packages are much more affordable. The space has two yoga studios, spacious shower rooms, top of the line manduka mats, lockers and a snack bar. The Yoga+Express Legazpi studio is located at the 6th floor Jose Cojuangco Building, 119 Dela Rosa St. corner Castro St. Check them out, text or call 0917 710-9642.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can go full throttle on my Christmas merriment and holiday preparations. There is no holiday that is met with more joy than Christmas, especially in the Philippines where the season officially starts months before the actual day. This 2016 is no different, and Rustan’s gives you more reasons to get excited with its wide array of luxury gifts and goodies. Avoid the Christmas rush and shop to heart’s content at the premier shopping destination that is Rustan’s.

Rustan’s welcomed the Yuletide season with a grand unveiling of their iconic windows along Ayala Avenue. A display of majestic and fanciful Christmas decors interspersed with fashion, it is the first for Rustan’s to do a grand reveal of such, which made their annual Christmas affair even more meaningful this 2016. Reminiscent of Cirque de Soleil, the windows capture an enchanting display of whimsical scenes dressed in festive holiday colors of red, green, and blue, matched with the sparkles of gold and silver.

The celebration was led by the Tantoco family members, including CEO Zenaida Tantoco, President Donnie Tantoco, SSI Group President Anton Huang, VP for Merchandising Home Division Marilen Tantoco, Member of the Board Maritess Tantoco Enriquez, Marketing Communications Head Dina Tantoco, VP for Store Planning and Expansion Michael Huang, Senior Buyer for Men’s Division Paolo Lobregat, and Administration Manager Paolo Tantoco.

Helping me with my Christmas décor this year is events stylist and accessories maven Jun Jun Ablaza. We will surely have loads of fun working on my Disney Christmas theme.

Recently, Jun Jun held his annual Ablazablaze exhibit and birthday celebration at their beautiful summer palace, Amelia in Alfonso, Cavite. He collaborated with notable designers Steve de Leon and Michelle Sison together with fashion stylist Roko Arceo to revamp and reconstruct casual street gear denims into artistic ensembles that reflects his penchant for the extraordinary, whimsical, as well as his artistic explorations across the globe.

The fashion show had four segments that featured the Asian, American, African, and European continents. Jun Jun’s sheer talent and fascination for all things that can capture and stir the imagination as well as his collected mementos from his travels across the globe were all transformed into one fashionable soiree. The event was truly an escape from convention and a journey into his world of wonders.

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