We welcome July with great cheer as we wish winning punches to our modern-day hero, multi-belted Manny Pacquiao as he fights Australian fighter Jeff Horn today. Since the big fight is in Brisbane, Australia, I am sure a lot of our kababayans are flying down under to support Pacman.

My travel luggage includes the latest Lipault Paris Spring/Summer 2017 Color Collection that was recently launched at the SM Mega Fashion Mall. The premier French luggage brand held an event that was well attended by recognizable high society names, select media guests, fashion icons, and social media influencers.

Ciely Buenviaje, Lipault country manager, formally kicked off the event with a welcome talk, followed by a fashion show that highlighted the vibrant hues of summer. This season’s collection celebrates the land of lavander and cicadas. Ciely shared that feel of a Cote Azure summer shines through the latest offerings.

Emphasizing this sunny outlook were the three colors that form the core of the collection: Almond Green, from landscapes of olive and almond trees; Riviera Blue, from the deep azure of the Mediterranean Sea; and Pink Gold, reminiscent of the iridescent tones that rules in St. Tropez parties.

Lipault is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by the Samsonite Group, and is available in leading SM department stores nationwide, Rustan’s and Samsonite outlets.

Travel is truly a life investment as each destination brings unforgettable memories and wondrous discoveries. Singapore Airlines (SIA) is one of my favourite airlines. I recently attended a special thanksgiving dinner as part of the yearlong celebration of its 70th anniversary. Guests were treated to an epicurean journey with exceptional food and music representing key destinations that SIA has flown to for the past seven decades.

Entitled “A Tale of SIA Cities”, the dinner was a way to showcase the great heights that SIA has soared to, and to express gratitude. SIA’s tale began in 1947 when it started operating three flights a week to just three destinations. Continuously pioneering innovations and services for the past 70 years, the Singapore Airlines group, which includes its regional wing SilkAir and its low cost carriers Scoot and Tigerair, flies to 134 destinations across 37 countries – the most recent addition being Stockholm, which commenced operations last 30 May.

Philip Goh, Regional VP for Southeast Asia shared that Singapore Airlines has soared through countless milestones and pioneered various innovations to deliver unparalleled service and travel experience to our customers.

Hosted by singer-actress Pinky Marquez, the thanksgiving celebration was graced by Her Excellency Kok Li Peng, Ambassador of Singapore, along with DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr., members of the diplomatic corps, esteemed PPS flyers, and valued travel partners.

Leading the Philippines team into this new chapter is the new General Manager of SIA Philippines, Balagopal Kunduvara. Using his extensive background in SIA, from engineering to business development, Kunduvara is set to take on this challenge to further strengthen the position of the airline in the country.

For 70 years, Singapore Airlines has been committed to providing its customers ‘a great way to fly’. With these recent innovations and the change in local leadership, this platinum anniversary celebration marks the continuation of a success story.

Singapore Airlines has supported the Red Charity Gala in the past. We are honoured to have other brands and companies like Bench, Jewelmer, Sun Life Financial, Mega World, Globe Platinum and the support keeps growing. We are most grateful to Ben Chan who has been with us from the very start.

The Red Charity Gala team was present at the opening of the newly renovated showroom of Fritz Hansen at Studio Dimensione. This furniture and lifestyle shop at the Fort is just one of many stores that Ben has brought into the country.

Designed based on the global look and feel of Fritz Hansen, the new showroom is where both the novelties and the classic icons meet to create a warm Nordic space representing Fritz Hansen’s mantra of “Crafting Timeless Design”. The Egg Chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen is one the icons. Along with the Swan, Swan Sofa and the Drop, these icons were all designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in the center of Copenhagen.

To showcase the genuine craftsmanship and premium quality of the Egg Chair, Studio Dimensione brought in Fritz Hansen’s master craftsman, Hans Mannerhagen to demonstrate the actual hand- stitching done for the Egg Chair. The stitching of the upholstery is made by hand. For the Novelties section, Jaime Hayon is now the go-to designer of Fritz Hansen, giving the classic portfolio a breath of fresh air and a younger perspective.

For my hubby, Dennis’ birthday yesterday, I surprised him and flew to Brisbane for the weekend. I also gifted him with Azzaro Wanted, the newest men’s fragrance that Clarins Fragrance Group launched recently at the Blackbird in Makati.

Clarins Fragrance Group along with Scent and Beaute, Inc. welcomed esteemed guests including French Ambassador to Manila His Excellency Thierry Mathou to the launch. Flying in from Paris, the Fashion and Fragrance President of the Clarins Group Sandrine Groslier talked about the Azzaro brand that celebrates passion, dreams and life while Azzaro Wanted conveys the story of a man who is desired yet envied by everyone – a wanted man.

Host Issa Litton introduced the team behind the success of Azzaro in the country led by the CEO of Scent and Beaute, Inc. Ken Jeswani, Samantha Yen and Francis Labora. Azzaro Wanted is now available at select SM Department Stores, Art of Scent and Fresh.

In closing, today is the last show of Toruk – The First Flight at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. We were tremendously entertained at the premiere show of this Cirque du Soleil spectacle. It brings the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s Avatar into an incredibly amazing multimedia performance. Special thanks to Concertus Manila and Globe Platinum.

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