Reason to smile

Three top rank officers – ROFEL JOHN PARREÑO, STEPHEN VON JERUTA and EDEN ARGUELLES — of Robinsons Place Iloilo celebrated their birthdays together here and in Cosmo-Manille with officemates and friends.
Rightfully so, the fun celebrations were marked with unabashed vim and youthful vigor. It also coincided with their trip for a seminar.

The fun went in crescendo when Group Marketing Communications Manager ROFEL JOHN PARREÑO received on behalf of Robinsons Land Corporation the Philippine Quill Award 2014 in recognition of Robinsons Place Tacloban’s Re-Opening Event for achieving the highest global standard for business communications excellence during the awards night at Crowne Plaza Galleria.
Indeed friendship, togetherness and an award are good reason to celebrate and with a smile!

Iloilo Bad Boy of Fashion celebrates twenty years

Not only it is a celebration of twenty years in the fashion industry, XX by BO PARCON is a reunion of “senior” models – RIA BOLIVAR, DIMPLES de la CRUZ, DIANE VALERO, MECHELLE SALES, SARAH JALECO, MARLETTE HUGO and IAN ALLA. In the early 2000s, they trailblazed the runways here and in Cosmo-Manille. Except for RIA BOLIVAR who still remains the country’s supermodel, they have pursued other careers.
The “senior” models will be joined by two socialites, a young debutante, an athlete, a city councilor and a modeling competition finalist.

XX by BO PARCON will see action on Friday on Level 2 Ledesma Wing of Robinsons Place Iloilo. It is a by-invitation only three-in-one event – an exhibit that will showcase the award-winning designer’s obra maestra through the years, a fashion show that will feature his latest collection and a cocktail party courtesy of chef MIGUEL CORDOVA of Afrique’s.
The style event is powered by Golden Luck Development Corporation and Panay News. (Models: Ria Bolivar, Dimples de la Cruz and Dianne Valero. Photos by Cenon Norial III)

World of interiors

The world is a good source of inspiration. With this in mind, thirteen graduating students of Interior Design at University of San Agustin (USA) mounted an exhibit, called DesigNATION, on Level Two Ledesma Wing of Robinsons Place Iloilo. It infused design innovations with dream destinations. It was part of Special Project, one of the subjects of all graduating interior design students all over the country.

“Interior Design exhibits of other schools are scheduled differently to avoid conflict,” said KEN FEROLINO, one of the organizers.
The students grouped themselves into four teams and set up booths that drew inspirations from South America for the living area, Africa for the kitchen, Europe for the entertainment room, and North America for the bedroom!
On the opening day, top interior designer and alumnus of USA College of Architecture EDGAR LOPEZ SUELO was the special guests. He spoke on “earning from creativity and creativity through learning.”

Infinitely Jet Salcedo

Young and talented fashion designer JET SALCEDO joined forces with Smart Infinity to present his latest collection in a fashion extravaganza called A Fashionable Affair at Sampaguita Hall of Royal Gardens.
The smart chic cocktail event was attended by who’s who, who’s that and who’s not in society, business and profession.

The presentation showcased the designer’s signature jet black, opulent elegance and exquisite craftsmanship. He paired faux fur with animal printed leggings, juxtaposed beadworks with embroideries, layered his pieces with yards and yards of lace and tulle and finished them with wide leather and metallic belts. The collection is vibrant, youthful and on the go.
His models also sashayed the runway with up to date high tech gadgets that featured Smart Infinity’s newest technology! (Photos by Franco John Apelo)

Boracay state of mind

There is no peak or low season in Boracay. The paradise island is swamped with local and international tourists all the time. Its world-class white sand beach and popular specialty restos and bars are filled with “body-licious” hunks and gorgeous babes in varying degrees of undress.

From Caticlan, La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel gave Houston-based journalist PINOY GONZALES and yours truly a special trip to Pearl of the Pacific where we were billeted for the long weekend!
Hardly had we settled in our condo-style rooms with a good view of the lush hills of Boracay, we were treated to a sumptuous lunch. Then we hit the white sand beach! Our leisurely walk was highlighted by photoshoot of the beach scenes. Along the way we chanced upon friends lounging in bars for their early cocktails.

We also capped the nights at the swinging bars, like Summer Place, Juice Bar and Epic.
Indeed it was a fun-filled weekend!

Boracay celebrations

Family and friends from Cosmo-Manille, Metro-Iloilo and Bacolod City gathered at Pearl of the Pacific in Boracay for the over-the-weekend birthday celebration of owner, tres charmant GREG SANSON!
He and his wife, lovely MARILOU TIROL-SANSON, hosted the guests with comfortable accommodations, sumptuous themed lunches and dinners, good conversations and fab company! Rightfully so, their children RITA and ALBERT with his wife THERESE and sons NIO and SHAWN jetted in just for the occasion.
To make the occasion more meaningful, the image of Our Lady of Fatima was brought in by Bro. VINCENT ARANAS, who takes the religious icon around world for devotional visits!

The big day kicked off with an Italian lunch of Onion Soup, Insalata, Three-Cheese Pizza and Mango Crepe ala Mode. It was followed a Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Fr. BOY SUPLICO at the resort’s shrine.
The mosaic image of Nuestra Señora de Perpetuo Socorro, a gift from NELSON CHING, was blessed and enshrined at the shrine’s adoration chapel.
Then the partying, themed “Forever 21,” began. It started with cocktails. On the resort’s beachfront, the guests enjoyed on Fois Gras and Chicken Liver Paté on French Bread, Mozzarella Sticks, Clamares Fritos and Chimichangga with Napolitana Sauce with Margarita, Rhum,Soda, Fruit Punch, Gin, Vodka and Boracay Cruise!

Après cocktails Buffet dinner was served al fresco. To the bossanova and standard music of CHIARA and ALEXIS, everyone enjoyed Salad on Truffle Oil, Prawn Head Biscuit Soup, baked Herb chicken, Prawn Thermidore, Lechon, Potato au gratin, Ribeye Steak and Banana Crepe!
The partying went crescendo when guests jammed with CHIARA and ALEXIS till way past midnight. Needless to say, the celebration was a success. Here’s a toast to Tito GREG for more happy, healthy and meaningful years ahead.

Rated XX

Twenty years ago, up and coming fashion designer BO PARCON came into the fashion scene of Metro-Iloilo. Through the years his expert tailoring, fine craftsmanship, up to date creativity and timeless designs became his staples for a career patronized by a cross section of society.
Rightfully so, his creations attained national attention – worn in events and gracing fashion magazines. His trailblazing attitude to fashion and style earned him the monicker of Iloilo’s Bad Boy of Fashion.
His body of work got recognitions from 1994 Western Visayas Designers Competition (winner), Philippine Young Designers Competition (finalist) for Concours Jeunes Createurs Internationale, 2004 Metropolitan Terno for the 21st Century Competition (1sr tunner up), and Project Runway Philippines 1st Season (finalist).
He was named by preview magazine as one of the Most Talented Designers to Watch. For four seasons, his creations were included in the Top Ten Best Collections in Philippine Fashion Week.
With good friend, fashion designer DON PROTASIO, he mentored young designers for Design Lab as venue for the next generation of designers. They also spearheaded Campus Fashionista to discover new faces for the runway. Both competitions are projects of Robinsons Place Iloilo.
They joined JAKI PEÑALOSA organizing the annual Iloilo Designers Week.
He has also choreographed some of the best fashion shows in Metro-Iloilo. Last year, he directed Fiber Philippines in Oslo, Norway and Fibre 2014 in Milan, Italy. Both shows featured the collections of JAKI PEÑALOSA. Next month, they will jet to France and Austria for a series of fashion shows.
To mark his twentieth anniversary in fashion, BO PARCON will present a retrospective show, called XX, at Robinsons Place Iloilo on March 27, 2015. The exhibit will showcase his creations through the years and a mini-fashion of his latest collection.
Supermodel RIA BOLIVAR, who was discovered by DON PROTASIO and BO PARCON, will headline the models who will sashay the collection.

Photography by: Janjan Patingo Novo and Ynaiz Miranda
Model: Ria Bolivar
HMUA: Pepoy Tancinco
Venue: Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol
Special thanks: Jose Nereo C. Lujan, Chief, Public Information and Community Affairs Office, Province of Iloilo

Beauty and fashion trending

Award-winning international haute couturier FREDERICK PERALTA was the main attraction at Fashion Forward at Cattleya Hall of Amigo Terrace Hotel. After a short talk on fashion and trends, he presented a mini-fashion featuring six fabulously crafted gowns and two expertly tailored suits.

Fashion Forward was a trend show that also featured two acclaimed experts, PRISCILLA ALAMPAY and NICOLE ROMERO, who gave insights on trends and beauty. The former introduced EASECOX Undergarments, an alternative on having svelte figure without exercise but with the benefits of good health while the latter gave beauty tips on how to look good and stylish in 2015!

Indeed, it was also a late afternoon well-spent enjoying the merienda cena of sumptuous dishes – all courtesy of Gloria Maris.
The by-invitation guest list included fashion designers, stylists, bloggers and professionals.

Something new, something old, something blue…

Sweethearts LEO KRISTIAN SANTIAGO and MARY ANN SOTTO’s love affair ended in a wedded bliss. They exchanged marital vows in Roman Catholic ceremonies at St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church.
The dashing groom is the son of Gen. LEOCADIO and BOBBIE CHERYLSANTIAGO while the blushing bride is the daughter of RODRIGO and MARYLENE SOTTO.

The Principal Sponsors included the mover, shakers and achievers of politics, business, society and profession. They are EUGENIO LADRIDO and CORAZON TAN, TOMMY QUE and REBECCA UNAS, PABLO CHU and Dr. GEMMA PRIMERO-TRANSPORTO, EDGAR SIA and AURORA PALOMAR, REYNALDO ESPINELI and LILY ONG, TONY CHUA and LORNA SEVILLA, Engr. LORENZO ANGBUE TE Jr. and DELIA AMISTOSO, and Atty. JAY RASHID UGALIGAN and RENALYN FRIAS.

The guests, who included family members, close relatives and dear friends, rushed and dashed to Kalantiao Hall of Sarabia Manor Hotel for the lunch reception. There, more fun happened!