By Tina Hidalgo-Jacinto  The impetus for the Hermès fete was the ultra-cool and innovative theme of “At Hermès, we dream with our eyes.” What could be more tres chic than a coveted invitation from Hermès Paris headed by Anton Huang, president of Stores Specialists, Inc. to celebrate the theme of the year: “In the Pursuit […]


By Angela Casco Caring for the elderly is a thriving tradition in Filipino families. It’s common for senior citizens in the Philippines to spend their days at home with their families, instead of being in a home for the aged. From feeding to even taking a bath, members of the family take turns in attending […]


By Deedee M. Siytangco The city of Manila is coming up fast. We have a mayor who is young, a history and cultural buff (his pastime is reading books and watching docus on history and important personages in history) energetic, impatient, and passionate about getting Manila all spruced clean, lighted up, and restored to its […]

What’s New Up North?

By JULES VIVAS In the bustling entertainment and business district up north, approximately two kilometers from the lively Quezon Memorial Circle and North Avenue MRT station, lies a modern high rise hotel, Seda Vertis North. The sixth property carrying the Seda brand by Ayala-Land Hotels and Resorts boasts of an architectural trademark of “simple and understated elegance,” as a tribute to the modest Filipino home. […]

Head Over Heels in the City of Love

By JESSICA PAG-IWAYAN About 465 kilometers south of Manila lies a beautiful, tranquil city. Considered as the heart of the Philippines because of its geographical location, Iloilo is also dubbed as “The City of Love.” Staying true to its moniker, Iloilo is home to kind-hearted, friendly, and soft-spoken Filipinos—the Ilonggos. With its good people, rich history, and thriving economy, this urban place on Panay Island […]

What Makes Belenismo?

By Julie Y. Daza Thirty sacks of cola crowns. A yeoman’s haul of used/ reused plastic spoons and forks. Endless yards of straw and rope. Thus the town of San Manuel, Tarlac designs their community’s belen, the Christmas Nativity scene with the Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, in a manger under the Star of […]