My friend Tim Yap threw a print on print themed Birthday party at 71 Gramercy (which we all know is the highest point in the metro) perfectly appropriate I think as the the venue suited his new mantra for 2014 which is “Upwards” or as the birthday boy would like to say “Yapwards” Really fun party with lots of familiar faces who were all smiles that night to celebrate Tim’s birthday bash!

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Tim Walters and G, who suited the theme perfectly! (I had trouble with this theme)

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Dong, Nix and Leah! (happy Birthday Leah!)photo I31B7076_zps911995f3.jpg

Princess, Trish and Charms!photo I31B7077_zps38e6152a.jpg

Upwards!photo I31B7083_zps645cff66.jpg

Nix looking happy with the main course!photo I31B7087_zps03bc1bb3.jpg

Dinner was tremendous!photo I31B7110_zps2f227747.jpgphoto I31B7093_zps1f9848df.jpg

Ignore my pants. Print on print nga.photo I31B7096_zps6d1a6452.jpg

Tessa and CJ!photo I31B7099_zps70c154e1.jpgphoto I31B7104_zps9de8039e.jpg

Rajo was just one of the people who gave a toast slash speech in honor of Tim!photo I31B7132_zpsaf09ea24.jpg

Tim looking on candidly(?)photo I31B7122_zpsa4ac4146.jpgphoto I31B7143_zps156505b5.jpg

My lighting settings were all over the place that night, oh well! It’s a party!photo I31B7171_zps94978646.jpgphoto I31B7174_zpsf8553486.jpg

Tim in his element (the party)photo I31B7136_zpsf99817b1.jpg

Solenn and Biancaphoto I31B7176_zpsa4cf0af2.jpgphoto I31B7178_zps69185e2e.jpgphoto I31B7179_zps6c7d6695.jpgphoto I31B7192_zps3e2808cd.jpgphoto I31B7202_zps4c2f0f9f.jpgphoto I31B7139_zpsc1fe6064.jpgTim really pulled out all the stops, may fireworks pa!photo I31B7246_zpsa7b08eec.jpgIt’s Billy! (sung with a tune)photo I31B7249_zps76a98b51.jpgphoto I31B7251_zps82408091.jpgIzzy (thedandyproject.com), Martine, and Nix!photo I31B7190_zps280b4912.jpgMond and Xeng!photo I31B7253_zps0f5832e0.jpg

Meeting de avance ba? I kid, I kid.photo I31B7258_zpsf706c849.jpg

Lorelie and Marc Soong with Tim and my awesome chef of a friend Aaron Isip!photo I31B7265_zps59c45d34.jpg

Rowie and Duncan Yu!photo I31B7278_zps234345d7.jpgphoto I31B7283_zps93014cef.jpg

Yours truly with Astley and Manolet!photo I31B7284_zpscbc75e63.jpg

Rocco and Lovi, cute couple(?)photo I31B7286_zps92f8fd73.jpg

Whian Rhian who came appropriately dressed for the theme that nightphoto I31B7288_zps63a08141.jpg

RJ and Vanessa Ledesma by the photo wall (Tim started out taking photos of people in clubs to get in once upon a time)photo I31B7289_zps07a600ba.jpg

Happy birthday Tim!

Categories: timyap, paparazzi, printedmatter,

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René Lacoste invented the Polo in 1932, then called the L.12.12 Polo. Afterwhich he established the brand Lacoste. When I think of Lacoste, I think casual yet elegant clothing which ranges from perfume, shoes, bags, watches, eyewear and of course the ever famous polo.

I’ve always been a fan of the brand, the ease and effortless “unconventionally chic” clothing which I’d wear ever since I was in grade school or knew what personal style even was. Naturally, when I received the invite for Lacoste’s 80 Year anniversary, I had to make my way over to Shangri-La Plaza’s East Wing to see what was happening for the special occasion.

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David Celdran was one of the hosts that evening, and explained a little about the history of the French brand and how tennis champion René Lacoste got his “Alligator” nickname from the American Press because of his tenacity in playing the game. We were then led through the different advertisements and historical photographs within the Lacoste world.photo L1090235_zps2cf8f373.jpg

Staying true to their roots, the Lacoste exhibit dominantly shows tennis, then the other sports such as golf and… is that a futuristic game of racquetball?photo L1090217_zps6b54c8eb.jpg

Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Bianca Valerio and David Celdran in full force.

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The photos really bring the Tournoi de Roland-Garros to mind.

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How exciting it must be to have been to watch the greats during that time.

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The exhibit also had different Crocodile types, this French flag one was definitely my favorite.

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Marqueed along the walls were historical dates and facts relating to Lacoste. 1973 marked the year that Glyceria Tantoco of Rustan’s signed an exclusive agreement with Bernard Lacoste, a son of the brand’s founder, René Lacoste bringing the iconic brand to our shores.

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The classic white polo, timeless and still so cool.

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All-over prints, collaborations (which include the one with Karl Lagerfeld among others) were very pretty and desirable, but alas, all not for sale.

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Store Specialists Inc.’s executive vice-president Anton Huang and Malu Francisco together with French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon.

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Group photo! I believe every one of us was wearing Lacoste, but Pepper Teehankee trumped us all with his Lacoste x MICHAEL STIPE / REM ‘Crowd - Red’ Visionaire 54 Polo!

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The newly opened store which also has a section of the more vibrant and out there designed pieces of Lacoste L!VE. But what I was really excited about was the Peter Saville collabs which I first saw in a closed boutique in New York during my last night, and I was to leave really early the next morning giving me absolutely no time to swing by and feed my obsession with anything Joy Division/New Order/Factory Records/Saville related! It’s fate, it’s here, and I have to have it!

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Categories: lacoste80, printedmatter,

photo sunsoaked_zps9d3fef34.jpgAfter spending a chilly early December in New York, I was so excited to be back and definitely ready to enjoy the tropical weather again. No more thermals, no more scarves! Here’s what I wore during on one of the days of my island excursion!photo I31B6752_zps03a12c4f.jpg

Shirt by GUESS | Shorts by Cotton On | Shoes by Native | Diver’s Watch

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I like wearing long sleeved shirts at the beach because 1) I don’t like wearing sunscreen because it feels greasy 2) I never liked wearing sandos to lunch and 3) it lets me keep my cool better than when wearing the aforementioned (even a tee so long as the right fabric and color is chosen). Paired with beachscape shorts so I don’t look like such a square!

photo I31B6768_zps8e6d9f55.jpgI really like this shirt from Guess, it’s got screenprinted stripes done on very breathable material. Perfect for the sunny weather!

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Categories: Guess Jeans, guessph, style, beach,

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When I was in high school, I used to get my haircut at a no-frills barbershop across the street from where I played counter-strike. It was great, very convenient and not to mention a pittance for the quality of service one would receive when requesting the standard “barber’s cut”

I’d get the same old haircut, little off the top, clean the sides, the usual. It was really consistent, I was happy with that until I had a quasi-punk “rebellious” phase in college and decided that a faux-hawk was the way to go, then eventually an indeliberate off center mohawk which I had almost DIY’ed but gave up and asked the help of my older sister. Oi oi oi! (it was a fun thing to do, but wasn’t very versatile I soon learned. Barong and mohawk don’t mix!)

Fast forward to my being a model and getting exposed to different hairstyles and such, I then found Toni & Guy and have never left. Nelson Cruz (creative director) and who also happens to be a good friend of mine is incredibly talented. So why am I writing about a barbershop?

Well, hairsalons get the job done. But still don’t have that old-fashioned style service that one imagines The Rat Pack (Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis among others) would have. The heated towels, big ol’ metal barber’s chairs, and like it or not a mixture of hair tonic/talcum powder smell. Blame it on nostalgia but I sometimes want to get my monthly trim at a traditional barbershop. Better judgement of course wins as I know that my finicky hair requirements demand more advanced techniques that kuya might not be skilled at.

Still. It’s a manly haven, an off-limits safezone from women when you don’t want to go shopping for bedsheets or scented candles. So when I was in Lower Haight in San Francisco, I had to check out this J.P. Kempt place when I saw it when my road manager Ben was checking out another store right next door. The place looked just like any traditional barbershop, but upon research using the ever trusty google I learned that they combine modern techniques to keep up with the times. 

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The shop’s proprietor was dubbed the “Rock and Roll Barber” by VH1 and the Village Voice, and “one of the best barbers in the country” by Esquire and Best Life magazines, Shorty Maniace is considered a leading expert in men’s grooming. - from their website. I wanted to get a haircut but alas, I only had ten minutes before I had to regroup and be shuttled off to dinner. So I figured I’d just check out their hair stuff (a few minutes of grooming goes a long way fellas)

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The place was well-stocked with various pomades, hairwax, aftershave, and shaving cream. I was looking for shaving cream.

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The gentleman who helped me out suggested Musgo Real shaving cream, which was decidedly old world. (Art of Shaving supposedly tries to mimic what Musgo Real is. Hmmm) I automatically bought the neutral yet demographically correct sales pitch and left the shop happy to have found such a place.

I’ll definitely be back, get a haircut and see what they can do. I wonder if they have a new and improved J.P. Kempt equivalent of gupit binata.

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When in San Francisco, check out

J.P. KEMPT BARBER & SOCIAL

Website: http://www.jpkempt.com/

351 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Book an appointment online
or call (415) 437-1300

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New Year! New beginnings and a renewed enthusiasm for a better year to come! Celebrated the end of a year and the start of a new one in the highest restaurant and sky lounge in the country! Dubbed 71 Gramercy, the New York style club is atop the highest skyscraper in Manila.

It was an awesome experience to see the fireworks all around us while counting down the New Year! Took some photos to remember it all!

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Sparklers and champagne, and seeing people who have been so busy this year! Excellent party! The fellows behind 71 Gramercy are the same people behind Opus and Prive (Erik Cua, Tim Yap, Louie Ysmael, GP Reyes, Carlo Miguel) + Euric Lumanog (DJ Euric), Fabinho Ide, Carlo Trillo (Fiamma), Raj Sadhwani (Distillery / Draft / Imperial) and Raymond Gutierrez.

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Categories: newyear, 71 gramercy, paparazzi,

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Berocca threw a really great party at Bonifacio Global City a few days back, reiterating the fact that one can really be on full blast despite hectic schedules with their delicious orange/citrussy effervescent tablet packed with B-vitamins + vitamin C + zinc amongst others. A slew of DJs took the crowd from relaxed cocktails to getting everyone pumped with their own brand of top 40 mixes and hip-hop mashups.

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Everybody looked fresh and ready to hit the dance floor.

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Selfieee. photo L1080340_zps7f16f4a2.jpg

Wave 89.1 DJs Julia Quisumbing and Ron Poe

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These fellows need no introduction! Always great to see the trio out on the town!

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On full blast!

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Melissa Ricks and Jed Madela hanging out

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Dj Ron Poe, Sam YG and Slick Rick horsing around.

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Mico Palanca and Troy Montero

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These guys were dispensing water and Berocca in cups to keep everyone #OnFullBlast! ;-) no hangover tomorrow

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All of the lights!

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Such a great vibe from everyone that night, must be the Berocca yesss!

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They also gave out a bunch of prizes including an iPad Mini!

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Nightvision!

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Dani Castaño and Jay-R 

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Eri Neeman, Dimples Romana with her hubby and the awesome Berocca people!

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"Trust me and do what I say, I’m with the Party Crew - DJ Tina Ryan"

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Yehehes! Moment ni DJ Tonytoni!

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One year free Berocca! Super envious!

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The quartet one by one explaining why the ladies should go for them, kidding they were just talking about game mechanics!

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Divine, super competitive!

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Smiles all around!

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What a night! Pretty epic, and I love how the whole LED installation at Hyve was set to green to match the party host. Congratulations to Berocca Performance for a job well done, hassle free entrance into the club plus free-flowing drinks and refreshments. I feel kind of bad that this is the last of their party series, looking forward to next set! Complete attendance ako jan sigurado! Haha!

Follow Berocca!

Twitter & Instagram: @BeroccaPh

http://twitter.com/users/BeroccaPh

http://instagram.com/BeroccaPh

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It’s been a whirlwind as of late, happy and excited for this coming holiday!

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I consider myself extremely lucky to have an occupation that affords and at the same time requires me to sometimes go off to far-flung places that offer a great change of scenery from the usual cityscape of Manila. Long, contemplative “road trips” that perfectly match the music of Bon Iver, The Decemberists and the new Devendra album.

photo I31B3169_zps2acbc27c.jpgEn route to Subic via SCTEx.photo I31B3187_zpscec8b74a.jpg

HUD (Heads Up Display) to monitor speed.

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Motorcades to thank supportive fans and viewers of My Husband’s Lover

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While sometimes it’s back to the daily traffic grind.

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That’s why it’s no surprise that sometimes I oftentimes get jolted by intrusive “low fuel” protestation beeps from my trusty whip. Limited cruising distance has once again instantly turned the freedom ride into a fight to get to the nearest gas station. 

In your mind you’re thinking, "Gas-tos nanaman" then you remember that you still have Globe Rewards points which can be used to at least extend your joyride. Text “BAL” to 4438 and voila! Points available reports, 1 point = 1.00 Php!

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Like a desert mirage, a Petron magically appears! Time to gas up!

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The whole process can be all done from the comfort of your car, but I like being hands-on and making sure the right fuel is loaded into the gas tank of my car. Not to mention giving you, my readers a firsthand experience of how easy using Globe Rewards really is.

Text “Buy 0917XXXXXXX(cashier #) <AMOUNT>” and send to 4438. Ex: Buy 0917XXXXXXX 2000.photo I31B4860_zps1f115ec1.jpg

Wait for the confirmation receipt. Then voila! Show the text to an authorised person in the forecourt in order to confirm your purchase and fill up aforementioned empty fuel tank.

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Unleaded fuel! Take note! Loading one’s car with the wrong fuel type such as Diesel into a Gasoline car and vice versa can be time-consuming and catastrophic.

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Choose which fuel, it’s all about preference. I went with Petron XCS which is 95 Octane fuel.

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$$$$ buti nalang points! photo I31B4885_zps6e167b43.jpg

Cue 1960s lounge music.

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While thinking of what pasalubong you can buy your significant other (or loved ones) with the money saved from this gas up.

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There’s the magic number! 

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One other form to sign to seal the deal, grab your receipt, and you’re good to go! Road trip na!photo I31B4897_zpsa863954f.jpg

I still couldn’t believe it, such a practical and awesome deal!

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Almost a full tank! Pretty sweet! I actually saved my Globe Rewards points so I could get use it on other stuff like movie tickets (Ayala Cinemas) and Figaro coffee! If you don’t have enough points for the whole purchase, you can always top-up using real dinero.

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Panalo! You can even share Globe Rewards Points! Check out essential information below!

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Pricing Guide

  • 1 point is equal to P1 (i.e. 100 points = P100)
  • Subscribers have to pay the balance in cash or credit card

Allowable Redemption

  • Any points value above minimum points requirement to redeem
  • Merchants do not accept a fraction of a point (i.e. 0.5 point)
  • Subscribers can redeem any product or service available during date of redemption
  • Subscribers have to pay for the balance in cash or credit card
  • Ex. P180 worth of products = 180 points, or 110 points + P70 cash/credit card

How to Redeem

  • Text BUY < space > < 10-digit mobile # of cashier > < space > < points needed > to 4438. Ex. BUY 917XXXXXXX 100
  • Approach the cashier to get his/her assigned mobile number to be able to proceed with your transaction.
  • P1 transaction charge for Globe Prepaid and TM subscribers. No charge for Globe Postpaid.

Other Conditions

  • Postpaid subscribers should settle overdue accounts prior redemption
  • 5 maximum redemption transactions only per day
  • Successful transactions may not be cancelled. No points reversal upon redemption.

More info here:

http://rewards.globe.com.ph/home 

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I’ve been very curious about the Fujifilm Instax Neo Classic considering it’s aesthetic appeal and instantly gratifying experience of having an actual physical photo which you can treasure or gift to someone as opposed to a digital copy that has such a slim chance of being printed considering the prolific use of smartphones, and social media sharing nowadays. The sense of permanency one gets from using the camera is nostalgic and endearing, keeping treasured memories in a flash.photo I31B4824_zpse934f533.jpg

I also eventually appreciated the slower pace of photography since having a limited amount of Instax film meant that I had to think of my shots more and upon realization that I was using a legit film camera also made my subjects really appreciative of being in the photos! (although rivalry on who gets the group photo can get pretty fierce) When shooting a big group, best to take two or more photos to give out. Which leads me to how having an actual physical photo come out of your new Instax Neo Classic camera is great at parties, it’s a conversation starter, the design really turns heads, and easily just makes people smile.photo I31B4805_zps92c20aa9.jpg

The capable camera has so many new features, such as double exposure, “party” mode, Bulb, macro, kids (for fast moving subjects ie: makulit) landscape and flash on/off mode. I also particularly liked that the new camera also has a threaded hole to place it on a tripod (as seen above) or similar mounts to give you really unique angles and photos!

Anyway, here’s what I shot with it! Enjoy!

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Had so much fun with the Instax Neo Classic! For those interested, the retail price is Php 8,980 and is available at most leading camera stores in the Metro.

Stores: fujifilm.com.ph/instaxdealers

Check out their facebook!

Facebook: facebook.com/fujifilminstaxphilippines

Twitter: @teaminstaxph

Instagram: @teaminstaxph

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Not to spoil anything for anyone planning to watch the movie, but I am just very excited to be part of such a monumental film. I brought along my camera as waiting is a pre-requisite of an actor’s job, and figured I could snap up some interesting images given the uniqueness and remoteness of our location. I play a priest by the way, which is very much close to my real personality I think :D Enjoy the photos, and hope everyone gets to catch Pedro Calungsod : Batang Martir when it comes out!

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