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Monday, February 27, 2017

A love that lasts

I HAVE to admit that as a brand, Happy Skin has earned my love and respect. Of course, I supported Happy Skin when it launched two years ago. I bought some of its products. My aunts in the United States would always ask for its lip crayons as gifts....

A French invasion

Mallgoers recently had the rare opportunity to have a glimpse of contemporary French fashion during the recent PhilFrance Fashion Week 2017 at SM Aura Premier. The event highlighted the collection of designer Clivia Nobili in a fashion presentation, dubbed Beau Travail, as well as an exhibit at the mall’s...
Vince Tañada, the main man behind the Philippine Stagers Foundation, believes he’s on the first few weeks of his second lease on life. He has taken Katips, the musical he wroteabout the abuses of  Marcos’s martial law, on a Mindanao caravan, and they were set to perform at Saint Paul’s College in Surigao City when a 6.7-magnitude quake hit the...

Meant to be fashionable

BAGUIO CITY—In time for the Summer Capital’s Panagbenga Festival, GMA’s Meant To Be stars held a Kapuso Fans’ Day at the Sunshine Park. Performing for and with their fans were Barbie Forteza (Billie Bendiola), Ken Chan (Yuan Lee), Jak Roberto (Andres “Andoy” de la Cruz), Ivan Dorschner (Ethan Spencer-Hughes)...
REMEMBER when Maine Mendoza first flashed “the look” at Alden Richards? It was July 16, 2015, on the “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment of the top-rating, long-running noontime Eat Bulaga on GMA, and neither of them was a brand yet. One was simply a bedimpled actor, still looking...
By Alex Pastor WHAT exactly is autism? This was the question that kept on recurring in this writer’s mind while covering a recent art auction and exhibit put up by the Center for Possibilities (CFP) Foundation, held at the RCBC Plaza. The artist, Samantha Kaspar, is a 19-year-old who’s afflicted with autism. According to...
LAST Saturday, February 18, a small band of filmmakers created their own history. Led by Kristian Sendon Cordero, they showed the director’s second work, titled Hinulid. The film competed in last year’s Quezon City Film Festival. But if there’s any great news about the film, it is that Nora Aunor...

When the room is the view

By Elaine Glusac / New York Times News Service Sometimes a hotel is just a place to sleep. Other times, it’s a destination. The following hotel openings, scheduled from late-2016 to late-2017, belong to the latter category: worthy of trips in their own right. BHUTAN: Six Senses Bhutan FIVE new lodges, known collectively...

Thoughts on Freedom Day

DO you feel overwhelmed? What makes you feel like you’re drowning? Is it your job, the people around you, your many obligations or even your own expectations? There are times in our lives when we may feel worn down. It’s like being in a room where the walls are closing in, and you...

Favor flavor over fad

By Tejal Rao / New York Times News Service SHEFFIELD, England—Everyone’s an expert on what you should, and should not, be eating, and in what quantities you should, and should not, be eating it. Not Ruby Tandoh, who is standing in her kitchen in South Yorkshire, sizzling plantains in an inch of...
By James Poniewozik / New York Times News Service WHEN The Good Wife had its premiere, there was a clear line from Hillary Clinton to Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), the ambitious lawyer who came into her own after her politician husband’s sex scandal. But the show had another Clinton figure all along: Diane...
By Katherine Rosman / New York Times News Service IN the hours after Sen. Elizabeth Warren was silenced by her Republican colleagues for “impugning” a fellow senator by reading aloud a letter Coretta Scott King had written that was critical of Jeff Sessions (later confirmed as attorney general), thousands of Americans...
By Mark Vanhoenacker / New York Times News Service BOGIE is athletic. She likes to walk, about 4 miles a day. She loves tetherball, too, though she broke her leg in a recent game. Bogie can be shy and doesn’t always do well in group situations. She enjoys chewing on the...
By Jake Coyle / The Associated Press NEW YORK—As the final votes pour in ahead of the Academy Awards’s on Tuesday afternoon deadline, Hollywood is drawing to a close an awards season that has, from Nate Parker to Mel Gibson, often been a confounding morality play. By even movie standards, the dramatic...

Blind Spot

HER TRUE COLOR ACCORDING to those who’ve known her since she was an aspiring star, the actress is a lesbian. This is why her relationships with men have always ended badly. Most of her exes are not her friends. They say she would rather be with women and, of course,...
SPA visits don’t always have to start with confused skimming of treatments that you know little about or have never heard before. To save you time from asking what does what and which gives you the best care pronto, I’M Onsen Spa in I’M Hotel does all the asking. When...
By Kim Cook / The Associated Press MANY of this season’s home décor collections are sporting a rather debonair look. Tweeds, tartans and twills drape cushions and comforters; furniture is clad in supple leather; drapes are made of suiting fabric; and hardware takes style notes from the gentlemen’s accessory drawer. “The classic good...
By John Williams / New York Times News Service "On the morning after the election disbelief prevailed, especially among the pollsters.” Yes, last November. I remember. But the line above is taken from Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America (2004), a novel in which aviator hero Charles A. Lindbergh, after being elected...
THIS writer is by no means a learned painter, sculptor or even a collector of fine art but upon seeing for the first time the works of Filipino artist Luis Lorenzana, currently being featured at the Leon Gallery in Corinthian Plaza, Makati City, “surprising” and “intriguing” are the two...
WITH the grooming rituals of the metrosexual having gone mainstream, “manpering” makes a bid for the attention of the urban male. “Typically, pampering is synonymous to the spa/salon experience primarily enjoyed by women. But we feel that the young modern urban man also deserves to spoil himself, given the stresses...