Met Gala 2013 and the Contemporary Filipino Art Exhibit

Metropolitan Museum: Contemporary Filipino Art Exhibit

Met Gala 2013 at the Metropolitan Museum

As a kid I loved visiting museums during field trips. They were an occasional treat to feed our creativity and our minds.

One of my school’s favorite haunts was the old Ayala Museum, which had a permanent exhibit about Philippine history (loved the dioramas!). During my university Spanish class our professor required us to visit the Metropolitan Museum, which had an exhibit on Spanish artifacts found in the Philippines.

At the Met Gala 2013, I encountered a different Metropolitan Museum. Read more


This month it seems the cartoons I watched in my childhood are coming back around. I’m impatiently waiting for the Jem and the Holograms DVD box set I ordered from Amazon. I just watched the live action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin. And this Saturday, I’m attending the Superbook Reimagined Family Fun Day!

If you never watched Sunday morning cartoons on GMA7 back in the late 1980’s you might not remember what Superbook is. Let me refresh your memory.



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A Morning at Mercato Centrale BGC

Back when Mercato Centrale first opened near Bonifacio High Street in 2010 for its Morning Mercato market, I would drop by on Sundays after a race for some food and drink. I was already familiar with the concept of weekend markets where fresh food and produce were offered, since my family and I frequented the one that used to be held at the Lung Center of the Philippines compound on Quezon Avenue. Still, the charm of each weekend market is the variety; they don’t all have the same concessionaires, so you could have a completely different food and shopping experience from one market to another.

fresh produce
organic produce fresh off the farm

Today, Morning Mercato re-opened in its original location at the corner of 30th Street and 9th Avenue in BGC. It’ll be there on Saturdays and Sundays from 7am to 2pm through November and December. (Midnight Mercato will still be held at the Mercato tent near Turf BGC.) Read more

Take Care from Garnier

I rarely get invited to beauty events these days, mostly because I rarely blog about makeup and skin care now. It was nice receiving an invite from Garnier to attend their Get Active Campus Challenge culminating event at Enderun Colleges a few weeks ago. The event was only very obliquely about Garnier’s line of skin care products. Rather, the Get Active Campus Challenge sponsored youth groups from nine schools in the country to create and run campaigns for a variety of advocacies: health and wellness, community development, the environment, women empowerment and more.

Garnier Event
Garnier beauty advocate Georgina Wilson with student representatives and event host Atom Araullo

The brand’s tagline “Take Care” was expanded to mean not just take care of oneself, but also of others in the community and groups in need.

Congratulations to the University of Mindanao on winning the grand prize of P100,000 for their Small Spaces, Big Returns urban container gardening campaign. Their project educated NSTP students and communities on using small urban spaces for sustainable gardening. According to the UM organizers, one community has now begun an income-generating seedling nursery based on what they learned.

photo from Garnier’s Instagram account

It’s great seeing a skin care brand branch out into community service. I just checked their Facebook page and learned that every time you buy a Garnier product at Mercury Drug outlets, part of what you pay goes to World Vision, which funds education for children in need. Now that’s how you “Take Care.”

Brighten Childrens Futures with Garnier

Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday on a Wednesday

I don’t always listen to the radio these days. Too much painful pop music (or is it a sign of old age that I don’t enjoy what the young ‘uns are into?). However, I make exception for danceable tunes that make me want to shake my booty!

Well, guess whose booty graced Manila last week?

Pink Friday in Manila: Booty

Pink Friday with a Pink Booty

Thanks to Globe and BlackBerry, Nicki’s Pink Friday World Tour made a stop in Manila. Concert tickets were for free and exclusive to Globe subscribers who availed of the new BlackBerry Curve 9220 or 9320 smartphones under the Globe My Super Plans.

Pink Friday in Manila: Booty

Nicki Minaj

As a Globe Mobile Data Services Ambassador, I got floor tickets to see the concert. I was almost put off from going because of heavy traffic, but I’m glad I toughed it out and made it to SM Mall of Asia Arena just in time for the opening act, Q-York (Philippine All-Stars). Then there was another long break during which I got something to eat (traffic makes me hungry). Then the screams from inside the arena alerted me that Nicki was onstage!

Pink Friday in Manila: LED Screens

Nicki and her band of dancers

I enjoyed the visual spectacle, from Nicki’s bright ensembles, to her tour dancers, to the LED screens she used to transform the stage look. Her blistering fast raps were live and I could hear teen audience members rapping along behind me.

Pink Friday in Manila: Colorful Nicki

yet another costume change

She sang most of her vocals, but as what she often does on TV appearances, part of the vocals were on a backing track (especially the vocals with distortion — chipmunked, echoed and repeated). I don’t blame her for it, as she needed lots of physical energy to run all over the stage. Between costume changes, her DJ would play some of her songs that were collaborations with other artists, including my favorite “Fly” with Rihanna.

At one point during the concert, she asked some front-row fans, including one girl from Q-York, to come up on stage and dance with her.

Pink Friday in Manila: Cheese!

say cheese!

Despite the short length of the show (well, compared with the amount of time I spent in traffic getting to the venue), Nicki appeared touched by her Filipino fans’ response to her performance. She said, “I’ll never forget you. You’ll always be in my heart as the first time I’ve ever come here.”

Pink Friday in Manila: <3


Nicki ended the concert with “Super Bass”, still her most identifiable song on these shores.

Pink Friday in Manila: Confetti

an explosion of confetti

But Filipinos weren’t done with her. We kept chanting, “We want more! We want more!” There wasn’t more though, but Nicki ran out onstage to wave at us again.

That was so much fun! Thanks Globe and BlackBerry!