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7 Philippine fashion brands goes centerstage at the Premiere Classe Paris

August 23, 2019

Seven renowned Filipino fashion accessory and ready-to-wear brands heads to Paris on September 27 to 30 for the Premiere Classe fashion trade show.      Held annually since 1989 during of Paris Fashion Week, Premiere Classe showcases fashion design and accessories by brands and designers from all over the world. The event registers over 10,000 visitors each year including buyers and media editors over the course of four days. It is an international platform for fashion accessory designers to present their products in categories that include jewelry, footwear, bags, leather goods and ready-to-wear items.      Aranáz, which was founded by Becky, Amina and Rosanna Aranaz has enjoyed a steady local following over the years and continues to gain popularity internationally. The brand’s handmade bags have perfected that signature balance of polished and artisanal while bringing to the spotlight the use of indigenous materials like abaca, raffia, and wicker.      Beatriz Accessories by Carissa Cruz Evangelista, offers a more luxurious take on handcrafted bags with clutches made with vibrant color combinations and eye-catching graphic details.      Mele + Marie’s elegant purses created by the husband-and-wife team of Melecio and Rosemarie Oamil, the brand’s bags boast refined artistry through the use of iridescent abalone shells and lightweight acrylic.      Joanique by Malou Romero creates contemporary bags and accessories with a cultural reference. Its Maskara collection of minaudières mimic the intricate designs and carvings of the masks featured in the Masskara Festival in the southern city of Bacolod.      Zacarias 1925, on the other hand, references architecture, art, and even cinema in its progressive designs. Designer Rita Nazareno cleverly mixes materials like leather and shaped rattan to add even more personality to her pieces.      Jewelry designer Merriam Batara hails from a family with a background in crafting fine jewelry and hand-beaded accessories. Her work emphasizes the immense detail and precision of hand beading, as seen in her collection of shoulder-grazing earrings. Lenora Cabili’s clothing label Filip + Inna applies to each garment age-old and traditional techniques of weaving and embroidery and incorporates these into more current silhouettes.      Bringing its own distinct style showcasing local materials, styles, and craftsmanship that further define fashion’s visual codes in this day and age.

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Recalling good times at Tagoloan class reunions

August 23, 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina--Let’s talk about class reunions and why it’s both the most awaited and most dreaded of all events by people of a certain age.      For starters we should all attend class reunions to reconnect, reminisce on old memories and rekindle friendships and of course find out what happened to each other in nearly half a century of being out of contact or should we say out of the loop.      I belong to Class ‘71 of St.Mary’s High School now known as St. Mary’s Academy of Tagoloan town in Misamis Oriental, northern Mindanao in the Philippines.      This school produced two town mayors and one governor of Misamis Oriental, doctors, lawyers, engineers, nurses, teachers, military leaders, community builders and so many others.      It’s been close to 50 years or half a century after high school graduation. That’s right, so many summers ago since we graduated on March 22,1971      During college and my work at the 6th Municipal Circuit Court of Tagoloan and and Villanueva towns, I saw some classmates every now and then but other than that high school life was forgotten as almost everyone was starting a life or pursuing one.      Fast forward years later and when I went home for a short vacation that ended last July 29, I decided to reconnect with the classmates I missed since the last get together was back in 2008 before I left for the US.      And true enough with the help of Facebook, phone calls and some networking we reconnected and started meeting at the lovely home of Sol Casino Pizarro (Solita Casino) twice in July.      It is interesting that Clea Palatulon (Clea Alaud) went traditional by going to each house of former classmates to tell them about the reunion as most of them still stayed in Tagoloan. Clea contacted Gloria Maceda, Josefa Jagualing, Milan Dagus, Jerrilyn Nabong Gervacio, Rolando Emano and  Santos ‘Toto’ Casino about the meeting.      Not to be outdone was Jovenil Tagam who recently retired from the City Court and called up classmates who lived or worked in the city. She got in touch with Mercy Salac, Lourdes Bersabal and Divina Escabarte and even Evelyn Sabio now Evelyn Pimentel.      On my part I left a message for Ella and Ruth Villegas for them to come and made some follow up on Venil, Clea and Rosemary Castillo who still lives in Manila. It was Rose who contacted Emma Cartajena since both are from Balauarte. I almost forget, Clea also contacted Martin Seno. The hardest part on any class reunion is the preparation because there are classmates who don’t want to be contacted for whatever reasons but we should thank social media these days since it would be easy to contact friends of long ago if they are connected to the internet especially Facebook. The first and second meeting were held at the house of Sol Casino, the daughter of Iyo Penito and Ya Gloria who saw to our comfort and served food to last for hours.      She recalled school life memories in classrooms and under the shade of old acacia trees, the church, the sisters convent or the public plaza which we had for our own during the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) or dance practice for town fiestas or foundation days.      I could not really believe how fun it was to recall past memories and remember our teachers which were the sisters of the Religious of Virgin Mary (RVM). It was fun hearing Sol telling us who was the girlfriend or boyfriend of a classmate and everyone present either denied or made excuses.      We talked about Literature and one that stood out was the poem ‘The Raven’ of Edgar Allan Poe and like a chorus we remembered the words” nevermore and forever more.”  We talked about Tagalog class and recalled Pantukoy, History and English.      We remembered our uniforms and who among us had the most pleated pink uniform because it was starched well. If I remember correctly I think Clea Alaud would be cited for her crisp, clean uniform and good behavior at the end of the day while my uniform was already crammed just like the others.      It was fun remembering the past. We did not talk about failures but we celebrated the successes of everyone by embracing it as our own. It was no longer about high school but it was all about life.  I am hopeful that the next reunion will have 100 percent attendance except of course for those who are not around anymore.

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Sinking a warship, not a declaration of war

August 22, 2019

THE unauthorized and illegal sailing of China’s battleships in the Philippine waters without being accosted only shows the demeaning and weak Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The action of China violated the territory of the country. It was a direct assault on the country’s sovereign rights as a country and as people. China losses respect on the Filipinos because of the Philippine government’s willingness to become a “laughing stock” in Southeast Asia. True, the government is raising diplomatic protest. However, a diplomatic protest is irrelevant to a country where human dignity is a taboo. A country driven by greed, whose power is derived out of the barrel of the gun, is disrespectful of life. The Philippines must assert its sovereign rights at all costs. It has the right to sink an unknown vessel who refused to identify itself, much less, declare its purpose in sailing the Philippine sea. When an unknown vessel (warship or not) sneaks unto the Philippine territory, without identifying itself, the AFP could use force to neutralize it. The AFP’s jet fighters must scramble and bomb the unknown vessel who refused to communicate and declare their intention. This is discussed in response to a query on how to deal with China’s battleships, which sneak throught the Philippine waters without communicating to the AFP.  The reply is direct and certain: Sink them! If the Chinese battleship responds, then the battleground is drawn in the area where the incident is taking place. It does not mean that the Philippines would be officially at war with China. After all, it is Congress who could declare war against any country. The military action taken by the Philippines would, however, send a strong message to China that the Philippines could not be bullied by any country professing to be militarily powerful. When a robber sneaks and enters a house, the occupants have the right to depend themselves by all means. One remembers Taiwan, a fraction of a nation who refused to be bullied by China. In 1949 and during China’s infamous “cultural revolution,” thousands fled from mainland China and settled in Formosa, now known as Taiwan. The settlers of Taiwan then were known as the “Koumintang.” The Koumintang Party State has their own “National Revolutionary Army” also known as the Republic of China Armed Forces when the Republic of China  was promulgated in the 1947 constitution. The Republic of China Armed Forces fled the mainland China toward Taiwan after losing the civil war to the communist in 1949. One of the major opponents of the RCAF was the communist People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the army of the modern day aggressor, China. At present, China claims Taiwan to be part of their country and wants to attach to the mainland China at all costs. The Taiwanese government refused and maintain its independence as a sovereign nation. In response to China’s threat that it would take Taiwan at all costs, the Taiwan government warned China that it would shoot down any fighter jets that will encroach Taiwan’s airspace. Que vadis, Philippines? Isn’t it a shame knowing Taiwan, a small country,  but willing to fight and protect its people as a sovereign nation? Perhaps, the Philippines is the most friendly nation around the world that it is able to shallow its pride amid insult, mockery, and bullying by countries whose “means” of existence is through saber-rattling and harassment. -0-

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Corruption in Malacanang

August 18, 2019

VALENCIA, Bukidon--The Crusade for Clean Government, a volunteer anti-corruption watchdog sees   corruption happening right at the very seat of power – in Malacanang. Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) says two cabinet secretaries are now under investigation for corruption, and more --with   around 200 government officials are listed for alleged involvement  in corruption. With this sad note, corruption remains pervasive as ever   despite the effort of President Duterte  to curb this malpractice in his three years  of  ascendancy. Because of insatiable greed, these workers in government had continuously betrayed -- one after the other -- their pledged of incorruptibility before President Duterte. Corruption in government is massive and packed with immense power and dominance, placing the Philippines   in the list of most corrupt countries in Asia. This menace is  a fight of man’s indefatigable greed, where power corrupts,   and where the powerful is corrupted in high places and down to the last man in public service.   That said, there is one  thing  Malacanang  needs to  address in earnest -- and that is the  drive  against graft and corruption in all fronts of  the bureaucracy.   Netizens are therefore encouraged by Malacanang to help fight corruption and for complaints, the Presidential Complaint Center (PCC), a front line desk in the Office of the President serves as a liaison unit. It connects  with various departments and agencies of the government and private institutions/companies on all requests for assistance, and information, as well as complaints and grievances of the general public.  Indeed, the fight to clean the bureaucracy  of graft and corruption remains one of Duterte’s headaches. (Editor’ note: The writer is the lead convenor of the Crusade for Clean Government, a volunteer anti-corruption watchdog and former president of Cagayan de Oro Press Club) (ruffy44_ph2000@yahoo.com)

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Of festival and blessings

August 18, 2019

THE different activities and event of the 34th Kadayawan Festival in Davao City kept me very busy and enjoyable too. That's the reason, why this column is being published a little bit late. But, not to late, because Kadayawan will be going on up to the end of this month of August. Of course, as a member of the Davao City's (Mindanao's) Consular Corps, I am receiving invitations as German Consul for Mindanao for most all different events of this amazing and awesome festival. While writing this piece, the festival is still ongoing. The celebration offers an incredible array of activities full of fun and joy: dance group competition (just experienced yesterday, grabe!), street party and a food trip at the strip. Sure, Kadayawan is also about the indulgence in the best cuisines that Davao has to offer. Kadayawan is indeed a fest of sorts. Living and working in Davao City since almost 21 years now, I observed this festival is becoming more and more awesome. As our good mayor Inday Sara Duterte said during the launching,  "We celebrate it annually not just to give Dabawenyos a reason to celebrate; we do it o we do not forget where we come from and what blessings we have received through the years, blessings which we continue to receive". Living in Davao City, I strongly agree: We have been blessed not just with natural resources but favorable climate conditions, a thriving economy and peace and order. I go further. While observing global disputes at any corner, we are blessed in Mindanao. Not only Dabawenyos are showing the whole word how to get together as a multicultural community. Yes, this year's Kadayawan is indeed different, as most events have spread during the weekends of the month of August to ensure the city will be able to accommodate more visitors. I was surprised meeting you so many people during so many events from different countries. First time ever, I came to together with Vice Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte. He said, "A bountiful harvest, rich natural resources, disciplined an resilient people, dedicated public servants, safe community and a lot of wonderful opportunities." Yes, we have to be thankful for everything, while looking to so many place on earth, where the situations look different and scaring.  I still remember then Davao City Mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte saying in 2009, " With global warming and climate change a very real phenomenon in our lives now, we need to look to our indigenous people for wisdom and guidance as they have been respectful towards their relationship with the earth!" The Presidentsaid this ten years ago ... ! Happy Kadayawan 2019! God bless Mindanao. God bless the Philippines! +++ Email:doringklaus@gmail.com or follow me in Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin or visit my blogs www.germanexpatinthephilippines.blogspot.com or www.klausdoringsclassicalmusic.blogspot.com.

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Yes, There’s Worst Feng Shui

August 18, 2019

Just like a feasibility study remember what is taught in SGV management training in the 70s: it’s just a study and it can have an infeasible conclusion.      Tapos ang piyesta! (The feast is over!) So with Feng Shui as not all consultations turn out pleasing to the ears of the client.      Here are case studies to learn from:      A glorious mansion in Dasmariñas village Makati. We park alongside and client asks, is this property good Feng Shui for me? Wait, I replied as I checked my compass. Oh it’s east.      It’s total loss direction for you. You can even die or total loss of life. Case dismissed, no buy!      Another, a corner lot property in a village shaped sharply like a pizza slice. What do you think client asks? No remedy, it speaks of endless sex scandals! Example, that broadcast network lot in the North! Case closed: no buy      Another similar one corner but no malice shaped like an uncircumcised penis! What is your reading, wife asks. Husband protests! Wife insists to tell it as it is! So I said, sex scandals. Husband appeals: no remedy? Wife interjected: Aldric what’s best to do? Frankly I caught him already. Me: remedy is to circumcise the lot but best if sold. Verdict: Sold and they lived happily and prosperously ever after til now!      Susan Roces: Aldric may pinakamalas bang tao? Is there a truly unfortunate person?      Me: yes ma’am, if the property owned especially burial place of a mother or father has a comfort room on top of it then life pardon my language ma’am will be full of shit for the descendants! A nice Feng Shui movie to make!      She nodded understandingly all smiles. So there never buy or build on a property that has history of passion killing, murder, ghosts, hauntings, rape, even fire! Or where former owner died suffering from a sickness.      In buying or renting property it pays to be tsismosa or a gossiper!      Of course it’s no brainer if someone sells you Rizal Park or Luneta or wants to buy your hotel or building claiming he is son of a Taipan!      Due diligence legally and practically is advised with Feng Shui. Who knows you can truly buy Malacañang! Your laugh is as loud as mine, no worries!

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