September 2018 - Vivoree Esclito

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GREAT EASTERN

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September marks the start of the lingering season of the year, gracefully

blending the pure excitement into the virtue of solidarity and bunch of

memories. Hence, everyone is looking forward to the loud celebrations with the

radiating narratives of hope, love and dreams.

In this issue, Village Pipol welcomes you to the countless possibilities of

triumphs and failures, mixing a wonderful harmony of this new generation.

September 2018 cover stars Awra Briguela and Vivoree Esclito are true stars in

their own rights and enticing contrast, proving their worth as diamonds in the

rough ensemble.

Awra's enthusiasm and utterly admirable passion brought him to the spotlight,

showering him the weighty claps and appreciations. On the other hand,

Vivoree’s authenticity and simplicity enamored the heart of the viewers,

gripping with her compelling talent and charismatic beauty.

This month, VP Travel shares a memorable 12-day Eastern European Tour that

brings us to Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia and

then to Budapest, Hungary. Rising fashion stylist Mark Ranque gets candid

about his humble beginnings and biggest dreams in this month’s VP Fashion

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The Great

Eastern Europe

Adventure

What started as a mere dream has come true for me, traveling through

Europe traversing several countries in one single trip to the continent.

By: Ryan Dela Cruz

I have been passionate about seeing different cities and cultures

for as long as I can remember. As soon as I started earning money, I

already had my eyes on seeing as many countries as possible. I would

save up as early as a year before, learn what I need to know about the

country I am going to and create a budget so I’d know how much I am

going to spend in the trip.

I have been to the UK and Paris last year, but this trip was different,

my Ireland based good friend and I had our mind set on going offbeat

and seeing a rather unknown route, taking on a 12-day eastern

European tour that brings us to Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna,

Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia and then to Budapest, Hungary.

The Dream That Was Prague

We started our trip in Prague, flying through Istanbul, it was a 16-hour

travel time for me, arriving in the middle of the day, after a quick

shower, we head out right away not wasting any time.

The heart of the city is in the old town square, the place is packed

with restaurants, quaint cafes and a lot of tourists, every corner is a

photo opportunity waiting to happen.

Amongst the cathedrals and castles in this city, I was most enthralled

with the roofs of the houses here, they were all orange and when it

hits the sun the roofs of these houses are just picture prefect.

Planning

Getting more and more experienced as a

traveler, I have learned to manage my way

around visas and its requirements, the

local partners of European countries have

enough information on what you need to do

to acquire a Visa. All boils down to a which

country you are staying most at or where

you are entering first.

Itinerary building is the most exciting part

for me, with the advent of social media and

travel influencers, finding beautiful places

in any country is as easy as searching it on

google. I particularly like using pinterest

in building my itinerary and tripadvisor in

getting as much local and realtime reviews

of places I am planning to visit

Back in the day, getting a hotel was also a

not only a chore but there were very few

options, either expensive or rip offs. With

Airbnb and hostels popping all over the

world, the not only do you get affordable

options, establishments are fighting over

travelers giving more value for the value of

the traveler.

My tip to anyone travelling to Europe,

research is really important, locations

and itineraries need to be really carefully

designed especially if you are DYI-ing

(doing it yourself). But, there are certain

countries when they proximities of

landmarks and stops are too far apart, the

trusty hop-on, hop-off is always a good

option.

Travel tip in getting a perfect view of the city is entering one of

the towers at the end of Charles Bridge, for a minimal fee, you can

go up a flight of narrow stairs and end up at a view deck with a

breathtaking view of the city.

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Breathtaking Vienna

After a couple of days in Prague, we move to Vienna by train arriving

in 4 hours to our cool hostel full of students and tourists from all over

the world.

Old world opulence mixed with modern sensibilities, that’s how I can

describe Vienna. While Prague was as dreamy as a fairy tale, Vienna

will show you how the royals lived back in the day with their endless

gardens, magnificent palaces and gothic style cathedrals.

All over the city, you see these buildings with gargoyles guarding

them, in here the devil was indeed in the details. As I was researching

for this trip, I knew I wanted to learn and be immersed in the past

and Vienna did not disappoint. Must see places are the Schönbrunn

palace, Stephansdom Cathedral and the Belvedere Palace.

The Schönbrunn Palace, is the top tourist

attraction in the city for good reason. This

summer baroque style palace is over 300

years old, and to say it is expansive is an

understatement.

Prague among other thing is

world famous for their beer, they

actually have the highest beer

consumption per capita in the

world, while I didn’t get to try all

of their beer, I was able to enjoy

one called Staropramen, and for

us Filipinos who love our SMBs,

this was a definite contender.

For the hippies out there who love a good

photo opportunity, check out the John

Lennon Wall. The wall is full of graffiti

dedicated to the famous artist and it the art

has been changing since 1988.

If you don’t have much time in your trip, Prague is highly

recommended as all notable landmarks are within walking distance

and transportation isn’t an issue with the tram and su`bway working

till late night.

Over the years, I have come to appreciate

architecture, especially places of worship

whether catholic or not. If you are like me,

the Stephansdom Cathedral, is a place to

see when in the city.

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In the middle of all the oldworld

beauty, the Museum

Quarter lies, a massive complex

dedicated to modern art and

lifestyle. The place has a lot

courtyards for you to chill and

appreciate some of the outdoor

exhibitions. Must see for any art

buffs and Instagram addicts!

Michael’s Gate

At the very entrance of the old town,

this building has been there since

the end of the 13th century and is a

definite landmark of the city!

Travel tip: Vienna is a rather big city and landmarks are far apart

from each other, to save time we decided to purchase a hop-on,

hop-off bus here and there are plenty of options for travelers to

choose from.

Bratislava: Eerie and Endearing At

The Same Time

Having told people that I am visiting this city, I have been asked why,

it’s not a typical destination and that was the very reason we are

going!

Arriving after a quick two-hour train ride, we set off to immediately

see the surroundings, right away you are brought back in what

seems to be dark and eerie times, although the country has been

independent since 1993, all around you can see the past and how the

now is currently catching up.

Much like Prague, the center of the action is centered in the old town

or Centrum Bratislava. Cafes, Restaurants, bars and souvenir shops

set-up next to each other vying for their share of tourist money.

Having seen castles and churches for a few days now, we wanted

to switch things up and instead joined a free night walking tour

– a spooky legend tour! Definitely a must-try, if you like gore and

witchcraft! Learned that the city’s roads are laden with the dead

during a plague, a famous lady who bathed in young ladies’ blood and

witches who were burned to death!

Čumil, The Watcher. All around the historic

city, one can find different statues that add a

modern touch to the center. This one is said

to grant wishes when you touch his head. Be

sure to look for him when you visit!

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Budapest: Bustling City Full of Vigor

and History

Enter Budapest, as we draw closer to Istanbul, we were welcomed

with a city that had a completely different flavor altogether. In one

corner, one can see gothic and neo-gothic architecture and on the

other you see the ottoman or Turkish structures.

Budapest is a widely popular city and has tons of attractions, best

tip is to plan out your day as destinations are far apart and there is a

significant amount of traffic in the city.

Day and night, the city was alive with tourists and locals. During

the day, we visited popular spots such as the Buda Castle, Matthias

Church and the Jewish Quarter. At night, we would try out different

restaurants that lined up the city.

After all the walking around and eating we decided to end our last

day in Budapest with a visit to the spa, the Szechenyi Thermal Bath,

which is in the middle of the city. For a few euros, we got to enjoy 17

different pools with different heat levels and treatments. Definitely a

great end to our and one I will never forget!

Chain Bridge

Just magical, this bridge among the many

other bridges that connect Buda and Pest is

such a beautiful structure that we’ve come

here at least three times.

Hungarian Parliament Building

Travel Tip: Ride any of the boats the

traverse the danube river, day and night.

Szechenyi Thermal Bath

For about Php700.00 you can enjoy a day

in this public bath composed of 17 different

pools both indoor and outdoor.

Beef Goulash

Local favorite, no doubt this is where we got

our Beef Caldereta, only difference is they

don’t serve it with rice.

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M Bakery

A Bite of New York City

By Eden Morales of UncoveringEden.com

Magnolia Bakery or M Bakery, my gateway to

experiencing my favorite tv series, Sex and the

City. They are world-renowned for a scene where

Miranda Hobbes and Carrie Bradshaw were eating

cupcakes from their bakery. This tv series has been

my religion for the longest time. I watch it during

my down time or whenever I experience a writer’s

block.

SATC has always been there, giving me real-life

situations simplified into monologues where Carrie

just wonders as she types on her trusty laptop. As

a blogger who writes almost 70 percent of his life, I

can definitely relate to her.

Anyhoo, M Bakery is located at the heart of

Bonifacio Global City, in the newly-built One

Bonifacio High Street. It just had opened last

August 22 and the lines had been crazy since then.

It has definitely taken BGC by storm.

Some people wait for the new phone to come

out and some may even go in line for hours for

a newly-released shoe design, but then there’s

me, a 27-year old guy who will patiently wait for a

cupcake.

The long line can be a little tiring. Get it from me,

a person who doesn’t like unwanted chatters near

my ears, I assure you, the wait is really worth it.

I remember this guy who went almost person-to-

person to just tell us to be a little considerate when

ordering for everyone to experience their famous

Banana Pudding. That’s how you take care of

customers.

Once inside, seafoam green-colored walls will

welcome you with a little dash of whimsy. The

sections of the dessert counters are written in a

board hanged on the ceiling along with the light

fixtures. On its back, are wall shelves with various

cakes in various colors. On the opposite side, a

marble table lies quietly by the tall windows. And

adjacent to it, is a souvenir shelf filled with M

bakery’s collectibles.

The interior is so quaint and dainty, I can actually

associate it with Carrie Bradshaw’s personality.

First thing I ordered is their famous Banana

Pudding. I only bought the small one because I

honestly would love to try other desserts off their

menu. This delicious treat is so milky and creamy.

It is reminiscent of our staple dessert, graham

cake. Maybe because of the ground bread buried

below the thick whipped cream with slices of

banana mixed in it. It also tastes a little similar to a

banoffee cake but instead of cake it is more of an

ice cream. The only thing I regret about ordering

Banana Pudding

this is the size I chose. Clearly, small is not enough

for me. This sweet confection should be bought in

larger sizes.

Double Fudge Brownie is a chocolate lover’s

dream. It’s dark brown color signifies the richness

of chocolate in it. A pinch of lemon can be

tasted—or maybe I was just dreaming—in this

super decadent dessert.

This velvety Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate

Buttercream is so tender and delicate. I decided

to scoop the icing by my index finger and tried

to retrace its swirl — too bad I couldn’t. The only

thing I do best is devouring this dessert less than

two minutes. It’s that good!

To M Bakery, I would like to thank you for letting

me experience a bite of New York City —and

Sex and the City—with treats wrapped in cute

packagings. I can already attest to the fact that I

will be a regular customer. You’ll be able to find

me here, whenever I want to have a pinch of

pure sweetness in this usually bittersweet world.

Or whenever I wanna channel my inner Carrie

Bradshaw.

Chocolate Cupcake

Double Chocolate

Fudge Brownie

But as I write this article, I wonder, “In a place so

busy like Bonifacio Global City, can desserts help

people slow down and appreciate the sweet side

of life?”

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VP health & beauty

Pound For Pound Fitness

By Lara Toldanes

Getting fit is more than a vanity. Often times

than not, gym goers are connoted as conceited.

However, the importance of health and fitness

is more than what you expect. Countless

‘fitspiration’ photos are rampant on social

media sites.

Numerous individuals try to squeeze in some

time to pay a visit at a gym amidst busy

schedules. People nowadays go to gym to

strengthen their body and to burn unwanted

calories. These reasons are of course no doubt

part of their healthy lifestyle.

On the other hand, gym membership costs

a little off of the budget. Personal trainers’

charges are not inclusive of the membership.

For some people who are not comfortable

socializing, brush off the idea of going to gym

unless they know someone who also goes

there. And this is what set Pound For Pound

Fitness gym differs from the other.

guaranteed program. The fitness center

bids four training program that will suit your

body type or structure. First off the list is the

Strength Conditioning Program. This is for the

athletes who want to strengthen the condition

of their body. According to Roberto Jaina, the

manager of Pound For Pound Fitness, many

athletes choose his gym for this program.

Next is the Weight Loss Program, this one

is for the clients who aim to tone their body

and cut off unwanted body fats. The gym’s

ventilation is purposely warm to help burn the

fats through sweating. In addition to this, the

program focuses on cardio. The third program

is the Cross-training Program, this also suits

the needs of athletes but this comes with

swimming and track and field.

Lastly, the Weights Program. It is created

for those who aim to develop their muscles

resulting to a more muscular body build.

old, there are programs that will help them

achieve their desired body. For the younger

clients, they offer circuit training such as ladder

and foot works for endurance.

If you wish to enroll to a gym but has a limited

budget, Pound For Pound Fitness is the place

to go! For as low as P1,500 for two months, you

can enjoy the privilege of an accommodating

and hands-on training. From basic training to

proper form while using the equipment they

can surely deliver.

Established in 2014, Pound For Pound Fitness

continues to give an affordable yet result-

Pound For Pound caters any age that comes

and visit them. From 10 years old to 65 years

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VIVOREE ESCLITO

Village Pipol’s September 2018 Issue welcomes you to the countless

possibilities of triumphs and failures, mixing a wonderful harmony of this

new generation. In this issue, we are proud to feature one of 2018’s most

promising stars, Vivoree Esclito.

by lara to l da n e s

PHOTOGRAPHER KENNETH TANGONAN | VIDEOGRAPHER JOSHUA KE | STYLIST JANNO STYLES

ASSOCIATE STYLISTS DAN FERNANDO, ENJ PUNO, BIANCA ELISSE, JEMORE WILSON AND BRYAN MORALLOS

MAKE-UP ARTIST JANELL CAPUCHINO | HAIR STYLIST MYCKE MORTIZ ARCANO

| PRODUCTION ASSISTANT FRANCESCA SANTOS

SPECIAL THANKS TO STAR MAGIC, CAPTAIN LUZ, SHARLENE OPULENCIA, STEPHEN CAPUCHINO,

ZOOMBURST STUDIOS AND FLOWERS BY PABLO

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Dress: RON RAMIRO;

Patent Thigh-High

Boots: STUART WEITZMAN

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VIVOREE'S TOP 5

TRAVEL

DESTINATIONS:

Dubai

Korea

Japan

Maldives

Bohol

The unstable mixture of the current atmosphere is

evidently prevailing however, dramatic breakthrough

unexpectedly embracing the range. Consequently, the

new generation constantly offering new genres, coping away

from the conventional ecstasy. More than the exhausted

standards, the brand new showcase of peerless talents and

captivating beauty eagerly prove the spot and loud claps.

Cropped top and leather skirt,

both: NOISE by

ISABELLE UTLEG;

shoes: BALENCIAGA

Success has no formula. One could steal the spotlight through

the classic yet tasteless avenue of showcase. On the other

hand, different platforms are introduced which delicately

resonate the call and modern echoes. The rise of social media

immortalizes the strapping influence of every browse and

click of fingertips, creating the new standards of play game.

Consequently, it is fair to claim that stardom has found its

expressway to brave the stereotypical clash.

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She is just a simple girl aspiring to be big

when she joined the reality TV show

Pinoy Big Brother. Her authenticity

and simplicity enamored the heart of the

viewers, gripping with her compelling talent

and charismatic beauty. After she set foot on

the outside world, this is when a new door of

opportunity opens for her.

She is distinctive, pleasant and boldly supple.

Vivoree feels like she entered a “new world”

when she left the reality show, a lot of new

things came her way upon entering the cutthroat

industry of show business. Being under

the subject of scrutinizing eyes of her critics

is also a new thing for Vivoree however, she

handles these critics like a pro. She uses these

criticisms as a motivation to do better when

she can no longer brush it off.

God, her family, friends, and her undying

supporters serve as her inspirations when

it comes to her work and real life dramas.

Outside of the limelight, Vivoree describes

herself as simple, someone who sees beauty in

every simple things around her.

The up-and-coming star emanates a charming

yet lady like sense, her bubbly and appreciative

air fills the hearts of everyone around her. She

has exceptional gift of angelic voice that makes

her remarkable and enthralling.

The 18-year-old star shared that her younger

self aspired to become an architect, nurse,

and a fashion designer. Although she is still

studying right now, she already found her

calling - as an actress. She wants to portray

every possible role, but for now, she wants to

be a part of an action film or television series.

Vivoree aims to challenge herself when it

comes to her flexibility for her craft.

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VIVOREE'S TOP 5

TRAVEL

ESSENTIALS:

Phone

Notebook and Pen

Wallet

Power Bank,

Sunnies

Floral cords:

JERRICK MACASOCOL;

Suede Lace-Up Booties:

GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

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Now that Vivoree is exposed to the

downside of the industry, she wants

to give an advice to aspiring actors, “I

know it’s cliché, but it is important to be just

yourself, it’s also important to have a strong

heart and keep your feet on the ground.”

She is insightful and persistently fetching.

A decade from now, Vivoree still sees herself

pursuing her passion, “I think I’m still doing

this stuff, like interviews, photo shoots. I hope

movies, teleseryes, endorsements, all of that,”

she stated.

With her fascinating flavor and impressive star

power, Vivoree will definitely make her own

spot, besets with modified prominence.

Dress: RON RAMIRO;

Patent Thigh-High

Boots: STUART WEITZMAN

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“VIVOREE'S MESSAGE TO

HER FANS:

“To my fans, you know I love you so much and

I’m always thankful. I’ll be forever grateful

to have you guys in my life. To my bashers,

wala, silence.”

Cropped top and leather skirt,

both: NOISE by

ISABELLE UTLEG;

shoes: BALENCIAGA

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Top and Pants, both:

MOSES BERAMO;

Studded Boots: SAINT LAURENT;

Eyewear: YSL

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AWRA BRIGUELA

Awra Briguela is a true star in his own rights and enticing contrast,

proving his worth as a diamond in the rough ensemble. His enthusiasm

and utterly admirable passion brought him to the spotlight, showering

him the weighty claps and appreciations.

by francesca s a n to s

PHOTOGRAPHER RAPHAEL YU | VIDEOGRAPHER JOSHUA KE | STYLIST JANNO STYLES

ASSOCIATE STYLISTS DAN FERNANDO, ENJ PUNO, BIANCA ELISSE, JEMORE WILSON AND BRYAN MORALLOS

MAKE-UP ARTIST JANELL CAPUCHINO | HAIR STYLIST MYCKE MORTIZ ARCANO

SPECIAL THANKS TO ZOOMBURST STUDIOS AND FLOWERS BY PABLO

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Jacket and pants, both NOISE by

ISABELLE UTLEG;

Cropped Top with Cold

Shoulders: ELYANNA AMOR;

Wedge Boots:

BOTTEGA VENETA

Entering show business demands you to get though

the narrow needle hole, solely tailored for the

enduring nature of fame. Aside from the talent and

charisma, a star grows with power through perseverance,

hard work and dedication. Hence, passionate requisites

boldly define the reach and depth of every blink and

shimmer, clasping though the unrivaled screen and reallife

dramas.

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AWRA'S TOP 5

TRAVEL

DESTINATIONS:

Los Angeles

Japan

Korea

France

Philippines

Full-Patched Bodysuit and Boots,

both: SAI STUDIOS;

Pants: ELYANNA AMOR;

Net Jacket: LESTER BULAO

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naman ako nagmadaling

sumikat, na mag-artista. Hinintay ko

“Hindi

lang talaga yung time na mag-shine

ako,” he shared.

He is radiantly inspiring and relatively fetching.

The 14-year-old star was discovered through

his video that went viral last 2016. He then

joined the longest-running TV series FPJ’s

Ang Probinsyano, and since then, his

star continuously shines among the wide

constellation of success and endurance.

“Siyempre sobrang saya ko kasi sino ba naman

ako para mapili ng isang Kuya Coco Martin

at ng Ang Probinsyano para pumasok doon.

Sobrang thankful ako sa lahat ng binigay ni

Kuya Coco from the start at happy ako na

kinuha niya ako,” he stated.

Recently, Awra was awarded as the Most

Innovated Child Star of the Year in the 3rd

Illumine Innovation Awards for Television.

Truly a remarkable experience for him, he

shared that he is very thankful to everyone who

appreciates his hard work.

“Hindi mawala yung pagka-thankful. Thankful

ako kasi lahat ng pagod ko nasuklian and

then ‘yung talent ko na ipinakita sa maraming

tao maraming naka-appreciate kaya

sobrang thankful ko. Lahat ng pagod at hirap

nasusuklian ng maganda kaya masaya ako

kasi hindi lang naman ako nagiging proud sa

sarili ko, siyempre yung family ko, kapatid ko

nagiging proud sila kaya hindi ako napapagod

na palaging mag-trabaho para sa kanila,” he

proudly pronounced.

Awra genuinely expresses his gratitude

towards people who supported him since the

beginning. He stressed out that he was not

really expecting all of the sudden glitz and

glam of the show business.

“Ang masasabi ko lang, salamat. Kasi hindi

ko naman din talaga akalain na magiging

star ako ng henerasyon ko ngayon, na sisikat

ako ng ganito kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa

lahat lahat kasi sobrang dami na ng blessings

na binibigay nila sa akin. Simpleng bata lang

naman talaga ako, mahilig sumayaw, mahilig

umarte kaya yung binibigay ni Lord na blessing

sobrang dami na, hindi ko na siya mabilang

kaya thankful talaga ako and bilang pagiging

star sa generation ko, masasabi ko lang na

sana na mag-patuloy lang yung pagiging star

ko para kahit sa ibang generation, ‘yung star ko

kumikinang pa din.”

Online bashing is not new to Awra and he

has his own ways of dealing with people who

try to bring him down. “Kaya ko naman siya.

Hangga’t hindi nadadamay ‘yung family ko

and then hangga’t kaya pa na hindi naman

inaapakan yung pagkatao ko, kaya ko naman

na sa sarili ko na lang, kaya ko siyang tiisin.

Pero kapag may mga times na nadadamay na

family ko, kapag sinasabi nila na kinamumuhian

daw ako ng family ko, kinakahiya daw ako,

doon ako nasasaktan. Kaya minsan nasasagot

ko sila, hindi naman ‘yung sagot na pabalang

pero tinatanong ko sila bakit sobrang laki ng

galit nila sa akin, like may nagawa ba akong

masama sa kanila?

“Pero siyempre madami na din akong fans at

supporters na tumutulong sa akin, na hindi

ko na kailangan mag-comment, sila na yung

sumasagot sa mga bashers ko kaya thankful

talaga ako sa mga fans ko at sa lahat ng

mga supporters ko na hindi napapagod na

suportahan ako and hindi sila nagsasawa sa

akin,” he remarked

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AWRA'S TOP 5

TRAVEL

ESSENTIALS:

Power Bank

Phone

Valid IDs

Passport

Medicine Kit

Top and Pants, both:

MOSES BERAMO;

Studded Boots: SAINT LAURENT;

Eyewear: YSL

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Full of love, Awra wishes one thing for his

bashers: Spread the love and stop the

hate.

“To my bashers, God Bless and then siyempre

isa lang ang hiling ko sa kanila, para sa

Panginoon. Sana hipuin ng Diyos ang puso

nila para matanggal na yung galit at poot sa

kanila at puro pagmamahal na lang ang ikalat,

spread the love. Kasi napupuno yung puso nila

ng galit at inggit kung nangba-bash sila or

hinihila nila yung mga tao pababa.

Ang gusto ko lang sana mahipo ng Panginoong

Diyos yung puso nila para yung gusto nila

sa paglaki o yung pangarap nila maging

successful din kasi wala namang nagiging

successful kung puro galit ang puso,” he

emphasized.

Jacket and pants, both NOISE by

ISABELLE UTLEG;

Cropped Top with Cold

Shoulders: ELYANNA AMOR;

Wedge Boots:

BOTTEGA VENETA

Awra is not your ordinary child star, he clearly

sees himself as a great contributor in the

industry. Through humility, kindness and

innocence, he sincerely created his own spot,

a star radiating his glitter on every tip.

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ko po na makita yung sarili

ko na successful na tao. Kasi

“Gusto

kung hindi man ako maging

successful sa pagiging artista at least alam

ko sa sarili kong nag-aral akong mabuti para

makahanap ng magandang trabaho at doon

ako maging successful. As a person naman,

gusto ko maging successful kahit na ten

years from now hindi na ako artista, marami

na akong napatunayan,” he disclosed.

Awra has set his goals for his career and he

intends to be successful in every situation.

Circled with loving family and friends, he

will eventually grow into a beautiful rose of

charm and rare applause.

He is shining brightly and nothing can stop

him.

Top and Pants, both:

MOSES BERAMO;

Studded Boots: SAINT LAURENT;

Eyewear: YSL

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VP fashion

Mark Ranque

Dominating the Local Fashion Industry

by Badet Macaraig

Mark Ranque’s fondness of Filipino celebrities led to his dream

of pursuing a career in the local show business. When he

was just fifteen years old, he traveled to Manila to pursue his

dreams despite his parents’ disapproval. He ended up working

as a Road Manager of young celebrities, where he met fashion

stylist Odelon Simpao. Ranque was initially offered a position as

Simpao’s assistant stylist but he was doubtful. “[I was] hesitant

to accept the offer because I do not have any idea about fashion

and styling,” Ranque recalled, “but [Simpao] offered to teach me

[about it],” he added.

Ranque expressed that his experience as Simpao’s assistant over

the past few years was one of the major factors that helped him

improve in the field. He shared that Simpao’s guidance and trust

gave him the opportunity to explore and learn more about styling.

“He always left me on set and doing the job alone [widened

my] knowledge in fashion,” Ranque stated.

He worked on other styling gigs with a known local TV Network

until he eventually decided to pursue a career as a personal

stylist.

Breaking Through

When asked about his biggest break as a fashion stylist, Ranque

recalled how social media played a vital role in his career

development. “I was the assistant stylist of the [boy group]

Hashtags when I saw an article about Donny Pangilinan,” Ranque

remembered. “I stalked his social media accounts and messaged

him. I didn’t expect him to reply to my messages but I started to

become his fan,” Ranque recalled.

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“[One time], I visited his ASAP taping [because I wanted

to] see him. I went to his dressing room [and saw] that

he was not dressed yet, despite the fact that the show

was about to start. I introduced myself as the stylist of

the Hashtags even though I was just an assistant. I also

informed him that I was the one who messaged him

on his Instagram account. I volunteered to [style him],

and he said yes. I ran so fast to get the clothes at home.

Luckily, I live near [the studio] so I got the clothes just

in time,” the stylist shared. “After the show, [Donny]

cannot stop thanking me,” he added.

His unconventional meeting with young superstar

Donny Pangilinan eventually changed his life, especially

after Pangilinan hired him as a personal stylist. “He

gave me the biggest break that I never ever imagined,”

Ranque gushed. “Now I style him in all his gigs. I’m

thankful that Donnie came into my life [the way he

did],” he stated.

Establishing a Name In The Industry

Although Ranque did not have a formal education on

fashion, his success in the field makes him a stylist to

look out for. “Fashion is not just about the brand, it’s

about how [a person] wears [their clothes],” he conveyed.

“Stylists need to study [their client’s] looks and

personal styles but I [try not to] buy expensive clothes; I

just mix and match,” Ranque shared.

When asked about his struggles, the Filipino stylist

shared how tough the competition is. “There are a lot

of stylists in the Philippines. [Some] already have their

own names and are already famous. One of my major

challenges now is the competition,” he expressed.

His major gig as Donny’s stylist has its difficulties too.

“[Some stylists] are offering Donny free services -

something I cannot offer. But I trust [Donny’s decisions],

we’ve been working for a couple of months already and

we treat each other like brothers,” Ranque gratefully

expressed.

Mark Ranque as a Stylist

Each event, appearance or show requires Ranque to explore

his styling options. His signature style is the High

Clean Street Style, which he uses majority of the time.

“Usually, I choose my clients’ style based on the look

they want or the theme. Since styling is a collaborative

work, I also ask inputs from them,” Ranque stated.

When asked for fashion advice, Ranque reiterated that

confidence is the key. “What you wear speaks a lot of

your personality. Always remember that fashion is not

always about wearing expensive stuff. [Regardless of

what brand you’re wearing], wear it well with confidence,”

he advised.

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VP events

Maybank M.O.V.E Paves Way in Offering

Refined Digital Conveniences

“For Maybank, MOVE is about enriching our offerings through digital banking

which is in line with our commitment to leverage on cutting edge technology

as well as our strategic objective of being the digital bank of choice in the

region,” said Choong Wai Hong, Maybank Philippines President and Chief

Executive Officer.

“Our digital approach is centered on four key areas: enriching our

customer offerings, investing in strategic capabilities, exploring broadly

and understanding deeply the landscape, and building and participating

in the digital ecosystem, which includes engaging with regulators, Fintech

companies and global leaders to build truly differentiated digital offerings for

our customers.”

MPI’S SENIOR OFFICERS, LED BY CHOONG WAI HONG WITH ITS PARTNERS

DURING THE MEDIA LAUNCH OF MAYBANK MOVE.

(FROM L-R) DEXTER GO; JAMES PEREZ, IDEA LAB INFORMATION TECH. SOLUTIONS GENERAL

MANAGER; GUILLAUME DANIELOU, FINTQ DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION LEADER; CHOONG

WAI HONG; CHRISTIE DANA TAN AND MONICA SAN JUAN OF AIRASIA BIG LOYALTY; ABIGAIL

DEL ROSARIO, MAYBANK RETAIL BUSINESS GROUP HEAD AND BERNARDO TALIMBAN, JR.,

MAYBANK CHIEF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICER.

Maybank Philippines launched Maybank M.O.V.E (Mobile Optimized Virtual

Experiences), a first-in-the-industry fully integrated digital offering which aims

to enhance and simplify the process of performing financial services via its

new straight-through banking processes.

Maybank MOVE will allow customers to open an online-only savings account

called iSave, using the Maybank2U PH App. All forms and documentary

requirements can also be submitted online through the app. The iSave

account will be the fully digital account opening facility in the Philippines,

which also allows customers to access their accounts, and enjoy free

Interbank withdrawals via any ATMs nationwide.

The new straight through processing capabilities (STP) will also allow

customers to apply for credit cards and automobile financing from the

comfort of their homes or even on the go, beyond banking hours.

The Maybank MOVE offering was introduced in support of Bangko Sentral

ng Pilipinas’s (BSP) financial inclusion agenda which is to make banking

accessible to more Filipinos.

DEXTER GO, MPI VIRTUAL BANKING HEAD

“In 2019, we envision the Bank to continue enhancing our services for existing

and prospective clients. Rest assured that we will revolutionize our customers’

banking experience to keep abreast of the constantly evolving trends in the

market which are all inclined to digital adaptability.” Dexter Go, head of Virtual

Banking Maybank Philippines added.

Following the launch of this news offering, Maybank Philippines will be

introducing the Maybank MOVE store, a mobile pop-up store that will travel

across the Philippines to introduce the new STP products and processes,

promotions and activities. The MOVE store is another innovative, hip and fun

initiative to showcase the array of digital conveniences which Maybank offers

to the people of Philippines.

Maybank Philippines, Inc. (MPI) currently has 74 branches nationwide, making

it the most accessible foreign bank in the Philippines. This proposition will

be expanded further as the Bank embraces the ever-changing standards and

requisites of the digital realm.

“In this day and age where everything is ultra-fast-paced, banks need to

empower and encourage their loyal and future customers by giving them the

flexibility of time and opportunities to MOVE – to do more of what they need

to do. Maybank is answering this need by providing its clients good, fast and

efficient services, lifestyle rewards and all other perks that the digital world

has to offer,” added Dexter.

Get updates on where the Maybank Move Store will pop-up and more about

their digital MOVE via the official Facebook page @MaybankPhilippines. For

more information, visit us at www.maybank.com.ph.

CHOONG WAI HONG, MAYBANK PHILIPPINES, INC. (MPI) PRESIDENT AND CEO

Let’s get ready to Move! Get Going, Get Banking with Maybank Move –

Mobile-Optimized Virtual Experiences.

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VP events

Sharp’s announces Luzon winners for

“We Love Philippines” Campaign

Sharp Philippines Corporation (SPC), one of the leading

electronic manufacturers in the country, recently launched its

newest campaign in celebration of the 120th year of Philippine

Independence, “We Love Philippines.” This campaign was

launched last June 12 at SPC Main Office, which will run until the

end of October 2018.

This newest nationwide campaign will proudly show SPC’s

deep appreciation to its loyal Filipino customers by giving away

exciting prizes like Twin Tub Washing Machine, Fully Automatic

Washing Machine, LED TV and Karaoke. Last August 14, SPC

announced its batch of winners during their first monthly draw

for Luzon entries. Hosted by SPC PR and Advertising Manager

Amor Golifardo, the winners include Caroline Manalo (ES-

FA650P), Jonalyn Mabuan (LC-40LE185M), Mylene Culanag

(ES-7030T), Epifanio Dulay (LC-40LE185M), Menandro Godoy

(HK-SB3018P) and Maria Del Rosario (HK-SB3018P).

SHARP LOCALLY-MADE PRODUCTS: ELECTRIC FAN, TWIN TUB WASHING MACHINE,

FULLY AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINE, KARAOKE AND LED TV

For almost four decades, SPC is consistent in providing locallyproduced

quality products like color Television, washing

machine, and karaoke. These products became part of every

Filipino household, upholding the company’s mission of bringing

quality products for every Juan, in support with their campaign

“Sharp For Every Juan.” In an atmosphere of imported goods,

this campaign points to prime the knowledge of every “Juan”

that Proudly Pinoy Products are developed and manufactured

here in the country.

PR AND ADVERTISING MANAGER AMOR GOLIFARDO AND MR. ALLAN MERCADO, SENIOR

MANAGER MANUFACTURING JOINED BY DTI REPRESENTATIVE.

They were selected through a raffle draw headed by the SPC’s

executives Senior Manager, Manufacturing Department, Allan

Mercado, Senior Manager, Product and Planning Management,

Arthur Aranas, Senior Manager for Customer Service

Department Nick Taok and Assistant VP Human Resources and

General Affairs Christopher Cabildo.

SPC PRODUCT PLANNING AND SALES TEAM GIVING WARM SMILES DURING THE FIRST

RAFFLE DRAW OF WE LOVE PHILIPPINES CAMPAIGN.

These coming months, SPC will conduct three more raffle draws

on September 14 for Visayas entries, October 13 for Mindanao

entries and October 10 for nationwide entries.

PR AND ADVERTISING MANAGER AMOR GOLIFARDO WITH

REST OF THE SPC’S MARKETING TEAM.

TRAVEL• LIFESTYLE• ENTERTAINMENT

“We Love Philippines” substantiates SPC’s continuous action to

provide advanced and pioneering technologies, gripping to the

mission, which tailored to the needs of our Filipino consumers.

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VP entertainment

Crazy Rich Asians

Dazzling with attitude and heart, Hollywood's first Asian-centric

rom-com in years clinches a win for #representASIAN

By Emilson Gole Cruz

I cannot think of any Hollywood rom-com movie that

carries this much pressure. It’s the first Hollywood

movie with an almost all-Asian cast in 25 years (the

last movie was The Joy Luck Club in 1993). Although

there are a lot of side-eyes, the expectations are high

that the movie will suit the general public and not only

for Asians and Asian-American movie goers.

Well, all that pressure has turned this film into a gem.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians is fun,

funny, jaw-dropping and swoon-worthy. The movie is

not just eye-popping but also a feast for the ears with

tracks that showcases the diversity of cultures that the

film celebrates. (That Chinese version of Coldplay’s

Yellow is thrilling!)

Crazy Rich Asians tells a story of a Chinese-American

woman seeking everlasting love and discovering

cultural identity. Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a

Chinese-American professor, decides to spend spring

break with her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding),

who’s going home to Singapore and she finds out that

he is crazy rich. Beneath its glitz and glamour, the

movie is saturated with a modern sense of money, the

craziness and fun of family, and personal reinvention.

The two leads, Wu and Golding, are charming and

explicitly talented, and the supporting performers

around them keep the story crazier. Michelle Yeoh,

as Eleanor, is suitably regal, and indeed, a force to

be reckoned with. It wouldn’t be a proper rom-com

without the magic of #bestfriendgoals brought

by co-stars Nico Santos (another Filipino pride),

and Awkwafina (who is making a grandiose year

after her recent casting on Ocean’s 8). There are

lot of wonderful scenes in this movie: the wedding,

dumpling-making, and a key scene that unfolds over a

game of Mahjong to name few.

Scene stealing is no easy feat in a movie like this

and Kris Aquino does just that. Literally, I held my

breath for a minute when Kris came into the scene

in her yellow Michael Cinco gown. That few-minute

cameo is indeed worth the wait and seems to be the

highlight of the movie for us, Filipinos. It is short but

a showstopper. Well, it is not every day you will see

a Filipino cast in a Hollywood movie, more over it is

THE Queen of All Media who is playing the role of the

untouchable Malay Princess Intan.

Seeing this kind of on-screen representation,

loaded with Asian diversity, is incredibly satisfying.

In a deeper way, Crazy Rich Asians is truly

groundbreaking. As a number of critics have written,

just seeing an all-Asian cast in multifaceted roles is a

game changer: brings unheard voices before a huge

audience and breaking walls of racial expectations.

No surprise if this is out for a sequel. SHIOK!

VP sports

Fil-Am fencer

Brennan Louie

on losses and success By Badet Macaraig

In an exclusive interview, Filipino-American fencer Brennan

Louie candidly talks about what he’s been up to, three

years after moving to the Philippines to pursue a career as

a Filipino athlete.

Leap of faith

In 2015, Louie took a huge leap and moved to the

Philippines to be a national athlete, despite the fact

that he has never lived so far from his family at such a

long period of time. When asked what inspired him to

do so, Louie shared that his journey “has always been a

homage to [his] family who made sacrifices in order to

provide for the younger generations,” referring to his

grandfather who did not pursue a basketball career and

his mother who stopped law school to focus on the needs

of their respective families. “Living out my dreams as a

professional athlete in the Philippines has always been

heavily motivated by them,” Louie added.

Inspired by his father who was a collegiate-level fencer,

Louie first started playing when he was around eight

years old and he has not stopped playing since. His love

for the sport heightened after moving to the Philippines

and joining the national team, stating that “wearing [his]

country’s flag has instilled an immense amount of pride

and cultivated a new love for the Philippines.”

Coping with challenges

Growing up in a tight-knit family, one of Louie’s biggest

challenges was living alone in Manila. “I came to the

Philippines with a dollar and a dream. It was the first time

I was on my own,” the athlete shared. However, Louie’s

teammates and Filipino friends helped him feel more at

home. “The relationships I’ve built with my teammates and

[Filipino] friends made feeling homesick very negligible,”

Louie recalled.

Louie also expressed his struggles as a person diagnosed

with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD),

sharing that he is “often labeled as crazy by Filipino

standards.” He shared that his disorder eventually helped

him. “It is something that over time, I’ve learned to deal

with and actually find empowering,” he stated. Louie

also wanted to use his influence as a national athlete in

inspiring people with mental health issues “to pursue

unorthodox and bigger life goals,” adding that “[he wants]

people to say, ‘if Brennan can become a professional

athlete with ADHD, I can achieve my dream!’”

Winning the gold

Louie made the headlines last August 2017 after bagging

the gold medal at the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA)

Games. “Winning gold at SEA Games has led to many

opportunities that would’ve otherwise been impossible,”

he gratefully recalled. The Fil-Am fencer was the first SEA

Games gold medalist in ten years, and was one of the

athletes given a presidential citation. During a ceremony

at the Malacañang Palace last September 2017, President

Rodrigo Duterte conferred said presidential citation on

Louie for his achievements during the SEA Gaames. .

More than his big win, Louie expressed that the more

important thing is his contribution in “elevating fencing

to the forefront of athletics.” Since the Philippine Fencing

Team’s success at SEA Games, the sport became more

prominent in quad-media, with them being invited to

various appearances left and right. “Just being able to

have contributed to that movement speaks volumes of

the impact of this generation of fencing. I’m heading

the movement of fencing excellence and creating a new

culture for fencing,” Louie proudly shared.

His big win at SEA Games was only the beginning; Louie

ended up partnering with a fencing organization called

Republic Fencing where he designs a high performance

program “so that younger fencers are equipped with the

knowledge and experience it takes to be a world class

fencer.”

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