Thursday, February 13, 2014

Goddesses Abound in the Hana Hair Show

Last February 4, I found a temporary escape in the city at the HANA Hair Show at the Makati Shrangi-La Hotel. It was the launch of the Japanese hair care product here in the Philippines and I would say I couldn’t have spent my night better.

It was a really lovely affair, what with all the models parading the runway with minimal make-up and hairstyling, highlighting their natural beauty. It was not a surprise though, since the famous “Crown Princess” Celeste Tuviera took charge of their hairstyle, while their clothes were courtesy of JC Buendia, Randy Ortiz and Joey Samson.

HANA is pushing for a new trend this year with #nofilterbeauty, which is totally against the principle of most people nowadays. Filter, the kind found in photo-editing apps, is a very essential tool in this digital age.

But to HANA distributors here in the Philippines (Peerless Lion), true beauty does not need any filter, or crash solutions. HANA believes real beauty is nourished the natural way. And it showed with the models’ hair. The whole show was like a scene straight from a magical kingdom. I swear I felt like seeing real-life goddesses the entire time. It was mesmerizing!

What I loved more about this night was that I was surrounded by a number of my friends and a lot of wonderful people in the industry. Lucy Torres was there! My favorite actor Enchong Dee was also present, even though he had to run from an earlier appointment. Good thing it was worth it!

I’m really excited with how HANA could possibly change the hair care game with its campaign, #nofilterbeauty! I’m totally in!

Welcome! HANA Hair and body care made with 100% natural ingredients to nurture beauty the natural way!

Peerless Lion President Simeon Tiu (middle) with ABS-CBN Publishing Team: Mark Yambot, Patrick Ty, Charmagne Garcia-Laconico, Ria Gamboa, August Benitez & Philip Cu-Unjieng

Team Metro: Mark Yambot, Ria Gamboa, Monica Herrera, Geolette Esguerra, Patrick Ty, Charmagne Garcia-Laconico, Katrina Angco, Vanessa Pinlac, Audrey Binay, Randy Manucom, Eldzs Mejia, Gael Sastre & August Benitez

ABS-CBN Cable and Print Group Sales Head Tootsie Angara

Team MEGA: (Front) Kris Andres, Wena Manalastas, Mike Carandang, Angelo de Cartagena, Peewee Isidro, Cher Tiu, Moi Busto, Lotte Villarosa, Yuki Tansengco, Dan Mejia, Kenneth Rivera &  Ryan Calmante, (Back) James Cruz, Archie Carrasco & Alison Harvard

MEGA Magazine Executive Editor Peewee Isidro & MEGA Magazine Editor-in-Chief Sari Yap

Full support: Alan Vianzon, Mike Carandang, Mian Alentajan & Ronald Pineda

America’s Next Top Model Runner-up Allison Harvard

Team Preview: Tara Santos, Daryl Chang, Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Pauline Suaco-Juan, Isha Andaya-Valles

Peerless Lion VP for Sales & Marketing Jasper Tiu with wife Shera Tiu

Team Peerless: Marketing Manager Caloy Bacani & Consumer Marketing Manager Norman Mier

Peerless Lion Marketing Director Pen Roque

Architect Chut Cuerva

BFF Angelette Calero, my sister Bibai Puyat and me

Marissa Buenaventura Tambunting, Sidney Yap & Marina Benipayo

Patty Betita, Issa Agana, Marina Benipayo & Gem Padilla

Raphael Robes, Sky Yang, Miko Raval & Randy See

Lucy Torres-Gomez and Enchong Dee

Phoemela Baranda

Maricar de Mesa

Issa Litton

Nikita McElroy

Vince Ferraren

Cloie Syquia

Kai Lim

Ex-PBB Housemates and couple Wendy Tabusalla and Carlo Romero

John James Uy and Rafael Rosell

Miguel Rodriguez, Sambie Rodriguez & Benjamin Manahan

Enchong Dee with Hana Hair Show Creative Director for Hair Celeste Tuviera

Three Muses: Jessica Yang for Mega, Olivia Medina for Metro and Ana Sideco for Preview

Feature Designers: Randy Ortiz, Joey Samson and JC Buendia

Beauty Editor Kim Reyes-Palanca collaborates with fashion designer JC Buendia for MEGA style

Host of the night Trishan Cuaso

Fashion designer Joey Samson teams up with Fashion Editor Daryl Chang for PREVIEW style

Fashion designer Randy Ortiz joins forces with Beauty Editor Charmagne Laconico for METRO style

Let's all help #RebuildPH

It has been three months since Typhoon Yolanda left a path of utter destruction in Eastern Visayas, a tragedy that broke the hearts of millions of Filipinos. But while the focus of the country has already been sidelined by other hot issues like Sen. Bong Revilla’s privilege speech and the infamous mauling of actor Vhong Navarro, Coca-Cola tried to bring back the attention of the public to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Together with partners Red Cross Philippines and Habitat for Humanity, Coca-Cola hosted #RebuildPH, an on-ground venue calling for more volunteers and donations to help step-up rebuilding efforts in the Visayas region. Hundreds of volunteers attended the event last January 30, at the Araneta Open Grounds in Cubao, Quezon City. Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon and Habitat for Humanity CEO Charlie Ayco were present in the event, where they both shared how their organizations were able to provide immediate assistance for typhoon victims.

The youth also had representatives on stage via the Coca-Cola Happiness Ambassadors – Enchong Dee, Kathryn Bernardo, Joseph Marco and Julia Montes. Despite their young age, these children proved that age doesn’t matter when they recounted their own small acts of kindness for Typhoon Yolanda victims.

It was also great to see other familiar faces in the event like famous businessman Fernando Zobel and former Ms. Universe Margie Moran – whose presence in #RebuildPH only bolstered my respect for them. It also gave me high hopes that the future of typhoon victims is really in good hands.

Meantime, this year’s 40 Bb. Pilipinas candidates brightened the night with their beautiful and kind smiles, further encouraging people to enlist as volunteers.

It was truly a night of inspiration. My only hope is for people to continue in helping rebuilding efforts in Eastern Visayas. Yes, a lot has already been done for super typhoon victims. But with the amount of devastation left by Typhoon Yolanda, there is still so much we can all do. Let’s all hold hands and together try to share whatever we have and do whatever we can.

Front: Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines President Cecile Alcantara, Coca-Cola Philippines President & General Manager Guillermo Aponte, Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon, Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Habitat for Humanity Managing Director & CEO Charlie Ayco and Habitat for Humanity Chairman Fernando Zóbel de Ayala
Back: Coca-Cola Happiness Ambassadors Enchong Dee, Julia Montes, Kathryn Bernardo and Joseph Marco

Open Happiness. Coca-Cola Philippines President & General Manager Guillermo Aponte (center) with Coca-Cola Happiness Ambassadors Joseph Marco, Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes and Enchong Dee

Team Coca-Cola: Enchong Dee, Joseph Marco, Miko Raval & Robi Domingo with Senior IMC Manager Nikki Lee-Benitez, Marketing Activation Manager Rogie Delena, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines Cecile Alcantara, Michael Mendoza, Jose Javier Coscolluela and Ronnie Ignacio

Kapamilya actors Enchong Dee, Joseph Marco & Miko Raval with Team Habitat for Humanity

Active: Coca-Cola Ambassador Enchong Dee helping out at #RebuildPH Red Cross booth

With a Smile: Coca-Cola Ambassador Joseph Marco excited for his latest small act of kindness

Pretty and Kind: Coca-Cola Ambassador Kathryn Bernardo charms Red Cross volunteer with act of kindness

Beauty Inside and Out: Lovely Coca-Cola Ambassador Julia Montes volunteers for Red Cross

Red Cross Ready: Actor/model Miko Raval attracting more Red Cross volunteers

Kung Hei Fat Choi: Mr. Chinatown 2013 winner Randy See welcomes Chinese New Year by enlisting as volunteer

All In: Chinito member Jerome Tan's turn at the Red Cross booth

Helping Arms: Chinito member Sky Yang ready for Red Cross

Cute and charming: Chinito member Sydney Du all in for Red Cross

Gorgeous girl: Ms. Resorts World Manila 2013 Nikita McElroy shows inner beauty as Red Cross volunteer

Inspiring. Coca-Cola Foundation President Cecile Alcantara tells group’s deeds for Yolanda victim/s

Always There. Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon shares organization’s initiatives in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda

Building Homes. Habitat for Humanity CEO Charlie Ayco asks volunteers to help bring Yolanda victims home

Power House. Coca-Cola General Manager Guillermo Aponte watches Rebuild event with former Ms. Universe Margie Moran and Ayala Corporation President Fernando Zobel

Join Forces: (L-R) Coca-Cola General Manager Guillermo Aponte, Ayala Corporation President Fernando Zobel, and Habitat for Humanity CEO Charlie Ayco united in helping #RebuildPH

Heartthrob Volunteers: Mr. Chinatown 2013 winner Randy See (third from left) with his court (L-R) Sydney Du, Jerome Tan, and Sky Yang call on more volunteers via social media using #RebuildPH

Big Band Syndicate vocalists: Tutti Caringal, Kleggy Abaya, Eunice Evangel Jorge and Kean Cipriano