Sunday, August 31, 2014

Flower Island

Palawan, Philippines- known as the last frontier is home to one of the most beautiful spot in the country's 7,108 islands.  Located at the northern part of the province, the remote an uncommercialized area is where on can find heaven on earth. Located in Taytay,   Flower island is the ideal remote paradise where one get the best R & R.  Surrounded by a group of isles and the endless aquamarine sea this secret haven prides in the beauty of rustic luxury. Enchanted with the energies of nature, the scene is a feast for the eyes with breathtaking panoramic views.  Touring by foot around the island can take around 30-45 minutes.  One can also go up the trail to the lighthouse which crowns the island and unfolds a spectacular 360 degree scenery of nature at its finest. Accommodation is beautifully set with an amazing beachfront with the forest as the backdrop.  Food in the restaurant serves the bounty of the sea prepared buffet style. There is no specific menu but the kitchen can prepare something simple to satisfy ones hunger.  A few meters away from the main dining area is the bar which serves a list of thirst quenching cocktails and alcoholic beverage. The best spot to catch the sunset-at the right time and place. 
Flower island offers a list of fun activities. One can engage in a lot of water sports, island hopping, a visit to the pearl farm and many more.  What makes this haven special is the exclusivity due to the limited number of rooms(which is always fully booked) and its laid back attraction away from the party scene. Personal service rates high as warm smiles, excellent hospitality and security makes every trip a memorable stay. Nothing is lost in this sanctuary, as doors in everyone room can be left unlocked. One will definitely fall in love with the enchanting Flower Island as it becomes your home away from home.
Lighthouse view.

Powder whites.


Welcome to Flower Island.


Sun spots.

Trail to the lighthouse.

Walk around the island for 45 mins.

The other side.

Family setting.

Drink away.

View from the main area restaurant.

Duplex accommodations.

The bar.


Sea shells by the seashore.

Fav spot.

The signature calamansi caipirinha.

Home alone.

Ray of light.

Paint the skies.

From dusk til dawn.

Main dining area at night.



The author.

Flower Island
For Inquiries and Reservations please call : +63 917 504 5567. Website:

Friday, August 29, 2014

First Movers

First Movers is Manila's latest fashion online trendsetting arena.  A collective sneak peek of the now and next in retail. The main objective is to forecast the things to come and present a whole range of style-setting ideas.  Formed by a group of fashion insiders, the high selected pieces are sourced both locally and abroad.  Breaking away from all the fast fashion, these stylish wares, accessories, bags, shoes etc keeps one ahead of the pack.  The ideology is to simply introduce "the first" in the Philippine market.  One can be assured of these limited pieces and before the trend hits the scene.  

For inquiries: 

Check out or through mobile +639182171442

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mia Arcenas AW 2014 Preview

Fashion takes this author from Manila to Cebu to shoot the collection of designer Mia Arcenas for AW 2014.  A glimpse of what's to come for the holidays is a lot of pleats, fusion of prints and Art Deco influences in black and white. While in accessories, layered chains, gold accents with semi precious stones are all ready shine in the season of celebrations.  Clutches and bags come in dyed exotic skins and fringes while refreshing geometric minaudières are unveiled in colored transparencies.  A fusion statement inspired from multi-cultural influences, the latest collection is refreshing take on modern luxury.

Pattern play.

The Face of Mia Arcenas AW 2014 is Melissa Amitrovic.@

The backdrop at the showroom.

Resort Luxe.

Blanc et Noir.

Model action with Melissa shot by Photographer Dan Ong and stylist David Jones Cua.

In between breaks with designer Mia Arcenas, the author and creatives/stylist David Jones Cua.

The new minaudières.

Photography by Dan Ong.
Creative Direction and Stylists:  Luis Espirtu Jr. and David Jones Cua.  Makeup by Erica.
Modeled by Melissa Amitrovic.
Wardrobe and accessories by Mia Arcenas.

Jewelmer SS 2014

Golden South Sea pearls is a prized possession in the Philippines and considered a treasure all over the world.  Created by the wonders of nature, the national gem is a masterpiece adorned by all for its beauty and perfection.  Jewelmer, the globally renowned brand presents its Spring/Summer 2014 collection with a wide range of pearl attractions.  This season's highlight piece is the captivating "Mon Secret".  The beauty of alluring simplicity is showcased in pendant pearls locked with braided high quality Italian leather. Channeling a contemporary vibe, the fashionable and trendy accesory comes in a variety of vibrant and neutral hues. The must-have bracelet's on the radar musings can either be worn by piece or stacked up. The modern appeal presents a young, chic and stylish  approach to casual elegance. 

In the Philippines, check out the 
Jewelmer Joaillerie showrooms located at the Alabang Town Center, Resorts World, The Peninsula Manila, Makati Shangrila, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 5, Head Office , Mall of Asia , Megamall, Shangrila Plaza Mall, Trinoma, Ayala Center Cebu, and Abreeza Mall Davao.