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Kidzania Manila Through My Eyes, Now Open! | Gi-Normous Post Where Kiddies Overtake Selfies

Once upon a time, for kids excited to play, Kidzania Manila was now made to stay!  The Manila chapter of this educational theme park chain has risen in the heart of BGC, Taguig at Park Triangle  (where the new LEGO store is).  They officially opened last Friday, on August 7.  Kidzania is, in one sentence, a supervised theme-park for children in the form of an educational mini city run with kids and for kids.  Here, children get to play at being adults for the day in a pretend economy, with actual citizenship, jobs, money, and added skills.  Adults are not allowed to enter the work establishments with their child (unless under special circumstances, like a child with special needs) to encourage independence and focused learning but parents, guardians, and family are allowed to roam the park and observe their children from large windows.  As you can imagine, for many parents, letting go of control is a challenging thought (and in some cases even letting the kids to choose their first activity on their own), believe me, the struggle is REAL, I’ve seen it first hand…it can get colorful LOL and that’s putting it lightly.  In Kidzania parents and guardians are highly encouraged to allow of-age children (8 and above) to roam freely, to be, and to choose jobs (minimum working age 4) in this special environment so that their natural inclinations surface.  I think Filipino parents are in dire need of this new concept of giving their child enough space to develop independence.


Kai!  I do not work at Kidzania Manila, so for any FAQs (questions) regarding scheduling, pricing, and booking you may refer to their official site, .  I’ll include limited information at the bottom of the post as well, but please refer to their official website for other park-related questions.

After spotting the G.O.T. Ned Stark Meme on the looming swarm of Kidzania Manila pictures I’ve decided to personally help darken skies.  Kidzania Manila, now the 20th Kidzania facility in the world (HQ is Mexico), opened the other day.  I’m ever so proud to say that Kidzania Manila is captained by none other than my beloved former advertising head mother, Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas and an entire team badly in need of cucumbers and under-eye concealer at this very moment.  How kool is it that to some level I feel like a Kidzanian Royal?  Hee.  On August 7, a somewhat anti-climactic Friday, after weeks of very intense testing, validation, and inspection by Kidzania’s founding Mexican admin team, Kidzania Manila’s park doors opened to the public.


A Friday opening meant that yesterday’s flood of fun-size “adults” would ultimately pack the park for the weekend and the Saturday line, they say, actually stretched and left the building by afternoon.  Yesterday’s August 8 tickets sold out in just under a couple of hours. To be honest, even after being given special access to the park during the stretch of preview days, I myself didn’t plan a major blog feature at first.


I put this one up first simply because I love her outfit. Aww…just there thinking of where to go next.

PLEASE NOTE: I was not asked nor paid to write for Kidzania Manila, I chose to.  I initially planned to support the team only via simple sharing on social media, but what changed my mind completely was simple.  It was the kids on Day 1 who got me shooting…and the fact that for several hours I noticed that people, myself included, could not help but re-focus outwardly and shoot these munchkins on the move.  Let’s put it this way, at Kidzania Manila in the past couple of days, the word “selfie”, I imagine, was not top of mind.  Be warned, this is a photo-heavy post with information at the start and a couple of captions here and there.  I shot tons but I didn’t shoot ALL the establishments.  However, each photo matters and shares a moment, and several of them are discreet.  Many actually exclude focus on children’s faces with the exception of my knowing the kids and parents personally or if I was shooting openly in front of them and they didn’t mind.  I was also not inside the establishments when I shot these pictures, I was outside alongside onlooking parents.  My 50mm lens brought me closer to the scene without being invasive.  Click through to see the rest of Kidzania Manila through my eyes while I mention a couple of things here and there.  Practically 99% of the photos I shot are candid takeaways from live shifts of first time visitors to Kidzania Manila.

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My Maybelline Dream Academy Meet-Up, AUG.15, SM Makati! | Link For Sign Up Here! No Purchase Required!

Come and meet me this coming August 15, SATURDAY, UPDATE: Now 2PM in SM Makati for my Maybelline Dream Academy workshop, partnering with Maybelline’s official lead MUA Chuchie Ledesma!  No purchase required at all to be part of this lovely event JUST SIGN UP FOR AUG.15 2PM AT THIS LINK HERE  The meetup-slash-workshop will be held at SM Makati, ground floor.



Come on over, chat with us, and learn techniques using the reformulated Maybelline Dream satin range (including the new 2-way cake powder) and the New NUDES palette.  Click on the image below or on the link above to sign up.  To my understanding we don’t exactly have limited slots (so all of you just try and sign up!) but for gift packs the first 30 to sign up AND attend will receive special Maybelline gifts, just know that Maybelline have special makeup treats in store!  Hope to see you there, comment  below and let me below if you signed up or plan to but have questions (commenting not required to get a slot…I just want to know who of you are going haha!).… To full post & COMMENTS...


Gabriel Valenciano Weds Tricia Centenera | Another Cousin’s WeddingS and What I Wore

March whizzed by like a freight train, I had tapings, shoots and another cousin’s wedding for which I was invited as a family guest…so technically I could have relaxed more, and could have taken more photos (I planned to, I even brought my DSLR).  However it turned out to be one of those moments wherein when I got there I didn’t want to experience my cousin’s wedding through a lens the entire time and wanted to mingle more not fuss about what I could possibly feature.


That shot is from the Boracay ceremony, but I’m including reposted photos from both.  I wanted to actually behold the moments happening right before me and just be happy for them.  I have a few shots though from when before we left to show you and will include a couple of (pun unintended) grabbed shots from Gab and Tricia Valenciano’s Instagram accounts because I wasn’t able to fly in for their second beach ceremony in Boracay.  First thing’s first, though, this shot of what I wore by Dad for the Tagaytay Ceremony.



Paul Smith sapphire trench, Rajo Laurel gown, Nine West clutch, photo credit: Dad

We were warned by the groom’s father that the weather in Tagaytay might be nippy because Tricia’s Australian guests were feeling the chill the evening before the big day, so I brought my trench which was the envy of many who opted for shawls…I was also surprised by how cold it got that day just before sunset.  Click through to see the full post and what products I used for my makeup look, also just a few more photos from both their ceremonies.

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My Oscars 2015 Red Carpet Style Faves | Glitz ‘N Glam You Can’t Help But Spam

I’m still in my jammies and happily reporting back to you on the style looks that I liked from the Oscar Academy Awards Red Carpet for 2015, and Dad’s popping the Pop Corners.


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You may deem me a serial reposter, but because I can, I will LOL and don’t we all wanna see?  All photos from a public album posted by Getty Images.  Watermarks credit the photographers accordingly, saving me a lot of effort on searching for credit.  Click through to the full post to see the looks that I liked up close.

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Happy Heart’s Day | A Bridal Snippet

I barely knew Heart Evangelista a couple of years ago when I would greet her in person several times at our young couples and singles youth service in church.  I doubt she’d recognize me now with my pixie haircut.  All I knew is that every time I would approach her because she was a family friend I would check and compose myself and take a deep breath, with or without makeup she was that beautiful.  Then when she would recognize and greet me her smile would just knock my socks off even if she was a tad barefaced.  I just wanted to share these beautiful captured moments of her big day today (as half the country is probably doing the same thing at the moment).  I sincerely pray and hope for her every good and perfect thing.

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“Forever starts today.  In thy stillness I know you are God” – @iamhearte IG

Heart’s bridal makeup and hair are kept very classic and traditional.  The makeup by Albert Kurniawan who regularly does her makeup looks more fresh than packed on but Heart’s and eyes and lips boast enough intensity to still lure the lens.  Her hair by Jerry Javier was done in a very classic Hepburn-esque pulled and swept updo , a style also simultaneously reminiscent of Grace Kelly.  The bride’s gown is by Ezra Santos.

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Instagram: @abtkurniawan (Makeup), jerrybuanjavier (hair), @caliberking, @djstaana #chizheart21515


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Happy Skin Lippies Go StyLIZed by Liz Uy | Limited Edition Collab…

I think makeup collaborations are fun, they’re quite historical and quite often happen only once, which makes the collections born from their brain spawning even more special.  I’m happy to present this year’s first Happy Skin cosmetics collab for their famous lippies with celebrity stylist Liz Uy which brings forth the StyLIZed lippie trio.  The StyLIZed lippies are available in two premium sets and to buy at php599 individually via Happy Skin counters or here online (local and global shipping available).


HAPPY SKIN Shut Up & Kiss Me StyLIZed! Acrylic Clutch Set Php1799

Shades below from left: 24 Karats, Style Icon, and Red Carpet





For every StyLIZed lippie sold a sales portion will go to Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation.  “If I could add one more chapter to my book it would be all about lipstick…” says Liz.  The truth on top is plain as day: Change your lippie, change the game.  Jump to the full post to see swatches and me wearing these lovely lippies up close with 3 different looks.

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Glam at 2015’s Golden Globes | My Top 5 in Beauty and Some Style Faves

I was only able to catch a portion of the live telecast of the 2015 Golden Globes earlier and it wasn’t the red carpet part which is what mattered where the blog was concerned.  I didn’t plan in advance to do a feature but when I saw certain faces I couldn’t help but decide to share with you who ranked as my top 5 in beauty (hair and makeup or just makeup).  We begin with number one who tops the list, simply because she’s the first face I saw during the ongoing program which convinced me to do this post.  In the past she was also featured as my favorite made-up face during the Academy Awards.  Photo sources will be placed at the end, but many of those official sites actually retrieve the same stuff from Getty images or other sites.  The ones whose outfits I also liked will have full-length photos.



Actor Jessica Chastain is gorgeous with or without makeup.  A lot of us have seen this disarmingly beautiful and talented redhead with the barely there look in movies like Tree of Life, Zero Dark Thirty, and more recently Interstellar.  I like how her hair and makeup looks are often so well balanced.  The base looks like skin and the eyes are intense but softly lined and her blush picks up on camera.  Plus that flowing red hair is unrivaled.  I wasn’t too keen on her dress but it was pretty still…because of her.  UK makeup artist Mary Greenwell (THE one Lisa Eldridge and Charlotte Tilbury apprenticed for) has done her makeup in the past, I’m not sure if she did Jessica’s makeup this time.  Easy on the eyes Jessica is, Yoda would say.  Click to see the rest.

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One Year of Happy Skin Makes Us Happy | Online Store Now Worldwide & New Stuff

Whoever thought a NEW Filipina cosmetic brand like Happy Skin could make the world-class waves that they have in just one year?  I never would have guessed that Happy Skin would be able to penetrate the market this relentlessly and in the most positive way.  A year has gone by and we celebrated at Vanilla Cupcake Bakery yesterday, we who have stood by them, offered support, and watched them grow are prouder than ever.  Congratulations, Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, we continue to stand by you!  Happy Skin’s online store at by the way is now officially operational WORLDWIDE.  Mabuhay ang mga Pinay!


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Here’s a sneak peek at some of their new stuff with full reviews to follow 😉

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Many I’m sure did not have the slightest suspicion early on that a Pinay beauty brand would ever so suddenly and FINALLY give Filipino women what they deserve, a range of better cosmetics manufactured with close supervision that give payoff and safer formulas.  I’m already making the positive comparison between them and Bourjois, the well-loved French drugstore brand, we’ve got our own brand that stands at par and it is Happy Skin!  Congratulations, girls.  Can’t wait to take pictures and show my readers your new items!!

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