Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kapeng Barako Club - Samahan ng mga Bitter 2014

As you all know, I love coffee! And mostly anything or everything related to it as well. So I was quite fascinated when I heard about a certain Play that is being shown in a coffee shop of all places! I heard about it last year and now I'm pleased to share that they have another running again coming within these months. Title pa lang ng play... hooked na ko! Learn more about this Palanca Award-winning play -- Kapeng Barako Club (KBC): Samahan ng mga Bitter. 

Being bitter never tasted this good! After almost a year, one of the country’s top plays is back, Kapeng Barako Club (KBC): Samahan ng mga Bitter. Staged in cafés, KBC is set to please kape lovers once more starting this September 6, 2014. The first show will happen at Third Cup Café, one of the premier, go-to coffee shops in Rosa Alvero Street, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. A Special Encore Presentation will be staged for Bloggers and the Media on August 9, 2014 at 7:30pm.

This Palanca Award-winning play is written and directed by Juan Ekis, who is previously known for his other Palanca winning play "Twenty Questions" which went viral in the internet. The playwright shares with us that he “...just wanted to stage a play with the title Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter. I didn’t know yet what it was going to be about. But I just knew I wanted to write about types of people and the types of coffee they love and how their personalities are reflected in their drinks."

KBC is the longest-running show presented by Arts and Culture Asia (ACASIA), a non-profit organization aimed at cultivating the crafts of thespians and showcasing their talents across different venues. “ACASIA’s advocacy is to teach artists how to manage their talents wisely and open avenues for them to show it and them being a part of KBC is one of it. Nestled in a natural setting (coffee shops), coffee drinkers get to enjoy a play like this. Think of it as if you’re eavesdropping. It’s actually fun!” says ACASIA’s Managing Director and one of KBC’s lead actors, Ms. Daianne Moreno.
KBC unfolds the story of a group of coffee-loving friends who don’t believe in love but in reality, each one is dying to experience being loved.

The Characters

Joel, a freelance artist and struggles to confess his love to Anna 
Anna, an accounts executive and best friend of Joel

Masi, a vocalist for a band and engaged to Ed (ex love interest of Anna). 
Eric, a consulting firm manager who finds it hard to express his true feelings for Masi. 
Interestingly, Masi has feelings for Eric too.

Stef, a commercial model and just came back from her studies in Russia 
Marlowe, coffee shop owner 
Sunshine, the cheerful barista at Marlowe’s cafe.

Kapeng Barako Club: Samahan ng mga Bitter is presented by Third Cup Café and CornWorld. Special thanks to Shop Iya Misa and our media partners, DZUP 1602 and DZXL 558.

Other details:
 Seating Capacity – ONLY 30 SEATS AVAILABLE! (P500/ticket with 1 free drink)
 Reservations – (Mobile - +63 908 432 8837 ; Email –
 Online - Facebook, Youtube and Instagram (/SamahanNgMgaBitter) o Twitter (@BitterCorp)

So Coffeeholics, if you want to watch something interesting while sipping some coffee, then you should definitely try this! Keep informed on their show dates by following their social media accounts above. Have a happy weekend!

Shang Style: Print Individuality

Despite the rainy season last July (and the horrid blackouts because of the typhoons), I was still able to enjoy last month because of simple pleasures like being able to attend the Shang Style Spectrum: Print Individuality fashion show at the mall's East Atrium. I was able to feast my eyes on print, print, print and more print! Style bibles are hailing 2014 as the year of prints, with eye-popping visuals in all patterns and shapes imaginable ruling the runways the world over.

Top lifestyle destination Shangri-La Plaza proved on-trend with the craze as it met the midyear with the recent Shang Style Spectrum: Print Individuality fashion show at the mall’s East Atrium.

Featuring the latest printed pieces from the top local and global fashion brands housed in the Shang, the sartorial gig celebrated Print Individuality to show how a passion for prints can amp up anyone’s personal style.

The presentation showcased a parade of the season’s most unique and fashion-forward prints inspired by the collections of fashion’s foremost style stewards. From retro florals to full-on geometrics, chessboard checks, tribal motifs, and even arthouse print and graffiti for the more daring, Shang’s print fashion spectacle enthralled every fashion follower and devotee present.

Audiences came garbed in their own takes on the prints trend and witnessed models sashay on the catwalk donned in the following participating brands: Aeropostale, Anne Klein, Arrow, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Bebe, Ben Sherman, British India, Celine, Crossings Department Store, Debenhams, Desigual, DKNY, Gant, GAP, K & Company, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Mico Boutique, Nautica, Onitsuka Tiger, Original Penguin, Paul & Shark, Perry Ellis, Porsche Design, Rustan’s Department Store, Springfield, Superdry, Topman, Topshop, Versace Jeans and Warehouse.

The hottest fashion trends, sartorial inspirations, and endless style pleasures await, season after season, at the Shang.  

For inquiries, call 370-2597 or isit
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

SM Kids' Fashion Denim

Its finally August! Can't believe time has flown so fast. July stormed its way in our lives with the typhoons, electrical blackouts, and instant no class/work days. July for me was quite a roller coaster ride so indeed I savored the moments when it was "up" like when I attended the SM Kids' Denim Fashion event.

I remember as a kid, it was my mom who picked my clothes. But nowadays, even our lil darlings and youngsters are the ones who choose their own clothes. And SM Kids provide the best venue to be able to access the latest styles and trends today. 

SM Kids' Fashion Denim is all about creating eye-catching style for any occasion. This time around, kids' fashion authority goes one step further in showing young ones how to stay ahead of the pack. Fresh faces and new SM Kids' Fashion Denim ambassadors, Andrea Brillantes and Gimme5 are set to show youngsters how to dress up and stand out. 

Andrea Brillantes and Gimme5 being interviewed by DJ Delamar

TV drama sweetheart Andrea is a regular on the popular show Annaliza, while Joaquin Lucas Reyes, John Immanuel Bernardo, Grae Fernandez, and Brace Henry Arquiza of Gimme5 have hit it big as the hippest boy band in the country. Together, the stars danced, posed, and had tons of fun in the SM Kids’ Fashion Denim collection at the photo shoot. The young stars were all eager to discover the latest from a brand they have known and loved.

“SM Kids’ Fashion is my favorite and I wear it all the time. I’m always excited to find out what they have at the store,” says Andrea. “It’s great that they have new denim selections now. It’s very comfortable and I’ll be able to use it every day.”

During the interview, she shared how much she loved to mix and match the new denim selection in such a way that showcased her style. She said that she really loved the denim dresses.

Gimme5 also shared their excitement about the brand’s big denim collection, “We move a lot during practice and performances and SM Kids’ Fashion Denim is great for that,” the boys shared. “There’s a lot to choose from, not just jeans but shorts and shirts too,” they add.

Stand out with these SM Kids' Fashion brand ambassadors Andrea Brillantes and Gimme5 members -- Joaquin Lucas Reyes, John Immanuel Bernardo, Grae Fernandez, and Brace Henry Arquiza
In tapping some of the country’s hottest young faces, SM Kids’ Fashion Denim hopes to inspire their young followers to create their own brilliant outfit combinations. As Andrea and the Gimme5 boys put it, the secret to staying ahead of the rest is finding out what the latest trends are and making them work for you. Following in the footsteps of the new brand ambassadors, youngsters can explore SM Kids’ Fashion Denim and create get-ups that were made to standout. 

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