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Indigenous ideas
Giving ethnic products as gifts can make a difference because things that embody the creativity and craftmanship of indigenous people are unique and because they would go a long way in preserving old tradition and culture. Of course, such crafts are not mere decoratives. They are functional. Take the case of the tribal crafts presented during the Linang Festival last Oct. 28-31. The exhibit — which the the Regional Operations Group of the Department of Trade and Industry organized to to create greater awareness, appreciation, and respect for the indigenous peoples — featured handicrafts of tribal communities from Luzon in the north to Mindanao in the south.
Wood carving, cigar container and a Kalinga blouse
A Mangyan tapis and abaca cloths.
A sungkaan and small baskets.
A Mangyan garment and bamboo wine holder.
A native bed, beddings and pillows.
A brass jar, wooden chests and a rattan seat.
Suot n Abubot
SHEER excitement
    It was a night supposedly reserved for avant-garde designer Armando Fabia and his army of ravishing models as they plotted to take everyone to their boudoir of steaming lingerie collection that cold, windy night. But as everyone was gasping for breath feeling conquered and vanquished by the enthralling sight of skimpily-clad models, the enigmatic and enchanting as ever Celia Rodriguez marched down the ramp in a very queenly fashion outshining everyone on stage.
    Primeworks Intermedia, Inc. couldn’t have asked for a more fitting finale for such a great presentation.
Hair masters
L’Oreal contest shows best Filipino hairdressers
    L’Oreal, the French brand of hairstyling products famous worldwide, holds the Color Trophy Awards every year in different countries to pick the best hairstylists on Earth. The latest Philippine edition of the event held at the EDSA Shangri-la hotel last Oct. 21 was the fourth of such kind.
    The hairdressing-cum-fashion show presented only the finalists or 15 of the hundreds of Filipino participants, who submitted entries to Paris-based hairstyle fashion experts for judging. The entries were colored photos of hairstyles done on a model.
    Local judges then picked the winners from among the 15 finalists based on the creative use and application of L’Oreal Professionel hair color, creative cutting and styling, look (it should appeal to Filipinas), overall presentation and face or body makeup.
    Danni Catalbas of Emphasis Salon won the grand prize for his creative cut on model Noelle Alvear. Danni received the prestigious Color Trophy sculpture and plaque, a trip to Australia, a salon exposure tour of Australia and extensive media coverage (like this one).
    The first runner-up was Rolly Evangelista of Hairbytes-Podium. Second runner-up was Fred Peñales of Lucy Britanico. The Editor’s Choice Award was Patrick Rosas of Arms. The runner-ups won plaques and a trip to Thailand and Hong Kong.
Danni Catalbas of Emphasis Salon (right) won the grand prize for his creative cut on model Noelle Alvear.
    The other finalists were Francis Quinones of Piandre Salon-Ortigas, Rene Lopez of Fix Bench Salon, Lito Preclaro of Hairbytes-Gamboa, Leonard Vasquez of Jesi Mendez-Galleria, Rodrigo Galino iof B&B Salon, Willy dela Vega of Willy dela Vega Salon, Anthony Erlano of David’s Salon-SM Centerpoint, Joni Maclang of David’s Salon-Galleria, Santi Layam of Headzone, Mac Inigo-Labay of Basecut Salon-Libis and Ma. Rachelle Aguila of H Salon. They won plaques and a complete education program at the L’Oreal Academie in Mandaluyong.
    Other highlights of the gay galore were an on-stage hairstyling demos by Eric Zemmour, creative head of the prestigious Paris-Based Haute Coiffure Francaise and the thematic hair and fashion show from local and foreign models.
First runner-up Rolly Evangelista of Hairbytes-Podium with his model.
Second runner-up Fred Peñales of Lucy Britanico with model.
Editor’s Choice Patrick Rosas of Arms with his feathery model.
The finalists’ models.
French hairdresser Eric Zemmour demonstrates his cutting style on stage with awesome results.
French models show why Parisian hairdressers are the best in the world.
David Charlton: Taking care of beauty business
  At David’s Salon, it’s purely business. The business of beauty that’s it. ‘Coz the moment you step inside any branch of David Charlton’s world-renowned salon, you get the chance to avail of any of his famed beauty treatment, from the tip of your hair to the tip of your toes.
David started with hairdressing even before migrating to the Philippines in 1978 at the age of 21. Bet you would not believe he actually started working on hair at a the tender age of 12 at his uncle’s salon in England!
    Armed with the technical and social skills, he managed the famed Rever Salon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Makati. By the time the salon’s original owners decided
At David’s Salon, one experiences the elegance of its classique interior design plus superior services at C plus prices.
to relocate to Hongkong in 1981, David quickly jumped on the guns and bought Rever.
    David initially thought of expanding Rever.
From the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, he acquired another branch at the Ali Mall in 1982, then another one at Sheraton in 1983, the Philippine Plaza in 1990, the QC Pavillion in Cebu in 1992 and finally in Galleria Suites in 1994. However, Rever caters only to the A market.
It was then that David visualized the potentials of the expanding middle-income market. Thus, in 1989, he put up the first of what would become a chain of David’s Salon. And today, after a little over a decade, he now has 153 David’s Salon branches scattered allover the country.
    When asked to what his success could be attributed to, he merely replied quality services brought about by direct hand management and training.
David Charlton
(Clockwise above, left) A therapeutic massage that combines Swedish and shiatsu techniques with a custom blend of essential oils that refreshes and relaxes the skin. A staff being taught the proper way of giving hair rebonding. Steam therapy. Vichy shower.
Ricky Reyes gives new life to hair
      After setting the trend in hair straightening with StraightPerm, top hairdresser Ricky Reyes introduces another beauty breakthrough called Hair Reborn.
    Hair Reborn will put to rest all myths about hot oil treatment. Contrary to common perceptions that hot oil makes the hair shiny and alive, Ricky said that it doesn’t do anything for the hair because it is more of a scalp treatment. He, however emphasized that hair, just like the scalp, needs “caring” as it is exposed to different elements in the environment like the sun, the wind, the heat of the hairdryer and other chemicals used for its treatment.
    A new technology that is a first here in the Philippines, Hair Reborn brings with it the promise of a hair that is alive and soft, something that cannot be achieved through simple shampooing and conditioning or any other process.
    Hair Reborn works best on any kind of hair - colored,
treated, damaged or even the healthy ones, straight or curly, of any texture and style. It makes use of special protein-based ingredients that are applied and ironed on the hair. The heat enables the vitamins and minerals to penetrate the cortex of the hair to make it healthier and more spirited. The result is also long-lasting, unlike in hot oil.
    Ricky Reyes has been known to pioneer not only hairstyles but also hair solutions. In the ‘80s, he introduced the Crazy Colors and the Crazy Curls (remember the zigzag and the spiral?) that instantly became a trend. In the ‘90s, Ricky brought in the “cellophane” technology, which is the forerunner of Hair Reborn. Last year, StraightPerm set the trend for all other hair straightening procedures of today.
  Prof. Gomez is a Chinese astrologist, who uses the Four Pillars, balancing the heavenly stems and earthly branches of the day, month, year and time we were born. He’s destined to solve love, business, career and health problems in our lives. His office is located at the 2nd floor of Payawal Building, No. 556 Quezon Blvd., Quiapo, Manila. For consultation, you may call him at (02)736-3704 or at 0917-9296841.
Horse 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
Witty and gorgeous, you feel also groggy when life is easy. Chances all around.
Goat 1955,1967,1979,1991
Smooth tray to prosperity and good career. Try to solve your problems about love because it will be more complicated next month.
Monkey 1956,1968,1980,1992
Profitable and full of happiness. Get help from friendly people nearby to solve problems. Trying hard will bring good fortune.
Rooster 1957,1969,1981,1993
Take good care of money and be accountable. Need help from friends to solve financial problems. Be honest and careful.
Dog 1958,1970,1982,1994
Be faithful and honorable. Will overcome all kinds of trouble. Beware of theft and illness. Honesty will bring a lucky star.
Pig 1959,1971,1983,1995
Be humble and kind to others. Will stay away from unnecessary troubles. High scoring and good achievement can be made. But know the people around you.
Rat 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996
Love affairs may bring bad luck. Be faithful and honest. Will find true love. Beware being a guarantor of any kind. Stay calm. Being careful will bring good fortune.
Ox 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997
Stay away from crowd and harmful areas. Have friendly people to help you out.
Tiger 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
Solar light has brightened the month but comes the star of loneliness. Concentrate and be honest to your spouse. Cheerful family relations will bring prosperity and good health.
Rabbit 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
This month has power and good fortune. Smooth course for most affairs, being housed with the host star. Beware of damages.
Dragon 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
Be patient and be careful with your health because this month will be the best time for business plans.
Snake 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
Have some help from others and help others too. Listen to the opinions of older people. Marriage or new born baby will bring luck.
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