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SEAIR Now Flies To Hong Kong

South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) announced that it will fly to Hong Kong from its hub in Clark, Pampanga daily starting March 14, 2011.

The local carrier is offering one-way tickets for the new route at P1,500 each, which are available for online booking until March 2 and are good for travel from March 14 to May 31, 2011.

"With our new Hong Kong services and additional routes to be announced later, we are excited to contribute even more to our country's employment, tourism industry and national economy," Avelino Zapanta, president and chief executive officer of SEAIR, said in a statement.

Seats are also marketed through Tiger Airways' Internet booking system. The local carrier has cemented a partnership with the Singaporean budget airline last year, allowing the latter to offer SEAIR flights to passengers.

SEAIR began mounting flights to Singapore in December last year using 2 Airbus A319 aircraft leased from Tiger Airways.

The airline is planning flights to Davao and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam via its Clark hub in 2012.

Jean-Michel Frank, Hermès and New York

"OHMYGAWD!", I hit a high note. "What now?" my grumpy husband complained.

"I have goose bumps. Furniture items by the legendary designer Jean Michel-Frank are being reissued here in the United States."

My husband shoots me an incredulous look momentarily pulling his head away from a basketball game on tv. clickety-clack went the heels of my little shoes across the stained Brazilian wood plank floors. I leaned my head against the window and stared out into the empty street.

Frank's harmonious forms, simple lines, exotic veneers and soft palette embody great design. His works have been widely copied but rarely matched. Each item he created is understated, but resonates immense power and depth.

In 1924 Frank collaborated with Hermès on a collection of furniture. His restrained club chairs and sofas have been endlessly copied since that time -- they are stark, exquisitely proportioned forms wrapped in the most luxurious finishes.

The short, slight, nervous, and intense, self-taught designer who walked on the balls of his feet spouting bits of poetry, and known to dress in drag to formal occasions was THE designer and decorator of the Parisian haute-monde of the 1930s and 40s.

In spite of his immense talent and success, his life was tragic and full of heart break. He died at the young age of 46; what other miracles would we have had from him had he lived longer?

On March 8, 1941 Frank’s body was found lifeless on the sidewalk at Third Avenue and 63rd Street. A cousin had to identify him. The New York Times found fit to only run a 100-word obituary about the greatest furniture designer of his generation. His name from then on was consigned to oblivion.

The design cognoscenti in the 1970s quietly appreciated "le style Frank" and thankfully, many of us will too. Those distinctive cubic designs with leather and wood veneers have been re-issued and will soon again be available in the New York Hermès store in April.

Vivre Jean-Michel Frank!

(top image from T Magazine, photo of JMF scanned from Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier's Jean-Michel Frank: The Strange and Subtle Luxury of the Parisian Haute-Monde in the Art Deco Period, and remaining two images from Luxist.)

Donaire TKOs Montiel in Round 2

Pinoy-American bantamweight boxer Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire knocks out Mexican opponent Ferdinand Montiel in the second round of their fight at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila).

In the first round, Montiel showed that he has experience and skills in the division by consistently evading Donaire's attacks.

Donaire kept being aggressive but his punches failed to land on Montiel.

In the second round, Donaire then played it down by accepting Montiel's attacks. The Filipino played with his improved defense and evaded the countering Montiel.

A minute before the round concluded, an energetic Donaire then powered a left hook to Montiel's face knocking him down to victory.

With the win, Donaire bagged the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization bantamweight crowns.

Donaire now ups his record to 26-1 with 18 KOs.

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Fashion Designer Puey Quiñones Fashion Scam - A Career Suicide?

A certain “fashion scam” has been among the hot topics on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook this week involving famous fashion designer Puey Quiñones.

This was after ABS-CBN’s Trip na Trip host Kat de Castro tweeted 3 days ago a photo of a double-labeled beige suit.

The photo which de Castro posted had a caption which reads: “The designer asked 30k for this suit. Pero bakit may Dansen tag? Sa SM ito di ba? Napeke kaya yung friend ko?

According to the story by Kae Pickrell on StyleBible.Ph on Thursday, Jhon Maala, who happened to be de Castro’s friend, ordered a suit from Quiñones for his upcoming wedding. After several fitting sessions, the suit was finally delivered to him. It costs P30,000.

Maala, however, found out that the suit that was delivered to him carried 2 labels: "BOBON by Puey Quiñones" and "Dansen."

Haute couture

Dansen is one of the brands carried by the SM Department Store, an anchor store of Sy-led SM malls that try to reach a wide market.

Quiñones, on the other hand, is one of the elite fashion designers in town whose boutique provides haute couture and custom-made designs that fashion-conscious individuals usually turn to to dress them up for important events.

De Castro, in another tweet, said her “friend felt bad because it’s for the wedding.”

A few minutes later, De Castro said: “Designer update: He asked my friend to give back the Dansen suit but also give him time to create a new one. Wow. Wedding's less than 2 wks.”

BOBON’s Official Statement

After the photo circulated in the internet, BOBON immediately released a statement regarding the matter.

In their official Facebook account on Tuesday, BOBON clarified that they are “not in any involved in the design, production or sale of the suit in the photo, or the affixing of the “BOBON by Puey Quiñones.”

The statement further revealed that although they have worked with various Filipino designers in the past, they have ceased using the “BOBON by Puey Quiñones” label in 2008.

We have no knowledge of how the label “Bobon by Puey Quinones” ended up in the suit in the Facebook post as we have used every effort to reclaim and destroy these old labels. We are certain that this suit was not purchased by the owner from or through BOBON. All BOBON pieces are sold exclusively at or through the BOBON store at The Podium and we have no record of this transaction,” they added.

Puey Quiñones’ Statement

Meanwhile, according to StyleBible.Ph, Quiñones has already apologized to the couple in an official statement.

Quiñones said he “regret that all this happened.” He said he is sorry “for all the trouble that it has caused them (the couple).”

I was simply pressured to create a suit and found a perfect blank canvas to develop. I know the entire situation could have been handled better but now it has just been blown out of proportion and affected so many others,” he said.

To the couple who brought attention to this matter and to everyone else that have raised concerns over the quality of my service as a designer... I am sorry. I am doing all that I can to make sure that this does not happen again,” he added.

On Thursday, de Castro disclosed on her Twitter account that Quiñones vowed to give her friend a refund and that he already “went to another designer for help.”

Maria Aragon's Version of "Born This Way" Caught Lady Gaga's Attention

Another Pinay is recently making waves on the internet.

She is Maria Aragon, a 10-year-old Canadian-Filipina and is currently based in Winnipeg, Canada. Both of her parents are Filipinos but she was born in Canada.

Maria became known in the internet after Lady Gaga tweets a YouTube video of Maria's version of her new song “Born This Way”, last night, February 17.

Lady Gaga has over eight million followers in Twitter; hence, the information on Maria’s video quickly spreads in the web. In fact, Maria's video ranks No. 5 in the categories, Most Viewed (Today) and No.2 in Most Viewed (Today)-Musicians.

Maria Aragon - Born This Way

Source: showbiznest

Help promote football among the Filipino youth ...WEAR YOUR AZKALS SHIRTS AND JERSEYS NOW

The Philippine Azkals' recent victory against the Mongolia Blue Wolves in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup has raised our confidence as a nation that we can be good in football too. With the Azkal's popularity among the Filipino youth now, there's a growing interest in the sport and hopefully in the future, we can produce more champions.

Team Azkals is actively promoting love for the sport and desire to raise more funds for this purpose.

The official "Azkals" shirts and jerseys collection were worn by fans at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod during the winning match. These official licensed goods, set apart from the different fan-produced shirts that have come out in the market, can now be bought by logging on to the authorized online store hub http://abscbnstore.multiply.com. The shirts will also be available in all leading department stores nationwide. Part of the proceeds will go to the Azkals and their campaign to promote the sport in the country.

The shirts which are available in white and gray are sold at P300 while the jerseys can be purchased at P500. Reservations and bulk orders can also be made through store@abs-cbn.com.

Be proud to be Pinoy! Support Azkals and their cause! Grab your official Azkals shirts and jerseys now by logging on to http://abscbnstore.multiply.com. These shirts are produced by Pump Apparel under license by ABS-CBN Licensing.

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