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INSIDE BC contents 14 the creative classroom Learn how the Books on Wheels program from Korea makes childhood dreams come true 18 got {more} milk? Discover how to maintain sufficient breastmilk supply for your most precious one

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50 kelly hearts hermes and helena The Gossip Girl star talks about parenting, moving on from her divorce, and life as the glamorous Lily van der Woodsen

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62 28 75 the romero’s dream home: where architecture and design combine Malou and Nikki Romero talk about how they built and designed their home and how they raise their lovely children, Joaquin and Monique 96 baby, one more time The pop princess makes a major comeback as an X Factor USA judge and mommy to her two darling boys

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On the Cover: KARIZ TANYA FAVIS, WITH cover contest winner MONALIZA VALLEJOS and SONS, PETER AND ROB

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BC’s Kariz Tanya Favis with Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford and son, Hermes; playdate cover contest winner monaliza vallejos with her husband, robert, and sons peter and rob

Happy 2nd Anniversary, BC! You are seeing three firsts happening in this issue. This Playdate Cover Contest is one that I am thrilled about, not only because all my three children and myself are in it, but also because we have given, what I feel, is a rare chance to a non-celebrity to be immortalized on the front pages of a magazine. Monaliza and her kids were a delight to work with and know, so it is with pride that I present the outcome of our cover photo shoot, which was not only enjoyable, but I feel came out really chic. Plus, I made new friends in the process, so this experience really is a win-win. I can’t wait for Mona and her kids to see themselves on the newsstands—I know my kids and I are going to have our photo taken beside the cover. Another “first” is our double-cover special on the stunning “Gossip Girl” actress, Kelly Rutherford, whose exclusive and intimate photos were taken in our Beverly Hills, CA studios. It is a look back when Kelly was pregnant with her second baby, Helena, whom I believe is now 3 years old. Hermes, her handsome eldest son, now 6, was still breastfeeding at the time this was shot. Trivia: Kelly and I were both nursing our kids who were already about 3 years of age while we were talking during the shoot. Another memory from this shoot was how Kelly came back to our studio the next day to pick up a gorgeous camel coat she left behind—which was, you guessed it, an Hermes.

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She stayed to chat for a bit and even told me about their divorce proceedings at the time (which you’ll find out in a quick online search, has already become tabloid fodder today). It’s also heartwarming to be able to give you a peek into the stylish home and domestic life of my friends, Nikki and Malou Romero, together with their adorable kids. Nikki was my classmate back in high school (he was quite the heartthrob), and has become one of this country’s esteemed architects and businessmen, alongside his father, Reghis, and brother, Mikee. Malou is equally lovely as her half, and busy as a jewelry designer for her own line called “Joanique,” which offers beautifully crafted pieces from the interior design graduate. She adorns herself with her own creations throughout their shoot. Without further ado, this 2nd anniversary issue of BC is in your hands, and I hope you enjoy perusing it. I pray that BC continues to be part of your reading lists, and that we are able to deliver more of the best choices for your families, while information that is useful and fun at the same time. Up next, the holidays!

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Kariz Tanya Favis Editor-in-Chief

Kariz Tanya Favis Chairman & President

Martin Favis Creative Director

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Bridget Denese Bautista Mikhaela Georgette Chiong Editorial Assistants

Jalu Pauline Ramirez Marvin Usi Graphics Artists

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Charina Mitra Finance Manager

Victor Aliwalas Group Associate Publisher

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Contributors Akemi, Rachel Albert, Heidi Alletzhauser, Don de Jesus, Fendi, Brett Galley, Neil Garguilo, Mark Hansen, Amy Highfill, Britney Kim, Jen Kim, Klexius Kolby, Leng, Amy Lawson, Micon, Pong Niu, Rosario Santiago, Stephen Seidel, Jim Wysong, Cyrill Beatriz Yambao

BC Magazine Philippines is published by BCMedia Inc., 28th Floor Ayala Life-FGU Center 6811 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226 Philippines. Visit us online at bcmag.ph. Reproduction, in whole or in part, without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. For advertising, subscriptions, back orders or other inquiries, please call 0939.130.0997, 0916.507.3227, 478.4172 or e-mail info@ bcmag.ph. Opinions expressed in this publication are that of the writers’ and are not necessarily endorsed by BCMedia Inc. BC Magazine Philippines is not responsible for unsolicited samples, products, work, and materials, and submissions are non-returnable. If you wish to submit written work, photographs, artwork, products, samples, other services, etc., please accompany with a self-addressed envelope, postage paid, or a prepaid return label.

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An art and literature nook in the heart of Alabang opens its doors to children who aspire to hone their skills and art and literature through publishing their very own books

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ostering one child doesn’t begin and end in making sure that he or she is given the right food, shelter, education, and basic needs in order to grow. Children also need to express themselves, and this is where creativity comes into play. In Korea, a unique program called Books on Wheels was developed by Lee Jong Gu, whose goal was to expand a child’s thinking territory. The program lets children create a story picture book both written and drawn or illustrated by the child himself through classes with teachers who assist and guide the kids throughout the whole process. The one-of-a-kind Books on Wheels program is now available in the Philippines through the efforts of Mijin Kim, a mom of two. “Books on Wheels is an artist school,

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but it’s not an ordinary art school,” Mijin explained. “We have art and writing teachers to help kids publish their own book. After they are done [with it], we send all files to Korea, and then we publish books [there].”

boys, because they don’t want to sit and paint and draw, but they love making something. They learn some techniques of the art.”

The 1.5-hour long classes (composed of four students per class) take place once a week, with your choice of a weekday or Saturday class, during which children discuss and brainstorm ideas with the art and writing teachers. The program spans 30 to 32 sessions, or 7 to 8 months, with a minimum of 4 sessions and a trial class by appointment.

Also notable at Books on Wheels is the school’s classrooms, which design strikes a perfect balance between a child’s room and a classroom. For parents who long to foster their children’s creativity, or for kids who aspire to publish stories, visit Books on Wheels to experience Lee Jong Gu’s program that helps children hone their creative and logical thinking skills. You might just be looking at the next Pulitzer Prize winner.

The Books on Wheels program also features a Scrap Art Class. Mijin explained, “Through this program, children make something out of scrap materials—like robots, tanks. Especially

Books on Wheels is located at Unit 401 Energy OPT Bd. 4F Prime St., Madrigal Business Park, Alabang Muntinlupa City

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“As the mother, you also need to take care of yourself in order to provide what your baby needs.”

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Just because your baby doesn’t nurse as often as before, your breast isn’t leaking, or you don’t suffer from engorgement (hardening/ filling of breasts due to abundance of milk), it doesn’t mean that you’re already lacking on your milk supply. As babies grow older, their milk needs and feeding schedules change, and they become more efficient nursers-–meaning they can empty your breast faster. These occurrences are normal and there are other factors that may indicate that you’re already “low,” such as

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in the market. Also, if you are a mother to a newborn up to 3 months, try to have feeding sessions at least eight times a day or more, to improve sucking stimulation and give your baby what he or she needs to get through the day. You can have 1 ½ to 2-hour intervals in the morning or afternoon, and every 3 hours at night. Think of yourself.

your baby’s weight. Check also if your child is wetting enough diapers a day, and consult your pediatrician for what’s age-appropriate. All you can do is observe, and once you determine that you indeed have low milk supply, you can already take the necessary steps needed. Use both breasts when feeding.

Called “switch nursing,” offering both breasts to your baby increases milk supply because of the stimulation that comes with sucking. This is also advisable when using a breast pump as it speeds up the emptying of breasts—giving more room for a new supply of milk. Plus, emptying the breasts also gives your baby the fattiest milk (hind milk) that comes out in the end of the nursing session. Feed frequently.

To increase milk supply, you must breastfeed or pump as often as possible. If you pump, look for a machine that works for you. If you can borrow a family’s/friend’s old pump to try out, do so. You can also seek the help of moms from the Medela Moms group, who holds classes at their Medela House at 29 1st St., New Manila, Quezon City. Medela has a new pump called “Swing,” which is a new, and highly-rated electric pump. Philips Avent’s Isis is a great alternative: a portable, manual pump that can rival electric pumps

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As the mother, you also need to take care of yourself in order to provide what your baby needs. Be stress-free by resting as much as you can, staying hydrated (drink 6-8 glasses of water per day minimum, or a recommended pitcher of water while nursing), and eating fruits and vegetables, as well as calcium- and protein-rich foods. As much as possible, avoid doing unnecessary diets when lactating, and make sure that you’re getting at least 1,800 calories daily. Avoid bottles and pacifiers.

Switching back and forth between your breast and a bottle may be an issue with your baby’s sucking needs as a newborn. To avoid this confusion, let all these sucking needs be met at your breast and avoid using bottles and pacifiers for at least a month, if possible. If it’s really necessary, choose bottles that have peristaltic nipples, like Pigeon’s, which help avoid nipple confusion. Do research.

There are substances and supplements— also known as “galactagogues”—that help increase milk supply. These can be in the form of herbs, prescription medication, etc., and the most commonly used ones are Brewer’s yeast, alfalfa, blessed thistle, fenugreek, flaxseed, and even oatmeal and malunggay leaves. However, using these can’t be done on impulse and it requires extensive research and a professional consultation to avoid any side effects that can harm you and your baby. Speaking of malunggay or moringa, it has been known to help increase production of milk so try and include it in all forms of your diet—soups, omelets, etc. It also comes in capsule form, such as Pro-Lacta or Natalac, which some moms take thrice a day for the

“giving babies the nutrients they need is very crucial at this stage, and there’s no better substitute for breastfeeding.”

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A word of advice from Medela Moms’ co-founder, Beng Feliciano: “The best way to increase your milk supply is to have your baby feed on demand! But, if for some reason, you are not around your baby, make sure that you express your milk either by hand or by using a pump every 2 hours. Make sure your gadget works for you, though, and not against you. Ask around to make sure that the pump you are using comes closest to the way the baby sucks—remember, breastfeeding is supply and demand. But, not just any demand—it has to be the speed and suction strength of a baby or else your body will not respond.”

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duration of nursing. In other countries like Australia, OB-GYNs advise their patients to take Domperidone (AKA Motilium) to boost supply for a period of two weeks, and as needed. Domperidone is used mainly to treat nausea and vomiting, but it has been found that a side effect is better milk production. However, always use your best judgment as this might defeat the purpose of giving “natural” milk to your baby––although

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some say that they will take medication if it means any breastmilk, than none at all. Consult an expert.

It’s always best to resort to professional consultation for the best advice on how to better feed your child. Find a lactation consultant who can evaluate your baby’s nutritional needs, and provide you with sound advice on feeding. There are La Leche league groups in the Philippines, and you can even ask a relative or friend to help guide you. Additionally, a doctor or pediatrician can give you the pros and cons of using prescription medication, so you can decide easily. bc

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hese days, the glimpse of a naked body after being misdirected to a porn site is no shock to the average internet user. What may prove more surprising is the pornography industry’s statistics, compiled worldwide, wherein a second is worth 1,000 images—or more: $3,075.64 is spent on pornography every second; 28,258 internet users view pornography every second; and 372 internet us-

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ers type porn terms into search engines every second. “There have been several surveys about who’s viewing internet pornography and what consequences they’re experiencing, and the findings are disquieting,” says Jim Wysong, author of The Neutering of the American Male. “In a 20,000-person study recently

conducted by TED.com, porn is the most prevalently cited obstacle for romantic relationships between men and women in their teens and 20s. Women say guys are emotionally unavailable, and men say porn makes them less interested in pursuing a relationship. “In reality, men have been compromising their masculine nature for several decades.” bcmag.ph


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A lack of involvement by fathers in raising their sons; the overuse of prescription and illegal drugs; and uncertainty about their gender role have set boys and men back, Wysong says. “We all have a need to feel significant, to be accepted and loved, but those issues prevent some males from developing fulfilling relationships,” Wysong says. “Sexual intimacy is typically a byproduct of emotional intimacy. Unfortunately, when people don’t have a fulfilling relationship, their sexual desires don’t disappear.” Men are often more visual and physical, so they’re able to use pornography to meet some of that need in the short term. But in the long run, they also need the emotional support, nurturing, and deeper connection with a partner, he says. “It becomes a vicious cycle: Males turn to pornography seeking to satisfy unmet needs, and pornography addiction makes it extremely difficult to achieve the balanced, loving relation-

ship that would meet their emotional needs,” he says. A Canadian study found that one in three teenage boys are “heavy porn users,’’ and an Italian study reveals that a large percentage of men there suffer from “sexual anorexia,” a temporary impotence, in their 20s because they were heavily into pornography in their teens, Wysong notes. Parents, especially fathers, need to sit down with their sons and discuss sex. The lack of dialogue leaves young males to seek the answers to their curiosity on their own. Unfortunately, many turn to porn, which does not portray sex in a healthy and balanced way. One of the most destructive things about it is that it portrays women as something to be used rather than valued and respected, Wysong says. “Fortunately, this is something that can be remedied, both on a physical and a mental level,” he says.

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“Sexual intimacy is typically a byproduct of emotional intimacy. Unfortunately, when people don’t have a fulfilling relationship, their sexual desires don’t disappear.”

4. Do you find that you have been looking at an increasing amount of pornography over time? 5. Do you look at pornography when you are bored, anxious, or lonely?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jim Wysong is a businessman, contractor, and real estate investor who spent more than 30 years observing and studying psychology and human behavior through workshops, seminars, and textbooks. His efforts to better understand his own emotional discomfort led to theories that have universal applications in modern society.

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arents and educators are always trying to spark student participation, whether it’s in the classroom, in the local community, or throughout the world. When middle school students at Allison Academy in North Miami Beach were asked what they could do to improve their country, they focused on what they understood––bullying, violence, and racism. Those problems are all rooted in the same issues, says Rachel Albert, author of Quest to Telos, a young adult novel where fantasy meets reality and even world peace is possible. bcmag.ph


P E R S O NA L I N T E G R I T Y “They stem from a lack of personal integrity and absence of social responsibility,” she says. “Children who choose to put those values into practice are actively working toward peace. But they can only put into practice what they’ve learned; instilling those values may seem simple, but many parents miss the mark and actually model the opposite.” Throwing money at social problems like racism or violence doesn’t resolve them, Albert says. But children can. “The energy from kids’ excitement can make a real difference and we need their energy focused right here at home,” says the mother of four. “They see problems; it’s up to us to give them the tools to address them.” The following tips can help parents teach their children personal integrity and social responsibility, giving them the keys to world peace. Never lie in front of your kids.

It may seem obvious, but many parents lie in front of their children or encourage them to lie; misstating a child’s age to save money on movie tickets or allowing them to take credit for school projects completed by the parent. These seemingly inconsequential lies suggest it’s OK, even good, to distort the truth. This causes long-term damage a million times more costly than whatever was gained in the short term. Give your kids a reason why.

Author Mark Twain once said that the two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you figure out why. If you fail to tell your kids why we are here, you have missed the opportunity to figure out what motivates them and gets them excited. This is the most important key to getting kids’ cooperation and empowering them to help the world. Don’t criticize your children.

Criticism is toxic, so why do almost all parents criticize their kids? When we focus on what they aren’t, they believe they can’t. This creates angry chilbcmag.ph

dren who express their pain by bullying others. It’s better to tell them how you feel rather than what you think of them, e.g., “I feel frustrated that you didn’t listen to me,” or “Can you say that in a more loving way?” Don’t speak badly about other people.

This is probably one of the hardest things to do, considering we’re a generation that pays for gossip. Speaking badly about others teaches kids to look for what they view as the negative in others and take joy in sharing it.

“Bullying, violence and racism. Those problems are all rooted in the same issues.”

Model charity.

Actions speak louder than any words. When you teach kindness to children, they tend to feel empathy and have more successful lives, a crucial step toward achieving world peace. Once we tackle the issues plaguing our country, we will be ready to tackle world peace, Albert says. Kids are hungry to form an identity and make their mark on the world. It’s easier to try to bring peace to another country, but that never works. We need to start at home. bc

About Rachel Albert

Rachel Albert is a certified court reporter and business owner. “Quest to Telos” is her debut novel; it’s being used by a private school to develop an inspirational, critical-thinking curriculum for middle school students ready by the summer. Albert is currently working on a sequel. She is a staunch advocate of boosting teen literacy while inspiring kids to make a difference starting with their own hearts. { NOVEMBER 2012 } b c PHILIPPINES

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“Just because there are fewer jobs, however, doesn’t mean young people are powerless to improve their situation.”

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“A first-time job may be awkward and an allaround rude awakening for many, but the accompanying lessons of responsibility and perseverance are absolutely vital,” says financial expert Mark Hansen, author of Success 101 for Teens. “Also, we get our first taste of earned money –– how to spend it, and the value of budgeting it for larger purchases.” But this year continues a trend in recent years: there simply are not enough jobs to go around during this rough economy. The 2011 employment average –– peak season for those aged 16 to 24 –– was only 48.8 percent for young people, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the lowest percentage since the Bureau began collecting such data in 1948.

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came after being hit by a car as a child.

This year, so far, the rate is virtually the same, and many young people have simply given up their job search.

“We know the negative effects experienced by adults who go without a job for long periods, but unemployment can be worse for teens. Think about idleness, an increased risk of juvenile delinquency, undeveloped or atrophied technical and social skills and, of course, a lack of money.”

“This is a potentially devastating trend with long-lasting consequences,” says Hansen, whose adult life has been largely defined by his response to the obstacles he over-

Just because there are fewer jobs, however, doesn’t mean young people are powerless to improve their situation. Hansen offers alternatives for self-motivated teens:

Untapped markets are everywhere: It may be true that the once low-hanging Good, old-fashioned manual fruit, such as fast food labor: Computers and repositions, are being taken lated skills have changed the by adults, but a teen’s job world, but a smartphone is search needn’t end there. not going to cut a neighbor’s Today’s young people have a grass, clean his garage or distinct advantage over older move his furniture. Confolks –– they were raised on sider offering a competitive computers, which may include knowledge of graphic price for these tasks; neighbors are often sympathetic softwares, sound and video to young people looking to programs, and much more. make an honest dollar. These skills may be parlayed to help market events for neighbors, family members, or a small business.

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Volunteer your time: Nowadays, high school students receive credit for dedicated volunteer hours, which are routinely applied to scholarship efforts. Beyond the expectation of a corollary reward, the youth are more than ever attuned to the innate sense of satisfaction gained from helping others. Several studies have shown that people are rewarded with a sense of purpose and well-being while helping others, according to the American Psychological Association.

Beefed-up allowance for added chores: Parents are busier than ever these days, which often mean chores around the house suffer. While most may not be able to afford the kind of wage a teen could earn at McDonalds, an increase in allowance can nevertheless motivate a teen who needs spending money.

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A successful businessman, a former Palm Beach County, Florida-elected school board member and motivational speaker, Mark has dedicated his life to helping young people overcome obstacles and deal with the challenges of daily living. Struck by a car and nearly killed as a child, Mark fought back through positive actions and reactions to all that he had to overcome. As a result, he relates to teens in a very special way. Through books, such as “Success 101 for Teens: Dollars and Sense for a Winning Financial Life,” and seminars, Mark Hansen is driven to make an impact on teens and young adults and to empower them to rise above and triumph over life’s obstacles. bcmag.ph

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weddings, benefits, fundraisers, and concerts for notable clients and organizations including American Express, Diana Ross, Robert DeNiro, Bette Milder, The New York Yankees, and The Museum of Modern Art. Hollywood Pop Gallery’s ultimate goal is to provide each client and their guests with a once in a lifetime experience. And with Brett’s natural creative edge, her approach and execution is “anything but cookie

“Planners provide a sense of security and can secure the resources to resolve an issue seamlessly.” cutter.” With each client they meet, Brett and “team POP” set out to surprise, inspire, and celebrate whatever the occasion may be. By offering clients a comprehensive selection of entertainment, décor, and top-notch party planning services, Brett and her team are sure to make any event “pop” no matter the budget. Currently, Brett and her team are working on a variety of events and concerts for New York Fashion Week, bcmag.ph


H O L I D A Y P R E P A R A T I O NS the holidays, and personal celebrations. Below are some quick tips from Brett on why working with a planner will save you not only time but also money. Party Girl Advice: Perks of a Planner

Working with an expert party and event planner allows the following benefits: – Event planners are constantly building relationships with vendors, venues, and other party needs. Through these relationships, it is likely that the event planner will be able to secure services for a significantly less price than a “one time” shopper would be able to alone. “It is not unlikely that by working with a party planner, you could save as much as 20 percent or more,” states Brett. Save Money

Save Time – There are never enough hours in the day, so instead of spreading one’s self too thin doing something that someone else can do more efficiently and effectively, hire an experienced party planner. “As party planners, we thrive on putting the perfect party plan in place and can execute more details in less time, allowing the client to focus on other things,” explains Brett. “By hiring a capable and imaginative party planner, clients are much less likely to experience regret that they just didn’t have the time to take care of something. We handle every detail and ensure that it is perfect.” Knowledge & Experience – Event planners gain extensive knowledge and wisdom regarding events and parties. They know the latest trends, newest venues, hottest entertainment, budget-saving secrets, and perhaps most importantly, can anticipate most problems before they even arise. “Event planners plan hundreds of parties per year, so they will be able to share details that you may not be aware of if you only plan one or two events annually. Particularly when it comes to a major life event that most people only have occasion to plan once, our extensive experience will ensure they don’t make any preventable mistakes,” says Brett.

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– “A planner is nothing without their network of contacts!” explains Brett. From lighting to décor to magic and more, all the right contacts are at their fingertips and they’ve usually worked with them multiple times, eliminating concern about each vendor’s credibility. The relationships Hollywood Pop has built over the years ease any concern over vendors’ credibility and standard of service. Contacts are Key

Peace of Mind – Despite all the planning, preparation, and management, most events inevitably encounter an unforeseen hiccup. Keeping any snags from guests and ensuring the host or hostess loses as little time as possible in its resolution are vital. “Having a planner by your side is a great source of comfort because we know who to call and how to remedy a situation quickly,” explains Brett. “We have had to troubleshoot missing limos, fallen wedding gown hems, canceled entertainment, and so much more.” Planners provide a sense of security and can secure the resources to resolve an issue seamlessly.

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Meet Brett Galley Brett Galley is the Director of Special Events and founder of Hollywood Pop Gallery. After graduating from art school, Brett and her mother, celebrated artist Joyce Galley, opened an art gallery in Greenwich, CT that quickly became a popular venue for events. Recognizing her passion for bringing to life the events that her clients could only dream of, she transitioned to the role of Entertainment Director for New York City’s iconic eatery Tavern on the Green before launching Hollywood Pop Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1993. Offices in Manhattan opened in 2006 and in London in 2010. Brett has produced events and concerts for American Express, Diana Ross, Robert DeNiro, Whoopie Goldberg, Bette Midler, Bon Jovi, the New York Yankees, and the Museum of Modern Art.

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1 T.G.I. Friday’s Chicken Fingers 2 Mom & Tina’s Mango Cream Pie 3 interiors of Krispy Kreme’s Bonifacio High Street branch 4 Chez Karine’s Ambroisie cake 5 Aria Cucina Italiana’s shake 6 interiors of T.G.I. Friday’s Bonifacio High Street store 7 Assorted donuts from J.Co 8 Slice’s Bonifacio High Street store 9 Comida China de Manila’s Cold Cuts 10 High chairs at T.G.I. Friday’s Bonifacio High Street store 11 Banana Leaf Asian Café’s Sago Pudding in Thai Pandan Leaf 12 inside Jamba Juice’s Bonifacio High Street branch 13 Assorted cupcakes from Slice 14 Slice’s Red Velvet cake 15 Mom & Tina’s Roast Turkey

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Their best sellers are the Macarons, which are easy to hold, and the Pudding, which kids love. They enjoy the cookies as well, which are wrapped in adorable packaging that kids will also love to open up. For the older crowd, Chez Karine serves very good coffee with their own blend, and feature a different kind of espresso and some house specials—Muscovado Latte, Macha Latte, Orange Mocha, and Tamarind Iced Tea to name a few. Drop by for a treat for every sweet tooth in the family and have an experience like no other.

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In Chez Karine, families come in anytime, but a lot of them visit the store during Sunday

afternoons. Chef Karen suggests visiting during weekdays, especially if you’re a big family or group because it’s pretty free, but note that they don’t accept reservations. The store is Japaneseinspired, well-lighted, ventilated, and has a cozy and delightful feel—with all the colorful designs, trinkets, and artworks. From the menu up to the packaging, it’s something your kids will love exploring. They hired a number of artists to create a unique look and feel to attract customers (especially the kids). “Sometimes kids come in just to say ‘hi’,” Chef Karen shares. In turn, their baristas love kids, so it’s really perfect match. The seating capacity of their store is 20.

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rench for “Karen’s place,” Chez Karine was conceptualized back in 2004 Pastry Chef Karen Yang lived in San Francisco. She did not open up a store, but she did serve pastries from her home and took orders online. She moved back to the Philippines in 2009 and started to plan for Chez Karine last year. She always loved to cook and bake since high school—baking, though, has been more of a passion than cooking. She got her patisserie diploma from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and had her internship at a couple of places in Paris, including Pierre Hermé Patisserie.


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Children are also in for a special treat as kiddie tables with coloring materials are designated outside, so your kids can play around and enjoy the wind by the nearby fountain. When they get tired, be sure to have a plate of mac and cheese and a couple of paninis ready to get them back on their feet. Currently, Slice is working on expanding their menu and providing their patrons with an even better dining experience. Executive Chef Dino Dizon said, “Right now, we’re trying to perfect everything, because in a restaurant business, nothing is perfect. We want to serve the Filipinos the right way and we want to please everyone.” G/F Southeast block, Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue corner 29th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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Best known for revolutionizing local cuisine by adding a foreign touch to native dishes, Slice is the brainchild of Senator Pia Cayetano, who wanted to put her travel experiences into food and give the Filipinos a taste of the world. Despite their dishes being mainly inspired by Pia’s globetrotting adventures, this concept café intends to provide customers with the same ambience of eating within the comforts of home.

larly, need not worry as Slice ensures that all dishes are served fresh and without preservatives. Their bestsellers remain as the famous Choco Yema cupcakes, which is one of the restaurant’s first offerings. Another must-try is their Seafood Medley, an Italian-inspired seafood tomato-based stew paired with their homemade whole wheat bread sticks.

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hey say good things come in small packages, and such may be true for Slice, a healthy and organic restaurant that opened earlier this year at Bonifacio High Street. Originally a pastry kiosk back in 2011, they started out selling cupcakes and paninis until eventually earning a bigger place to put up a hot kitchen. Their first and only branch in Manila can accommodate a maximum of 50 persons, but what they lack in space they make up for through sumptuous recipes.


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amed after the famous line, “Thank God it’s Friday,” the very first American casual dining chain to have arrived in the country makes every single day (yes, not just Fridays) seem worthy of a gastronomic feast. They have been on Philippine shores for 18 years now, and as they celebrate a milestone in the business, T.G.I. Friday’s wants nothing more than to give back to all their loyal patrons. Through their P295 Weekday Specials Promo, T.G.I. Friday’s provides customers with a chance to savor their bestsellers at a much lower price. For Mondays, it’s their Pacific Grilled Pork Chop served with rice and corn on the cub. For Tuesdays, they offer Fish and Chips, while the Spicy New Orleans pasta is for Wednesdays. For Thursdays, it’s their

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Jack Daniel’s Chicken—a crowd favorite consisting of sweetly glazed chicken breasts served with seasonal vegetables. Before proceeding with these mouthwatering dishes, however, you might want to have a taste of T.G.I. Friday’s Three-For-All appetizer: a platter that features a trio of their most famous appetizers—Loaded Potato Skins, Fried Mozzarella, and Spicy Buffalo Wings. Other options for main meals would be their must-try Baby Back Ribs, pork ribs grilled and glazed with barbecue sauce, and Jack Daniel’s Salmon, a North Atlantic Salmon fillet char-grilled with their signature Jack Daniel’s glaze. All 13 branches of T.G.I. Friday’s try to cater to the actual needs of their customers, which is why people of all ages are sure to

have a fun and memorable dining experience. Even children will have a good time because coloring materials are provided while they wait for their orders of T.G.I. Friday’s muchloved pizza, spaghetti, burgers, and quesadillas for kids. Speaking of the little ones, the much-loved restaurant also has a summer workshop for children where they get to set the table, take orders, serve food, and usually in the end, partake in it. Although T.G.I. Friday’s is a reflection of Western culture, they assure Filipinos that there’s still a touch of home in their restaurant and that they always put customers’ concerns above anything else. So whenever you are in need of some positive vibes, head to the nearest T.G.I. Friday’s branch and you’re in for the time of your life! Quadrant B3, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City bcmag.ph


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t started as a family pastime and eventually turned into a burgeoning palatable business—that’s the story behind Mom & Tina’s. “The mom is our lola and Tina is our tita—my mom’s sister. Basically, the food we serve here is more or less the food we eat at home and family gatherings. And then the desserts, my lola and my tita like baking. So they decided to translate their baking and cooking skills into a business,” owner Emilio Esguerra shared. Having four branches already—most recently at Sgt. Esguerra St., Quezon City—Mom & Tina’s never fails to satiate their customers’ hunger, whether they’re craving for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or of course, desserts at reasonable prices. “We’re not exactly cheap, but what we always maintain is the quality of the food that’s being served to you. Our prices are pretty good,” Emilio admitted. “Like with our desserts, we use real cream and real butter. So in terms of the amount of good ingredients that you get in our offerings, our prices are pretty fair.” For their savory dishes, don’t miss out on

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their Roast Turkey—delicious slices with their special stuffing and giblet gravy, served with mashed potatoes, vegetables, and cranberry sauce. Their Shepherd’s Pie is another favorite because of its ground beef and mushrooms in a delicious sauce covered with mashed potatoes. For those with a sweet tooth, their selection of desserts is just endless! From the Chocolate Fudge Cupcake to Mango Cream Pie, even the traditional Blueberry Cheesecake, one can never go wrong, especially since they also offer sugar-free versions of some of their pastries. But if you think that Mom & Tina’s is just like your usual hangout place, wait till you see their function rooms (at selected branches) which can be reserved for major family gatherings. So whether or not you’re a parent, child, young professional, or just a stranger who just happens to pass by, there’s always a place for you at this quaint family-friendly restaurant that has been operating for more than 15 years… and still counting. FRDC Building 106 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Pasig City bcmag.ph


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Shrimp Balls, and Comida China Chow Mien (the restaurant’s very popular noodle dish that combines Chinese broccoli leaves, black mushroom, pork, shrimp, and special sauces over freshly cooked canton noodles)—washed down by their signature Brewed Lemon Iced Tea—Chino further talked about what keeps people on coming back for more of their best dishes. “Our bestsellers are the old-time favorites— even originating from Binondo,” he shared. “We have the Pinsec Frito— it’s a fried wanton with pork filling. For the soup, we have the Bird’s Nest Soup and the Hototay Soup. And then we have a special Comida China Soup—it’s an old recipe also. And then, of course our noodles. We have the Comida China Chow Mien and the regular pancit canton— those are really bestsellers. And then

the Shrimp Balls and the Camaron Rebosado. We have another classic— Camaron Rebosado Con Jamon. It has ham and shrimp, and they’re in squares. So those are the favorites, especially of the older generation.” With an average price range of P200-P300, there’s no question as to why families—large ones at that— choose to dine and spend quality time at Comida China. Usually packed during the weekends, Comida China also features also features spacious function rooms for your family and corporate events. They’re open everyday, though they don’t serve alcoholic drinks—a good sign that this restaurant is not just family-friendly, but kid-friendly as well.

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or those in the Pasig area, one’s Chinese cuisine craving can be easily satisfied thanks to Comida China de Manila. But not everyone knows that the gastronomic journey of this Chinese restaurant actually dates back to 1894 in Binondo. Originally named as Panciteria San Jacinto, the recipes used in Comida China’s kitchen have been around for more than a hundred years already. “We’re still using the same recipes. Then last year, our agreement with them expired. We decided to change the name and renovate,” owner Chino Esguerra said.

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to flock there for their favorite Krispy Kreme treat. Kids love their sprinkled doughnuts, while adults tend to go for the bestselling New York Cheesecake. Seniors and older crowds tend to go for the unsweetened doughnuts, but the store also offers their Baked Creations, which feature Pull Aparts with cheese and a choice of sausage, bacon, ham, or beef, and Sweet Kruffins in Double Chocolate, Mango, Chocolate Chip, Banana Walnut, and Carrot Pecan variants—all of which can be had for brunch, as they are heavier than the regular doughnuts. Featured assorted doughnuts include creations with Hershey’s chocolate, Oreo, and Snickers as doughnut toppings. At this point, the sky’s the limit for your sweet tooth! Kids will also enjoy store tours, in which

groups of 10-12 children are given a chance to explore the store, make their own sprinkled doughnuts, and take them home to their parents. Families with babies will also enjoy dining at Krispy Kreme as they provide high chairs for toddlers and diaper changing area. Kids can play at the children’s tables and chairs, where they can draw and color with art materials and wear the provided garrison cap bearing the name of the brand. The store also caters to young groups, who like to surprise their friends for birthdays or other special occasions. What’s more, for those who are traveling this holiday season to Davao, Krispy Kreme is opening a branch there, so families will get to enjoy the same delectable treats outside Metro Manila. 777 Bldg 2 G/F Bonifacio High Street, 9th Ave. Brgy. South Side Fort Bonifacio Global City bcmag.ph


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n 1990, a group of California natives who simply wanted to have a healthy lifestyle came up with the concept of having their own juice club. Fast forward to today, that juice club is now known as Jamba Juice—the mega juice chain that arrived in Philippine shores November of last year. Fraz Calicdan, General Manager of the flagship branch at the Fort shared, “In 1995, it has been renamed as ‘Jamba,’ which actually means ‘to celebrate.’ From then on, more stores opened in Northern and Southern California as well. Today, there are roughly 700 branches already in the United States.” As for the Philippines, there are already four branches serving their bestsellers. From their classic and creamy smoothies (e.g. Banana Berry, Strawberries Wild, and Chocolate Moo’d) to their interesting selection of snacks (e.g. California Flatbread, Hot Breakfast Wraps, Parmesan Pretzel, and Cheddar Tomato Twist), Jamba Juice has been a household name already for families, health buffs, and the like in just a short amount of time. “On a daily basis, we’re actually having more than 400 transactions,” Fraz mentioned. “And during weekends, it would be more because we’re like hitting more than a thousand cups of smoothies.” Aside from those, the juice joint prides itself in serving healthy alternatives for breakfast (or any time of the day) through their Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits and Steel-cut Oatmeal offerings.

But what sets Jamba Juice apart from others is their special attention to customers’ needs that goes beyond food and beverage. Patronized by families and a much younger crowd, each branch has kid-friendly facilities like diaper changing stations in restrooms and of course, their famous photo booths. Fraz said, “We do have [diaper changing stations] at the restroom for kids—for the toddlers. But what’s fun about the store is actually the photo booth. Even the old ones, they would go straight to the photo booth while waiting for their drinks.” With its world-class food and drinks and family-friendly ambience, Jamba Juice is here to stay. And with each “Welcome to Jamba!” greeting upon entering the store, customers are sure to go back for more. 7th Avenue cor. 29th Street South, Bonifacio High Street Central (across R.O.X.) Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City bcmag.ph

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ight equally talented and beautiful women came up with a concept such as Kuisine—a homey, comfortable space for families who enjoy a gastronomical experience that merges both Western and Asian flavors in one delectable plate. Yanee Nunez and Nina Almoro, the two women who worked up a storm for our visit, presented us with six titillating dishes that married Filipino ingredients with French staples. From the Truffles Pasta (tagliatelle pasta bathed in light yet invigorating cream sauce topped with our much-loved Pinoy chicharon) to the Longanisa and Shrimp Pasta, Pan Fry Salmon (which was surprisingly dressed with wasabi and dill sauce) and Lamb Shank Stew (delectably cooked in red wine and served with pommes dauphine), to the best-selling Porkchop with Spinach Sauce, families are sure to find a hearty meal in every visit. Kuisine, which is conveniently located in the burgeoning compound of Molito in Alabang, is currently in its soft opening, but are already capable of catering to parties and large gatherings. The first and second floors can accommodate 30 people each, and the upper floor serves as a great place to hold personal and corporate celebrations. Also notable about Kuisine is its ambiance, which is highlighted by the gorgeous interiors inspired by a restaurant called Ladurée in Champs-Elysées. The walls are painted mint green, while another side has a brick wall design. Paintings were handpicked and bought in Paris by Nina Almoro herself, during her year-long training in Le Cordon Bleu. Hanging above one corner of the room is a charming chandelier, offset by a wall mural of the Eiffel Tower, to remind the owners (and guests) of their love for the City of Light. Families will enjoy casual dining in this non-intimidating, accessible, and affordable brasserie-inspired restaurant. The owners have successfully created a one-of-a-kind ambience that will make you yearn for home and a hearty meal, topped by some bubbly. The menu is simple and easy to understand, and the place itself is familyand child-friendly. Even the little tots will enjoy the pizza and pasta combinations they offer. Best to drop by in the evening for a hearty meal that will top off a great weekend with the family. Molito, Madrigal Ave., Alabang, 1780 Muntinlupa City

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during weekdays, with the strategic location in the business district of Alabang. Omakase opens at 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and again at 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays. The sleek interiors, which was designed by Cardrian Builders, features comfortable seats and booths in shades of muted gray, and lighting in shapes and lines that flow seamlessly. The walls and interiors make for a modern look, accented with kokeshi dolls by the glass staircase, which leads to the second floor of the restaurant. Upstairs, three function rooms can hold groups of 25, 20, and 40 people, the last two of which can be combined to accommodate an even larger group. The first floor can accommodate up to a hundred guests. What’s even more interesting is the sushi bar located at one intimate corner of the restaurant—best for couples and smaller groups who want to enjoy the

evening. For families with kids, the tables and booths on the first floor provide ample space, and even high chairs for the little ones. You can introduce your tots to Japanese cuisine through their kid-friendly offerings such as the chicken tempura, chicken teriyaki, and tempura. What’s more, children will be entertained with coloring mats that will keep them busy while waiting for their hearty meal. If you’re looking to feast on maki, get ready to shell out P100 to P280, while rice toppings can cost you P450 to P550 per head. Most notable is their Sushi Boat, composed of 31 pieces of sashimi, nagiri, and maki in a mouthwatering presentation like no other. The pan-grilled Tofu Steak and Soft Shell Crab Tempura in ponzu sauce (a lemon based sauce) are also crowd favorites.

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in the afternoon, during snack time, especially on weekends. They highly recommend their Megamall branch as it is the biggest, for now, and it produces more doughnuts compared to other branches. They also have stores in SM Mall of Asia, Greenbelt 3, and Trinoma. They recently opened in Alabang Town Center and SM Fairview last month. Still want more? Watch out for their upcoming branch—their biggest yet—at Eastwood Mall. They accommodate a large number of groups and customers, and they try to cater to almost everyone except for times when they run out of doughnuts. With all those people lining up buying boxes (even as early as the mall’s opening time), why wouldn’t it run out? And who can resist their soft dough with their best selling flavors, including the Alcapone, Tiramisu, Blueberry More, Berry Spears, Avocado Dicaprio,

and not to mention their Green Tea doughnuts. Sounds familiar? They have cool and funky names for their doughnuts, which they named after some Hollywood celebrities. J.Co is not a typical doughnut shop where customers just grab and go. It’s café type as they also have J.Coffee, J.Cool for their Yoghurts, and J.Club for their sandwiches. It’s also perfect for their target market— the yuppies—not expecting that it would cater to a wider range. Their store layout and furniture, like their comfy chairs, are personalized and were made in Indonesia. A local artist made the walls, but the theme is still Indonesian, giving the customers an over all taste of J. Co’s country of origin. Ground Floor, Megastrip B, SM Megamall


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t’s not easy creating a culinary concept that stands out from the competition in the Philippines’ food and restaurant industry. But Banana Leaf Asian Café is one of those who have managed to succeed in doing just that. Aside from being the first to offer Asian cuisine in the market, the restaurant is backed by a team of international master chefs and prides itself in creating signature creations made with authentic ingredients from various corners of Asia.

feasting on) for meals. Speaking of the little ones, Banana Leaf offers kidfriendly dishes such as Chicken Satay, Chicken Barbecue, Chicken Pandan, and Spaghetti with Thai Sweet Chili Paste. While waiting for aromatic meals, kids can enjoy doodling on the paper placemat using pencils and pen. The restaurant also offers high chairs for your little ones. For desserts, don’t think twice about having their sago pudding, as it’s the perfect end to a delectable meal.

Located at Greenhills Promenade, the brand offers authentic Asian cuisine that is stylishly presented on large forsharing platters and eaten on none other than fresh banana leaves (plates are available upon request).

Banana Leaf Promenade also welcomes large groups up to 80 people, including the eating area outside the restaurant. Be prepared with around P150 per head for Banana Leaf’s rice toppings, while for other Asian dishes, be prepared to spend P200+ per head. And because Banana Leaf caters to kids and kids at heart, be sure to visit during lunchtime, Saturdays, or Sundays, and spice up your family day with delectable cuisine right in the Metro. No need to look further than our shores for an Asian gastronomic affair that rivals that of international cuisine. The Philippines truly has an oriental affair to offer.

The woman behind Banana Leaf’s flavorful menu is Chef Lenny Yu from the Hong Kong commissary. The menu features dishes inspired by Malaysian, Thai, Singaporean, Vietnamese, and other East Asian cuisine and cultures. Their best-sellers include the Roti Canai and Tom Yam Kung for appetizers, and Deep Fried Pandan Chicken, Vegetable Samosas, Tilapia Malayan, Hainanese Chicken, and Vietnamese Prawnball with cheese (which the kids will also love bcmag.ph

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here is one certain thing I have in common with the sweet-faced, elegant, 44-year-old blonde actress that graces our guilty Thursday-night viewing pleasure—she also used to breastfeed her baby even when he was then 2 years old. Some of you might be saying your OMG’s, since it is not common practice to prolong nursing—but it gets difficult to detach when you see your child is not ready to wean. Meeting Kelly in person shows you the kind of dedicated mother she is to her strikingly handsome son, Hermés Gustaf Daniel Giersch. Whenever he says to his nanny that, “I wanna go to Mama,” he confidently marches straight on to Kelly because he knows she will immediately tend to him. It was unfortunate that on the day of the shoot he was getting over a cold and was not up to changing clothes, and fell asleep for most of the morning—only to be awakened by the sound of the doorbell (our guy is a light sleeper so we tiptoed).

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The call time was 8 AM in Beverly Hills, yet Kelly has already made some purchases at Urth Café, including one fresh OJ (as she has taken to an organic lifestyle) for her little blue-eyed god. A surprise guest turned up in the “person” of her other boy, Oliver, the family’s beloved and huggable pooch, who is so well-behaved you won’t even know he’s in the room. On the last shot of the day—thanks to an all-time fave Handy Manny book reading—the aforementioned slumber disruption was forgotten. And in a little garden surrounded by trees, with stuffed animals poised on patio chairs listening in, Hermes shows us captivating grins as he is rained with hugs and kisses from his doting mom.

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BC: Was motherhood something you always wanted? KELLY: Yes. BC: Did being the eldest in the family somewhat prepare you to be a mother? K: Yes. I took over immediately when my brother was born,

ha ha! I always loved the holidays with him, and shopping with my mom. I think my mom had been told by her doctor that the best thing was to let the older sibling help, and I took it very seriously. And she always let me help with my younger brother, and that’s why we’re so close today.

BC: How are you and your own mother alike? K: We both like fashion and interior design.

We both love kids and spending a lot of time together. [Note: At this point, Kelly was doing hair and make-up, and Hermes was trying to reach for the hair dryer] BC: How do you get to juggle being a mother to Hermes and being an actress? K: You know…I’m pretty much a full-time mom with a part-

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time job on a show called “Gossip Girl.” And that’s how I do it. I don’t work that much. They’ve been very generous with my schedule and with my desire to be a mother, so it’s worked out great because I get to spend about 90% of the time with my son, and 10% of the time on the set, working. And that’s a joy too, you know. To be able to go to work for that time is also a joy. BC: Absolutely. How did you come up with his name? K: We kind of came up with it last minute. We had

a bunch of names. At my baby shower, we wanted to come up with a name that was very strong and had some sort of meaning. Hermes is the Greek messenger god—he’s equal to Mercury—and we figured the world could use a few more of those (Smiles). And also, my friend jokes that he’s gonna grow up wondering why his name is on all the boxes in my house, ha ha, because I love the store…

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plan it that way. It worked out just lovely and they’ve been lovely too, to work around it. BC: Is it challenging to dress up a son? K: No, he’s usually pretty good. You

know, I find [that] if he’s distracted, watching cartoons and things like that, it’s easier. I don’t really force him into anything. I find the path of least resistance is the best for both of us. I wait until he’s occupied, and then I change his clothes and do whatever, and he seems happy with that (Laughs).

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BC: Does he already have his own fashion sense? Does he feel like a grown-up sometimes, and reject your wardrobe choices for him, ha ha! K: He loves clothes. He’ll go into a store with me and pick

out things. He likes fashion, he likes things already. He knows the colors that he likes.

BC: What kind of clothes does Hermes look best in? K: Lately he’s been wearing a lot of skinny jeans.

We have cute Tretorn tennis shoes, and different kinds of sweaters. I love those V-Neck little gray cashmere sweaters with a nice polo shirt. We try not to have any of those pictures where he looks so goofy that he looks back at us and says, “I hate you for putting me in that outfit.” I want him to look back and say, “Oh my God, I looked great. I looked so cool at two years old!” Ha ha!

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K: I think Lily van der Woodsen has definitely been doing this a lot longer than I have. I mean, she has grown kids, so she has a certain wisdom in the way [her character’s] written that I really admire. I love that she’s not afraid to say, “I’m sorry” to her kids if she messes up. We’re both very dedicated mothers, but I think she’s very different. She lives in the Upper East Side, she has an unlimited budget, her kids are a little older…For me it’s very simple. I’m much more of a hands-on mother, on a day-to-day basis. BC: Who do you see, or want, Hermes growing up like: Nate, Chuck or Dan? K: Dan. Because I think he’s smart…he has good values.

He obviously has good taste in women, as he’s dating my daughter! BC: At what age will you allow your kids to watch DVD copies of you in the show? K: You know, by the time they’re old enough to watch, they’re

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going to be like, “Mom, what’s ‘Gossip Girl?’” You know what I mean? (Laughs) I don’t know…It’s sort of like they’re going to say, “Who are the Beatles? Oh yeah, that was that band you liked when I was growing up.” BC: We heard you’re a big star in Turkey, because of the show, “Generations.” Any plans of going back? K: Yeah! I went there a while ago and I loved it! It’s

such a beautiful country. I would love to go back when Hermes is at an age where he can really experience it. BC: How do you relax, especially with being so busy doing a hit TV show? K: We take long walks. For me, what’s relaxing is

going to the play center with my son and watching him, or going to the park and being outside. It’s fun to see him play with other kids. That’s such a great joy to me. And sometimes, I have time to have someone over to get a massage, or try to get to a yoga class. It doesn’t always happen, but I try. Being with Hermes is very relaxing to me, and sometimes, even just being on the set. It used to be boring to be in my trailer, but now it’s okay to have a little time for myself, too.

BC: How is Hermes taking to a bicoastal lifestyle? K: He does well. We just keep his schedule pretty

much the same wherever we are. We spend a lot of time in New York. He goes to Kidville, he goes to the park. He has his regular things he loves to do in New York, and then when we’re in L.A., he has regular things he loves to do. So he has friends in New York that he likes to play with, and then here he has his friends, so I think it’s kind of fun for him. We don’t travel back and forth that much. Now that I’m pregnant, I’m not doing it all the time.

BC: How is he on set? K: He’s great on set. There’s

so much to see. He loves the makeup and hair trailer. He’s always blow-drying everyone’s hair. There’s the little forklift that they use to build the sets—he loves to check that out. And all the trucks and brooms—he loves to sweep. There’s so much that he loves to play with.

BC: How would you like your kids to always think of you? K: I would just like them to always think of me

(Laughs). Also, as someone they can always talk to. I remember talking to Hermes when he was just a baby, and I would hold him and I’d say, “I’m always here for you. You can always tell me everything, whatever you need.” I think it’s important for him to know that—that he’ll never be judged—that I’m here, and present. My mother has always been that way with me, growing up. bc

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s part of BC’s second year anniversary celebration, we’ve granted one lucky reader one of the greatest privileges we could think of—featuring them on the cover of the best lifestyle and fashion magazine in the Philippines, photographed by BC co-founder and Creative Director, Martin Favis. We launched a Playdate Cover Contest a few months back and three finalists made the cut, but it was Monaliza Vallejos, a homemaker and mother of two energetic boys who has made one half of our two-cover anniversary special. Speaking of special, the Playdate Cover would not be complete without BC’s very own EIC, Kariz Tanya Favis, and her darling children—Sabina, Maxine, and Mathis, who makes his editorial debut at 2 months old. Looks like he’s already following in the footsteps of his big sisters (who both adore him completely), since the girls are no strangers to the pages of a magazine and the runway! We let you into the lives of Kariz and Monalisa, as they discuss how they are raising their little ones in this never-before-done special that makes us realize that when it comes to parenting, moms are the true celebrities in the eyes of their family.

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KARIZ TANYA FAVIS What was it like growing up with your mother, and what were the most important lessons you learned from her?

My single mom brought me up, and she and I lived with my grandparents and her siblings for a big part of my childhood. I don’t recall meeting my dad until I was about 10, or so. There was a period in my life where my family was having a hard time making ends meet, having food on the table, commuting everywhere we went— that type of formative years. Oddly

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and fortuitously, my mom—who is a teacher—always made sure that I went to a good school despite our hardships. I think she believed that it was the key to success, and to some extent, it is. I made some of the best and longest friendships of my life in the schools I went to, and even met my husband there. It was not until I had a stepdad that things became better for us, financially. They did not marry, although when I was 13, my little sister was born—and she became the light of our lives. Indirectly, what my mom taught me is to make sure that my family is

intact, because the sadness of a broken home and the trials that come with it are memories that you bring throughout your life. I think I’m still healing from some of that, and I am able to forget because of the love of my husband, children, and dogs. I hope my kids don’t go through that, so I learned to be a hardworker, and to never give up on your dreams while you are alive, especially if you have little ones counting on and looking up to you. What were your biggest dreams as a young girl?

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I wanted to be a scientist, astronaut, or pilot. The last thing I wanted to be was a writer—which I kept telling my mom I would never become—and it’s funny because, look at what I do for a living now. Can you tell us more about your love story with your husband?

Tom (AKA Martin) and I met in college, and it is a pretty typical “love story”—but what I’m proud of is that it

is one that is still being told. What’s it like working with your husband? Best and most challenging part?

Best part is we get to haul our whole family everywhere when we work, which is just how we like it. I pack everything but the kitchen sink even when we just go to the mall or a photo shoot, because my mind is never at peace when I’m without my kids. Another advantage is being able to share

“talents”—like I taught him photography and did a lot of the writing for him when we were still publishing our men’s magazine. On the other hand, he has taught me a ton about the business side of things. It seems we are strong where the other is not. Hardest part is that we are our own worst critics, so we don’t hold back—but that can also be a benefit because we are able to fix the problem right away. Another hard thing is not having a place

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Sabina: Beige long sleeves with gold stockings by IMOGA . Red corduroy skirt by PETIT BATEAU . White hat by H&M, all stylist’s own . Black shoes by NATURINO Rob: Khaki shorts by MOTHERCARE, P699 . Brown and gray striped knitted longsleeves by KICOKIDS, stylist’s own Peter: Navy longsleeves by RIGHT BANK BABIES . Green cargo pants by CHIP & PEPPER, all stylist’s own Maxine: Gold shirt by RALPH LAUREN . Yellow cardigan by KICOKIDS . Teal and yellow skirt by KICOKIDS, all stylist’s own . Beige shoes by FLORSHEIM KIDS, P2,099.75

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to escape when we fight. Other couples have the solace of separate offices when they’re arguing, that certainly does not hold true for us. Congratulations on giving birth to a healthy, adorable baby boy! How does it feel to be raising one? What are you looking forward to the most as he grows up?

Thank you very much! We are all completely, head-over-heels in-love with Mathis. First off, I am a nervous wreck when it comes to my loves, regardless of their gender, so it feels the same. It’s too early to tell the difference be-

tween raising them though, since he’s still so tiny at just 3 months. I am excited to see all of them grow up, and like I mentioned in a recent interview, I have little expectations, but high hopes for my babies. How has this pregnancy differed from the first two, and what are the most important things you’ve learned?

That when you grow older, your body doesn’t function as well as it used to! I was more nauseous and tired this time around, but still wouldn’t trade a moment of it. I also ate better, went for more organic foods, so I didn’t gain as

much weight as the first two. Any funny or embarrassing moments with Mathis so far?

I’ve gotten spray-peed on a few times, which always elicits shrieks from me that shock him—thankfully it’s just in the confines of our home. I’ve also forgotten several times to don my breast pads, and have had some “outflow” problems during meetings, but that’s not Mathis’ doing at all. How have your daughters reacted to being big sisters to a baby boy?

They fight over who gets to sit beside

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him, or kiss and hug him more. Needless to say, they are taking to him excellently. He is a huge blessing to our brood, and one that we didn’t even expect—which is the best surprise from God. Aside from your own family, what inspires you to curate the “best choices” for your readers?

What’s your secret to balancing a good family life with the job of being the editor of several magazine titles?

Having a great team behind me, and the full support of my husband. You need that “wind beneath your wing,” and I’d like to think I am the same for him.

The satisfaction of being able to deliver content that is fresh, fun, and most of all, useful is what drives me to continue providing readers with the best choices for their families. It’s not an easy task, considering especially that we are in Manila, but having BC US is a major advantage.

If there’s one advice you’d like to give career-driven mothers, what would it be?

One? Hmmm…it would be: Don’t be too hard on yourself. We cannot be perfect at all times, and you have to accept that there are things that will take a backseat when you are trying to run a household and career at the same time. Just pray, internalize, and think about what your priorities are at this moment in time. I’ll add a second suggestion: Don’t beat yourself up on your mistakes, just learn from them.

What is the biggest accomplishment in your career so far as an editor?

Being able to co-found BC Magazine US, and that it is already on its 7th year of publishing in the States, and how it has been respected and is arguably the number 1 family fashion and lifestyle magazine there. I’ve also had the good fortune of working with some of the industry’s best and most respected—like Kimora Lee Simmons, Kelly Rutherford, Diddy, Chris Cornell, Kourtney Kardashian, Nia Vardalos, Martin Sheen, Tori Spelling, Scott Baio and more—both abroad and in the Philippines as well. I also consider it an accomplishment when I am able to train other people, and they become better in all aspects. My career as an editor has also allowed me to live in the most famous zip code in the world for a few years—90210—and that, in itself, is surreal.

mortalized on the cover of a magazine with their family, and found out that no other title has been able to give that as a prize—as far as I know, anyway. It was a great bonus to have a made a new friend in Monaliza and her family. We still keep in touch. I am also excited about our latest promo called, “BC Loves (Put name here),” where a reader writes to us and tells us about any wish under the sun. I’ve gotten a lot of mail because of this, and have already awarded 3 people to date! The feeling of helping and having unique content as an add-on is irreplaceable.

Who do you go to for parenting advice?

How did you come up with the Playdate cover concept? How important is it to come up with ideas as unique as these, as well as the other great features in the magazine?

We thought about how cool it could be for a “regular,” non-celebrity to have that unique opportunity to be im-

My husband. We are both products of broken homes, so we decide on what works for us. Our “tandem” has worked well so far, thank God. We also go to our pediatrician for advice, health-wise, but still take her prescriptions with a grain of salt. I sincerely learn a lot from the families that we feature in BC and from our writers. Naturally, I do lots of research in mag-

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azines, books, TV, and online. Monaliza Vallejos How did your lives change as a couple since you had children?

It was a big turning point in our life. We were used to having fun as a couple, but we needed to make some adjustments after having our two boys. Our energy should somehow match the needs of our kids. We play with them and we are both totally handson with their growth and development. Parenting advice to those who have sons?

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are younger is critical. It will have a positive impact on them as they enter their teenage years, when it is so important to stay connected with them. Teaching your child how to wait and share can encourage them to have better behavior, so they will act out less when things don’t go their way. Are you a full-time mommy, or do you have part-time work?

Full-time mom, although I have a lot of businesses on the side. I’m really like that, as long as I can earn in a venture that I get involved in, I’ll do it. I guess it’s really that way when you’re a mom—you do things for your family. Like these Facebook contests, this is a big thing for me because it helps me get extra income and gives

me experience—yung experience na ang sarap ng pakiramdam. How did you and your husband meet? What is your love story like?

I met him thru my best friend, who had other friends who were friends of his. One time, they went night swimming and my best friend took me and introduced me to them. I got to talk to him while swimming. Okay naman siya kausap. We talked on our way home, after he took all of his friends home. Since I lived in Moonwalk and he was from BF Resort which are both in Las Piñas, we were the last two left with my best friend. When he dropped me off, he asked for my number and the next day, he called. I recognized his voice from the day bebcmag.ph


Maxine: White furry jacket and blue dress, both by JUICY COUTURE Kariz: Black printed dress by Diane Von Furstenberg, P28,500, Rustan’s . Mathis: Yellow and blue striped sweater by LITTLE MCNEAL . Beige shorts by PUREBABy, both stylist’s own Sabina: White knitted top by JUICY COUTURE . Blue polka-dot skirt by KICOKIDS, both stylist’s own . Peter: Yellow longsleeved top by LITTLE MARC JACOBS . Green cargo pant by GREENDOG . White cap by FORE AXEL AND HUDSON, all stylist’s own Rob: Blue shirt by SPROUT, stylist’s own . Denim pants by MOTHERCARE, P1,099 . Monaliza: Earrings and ring by SM ACCESSORIES . Brown blazer by ESSENXA, P1,599.75 . Long printed dress by M SQUARE, P899.75

Contest?

I often join Facebook contests—it’s one of the things that I usually do. (Laughs) The BC Playdate Cover Contest was very interesting because I’d be on the cover of the magazine together with BC Magazine’s owners. So sabi ko, wow! Another thing is the prizes—that’s a big thing because I get so busy sometimes, napapabayaan ko na sarili ko. I thought I needed to pamper myself. I didn’t expect to win, but to be on the cover—iba yung feeling! Feeling ko, sikat na sikat ako! (Laughs) What did you think about the experience? How does it feel to have won?

fore. I told him that I was going to my best friend’s house, and he asked if he could go, and I said yes. We’d always be together, and then we became a couple—I don’t even remember the exact date. Our love story has a lot of challenges, but nakayanan at nalagpasan namin, until we had children and got married with the help of his parents. Until now, we’re happy because mahal namin ang isa’t isa, kasama ng aming mga anak na makukulit. Tell us about your years growing up. What are the most important values taught by your parents?

I grew up in a broken family. When I was born, my parents were already separated. But when I was 26 years old, I was able to meet my father. bcmag.ph

He’s a soldier. I grew up with my grandmother, and my aunts and uncles helped bring us up ng maayos na magkakapatid—to become good, and God-fearing. Even if we were a broken family, we still had respect for each other and for our parents. We didn’t blame our parents for what happened, even if they weren’t present to provide us with lessons, there were people who were there to guide us. I would always think that there are reasons for everything that happened, ang malaking pinasasalamat ko is that even if they were not there, my other family members were, especially my lola, who guided and taught me what’s good for me. Why did you join the BC Playdate Cover

I had a really enjoyable day. I loved it. The staff, makeup artist, and of course Tom and Tanya, were all so friendly. Everyone was really nice and very professional, and I really enjoyed the whole experience. I was really happy with how I looked when they had finished. I feel so blessed. Di ko makakalimutan sa buong buhay ko yung experience--first time nangyari sa buhay ko yung shoot na iyon, and na-meet ko pa yung owners ng magazine at nakasama ko pa siya sa shoot. They were all so nice, even the staff, even if my kids are so makulit, super enjoy pa rin. Of course, my hubby is super happy even if he isn’t part of the shoot, because we were able to experience that kind of thing. Malaking pasasalamat ko sa BC Magazine, kay Tanya, Tom, and the staff. bc

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This holiday season, The Pursuit of Happyness director Gabriele Muccino brings us a tale of a charming, retired soccer star (Gerard Butler) who returns home and tries to patch things up with his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and rebuild his relationship with his son. He then finds a second chance at life by being his son’s soccer team coach. The film also stars Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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Going on a road trip has always been Andy Brewster’s (Seth Rogen) plan— but not necessarily with his mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand). But after a quick visit, they soon find themselves traveling 3,000 miles, getting through each other’s antics, and realizing that their mother-son tandem is anything but ordinary.

Artie (Billy Crystal) and Diane (Bette Midler) are grandparents to three children. When their daughter (Marisa Tomei) asks for their help to babysit her children—their grandkids—they resort to old-school methods. However, their daughter uses 21st century parenting ways and it is up to Artie and Diane to keep their household in control.

The film adaptation of the beloved musical tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who breaks his parole and has been hunted for years by policeman Javert (Russell Crowe). Valjean then finds himself caring for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter—and that’s when everything in their lives starts to make sense.

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iPAD APPS Bring out the athlete in you and your kids with these challenging, sporty apps

AUDIO BOX Bring back the years of your youth with these upbeat jams you and your kids can dance to

Hit Tennis 2

Let out your inner Roger Federer with this app that lets you hit a tennis ball with just a swipe of your finger.

Strike Night

With its puck bowling physics, four player mode, cool animations, and even real sounds and effects, playing bowling has never been this fun!

Touch Hockey: FS5

Play hockey with your friends thanks to this app’s multi-player Bluetooth and WiFi local network support, real-time 3D mallets, responsive interface, and smooth graphics.

“Make It in America” by Victoria Justice

The Victorious star talks about reaching for one’s dreams that is applicable not just in America—but anywhere in the world. “Catch My Breath” by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson releases a new song that talks about taking control of one’s life and being happy with one’s decisions.

Youtube Fun Files Whether or not you’re a talent scout, you can’t deny that these babies are born performers One Direction One Thing Babies

Imitating one of the most soughtafter boy bands of today, five babies (and their moms) have captured the hearts of more than two million viewers. Baby Dancing to Beyoncé – ORIGINAL!

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“Live While We’re Young” by One Direction

British boy band, One Direction, brings fans another catchy song that talks about living life and loving someone to the fullest. “Loves Me Not” by Kris Allen featuring Meiko

Kris Allen and Meiko sing a song that tells the story of two lovers who can’t decide on what they really feel for each other. “Me and You Against The World” by Rags

The Rags cast sings about finding what you want and that once you put your heart in it, there is no limit to achieving it.

Baby Break Dance

With headstands and other heartstopping moves, break dancing is no easy feat—but apparently, not for this talented dancing baby!

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“Go for Gold” by Kyle Patrick

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Headed by a designer and architect, see how this beautiful family’s creativity brought them together to create a gorgeous abode and family, together with their two darlings, Joaquin and Monique P h o t og r a p h s b y J ar Con c eng c o S t y l i n g b y K ariz T anya F avis and V alerie A nne del Castillo Wo r d s a n d I n t e r v i e w b y R osario S antiago and V alerie A nne del Castillo A d d i t i o n a l P h o t o s b y M ark Cabalang M a k e u p b y D on de J esus of M A C H a i r b y F endi of B asement S alon P h o t og r a p h y A s s i s t a n t M arvin U si

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he ability to appreciate beauty in whatever shape, size, or form is as essential to our well-being as air is to our survival. Beauty evokes a sense of joy, hope, serenity, pleasure, and, as the book title says, an unbearable lightness of being. For Malou Araneta Romero, life has been a continuous love affair with beauty. Once employed as a living, breathing representation of it, this still-stunning former model now creates precious works of art for the accessorizing pleasure of modern, empowered women. No stranger to fashion, Malou has been an icon of beauty since following in her sister’s footsteps and becoming a commercial model. “I first got into modeling because my sister was a model,” Malou tells us. “She would also always bring me to her modeling events, that is why at a very young age, I was already exposed to it.” Knowing fully well that her time on the runways and in front of the camera would not last forever, Malou bebcmag.ph

gan to shift focus from her modeling career to learning the ropes of a more creative undertaking. While enrolled at the Philippine School of Interior Design, she began to dabble in designing jewelry, which she initially marketed to family and friends. When asked what compelled her to embark on this venture when she was actually pursuing interior design studies, Malou revealed that she had always been inclined towards creative and artistic output. “Even [when] I was just a kid, I always liked to create things,” she confesses. “I’ve always been appreciative of art, but it wasn’t ‘til I was older that I actively participated in the creation of it. When I took interior design, that’s when I gained an understanding of how structure and composition came together. I would buy jewelry from other countries whenever I’d travel. Then I tried designing [a] few pieces and my friends would always ask me about them. Then I made a collection and it [was] received well by my friends.” NOVEMBER 2012 philippines

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Monique: White printed shirt by BENCH B/TWEENERS . Black and gray striped cardigan by DIESEL . Purple skirt by DIESEL . Green doll shoes by Naturino, all stylist’s own Joaquin: Magenta longsleeves, blue pants, both by SOFT

And so from that simple hobby-cumside business, Malou’s unique creations evolved into a full-time enterprise under the label Joanique. Coined from the names of her children, Joaquin and Monique, the brand has been Malou’s newest baby, since it was first launched a little over 2 years ago. Although she is first and foremost its designer, Malou says she is involved in all aspects of the business, from concept, production, to distribution. “I am very hands on with what I do now,” she admits. “I design my pieces, oversee the manufacturing, and I give them the direction for each collection.” She goes on to share her inspirations when coming up with her designs, and gives us an idea of the kind of women she sees wearing them. “I think every artist is driven by a specific passion, which in turn guides the creation of every piece of jewelry that he or she creates,” Malou explains. “This is what differentiates one jewelry designer from the next. Different things and experiences can inspire

me in creating my pieces. It could be from travel, an art piece, movies, or even nature. It also depends on my mood. My pieces are very versatile. My clients can be from early 20s and above—from simple women who just want [to] wear one kind of jewelry, to women who are very bold in style, and those who wear simple clothes and let their accessory be the statement. I believe the unique touch comes from my desire to ensure that earrings aren’t just earrings, and rings aren’t just rings. After all is said and done, what I truly want is to give women an experience of beauty through the experience of jewelry.” Of course, it helps that Joanique’s driving force comes well-equipped with years of experience and her own impeccable fashion sense. “Because I was exposed at an early stage in the industry, I had friends that helped and guided [me on] which direction to take,” Malou offers. “And [it] also helped to know the next trends in fashion.” Yet running Joanique is but one facet of this ultra-stylish lady. She

is as much a wife and mother, as she is the head of her own business. Married to architect Nathaniel “Nikki” L. Romero for the past 8 years, she and her equally busy hubby have had to master a different form of art—that of juggling their respective careers with managing their family. “Knowing how to balance your time is very important especially when you’re running a business and being a wife/ mother at the same time,” Malou notes. “I make it a point that when I get home from work, it’s really just about my family. I also try as much as I can to cook for my family at least once a week. It’s special for my family when they know that I’m cooking. My kids sometimes help me in the kitchen, which I think is nice to see.” She and Nikki also tell us their family never fails to come together for movie night. “We love watching DVDs,” Malou reveals. “We always have DVD nights with our kids.” Nikki adds, “We get our favorite movie at the store, and then we watch it all together in one

(Opposite page) Malou: Black and gray dress by ZARA, P3,990 . Black peep toed heels by Gibi Monique: Navy floral dress by MOTHERCARE, P849 . Brown sparkling doll shoes by NATURINO, stylist's own . Joaquin: White shirt and plaid longsleeves, P999, Jeans, P1,199, both by MOTHERCARE . Brown suede shoes by FLORSHEIM KIDS, P2,199.75 . Nikki: Navy sweater by DIESEL, P13,450 . Khaki pants by MARC BY MARC JACOBS, P7,687.50 On background: Pink bag by LASSIG

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ing there as a model at the time, and Nikki was on vacation with his family. He tried to “pick her up” by asking for directions on the street, thinking that she was a local. It was to his surprise that Malou was Filipino, like himself, and the rest as they say, is history. Apart from the couple’s shared love of gastronomic adventures, the Romeros also enjoy watching and supporting their kids’ activities and performances at school. “What inspires me, motivates me is when they’re at school and we get invited when they perform, that’s the best time—the pageants, like for Linggo ng Wika, I think that’s our favorite,” Nikki reveals. “That’s my favorite daddy duty. I bring my video camera, you can see my smile and then it’s just very thrilling, and it’s like an achievement for me—very honored when I see my kids perform in school. It’s funny because sometimes, we don’t know that the parents are not invited, but we’re still there to watch them,” he adds laughing.

Red, white and blue checkered polo by ZARA . Leather jacket by DIESEL, stylist’s own

room. And right now, it’s good that on our last anniversary, my wife gave me a 3D TV upstairs in the master’s, so we watch 3D movies there already. But sometimes, we don’t get to choose because the kids usually choose what they want,” he says laughing. “We sometimes have [a] picnic in our garden—my kids love that,” Malou pipes in. “We usually go malling with the kids twice a week,” Nikki quips. “We make it a point to go out of town at least once every two weeks—overnight or three days. Sometimes we go to Tagaytay, Baguio, Subic. We love the waters. The kids like to go swimming. Both of them know how to swim, even when they were about two

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years old—both of them. They love the beach. That’s our bonding time.” As for some private R&R for just the two of them, Nikki and Malou say the pleasure of sampling new culinary fare is the way to go. “Once a week, my hubby and I go on a date night,” Malou shares. “He likes to eat out and he always checks new restaurants and he doesn’t tell me where we will go. He likes to surprise me a lot. Even when we travel, that’s his favorite thing to do. He researches on the best restaurant in town and we’d eat there.” Speaking of travel, it was one trip in Singapore when the couple met. Malou tells our editor that she was work-

Clearly, this power couple refuses to compromise quality time for each other and for their little ones, despite full days at the helm of their individual enterprises. Nikki is President and CEO of PrimeHomes Real Estate Development, as well as director and principal architect for Harbour Centre, and R-II Builders Inc., both of which his family owns. His father, Reghis Romero, is Chairman of R-II’s board, and credited with landmark infrastructure projects such as the Philippine Army Officers’ Quarters & Hospital, Palarong Pambansa & Sports Complex, and Maharlika Housing among many others. More recently, he took on the gargantuan task of rehabilitating the 79-hectare Smokey Mountain trash dump site, turning it into a progressive location with the Paradise Heights residential complex, and port city Manila Harbour Centre. Nikki also recalls the time when his family owned The Manila Times. He says, “I remember maybe seven,eight years ago, when my father acquired bcmag.ph


Nikki: Blue plaid button up longsleeves by DIESEL, P9,450

Manila Times from the Roces Family, during that time, usually my father wants to learn other businesses. So, we’re not only into construction. He wanted to learn how other businesses also operate. In that way, we can also know, and we would know how to diversify our knowledge. During this time, it was short-lived. It was bought again by the Angs that time, so we weren’t able to continue operation—but when we talk on our own, we are eager and aggressive. I think we’re looking to one newspaper publication already that we might venture in soon.” Nikki also remarks about his stepfather, Eddie Garcia, “Tito Ed has been with us for almost 25 years. The relationship with him is more of a barkada.” When asked if he’s as groovy as he seems on camera, Nikki says, “Actually, no. When we’re talking about life and things, Tito Ed is more of the serious type. My dad is also like our barkada. As a matter of fact, my father still rides his motorcycle with me, and we go out at night. When you want to Nikki: Blue plaid button up longsleeves by DIESEL, P9,450 Monique: Brown dress with leggings by MOTHERCARE . Silver sparkling shoes by NATURINO, stylist’s own Joaquin: Blue striped shirt, gray carigan with red lining, both by MOTHERCARE . Pants by SOFT, stylist’s own bcmag.ph

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Malou: Cream dress with black lining by RACHEL ROY . Bronze heels, model’s own

“For me, the best way to learn is through experience. That’s why I love being in the kitchen because I get to experiment and find out on my own if it works or not. But my husband is always the final judge of that.” consult something heart to heart, [go to Tito Ed]. Unlike what he portrays on television, right? But what’s funny is sometimes, Tito Ed, out of the blue, he gives us really unique jokes, or his [lines] in the films that would make you fall off your chair.” We asked Nikki what it’s like working alongside his dad and brother, Mikee, in the family business. “My father wanted us to be independent,” Nikki tells us. “He wanted us to focus on our strengths. My brother is handling the port businesses and mining, because he’s more into finance—that’s his expertise. Meanwhile, as an architect, I’m focused on the real estate development. I do the actual planning and project management, from the construction to the sales. Our working relationship with my father is very close, meaning to say, whenever we need

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advice from him, of course, from time to time we go to him and seek more experienced advice. He’s always there. My dad doesn’t really want to interfere with our decisions, until we ask for his advice. It’s up to us to strategize, because that’s also what we’ve learned from him. When you commit mistakes in life, you have to learn from them, and to get back on your feet on your own also. He started from scratch. My father started as a medical representative, and then he got promoted—that was his first job—to being number one in sales in one pharmaceutical company during that time. So, after that, he worked as a liaison of a construction company, until he acquired that company, and then he put up his own, and he became “successful.” From time to time, every month or probably weekly, we go out for dinner, just the three of us and we talk about the busi-

nesses that we are running right now. And then sometimes we brainstorm, forecast, and anticipate the future businesses that are prospering in the country.” Nikki also stresses their father’s insistence on the concepts of debt of gratitude and valuing one’s roots. “My father taught us how to keep our feet on the ground,” he says. “That’s what he always tells not only us, but also our children. Like whatever you achieve in life, may it be success or any goal that you have achieved, you should always look back at the people who helped you achieve it. That’s what he taught—camaraderie with other people, especially the masses. Actually, that’s his common advocacy—to help people who are in need. Those are the values that we’ve learned from my dad. Right now, my father has a bcmag.ph


Romeros foundation [in] which the family is active in. That’s helping the people from Pampanga. His roots are really [in] Angeles, Pampanga. So we help the people from Pampanga—those who can’t afford to go to school, we provide help through scholarship foundations and educational funds for grade school, high school, to college. So that’s what we learned from my father—to be simple, to value one’s roots, and at the same time to help people who are in need.” Helping those in need, including an entire nation desperate for a makeover, is exactly what their family took on when they won the right to reclaim and develop Smokey Mountain. “This is the most controversial project of my father,” Nikki says candidly. “This was the time of the late former president, Cory Aquino. She awarded this project to my father. Actually, he mentioned this to me, since I was still young that time. So, he was telling us the story—this was supposed to eradicate or erase the stigma of the Philippines. Because during that time, the stigma of the Philippines was Smokey Mountain. The trash in Manila—the capital of the Philippines—but Smokey Mountain is there. The challenge to him was to remove the trash. Actually, our business is not into waste and garbage, it is housing. He went there to check on the [people around] Smokey Mountain, who lived in the squatter areas. So he said, what if I do a project that would eradicate the squatters, put them in a resettlement area, and make them more productive there? Meanwhile, the trash will also be removed. So, during that time, when it was bid out to other contractors, no one wanted to get it because it was trash. So, my dad said, might as well try it, so he was able to get the project and then eventually, from a really, really big mountain, it’s now a small mountain, considering the Clean Air Act, [which] states that you cannot do incineration like [in] other countries, such as Tokyo, [and] Paris. Anyway, we abided by the Clean Air Act, so right now, the trash is still being eliminated. bcmag.ph

Malou: Cream dress by ZARA, P3,990 . Bone shoes by GIBI, P2,299.75 Monique: Orange Printed dress by ZUTANO . Gray knitted vest by MIMI & MAGGIE . Green doll shoes by Naturino, all stylist’s own

Eventually, it became controversial because of the many presidents that inherited it. From all the presidents until now, it still hasn’t been removed. I think from 100 percent, the trash is down to 20 percent. “So we’re very positive that [with] this government, [the trash] will become zero soon and then not only that, but also the informal settlers who are living in that area can have their own decent homes. Talking to Nikki about his father’s legacy of helping the needy, and taking on even the most daunting of challenges for the sake of improving the country while uplifting the lives of the impoverished, it becomes evident that he and his wife share an appreciation

for how aesthetics can bring about positive change in people. For Malou, designing her line of one-of-a-kind accessories comes with her personal vision of giving the wearer an experience of beauty through her creations. For Nikki, his eye for architectural design has given rise to both industrial structures as well as reasonably priced habitats for the modern Filipino. No less than their own breath-taking home stands as a testament to their combined passion for all things artistic and beautiful. According to Nikki, it is a collaborative labor of love between him and Malou. “When we got married 8 years ago, we acquired this property,” he recalls. “It was an old house. NOVEMBER 2012 philippines

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“What inspires me, motivates me is when they’re at school and we get invited when they perform, that’s the best time—the pageants, like for Linggo ng Wika, that’s our favorite. That’s my favorite daddy duty.” I worked together with my wife—she used to be an interior designer, I am an architect. It’s better. After 2 years, it was constructed, so we transferred here three years after we got married. Meaning to say, this is really what got us into fights,” he admits, laughing. “What color, that type of thing—it was an exciting experience for both of us to really come up with like, the best for the house. So, we designed it and we chose the paintings and the furniture. We really enjoyed that time.” “Enjoyed, but argued,” we tease him. “Yes, argued...” he trails off, breaking into more laughter, before eventually finishing with, “But at the end of the day, of course the wife wins,” to which we all crack up and congratulate him

on his wisdom. Currently, Nikki is exploring the world of collecting various works of art to further enhance their already exquisite abode. “I started collecting paintings recently. Right now, I’m starting to collect paintings of Arturo Luz. So those are my favorite pieces in the house. If I come across some money, I try to get paintings that I want by Arturo Luz. Little by little at least, those are I think investments also that I can give to my children.” We mention the unmistakable green glass pieces by Ramon Orlina we spied on one end of the formal dining room. “Correct, that’s an Orlina,” Nikki agrees. “I’m trying to start collecting

those artworks, like Orlinas. It’s kind of expensive, so just little by little. I just am now learning, but my brother really collects paintings. He has a massive collection. I’m learning from him what to collect, what not to, or what paintings would appreciate. At least, I’m trying to learn.” For her part, Malou is the picture of contentment with her beautiful family, lovely home, and her pet project Joanique. But when it comes to homemaking, Malou whips up quite a storm in the kitchen. She says, “I love to learn and discover new things. For me, the best way to learn is through experience. That’s why I love being in the kitchen because I get to experiment and find out on my own if it works or

(Opposite page) Malou: Dress by SINEQUANONE, P7,950 . Red and black peep toe heels, model’s own Monique: Navy bubble tiered tunic dress by EGGI . Black jacket by DEREON, both stylist’s own . Black ribboned doll shoes, model’s own Joaquin: Denim pants by MOTHERCARE . Purple Longsleeves by LA MADE KIDS . Mint green leather jacket by DIESEL, both stylist’s own Nikki: Gray polo, gray jacket, P5,990, both by ZARA,

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not. But my husband is always the final judge of that.” When asked about her son and daughter’s individual characteristics, the doting mom says, “They’re both very different. I would say my daughter is feistier, I guess it’s because of what happened to her when she was a baby—she was born premature. She really was a fighter since birth. My son is calm and understanding.” When it comes to her other “baby,” Joanique, however, she says, “As of now, I [am] very happy and contented with what I have and with what I am bcmag.ph

doing. I don’t what to do a lot of things and not give my 100 percent. I’d rather focus on what I do know and try to the best that I can.” We ask her what else she has planned for her label. “My vision for my brand is not just to gain attention to our local market but to also capture the global market as well.” With her focus and attention to detail, we’ve no doubt Joanique will make its mark here and abroad, in much the same way Malou did both in the local and international scenes during her days as a model. bc

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Celebrities and guests also joined the fun in naming as much Hollywood and local Halloween films they could in a game that crowned Vice Mayor Francis Zamora as the winner. We also awarded one of the winners of the BC Loves Facebook contest, Barbara Cena, who took home a bag courtesy of Lassig.   BC Magazine also celebrated its second year in the Philippines in this event that was graced by cover families and VIPs including October cover family Danica Pingris and her kids Mic and Caela, Daphne and Patrick Paez with daughters, Lily and Stella, Sherilyn and Chris Tan with kids Eia, Lo and Pao (who did an amazing performance of Gangnam Style), Patricia Hizon and sons Vicente and Paul, Keri and Francis Zamora, Yciar Castillo, Michelle Teves, Hylton Le Roux, Reggie and Felix Barrientos, with their boys Diego and Andro. Richwell’s Mae Yao Co Say also introduced the newest collection from Elle before the kids went on to showcase their chic ensembles.

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Drypers Best-Ever diaper With 4 new Botanical extracts including Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Olive Extracts, and Vitamin E, the Best Ever Drypers WeeWeeDry diaper keeps baby’s skin clean, healthy, and comfortable. It also features an improved Flexi-Tape, which is resistant to talcum powder and allows multiple refastening. Available at leading drugstores and supermarkets

GAIN SCHOOL ADVANCE Abbott Gain School Advance combines 12 vitamins and 14 minerals into a great-tasting milk drink that helps support your child’s growth. Complete with the Eye-Q Plus Nutrition System, this milk supplement ensures that your pre-school kid gets the right nutrition. Turn the page to check out the GAIN promo. Available at leading drugstores, supermarkets, and groceries nationwide

JOHNSON’S BABY COMPLETE CARE DIAPER SYSTEM Diaper rash is a mother’s top enemy when it comes to providing babies comfort. Johnson’s Baby provides the best solution through its Complete Care Diaper System, which is a combination of wipes and powder to ensure protection of your baby’s bottom with every diaper change. Available at leading drugstores, supermarkets, and groceries nationwide ACE HARDWARE True to its tagline “The Helpful Place,” Ace Hardware is one of the country’s leading hardware stores for home improvement. Among their wide range of products are electrical equipment, building materials, paints, and even outdoor merchandising. Since 1997, ACE has been offering quality products and good service to its customers. Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 1, SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall

PIGEON anti-bacterial wipes Outdoor activities for the family can be a source of harmful elements such as germs and disease-causing bacteria. Be sure to always have a pack of Pigeon Anti-Bacterial Wipes when going out or traveling to keep your family members, especially the babies, safe. Available at SM Baby Co. stores

PHILIPS AVENT TWIN ELECTRIC BREAST PUMP Breastfeeding can be uncomfortable and time-consuming, especially for working moms. Philips Avent makes expressing milk easier through its Twin Electric Breast Pump, which allows a fast natural letdown of milk from both breasts at once, resulting to more milk in less time. Available at Rustan’s and Baby Company stores


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THE FARM ORGANICS Teach your kids to eat healthy by serving their favorite meals using organic meat. The Farm takes pride in producing more affordable organic beef, pork, and chicken which are high in protein and contain no preservatives. Ready-to-eat products guaranteed to be healthy and delicious are also available at The Farm. The Farm Store BF Homes, Paranaque and San Lorenzo, Makati, The Landmark Supermarket Makati and TriNoma, Rustan’s Supermarket Makati, thefarm.ph for more stores

As your children go to preschool, they face a lot of mental challenges each day. To help them keep up with those challenges, they need the right combination of nutrients to help optimize their brain development. What do you do to help your child keep up with school’s challenges? Email your answers to editor@bcmedia.ph and the 5 best answers win gift packs from Gain School Advance!

APRICA Walk your babies in style with Aprica strollers! They come with washable reversible pads and a Marshmallow G Cushion that absorbs unpleasant vibrations. The strollers also adapt to baby’s growth so they can be used for a long period of time beginning from birth until four years of age. Available at Baby Company Outlets nationwide


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Living a Colorful Life On October 6, Electrolux Philippines concluded another year in its long-standing Wash-a-thon clothes donation drive at the Colors of Life Fair at Glorietta 5, Ayala Center. Media and guests were treated to a scrumptious lunch courtesy of North Park, followed by a short program featuring the turnover of collected and washed clothes to ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya that was collected during the duration of the Colors of Life campaign.

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Britney Spears is making a huge comeback to her boys, Sean Preston and Jayden James (and TV, too)

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lthough most of her fans claim that now is Britney’s comeback as one of the new judges of X Factor USA Season 2, the pop icon also seems intent in making up for lost time with her boys, even after purportedly agreeing to give ex-husband Kevin Federline legal and physical custody of both Sean and Jayden in July 2008. Spears is reported to be more hands-on as a mom, throwing a double birthday bash for her darlings, and as she is seen here, picking them up from their primary school in California. Despite a wedding with her fiancé Jason Trawick in the works, Britney looks as if she puts her kids first and takes the time to go on a vacation with them in their hometown, Louisiana. We all know that parenting is a series of hits and misses, so from the lady who once said in a Dateline interview that, “Right now, my baby is my religion”—we are hopeful that Ms. Spears is sticking to that credo stronger this time around. bc

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