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FEBRU A RY 2018
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How’s this for a triple whammy? Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same day, and Chinese New Year comes two days after. February 14, then, might turn out to be a day of competing appetites - feast or famine? While Catholic doctrine dictates a day of abstinence, Valentine’s Day is all about romance, flowers, chocolates, a string quartet, oysters and other aphrodisiacs. And Chinese New Year is about indulgence, too, all in the name of prosperity and good fortune.
Meet the Staff Elmer Tinio
Interview Silvana Ancelloti-Diaz
On Show Horoscope for 2018
We’re not really into the abstinence side of things here at Manila House, but we do intend to pile on the romance and good fortune all throughout the month of February. As we did last year, on Valentine’s Day we offer two options for dining: a degustation dinner á deux at Avenue Bar and Deck, and a lavish buffet for those who like to pile on the oysters and lobsters and celebrate the day of lovers in the company of family or friends. For more insight into your love life, you might want to have a session with a professional Tarot card reader on February 13. Or you might want to watch the night before (February 12) an endearing Billy Wilder classic, Love in the Afternoon, with Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn at her most adorable. This film, shot in Paris - at the Ritz no less - was recommended as a preValentine’s Day treat by one of our Members, a self-confessed film buff, Bobby Cuenca. You’ll find all these activities and more in this month’s calendar. And to see what the Year of the Dog has in store for you, check out your horoscope on pages 8-9. Gong Xi Fat Cai!
On Show Solid and Sheer Magnificent Obsession
In Case You Missed It Raise the Red Carpet All Hail 2018
Spotlight 1880: Singapore Swing
Food and Drink
Calendar of Events
BAMBINA OLIVARES Director of PR and Arts, Culture and Education Programs
ON TH E C OVER: Yayoi Kusama, Louis Vuitton shop window display with Tentacles, 2012/2015 © Yayoi Kusama/Louis Vuitton/Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Victoria Miro Gallery, London and David Zwirner, New York;Moderna Museet, Stockholm/Photo: Vegard Kleven/HOK
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Get to Know: Elmer Tinio He can converse in several languages, a skill he picked up when he worked on cruise ships. As Training Manager and Restaurant Manager, Elmer is all about running a smooth ship
Why are you in the hospitality industry? Working in the hospitality industry is my passion and this is what I love to do. What was most memorable aspect of your cruise ship career? Meeting different kinds of people, of different nationalities, and different culture. Respect, patient and understanding are very important when performing your job onboard. What I loved most of all was travelling around the world and getting paid to do so!
demonstrate that in front of a critical guest, you can actually solve the most difficult or the most sensitive problem youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever encountered, plus show positive body language. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best thing about working for a private members club? Manila House is a unique club and had become well-known in the Philippines. To be part of this high-end organization is already a privilege for me because I have learned so much from being here.
How do you handle difficult customers?
How do you like to unwind on your day off ?
Whether a customer is difficult or easy, I believe is is important to listen. Listening is more than hearing, and if you can
I love playing guitar, watching TV, reading books educating myself with new F&B trends.
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Silvana Ancellotti-Diaz The countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest-running private gallery, Galleria Duemila, was a game-changer in the art scene when it was first established in 1975 by a dynamic, driven and charming Italian flight attendant-turned-gallerist, who married a Filipino and settled in Manila, eventually raising a family of three children who grew up sharing her love for art
Silvana with her granddaughter Siena
Your work brought you to the Philippines in the 70s. How did contemporary art become a passion, a vocation and a career?
Silvana with Rock Drilon
Your children grew up around art. How did that exposure influence their own career choices and lifestyles? My children were all born into the arts, me as an art gallerist and my husband, a businessman then and presently an artist. They are all creative in their own ways and were taught to think out-of-the-box. My eldest Illac is a social entreprenuer, my second eldest Marco is attuned with nature. He is an island developer and very creative in coming up with solutions to airports, roadways, water catchment and conservation, as well as waste management in isolated areas. My youngest, Romina is an artist who is into photography, music and also entrepreneurship. She runs the Tasso Hostel in Florence. I can pretty much say that the way they are now comes with a lot of my influence and training.
I was introduced to Italian art when I was still a child. My mother has a great passion for antiquity and the arts. As the eldest child, I believed that she passed it onto me. We used to pass the time during the three-month holidays in Italy visiting art museums and galleries, seeing different theater productions and attending cultural events. Art was really exposed to the public and was part of the average citizen’s life. In the Philippines, I frequented the gallery of Virgie Navarro at the Hilton Hotel where I saw this beautiful sculpture of Solomon Saprid called ‘Woman Selling Candles’. I remembered that I wanted to buy it but it was too expensive. I went to New York and saw the art of my sister-in-law, Isabel Diaz. She just won the UN Calendar of the Year. She worked on portraits of women done in a colorful but subdued way. I was really very attracted to the transparency of her work. We wanted her to have an exhibit here in Manila Miladay Art Center, run by Lino Severino at that time. I collaborated with them, organized my sister-in-law’s exhibit and that jumpstarted my career as a gallerist. Apart from that, I wanted to make friends in this new country. I felt that I was spiritually dying. Then I was invited to the Saturday group by Justin Nuyda, and Onib Olmedo. I felt resurrected and met heaven, everyone was speaking my language; art, culture and politics. I then went on to open up Galleria Duemila with Cristy Hagedorn Pagaspas and with the support my father-in-law, Jaime Baltazar Diaz.
Who are the Filipino artists who have endured, so to speak, the test of time? I started in 1974 and struggled to be accepted in the Philippine artistic society. It was always the Saturday group who I knew all along and a lot of them became household names. H.R Ocampo, Federico Alcuaz, Jose Joya, Alfredo Roces, Justin Nuyda, Solomon Saprid and Mauro “Malang” Santos. Some are still active, but many of these greats are dead. There are also the second and third generation artists such as Nestor Vinluan, Lao Lianben, Gus Albor, Roberto M.A Robles, Rock Drilon, Manuel Ocampo, Gerry Tan, Duddley Diaz, Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, Agnes Arellano, Julie Lluch and Charlie Co. They stood the test of time because when you see their exhibitions, they are progressive, constant and mature in the way they handle their composition. They are very contemporary with the way they touch the current situation of their own environment.
How has the Philippine art scene evolved since you first opened Galleria Duemila? It has evolved a lot. The artists back then are who we consider the old masters now. They were more mature and more serious in putting up exhibitions. A one-man show then was a big deal and that meant a lot of preparation for the artists, sometimes an entire year’s focused work. There was also a lot of consultation and conversation among masters like Joya, H.R Ocampo, Alfredo Roces, Atty. Quintos, and Leo Benesa, and it was dangerous to speak in depth at that time because it was the Martial Law period and everybody was not so free to speak of what was going on in the country, but we did so in hushed tones. It is difficult to comprehend the state of the art community today as compared to that yesterday.
"Great artists continue to grow and change."
Any young and exciting talents to look out for?
I believe there are many of them! A select few would be Manuel Ocampo, R.M de Leon, Manny Montelibano, Wawi Navarozza, Leeroy New, Cian Dayrit, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Lindslee, Leonardo Aguinaldo, Kidlat de Guia, Kawayan de Guia, Kiri Dalena, Monica Delgado, Michelle Perez, Atsuko Yamagata, I believe that they are persistent in their development as artists and passionate persistence is something valuable in this field.
R AT 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 Rats should concentrate on fulfilling their hobbies and desires. Be ready for changes and opportunities that might come knocking on your door. You will be interested in new relationships and love partners. Work will be hectic and you need to develop your creativity in order to be on top. Budgeting for the future is a good idea. And do not forget to spend time with your loved ones. OX 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 2018 predicts that the Ox will be keen to learn new things this Chinese New Year. This is a good time to start exercising and trying to overcome your mental anxiety. Love and romance will be good. Online dating and going on vacations are a good way to socialize. Finances will be stable but you need to change your working style. Looking for a new job is a good option. Take time out to relax and enjoy life to the fullest. TIG ER 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 This year will be a positive and favorable year for the Tiger. A stable body and mind is the key to success and prosperity this year. You might be interested in looking out for new partners. But cheating on your lover is not acceptable. And when it comes to your profession and career, the Tiger will have to make multiple sacrifices. Expenses will be high in 2018. Do not give up on your goals as this year will form the base for your future. RABBI T 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 This this will be a fast and happening year for the Rabbit. Now is the time to put your plans into action. But do not forget to be physically fit and mentally alert. Weight loss might be your priority this year. Relationships with lovers will survive only on the basis of trust and compromise. New job opportunities also mean better finances. Go with the flow and enjoy life as it comes.
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1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 This year will be dynamic and fabulous for the Dragon. Optimism and the will to try new things will be the key to your success. This is a good year to take up some sport as a hobby. Passionate relationships are on the cards. Flings and one-night stands might prove to be tempting. Uncertain job and business deals will keep you on your feet. So go easy on the spending and shopping. You will be happier overall even with all the doubts about the future.
Horse birth years: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 The Horse is always on the move and 2018 is no exception. But try to keep a balance in all aspects of your life if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wish to burn out fast! Life will be a rollercoaster for the Horse. So enjoy and make the most of it. Be it relationships, work, career, finance or health, do not be enamored by the glamour. An excess of anything can prove to be fatal in your personal or professional life.
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SH E E P
1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 2018 predicts a spontaneous year for the Snake. Life will move at such a fast pace that you will tend to ignore your health. Meditate and exercise as and when you get time so that you do not suffer in the future. Do not be so emotional in your relationships that you start clinging to your spouse. Changing jobs is a great idea for the Snake in the year of the Dog. Budget well and save for the unexpected expenses that might occur. This will be an interesting year after all!
1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 This year predicts a year of changes for the Sheep (or Goat or Ram). Your energy and instincts will play a pivotal role in the different choices you make this year. Relationships for the Sheep will need some work with better communication and patience. Do not let arguments mar your business relations. Work will increase gradually, thus keeping you busy. Money will come easily. So do not splurge on unneeded things. This will be an excellent year for the Sheep provided you do everything in moderation.
MO NKEY 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 2018 for the Monkey is a year of intuition and telepathy. Use it to your advantage and you will come out a winner. Taking things with a calm mind will prove to be important for your prosperity. You will do well with all your relationships in this Dog year. Your friendly nature will prove to work in your favor at your work place. This is the right time to pay off your debts and pending bills. Work on your hobbies and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste your time thinking about your past mistakes. RO O STER 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 Chinese New Year 2018 predictions suggest that this might be a confusing year for the Rooster. Be it work, love or relationships, you are just not able to make the right choice sily. Take your time, give it thought and make your decisions wisely. Just be sure that whatever you decide to do, you are ready to stand by the consequences. Do not make a half-hearted attempt to save your job or relationships. It will just not pay off in the end. PIG 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 2018 will be a comfortable and peaceful year for Pig. You will be keen to try out new things in your life. You are ready to face challenges in your love life and overcome them. Clear understanding and analysis of a problem are a must if you wish to find a fast and foolproof solution. Learn more on the job and use your free time to improve your professional skills and for networking. Financial planning will need to be controlled. Do not pass good opportunities that can open new doors.
DOG 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 Being the Year of the Dog, you are in for a year of focus and strong willpower. This is an excellent year for you, so go for it! Use your extra energy in coming up with constructive ideas instead of just wasting it away. Be ready for changes in your elationships. Be prepared to face breakups, failures in your job and ill health. At the end of the day, your hard work and effort will be repaid. Nothing is difficult for you if you are confident about your dreams and goals. 9
Solid and Sheer Hong Kong-born sculptor Allison Wong-David’s works in her new show Kokoro are meditations on nature, life, beauty and humanity
eventy kilometers south of Manila, at the entrance to Lipa City, in the province of Batangas, the Hong Kong-Filipina sculptor and installation artist Allison Wong-David has her spacious studio. Here, numerous finished works are waiting to be moved and a number in progress wait to be completed. There is a sense of careful placement of the works around the two-story studio. The farm in which it sits mirrors many of the studio’s chance arrangements. This idyllic location provides bucolic solace for the artist far from Manila’s cacophonic bustle. Here fowl, goats, and dogs wander through the trees and around the grounds, carefully avoiding the farm’s well-tended vegetable and herb patches. Such activity helps subliminally to focus Wong-David’s attention as she shapes her plywood, stainless steel, paper, and clay into the dignity of sculpture.
Working in her studio on her farm it is easy to understand Wong-David’s attraction to nature generally and landscape in particular as major themes in her art. One sees a more relaxed artist at work today that just a decade ago.
Wong-David has considered many subjects and themes in her art made over the past three decades. As she has developed her aesthetic away from Western notions of realizing sculpture, she has come more and more to attain a freedom of thinking and making that have their roots in the Japanese notion of "wabi sabi", an aesthetic concept that accepts imperfection and embraces it.
Kokoro by Allison Wong-David, curated by Ricky Francisco, is on show from February 13 - March 13, 2018. The exhibition is a project of Right Mind.
“I have become very ‘wabi sabi’ in my art-making. I have become freer in my work and in my awareness of what is beneath the surface of that which I see around me,” says Wong-David. “My aesthetic is more layered than a decade ago. Now I find beauty in imperfection. Nature shows us that it is okay to be imperfect.” - Ian Findlay
Red Pumpkin, 1992 Screen Print by Yayoi Kusama
Magnificent Obsession In a first for Manila House, the works of one of Japan’s best-known contemporary artists, Yayoi Kusama, hang in the semi-private rooms of Bonifacio Dining this month
After a stint studying traditional Japanese painting in Kyoto, Kusama left school and moved to New York in 1958. There she felt she could pursue her art unfettered— and make waves. “When I arrived in New York, action painting was the rage…” she reflected. “I wanted to be completely detached from that and start a new art movement.”3 She began by making large-scale monochromatic paintings, for which she quickly gained critical attention. By the 1960s, the prolific artist was producing paintings, drawings, sculpture, Happenings, installation, fashion, and film. In 1969, she founded Kusama Enterprises, a commercial outlet selling clothing, bags, and even cars. These products feature her singular aesthetic, characterized by her liberal use of polka dots and dense, repeating patterns to create a sense of infinity.
he is sometimes referred to affectionately as “the princess of polka dots,” for the distinctive renderings of dots and spots in her paintings, prints and even sculptures and installations. To glimpse into her dotty world is to experience how insanity, infinity, intimacy and grandeur collide and co-exist in the universe. A vital part of New York’s avant-garde art scene from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, Yayoi Kusama developed a distinctive style utilizing approaches associated with Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop art, Feminist art, and Institutional Critique—but she always defined herself in her own terms. “I am an obsessional artist,” she once said. “People may call me otherwise, but…I consider myself a heretic of the art world.”
In 1973, Kusama returned to Japan. Two years later, seeking treatment for her obsessive-compulsive neurosis, she entered the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill, where she lives and works to this day. She continues to produce paintings and sculpture, and, in the 1980s, added poetry and fiction to her range of creative pursuits.
Kusama was born in 1929 into a well-off but dysfunctional family in Nagano, Japan. Largely shielded from the horrors of World War II, she was, as she has claimed, nevertheless scarred by her mother’s cruelty, her father’s infidelities, and her family’s discouragement of her interest in art making. She started painting at the age of 10 when she began experiencing the visual and aural hallucinations that would plague her, while also fueling her creativity, for the rest of her life. She has maintained that her “artwork is an expression of my life, particularly of my mental disease.”
- The Museum of Modern Art, New York A selection of works by Japanese artists including Yayoi Kusama, in partnership with Right Mind, will be on show from February 15 - March 11.
IN C A S E Y O U MIS S ED IT
Raise the Red Carpet Hong Kong designer Narcisa Pheres, she of the Hollywood A-list clientele that includes Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Beyonce and Rhianna, not to mention Michelle Obama, jetted into Manila for a one-day trunk show at Manila House last December.
napologetically luxurious, Narcisa Pheres’ fine jewellery line featured one-of-a-kind diamonds that resonated with wearable opulence. And she had some beautiful cufflinks for men, in addition to silk foulards, all of which made perfect Christmas gifts for anyone. Her designs reflect her varied and multifaceted upbringing. As the half-Green designer told the Hong Kong Tatler last year, “I’m an international citizen, I don’t really know where I belong. Sometimes I feel more Japanese than European because I’ve spend more than half my life in Asia, and living in Tokyo. I often feel that I am bridging cultures. I see things from many different angles, and I try to include that in my work. One piece I did was an interpretation of a Japanese Katana, but with the shape of an Ottoman dagger; then, if you look at it from another angle, it’s a cross. It’s three cultural symbols in one, but everyone will still say it’s from their culture.”
All Hail 2018
To see in the New Year, the main dining room, Bonifacio Dining, was transformed into an elegant and lush space, with revellers dining under a canopy of of plants suspended from the ceiling.
seven-course degustation dinner was served, featuring oysters, scallops, foie gras and more. Providing entertainment was Sandra Virayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Quartet, singing standards alongside Rey Infante, Colby de la Calzada, Romy Posadas and PJ Canzon on sax.Guests Cris Villonco and Laurence Mossman sang surprise numbers from Broadway, not to mention a couple of crowd favorites, to enthusiastic applause.
Then it was on to Avenue Bar and Deck with DJ Alvin for the countdown to 2018 with more Members thronging the Club with their families and friends. Midnight was marked by spectacular fireworks from High Street. All in all, it was a great start to the New Year.
S P O TLIGH T
1880: Singapore Swing Next time you’re in Singapore, drop by 1880, where Manila House Members enjoy reciprocal rights
ne of a breed of exciting new private membership clubs in Singapore, the recently opened 1880 shares many of Manila House’s core values. CEO Luke Jones likens his club to the salons of the 17th and 18th centuries - a place “for creators and explorers to meet, connect, relax in good company and exceptional comfort.”
Visiting Manila House Members may enjoy up to 30 visits a year to 1880, and may bring up to three (3) guests each time. Reservations for larger groups of up to eight (8) guests may be accommodated subject to availability. We strongly recommend that our Members co-ordinate with our Membership Office (email@example.com) to arrange their visit to 1880 at least three (3) days in advance. Please note that while every possible arrangement will be made to accommodate Manila House Members, 1880 may not guarantee a booking and reserves the right to decline admission to anyone into the Club premises.
The stunningly appointed premises along Nanson Road in Singapore, close to Robertson Quay, offers spaces for conversations and connections to take place. There are dining facilities - a restaurant called Leonie’s and a bar called The Double, as well as private rooms, workspaces and a gym.
1880 is located at 1 Nanson Road Singapore 238909 Nanson Rd, Singapore 238909 www.1880.com.sg
FO O D A N D DRIN K
Now Serving Our resident mixologist, Jeremie, whips up his own creations for Valentines Day to bring out the romatic in you
PE R IL O U S LY SWEET
A deceptively delicious concoction featuring Patron XO Cocoa, Pernod, home-made vanilla syrup and creme
An intoxicating and unforgettable mix of Stolichnaya vodka, rose water, cherry blossom syrup, violet liqueur, Acqua Faba and lemon juice
O P EN IN G H O U RS ANA HAW Fine Filipino food in an elegant colonial-inspired setting. Open from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm for lunch and 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm for dinner AVENUE B A R An elegant bar that begins indoors and flows into an outdoor deck with incredible views of the BGC skyline. Open from 8:00 am - 2:00 am BONI FA CI O DI N IN G Here, comfort food is served from breakfast and lunch through to merienda, high tea and dinner, from spaghetti Bolognese with our own special meat ragout to irresistibly delicious salads and sandwich standards with our own twist. Open from 11:00 am to midnight ISS HO J A PA NE S E RE S TAU RAN T Featuring earth tones contrasted against a wooden floor and under an open ceiling and open kitchen, Issho seats 40 diners. Adding to the contemplative, Zen mood are the glass walls, allowing views of the garden high above BGC and the metropolis beyond. Open from 11:00 am-2:00 pm for lunch and 5:00 pm-10:00 pm for dinner T HE GR I L L Cozy yet sophisticated, serving steak and seafood grilled to perfection. Open until 11:00 pm on weekends and from 11:00 am - 2 pm for lunch and 5:00 pm-10:00 pm for dinner during weekdays 17
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Calendar of Events
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Tarot Card Reading What does the future hold for you? Let our Tarot Card reader reveal whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the cards, with one-on-one readings. Card Reading priced at P600 per session per person.
FEBRU A RY 2018
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Manila Biennale: An Overview
Carlos Celdran talks about the inaugural Manila Biennale, a month-long festival of art, design, theater, music, fashion, visual, alternative and performance art using the walled city of Intramuros as its setting. The festival runs from February 3 – March 5. Tickets available at Manila House. Members: Free | Guests: P500
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Celebrate World Scotch Day in the Philippines with a glass or more of premium scotch whiskey from the makers of Johnnie Walker, and enjoy a toast with a Hollywood celebrity to be revealed on the day.
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Wellness Talk: Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds
Dr. Hazel Zuellig discusses the importance of keeping hearts and minds healthy in the light of our increasingly stressful and technology-dependent lives. Members: Free | Guests: P500
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Kids' Cooking Class: Valentine Treats
On Show: Allison Wong-David
The Hong Kong-born sculptor opens her latest show, Kokoro.
Wine Class: A Taste of Spain
Our chefs show kids how to make heartwarming treats in time for Valentine’s Day. Price per child: P800 Inclusive of ingredients
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Makeover Session & Pop Up Shop by Make Up For Ever
The prestigious makeup brand hosts a special makeover session for Manila House members alongside exclusive pop up that runs until February 14.
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Monday Night at the Movies: Love in the Afternoon
Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper star in this captivating 1957 Billy Wilder romantic comedy set in The Ritz in Paris. Members: Free | Guests: P500
Our monthly session on innovative startups and disruptive business discusses the revolutionary but mysterious world of crypotcurrencies, and the care industry.
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Valentine's Day Dinner: Love in the House
Our first speaker is Ville Oehman, Cryptocurrency Fund Manager for the Singapore-based Helvetic Investments Pte. Ltd., who successfully launched a new cryptocurrency fund that has already been approved and listed on Clearstream.
Celebrate the day of love the way you want, with your significant other, or in a group. P4500/head for Degustation Dinner for two at Avenue Bar & Deck P2500/head for the Valentine’s Day Buffet at Bonfacio Dining
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Our next speaker is Sheila Marcelo, the Founder of Care.com. She discusses building a successful startup that has become the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care.
Exhibition Opening: Japanese Artists featuring Kusama On show for the first time at Manila House. Exhibit runs through March 11.
Members: Free | Guests: P500
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Discover Spain through its wines, courtesy of a wine and food pairing class hosted by Bares & Estrellas (the former Barcino Group), featuring the famous cava and a special selection of whites, reds and roses. Members: Free | Guests: P500
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Vintage Watch Talk and Cocktails
Vintage Grail presents an exhibition-sale of collectible vintage and special time pieces, followed with a fireside discussion with a watch connoisseur and Rolex enthusiast. Members: Free | Guests: P500
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The Art of Chinese Painting
Yeuh Faye Lai, an artist who studied the classics as a young girl under masters such as Chu Hin-wah and Huang Yongyu in Taiwan, discusses her own personal journey as an artist. Members: Free | Guests: P500