Saturday, October 15, 2016

House of Laurel's Davao trunk show

“House of Laurel’s  Davao trunk show”
Sun.Star Davao, Oct. 15, 2016

Exquisitely-designed clothes and accessories, good eats and a warm welcome greeted Davao’s fashionable set during the House of Laurel’s first ever Davao trunk show held recently at the Dusit Thani Residence showroom.

The House of Laurel was founded in 2000 by siblings Rajo Laurel and Venisse Laurel-Hermano. The trendy specialty boutique located in Makati City offers both couture and ready-to-wear apparel.

In a Preview magazine interview, Rajo describes his couture line as “made-to-order couture where each piece is referred to as a ‘mission’ dress designed to create a lasting impression” while he considers his off-the-rack line as “Designer Ready-to-Wear”.         

A winner of several national and international awards including FashionAsia AFMA China’s Asian Top Fashion Designer of the Year (Pret-A-Porter Category) in 2010, Rajo was once a judge on the TV hit show Project Runway Philippines.

During the trunk show, the House of Laurel brought their Cruise 2016 collection to Davao. It brilliantly showcased a distinctive design movement called Memphis which was the craze back in the ‘80s when Rajo was in his teenage years. The Magpie Memphis collection features “dizzying graphics and abstract shapes” as well as “structured silhouettes in vivid hues of chiffon, silk and crepe”.


In contrast to the previous spring/summer 2016 collection, The Monast, which had a clean and minimalist vibe, the Magpie Memphis colllection is more playful with its exuberant design and color.  “The calm vibe has become busy. Yet, both collections share common denominators with their well-balanced scale and genre”, details the House of Laurel in its press release. Aside from women’s clothes and accessories, the trunks show also offered something exciting for the men and kids with the Rajoman and Rajito line.
Among the trunk show’s happy shoppers were sisters-in-law Gay Grapa-Te and Tracy Ausin-Grapa; sassy sisters Stephanie Seng-Ong and Trisha Seng as well as Ria and Abby Gempesaw; Lisa Lim with lovely daughters Alyssa and Alyanna; Marga Montemayor-Nograles; Rochelle Rabat-Del Rosario; Bianca Barretto-Uy; Claudine Bautista; Long Pineda; Bai Siang Lim; Debbie Tan-Hao; Nini Hilario-Hao; Emma Cruz-Ng with younger sister Emily Cruz-Tiu; Corazon Ang-Tan; Mylene Yap-Aquino, Caroline Galang-Taojo; Carine Bacani; Helen Ang-Alvarez; Michelle and Dexter So with adorable daughter Heleina; Rajo’s former bridal grown client Nikki Gotianse-Tan; and many more.

Catering the scrumptious cocktail spread was Carmina del Rosario’s Crazy Cook.

We share photos of the House of Laurel’s Davao trunk show courtesy of Annie Paz-Lim who marvelously transformed the Dusit Thani Residence showroom during the intimate two-day event.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

"Smile and the world smiles with you."

     Happy World Smile Day!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Train up your child


“Train up your child”
Sun.Star Davao, Oct. 1, 2016
936 weeks.

Do you know that a parent has only 936 weeks between a child’s birth and graduation to influence their future?

I learned this fascinating trivia and so much more during a recent parenting seminar entitled “Train Up Your Child” by our esteemed speakers, inspiring couple Edric Mendoza and Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza. The well-attended talk was organized by the Davao Christian High School Parents-Teachers Fellowship.

Edric is currently the TV host, lead anchor and writer of ANC’s “On the Money”, a daily show on personal finance. He is also an edu-preneur (education entrepreneur) and a Registered Financial Planner (RFP). As a result of these education initiatives, he desires to change the world, one family at a time.

He is happily married to Joy, the eldest daughter of Pastor Peter Tan-Chi of Christ's Commission Fellowship and Deonna, an American missionary from Florida.

Joy is an awarded blogger for her well-loved site, and an author. She is likewise an in-demand speaker for topics on marriage, parenting, and homeschooling.

Edric and Joy are extremely blessed with five beautiful children, namely: Elijah, Edan, Titus, Tiana and Catalina. Together, they champion homeschooling because they feel that this is the best way to impart their values to their children. Joy handles the academic subjects while Edric takes care of the character, mentoring of the boys and sports.

In their talk, the Mendozas creatively used the acronym of “TRAIN UP” to stress the importance of a parent’s role in shaping their children’s character and values. T is for “Think of a plan”; R for “Remember your roles”; A for “Anchor your children on God’s word”; I for “Impart values through Modeling”; N for “Nurture relationships”; U for “Utilize corrective discipline”; and P for “Pass-on a vision and pray”.

Certainly, one of the toughest challenges of being a parent is how to utilize corrective discipline to our kids.
Edric explains that the word “discipline” means “to create a disciple”. Therefore, discipline cannot happen effectively without discipleship and relationship. Its focus should not be on the behavior but the heart.

The father of five stresses that “obedience is for our children’s good because obedience brings blessings”. He also cites that the necessary aspects of discipline include clear commands that must be authoritative; consequences such as restrictions, loss of privileges, and, yes, spanking if necessary; and consistency.

According to the Mendozas, the reality of parenting today is that our children are growing up in a morally toxic world. Thus, it is imperative that parents control the portal, that is, we must set the boundaries for the use of gadgets/TV/internet. As a family, we should likewise develop the habit of filtering and practice a culture of open communication.

Moreover, the study of God’s word should be prioritized in order for our kids to develop convictions that are anchored on truth. The couple emphasizes that developing convictions is essential before situations present themselves and choices have to be made like “taking care of one’s body, staying pure, using their time wisely and choosing the right circle of friends”.

As the Mendozas concluded their talk, they reminded the parents that “we are not raising children but raising adults who are men and women of God”.

Indeed, being a parent is among the most difficult yet fulfilling jobs in the world.  When the time comes, nothing will make us prouder as parents than to see our children grow up to become responsible and well-rounded adults who love and honor God above anyone else.

Proverbs 22:6 aptly captures the essence of the parenting experience, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it".

(Photo credits: for the Mendoza kids' photo)

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