Emma Watson wears Pinoy-designed shoes

Actress Emma Watson recently wore the Hey Simone heels, a pair from Filipina designer and restaurateur Bianca Moran’s latest collection.

The United Nations Goodwill ambassador attended the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 9th Annual Film Benefit wearing a little black dress paired with the heels.

“Tuesday night was pretty monumental for me, for @susistudio. The inspiring @emmawatson wore our shoes to Chanel’s film benefit at MoMA. Someone pinch me. #LongLiveHermione,” Moran said in an Instagram post.

The Hey Simone pair, with 3-inch heels, is made with recycled microsuede and rubber and costs $185 (around P9,189), the report said.

According to the SUSI Studio website, the Hey Simone heels is inspired by the French philosopher and feminist Simone de Beauvoir.

“Hey Simone is designed for women on their never-ending quest for form and function with just the right amount of lift,” the Los Angeles-based lifestyle company reportedly said.

Watson has also been known for taking a step towards fashion revolution, the news portal pointed out.

In this year’s Met Gala, she reportedly participated in the Green Carpet Challenge—a movement that works with stars and iconic designers to promote sustainable style on the red carpet—by proudly wearing a Calvin Klein-Eco-Age gown, which was “crafted from three different fabrics, all woven from yarns made from recycled plastic bottles.”

“Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the #‎MetGala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together,” the actress said.

Miss U Pia Wurtzbach wows Dubai

DUBAI: Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach was at Dubai’s Dragon Mart 2 on Friday to talk about health and beauty to the many shoppers around the mall as well as to the Filipino community.

Wurtzbach spoke to mallgoers about beauty and fashion tips and to an extent, her advocacies as Miss Universe – spreading awareness of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS, reported Khaleej Times.

She reportedly said that one can easily bring awareness to these conditions by simply just talking about it.

She also added that it is not something you’re doing for yourself but rather for your family, friends and loved ones.

She discussed the current issues in society such as cyberbullying, body shaming and how to get over both and not be a victim of the spread of the two problems facing people across the globe today, the report said.

When asked about her favorite cities, Wurtzbach reportedly said that Dubai has become one of her top favorites because of its culture as well the wide smorgasbord of cuisines available in the emirate.

Wurtzbach stayed in Dubai until Saturday to tour the city and see popular tourist landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, reported Khaleej Times.

Kylie Verzosa admits she suffered depression

MANILA: Since winning the Binibining Pilipinas crown last year, Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa has been focusing on mental health awareness in her bid to do away with the stigma and prejudice surrounding the different types of mental illness.

Kylie was quoted as saying by News To Go that her advocacy is close to her heart because aside from having family members with mental illnesses she has also experienced it firsthand.

Before she became a model and started joining local pageants, the Baguio City beauty had a bout of depression for more than half a year, reported GMA News.

“It’s close to my heart. I have a lot of family members going through some mental health issues, like depression, bipolar disorder. I’ve been through it myself,” she reportedly said.

Kylie added: “I want to bring the message out there because there is a stigma towards depression and mental illness. It’s not given a lot of focus because it’s not a sickness that is very tangible. It’s mental. There’s a stigma surrounding it, and I’m out here to say that it’s not okay.”

Aside from awareness, she reportedly said it is also important to understand that mental illness is a different journey for every single person who has it.

“’Yung unang step to be diagnosed is to be aware of it. Once you’re aware of it, you take the necessary steps to cure yourself. I went through it naturally. I didn’t know what I was going through until I was brought to a psychiatrist. It’s a very difficult situation and I do think it’s a big problem of the youth today,” Kylie was quoted as saying by GMA News.

The beauty queen added: “[Natural healing] is more safe, but I’m not against taking it the Western way, or the medical way. It could be an option. It’s different for every person. There are different ways to handle it. There’s the natural way where you can do it by really changing your lifestyle. Then there’s medicine, which can help you faster.”

After winning the Miss International crown last month, Kylie has returned to the Philippines to fulfill her duties as a beauty queen. “I would also like to focus on cultural diversity and international understanding. I have some projects planned for the future,” she reportedly said.

The beauty queen from Baguio City is the sixth Filipina to win the crown, following in the footsteps of Miss International 1964 Gemma Cruz, Miss International 1970 Aurora Pijuan, Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman, and  Miss International 2013 Bea Santiago, said the news portal.

Kylie is the newest victor from this year’s line-up of Binibining Pilipinas beauty queens, following Nicole Cordoves, who was named first runner-up at the Miss Grand International 2016 three days before her win.

Two Bb. Pilipinas titleholders aim for global win

MANILA: Two more Binibining Pilipinas titleholders have embarked on their international pageant journeys. Both are hoping to keep the winning streak of Pinay beauties in the global pageant arena,

Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational 2016 Joanna Louise Deapera Eden, 19, and Bb. Pilipinas-Globe 2016 Nichole Marie Ramos Manalo, 26, were given a warm sendoff party at the Versailles Tent of Novotel Manila at Araneta Center in Quezon City last November 10, reported Malaya.

Manalo, a registered nurse and the youngest sister of Bb. Pilipinas-World and Miss World 2002 top ten finalist Katherine-Ann Manalo-Hernandez and Miss Universe Philippines 2009 Bianca Manalo, will represent the country at the Miss Globe Pageant to be held at the National Opera Theater in Tirana, Albania on November 25, the report said.

Nichole reportedly vowed to do her best, shrugging the pressure for a back-to-back win, and keep the title won last year by her predecessor, Ann Lorraine Colis, in Toronto, Canada.

On the other hand, Eden, a half-Australian beauty whose mom is from Lucban, Quezon, will gun for the country’s second Miss Supranational crown on December 2 at the Hall of Sports in the spa resort town of Krynica-Zdroj, Poland. Our very own Mutya Datul became the first Asian winner of the international tilt in Minsk, Belarus in 2013,s aid the news portal.

Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International 2016 Nicole Ignacio Cordoves was also given a warm welcome on the same event upon her arrival from Las Vegas, Nevada, where she snagged first runner-up honors at the 4th Miss Grand International Pageant, making her our country’s highest-placing delegate in the said competition thus far, reported Malaya.

Sarah named ‘Best Asian Performer’ in Tokyo

Popstar Sarah Geronimo bagged the “Best Asian Performer” award at the recently concluded Classic Rock Awards 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.

It adds yet another international award to Sarah’s roster of awards. She attended the awards ceremonies in Tokyo on November 11.

She also performed on stage with her rendition of “Anak,” a Freddie Aguilar classic song. According to CNN Philippines, she joined other performers such as Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Rudolf Schenker, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Tesla and Cheap Trick, the report said.

The pop princess, in a Facebook post, shared her photo holding the trophy. She captioned the post: “Thank you so much, The Classic Rock Awards 2016 + Live Performance for the Best Asian Performer award. Popsters, maraming salamat din po sa walang sawang pagsuporta.”

According to her home studio, ABS-CBN, the singer has had a busy 2015 locally. Sarah G released her 12th album “The Great Unknown” last year. She also held consecutive concerts in a packed Smart Araneta Coliseum. Last year, however, she did not receive any international awards, reported Pilipinas Popcorn.

Earlier, she had won the Best Asian Artist Award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2012 and the Best Southeast Asian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2014. She was also named Best Selling Filipino Artist at the 22nd World Music Awards, the report said.

Aegis highlights Souq Pinoy Fiesta

DUBAI: If you are a Filipino, regardless of age, it is nearly impossible to not have heard a single Aegis song.

I can clearly attest to that, when I was in grade 3, I first heard the group’s, Basing Basa sa Ulan hit song when my classmates performed it during  the school’s foundation day. Funny, how my classmates would act as if they truly understood the song’s meaning.

Fast forward to today, Aegis’ heartbreak rock anthems have remained a staple in karaoke sessions at home or at barangay singing contests.

In a Filipino Times encounter with the legendary OPM band, the group shared the secret formula on what has kept them stronger through the years, the story behind their hit songs and what’s next.

The band headlined this year’s first-ever, fun-filled Souq Pinoy Fiesta. The event is the official launching of souqpinoy.com, a Filipino e-commerce website at Al Safa Sports Centre on Nov. 4, 2016.

The day-long, free event was comprised of exciting and engaging activities such as a Food Fiesta participated by the Filipinos most loved restaurants like  Little Manila, Cabalen City, Max’s Restaurant, and Tipanan.

The highly anticipated Job Fiesta with 18 recruiting companies on site on the other hand drew over 7,000 event goers.

Sports Fiesta also added to the fun, providing some intense sports action with basketball teams slugging it out at the Jazzville Inter-Emirates Cup that will run until January 2017.

Music Fiesta, aka Battle of the Bands,  School Fiesta, Tiangge Fiesta and Kids Play also delighted the revelers.

Rommel Liwag, Chief Executive Officer at souqpinoy.com told The Filipino Times  they were very happy with how the Filipino community has been accepting  the  brand.

“Souqpinoy.com was created to cater to the basic and immediate needs of the growing Filipino community in the UAE. Souqpinoy.com is a one-stop shop that aims to become a hub for Filipinos. Whether you go for shopping, paying bills, looking for a job, or looking for a new basketball league in town, souqpinoy.com is the site to be,” Liwag said.

Aegis mesmerize Dubai fans via concert

Souq Pinoy Fiesta was Aegis Band’s fourth Dubai gig.

The band, composed of sisters Juliet, Mercy and Ken Sunot on vocals, Rey Abenoja on guitars, Stella Pabico on keyboards, Rowena Pinpin on bass and drummer Vilma Goloviogo,  received loud wows throughout their concert— proof that the crowd is still and will always be mesmerized by their vocals and great music.

The trio sisters Juliet, Mercy and Ken didn’t fail to give the audience the strange cringe whenever they successful hit their high notes.

Aegis has been very vocal with their secret to achieving high vocal notes:  no ice cream, chocolates and anything salty.

During their two-hour concert, Aegis performed their popular pieces including Luha, Halik, Christmas Bonus and Basang-basa sa Ulan. They also sang May Bukas Pa, Habang May Buhay, Mangarap Ka and Pagsubok. It was indeed a happy day for OPM fans.

Vocalist Ken shared during their mini-presscon held at Little Manila a day prior to their concert  that they too, just like their fans, relate well with their songs.

“Lahat naman tayo may pinagdadaanan or may pinagdaanan. Lahat tayo nasaktan at bumangon. Kumbaga, lahat tayo may hinuhugutan,” she laughingly explained.

Aegis has been in the Philippine music scene for almost two decades. Some members have come and go but when asked what keeps them stronger as a band,  keyboardist Pabico said it all boils down to the love they have for the craft.

“We have managed to stay together because we respect the contribution each member give, the talent each possesses and the fact that we enjoy each other’s company,” Bassist Pinpin added.

On what’s next, the band said they have been busy doing shows in the US and Europe that they have had a struggle coming up with a new album. However, they said they were working on one which will be released soon.



Don’t ditch the knapsack

We have all reached the stage of constantly searching for the trendiest and versatile back packs when we were in mid-school but who says back packs are limited to that alone? Who says knapsacks aren’t “in” for the young adults?

Like skinny jeans or certain brands of trainer, the backpack has achieved a kind of cultural convergence. It is worn by all social groups, whatever age you maybe. It has come a long way and have left the great outdoors, graduated beyond the gap year, and flocked into the city.

There are no limitations to the usage of backpacks but we’re not saying you pair it with your corporate suits (of course, appropriate accessory rules applies). However, backpacks are a classic symbol of escape and adventure. We can also say outgoingness and fun.

According to the market intelligence firm Euromonitor, the value of backpack sales in the UK has grown every year since 2008: last year they were worth $107.8m. In the US, in the same period, the market grew by 44%. The fashion e-tailer Asos stocks 412 styles – because these days, there is a backpack for everyone.

At the forefront of this development is a Canadian brand called Herschel Supply Company.

It is known for its clean lines, a neatly domed peak. It doesn’t have zippers but have smart, tan leather pulls instead. Herschel bags, like Fjallraven, Sandqvist, Eastpak and others, come in colors and patterns that talk nicely to your outfit, instead of shouting it down with technical fluorescence. Inside, they are lined with stripes – favorite motif of the preppy outsider – or paisley patterns.

It comes in bright, bold colors and printed knapsacks to sleek leather pieces, the options are endless.

Rush to Herschel Supply Co. store in Burjuman to avail of BUY 1 GET 1 FREE offer on everything. Offer valid until Nov. 13, 2016.

Pia Wurtzbach to visit Dubai soon

Pia Wurtzbach, who made history last year when she became the 64th Miss Universe, and the third woman from the Philippines to claim the title, will be in Dubai’s Dragon Mart on November 18 to attend a lifestyle event.

The entry to the event, at the main atrium of Dragon Mart 2, is free and the beauty queen is expected to arrive at 6pm to share her beauty and style tips, reported Gulf News.

 “I’m so excited about my first trip to the region and can’t wait to see the city and meet the people. I’ve heard a lot about the iconic buildings and all that Dubai has to offer and can’t wait to experience it for myself,” Wurtzbach reportedly said.

Apart from gleaning beauty tips, Dragon Mart 2 is also offering fans a chance to meet Wurtzbach with competitions on their official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, said the news portal.

You are your shoes


Science has finally proven you can judge a person by looking at his or her shoes.

Researchers at the University of Kansas found that people were able to correctly guess a stranger’s age, sex, income, political affiliation, and other characteristics simply by looking at their footwear.

Some of the correlations seem obvious with rich people’s ability to buy expensive shoes, extroverts favor flashy shoes, and conscientious people like shoes that are not new but appeared  spotless.

Gweys Soriano, a Dubai-based bespoke shoe designer told The FilipinoTimes shoes are a true reflection of one’s personality.

“I agree with that. I am a shoe designer. I hate to say it but I do judge people by their shoes, same way as women judge men by their shoes and cars,” she explained.

Soriano owns the fashion line, Eva Morin.

Nere Ku, a Philippine-based shoe couturier, who has created shoes for Michael Cinco, Ezra Santos and Furne One’s runway said that shoes plays a major role on how people perceive themselves.

“Aside from working side by side with the iconic fashion designers, I have glammed up the feet of the beauty queens who have given pride and honor to our country,” Ku said.

“It seems too good to be true, but yes, a well-designed shoe, or a well-made orthotic insole will help improve your posture same way as it improve the way our beauty queens wowed the world with how they walked on stage,” he added.

Shoba Bajaj, Nine West marketing manager couldn’t agree more.

“We are in the shoe-making business; part of our job is to launch stylish and innovative collection that would cater to the large shoe fanatic consumers. Aside from it being designed for comfort and style, we make sure it can be affordable to the masses,” Bajaj, told The Filipino Times.

“We have an ongoing mid-season sale offering up to 50 percent offer on select styles. It will run until November 23,” she added.

Since 1978, more than 280 million pairs of Nine West shoes have been sold and more than 100 million women have walked in their shoes. It was founded by Vince Camuto, who also has his own label. They are known for channeling the love, lust and shoe envy women feel, into trend inspired styles, they have created a means of satisfying their passion for what is new, hot and next in fashion.



LOOK: Pia and Pacquiao meet original ‘Fernando Jose’ from ‘Rosalinda’

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach has bumped into Venezeluan actor Fernando Carrillo who is famous for his role as Fernando Jose in the 1999 hit telenovela ‘Rosalinda’ in Las Vegas during Manny Pacquiao’s boxing match against Jessie Vargas.

Carillo was delighted to meet Pia and Manny Pacquiao.

“I met super cool Miss Universe and I told her ‘I love the Philippines,’ I am committed to help your country,” he captioned his selfie with the German-Filipino beauty queen. He posted another selfie with Wurtzbach on his Instagram account last Wednesday.

In his snap with the People’s Champ, Carrillo congratulated his recent victory, “Congratulations brother, friend, champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao in this new victory. A great man of God. My love for you and the family.”

Meanwhile, Pia first shared their photo via an Instagram story and some of her fans were quick to grab the photo and repost it in other social networking sites.

Coupled with the success of “Rosalinda” internationally, especially in the Philippines, the Venezuelan actor had visited the country a number of times to interact with his fans based here.

Carillo last visited the Philippines in 2012.