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Have you met Cebu’s most eligible?

It’s happy hour with Zee Lifestyle and four of the city’s beautiful and smart bachelorettes.

Cebu's most eligible

Confident, beautiful and whip-smart–these ladies have it all and so much more. Get to know this year’s batch of Cebu’s most eligible women as they get together for happy hour and dish on their signature moves and their thoughts on relationships.

Shaira Kaye Berame, Christina Santos, Yumny Mariot and Pia Danica Tenchavez (Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)

Shaira Kaye Berame, Christina Santos, Yumny Mariot and Pia Danica Tenchavez (Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)



Writer at ZeroThreeTwo

Intelligence is really attractive because even if he looks like Chris Evans but he doesn’t know anything about the current events, how would he be with you? It is important to know something about the world.

(Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)

(Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)

On no-labels relationships?
“I think right from the very start you should be clear on your goals, personal goals, and where do you see yourself because that’ll be the hindrance with the progress of the relationship. It’s not like I’m demanding to be in a relationship by next week, but it’s good to know where I stand.”



Law student and theater arts performer

Even if the world has turned around and men and women are equal, we still want to have the best of both worlds. We still want to be pampered and at the same time, focus on our careers.

(Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)

(Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)

On juggling relationships and careers?
“Girls will always find and have time for both relationships and careers because we are multitaskers. There is no problem for girls to actually be in relationships and at the same time, progress in their careers and be successful.”



Social media manager at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

I don’t believe in age. I can date a 20-year-old or someone 20 years older than me as long as there is chemistry.

(Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)

(Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)

The one who likes you, or the one you like?
“I want reciprocation. I cannot want someone who doesn’t want me back. Reciprocity is the key”



Executive assistant to the regional vice-president at Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Region VII

Dear guys who are planning on dating women, especially women who have work: Please don’t date her if you don’t have money in your pockets! If you can’t provide for us then just don’t.

(Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)

(Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)

Is it important to care less?
“In love, you shouldn’t settle, there should be no rules. It really doesn’t matter who cares less or more.”



(Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)

(Photography by Toni Marie Despojo/Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, July 2016)

What they think about:

The man bun?

I think it is really, really hot especially on Kit Harington!” – Pia

Guys who wear BB cream?

As long as he takes it off before going to bed with me, I think that’s fine.” – Yumny

Guys who carry girls’ purses?

If it’s heavy, yes, please carry it but if it just a tiny purse, no!” – Christina

Guys who wear pink?

Real men wear pink.” – Shaira

Dating someone really hot?

One word: mine.” – Yumny

Dating someone younger than you?

I wouldn’t date someone ten years younger than I am. What, I’m going to pay for his baon?” – Pia

An ideal first date?

Breakfast. If it turns out well, we could go on to having coffee, then lunch, then merienda and then dinner. If it turns out bad then just go home, sleep and forget about it.” – Christina


Performance definitely matters the most, but when choosing between Incredible Hulk and Ant-Man, would you choose Ant-Man?” – Shaira


Read more on Zee Lifestyle’s July 2016 Men’s Issue. For back issues, subscribe via Magzter.


sittings editor Patty Taboada photography Toni Marie Despojo makeup Janice Barillo and Raisa Bercede hair Cris Villarta Canoy and Shyra Qyumbi styling Blaq Mafia production assistant Cloise Mae Abordo clothes Forever 21 locale Wish Cebu



Janine Taylor, June Alegrado, Jackie Lotzof, Frances Siao, Ina Ronquillo and Christine Pelaez

The NUSTAR Ballroom, a magnificent venue at the NUSTAR Resort and Casino in Cebu, sets the stage for last night’s first-ever NUSTAR Ball.

Black was the color of night at the Zee table.

Glamorous guests from Manila and Cebu converged at the NUSTAR Ballroom, an exquisite venue within the NUSTAR Resort and Casino in Cebu. The evening unfolded with a seated 5-course dinner. The opulent feast started with Beetroot Salmon Gravlax, adorned with caper berries, caviar, set with delicate edible flowers; and a main course of Compressed Pork Belly with Crackling Skin and Baby Scallops. Another highlight was the auction of coveted items like Dior and YSL handbags, a limited-edition Bulgari watch, and an exclusive 2-night stay in Nustar’s opulent 3-bedroom villa—complete with a private pool and a dedicated butler. The charity evening benefited the Cameleon Association, an NGO based in Iloilo City created in 1997 that developed a global approach to act on the causes and effects of sexual violence against children.

Nora Sol, Beth Go, Frances Siao and Marylou Ong

Ina Ronquillo, Maryanne Aboitiz and Jackie Lotzof

Designers Jun Escario and Philip Rodriguez

Philip Rodriguez with NUSTAR Malls two power ladies: May Adolfo and Joanna Salazar

Lana Osmeña with Mariquita Yeung

PJ Castillo and Kaye Abad with Cary Santiago

Drew Sarmiento with LV Manager Adrian Decuigan

Cary Santiago with Eva Gullas

Manila socialites Julie Boschi and Ching Cruz with June Alegrado

It was a night of elegance, luxury, and unforgettable memories as ladies in long gowns and gentlemen in black ties danced the night away.


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Filipino graphic designer makes history, joins Switzerland’s Museum of Avant-garde among genre’s greats

PJ Ong of Inodoro, an internationally renowned graphic designer, is the first Filipino whose work will be part of the permanent collection of Switzerland’s Museum of Avant-garde

CEBU CITY — In a groundbreaking achievement, Cebu-based graphic designer and art director PJ Ong of Inodoro Design Studio, is set to become the first Filipino artist permanently exhibited at Museum of Avant-garde (MA-g) in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

Cebu-based graphic designer and art director of Inodoro Design Studio, PJ Ong

Ong’s recognition at MA-g places him among over 250 avant-garde artists, including iconic figures like Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, signifying a profound milestone in museum history.

“Avant-garde,” is a term that refers to pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.

“I am extremely honored and humbled. It is a remarkable milestone in my creative journey, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a prominent platform. The acknowledgment, especially considering Switzerland’s exacting standards in art and design, is truly fulfilling,” said Ong.


Part of a stellar contemporary collection

Under the museum’s Contemporary Collection, Ong will join global contemporary agencies such as M/M Paris (collaborator of Icelandic singer-songwriter and composer, Björk), WORK Pte Ltd (brainchild of the “Godfather of Singapore Graphic Design,” Theseus Chan), Bedow (Stockholm), BVD Stockholm AB (Stockholm), Socio Design (London) and Milkxhake (Hong Kong), among others.

Ong’s music packaging design for the Filipino harsh noise duo, White Widow, will be featured in the museum. The band’s album “The God Uterus Dissolves” — released under Melt Records — features an unconventional cassette tape packaging incorporating a hand-crafted wire mesh, elevating it into a unique and bespoke collector’s item.

The museum’s selection process for its Contemporary Collection involved three categories: Graphic Design, Photography, and Illustration. Swiss-Canadian Fritz Gottschalk, a prominent figure in contemporary graphic design, led the Graphic Design category.

“This is profoundly validating for me as a graphic designer. Being part of a museum’s permanent contemporary collection is a lasting testament to my capabilities as an artist,” said Ong.

‘Poetry you can touch’

The graphic designer from Cebu City further defined the album as a “deliberate departure from the ordinary,” stating that it was a testament to the artist’s and band’s dedication to pushing boundaries and offering the audience a unique and immersive experience.

“Careful consideration was given to every detail, including choosing a premium supplier for the cassette tape. Opting for a screen-printed cassette, where design elements were applied directly to the surface, gave it a contemporary and visually striking result, helping us reinforce the design narrative,” said Ong.

“From the cohesive placement of elements to using symbols instead of track titles on the spine and customizing fonts, every aspect was carefully thought out. Rather than opting for the conventional wire mesh treatment on print, I took a bold step by incorporating a hand-crafted wire mesh, adding a unique and sensory dimension to the album — almost like poetry you can touch.”


Profound honor

Established in 2003, Inodoro Design Studio under Ong’s leadership has garnered global acclaim for its bold design philosophy, spanning music, fashion, architecture, culture and technology. In becoming the first Filipino whose work will be on display at the MA-g, Ong stated that it is “particularly humbling.”

“Traditionally, these privileges are given to individuals who have amassed decades of experience, attained mastery in their craft, or even as a posthumous acknowledgment. To be among those selected is a profound and unexpected honor,” he said.

“Museums typically focus on visual artists, and for a graphic designer, especially within the realm of commercial work, recognition can be more elusive. I appreciate the challenges of this less conventional route and I am committed to proving the significance of graphic design in the broader artistic landscape.”

Art enthusiasts can anticipate viewing Ong’s work with “The God Uterus Dissolves” at MA-g, scheduled to open to the general public in 2025.


About The Museum of Avant-garde (MA-g)

The Museum of Avant-garde compiles an original body of work from private collections, providing a unique perspective on the cultural and artistic significance of avant-garde movements. These movements, synonymous with transformative ideologies and daring experimentations, played a pivotal role in challenging political and societal conventions. For more information, visit


About Inodoro

Inodoro is the creative moniker of graphic designer and art director PJ Ong, a prominent figure in the Philippine design scene. Established in 2003, Inodoro Design Studio, based in Cebu, Philippines, has garnered international recognition for its bold and distinctive design, with a focus on thought-driven imagery and iconic visual language. The studio specializes in identities, custom typography, graphic design and art direction. For more information, visit

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Ladies Who Support Ladies

Women’s Circle is an organization composed of Cebuano ladies who are successful entrepreneurs and top executives.  They recently held a fellowship event at the Sheraton Mactan Resort, with special guests from the Women’s Business Council Philippines. Chairperson, Rosemarie Rafael and Council Secretary Cynthia Mamon both flew in from Manila to discuss alliances between the Cebu and Manila groups.

Loot bag from Jo Malone, Sheraton, R&M Chocomanga, gift card from Maayo Clinic, sarong from Ferimar.

The half day event was organized by Perl Jacalan, Gina Atienza and Eva Gullas. Sheraton Resort through its GM Dottie Wugler Cronin supported the event as it is aligned with the hotel’s women initiatives.  The successful event was made more fun with generous give-aways, notably Jo Malone perfumes, Sheraton bags, R&M Chocomanga and sarongs from Ferimar.

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