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Rustan’s Welcomes Summer With New LOTUS Collection

Summer is right around the corner and the pressure of looking for outfits for your upcoming summer travels is building as the season rapidly approaches. The worry ends with the launching of Rustan’s new collection as they prepare summer for all the ladies out there. The upmarket department store introduced the latest edition to their collection of resorts wear through their private label, LOTUS, last March 21, 2019 at Rustan’s Ayala Center Cebu.

LOTUS is a resorts wear label created by Rustan’s that offers stylish and contemporary designs of clothing and accessories that are perfectly made for the summer season.

“LOTUS is for summer travel, holidays at the beach and anywhere the sun takes you,” says Paolo Tantoco, Rustan Commercial Corporation’s administration manager, in his welcoming address during the launch of the collection. “It is inspired by the ocean, the sun and the sky and the bright and fresh season of summer,” he adds. The collection features vibrant colors and garments that would surely complement not only the hot summer weather, but also the warm breeze of the nights by the beach.

Pia Regala-Hebron, the fashion designer behind the creation of the designs for Lady Rustan, has once again worked with Rustan’s in the new collection of fashionable outfits and accessories that are created for summer wear.

“I would like to congratulate the very talented designer, Miss Pia Hebron,” says Paolo during his speech as an acknowledgement to the designer. “We are extremely lucky to have Pia as a member of our Rustan’s family,” he adds.

During the launch, Rustan’s prepared various activities and a mini fashion show for the guests. The fashion show showcased some of the designs in their label, featuring summer and beachy vibes to their designs. Some of the clothes and the accessories featured in the fashion show were Although the designs were sported by young beautiful ladies during the fashion show, the label caters to all women who wants to enjoy the summer in a fashionable way. “Pia meticulously selects her prints, fabrics and designs with all you ladies in mind,” Paolo describes how she works with her designs.

At the launch, he announced that they are proud to launch their new label in Cebu, a place close to his and his family’s hearts. “Dina (his wife) and I have many dear friends in Cebu and they are what we know Cebuanos to be. They are intelligent, creative, hospitable and they have impeccable style and taste,” Paolo explains. “What better place for us to launch this proudly Filipino and vibrant brand in the beautiful and cheerful island of Cebu,” he adds.

LOTUS is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Alabang Town Center, Rustan’s Cebu and Rustan’s Gateway. Be summer ready and don’t forget to visit the 2nd level of Rustan’s, Ayala Center Cebu at the Women’s Department to get yourself cool summer outfits created by LOTUS. With the variety of choices available, surely there is one that suits the taste for every lady out there.



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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May 10 – Cebu City  |  Step inside a world of opulence where gold shimmers and diamonds sparkle. BVLGARI, the renowned Italian luxury brand, is celebrated for its exquisite gemstone jewelry, thin watches, perfumes, and leather goods. With a legacy dating back to 1884, BVLGARI has become synonymous with elegance and craftsmanship. The newest BVLGARI boutique opened last week at the sparkling The Mall at Nustar Resort and Casino, fast becoming the shopping destination for discerning consumers.

Eva Gullas, Jeffrey Hang, Jaja Chiongbian-Rama and Butch Carungay

Jeffrey Hang, BVLGARI’s Regional Marketing Director for South East Asia, flew in from Singapore to welcome guests. “We are happy to unveil BVLGARI to the Cebu market. This is the company’s 140th year, and BVLGARI celebrates this landmark with the Aeterna High Jewelry Collection in Rome this coming May 20, attended by all our global ambassadors like Zendaya and Black Pink” Jeffrey shares with us. The collection will be available in SE Asia later in the year and in the Philippines at the end of the year.

Leading the ribbon cutting was Joseph Muñoz (commercial director of Bulgari Philippines, Jeffry Hang (regional marketing director of Bulgari South East Asian operations, Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey (Bulgari Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015), Allan Teo (chief operating officer of NUSTAR Resort and Casino and May Adolfo (mall director of NUSTAR Cebu).

Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey, BVLGARI’s local Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015

Sheila Osmeña-Go and Jaja Chiongbian-Rama

Spotted at the event was Joseph Muñoz, Commercial Director of Bulgari Philippines escorting Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey, BVLGARI’s local Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015, Allan Teo, Chief Operating Officer of NUSTAR Resort and Casino, Howard Go, Summit Media’s CEO and his wife, Cebuana Sheila Osmeña-Go as well as some of Cebu’s young fashionable set like Claudia Bezza Yeung, Marjay Ramirez, and Danessa Onglatco.

 Cebu’s Fashionable Set

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The Qipao As Interpreted by Innovative Filipino Designers: PHILIP RODRIGUEZ

The Qipao, an iconic symbol of Chinese fashion, takes center stage as we celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Wood Dragon. This singular closely-fitted garment crafted from the most opulent silks originated in 1920’s Shanghai. ZEE fashion editor Oj Hofer, has sought the creative insights of some of the Philippines’ most innovative designers for their interpretation of the elegant Qipao, also known as Cheongsam.

Cebu’s esteemed designer, Philip Rodriguez, pays homage to imperial attire with this stunning yellow silk brocade qipao. While adhering to the traditional cheongsam silhouette, Rodriguez infuses a touch of sensuality by incorporating see-through silk tulle panels along the waistline. Known for his timeless designs and culturally respectful creations, Rodriguez’s attention to detail is unparalleled. His embellishments are intricate and exquisite, showcasing impeccable taste and luxurious design without veering into ostentation. Take, for instance, his cheongsam for the Year of the Dragon. While it may seem daring compared to traditional sensibilities, Rodriguez maintains elegance by delicately veiling the wearer’s skin with sheer tulle on the cutout side panels. The front slit of the dress is cautiously calculated to strike the perfect balance between modesty and allure “I design for women who possess sophistication beyond their years, “ Philip emphasizes. “My clothes are crafted to evoke a sense of beauty and allure, leaving her feeling exquisite and confident.” As a seasoned designer, Rodriguez consistently achieves harmony in his designs. His qipao for 2024 seamlessly blends elements of royalty and sensuality, luxury and practicality, reflecting his mastery of the craft and his ability to create pieces that are truly elegant and well-balance.

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