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The New Resort-Themed Cebu Airport is an OOTD Haven

As one of the most anticipated structures in Cebu, Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport is set to be this island’s stylish gateway to the world. In a special preview, we matched the world-class setting with the work of Cebu’s top local designers.

Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport is finally opening its doors to the public tomorrow. As expected, we’re just as excited as the rest of Cebu to fly off and experience it for ourselves!

With its large wooden arches, glass walls and custom-made mother-of-pearl flooring, Terminal 2 is definitely an awe-inspiring structure. It was designed by Hong Kong-based firm Integrated Design Associates Ltd., with input from Filipino design personalities like Budji Layug, Royal Pineda and Cebu’s own Kenneth Cobonpue. 

The completion of Terminal 2 marks Cebu’s place in the international travel scene, opening the city up to significantly more destinations around the world. 

The Jet Set

While anticipating its launch, we at Zee Lifestyle decided that the best way to celebrate Terminal 2 is by pairing it with other Cebu talents. In a special preview of the airport, we brought in creations from some of Cebu’s top fashion designers, and juxtaposed them against the gorgeous architectural details of Terminal 2.

Pale blue straight-leg pants and blouse with cape detail, by JUN ESCARIO. Round bag, from PROMOD. Boots, stylist’s own.

 

Textured dress, by ARCY GAYATIN. Studded ankle boots, from PROMOD.

 

Draped oversized shirt and palazzo pants, by OJ HOFER. Gold loafers, rose sunglasses and tote bag, from PROMOD.

 

Crop top and culottes set with floral detailing, by ARCY GAYATIN. Denim jacket, stylist’s own. Embroidered clutch and sandals, from PROMOD.

 

Floral matching set, by PHILIP RODRIGUEZ. Peep-toe ankle boots and embroidered tote bag, from PROMOD.

 

Floral jacquard pants, by OJ HOFER. Oversized sunglasses, from PROMOD. Camisole, woven bag and nude heels, stylist’s own.

 

Lace one-piece and cigarette pants, by PHILIPP TAMPUS.

Embroidered lace blouse and palazzo pants, by PHILIPP TAMPUS. Ankle boots, from PROMOD.

 

Fashion Editor OJ Hofer | Photography Nath Ybañez | Videography Chester Baldicantos | Hair and Makeup Makeup by Arnauld | Stylist Vanessa East | Models Daina Nelson of Origin Model & Artist Management and Carolina Costantin of Shutter Models & Talent Management | Accessories Promod

 

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BVLGARI in Cebu

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.

May Adolfo, Danessa Onglatco, Marjay Ramirez and Claudia Bezza-Yeung

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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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The Qipao As Interpreted by Innovative Filipino Designers: JC BUENDIA

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.

JC Buendia, celebrated for his ability to tell a million style stories through minimalist details, is a master of clean, chic lines in fashion. Eschewing frivolity and nonsensical embellishments, every element of his designs contributes to their overall elegance.

Inspired by cinematic portrayals of Chinoiserie, Buendia’s first fascination with the Qipao began with Gloria Romero’s iconic portrayal of a Chinese princess disguised as a ‘sampan’ girl in the 1957 film “Hong Kong Holiday.”

“This admiration for orientalalia only deepened as I watched films like “The Last Emperor” and “In The Mood For Love,” JC recalls.

Buendia’s latest creation is a testament to this cinematic influence. His interpretation of the Qipao for the Year of the Wood Dragon features a cropped top crafted from silk Dupioni, embellished with diamond brooches on the reverse closure for a touch of glamour. Paired with a tea-length bouffant skirt made from frothy layers of delicate tulle, the ensemble exudes sophistication and timeless elegance.

With meticulous attention to detail and a keen eye for design, JC Buendia’s Qipao captures the essence of cinematic glamour while offering a contemporary twist on a classic silhouette. It’s a tribute to the enduring allure of Chinoiserie and the timeless beauty of the Cheongsam.

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