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The seven steps to looking geek-chic

Steps to looking geek-chic - Step 6

Quick, stylish and affordable, Sunnies Specs is a game-changer in premium optical eyewear, making the whole experience of getting glasses simpler and more enjoyable.


Sunnies Studios received numerous requests from their customers to create prescription eyewear – and they made it happen through Sunnies Specs. Sunnies Specs offers high quality and stylish frames. You can get any Sunnies Specs frame, an optometrist conducted eye-exam and single vision lens for only P1,999. Here’s a quick how-to guide:

Step 1: Go to your nearest Sunnies Specs optical shop



In Cebu, Sunnies Specs is located at the Upper Ground Floor, Northwing, SM City Cebu. Kicking off their nationwide expansion, it is their first store outside the capital and fifth in the country.

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Step 2: Pick your frame

Customers can choose any frame from over a hundred styles that suit any face shape, personality and lifestyle, with more to come this month. All carry the trademark Sunnies brand and aesthetic. Frames are crafted from high quality materials such as acetate, flexilight and metal and are lightweight, durable and comfortable for everyday wear.


With over 100 different pairs to choose from, sometimes picking a frame that’s perfect for your look alone takes 30 minutes—or more. That’s why the team got together to try on various styles and curate a selection for every face shape.

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Make your face appear longer with rectangular or square frames. Look out for bold, angular frames, and make sure they sit just above your cheekbones.

MUST TRY: The Venice

ALSO TRY: Ollie, Dillon, Harper, Irving, Kip, Mick, Reid, Spencer, Wes, August, Clarke, Crispin, Finn, Flynn, Gellar, Hans, Newton and Pascal


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Your slim face shape looks great with wider and taller frames. Opt for styles with a low nose bridge to complement your features.

MUST TRY: The Irving

ALSO TRY: Ollie, Mick, Reid, Spencer, Clarke, Crispin, Flynn, Gellar and Pascal


Steps to looking geek-chic - OvalOVAL

Oval face shapes can get away with almost any style, so play around with bolder colors in different silhouettes.

MUST TRY: The Crispin

ALSO TRY: Irving in Marine, Morgan in Maraschino, Gellar in Rhodonite, Kennedy in Caspian Sea and Venice in Gummy Bear


Steps to looking geek-chic - SquareSQUARE

Add some curves to your rims to soften your sharp features. Thinner frames that are slightly wider than your cheekbones work best for your face shape.


ALSO TRY: Morgan, Wes, Dana, Inga, Kennedy, Margot and Walt


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Complement a slender jawline with a pair that is slightly wider than your forehead with detailing on the lower portion.

MUST TRY: The Dana

ALSO TRY: Dillon, Harper, Kip, Morgan, Gellar, Inga, Kennedy, Margot, Venice and Walt




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Steps to looking geek-chic - Step 2Step 3: Fill out information sheet

Leave your name and contact details at the station so they can inform you when your pair is ready.


Steps to looking geek-chic - Step 3Step 4: Have your eyes checked by trained optometrists

You can get a quick eye exam with Sunnies Specs’ trained optometrists and state-of-the art technology. A few reminders to get the best results: Before undergoing an eye exam, make sure to remove soft contact lenses at least 30 minutes beforehand and hard contact lenses 24 hours beforehand. Also remember to have enough rest as tired eyes may affect results.


Steps to looking geek-chic - Step 4Step 5: Upgrade your lenses

All Specs lenses are multi-coated on all pairs and equipped with UV protection, anti-reflection and anti- glare plus are scratch resistant and have water resistant coating. But that’s not all. Sunnies Specs offers you four lens upgrades depending on your lifestyle: Blue Light lenses for those who are exposed to screens all day, High-Index lenses for those who prefer thinner lenses, Photochromic lenses for those would prefer specs that transition into sunnies outdoors and Polycarbonate lenses for those who have an active lifestyle and need more durable lenses. Progressive vision lenses are also available for extra.


Steps to looking geek-chic - Step 5Step 6: Check out at the cashier

You can get an optometrist-conducted eye-exam, single vision stock prescription lenses, and a fashionable quality frame for only P1,999.


Steps to looking geek-chic - Step 6Step 7: Pick up your new specs

Once you receive a message, you can pick up your new Sunnies Specs all on the same day. It’s that simple and quick.


What started off in 2013 as an idea among friends to create eyewear that is both equally stylish and accessible, Sunnies Studios has evolved into a lifestyle brand that includes Sunnies, Sunnies Specs and Sunnies Café.

Experience optimal visual clarity with Sunnies Specs, the exclusive line of premium prescription eyewear designed by Sunnies Studios.

Sunnies Specs Cebu is located at the Upper Ground Floor, Northwing, SM City Cebu.


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Cebuano Haute Couture Shines at 2021 Cebu Wedding Expo

Photography by Rene Amodia

Forever at Soltana

by Allain Dumon Fonte

Soltana Nature Residences host the grandest wedding destination expo for 2021. In their grandiose Events at Soltana venue, wedding suppliers, event coordinators, events stylists, fashion designers, and exhibitors gathered to showcase their best to excited couples and clients.  The grand expo was opened by the Chairperson of Lapu Lapu City’s Tourism Commission and first lady of this historic resort city, Madam Cynthia Cindy King Chan; she was with city counselor, Hon.  Queenie Malingin Amman; Taft Properties COO and Vice President, Myra Lynn Gilig; Taft Properties CFO, Feliz Tiukenhoy; and Mr. Justin Gaisano of Taft Properties. 

Philip Rodriguez

To set the event’s mood, AD models Kevin Lahousse and Gingie Alducente acted as newlyweds joining the expo and leading the guests to the exhibitors’ booths.  Yet, the highlight of the event was the glamorous fashion show set in the world’s most visited wedding destinations, as the mannequins of AD models paraded the haute couture creations of Cebu’s A-list fashion designers.

Dexter Alazas

The show was opened by Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry-Amman, wearing a bridal gown designed by Hanz Coquilla.  Her wedding mood was the historic streets and sceneries of Vigan, Philippines.  Coquilla created a Filipiniana-inspired bridal dress with perfectly constructed butterfly sleeves, exquisitely clean lines, and masterfully crafted bias skirt of balanced cones and flows.  Valerie Alvez showcased a bridal dress made of vintage Chantilly lace.  Alvez proved her skills in manipulating laces to be impeccable; the bow detail at the back added glamour to the dress, exuding luxury to the bride wearing Alvez’s masterpiece.  Wendell Quisido set her wedding theme to the dreamy beaches of Ipanema; and as her model glided on the runway, everyone in the audience dropped their jaws to the intricately detailed bridal dress that Quisido made. Quisido designed a bustier dress with well-balanced panels that wonderfully fitted the model’s figure; but what made Quisido’s dress jaw-dropping are the countless Swarovski crystals that covered the dress.  Dexter Alazas joined the fashion show with a 1920’s inspired wedding dress of vintage tulle and embroidered in the decade’s popular baroque patterns.  Alazas has shown the wonders of working with delicate fabrics and the opulence of vintage embroidery patterns.

Wendell Quisido

Valerie Alvez

The fashions show also brought us to the rich sceneries of Mallorca, Spain with Ren Manabat’s three-tiered wedding dress.  The labor-intensive layers upon layers of soft English tulle made Manabat’s artwork stand out, among others.  Another head turner is a dress that was carefully planned and architecturally constructed, the bridal gown designed by Protacio.  Protacio has obviously studied well which fabrics to use and how each fabric is sewn to the other to create an illusion of nudeness under layers of vintage Italian mesh. The dress was architecturally constructed like the Burj Khalifa where every piece sits perfectly with each other in harmony and balance.  Fashion connoisseur Marichu Tan-Geson created an extremely detailed bodice lined with Swarovski crystals, and a skirt made from layers of dotted soft English tulle.  Tan-Geson’s manipulation techniques on the soft tulle and how she delicately draped every layer of the tulle upon the other is interesting and intriguing.  With a work of art as beautiful as that, I could say that Tan-Geson is the Madame Gres of Cebu fashion.  The show ended with a groom and a bride wearing a 19th century English-inspired wedding ensemble by master couturier, Philip Rodriguez.  Rodriguez has proven once again his artistry and expertise in fashion by creating an empire-waist gown with ruffled sleeves made from dotted Italian mesh of 100% silk and vintage silk taffeta.  Rodriguez presented a truly elegant wedding dress; lesser on the intricacy but more on the richness of the materials being used.  The rarity of Rodriguez’s fabrics already makes his dress worthy to a MET gala exhibition. 

Ren Manabat

Protacio Empaces

Philip Rodriguez

The models wore the timeless and recherche jewelry collections from Royal Gem to match the bridal dresses of the featured designers.  Every jewelry piece is made to complement a woman who loves fashion and whose self-awareness dictates her own style.  From green sapphires to yellow diamonds, every jewelry piece is stunning.  No wonder why socialite and fashion icon, Heart Evangelista, loves and promotes Royal Gem. All models are wearing Shandar bridal footwear.

Philip Rodriguez

Marichu Tan-Geson

Hanz Coquilla

The Grand Wedding Destination Expo at the Events at Soltana will run until the 24th of May 2021 with exciting activities:  a maquillage session with Jessie Glova, a bridal make-up competition and show, a financial literacy session for new couples, a talk on real estate investments, a session  with Rod Bautista and Eddie Jamin from the Centerpiece Weddings and Events about wedding destinations in Cebu and the new norms in wedding celebrations, and a whole lot more of raffle prizes from Plantation Bar Resort and Spa, Solea Mactan Resort, Savoy Hotel Mactan, and others.

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CEBU’S GALLERY OF ROUGE: Mistress of Disinfo, Vixen of Vexation and the Duchess of Disorder

Ogle La La
By Alexandra Fortabat de Hermès

Cebu’s own Lady Whistledown is back after a long hiatus and talks about the naughty ones who comprise the initial #TroubleTrifecta, three ladies who you may or may not know…

It’s been eight years since someone’s picked up this particular (jewel-encrusted) quill so thought it rather apropos to begin sharpening those French-manicured talons and polishing our sardonic wits once again. After all — dear amigas — there is only so much Netflix one can watch, or peloton one can engage in, or caviar-topped foie to prepare, while we’ve all been locked down in our kubôs for well over a year!

To be sure the last twelve months have been a rollercoaster of emotions, a carousel of follies and a series of blunders that have reversed decades of growth resulting in historical levels of unemployment while a very few have been channeling  Winston Churchill’s adage of “never waste a good crisis” a bit too much. While we can go on and on about the bungled and disastrous government response, we will limit our political commentaries here as we have no interest – nor inclination — to open that rather voluminous Pandora’s box. 

The armoires that we will explore will belong to three types of our island’s “alta” sociedad who – in this last revolution around the sun – made us cringe and bust out many tubs of popcorn through their sheer audacity, lack of sensitivity, and overall dopiness.  This –  ladies (and lady wannabes) – is therefore the debut edition of the  #TroubleTrifecta.

The first is that amiga who, by choice or plain predilection, just cannot keep her facts straight.  Let’s call her Mistress of Disinfo coz one simply cannot trust what comes out of her well-lined lips or read from her often convoluted (and run-on) status updates. In this age of ubiquitous and nearly instantaneous information and the proliferation of fake news, the least one can do is check the veracity of what one puts out in the social media realm.  As with anything else, quality is key!

The next Vixen of Vexation is that overbearing arriviste who is desperate to bowdlerize her courtesanal past by plastering her obviously enhanced and Gluta-enabled mug on every surface (and platform) known to modern man.  This self-proclaimed Madame Multiverse is quick to brandish her (dubious) accomplishments, has an affinity for B (or C?) rated actors and milks her closeness to certain members of the Old Guard.   In her perpetual quest for legitimacy and acceptance by the upper echelons, perhaps this Señorita aspirant should heed the advice of  Malcolm Forbes when he declared: “How to Succeed: Try Hard Enough; How to Fail: Try Too Hard.”

Our last Duchess of Disorder is definitely NOT the least in this Gallery of Rouge and has actually been the source of not just consternation but of many a disruption – and not in a good way.  This Soaper Woman is so-called due to her propensity to air out all her filthy lavada to anyone who will listen or bother to read her IG stories. Besides giving any Grammar Nazi a massive coronary, this Fräulein of Fracas has been known to commit acts of arson, has no qualms of engaging in online character assassinations AND seems to have a never-ending bevy of skeletons that are constantly feasting in her many closets. 

Ladies, please!  While we have to admit that we derive a certain guilty pleasure from your virtual explosions and implosions, they do get very prosaic – very quickly.  Discretion, like intelligence and proper manners, truly never goes out of style.

So there you have it folks. These tumultuous times we live in certainly do not need any more brouhaha so  please remember to be precise, don’t try too hard and always maintain a  certain sense of delicadeza. Not only will your lives be simpler and more pleasurable but maybe, just maybe, you may finally crack that clique that you’ve been clawing your way to be a part of.  

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New Year’s Eve Dressing for 2020

What’s an ideal New Year’s Eve soirée outfit? Three of Cebu’s young fashion designers share their suggestions for the ladies on how to ring in the year 2020 in style…

“Holiday dressing is all about sheer skin and comfort. A silver gray palazzo jumpsuit with sheer lace cut-outs is in order.” -Mikhail Achas, Fashion Designer

“Holiday dressing is all about clean lines and sophistication. A tailored blacked tea dress with godet insertions will totally give out a modern vibe with a toast to the 50s.” -Bree Esplanada, Fashion Designer

“I chose this design because it is so comfy and light. The raffles make it look elegant and versatile for different events, like awarding ceremonies or a New Year’s Eve party.” -Eve Navales, Fashion Designer



Something to watch out for this year from these young designers will be their collection exclusively designed for the cast of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues for V-Day Cebu 2020, which will be staged in March. For more information, visit the Facebook page V-Day Cebu.

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