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This is the wishlist your Secret Santa never wrote

You love your manita, yes you do! Show your love for your Secret Santa with these perfect last-minute gifts, ranging from the relatively affordable to insanely indulgent. And why not? It’s called a wishlist, after all.

Even though you think you might know a person well enough, choosing gifts will always present itself as a challenge. With Christmas also fast approaching and those holiday parties happening one after the other, last-minute shopping can add to the pressure. So, what do you do when you don’t know what to get your Secret Santa? Zee Lifestyle steps in with all the possible answers, from the relatively affordable to more indulgent gifts.

Pro tip: You can drop a hint and share this list too! Who knows, your own manito or manita might be struggling on what to get you as well. 😉

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HAPPY SKIN x DISNEY MOISTURIZING MATTE LIPPIE

Happy Skin is the first local brand in the Philippines that Disney has partnered with

Happy Skin is the first local brand in the Philippines that Disney has partnered with

Matte lipsticks were a big hit this year, and there’s no reason the trend wouldn’t continue in 2017. Pass it on to the new year with Happy Skin’s moisturizing matte lippie, which contains shea butter and collagen that hydrates lips while leaving a gorgeous matte finish. Happy Skin’s holiday collaboration with Disney also brings limited edition (read: must-have!) shades. ‘Snow White’ features an apple-red shade, while the ‘Anna’ has that roasted cherry tone that’s popular right now.

UGF, SM City Cebu | Facebook

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HAVAIANAS IN GREENERY

This Havaianas top in Liberty Green is on point for 2017's color of the year

This Havaianas top in Liberty Green is on point for 2017’s color of the year

Earlier this month, ‘Greenery’ was announced as the color of the year for 2017. Take this relaxing yet vibrant shade with you one step at a time as you conquer the Year of the Rooster, with a brand new pair of Havaianas. The neon green Top is definitely on point, while, the Liberty Green pair features a fun and whimsical print that’ll turn heads.

All Flip Flops | Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu and SM Seaside City Cebu

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A 7-COURSE DINNER BY JASON ATHERTON

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton of The Pig & Palm

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton of The Pig & Palm

If you’re looking to impress, you can’t go wrong with a dinner at The Pig & Palm. Just in time for the holidays, Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is whipping up a special seven-course meal with an optional champagne and wine pairing. Slots for this two-day event (December 22-23) are extremely limited.

MSY Tower, Cebu Business Park | Facebook

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A STAY AT KANDAYA RESORT

Kandaya Resort in Daanbantayan, Cebu (Photography by Dan Douglas Ong: Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, October 2015)

Kandaya Resort in Daanbantayan, Cebu (Photography by Dan Douglas Ong: Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, October 2015)

Okay, this is really pulling out the big guns, but who wouldn’t want to experience paradise? Kandaya Resort’s iconic infinity pool, luxurious rooms and myriad of activities from island hopping to a private beach in Malapascua Island to horseback riding guarantee that a stay in this gorgeous resort is on top of anyone’s wishlist.

Daanbantayan, Cebu | Facebook

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SNAPBACKS FROM NEW ERA

The New Era store in Cebu has over 500 snapbacks to choose from

The New Era store in Cebu has over 500 snapbacks to choose from

With the rise of the athleisure trend, sporty accessories have become acceptable in daily wear. Not sure where to start? Put your thinking cap on with New Era’s expansive selection of headgear. Their store in Cebu has over 500 hats to choose from, whether you’d like to root for your favorite sporting teams or show off your love for pop culture.

SM Seaside City Cebu | Facebook

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LIMITED EDITION JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL

The limited edition Cebu bottle from Johnnie Walker Blue Label Philippine Crafts: Our Cities special collection

The limited edition Cebu bottle from Johnnie Walker Blue Label Philippine Crafts: Our Cities special collection

A bottle of whisky is always a classic gift, but there’s no reason it should be boring. Surprise your Secret Santa with a limited edition bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Philippine Crafts: Our Cities. With three distinctly Filipino designs to choose from—the Manila Jeepney, the Cebu Guitar, and the Davao Pearl—anyone would definitely appreciate having these added to their collections.

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APOPHIS PUMPS FROM SALA CHAUSSURES

Sala Chaussure's Apophis pumps in black (Photo: Facebook)

Sala Chaussure’s Apophis pumps in black (Photo: Facebook)

Personally, it’s hard to choose just one kind of footwear from this decadent shoe brand because there’s something for every girl. If we really had to recommend one thing though, it would be the Apophis pumps in black. It’s the classic black pump with a gorgeous twist—dragon wings. Perfect for the Khaleesis in your life.

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DR. MARTENS DM’S LITE

DM's Lite in Newton Cherry Red

DM’s Lite in Newton Cherry Red

Why yes, men can be into shoes too. For your guy friend (or “guy friend”), a great addition to his growing footwear collection would be the  DM’s Lite, the newest shoe from Dr. Martens. Featuring the brand’s signature style but in a new ultra-lightweight Phylon midsole, it’s both durable and even more comfortable. Go timeless with the black pair, or be a little more edgy with the Newton cherry red one.

General | 2F, Ayala Center Cebu | Facebook

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PET STUFF FROM PESO STORE

Give your furry pal a debonair look with these cute bowties from Peso Store

Give your furry pal a debonair look with these cute bowties from Peso Store

With items at Php 88, it’s easy to buy a lot of stuff that any pet lover and their furry BFFs would certainly appreciate. Take your pick from colorful collars to cute food bowls, and fun harnesses to amusing chew toys. There’s also quite a selection of doggy t-shirts that Fido can wear for Christmas.

Streetscape | Cebu I.T. Park | The Outlets at Pueblo Verde | The Persimmon Plus | 4J Bldg., Mango Avenue | E-Park Talamban | Facebook

 

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CEBU KALEIDO: A Night of Fashion and Celebration at Crimson Mactan Resort and Spa

Miranda Konstatinidou’s beautiful beach wear and jewellery worn by her guests at an intimate beach party at Crimson Resort in Mactan. Konplott is Miranda’s luxury fashion accessory brand sold in Europe, worn by fashion icons and celebrities (no, it’s not sold locally) while her exclusive beach wear in silk are fabric designed by her, are also sold in high end resorts around the world. Meanwhile, Crimson Resort in Mactan will officially close temporarily for a makeover as most of their beachfront villas were damaged heavily by last December.s super typhoon Odette. Here’s to a great reopening of Crimson in a few months. (photography by Steffen Billhardt)

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Largest Skechers Store in the Philippines 
Opens at Ayala Center Cebu

Skechers, The Comfort Technology Company™, is continuing its expansion in the Philippines with the opening of its largest store in the country at Ayala Center Cebu.

Following the recent opening of five (5) locations in Metro Manila and one (1) in North Luzon, the new Skechers store in the queen city of the south, Cebu City, is in the heart of the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, and sets the global lifestyle brand up to deliver stylish and innovative footwear and apparel to more Filipinos in the Visayas.

 

“We are delighted to continue our expansion in the country with the opening of our largest store in the Philippines here at Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu City,” shared Skechers Philippines country manager Sue Pasustento. “With its prime location and an extensive offering of Skechers footwear, apparel and accessories, this store will be a showpiece for the brand and allow more Cebuanos to directly experience the comfort, style and innovation that defines Skechers around the world.”

Located on the 1st Floor of Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu City, the latest Skechers store in the Philippines features a mid-century modern style inspired design, opening the interior space to bring in the outdoors. The 3,400-square-foot store will offer a wide range of Skechers footwear, apparel and accessories including fashion product, lifestyle looks and Skechers Performance shoes for sport enthusiasts, including Skechers GO WALK, one of the brand’s best-selling categories.

Skechers’ offering is enhanced with the company’s signature comfort innovations—including its patented Skechers Arch Fit Technology™, Skechers Max Cushioning Technology™, Skechers Hyper Burst Technology™, Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam®, Skechers Relaxed Fit Technology™ and Skechers Stretch Fit Technology™.

Skechers’ wide selection of versatile and functional apparel, which include hoodies, jackets, sportswear and shirts, as well as socks, backpacks and hats, allows consumers to dress head-to-toe in active lifestyle looks. 

Established in 1992, Skechers’ reputation for style, innovation, quality, and comfort have helped the brand expand worldwide. In 2021, the company transitioned its operations in the Philippines, becoming a directly owned operations and expanding its capital investment in the country. Skechers now has five stores in Metro Manila and seven total retail destinations across the Philippines.

 

About Skechers USA Philippines, Inc. and Skechers USA, Inc.

Skechers USA Philippines, Inc. is operated by Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), The Comfort Technology Company based in Southern California. Skechers designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company’s collections are available in over 180 countries and territories through department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through digital stores and 4,308 Company- and third-party-owned physical retail stores. The Company manages its international business through a network of wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint venture partners, and distributors. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Citizens of the World: CAMPAIGN 2KRAINE

Asmara Urban Resort and Lifestyle Village

Citizens of the World: CAMPAIGN 2KRAINE

By Eva Gullas

“We are all citizens of the world. What’s good for you, must be good for all. If you are lost, share a plate with a stranger… you will find who you are.”

-Jose Andres, renowned Spanish Chef and founder of World Central Kitchen

 

Chef José Andrés

Where there are humanitarian disasters, you will find the volunteers of World Central Kitchen.  In their midst will be local chefs, most of them inspired by its iconic founder, celebrity chef José Andrés. Founded in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in  2010, World Central Kitchen established its “chef network,” of global professional chefs. The vision was for a kind of “chefs without borders” program where volunteers would enact positive change by cooking using local knowledge and resources. Last year, they even came to the island of Siargao in response to an Instagram plea for help after typhoon Odette almost levelled this idyllic paradise. WCK sponsored 2 community kitchens for 2 months serving 250 to 500 meals per day in Siargao.

WCK at Siargao with volunteers, December 2021. (Photo courtesy of Ai-Ai Garcia)

Chef José Andrés was born in Spain where he honed his culinary skills at the eponymous El Bulli under Ferran Adria. By the time he moved to the US in 1991, he was well on his way to being part of the celebrity chefs, with his Bazaar restaurant at the then SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills a favorite hang-out for Hollywood stars. Michelin stars and James Beard awards followed closely. These days though, Jose Andres spends his time in kitchens all over the world while his top rated chain of restaurants in the US continue to thrive. There’s a Bazaar restaurant at Las Vegas and Miami, and if you happen to be in the area, check out their amazing servings – it’s worth the splurge especially since it is owned by this great humanitarian!

The Bazaar Restaurant in Miami

With the Ukraine invasion delivered to us in sharp details tru social media and TV, it’s hard to ignore. And so, it was a natural conversation to be able to do something about it even in a small way. On a full-moon evening a few days ago, joining us at a beachside home for dinner was Matthew Wood, the German singer guest of Miranda Konstantiniduo who is here for a few days to shoot his latest music video. Sated with a good meal by the sea, we idly discussed a fund raising event with Matthew. We have been so engrossed with local politics and a looming election in just 2 months, that it was refreshing to talk about something bigger than our small world. Butch Carungay, seated in front of me, took the idea to heart and by the following day, he had the graphics for the event, and a ready rolodex of possible donors for the silent auction. Getting on board the following night was Carlo Cordaro, who happily lent us the second level of Asmara Resort. To complement Matthew, Cebuana singer Doods Osmena also will belt out a few songs. An impressive list of items for the silent auction is being compiled by Butch, composed of overnight stays at top resorts, artworks and furniture pieces from named artists.  We will post a list on the day of event. 

German singer Matthew Wood

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Ribbon designed by Butch Carungay for guests at the fund raising event

It is sponsored by Zee Publications Inc., in our first foray after having been dormant during the pandemic and typhoon Odette. Zee will soon be launching a new artsy printed magazine called Eatz Cebu! 

This Friday, March 25, at 6pm, we open the doors of Asmara Urban Resort (see map) for this fundraising where we hope you can join us by donating a minimum of $50 to the World Central Kitchen directly at https://wck.org/donate. It will be an evening of fun and fundraising, and entry is tru an email or digital receipt of your donation. 

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On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. By February 25, 2022, Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen (WCK) was on the ground serving free wholesome meals to those fleeing the violence. Chef Andrés and his volunteers have already served more than one million meals to Ukrainian refugees, from basements, train stations, and shelters. Still, cooking and distributing food in a war zone comes with unique challenges. “We began operations…over two weeks ago inside Lviv,” says Andrés. “The last two days we saw some missiles falling down. So, the western side of Ukraine, that actually was a safe haven for many Ukrainians leaving war, is already kind of feeling like the war is getting closer.” For Andrés, it’s a humanitarian necessity and a call he answers. “The least we can do at World Central Kitchen is be next to them – making sure they will be fed every day.”

SOURCE: MSNBC

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