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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. 😉



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



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



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



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



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



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.

Available in leading supermarkets | Facebook



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.




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



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



A Feast for the Senses

Crimson Chefs - Masahiro Kinoshita, Naoki Eguchi, Daniel Johnston, Javier Garcia, Allan Barios, Andrew Simpson
By Joanna Cuenco 

June 8 – Mactan, Cebu | For one of its biggest dining events of the year as part of the highly anticipated Cebu Food and Wine Festival, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan curated an epicurean journey that brought guests on gastronomic flights of fancy, fine cuisine. A Feast for the Senses showcased the creativity and excellence of the resort’s culinary team through a dine-around event at its four dining destinations that invited guests to sample the best that each restaurant had to offer: international cuisine at Saffron, Spanish at Enye by Chele Gonzalez, Japanese at Aka by Naoki Eguchi, and desserts and more drinks at Azure Beach Club.

Maria Paz Perdices, Ambra Anzani, Ema Onda,Kate Anzani, Kumiko Onda, Daisy Barns

Tamsin Booth, Didier Belmonte, Frances Siao, Celeste Miranda, Bert Miranda, Bob Booth

Spirits were high and beverages flowed freely the whole evening, thanks to Philippine Wine Merchant, A Wine Company, The Wine Club, Don Revy, Sommelier Selection, Engkanto Brewery, M. Lhuillier Food Product Inc., Future Trade International, Happy Living Philippines, Equilibrium Intertrade Corporation, and Bauhinia Brewery.

Allan Barios at Saffron dessert station

Ulysse Jouanneaud

Margarette Lhuiller and Perl Jacalan

For the after-party and entertainment at Azure Beach Club, renowned mixologist Ulysse Jouanneaud took over the bar, crafting cocktails with Bacardi, Don Papa, Cointreau, and Sula Brands. Chef Allan Barrios presented a dessert spread that included key lime pralines, vanilla bourbon truffles, honey coconut cryos, and tiny flower-potted bamboo shoots that turned out to be made of pistachio. These little works of art were planted alongside vibrant green foliage, smooth stones, and a faux fog effect that created a tropical rainforest diorama out of the dessert table.

Lechon belly station at Saffron

Dessert display at Azure Beach Club

Yellowfin tuna tataki

Grilled mackerel with laksa boullabaise

The night sky and the distant lights of neighboring islands were the perfect backdrop for a high-energy LED dance performance and fantastic fireworks display that left guests in awe and applause. 

Rose Hudson

Chele Gonzalez

Brava potato with chorizo at Enye

LED and Tron Dance

Aka Private Room

The Cebu Food and Wine Festival is supported by the Department of Tourism – Philippines, Visit Central Visayas, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu Business Month, and Cebu Pacific Air. 

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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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Flying Tiger Copenhagen Lands in Cebu

By Joanna Cuenco

June 13 – Cebu City | Danish lifestyle brand Flying Tiger Copenhagen has landed in Cebu, opening its first branch in the Philippines outside Metro Manila at the upper ground floor of SM Seaside City.  

Since its first store in Copenhagen in 1995, Flying Tiger has aimed to share products that not only look good, but make people feel good too. There’s something for everyone aged one to 100: toys, art materials, homeware, party supplies, workout gear, travel essentials, fashion accessories, and more. There will be fresh drops at the store every three to four weeks, so there’s always something exciting to look forward to and share with family and friends. 

Product designs range from minimalist and “aesthetic” to cute and kitschy. Find lifestyle essentials like food storage and home organizers, tea towels and toothbrush holders, to some awesome things you didn’t know you needed, like a handheld sewing machine and a beach chair for your phone. 

Even though the 200+ square meter space is fully stocked with hundreds of items, the store layout and neat display make it such a joy to look at all of the things and make the shopping experience easy and enjoyable. Flying Tiger believes a richer life does not cost a fortune, so items start at only P30, or even lower with some special promos.

The store opened with a traditional Danish cake-cutting ceremony with Jet Tan, Flying Tiger Copenhagen Store Operations Manager of APAC Region; Gladhys Rodriguez, Merchandising Manager of Flying Tiger Copenhagen Philippines; Billi Jin Esguerra-Perez, Marketing Manager of Flying Tiger Copenhagen Philippines; and JB Tan, Mall Manager of SM Seaside City Cebu. 

Zandra Len Salvador and Drew Sarmiento

Sarree Pimentel with Lian

Rizanne Tiongko, Joanna Cuenco and Anya Morrissey

Jen and Jas Sarmiento, Rere Dakay, Kirby Yu with Kayden

Jaja Chiongbian Rama with Sebi and Georgiana

Eleni Paray, Hazel Tirol and Mitchelle Lua

Flying Tiger is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Stores Specialists, Inc., the country’s largest specialty retailer that handles a network of 593 stores and 94 brands, including some of the  most recognized names in the world.

Facebook: @FlyingTigerCopenhagenPH

Instagram: @flyingtigerph

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