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wedding of the year

Posted in architecture, artifacts, events, fashion, history, lifestyle, locales, people, religion, sports, tradition, travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2009 by mijodo

sta monica church of sarrat 

The story could have come from a tv soap opera in epic proportion.

A story of strong political couple, willfully ruling a place for some decades, with a vision of creating a perfect  familial image.

In the early 1980s, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos might have  tried mightily to control the minds of the Filipinos from their Malacanang Palace, but surely enough, they were not able to restrain the heart of their first daughter, Imee.

Apparently, Imee, who was already making her own political mark, as National Chairperson of the Kabataang Barangay, fell in love with a married sportsman, Tommy Manotoc. Obviously, during that time when there were no cellphones, no text messaging, no emails, and even no freedom of the press, such salacious, portently scandalous story would have to be spread through hushed tones, and word of mouth.

And the story took a wilder, more frighteningly turn.  Tommy Manotoc was kidnapped. The alternative press such as We Forum, the precursor of Malaya Newspaper, had a heyday reporting the story, albeit there was a strong possibility of the paper being clamped down by Malacanang. Then all of a sudden Tommy Manotoc just came out of nowhere, reportedly from the New People’s Army camp in the mountains of Sierra Madre. But of course, the popular conclusion about this sordid tale was that Imelda masterminded the abduction.

Some years later, during in first few months of 1983, the youngest daughter, Irene would marry Greggy of the pedigreed and landed Araneta clan. Although Imee could maintain relationship with Tommy, and even start family of their own, they were not able to get the grand nuptials that the Marcoses wanted for them. Tommy who was able to get a divorce from beauty queen Aurora Pijuan could not merit another marriage as the Catholic Church would not allow such. Thus this time around, the Marcoses saw to it that a fabulous wedding would have to be prepared for Irene and Greggy.

Ryan Cayabyab, Irene’s personal friend and musical mentor from University of the Philippines, involved himself in composing a whole wedding cantata.  European designer Renato Balestra was tasked to do the Italian silk and Philippine pina cloth wedding gown.  The exclusive, and red bricked Fort Ilocandia Hotel in Laoag was rushed to beat the nuptial date deadline, as it was where many of the invited foreign dignitaries, esteemed government officials and chic members of the society would stay before, during and after the wedding. It was also the venue for the reception.

And of course, Irene and Greggy chose the heritage church of  the sleepy town of Sarrat, where the Edralin side (mother) of Ferdinand Marcos came from, and where the ancestral house still stands. The Baroque and Neo Classical Sta. Monica Church had to be cleaned up, spruced and refurbished for the wedding.  Hundreds were deployed to paint the walls of the edifice, and install large airconditioning  machines in the cavernous church building. And beside the church,  a huge tent was put up for the town’s local officials and people who might  not have the necessary credentials and status to get inside the official reception area, and yet should partake in the lavish food prepared.

True enough, it was the grand social event of that year for the Philippines as  the Marcoses, particularly Imelda would have envisioned. The local press put the event as the banner story, and paralleled it with the Diana and Charles’s royal wedding, a year before.

Some months later in  August, 1983, a strong earthquake shook the church. And some days later, again in August, Ninoy Aquino arrived and shook the Marcoses. And the seeming  telenovela story continued.

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shirts by urbanities: comfy cool

Posted in fashion, lifestyle, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by mijodo

Urbanities shirts - comfort and cool

After much interest and inquiries on the cotton shirt feature (https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/the-great-classic-cotton-shirt/), Urbanities brings out its own line of shirts which have been popular and much requested too. The look is decidedly faded and worn in because the shirts have undergone a special dyeing process to develop this vintage appeal. The set of Urban-Tees gives out a cool and relax feeling to the wearer. And because of the procedure, the shirts have acquired a much more breathable and cottony feel such that many have used the shirts to the gym or for sports. The loose comfort fit and almost uneven hemming exude the “take it easy” attitude which is best worn in beaches and in the summer heat. The shirts are perfect for the slacker, the chiller, and the dreamer in all of us.

Those interested may want to text or call 0917-8339894.

Available in men’s and ladies’ sizes.

For prices and other Urbanities Products check https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

laptop bags by urbanities: buckle up

Posted in fashion, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2009 by mijodo

 
 

 

buckle up the bag

After much interest on the Advincula (https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/bags-by-urbanities-slithering-in-white/), Urbanities presents the Borromeo tote bag in supple black leatherette and bronze colored strap which could be adjusted according to your comfort. With the antique finished buckle, the Borromeo compliments you as the strong individual ready for fun and the outdoors.

Again the insides have cushioned compartment which provides secure treatment and protection of your techie gadgets such as 14.1 inch laptop, macbook, upmc or ipods. Of course, there is a pocket just for your much needed cellphone. Again, the lining* is in this surprising and wondrous colors for the funky person like you who also happens to appreciate such design for easier access to your thingeemajigs.

For more inquiries call 4180776 or 09178339894.

For prices and  other Urbanities Lifestyle products: https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

*pattern and color of lining can change from what is seen on the picture.

laptop bags by urbanities: slithering in white

Posted in fashion, lifestyle, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by mijodo

something snaky

Sexy. Strappy. Snaky.

One’s laptop bag need not be in basic black. For the more fashion intuitive, there is white to conquer. 

Urbanities presents the Advincula bag which combines lambskin and snakeskin in pure white as its exterior finish. But there is more to the new set of Urbanities Bags – fanciful and colorful lining* to make the bag more exciting and and to make possessions easier to manage. The Advincula Bag has a special compartment that can accommodate 14.1 inch laptops and 13 inch macbooks. Of course, the slimmer and smaller UPMC laptops could fit comfortably in such bag.

With its long straps, carrying the laptop case makes it easier. In fact, one gets the confidence while having the Advincula.

For inquiries, please call 0917-8339894 or4180776.

*pattern and color of lining available bags can differ from the picture.

For prices and other Urbanities Products –

https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

bags by urbanities: an odyssey in black

Posted in fashion, lifestyle, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , on December 16, 2008 by mijodo

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Despite what fashion naysayers say, black has never been out.

Thus Urbanities presents the Villadolid Bag Collection in classic black leatherette and nylon materials. The collection boasts of geometric shape handbags in rectangle and trapezoid. To top it off, there is a bag large enough to carry a medium size pc laptop.

For inquiries you can call, 0917-8339894 or 4180776.

For more Urbanities Laptop bags, please check the Urbanities Lifestyle Store: https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

laptop bags by urbanities: corporate returns

Posted in fashion, lifestyle, urbanities lifestyle store with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by mijodo

 

urbanities laptop bags

It has been a while since my lifestyle and travel brand Urbanities has created and introduced new products for the more stylish set. And just before the year 2008 comes to a close, Urbanities produces laptop bags for the ladies who are independently chic and have that stubborn will to rise to the top. The Carlos  Laptop Bags are made of sturdy leatherette in mat weave finish – either in light magenta or teal blue shade.  Each bag, together with the laptop sleeves has ample padding cushion to secure your most protected mac or pc laptop. The Carlos bags have generous compartments for pda and cellphone gadgets, and other knickknacks which still define the glamorous woman in you. The Janelle Laptop Bag is available in two sizes – medium (for 12 – 14.1 inch laptop notebooks, or 13 inch macbook) and large (for 14.1 -15 inch laptop notebooks, or 15 inch macbook). Well, if you are interested then you may want to call beforehand at 4180776 or 0917-8339894 for the availability of such bags afterall production is kinda limited at the moment.

For prices and more Urbanities Laptop bags, please check the Urbanities Lifestyle Store: https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/urbanities-the-lifestyle-store/

the great classic cotton shirt

Posted in artifacts, fashion, lifestyle with tags , , , on September 9, 2008 by mijodo

There is nothing like wearing the classic cotton shirt. Whether it is v-neck, round neck, or with collar, whether it is tapered or loose, whether it is in pure white or black or the more fanciful colored one – no other shirt gives you that relaxed and ready to go (even possibly, ready to sleep!) comfort wear.

The classic cotton shirt is almost available everywhere, and yet the shirt does not go out of style. It may evolve a little bit, but still the simple cotton tee will never be yesterday’s fashion. Go to the mall to purchase one or go to your brother’s closet to borrow one. If it fits then it works.  And if one needs to get shirts at wholesale prices whether as a business venture or for other needs, then check out the reliable Culex Enterprises (telephone number # 2448366) and look for Raquel.

Whether one is in camisa de chino, in sando, or even in sweatshirt, the cotton fiber gives out that breathable, non-sticky, lightweight feeling. Be chic. Be cool. Be in cotton.