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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/

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fostering a renaissance

Posted in artifacts, culture, events, lifestyle, locales, people, tradition with tags , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2009 by mijodo

dance and romance at the ccp main lobby, kalilayan folkloric group fo catanauan, quezon

Many may not be aware but it should be highly noted that the Cultural Center of the Philippines has reached its 40th year in housing, promoting and nurturing Filipino artistic excellence. And last Sunday CCP has started its yearlong celebration with an open house festival, titled “Pasinaya”.

In this rare occasion, all theater doors were opened to the public which was asked to give some token donation in order to get a glimpse of what CCP has offered and fostered through the years.  Dance guilds from around the Philippines and  resident companies performed with gusto to an appreciative audience whether at the main theater or at its main lobby. From the young students of the Philippines High School of the Arts (https://letsgopinas.wordpress.com/2008/08/28/into-the-woods-of-raptors-and-raptures/)  to the venerable Ramon Obusan troupe, dance artists graced the occasion and donned colorful Filipino and ASEAN costumes. Needless to say, CCP’s very own Philippine Ballet Theater performed – an excerpt from “Darangan ni Bantugen”  based on an Philippine epic poem.  The variety of dances was just a small part of what the people got to see. There was so much more from that particular day – music, film, theater and visual arts.

One interesting point to this experience is the enthusiasm of the audience, most particularly the students who most likely had been obliged to go by their teachers. Students, whether from public or private schools, were all agog and so much impressed of CCP’s offerings. This is  a welcome reaction for those wanting to seek new audience, specifically a young audience. CCP proves to be an alternative to the malls on a Sunday afternoon.

With all the moves from the great dancers inside the CCP grounds on that particular day then it can be certainly said that art is alive and kicking.

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/

scouts’ honor

Posted in architecture, artifacts, events, food, lifestyle, locales, people with tags , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by mijodo

 

sprucing up the scout rotunda 

(Another article from http://brownheritage.com/)

There is this swath of an area at Quezon City that is almost bounded by the main arteries of Timog and Epifanio De Los Santos Avenues. This is where the gentrified homes of the 60s and the 70s have been slowly but surely swallowed up by the bursting commercialism and the exuberance of night time entertainment these days.

 

Before the 90s, this area had this genteel quality that signified sterile upper middleclass family living.  Homes then were considered palatial to today’s standards with large manicured gardens lined up upon streets after streets.  Peculiarly the streets have the last names of certain Philippine Boy Scouts hence the name Scout Area. However the area’s original name was Project One, particularly before the early 1960s.

 

During that time, Max’s at Scout Tuazon was the ultimate family dining experience, as everyone got honest to goodness spring size fried chicken with bread roll on the side. Of course, if one wants to go classy, then there was Alfredo’s Steak House owned by the Araneta Family at Morato Avenue corner  and Scout De Guia Avenue to partake some juicy t-bone steak.

 

And during the middle 80s there was a section of  the Scout Area along Morato Avenue where ”tiangges” (flea markets) sold garage sale wares (movie posters, movies in betamax format), hard to find food favorites (espasol, lechon baka), and ready to wear branded export items.(original or not).

 

Although the Scout Area is a relatively joyous neighborhood, many still may not know, that its streets are named after young Boy Scouts who had come from prominent families and perished while en route to a supposed momentous occasion. In 1963, among the many youths who had been screened, twenty were chosen to participate in the 11th  World Jamboree which was held in Greece. They were given a send-off ceremony at the then Manila International Airport. The scouts together with their Doctor and Scout Master, Dr. Lazcano wore their uniform but were in salakot (native hat) as they boarded the KLM plane. However on July 28th, after they had transferred plane, all 24 members of the Philippine Boy Scout contingent plunged into the waters of Bombay, India on board United Arab Airlines.

 

As the fatalities involved young men, the news shocked every Filipino. To the scouts’ respective families, it was an assault to the budding aspirations and dreams of the lost loved ones. Masses and necrological services were offered for their untimely demise. In their honor, eventually, a mausoleum was erected at North Cemetry. And in time, streets were named after each member of the contingent. And finally, a fitting monument was put in place at the rotunda of Timog and Morato Avenues.

 

Today, commercial establishments have sprouted at the area sometimes even encroaching streets that are purposedly for residential use. Exclusive cafes, bars and restaurants dot the area and close even at past midnight. New forms of relaxation and entertainment have emerged significantly in the spot such as karaoke joints, comedy bars and spas.  At least two television and radio networks have chosen this vicinity to create empires of stars and celebrities.

 

Although it can still be debated whether the changes through the years have given honor and respect to the 24 scouts whose lives were cut short, still through the years, the Scout Area has been a prime and important section of Quezon City for its cityfolks.

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/

watermark

Posted in architecture, artifacts, locales with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2008 by mijodo

the Cariedo fountain across the Sta Cruz Church

All these years, I thought the fountain across the Sta. Cruz Church has been there permanently. I remember that everytime I passby the area, there has been a rotunda with a fountain on it. Then I found out that the waterfountain was originally from Sampaloc Manila and it was transferred there only in the recent years.

Apparently, during the 18th Century, Spanish Engineer, Don Francisco Carriedo y Peredo, as part of his charitable work, provided the seed fund of Ten Thousand Pesos, a princely sum, for the waterwork system in Manila. It used to be that rivers were the only source for water consumption whether as potable drinking water or for other sanitary use.

But it was only in late 19th Century, almost a hundred years after Carriedo had initially produced the money, that water was available through a waterwork system. And in honor of the the Philantropist Carriedo, a water fountain was inaugurated in 1882, in Sampaloc, Manila, the distribution point of Manila’s first waterwork engineering.  Then in the 20th Century, the Carriedo Fountain was transferred to the Main Office of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) in Balara, Quezon City. It is said that MWSS has the oldest waterworks system in Asia, thanks to Don Carriedo.

It was only during the first mayoral term of Alfredo Lim that the fountain got transferred to its present location in Sta. Cruz, Manila. But of course, MWSS wanted to have a memory of the signficant fountain by creating a replica of it thus National artist Napoleon Abueva was tasked to create another. And to be truthful, every time I pass by the area of MWSS compound, I have been coveting to feature the gracefully and classically carved fountain, except that the idea of its security interrogating me on why I would like to even take pictures of its fountain, prevents me to even consider going there. But now realizing the history of the water system, the need to go there maybe is not as much. There is Sta Cruz, Manila afterall.