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This writer is a beauty, celebrity and fashion columnist for BusinessMirror, and did fashion editorials and celebrity profiles for D+, its monthly supplement. As much as possible the column, called Tota Pulchra, only deals with the good, the great and the glamorous.
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‘In effect, but undeclared’

CHINA has been imposing air, and even maritime, travel restrictions against other countries, especially the weaker ones that include the Philippines, in the South China Sea (SCS) for years, but has not officially declared its enforcement of its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), perhaps for the sake of...

Key destinations in Palawan lose over P3 billion in tourism receipts

THE era of mass tourism is over. As far as Gov. Jose Ch. Alvarez is concerned, tourists for Palawan will be “selective, targeted, prioritized.” Last year, he said, the entire province recorded some 150 million in tourist arrivals. In a news briefing live from El...

Black businesses see increased sales amid racial reckoning

By Philip Marcelo | The Associated Press BOSTON—When Mahdi Hashemian was looking for a bicycle for his seven-year-old daughter Zeynab last week, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident decided to skip his local cycle shops in favor of a Black-owned one a few miles away in Boston’s...

U.S. unemployment falls to 11% but new shutdowns are under way

WASHINGTON—US unemployment fell to 11.1 percent in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday. But the job-market recovery may already be faltering because of a new round of closings and layoffs triggered by a resurgence of the coronavirus.

‘Pride is a protest’

‘PRIDE is not a sin,” Darren Stehle wrote in July 2019 in Medium, referring to Pride celebrations by the LGBT community every month of June. “It is not a deadly sin. Pride has many meanings to...

Pivot or pause: How Pinoy global designers are responding to the pandemic

OUR local fashion designers have adapted as well as they could during this pandemic. But what of their creative counterparts overseas? Some, like the ones in the US and UK, not only have to deal with...

‘Wonder Gals’

It’s supposed to be pageant season. But Covid-19 derailed all of our plans. Not to fret, pop culture still satiated some of our cravings for things glamorous that pageantry brings. Miss Themyscira via...

The ‘Shelter Fund’ for photographers

THE lockdown has also hit our freelance professional photographers the hardest. There are no weddings, no fashion shows, no editorial shoots, no portrait sittings, no commercial layouts. Perhaps the only ones busy...

A virtual Flores de Mayo 2020

AFTER its spectacular 40th anniversary in 2019, it will be a rather sedate observance this year of the Flores de Mayo. Spearheaded by the Congregacion del Nombre de Jesus, the festival was held in recent years...

Fashion Revolution: No one should die for fashion

ON April 24, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Rana Plaza collapsed. The worst-ever industrial incident to hit the garment industry killed 1,138 people and injured about 2,500. The eight-story factory manufactured clothes...

Saving lives, serving glamour

THE coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is ravaging the fashion industry in terms of lives and revenue. The loss of beloved international designer Ito Curata, 60, who famously dressed up sex goddess Sharon...

TernoCon 2020: Revitalizing the Terno

AFTER the Taal Volcano eruption but before the Covid-19 quarantine, there was TernoCon. Like the first edition in 2018, the “terno-making convention and competition for emerging Filipino designers and a showcase of...
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‘In effect, but undeclared’

CHINA has been imposing air, and even maritime, travel restrictions against other countries, especially the weaker ones that include the Philippines, in the South China Sea (SCS) for years, but has not officially declared its enforcement of its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), perhaps for the sake of...

Key destinations in Palawan lose over P3 billion in tourism receipts

THE era of mass tourism is over. As far as Gov. Jose Ch. Alvarez is concerned, tourists for Palawan will be “selective, targeted, prioritized.” Last year, he said, the entire province recorded some 150 million in tourist arrivals. In a news briefing live from El...

Black businesses see increased sales amid racial reckoning

By Philip Marcelo | The Associated Press BOSTON—When Mahdi Hashemian was looking for a bicycle for his seven-year-old daughter Zeynab last week, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident decided to skip his local cycle shops in favor of a Black-owned one a few miles away in Boston’s...
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