Sunday, October 30, 2011

Catherine Cavilte + Ipanema: A Style Collaboration To Watch Out For !!!

Most artists have a difficulty in getting their craft recognized mainly for one reason – not all people appreciate their art.

But for fashion designer Catherine Cavilte, getting people to welcome her style aesthetics was never an issue.

In 2007, she was hailed as one of the "12 Young Designers to Watch Out For" by a leading fashion bible for Filipino stylistas.  To date, several of her remarkable collections have graced runways at the Philippine Fashion Week and have been worn by top celebrities in the country.
Ipanema Apliques II

This year, she is the youngest designer to be chosen to collaborate with Brazilian flip-flop brand Ipanema for the Resort Wear Spring Summer Collection 2012.  Cavilte created looks inspired by two Ipanema flip-flops.

Ipanema Classica Envolvente

Ipanema assigned the Ipanema Appliqués Ad II, a flip-flop pair with a romantic and delicate design that in infused with animal and heart-shaped prints; and the Ipanema Classica Evolvente, a colorful pair of flip-flops that features psychedelic floral patterns and metal logos on the straps. 
Ipanema Apliques II

She said her designs for Ipanema's Resort Wear Collections complement spring/summer elegance that features earthy tones and animal prints mounted on plain silk satins.  She said the Ipanema Appliqués Ad II and Ipanema Classica Envolvente can be easily paired with her flowy dresses that ladies can wear casually on the beach or at dinner parties.
Ipanema Apliques II

"All my designs are practically in between wearable and couture.  This collection differs with the prints and materials I normally use," Cavilte said.

A firm flip-flop believer, this young designer said these fun and comfortable footwear have moved from being house slippers to fashion staples.

To check out the list of stores carrying the Ipanema Spring-Summer Collection ’12, you may visit their website at or like them on Facebook at

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Treats from Working Mom Magazine!!

Getting ready for the Trick or Treat? Complete your Halloween costume! Have your free face painting for your kids this Halloween!

All you have to do is purchase the November issue of Working Mom Magazine on the 30th at the Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street! And have your face painting done before going around Bonifacio High Street for some trick-or-treat at 3pm!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Your Life in PictureBooks"

PictureBooks is a company that believes that precious photos of your life’s milestones deserve to be in a picture-perfect photo book — a keepsake made with love and care by people who are passionate about making books. As you hold and leaf through your finely-crafted PictureBook, you’ll relive those beautiful memories clearly, vividly and with fondness. Indeed, there’s no greater feeling than seeing your life in PictureBooks.

PictureBooks is part of CentralBooks. With over 70 years in the Philippine book publishing and printing industry. It is considered the largest digital book printer in the country and is a pioneer in Print on Demand and Electronic Publishing services. PictureBooks is the leading coffee table style photo book service in the Philippines. With over 5 years experience in the photo book market, PictureBooks delivers the best quality at the best price. Using the latest state of the art in software and printing equipment, Picturebooks delivers Premium World Class Quality at Local Prices. PictureBooks has 7 retail outlets and is open for franchising and dealerships nationwide. 
For more information please visit CentralBooks at and PictureBooks at

At PictureBooks, they make books that last. 
They have been in the book publishing and printing business for over 70 years. We bring all our bookmaking experience into every book that we make. Each photo book we craft uses the same  state of the art printing and binding equipment used by the best book printers and publishers around the world. They don't take short cuts by using color copiers and smaller quick binding equipment to make your book. 

The State of the Art in Fine Bookmaking.
They are the only local photo book company that uses the latest HP Indigo 5500 Digital Press that can print up to 7 colors. This press is considered the gold standard in printing photo books around the world. 

Their binding uses the latest technology from Italy. It's called PUR and it means that your books are more durable and the pages open up much flatter than the usual perfect bound book. We incorporate this technology to every photo book we make. 


Premium World-Class Quality at Local Prices.  
Why pay more to have your photo books printed abroad and have to pay for heavy shipping fees?
Compare the quality and the value only PictureBooks can offer, we are powered by CentralBooks, the country's biggest digital book printer, and due to scale, we have the best quality at the best price, even compared to printers abroad. 

Getting More for Less.
With their new product line-up you get 50% more pages. They're now including 30 pages with every book. Our extra pages have come down to about 50% less in most sizes. Free Shipping within the Philippines is included in every photo book. 

The Proof is in the Pricing.
Show the Price List. Our PictureBooks Prices range from P495 to P2,795 with free local shipping included. We believe we have the best prices for the premium quality we deliver. 


They've got all the bases covered.
Whether you want to order online or take it to one of our retail outlets we make it as simple as possible. 

They start with our Free Software, PictureBooks Publisher. The latest version of our software is fast whether you're using Mac or Windows. Adding your photos and text and creating your layouts is fun and easy. When you're done you can choose whether to send it to us online, pay online or offline and we ship your book to you within 7 working days. Shipping is free within the Philippines. Or you can take the file with you to any of our retail outlets where you will be guided by one of our staff in completing your order. 

You know where to find PictureBooks. 

PictureBooks is one of the only photo book companies that has an online and retail presence in the market. They believe this is very important. Not happy with the printed colors or the binding? Take it to our stores and we'll fix it. They stand behind our quality and service at all times and we don't just hide behind a web site or a phone number. 

From 1 to 1000 copies? No problem.

Every photo book you order is a copy of one. But should you ever want more copies of the same book, whether its 5 copies, 50 copies or even 1000 copies, look no further. We are book printers, we are used to printing medium and large quantities of books, its what we do. 

Do you want to print 100 books for a big family reunion? Do you want to print a school yearbook for a class of 50 or 100? Do you want to self-publish your photography book or your recipe book? No Problem. We are experts in self-publishing. Our parent company, CentralBooks, is considered the leading self-publish service provider in the country with over 500 self-publish titles in the past 8 years.

That's another reason why they call their  free software PictureBooks Publisher, should you want to print more or self-publish your work, they have the solution. 


What's a great product without partners to make sure its available everywhere? 

They have partner programs for Dealers/Franchisees, Pro Photographers, Bloggers and even Corporate tie-ups . Get in touch with us and find out how to partner up with the best photo book service in the country today. 

PictureBooks was part of the prestigious Franchise Asia Fair held at the SMX last September. We will also be partnering up with the biggest name in photo developing outlets. Expect to see PictureBooks dealers in many strategic locations around the country. 

They are open to doing corporate co-branding to support marketing promotions of other products. 
They have a blogger affiliate network, if you are a blogger get in touch with us.
They will be having partnership promos with Online voucher sites. Watch out for the best deals ever!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Early Christmas present from The Body Shop!!!

Getting ready for your Christmas list, now is the perfect time to shop for Christmas gifts for your loved ones with The Body Shop's Pre-Holiday Sale!

Visit The Body Shop stores nationwide until November 10 and score a unique find with discounts up to 70% off!

Every store offers various products on sale perfect for your family and friends so don't just visit one.

Love Your Body members enjoy a 5% rebate for every Php100 purchase and become a Love Your Body member instantly with a minimum purchase of Php1,500.

Get ready with that Christmas wish list and rush to the nearest The Body Shop store now!

Spoil Your Sole In Rio Carnival with Ipanema

What is your ultimate travel fantasy? Dance all night with samba music, parade with real samba schools, or join thousands of travel enthusiasts in celebrating the world’s biggest carnival in Brazil? You and your friend can have the chance to experience all these with just a pair of Ipanema as your ticket to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!
There’s no doubt that Brazil is more than its beautiful coastlines, lush tropical rainforests, and the giant statue of “Cristo Redentor" or Christ the Redeemer. The land that has won the hearts of many travel buffs as a popular choice for holiday getaways is actually the hometown of the world-famous Rio Carnival.
Annually held 40 days before Easter, Rio Carnival is a four-day celebration of dance, music, and culture where samba schools compete with each other and street festivals prompt both locals and tourists to dance the samba—a popular Brazilian dance with African influences.
The carnival officially opens with the crowning of the Fat King or King Momo. And when he starts to do the samba, everybody at the event dances with him to signal the beginning of the celebration. With all its spectacles and excess, Rio de Janeiro was hailed as the Carnival Capital of the World.

Make Your Travel Fantasy Happen with Ipanema

This year, as Brazil starts to prepare for Rio Carnival 2012, the fashionable Brazilian flip-flop brand Ipanema brings in the ‘Spoil Your Sole In Rio Carnival Raffle’ promo—the grand search for the lucky Filipino travel buff who will fly to Brazil with a friend to indulge in a week-long trip-of-a-lifetime and to join the huge celebration of Rio de Janeiro Carnival.

“The ‘Spoil Your Sole In Rio Carnival Raffle’ promo is the Ipanema way of giving back to slipper-lovers the support that they have given to the brand. And because Ipanema is all about spoiling your soles, we are giving them the travel experience they have long been dreaming of,” said Patxi Elizalde, Managing Director of Elro Corporation.

For seven days and six nights, the lucky winner and his chosen friend will be treated like VIPs as they enjoy a series of tours to the magnificent landscapes of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corocovado, and Petropolis. Carnival tickets will be provided for them to witness and participate in the celebration for two days. During the parade days, a roundtrip limousine service with an English-speaking tour guide will assist them. Lastly, a total of USD1,000.00 (USD500.00 per person) will be given as their pocket money.

Who Can Join? And How?

If you are a Filipino citizen or a flip-flops lover who has resided in the Philippinesfor at least a year now, Ipanema invites you to join the ‘Spoil Your Sole in Rio Carnival Raffle’ promo. Just grab your favorite pair of Ipanema slippers from any participating store nationwide to get a printed promo code to be given upon purchase of every pair. Like the Ipanema Philippines Facebook Fan Page <> to see the Spoil Your Sole in Rio Application. Click ‘Submit Entries’ and complete the information needed for your raffle entry.

Get more raffle entries by buying more Ipanema pairs for more chances of winning the Rio Carnival experience. Besides, Ipanema features a wide selection of stylish yet comfortable pairs to choose from.

Ladies can grab a chic pair from Gisele Bundchen Seeds Collection that highlights its forest-inspired prints on the soles complemented by a metal spiral emblem on the straps.

The Hot Sands Collection emphasizes reinvention in style with a nature-themed sole prints and complex yet sophisticated strap design. Simple yet classy, the Ipanema Anatomica Collection balances femininity, elegance, and comfort to match perfectly with both urban styles and beachwear.

On the other hand, the masculinity in the design of Ipanema Classics collection suits well to all style preferences of the urban men. The combination of colors, lines, and curves in its sole design allows men to transform their athletic style to beach casual look without the need to change their pairs of Ipanema.
So grab this travel experience you’ve always wanted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The raffle winner will be drawn on date January 3, 2012, 4pm. So be sure to get your comfortable pairs of Ipanema slippers before the promo ends on December 31, 2011.
For more updates on the promo, join our official Facebook Page at

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Much Awaited Primetime Bida "Budoy"

October 10, 2011 is the big day  for the Kapamilya  Primetime Bida for the premiere of this year's biggest family drama series on Philippine television "Budoy".

"Budoy" brings together a powerhouse cast composed of Budoy himself Gerald Anderson as he portray the boy suffering from a delay in mild retardation. Promising young stars Jessy Mendiola and Enrique Gil; legendary luminaries of Philippine movie industry including Dante Rivero, Gloria Sevilla and Barbara Perez; and seasoned actors namely Tirso Cruz III, Zsa -Zsa Padilla, Mylene Dizon, Christian Vasquez, and Janice de Belen who makes a comeback in the Kapamilya network.

From the direction of the two great directors Ruel  S. Bayani and Tots Sanchez-Mariscal, Budoy is set to highlight the value of education among the Filipino youth while stressing those individuals known to be mentally-challenged.

"Saan Darating ang Umaga"  OST of Budoy from Angeline Quinto.


Don't miss the newest Primetime Bida teleserye "Budoy", Weeknights on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to or follow on Twitter. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Campaign Inspires Historic Change!!!

The Body Shop and ECPAT present one of the largest petitions in the history of the United Nations calling for action to stop sex of trafficking of children and young people.

Embargoed until September 29th 2011, 1.00pm CET. Geneva, 29th September 2011. The Body Shop and ECPAT today presented a petition of over 7 million signatures from all over the world to the President of the Human Rights Council, H.E. Ms. Dupuy Lassere calling on governments across the world to take urgent action to stop the sex trafficking of children and young people.

The petition is part of The Body Shop and ECPAT’s ground-breaking campaign to urge governments to do more to protect the 1.2 million children and young people trafficked every year for sexual exploitation. This campaign has already inspired change on an unprecedented scale, leading to 14 countries across the world to commit to adopting new legislation in response to this petition. Countries where governments have already committed to action as a result of the Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People campaign include Malta, Denmark, Portugal, South Africa, Malaysia, Norway, Switzerland, Pakistan, Romania, Taiwan, Ireland, Indonesia, The Philippines and New Zealand.

Receiving the petition, President of the Human Rights Council, H.E. Ms. Dupuy Lassere said “This petition represents an historic occasion for the United Nations Human Rights Council to build on the notable successes of the campaign and to inspire governments to join and take action to tackle this crime in its internal and international form and work on prevention and reparation of victims”

The campaign has been active across 65 countries and senior representatives from 35 national governments have accepted campaign petitions and met with representatives from The Body Shop, ECPAT and other local partners, to discuss actions to support those at risk or affected.  With over 2.3 million signatures collected in the European Union, the campaign produced the largest human rights petition ever presented to the European Union and has received a number of prestigious awards and secured the support of  major opinion formers including President Bill Clinton who described it as  “an exemplary approach to addressing a specific global challenge'.  
Commenting on today’s event, Christopher Davis, International Campaigns Director for The Body Shop, and winner of the United Nations Business Leaders Award Against Human Trafficking said: “Our success demonstrates that the approach of The Body Shop to campaigning can change the world.  By uniting the voices of people calling for social change instead of focussing on short term fundraising activities we know we can inspire governments to take action which creates long term sustainable change.  What we have achieved with our campaign so far will create a safer world for children for decades to come.”

Kathleen Speake, Executive Director of ECPAT International added, “Trafficking in children and young people is a grave crime, where offenders have been operating with impunity and where child victims are often criminalised or abandoned without care options. The unprecedented support for ECPAT’s campaign with The Body Shop demonstrates that the world is calling for change, and governments are beginning to listen.  Alongside the United Nations Human Rights Council, we will continue our efforts to fight this egregious crime against children, calling for governments to take urgent action and to promote productive multi-stakeholder partnerships”.

In addition to today’s presentation, The Body Shop and ECPAT, with the support of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have hosted an exhibition which tells the story of the campaign and celebrates progress. Praising the campaign, former President of the Human Rights Council, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the UN Office at Geneva, H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, said “This campaign demonstrates the power of partnerships.  When companies join NGO’s and governments we can take action to protect our most vulnerable. I congratulate The Body Shop and ECPAT on their achievements so far”.

Human trafficking is the third largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world, affecting over 1.2 million children and young people every year who are trafficked for sexual exploitation and cheap labour. The Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People campaign aims to put an end to the trafficking of children and young people, guarantee their rights to be protected from exploitation and inspire long-term change to protect children and young people. The campaign has been launched in over 65 countries and in just two years has raised over US$3million worldwide which goes towards ECPAT International’s Global Youth Partnership Project and a number of anti-trafficking initiatives implemented by the ECPAT network and NGO partners around the world.

The campaign has also made the following specific requests to the Human Rights Council:
1.       To encourage Member States of the Human Rights Council to organise an ‘Annual Full Day Meeting’ on the rights of the child, focusing on child trafficking
2.       To urge all states to strengthen their national efforts to combat child trafficking, especially in areas of prevention, protection and specialised care services
3.       To urge Member States where the campaign has been active to implement the specific campaign calls to action that require urgent attention and follow up
4.       To encourage Member States to invite the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children and the Special Rapporteur on trafficking to visit their countries and provide them with adequate assistance
5.       To urge Member States to ensure that within the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the fulfilment of each Member State’s obligations under the UPR to systematically examine the protection policies that are in place to combat all forms of violence against children, including trafficking.