Wednesday, October 21, 2015

2nd NBA STORE in the Philippines Now Open!

Last Oct 16, 2015, the second NBA Store in the Philippines had finally opened at the Mega Fashion Hall, Mega Mall, Manila. Managed by the International Athletic Trading Company Inc. (IATC), the new NBA Store will offer basketball enthusiasts authentic NBA merchandise and memorabilia (official jerseys, footwear, performance gear, lifestyle apparel, basketballs, toys and collectibles). To celebrate the opening, five-time NBA champion Ron Harper made an appearance to meet and interact with fans.

The NBA Store will cary products from brands such as Adidas, Nike, Under Armour, New Era, Panini, Spalding, Stance, 2K Sports, and many more.

Check out photos from the opening day:

Ribbon-cutting by the executives

Different Team and Player shirts

Some NBA collectibles and memorabilia

some trendy NBA merchandise

a few more...

Awesome New Era caps

some kicks from Nike and Adidas

this is how the counter looks

NBA toys and collectibles

Ron Harper welcoming his fans and followers

* the NBA flagship store in the Philippines is located in Glorietta which opened a few months ago

Saturday, October 3, 2015

UNIQLO Special Collections


The UNIQLO and LEMAIRE collection represents products that embody the LifeWear concept – simple made better – that is shared by both brands. Every item combines elegance with moderate relaxation and comfort, for modern and advanced wardrobe mainstays. 

The much-anticipated collaboration showcases UNIQLO’s high quality materials at a perfect price. Sophisticated yet accessible, it offers a timeless color palette of greens, navies, whites, and reds. The men’s and women’s collections will be available in SM Megamall and SM Aura, two out of UNIQLO’s four large stores starting October 2 until the end of Fall Winter 2015. 

UNIQLO and Ines De La Fressange Paris

In 2013, former fashion model and muse of designer Karl Lagerfeld, Ines De La Fressange re-launched her own brand, INES DE LA FRESSANGE PARIS, a luxury lifestyle brand that includes a wide range of products to create a truly Parisian style, from ready-to-wear apparel to interior decorations. 

Forward to 2015, Ines combined her interest in UNIQLO’s LifeWear with her unique sense of style, based on refined feminine beauty and authentic quality. The UNIQLO and INES DE LA FRESSANGE 2015 Collection Fall and Winter Collaboration employs wool and other natural fabrics in a variety of styles and colors. Ines’ jackets for this season retain traditional tailoring, while offering the modern comforts that women want. 

Disney MAGIC FOR ALL Collection 

The MAGIC FOR ALL 2015 Fall Winter collection offers a wide range of products from Ultra-Light Down, fleece, flannel shirts, and UTs, to plush toys, umbrellas, room slippers and more. The collection features Walt Disney’s beloved characters such as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, as well as popular characters from Star Wars, Disney Pixar, Toy Story, Marvel’s Avengers and Frozen.

UNIQLO offers its special collection only in its large stores in Metro Manila – SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Aura and SM Mall of Asia. These branches have the widest and most complete selection of apparels for women, men, kids and babies. The stores carry limited-edition pieces from international brands and designer collaborations such as DISNEY Magic for All, Ines De La Fressange, and UNIQLO’s most recent partnership with French fashion designer Christophe Lemaire.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Philippines' Don of Tequila

Dons of Tequila Stage at URBN

After tough national finals, Jose Cuervo has named Angelica Suzzane Castro as the winner of the Philippine leg of the global campaign Dons of Tequila. Angelica Suzzane Castro, 22, from project 4 quezon city, and currently working at Simply thai greenbelt 5 will now join sixteen (16) other bartenders from across the world in the grand final event at La Rojena, Mexico.

Host KC Montero, Charles Wright (JC sr. Commerical manager), Judges _ Mentor Genrev Bacasno and Jerry Miranda, Winner Angelica Castro, Business Dev. Manager Lucio Pua Premier Wine and Spirits, Host Joyce Pring

“We saw some fantastic bartenders in this competition, but Angelica showed the true grit, personality, and creativity that encompasses what it means to be a don,” says Charles Wright, Senior Commercial Manager – Southeast Asia and India for Jose Cuervo International. “Angelica truly deserves the honor of being the Philippine Don of Tequila!”

In the first challenge of its kind, Angelica Suzanne Castro will compete for the chance to be named the next Don of Tequila and win the prize of a lifetime: fly to Tequila, Mexico where they’ll get to harvest their own crop of agave on the Jose Cuervo estate, blend it into a unique tequila and win the batch, labelled under their own name.

“I’m confident about Angelica’s chances in the global finals of Dons of Tequila,” quips Divine Lee, celebrity and Dons of Tequila Mentor. “She definitely stood out, and he/she showed some real cojones in the finals. We can’t wait to send her over to Mexico to battle it out for the Philippines!”

Jose Cuervo’s Dons are the real heroes of tequila – people, past and present, who epitomize the expert craft, passion and bravery required to make the world’s most popular tequila. Their unwavering belief in quality and the spirit of tequila – true bonds, real friendship and good times – is what keeps the brand’s 250 years of heritage fresh and relevant. The bartender who is named the next Don in the global searchmust embody all of these qualities for a chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest legends of tequila.

Genrev Bacasno, Jerry Miranda, the 10 finalists with Lucio Pua and Charles Wright

“Filipinos have always been known for their passion and their creativity,” shares Genrev Bacasno, Dons of Tequila Mentor and second runner-up at the 23rd Annual World Bartender Championship. “That finals showdown only further proves that Filipino bartenders are more than primed to conquer the world stage.”

“Jose Cuervo’s support for Filipino mixologists elevates the industry,” adds Jerry Miranda, Dons of Tequila Mentor and Diageo Reserve World Class 2014 winner. “A competition like this sets standards even higher for the local bartending scene.”

The Philippine winner will go up against the best-of-the-best in the Jose Cuervo Distillery, La Rojeña, in Tequila, Mexico for a final global showdown where they will be put to the ultimate test in front of the true Dons of Tequila.Aside from the Philippines, the Dons of Tequila competition is running in the following countries: France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, UAE, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Korea, Japan and Cyprus.

Family owned for ten generations, Jose Cuervo is made using 250 years of cultivating, harvesting, blending and tasting expertise. Jose Cuervo Gold and Silver are distilled with rigorous standards, to create the taste and character fit for a Don.

For more information about the competition and of all things Jose Cuervo, visit The website features the stories of the current Dons of Tequila, as well as a selection of drinks fit for a Don, crafted and demonstrated by head barmen from La Rojeña.
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