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Edades gets auctioned, inspires building

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Edades gets auctioned, inspires building
By Walter Ang
July 19, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Seven out of ten works by National Artist Victorio C. Edades, considered as the Father of Philippine Modern Art, were sold at a recent auction organized by property developer Rockwell Land and carried out by the auction house Salcedo Auctions.

The 70% clearance rate is at par with successful auctions conducted by international auction houses Sotheby's and Christie's. The auction was a first-of-its-kind in the country where all the works up for bid were by one artist.

The catalogue cover piece, Sunburst, sold for P1,077,680 to a corporate collection. The 1971 oil on canvas measuring 57.1 x 73 cm shows the full range of the artist's painterly skill in the post-Impressionist style.

The work that achieved the highest price increase was the back-to-back 29.8 x 43.2 cm 1981 pen-and-ink drawing Seated Nude Female and Nude Female which achieved P151,840?more than double the pre-sale estim…

Pretty, pampered and picture perfect at Organic Rituals Spa

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Pretty, pampered and picture perfect
By Walter Ang
July 19, 2010
Manila Bulletin

When Nikki Angangco was pregnant, she still wanted to look pretty and be pampered. Her search for a nail polish that would be safe enough for pregnant women to use soon gave way to another kind of birth. Angangco teamed up with Katrina Armamento, a friend from college, and established Organic Rituals Spa.

Tucked into the mezzanine of a building in Greenhills, "More than just a regular spa, it's a lifestyle of environmental consciousness," Angangco says. "We believe beauty should be in harmony with nature at all times. We offer a broad range of soothing earth-friendly services."

To this end, Organic Rituals uses natural and organic essential oils, soaks, scrubs and lotions in their massage and body treatments. Even the aroma oils used in the reed diffusers in their treatment areas are all natural.

Vegan and non-toxic
For better looking and hydrated hands and feet, Organic Rituals uses…

Rizal's sarsuwela (zarzuela) gets a modern reboot

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Rizal's sarsuwela (zarzuela) gets a modern reboot
By Walter Ang
July 5, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

As part of the celebration of Pio Valenzuela Day (the patriot for whom Valenzuela City is named), a sarsuwela written by Rizal more than a century ago will get a modernized retelling via a "three-in-one" show combining elements of a concert, a dance show and a play.

Reincarnated as a rock musical titled "Sa Tabi Ng Ilog Pasig," it will be staged by the Valenzuela City Center for the Performing Arts.

Director Andrei Tiangco updates Rizal's "Junto Al Pasig" (Beside the Pasig) with contemporary music and alternative rock composed by award-winning musical director Jesse Lucas and a combination of hip-hop and contemporary dance by choreographer Arnie Umayam.

This lesser known work of Rizal was written before he crafted his more famous novels "Noli Me Tangere" and "El Filibusterismo."

His one-act sarzuela was written in Spanish while…

Clara Ole's versatile vinaigrettes for healthy meals

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Versatile vinaigrettes for healthy meals
By Walter Ang
July 2, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"Vinaigrettes offer an alternative healthy way to enjoy your greens and other meals," said Nancy Hernandez, brand manager of Clara Ole Vinaigrettes, at the launch of their new line of products.

She explained that vinaigrette is a healthy option as it contains lower fat compared to dressings because vinaigrette's base is vinegar whereas dressings have egg yolks, cream and other ingredients that make it thick. What's more, the Clara Ole vinaigrettes have zero trans fat and zero cholesterol.

"Anything in moderation is healthier than overdoing it," Hernandez said. She suggests pouring vinaigrette onto a tablespoon first before drizzling it on greens. "This way, you are aware of and can control the amount. Two to three tablespoons per salad serving is okay."

Portion control is one of the usual behavioral modifications for weight management. Two tablespoons may …

Cougars just wanna have fun: Crystal Orogquieta and her dalliances with younger men

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Cougars just wanna have fun
By WALTER ANG
July-August 2010 issue
Asian Dragon Magazine

As told to Walter Ang, 59 year old Crystal Oroquieta talks about her dalliances with younger men.

I'm 59 years old now and have been dating men younger than me for the past couple of years.

I was only 18 years old when I got married to a college friend. I had five kids by the time I was 25 years old. My husband was intelligent and handsome but lazy as hell. To put us both through college and to put all five of my children through private school, I did all sorts of jobs, mostly selling odds and ends, from longganisa to make-up.

After I gave birth, my body became more curvaceous, more voluptuous. A lot of men would flirt with me, but I was a devoted mother and wife. No hanky panky at that time in my life. After my children were all done with college, I finally separated from my husband after being together for twenty years. There was a deep sense of liberation.

Circumstances were such that I was …