Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Henry Hotel Manila

I have this huge fascination with Manila's old world charm. Behind those towering walls and gates, I dreamt of the 19th century aristocratic "alta de sociedad" families born in wealth accustomed to elegant mansion living.

The Henry Hotel Manila is a dream come true for heritage lovers who appreciate the aesthetics and architecture of the 1950s.

A 34 room boutique hotel spread across 5 clusters of heritage houses including its own White House Mansion and Apartment 1B in-house restaurant.

Kudos to Hanky Lee, Chairman of Innovoterra Properties for "evoking the old yet not-loosing-its-feel" theme. The Henry has every imaginable comforts found in any modern hotel.

Venture into the realms of sensuality. Approach is gentle, with a nostalgic touch of old world charm

Only the National Artist for Landscape Architecture Ildefonso Santos can truly understand how a 1950s garden looks like.

Think tall acacia tree lined driveway with popular indigenous old plants down memory lane: palmeras, santana, lampana and champaca.

There are 6 classic rooms with 1 suite room per cluster. These houses are interconnected by a pathway from the brilliant minds of architect Justin Basco.

Musings of an old soul. Do you seem to have a special connection to eras long before you were born?

In love with these 1900s rustic Baldozzas ( now Machuca ) Mediterranean tiles with sophisticated border motifs.

Food by renowned Apartment 1B. House salad. Walnuts, grapes, blue cheese and raspberry vinaigrette.

Spaghetti Vongole. Manila clams, basil, white wine, tomatoes, olive oil and garlic. Still dreaming of this wonderful pasta til now.
Grilled porkchop in Apple Sauce with veggies. You may opt for rice or mashed potato.

Another surprise awaits! Inside the compound is fashion designer Jojie Lloren's atelier and Albert Avellana's gallery of extraordinary art. 

Eric Paras, the designer behind The Henry Hotel has its own furniture gallery inside the compound. That's a total of 3 clusters of houses full of creative juices flowing.

Come nighttime, a splendid grandiose awaits!

Entering the portal to another time, one can't help but be romanced by the vibe the scene evokes.

A peak of the classic room. Think old wooden aparadors with modern lighting fixtures. Mesmerized. My eyes are craving for more! 

Iron window grills? another check for this highly intriguing boutique hotel.

Corporate social responsibility comes in through handmade items from Kamay Kraft, an NGO Group. Mini bar with carefully sourced exciting Filipino delicacies like dried mangoes in chocolate, biscocho, casuy and banana chips. 

Complimentary coffee is an in-house blend

Bewildered by this chic, sassy, well-lighted restroom 

On a night like this...

The owner's suite has an overlooking balcony and can be booked for intimate private parties for 20 people. Create truly lasting memories.

2680 Compound, F.B. Harrison St, Pasay, Metro Manila
(02) 807 8888

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New Pantene 3 Minute Miracle

Pantene's revolutionary hair care system just got better!

Improved with the New Pro-V Core Activ formula that strengthens hair from the core, Pantene Pro-V System and 3-Minute Miracle not only repair hair beautifully, but also give you stronger, shinier hair inside out. With hair that can take it all, so you can DO IT ALL! Isn't that amazing?

Belle De Jour Power Planner BDJ ( on its 10th edition! #BJJat10) and Pantene would like to share the love and help fellow Pinay fashionista achievers realize that just like their hair, they can shine from within and do it all!

Congratulations to the 10 Lucky Bellas who will each receive their very own Pantene Gift pack: 

@mumaig @mrserikamc @maiavaldez @egsie_pie @nanytsss @katejoyce06 @catieblanco @lj5112 @jemuyjioco @jessabel_012

Please don't forget to share how your stronger, shinier hair can do it all! #Doitallhair #Doitallbella 

Monday, October 12, 2015

BDJ FAIR 2015: SHARE THE SPARK ( Win VIP Tickets ) November 29, 2015

Now on its 10th year, Belle De Jour Power Planner continues with its mission to make a difference in the lives of Filipinas by giving them the push to achieve and live life to the fullest!

On November 29, mark  your calendars and celebrate at the 7th BDJ Fair: Share the Spark! Lucky bellas get the chance to be the first to get a copy of the much coveted 10th Edition Belle de Jour Planner 2016.

Pay P100 to secure your VIP Pass. Your access to the talks, special lootbags and exclusive VIP booth activities. A program packed with games, prizes career and life experts, fitness and bloggiong mavens. 100% of the proceeds will be given to the supported advocacies around the country. 

1:00 - 1:35 - GET MOTIVATED! with Jaymie Pizarro
Get motivated from and Dream Marathon’s founder, Jaymie Pizarro-  how she found herself again through fitness, her goals and how you can do it too!

2:05 - 2:40 - TAKE A STAND with Gina Lopez
Be inspired to take action from the reflections and passion for the common good of the Chairperson of ABS-CBN’s Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., Gina Lopez.
3:10 - 3:45 - MAKE YOUR MARK with RJ Ledesma
Unleash your full potential and get inspired from the story of perseverance and taking risks that led to the many success of the Mercato Group Co-Owner, RJ Ledesma.
4:15 - 4:50 - BE BOLD, EMBRACE YOURSELF with Divine Lee
Learn how to be bold and be confident with your own skin from the beauty blogger and Flawless ambassador, Divine Lee.

5:20 - 5:55 - START UP SMART with Mica Tan
Start to invest smart and be business ready! Learn the techniques and tips from the founder and CFO of MFT Group of Companies, Mica Tan.

6:25 - 7:00 - FLAUNT YOUR STYLE with Karen Ostrea
Get the tips on how to elevate your own style and carry it with confidence from the  founderof Global Image Consultant and Certified Image Consultant, Karen Ostrea

Also, enjoy activities from over 25 booths at the BDJ fair!

Quick give-away for my readers:

I will be giving away VIP ALL-Access Passes for 5 of my instagram followers. First 5 to comment gets the passes. 

Here are the winners:


Thanks for joining!