Paula C. Nocon
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by Paula C. Nocon - March 28, 2004 - 12:00am
Many years ago, a burglar broke into the home of then Senator Alberto Romulo in the wee hours of the morning. The burglar was passing through the bedroom of the senator’s youngest daughter when he found the...
All eyes on Loren
by Paula C. Nocon - January 28, 2004 - 12:00am
It was high noon at Ricco and Tina Ocampo’s spacious home when she walked in the door, and then it began to simmer even more. As she glided through the foyer and into the living room, all eyes were upon her,...
Fit to a T
by Paula C. Nocon - December 17, 2003 - 12:00am
The odd affair between a lady and her accessories is a love story as recognizable and symbolic to us as Cinderella’s glass slipper. Many a tres chic French woman stamps her made-to-last-forever Hermes bag with...
For women only: The Pen’s 12 steps to indulgence
by Paula C. Nocon - September 12, 2003 - 12:00am
You may be in denial. You’ve put it off for months, maybe years. Your friends and family have tried to talk to you about it, but you ignore their pleas. You may have begun to hide it from them. Face it. You’re...
Marica Lim: The Future’s In The Bag
by Paula C. Nocon - July 18, 2003 - 12:00am
Marica Lim graduated from college only a year ago, but she’s ready to start all over again. After obtaining an AB Psychology degree from the Ateneo de Manila in 2002, she is all set to take another bachelor’s...
Austerity & modernity for Dato & Kakai’s wedding
by Paula C. Nocon - May 18, 2003 - 12:00am
Kakai, you’re not only marrying Dato, you’re marrying a part of Philippine history... And you, Dato, must protect this legacy," said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Socrates Villegas in his homily at the wedding...
Raymond Abrea: A Bedan with a mission
by Paula C. Nocon - May 16, 2003 - 12:00am
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings," said Hodding Carter. It can now be said that Raymond Abrea, 20, has both. After graduating as high school...
The united colors of Bench
by Paula C. Nocon - May 11, 2003 - 12:00am
BORACAY, Aklan – The clicking of cameras, the roar of bancas and tricycles. Mutterings in French, Mandarin, English and Tagalog. Blue cloudless skies, clear waters, orange-pink sunsets, white sands. Salty air...
And the winners of the ‘inner beauty contest’ are...
by Paula C. Nocon - April 6, 2003 - 12:00am
The month-long nationwide Dove Bukod Tanging Filipina 2003 search has finally come to a celebratory end. Initially hailed as a unique "inner beauty contest," Dove has awarded three outstanding ladies whose...
Looking through the eyes of Fred
by Paula C. Nocon - March 26, 2003 - 12:00am
Remember that ruby and diamond necklace Richard Gere loaned for Julia Roberts in that memorable opera scene of Pretty Woman? That was by Fred. The House of Fred has made its name in the world of jewelers since...
The best legacy
by Paula C. Nocon - March 19, 2003 - 12:00am
The best legacy parents can give their children, they say, is education. And education, more than huge estates or vast trust funds, is more lasting than any form of inheritance.
Dove launches not a beauty contest
by Paula C. Nocon - February 13, 2003 - 12:00am
It’s a crusade to champion unknown women by society’s most distinguished women. To find the extraordinary among the seemingly ordinary. To discover the empowered among the most marginalized. To showcase...
Meeting and eating cow and chicken at the Cartoon Network Theme Park
by Paula C. Nocon - January 8, 2003 - 12:00am
That, and it’s not actually illegal to chew gum in the Lion City, it’s selling gum that is.
The year that was
by Paula C. Nocon - January 4, 2003 - 12:00am
The end of the year is here; another time to say, "It’s all over now." All is quiet, except perhaps for the rustle of curtains closing, the whisper of...
Now in Manila: Kate Spade and the American Dream
by Paula C. Nocon - January 2, 2003 - 12:00am
What’s in a Kate Spade bag? Let’s look inside. You might find in it some sad memories of those years when all the bags and purses you had in your closet only came in black, brown or tan. Which you had...
10 things that make a Rafé
by Paula C. Nocon - December 26, 2002 - 12:00am
Rafe bags have been described as beautiful to look at, but also very wearable and very practical. They grab your eye while they’re on the shelf, and as you use them and study how they work, you can see how much...
Around the world in a five-course meal
by Paula C. Nocon - December 11, 2002 - 12:00am
Can you travel the world in one sitting? Can you enter the mind of an artist through a meal? Can you invade a foodie’s personal kitchen in a mall? And can you do all these things in a restaurant? Yes, yes,...
The Art & Paradox of Condo Living
by Paula C. Nocon - December 7, 2002 - 12:00am
It’s sensuous, yet sensible. It’s a condo, but it looks like a house. It appears new, but most of the things are old. It’s in the heart of the Makati business district, but it feels cozy and private....
Discovering the essence of health and beauty
by Paula C. Nocon - November 28, 2002 - 12:00am
Every wife, daughter and mother, they say, is a natural healer. It is a woman’s nurturing and caring qualities, her ability to nurse a sick one back to health, her capacity to mend and repair in times of disagreement,...
Cheers! It’s a champagne dinner
by Paula C. Nocon - November 13, 2002 - 12:00am
The French gastronome Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once said, "A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine," and the food-and-wine-loving French, as we know, would all seem to agree. But what about...
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