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Vanni de Sequera
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Don’t say Cheese
by Vanni de Sequera - November 24, 2002 - 12:00am
Eileen Grey is kneeling precariously on a high stool, aiming her top-of-the-line digital camera down at a rowdy family of four. The co-owner of the Picture Company slides off the shaky stool and proceeds to recline...
Paeng Strikes Gold
by Vanni de Sequera - November 17, 2002 - 12:00am
Bowling is a particularly social sport. A strong kinship develops between enthusiasts since it is often played as a team, where one member’s middling score is offset by another’s game of a lifetime. The...
Customize your Christmas decor
by Vanni de Sequera - November 3, 2002 - 12:00am
Pinoy-style Christmas merriment would confound Ebenezer Scrooge (the pre-apparition version, anyway). The notorious curmudgeon would surely bah-humbug our penchant for celebrating yuletide as early as September...
Selling Philippines
by Vanni de Sequera - October 20, 2002 - 12:00am
She was an unconventional choice. When President Arroyo selected Felicidad V. Tan-Co to lead the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) at the tail end of November last year, the appointment...
PNP Chief Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr.: Top Cop in the hot seat
by Vanni de Sequera - October 6, 2002 - 12:00am
The 10th Chief of the Philippine National Police is a dead shot. Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr.’s affinity for guns began at a young age. As a boy, Ebdane would construct his own guns using umbrella tubes and rubber...
Earning the Right to be Here
by Vanni de Sequera - August 25, 2002 - 12:00am
At 38, Annemarie Durbin already heads the longest established foreign bank in the Philippines. If you doubt the youthful Durbin’s ability to lead Standard Chartered Bank Philippines through tough times in the...
Rosa Rosal’s lifetime of charity
by Vanni de Sequera - August 18, 2002 - 12:00am
The experience would have shattered anyone else. Just five days into her marriage, Rosa Rosal woke up alone on her honeymoon bed–her husband had left her. When the cloud of despair finally lifted, Rosa Rosal...
How Mega does her STAR Shine?
by Vanni de Sequera - August 4, 2002 - 12:00am
Imagine you are dining in your favorite restaurant, patiently detaching a steamed mussel prepared in wine and thyme from its shell, when the chatter inside the establishment abruptly congeals into a hush. Within...
Who’s Afraid of Teresita Ang See?
by Vanni de Sequera - July 21, 2002 - 12:00am
It is always painful to witness the flame of idealism flicker weakly as its glow grows faint. It is especially distressing when the idealist in question is the indomitable Teresita Ang See, the most stubborn adversary...
The Predicament of Success
by Vanni de Sequera - July 7, 2002 - 12:00am
They are already the new retail royalty. At breakneck speed, they are also becoming among the country’s most influential restaurateurs. Barring disaster, combined sales of their Astoria Group of Companies–the...
Audie Gemora: Serving in the theater of God
by Vanni de Sequera - June 30, 2002 - 12:00am
It’s hard to imagine articulate and confident Audie Gemora ever being a misfit. During recess at the International School, the young loner would escape to the library where a laudable diligence could mask his...
Larry Cruz: The Unwilling Icon
by Vanni de Sequera - June 9, 2002 - 12:00am
Larry J. Cruz is in a debunking mood and, no, he’s not being ornery. The restaurateur envied for his urbanity could never be mean-spirited inside any of his many dining establishments. It’s just that...
Cheche Lazaro and Nina Lim-Yuson: Shared Vision
by Vanni de Sequera - May 26, 2002 - 12:00am
The sisters–stylish, pedigreed, and successful–are horsing around for this story’s photo shoot. Museo Pambata president and CEO Nina Lim-Yuson embraces her sister with an eagerness that leaves the...
Ramon Jacinto: The Pied Piper of Rock
by Vanni de Sequera - May 19, 2002 - 12:00am
It’s been a long, strange trip for Ramon Pereyra Jacinto. RJ’s road trip began with a precocious adolescence that painlessly segued into master-of-the-universe yuppiehood. Then came a bully that took...
Grillty Pleasures
by Vanni de Sequera - May 5, 2002 - 12:00am
"Here we play a lot of chill, house and lounge music," says Paolo Abaya, the 29-year old owner of Ebisu. You would be forgiven for thinking the young entrepreneur was speaking of the latest raver haunt....
Yes, he can run-run Renren Ritualo plays the points
by Vanni de Sequera - April 21, 2002 - 12:00am
It was tough getting Florendo Ritualo Jr. to agree to an interview, tougher than extricating yourself from parasitic ticket scalpers outside the Philsports Arena (dress them up in suits and they would break insurance...
Brent School’s Fr. Gabriel Dimanche: More than an Instructor, an Educator
by Vanni de Sequera - April 14, 2002 - 12:00am
Sitting on his wicker settee, the 74-year-old Reverend Canon Gabriel Dimanche is a picture of contentment. The sun’s afternoon rays, lambent on his pinkish face, imbue him with an almost saintly glow–almost...
Chief Prosecutor Jovencito R. Zuño: Getting the Bad Guys
by Vanni de Sequera - April 7, 2002 - 12:00am
The office of the Chief State Prosecutor inside the Department of Justice compound in Manila appears disconcertingly understaffed, with seemingly just one besieged secretary holding the fort. But in this office,...
A Sure Win at the Met
by Vanni de Sequera - March 10, 2002 - 12:00am
"There’s a particular piece there that for me is really heart-breakingly beautiful," says Metropolitan Museum of Manila Director Victorino "Ino" Manalo.
Jong Uichico calls the shots
by Vanni de Sequera - February 10, 2002 - 12:00am
The last time the Philippines won an Asian Games basketball gold medal was 40 years ago in Jakarta, Indonesia under the captaincy of an aging Caloy Loyzaga. Four decades is an unbearably long wait for a basketball-obsessed...
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