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Modern Living TV features trendy tablescapes and baby essentials

Time to step-up your dining table setup as new mom Stephanie Zubiri meets interior design consultant Rachelle Wenger who will share ideas on how to add flair to your everyday meals with easy-breezy table setting tips.

Stephanie also explores the wealth of locally found plant species that can cure all sorts of ailments from minor headaches to dengue as she discovers nature’s healing wonders.

Also in this week’s episode, Bianca Gonzalez visits Mothercare, a one-stop shop for mother and baby essentials, to shop for the latest time-saving gadgets specially made for your little one.

Bianca also goes to the Slim’s School of Fashion Exhibit to see the exciting and adventurous sartorial creations by the fresh batch of designers from the most established fashion learning institution in the country.

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Every 30-minute episode of Modern Living TV features the latest eye candy in the form of breathtaking living spaces and other elements of modern living.

Don’t miss Modern Living TV’s latest episode! Now on its 6th season, Modern Living TV airs every Saturday on ANC at 6:00 p.m., with replays on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Modern Living TV is the first lifestyle TV show by a news media organization.

Washing machines made for every family

Aside from being tedious, laundry work takes precious time away from the things that matter most—family.

This is true, even with a washing machine. Many modern homes still use a two-tub semi-automatic washing machine with a washer separate from the spin dryer. While the dryer adds efficiency, the process of waiting for the wash to end then transferring wet and heavy clothes to the dryer can interrupt chores as well as quality time. The process doubles with more clothes to wash.


This is what larger capacities, a single tub for washing and drying, and fully automatic operation aim to address. Fully automatic top load washing machines offer such advantages to lessen strain and add comfort to doing laundry.  All you have to do is toss your laundry in and pick your wash and dry settings. You then get to have more time to do other household work, as well as have fun with your loved ones.

“Running the household and taking care of the family takes a lot of multitasking skills, and that is what our appliances can help us,” said Marvin Fetilo, Haier Philippines’ Product Manager for washing machines. “Fully automatic top load washing machines redefine your washing experience so you exert less effort, worry less about your family’s clothes, and do more with your time.”

Haier’s fully automatic top load washing machines combine the best of technology and design so that doing the laundry becomes effortless and efficient. On top of this, you get to spend more quality time with yourself and your family.

Efficient and versatile

Top load washers from Haier come with eight washing programs and ten water levels to accommodate the type and volume of your laundry. The time delay function further lets you soak your clothes for a specified period of time before starting the wash cycle.

Compared to semi-automatic units, Haier’s washing machines clean more clothes with an 8kg to 10kg capacity, making them ideal for an entire household’s dirty laundry. They also use a double-pole stainless-steel basket to match the washer’s high-speed spins and powerful Storm Wash cleaning capacity.

Each washer is designed with a Tub Dry feature that dries the inner and outer tub to prevent mildew growth, as well as a filter to keep laundry smooth and lint-free. The machine’s pulsator also provides garments with an even wash without being rough or taking up space unlike agitators in other washing machines.

“The cleanliness of your clothes matters a lot to your family’s hygiene, as well as to the impression you make on other people,” Fetilo said. “The right washing machine helps you create a smarter home that enhances your family’s health and lifestyle,” he added.

Haier’s top loading washers are available at Robinsons stores nationwide.

The suggested retail price of the HWM80–P1201 unit is P13,998, while the HWM100–P1201 unit is P15,998. Both models come with a two-year warranty on parts and labor.

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Versailles Stay

Versailles Stay: High Concept for High Rise Living

The property management game in the Philippines is about to change. Enter Versailles Stay, a revolutionary property business concept by Capitarise Holdings Inc. and FPD Asia.

It is easy to mistake Versailles Stay as a simple hotel, but that is not the case. While Versailles Stay does offer temporary lodging and common hotel amenities and services to its guests, it brings much more to the table due to its unique business model: Versailles Stay is a rental management solution for fully furnished, high-quality residences, offering dependable property care for unit owners and developers, as well as value-for-money, convenient, and hospitable lodgings for guests and clients.


Versailles Stay acts as a gateway for foreign property investors and enables them to access apartment suites from the luxurious condominium developers across the Metro. The Versailles Stay management furnishes and maintains these units, making them available for travellers and stay-cationers. Anyone looking for comfortable, affordable, and top-of-the-line living spaces conveniently placed at the heart of Metro Manila need look no further. Versailles Stay keeps ahead of its competitors and breaks the limits that bind conventional lodging businesses; these benefits are then directly reaped by the property developers and unit owners.


Versailles Stay’s concept creates a winning situation for all parties involved. The first core market, the high-end condominium developers, benefit from directly selling multiple units. The responsibility of managing and maintaining these units, as well as collecting association dues, is then transferred to Versailles Stay’s capable and efficient staff. Since Versailles Stay’s guests avail of the building’s amenities, the company also provides support and maintenance for the building’s recreational facilities.

The unit owners, the second core market, benefit from Versailles Stay’s management of their investment, as they handle the general upkeep of the units and locate prospective occupants. Unit owners can simply sit back and reap the returns.

Versailles Stay’s end users, the guests and the final core market, can rest assured knowing that Versailles Stay places the utmost care and precision in ensuring their comfort during their sojourn. They have access to amenities and services similar to that of a hotel’s, but at a much more competitive price. They also have options for short to mid-term billeting in prime and select locations across the metropolis. Versailles Stay is the perfect choice for businessmen on corporate trips, professionals attending conferences, or families seeking enjoyable and relaxing stay-cations.

Versailles Stay officially launched with resounding success on May 29, 2015, at their pioneering branch in One Central Residences.

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Ground floor of One Central, Sen. Gil J, Puyat Ave., Makati.

SOC Land unveils Althea Residences

Aspiring home owners looking for housing options in suburban Laguna can now look into a new option as property developer SOC Land bares its newest residential development, Althea Residences.



From left to right: SOC Land Board of Directors: Juan Miguel Reyes, Board of Director Farah Denise Castro, Justine Anne Mercado, and Vice President for Marketing & Sales Felimon Yee, Jr.

Situated in Biñan, Laguna, Althea Residences will feature modern homes with a tranquil vibe strategically spread out in 4.3 hectares of land. Home owners can choose from three housing options—Aurea for two-storey single-detached homes, Ayanna for single-attached homes and Aralia for bungalow homes.


According to Mr. Felimon Yee, Jr., vice president for sales and marketing of SOC Land, Althea Residences was carefully planned to ensure low density.“We understand that for home owners, especially those with children, ample space to move around is an essential factor in selecting a home,” he said. “It’s something that we offer an abundance of in Althea because we value that kind of luxury.”

All Althea residents will have access to amenities including a basketball and badminton court, swimming pools for kids and adults, club house, children’s playground, and parks and jogging paths. A 24/7-manned guardhouse will be stationed in the main entrance, and the entire property is surrounded by a perimeter fence. Althea Residences will also have allotted commercial spaces to provide residents with easy and exclusive access to commercial establishments.

The fully developed residential community will be powered by the country’s largest utility, Meralco, and has been specifically elevated by 1.5 meter from surrounding communities to help prevent flooding during rainy season. Residents can also access a planting strip, and will be provided 24-hour potable water supply from Laguna Water.


“Housing continues to be a basic need in the Philippines, and we are happy to help fill a growing demand for affordable, quality and family-friendly homes,”Yee, Jr. said. “Laguna is a bustling community suitable for families—whether starter or established—and retired professionals who seek respite from crowded Manila and yet want to enjoy modern comforts and convenience.”

Althea Residences is easily accessible via South Luzon Expressway, using Greenfield Parkway and San Pablo Street. It is located near well-known schools in Laguna including Brent International School Manila, University of Perpetual Help, La Consolacion College, and St. Michael’s College of Laguna, as well as near hospitals like Biñan Doctors Hospital and New Sinai MDI Hospital.

Other establishments within the proximity are Puregold Biñan, SM City Sta. Rosa, Biñan City Hall, Biñan Police Station, Blessed Sacrament Parish, and Sto. Niño Chapel.

Althea Residences is part of SOC Land’s growing portfolio. SOC Land is the property arm of holding company South China Resources which has stakes in oil and gas exploration, real estate, steel fabrication, banking and telecommunication. It is the same developer behind Anuva—a multi-building development located along the Sucat Interchange. SOC Land is affiliated with Puyat Steel Corporation, International Pipe Industries Corporation, and Puyat Flooring Products, makers of the industry-leading APO brand of construction materials.

Arden Classic presents Vita Fauna Collection

The Filipino,—a contrast of cultures in one dynamic and ever-evolving race. On the one hand, he is a child of the East: steeped in ancient values; suckled from the legends, myths and folklore of the Orient. The Filipino is gentle, patient, caring. On the other hand, he is also the offspring of the West: as dynamic and adventurous as the conquerors of the West. He is inventive, spirited, and enterprising.

Fascinated by the contrasting forces that have shaped the Filipino, design artist ARDEN SIAROT pays tribute to the Filipino spirit in his latest creations. Called “Vita FAUNA”, the collection portrays, in sculptural animal forms, Filipino qualities that are noble and admirable.

“Vita FAUNA” forms the 2015 Spring Summer Collection of ARDEN Classic, the artist’s own line of art décor sought after by collectors, interior designers and connoisseurs of fine art. The brand has distinguished itself for its unique art pieces that incorporate Philippine shells into stunning silver sculptures.

DSC_0102To create these pieces, Arden first carefully handpicks the shell, one whose form, symmetry and beauty captures his fancy and imagination. Looking closely at the shell and examining its unique physical attributes, he then imagines the decorative form that would bring out its most attractive features. Both metal and shell are subjected to a long and rigorous process to bring out their beauty and sheen. Finally, they are combined in a perfect fit to create an astounding work of art.

In “Vita FAUNA” expresses the Filipino spirit by giving them animal representations. The Filipino’s strength in the face of adversity is represented in “Confidence”, characterized by the majestic Philippine Eagle. Endemic to Mindanao and already dwindling in number, the Philippine eagle is one of the world’s most impressive avian species. Despite the onslaught of deforestation, the Philippine eagle continues to persist in bird sanctuaries and small pockets of mountain wilderness. The animal’s tenacity finds resonance in the Filipino’s own will to survive despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles.


“Ingenuity” speaks of the Filipino’s resourcefulness. This comes to life in Arden’s fighting spiders. Although small in size, the spider’s cunning has allowed it to survive and flourish. This characteristic is best displayed in the Filipino game of “awayannggagamba” (spider fighting). More than power and might, the winning arachnid is the one that displays the most cunning and smarts to overpower his opponent and win the chance to mate. This symbolizes the Filipino’s native intuition.

“Perseverance” tells of the Filipino’s industrious trait, illustrated in Arden’s idyllic carabao. A scene straight out of Philippine rural life, a harnessed carabao plowing the muddy rice field illustrates the Filipino’s patience and diligence. It is through the farmer and his carabao’s quiet labor, after all, that transforms vast tracts of land into fertile and verdant fields — providing a staple food source and sustaining the life of an entire country.


In “Devotion”the artist illustrates the Filipino’s nurturing love. To express this, he uses a female Philippine Spotted Deer (locally known as “pilandok”) nestling its young to protect it from predators. Although highly endangered, this rare species of deer continues to survive in pocket colonies in the Palawan wilderness because of the female pilandok’s nurturing care for its offspring.

DSC_0638Gregarious and all-too-willing to take to the water, the itik(native duck”) represents the Filipinos sense of innovativeness and versatility. “Inventiveness” shows the itik rising from her nest. In the lakeshore towns of Pateros, Cardona and Tanay, hundreds of itik converge in gregarious flocks, waddling hurriedly straight into the water. The itik is prized for its eggs, which are made into the succulent and exotic balut.

DSC_0645Filipinos are known to have an extraordinary amount of patience and restraint. In “Forbearance” the tarsier represents this trait. Living in its last stronghold in the remaining forests of Bohol, this small primate comes out at night to prey on small insects. Clasping small tree branches, it remains quiet and still, waiting endlessly for a familiar sound or stirring. But once it has located its prey, the usually docile primate jumps in full force from tree to tree until it catches its meal.

The waters off Sorsogon and Oslob are often visited by these giant creatures of the deep. Although humongous in size, the “butanding” (“whale shark”) is, perhaps, the most docile creature of the natural world. In “Tranquility”, Arden illustrates the Filipino’s loving and kind nature through this gentle giant. Notwithstanding its imposing size, the butanding quietly swims in the warm tropical waters as it carefully skims the current for krill.

The game of cock fighting is, by no means, for the fainthearted. In many Philippine towns, cockpits are often Sunday’s hub of activity as men bet on their favorite cock in a duel to the death. In Arden’s “Valor”, Filipino bravery and stout-heartedness is exemplified in the duel of the roosters, or cockfighting. In this gentleman’s sport, two cocks are matched against each other as they lash out at each other with such single-minded ferocity.

The practice of assigning traits, or virtues, to animals has a long tradition in Philippine culture. The T’bolis and Yakans of Mindanao have long ascribed powers to certain animals within their environment and represented them in zoomorphic designs on their woven cloths and architectural details. By doing so, these tribes hope to imbibe the same virtues as they battle the forces of nature, the wiles of spirit entities, or even the challenges of rivals.

Arden sees “Vita Fauna” as a means to awaken pride in traditional Filipino values and traits. “With ‘Vita Fauna’ I hope to instill a sense of pride and respect, especially among the youth, to the characteristics that have shaped us as a nation. By using animals, I would like to tell the story of our people in a way that is enchanting, magical, yet truthful,” he says. The “Vita Fauna Collection” is Arden Classic’s 2015 Spring Summer Collection.