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ZALORA to Launch Marketplace 


The online fashion retailer to offer independent fashion designers and sellers access to their millions of customers

ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination, has announced it will be launching ZALORA Marketplace in the first half of this year. With over 15 million visits per month to ZALORA, Marketplace will give independent fashion designers and sellers the opportunity to instantly expand their business to ZALORA’s massive customer base and will greatly increase the product assortment available to customers.

ZALORA Marketplace will allow vendors from all over Southeast Asia and Hong Kong to create their own branded storefront within the ZALORA site, which will be run and maintained by the seller with support from a dedicated ZALORA account manager. They will also benefit from a huge increase in brand exposure through free online marketing and advertising that will be part of ZALORA’s overall marketing campaigns.

Set to be one of the most beneficial fashion Marketplaces in Southeast Asia for independent fashion designers and sellers, customers across the region will also benefit from hundreds to potentially thousands of new products and brands available online without having to visit different shopping portals.

“The upcoming launch of ZALORA Marketplace is an exciting development for the fashion industry in Southeast Asia as whole,’ said Paulo Campos, Managing Director, ZALORA Philippines. “We are launching a platform where up and coming brands, boutiques or designers can sell their products alongside our internationally renowned brands, to an already highly established and loyal customer base. We have over 15 million visits to our ZALORA sites per month; for an independent fashion seller to have instant access to this kind of audience is a previously unheard of opportunity.”


A dedicated and localized ZALORA Fashion Scout force is currently searching for and recruiting potential brands and designers to come on board for launch.

“We have found some incredible and exciting designers and sellers so far,” said Campos. “We are really looking forward to working with them, nurturing them at this stage of the journey and seeing how far their business can expand through Marketplace.

There has never been a better time than now to bring fashion retail businesses online, especially throughout Asia Pacific where the internet population is already over 200 million people and growing steadily. According to research* around 11%-15% of total global retail sales will be conducted through online channels by 2020, with Asia Pacific accounting for a very large portion of that. For fashion designers and sellers looking to expand their sales and reach, online is the only place to be.”

ZALORA Marketplace is currently open to applications from potential sellers and details can be found here.


ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination, was founded in early 2012. With presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Brunei, ZALORA’s localized sites offer an extensive collection of over 500 top international and local brands and over 15,000 products across apparel, shoes, accessories, and beauty categories for men and women. Offering a thirty-day free returns policy, speedy deliveries within 2-3 working days, free delivery over a certain spend, and multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, ZALORA is the online shopping destination with endless fashion possibilities. For more information, please visit

Wear Pinoy!


We at altMNL don’t believe in boring fashion statements. Most importantly, we don’t believe that you need to look outside Manila to get the latest in fashion. Here are 10 all-Pinoy brands which can up your ante.

Strut pieces from these brands and let’s show the world how Pinoy fashion is forward!

Read more after the jump!

And this is maybe my proudest article for altMNL so far. Featuring some of my favorite Pinoy brands… It really puts a smile in my face doing this article for them and the whole Pinoy fashion and design industry.

Always remember: wear your own,

Muni Garage Sale at Moonleaf Maginhawa!


Tomorrow, the Nomad Manager along with some other brands will have a garage sale at Moonleaf Maginhawa under the Muni PH which aims to build a community of cultural creatives to influence healthy, responsible living to its full potential. I’d rather tell you to read their blog to know more about them.

And please go to their garage sale! Punchdrunk Panda, Vesti, Lagu, Jacinto and Lirio, and Caleb’s Closet will be there as well!

I’ll see you there, yes?

It’s not racist, it’s Black Friday x Margiela rocks H&M!

But before I even spazz about the biggest shopping holiday in the US, let me introduce you to what you may have known for the past few weeks already. It’s the biggest collaboration everyone has been talking about from the moment it was announced. I don’t even know if I should name it, but what the hell. I’m too happy and perky, haha!

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA x H&M. These are some of the standouts:

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Reconstructed Biker Jacket

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Oversized denim pants

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Jacket made out of belts? Why not!

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This ensemble is just perfect! Wish we could pull off that kind of outfit here in the PH! Plus look at the heels, its wedges are invisible :)

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Horizontally-worn dress. WHATTAGENIUS.

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Oversized coat. ‘Nuff said, methinks.

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The lapels of this trench is inverted and the shirt, pants and even the shoes are hand-painted. What else isn’t special about this collection?!

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This is just BLACK-ly beautiful.

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It feels like Japanese, but it’s French.

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Reconstructed gloves as bag handles

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Candy wrapper clutch, so sweet!

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Inverted shoulder bag – eyeing to buy this!

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You know already about the invisible wedges…

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So let’s spazz about their sneakers! TOTALLY IN MY WISHLIST!

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And what is the relevance of all this when we live in the faraway land of MANILA? Not anymore! Introducing the GCASH American Express Virtual Card! It’s the answer to your shopping needs this Black Friday and even the Holiday season. Watch this quick video to know more about this:

Isn’t it great? You get to ship your goods to a virtual US ADDRESS (so you can take advantage of free shipping perks on some stores) and ship it to Manila at a lessened cost. What’s even better to know is that you don’t need a credit card to shop online. Loving the way you pay, eh?

So Black Friday just started a few hours ago and you still have roughly 20 hours to go before it ends! Watch the video above to guide you and go register now for your GCASH AmEx virtual card and enjoy your Black Friday shopping! Let me know what you bought, hihi :)

Hang Ten Midyear Sale


I got my favorite pair of shorts from Hang Ten. That’s it, time to hoard in every color!


Binalot now at!


It’s the rainy season already, and I admit skipping meals (YES, I HAVE THOSE DAYS, stop looking at my love handles) because I’m so lazy to go out and buy food. I can’t live on McChicken Nuggets and Iced Coffee alone (though, I love nuggets.) So in times of desperation and utter craving for your Filipino food favorites, there’s Binalot on Multiply!




Finally, Filipino food is at your fingertips! Utilizing Multiply’s convenient shopping features, Binalot has partnered with the online shopping brand to bring a taste of home at your doorstep.



Ordering is just so simple! Just follow these hassle-free steps:

  • Select PRODUCT from the MENU list
  • Choose the QUANTITY and click  the BUY NOW tab
  • Put DATE/TIME of delivery in the COMMENTS BOX
  • Wait for our call to confirm your order


DSC_0215All my Binalot favorites!!! I must admit they have the best tapa in town!

no bones daing na bangus

bistek walastik

Okay, those last two pictures must have stirred your appetite! Go order now at!

Daphne Osena-Paez collaborates with Bench Homescents

“I believe that home fragrances are just as important as personal scents,” she says. “It is the final touch in creating a well-dressed home.”

Daphne Osena-Paez


I was a bit confused when I was invited to Bench and the venue was Dimensione and they mentioned a collab with Daphne Osena-Paez (which btw I am a big fan from her Urban Zone days!) And true enough it is something to do with HOME.


Quoting Daphne…

“For as long as I could remember I always had room scents — whether it was candles, sprays, sachets or drawer liners. I want my home always smelling fresh and clean. I would tell these stories frequently on my blog”

The resulting trio reflects these sensibilities. “I wanted the fragrance line to reflect different moods. When I was creating this with the Bench team, I was imagining actual rooms. I took inspiration from food, travel and colors.”


For as long as I can remember, homescents are the least of my concern when designing my home. After the afternoon tea with Daphne, I instantly appreciated the value of home fragrance – how it helps set the mood or change the mood, whichever is needed. AND MY FAMILY APPRECIATES AND LOVES IT TOO!

DSC_0016My friend Angel won the Daphne chair worth P15,000! UBER COOL!




Aside from the home fragrance, Daphne also officially launched her chair collection! Each Daphne chair is carefully handmade by an award-winning, export-accredited furniture company. They are so cute but not to be fooled ’cause it’s masterfully engineered to last.





Folded and Hung black tee, Mental long vest (from Mike Magallanes), Penshoppe leatherette pants, Thrifted military boots


Daphne x Bench Homescents are available in three fragrances. Mint Jasmine Infusion is a mix of floral and mint, inspired by an outdoor kitchen in Tuscany. Homemade Lemon Tart is reminiscent of freshly-baked pie, a universal scent designed to appeal to all ages and lifestyles. Acres of Lavender, which aids in sleep, is woodsy, soothing and relaxing.

Daphne Home Scents retail at Php348.00 each and is available at Dimensione stores and selected Bench stores nationwide.

Go mobile with MiLi

I’ve been living with my Blackberry phone for quite some time and it has been there in my high and low times. Well, aside for my personal transactions, it’s where I work sometimes because basically my job revolves around Facebook and Twitter. And add to that when I randomly become lazy to open Toshi, my netbook, I have been a heavy Blackberry user ever since.

MiLi Power Miracle image 1

The only drawback from every phone, I think, is the battery life. Seriously, when I work – and I mean Twitter, BBM, YM, and the office apps are on, my battery is only good until less than half a day. Yeah, and I’m out of the house for 25 hours. And it’s such a hassle to find cafes with enough sockets. It’s sad but good thing, I have MiLi!

MiLi Power King image 1

Maybe I’ll get this next – it’s for bigger devices like iPad and laptops!

MiLi is just a simple innovation – it’s a mobile power storage which you plug to your smartphone and et voila – izz like God’s heaven sent to people who use up their batteries at the midday!

And now they have a promo running from June 15 to July 31! If you buy a Power Star for your smartphone, you get a Pocketpal 1A USB adapter! You can avail of this promo in the following outlets:

Ambassador Appliances (Shangri-La, Park Square, VMall)
Astroplus (SM Makati, VMall, Mall of Asia)
Astrovision (Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La, Trinoma, Robinson’s Ermita)
Beeper City (VMall, Greenhills)
Globotel (Greenbelt 1)
Mobile 1 (Park Square, Rockwell, ATC)
Office Warehouse (Paseo Center, Rockwell, Fairview, Shangri-La, Mall of Asia)

MiLi Power Star (for Blackberry, Samsung, & Android smartphones) image 1

To know more about MiLi, check The Online Gadgeteer at Multiply!

PhFW Holiday ’12: Michael Cinco & Rajo Laurel for Bench

Michael Cinco: Impalpable


DSC_1011Reminds me of a French park in some french movie set in the 1920’s


This season Bench went away from their usual fashion shows and decided to give us a show. Introducing the new celebrity-designer perfume line, dubbed as Impalpable by world-renown Filipino designer Michael Cinco. Bench and Cinco did not just put up a perfume launch, they also brought Cinco’s prized bridal gowns and America’s Next Top Models Dominique and Allison. SMX was in an uproar!












And then ANTM’s Allison Harvard happened. ALL. HEARTS. STOPPED.




DSC_1031And some boysssssssssssss. LOVEEEEEET!


Rajo Laurel: Rajo Revolution



Meanwhile, at the room next to Cinco’s jaw-dropping (figure out what made my jaw drop, it wasn’t so hard to see :P) show, was Rajo’s energetic take on launching yet another celebrity-designer perfume line called Rajo Uno and Rajo Dos. There were dance numbers, rockeoke, cheerdance face-off, and the celebs just went out to spend time with their fans. Enchong Dee was a crowd favorite… but it was also Rajo Laurel’s birthday celebration!


DSC_1038a la Girls Gone Wild







DSC_1055More boys! Hahahahaha. 


Congratulations and thanks to Bench for inviting me to their Fashion Week show! It was truly one of a kind, kudos!

UP NEXT: What happens after every PhFW show… hehehe

PhFW Holiday ’12: Oxygen


Every season, I always look forward to Oxygen’s PhFW show and I see to it that I never miss the fun – which is always epic so many levels, from the runway to the after party! This year, Oxygen takes another twist by being color forward. I haven’t seen Oxygen like this before, what with their fresh new take with the preppy-clean style. Though I’d really prefer their androgynous direction, this is something new for them and they’re good at it!


2I love the cut of their jeans! It’s the only perfect fit (well, that’s for me)


4Polka-dots are returning this holiday season! Check Oxygen’s polka-dot shirts!


6I’m loving their jackets and blazers!




10Cardigans for the holidays – classic!

11How do you love painting the town red, huh?






17And I’m really glad Oxygen did not forget about their monochrome-loving friends – loving these black and white ensembles










Proud Race print tee, Thrifted cover up, M+P+E drop crotch pants, Thrifted military boots

This is an ode to the Oxygen style! Always fresh, always forward! See you again next season, Oxygen!

Or yeah, in your store. Shopping mode: ON!