Plains and Prints Creative Director Rhett Eala paints Ilocos red

Red Dot Window Display

Although not as wild as the previous African collection, but perhaps as chimerical as the City Series in the Plains and Prints holiday collection 2012, Rhett Eala arrived and left Sunshine City on the same day yesterday.

Setting foot in Norte for the very first time, Rhett made the Plains and Prints loyalists like myself and Red Dot happy. Being the Creative Director of the clothing company, he has personally been to Cebu before Laoag for a meet-and-greet. He was cool, no kiyeme at all whatsoever. Like Marianne, Vince and me, nagka-cam o nagi-Instagram every now and then, just as normal as anyone else who’d photograph every dish on the table.

Red Dot’s big boss and ever gracious host, Mary Ann Cua-Macaraeg,  squeezed in a whirlwind tour after a scrumptious Ilocano lunch, which included poque-poque (he must have liked it so much ‘coz I saw him reaching for more), and before going to Red Dot to handpick outfits for the Red Dot contest winners.

Plains and Prints patrons

Asked Rhett what made him say yes to the Farillas couple behind Plains and Prints and accept the position of Creative Director and he said, “It’s different. I wanted to go back to ladies’, where I stated.” If you remember, his first line was Due at Rustan’s. There was also Wink, popular with the it girls at that time.

The new energy of Plains and Prints is perceptible like its fresh vibrant prints and tones.

Plains and Prints promo winners

 -The two deserving winners of the Plains and Prints contest. Makeup guru Mara Manuel (in white, below)  also gave the winners a makeover as part of their prize.

Mara Manuel joins Rhett and co.Bloggers Christine and Marianne

-Two of my blogger friends Christine Alejandro and Marianne G. Pasion. Marianne’s wearing a skirt from the City Series/Manila. In the next photo is Mary Ann Ang also a P and P regular patron.

Rhett and AnnRed Dot Plains and Prints Crew

-My favorite Red Dot crew. There’s the Ashley (center) that I get to mention a lot. And what do you see below?  A whole mix and match wardrobe that centers around an offbeat print on print skirt and top that Rhett handpicked, which I tried on and liked. Btw, the digital (as I’d like to call it) animal print mullet dress is from a previous collection. I so love the new ladylike cut of the new P and P blouses, sort of retro Brit, imo.

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Rhett’s picks. You have to check out the Manila city light and bokeh -inspired  prints.
photo by Marianne Pasion.

Lunch TableLunch for Rhett Eala

-The spanking new Saramsam restaurant inside Balay da Blas Pensionne House, baptized via this luncheon. The place is shabby-gorgeous, Sammy Blas’ signature. 

We had spanner crabs locally known as kusimay, bagnet with KBL (kamatis, baggoong, lasona), poque-poque (tangy eggplant with egg salad), marunggay (moringa) ice cream and saba, kamote, and bilo-bilo inkalti (fondue). (Thanks Me-Ann and Bernard!)

KusimayBagnet and Poque-poqueVinceMarrungay Ice Cream at BallpenRed Dot Ladies

-Me-Ann with Mafe and Mylene.

Saramsam at Balay da Blas 2Saramsam at Balay da BlasAjo

-As fierce as Mulawin, Visionaire’s Ace Rumbaoa. Took a macro shot of his wings, and they looked like they were his earrings:) Ajo makes his own fab, unique accessories and I adore his oversize, as in enormous, flower pins.

The next 3 shots are by in-demand photographer Marianne Pasion. (Thanks,Marianne!)

Saramsam's Sammy Blas

-The Sammy Blas of the famed Saramsam. He sort of triggered why I went back to blogging and started Blauearth.

Balay da Blas

-The retro vibe of the  new wing of Balay da Blas

Below was the quick spontaneous tour around the Malacañang of the North, built by former president Ferdinand Marcos and used as a vacation house whenever he was in town.

Ferdinand Marcos RoomMarcos BooksJoe Salazar and Imelda

– Super museum-material, a Joe Salazar terno for former first lady Imelda Marcos. The superb craftsmanship of Joe Salazar is renowned.

Malacanang of the NorthPorchPaoay ChurchRhett Eala  and Me-Ann Cua-Macaraeg

-Mary Ann’s own wedding gown was partly done by Rhett in collaboration with his good friend Patrice Ramos-Diaz.

There goes the red-letter day. A blessed Sunday to everyone.

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Ilocos Norte Celebrates the Re-Acquisition of the Malacañang of the North

Governor Imee Marcos and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte host the celebration of the the re-acquisition of the Malacañang of the North on January 1, 2011. The former Ilocos Norte residence of Ilocos Norte’s great son, former president Ferdinand E. Marcos, is back to the Ilocanos after it was turned over by the Philippine Tourism Authority. Thank you to President Noynoy Aquino!

The PGIN property was filled to the rafters. Revelers were treated to a fun show and concert by the lake.

The party scene…

Governor Imee Marcos with true blue Ilocano, Manila-based fashion designer Edgar Madamba and Singaporean Pastor Brian Shah, adopted son of Ilocos Norte.

Fellow eco-adventurer and fine pianist Bishop Sergio Utleg and Laoag City Mayor, Michael Fariñas.

Enjoying the night…

Vice Governor Angelo Marcos Barba, Mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta and other VIPs.

Fab Ilocana, shoe connoisseur Camille Fariñas-Mathay, one of Manila’s new breed of young socialites.

Cutie JR Fariñas and gorgeous fashion model/GMA Artist Center talent Ria Fariñas.

The Chinoys of Norte with Mark Chua.

Big brother of the Fariñas brood, Carlos, and Ericke.

Fire show.

Splendid fireworks! Happy New Year!

Concert by the lake.

Congratulations to Manang Imee for the rousing success of Baru A Rubuatan 2011! Cheers to a great start of the year!

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After the party, we went back to shoot the fabulous framed photos of The Mother of All Fabulousity, Madame Meldy, by Steve Tirona.

Ericke and lovely Lovely Abadilla, CSB Pre-Law graduate and San Beda Law stude

Alexa at the former room of sisters Imee and Irene.

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