MARCOS GRANDSON TO WED BEAUTIFUL ROCHA SCION

She loves food and travel, hosts a TV show–and ‘designs’ her own ice cream line The last weekend of this month will see the glorious wedding day of Xandra Rocha to Luis Marcos-Araneta to be solemnized in Ilocos. How auspicious that it coincides with the Vatican celebration of our two great Popes who will be canonized and conferred sainthood, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. It seems it is a marriage made in heaven and thus will be surely blessed and so memorable. Famous fashion designer and close family friend Pepito Albert is designing the robe de marriage of Rocha, who has fitted only the muslin toile. According to Albert, the wedding gown is inspired by “a romantic summer by the beach” since the exclusive reception for 200 of the couple’s most intimate family members and friends will be held by the sea at sunset.
“I cannot really say much about Xandra’s dress except that it will be elegant and strikingly simple, fashioned out of yards of off-white silk chiffon and not Filipiniana. I will also create a summer dress for Irene (the groom’s mother),” said Albert. Luis is the youngest of two sons of Greggy and Irene (née Marcos) Araneta, and the grandson of the late President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda. It is interesting to note that Greggy and Irene were married also in Ilocos, in 1983.

ALSO: Kris shares heart-to-heart talk with James

Television host-actress Kris Aquino never thought that she would get the chance to have a heart-to-heart talk with her former husband, basketball player James Yap, during the seventh birthday celebration of their son Bimby. In their conversation, aired on "Kris TV" on Friday, Aquino shared how she found in her heart how she was able to forgive Yap. "May nagtanong sa akin bakit bukas ang isipan mo at ginusto mong maayos kay James, simple lang ang sagot diyan. Dumaan kami sa proseso ng pagiging man and wife, pinakasalan niya ako, na-annul man ang kasal na 'yon ay dumaan kami sa point na sumumpa kami na magiging kami. So 'yung iba 'yung, I don't know if you will agree with me, pero iba ang meaning noon. There was a man at one point in my life who loved me enough to marry me. Maybe that love did not survive, but I will always be grateful," she said. Aquino became emotional as she shared the lessons she learned from her past marriage. "Ipinaintindi sa akin ng panahon na hindi dapat puro galit ang nasa puso ko. Kasi pareho naman kaming nagkamali. Lahat ng pagkakamali ko doon, bitbit ko ngayon kasi 'yun na ang lessons ng buhay ko," she said. "Alam ko din naman na pinahirapan ko ang buhay ni James Yap in the same way na sinasaktan niya ang puso ko at araw, 'di ba? Pero that's all in the past kasi we can really be friends. At 'yun, sincere ako doon at sana sikapin mo na kaibiganin ako kasi 'yun ang makakabuti kay Bimb. Alam mo naman na ang emotions ni Bimb nanggagaling sa kung ano ang pinapakita ko sa kanya at nung pinapakita kong galit pa ako sa iyo, galit din siya. "Ngayon pinapakita ko na, 'no Bimb, it's OK, you should love your Papa. You should respect your papa and honor him.' OK na. Sana ay nakikita mo at ina-appreciate mo din na tinutulak ko siya para mapalapit sa iyo. Sorry wala pong meaning ang pag-iyak ko na ito, I just hope na nakikita niyo na it's really been a journey," Aquino added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Herbert Bautista & Kris Aquino: Is it for keeps?

Now it can be told (since Kris has already, so to speak, let the cat out of the bag with her confession on national television that she and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista are dating): Two weeks before that anti-climactic confession (because the tabs have practically squeezed the matter dry) when we were in Singapore for the Amazing Spider-Man 2 junket and to cover the Lion City’s celebration of Earth Hour (EH), Kris Aquino did admit to Funfare in a free-wheeling chat while we were waiting for the EH event to start that she and Herbert are “a work in progress” — you know, getting to know each other. For a real score on his mom’s colorfully-checkered love life, I did a casual chat with Bimby who, as I was saying, spilt more beans than his mom perhaps allowed. Snickering at Bimby’s revelations, Kris couldn’t stop Bimby from talking, “Hindi ako ang maysabi niyan, ha, si Bimby!” So what was Bimby saying? A lot! Stay tuned. Who is your mom’s boyfriend ba, Bimby? “Si Mayor Herbert!” (Kris, laughing, playfully butting in, “Diyos ko, mamamatay ako!”) How do you call him, Tito? “No, just mayor!” By the way, in the spirit of fair play and in reply to a reader who said that Funfare is “being pro-Kris,” I’m giving a space to the input of somebody close to Tates whom she described as “the girl Mayor Herbert has left behind” and who is known as “the wind beneath Herbert’s wings,” the accepted First Lady of Quezon City. Herbert is an eligible bachelor, not having been married. Here it is: “No, Tates and Herbert are not living-in but they haven’t really broken up. As QC first lady, Tates knows every nook and cranny of the city; kabisado niya ang mga problema at concerns ng mga constituent. She worked hard to make Herbert achieve his political ambition starting when he first ran for QC vice mayor. Tates and her children Athena, 18, and Harvey (who is in the cast of Goin’ Bulilit), 10, are currently vacationing in Boracay. Like Tates, the children are affected by the whole thing which they learned only from media reports. The children are thinking of going abroad. Tates refuses to make any comment.” READ MORE...


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Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion


XANDRA Rocha and Luis Marcos- Araneta in the February issue of Hola! Philippines, with story written by Jose Mari Ugarte, photo by Pilar Tuason


Irene & Greggy Araneta

MANILA, APRIL 14, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Larry Leviste -  She loves food and travel, hosts a TV show–and ‘designs’ her own ice cream line

The last weekend of this month will see the glorious wedding day of Xandra Rocha to Luis Marcos-Araneta to be solemnized in Ilocos.

How auspicious that it coincides with the Vatican celebration of our two great Popes who will be canonized and conferred sainthood, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. It seems it is a marriage made in heaven and thus will be surely blessed and so memorable.


ANNIE and Eduardo Rocha with daughter Alexandra Rocha

Famous fashion designer and close family friend Pepito Albert is designing the robe de marriage of Rocha, who has fitted only the muslin toile.

According to Albert, the wedding gown is inspired by “a romantic summer by the beach” since the exclusive reception for 200 of the couple’s most intimate family members and friends will be held by the sea at sunset.

“I cannot really say much about Xandra’s dress except that it will be elegant and strikingly simple, fashioned out of yards of off-white silk chiffon and not Filipiniana. I will also create a summer dress for Irene (the groom’s mother),” said Albert.


PUNJAB PANTS. Drop-crotch cotton trousers with circular appliques, white cotton top with black cuffs and sash with round edging, espadrilles, bold gold earrings


Luis is the youngest of two sons of Greggy and Irene (née Marcos) Araneta, and the grandson of the late President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda.

It is interesting to note that Greggy and Irene were married also in Ilocos, in 1983.

Today we meet Rocha wearing the new Filipiniana pieces from the Boheme Collection of Patis Pamintuan Tesoro available at Rustan’s Makati. Images here are captured so poetically by ace photographer Winston Baltazar.

We ask Patis how to clean and care for the fine woven piña and other indigenous fabrics.

“Piña Liniwan can have the old fashioned hugas-bigas method to extract starch and stiffen clothes.

There is cornstarch available and that’s what I use now. Treat clothes like you would a cashmere sweater: hand wash in the least chemical soap you can buy like Castile or vegetable-based soap. Only iron when ready to wear, otherwise keep it wrinkled or roll it,” said Patis.


MODPANUELO. Full calado ecru and black rectangular wrap folded and secured with a brooch worn over a piña camisole and silk shorts, Natori cuff

Rocha will be arguably the most beautiful bride of the season, the shining star of the penultimate high society wedding of the year.

Rocha graduated with a degree in culinary arts from Enderun Colleges, now writes food columns for Malaya Business Insight, has founded Pinkerton Ice Cream and hosts the Solar TV show “Something to Chew On.” The show combines her two ultimate passions: food and travel.

She also loves animals, particularly her famous pet dogs.

The five pieces she picked out from the ultra young collection of Tesoro showcase the ease and modern ways young ladies can approach Filipiniana, without the fussy trappings of a full on terno or the baro’t saya that Tesoro popularized in the last century.

It is a summer of love for the intelligent and outspoken Rocha who begged that details of her wedding be kept strictly confidential; we can respect that.

For this Lifestyle exclusive, Rocha shares the feelings of a bride trying to keep her cool, actually chilling as her appointment with destiny draws near.

What is your state of mind? You are marrying next month. Share with our readers how you can stay on top of the long checklist and stressful deadlines. What are some of the great secret tips other brides have given you?


INTENSE COLORS. Rainbow-print patchwork shell, round emerald-green satinmidi pants, wedges


My current state of mind is pure bliss. I love where 2014 has taken me so far. I am thoroughly enjoying every bit of life at the moment!

When things get really hectic and busy, it’s important to remember your priorities. Life is too short to focus on feeling “stressed,” or doing things that don’t make you happy… change your mindset. Focus instead on feeling blessed about being so busy.

Make sure to always squeeze in time for yourself, even if only a few minutes to treat yourself to your favorite dessert or to get a massage as a reward after a long day.

If you do not take time to treat yourself, and love yourself, you will definitely burn out and you can’t be the best version of you. You will most likely be masungit and snap at others, which I don’t think is very becoming of anyone.

I have heard great tips from other brides, the ones that stood out are:


YOUR BOYFRIEND’S BARONG.Worn belted as a tunic with folded cuffs and upturned collar by Patis Pamintuan Tesoro for Rustan’s, paired with tomatored silk skinny jeans and wedges

Do not feel pressure to invite anyone you don’t want there. And do not feel guilty about not being able to accommodate everyone… It is your day.

Enjoy every bit of it! Don’t get stressed by the planning! This is supposed to happen only once in a lifetime so you need to remember to have fun while doing it.

Don’t have a long engagement. Stay excited, get hitched within a year of being engaged!

On your great food show on cable, tell us the name, time slot and content. Will you continue after you get married? How do you think becoming a wife and even a mom change your personality? Do you like doing this show? How do you see it two years from now?

“Something To Chew On,” season 1, Solar News Chanel, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, with reruns throughout the week.

The show is about food and travel. So far we have been focusing on different provinces around the Philippines. We try to showcase restaurants that are unknown, or not so popular. We want to encourage people to be curious and explore the Philippines. We want people to learn more about Philippine culture through its food. Often we are surprised to find inspiring stories behind some food businesses or restaurants, we love sharing these stories with the viewers.

On the show I try to focus on being myself. I want it to be very genuine, not pretentious in any way. I want people to be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and to try new things. I love being able to share my experiences.

Yes, I will definitely continue with the show even as a married woman. It is truly a wonderful opportunity; I would be crazy to pass it up! It is such a blessing to be able to travel around the Philippines and see just how truly beautiful our country is!


PIÑA PIECES. From Patis Tesoro’s Boheme Collection at Rustan’s Makat —black embroidered pineapple organza jacket over scalloped ecru and black tank, worn with charmeuse hot pants and booties

Two years from now, I hope the show will take me on adventures, in countries outside the Philippines. And for the show to air internationally to show everyone how wonderful the Philippines is!

I tried your couture premium-made ice cream at Rustan’s. How did you start making the Pinkerton Label? How did you start “designing” ice cream, how do you market it? Can you recommend your top five flavors?

It started in 2009 when I was playing around with a little Cuisinart ice cream machine and some ice cream making books my sister gave me. I had fun experimenting and came up with my own recipes and flavors.

The business just happened. Before I knew it people wanted to order for their homes, then restaurant owners wanted to order for their restaurants.

This all happened by word of mouth, which to me is the best form of marketing because it is genuine and honest. Plus it’s free!

My top flavors are Banana Nutella, Guava Basil Sorbet, Dulce De Leche Sea Salt, Honey Rosemary, Red Velvet.


BRIDE-TO-BE Xandra Rocha on the cover of INQUIRER Red Magazine

Photos by Winston Baltazar; Makeup by Qua of Laura Mercier; White top, earrings and bangles by Natori; Booties by Ivanka Trump; Rope and cork wedge espadrilles by Lady Rustan’s; Styled by Larry Leviste, Shot at Rustan’s Makati Bridal Registry

FROM ABS-CBN

Kris shares heart-to-heart talk with James ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/11/2014 12:39 PM | Updated as of 04/11/2014 7:00 PM

MANILA - Television host-actress Kris Aquino never thought that she would get the chance to have a heart-to-heart talk with her former husband, basketball player James Yap, during the seventh birthday celebration of their son Bimby.

In their conversation, aired on "Kris TV" on Friday, Aquino shared how she found in her heart how she was able to forgive Yap.

"May nagtanong sa akin bakit bukas ang isipan mo at ginusto mong maayos kay James, simple lang ang sagot diyan. Dumaan kami sa proseso ng pagiging man and wife, pinakasalan niya ako, na-annul man ang kasal na 'yon ay dumaan kami sa point na sumumpa kami na magiging kami. So 'yung iba 'yung, I don't know if you will agree with me, pero iba ang meaning noon. There was a man at one point in my life who loved me enough to marry me. Maybe that love did not survive, but I will always be grateful," she said.


Bimby attracted a lot of attention as he watches the PBA All-Star game at ringside next to James Yap's Italian girlfriend Michella Cazzola. Jerome Ascano

Aquino became emotional as she shared the lessons she learned from her past marriage.

"Ipinaintindi sa akin ng panahon na hindi dapat puro galit ang nasa puso ko. Kasi pareho naman kaming nagkamali. Lahat ng pagkakamali ko doon, bitbit ko ngayon kasi 'yun na ang lessons ng buhay ko," she said.

"Alam ko din naman na pinahirapan ko ang buhay ni James Yap in the same way na sinasaktan niya ang puso ko at araw, 'di ba? Pero that's all in the past kasi we can really be friends. At 'yun, sincere ako doon at sana sikapin mo na kaibiganin ako kasi 'yun ang makakabuti kay Bimb. Alam mo naman na ang emotions ni Bimb nanggagaling sa kung ano ang pinapakita ko sa kanya at nung pinapakita kong galit pa ako sa iyo, galit din siya.

"Ngayon pinapakita ko na, 'no Bimb, it's OK, you should love your Papa. You should respect your papa and honor him.' OK na. Sana ay nakikita mo at ina-appreciate mo din na tinutulak ko siya para mapalapit sa iyo. Sorry wala pong meaning ang pag-iyak ko na ito, I just hope na nakikita niyo na it's really been a journey," Aquino added.

Yap, for his part, said he is thankful that Aquino is trying her best to help him get close to their son.

"Ako may pagkakamali ako at nag-sorry ako sa kanya. Of course naiintindihan ko 'yon, kahit anong sorry mo sa isang tao kapag galit siya, nakakatakot talaga. Then naramdaman ko naman na ibang-iba na si Bimb sa akin, nag-effort din si Kris na sinabi niya sa anak ko na kailangang i-love mo na ang Papa mo. Thank you sa iyo," he said.

Kris's request

Now that they are trying their best to be good parents to Bimby, Aquino said she has a special request to her former husband.

"Magre-request lang ako sa iyo and I am doing it on cam now. And I hope you don't mind na 'yung luma nating pictures huwag mo nang ipinapakita sa kanya (Bimby), lahat ng luma nating pictures sa phone mo, baka pag-awayan niyo pa ng girlfriend mo. Pinapakita mo raw lahat. Kasi 'di ba, please don't confuse him further," Aquino said.

"Magre-request din ako sa iyo na huwag mo nang sinasabi na 'I love your mom because she is your mom.' Kasi pag-uwi niya sa bahay sinasabi niya, 'my papa is still in love with you.' So huwag mo nang i-confuse. We don't have to love each other, we just have to respect each other. Klaro yon. I respect your mom, bongga yon. Kasi hindi ba, respeto na tayo sa mga bago sa buhay natin," she explained.

Yap replied, saying: "Hindi kasi gusto ko lang sabihin sa kanya na ganito tayo dati, ganito ang mama at papa niya. Baka isipin niya na puro away tayo lagi."

FROM PHILSTAR

Herbert & Kris: Is it for keeps? FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 10, 2014 - 12:00am 43 958 googleplus0 3


Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Kris Aquino: Not ‘politically-motivated?’ Herbert is running for his third and last term in 2016 while Kris is rumored to be running for... vice president, senator or Tarlac governor?— PHOTO TAKEN FROM KRIS’ INSTAGRAM

Now it can be told (since Kris has already, so to speak, let the cat out of the bag with her confession on national television that she and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista are dating):

Two weeks before that anti-climactic confession (because the tabs have practically squeezed the matter dry) when we were in Singapore for the Amazing Spider-Man 2 junket and to cover the Lion City’s celebration of Earth Hour (EH), Kris Aquino did admit to Funfare in a free-wheeling chat while we were waiting for the EH event to start that she and Herbert are “a work in progress” — you know, getting to know each other.

People are suspecting that the “work in progress” might be, you know, politically-motivated because Herbert is definitely running in 2016 for his third term (before joining the senatorial race in 2019?) and Kris…for vice president or senator or Tarlac governor in 2016?

“I want to state categorically that I have no political plans whether on the national, regional or local level,” said Kris. But in 2019? She shrugged, “I don’t know!”

With us around the table at the holding room for media were Kris’ pamangkins (children of her sisters Ballsy and Pinky), and sons Joshua and Bimby who has inherited his mom’s gift of gab. For a real score on his mom’s colorfully-checkered love life, I did a casual chat with Bimby who, as I was saying, spilt more beans than his mom perhaps allowed. Snickering at Bimby’s revelations, Kris couldn’t stop Bimby from talking, “Hindi ako ang maysabi niyan, ha, si Bimby!”

So what was Bimby saying? A lot! Stay tuned.

Who is your mom’s boyfriend ba, Bimby?

“Si Mayor Herbert!” (Kris, laughing, playfully butting in, “Diyos ko, mamamatay ako!”)

How do you call him, Tito?

“No, just mayor!”

What does your mom like about Mayor Herbert? (People are asking, “Why Herbert?,” conditioned as they have been to the type of men, tall and athletic, linked to Kris including Phillip Salvador, Joey Marquez and James Yap. Why, is Herbert, uhm, too short and too small for Kris’ criteria?)

“Because he’s a nerd!” (Kris: “Because I’m also a nerd!”)

When did you first meet Mayor Herbert?

“A year ago.” (Kris laughed and Bimby laughed along with her.)

It’s good that you are allowing your mom to have a boyfriend.

“It was my Christmas gift to her last year…a boyfriend.” (Kris confirmed, “Yes, it was his Christmas gift to me.”)

That was in Christmas 2013. What about in Christmas 2014?

“A new boyfriend.” (Kris laughed and laughed, and started to protest, “Bimby...”) “I just want to give you a better life!” (Kris: “No, that’s wrong. I want to be faithful. You told me that last year, right?”) “But if I have girlfriends, I want to make sabay.” (Kris: “It’s okay because you are a boy. You can have 50 girlfriends, I don’t care, but not sabay-sabay.”) “I want to have 80!”

While crossing the bridge from the Marina Bay Sands Complex to the other side for the EH event, Kris’ phone rang and she talked to whoever was calling all the way. Asked who the caller was, Kris whispered while covering the mouthpiece, “It’s the mayor!”

Apparently, the Aquinos led by Pres. Noynoy approved of the “work in progress” as evidenced by a photo of Herbert having dinner with the Aquinos that Kris posted (but hastily deleted) on her Instagram account.

“Herbert is the only one who has asked for (Kuya Noynoy’s) permission to date me,” Kris repeated on TV what she had told Funfare in Singapore. “No other suitor has done that.”

Promising to stop talking about her private life henceforth, Kris added in her public confession, “Herbert and I are partners in either the failure or success of our being together, and we can strengthened what we have by allowing ourselves to have a chance at forever by keeping private and quiet about what is here and now.”

Kris turned 43 last Feb. 14 and Herbert 46 on May 12. If and when their “work in progress” develops (let’s hope and pray it does) into something “forever,” they might have to settle for taking care of “yours” and “mine” but not “ours,” unless Kris can still have another child at her age. She has already two and, according to Funfare sources, Herbert has five — two from a previous relationship, one with a model and two with Tates Gana, his non-showbiz constant companion for 20 years now.

By the way, in the spirit of fair play and in reply to a reader who said that Funfare is “being pro-Kris,” I’m giving a space to the input of somebody close to Tates whom she described as “the girl Mayor Herbert has left behind” and who is known as “the wind beneath Herbert’s wings,” the accepted First Lady of Quezon City. Herbert is an eligible bachelor, not having been married.

Here it is:

“No, Tates and Herbert are not living-in but they haven’t really broken up. As QC first lady, Tates knows every nook and cranny of the city; kabisado niya ang mga problema at concerns ng mga constituent. She worked hard to make Herbert achieve his political ambition starting when he first ran for QC vice mayor. Tates and her children Athena, 18, and Harvey (who is in the cast of Goin’ Bulilit), 10, are currently vacationing in Boracay. Like Tates, the children are affected by the whole thing which they learned only from media reports. The children are thinking of going abroad. Tates refuses to make any comment.”

There you are, as fair as fair can be.


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