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Lifestyle Buzz: Foster The Spirit Of Christmas With These Events And Advocacies

Lifestyle Buzz: Foster The Spirit Of Christmas With These Events And Advocacies

This holiday season, explore new ways of gift-giving. Whether you’re looking for ways to share your blessings or want to be an inspiration to the community, here are some ways you can get involved with a cause you care about! 'Tis the season for giving, indeed!

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As top fashion designer Vania Romoff celebrates her 10th year in the business, she also adds another milestone to her career as this year's Metrowear Icon. This November 22, Vania will be showcasing her latest collection in Metro's annual fashion show, which you can livestream on Metro.Style's YouTube channel.

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Metro is excited to announce the next #MetrowearIcon! Approaching her ten-year milestone in fashion, with her name almost always mentioned at every major fashion moment or event, #VaniaRomoff has become a staple in the local fashion scene. Known for designs that evoke a feminine mystique, frequently featured on editorials, weddings, and red carpets, Vania has become a go-to for celebrities and fashion women alike. We give a sneak peek of what’s to come with some of Vania’s muses, including #AnneCurtis, #JessWilson, #StephKienleGonzalez, #JanineGutierrez, #MariJasmine, and #ClaraAseniero in original designs showcasing Vania’s signature feminine style. Read all about it in our @metrodotstyle exclusive #MetroLovesVania (or click the link in bio) Photographer @bjpascual Writer @jenicachuahiock Producer @gracelibero and @kate_paras Fashion Editor @randzomeness Makeup artists @antheabueno (Vania, Jess, Mari), @omar_ermita for M.A.C (Janine) @reeaquino (Clara, Steph), and @robbiepinera (Anne) Hairstylists @mongamado (Vania, Jess), @georgealiben for Aveda (Clara, Steph), @ethandavid_ (Mari), @markfamilara (Janine), and @santiagoraymond (Anne) Fashion Assistant @zetacarmenn Nails Luz Fortuno for @tripleluckbrowandnailsalon

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It was an eventful evening last November 10 as Metro Society hosted its first ever KaLIKHAsan Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila to celebrate Bantay Kalikasan's 20th anniversary and jewellery designer Wynn Wynn Ong's final collection. During this event, Metro Society also presented several awards such as the Vanguard of the Sea award to Akiko Thomson, a world class Filipina Olympian who is also working to save our vast marine ecosystem, the Steward of Urban Oasis award to USEC Marlo Mendoza, and the Earth Warrior Award was given to Wynn Wynn in celebration of her “Sa Dagat at Bundok” collection.

Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI Group) is known for curating the best selection of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands from all over the globe and bringing them to the Philippines. As it turns 30 years this 2018, SSI launched the “The Curated Life” campaign earlier this year—encouraging its consumers to live an inspiring and well-lived life. Late this year, SSI launches yet another campaign, #PassionForward, to "inspire every Filipino to choose well, be better, and live a life well-lived—a life that’s well-curated."

In time for their 30th anniversary, SSI Group also received the Economics Dividend for Gender Equality (EDGE) Certification and is the first specialty retail company to get certified in the Philippines and in South East Asia. Mr. Anton Huang, President of the SSI Group, Inc. said,  “Strengthening a culture of inclusivity and equality is vital to every company’s success.” He added, “SSI is no different. With the EDGE certification, we are more confident that the policies we have in place are essential to achieving gender equality in our workplace culture.” 

The gorgeous candidates of Miss Earth 2018 toured the Philippines one last time; this time, at the beautiful Playa Calatagan, a quintessential beach development of Landco Pacific Corporation located in Calatagan, Batangas. The ladies immersed themselves with the beauty of the Southern region as they planted tree seedlings as a part of their commitment towards preserving Mother Nature, and enjoyed the modern amenities. “Landco takes pride in pioneering estates that embrace nature just like Playa Calatagan. Miss Earth provided us the perfect opportunity to showcase one of our leisure tourism developments that we really take pride in—an unparalleled location fronting the Verde Island Passage, beachfront living, and a complete escape from the busy city life,” said President and CEO Cris Zuluaga.

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Lazada launches a first-of-its-kind partnership with UNICEF that allows online shoppers to give back. UNICEF will have an online shop at Lazada from November 11 to December 31, 2018 where inspired gifts such as backpacks, hygiene kits, and emergency supplies that range from P199 to P999 can be donated to children. "Lazada is honored to work with UNICEF in helping the underprivileged children of the Philippines. e-Commerce has helped cater to the needs of many underserved Filipinos and our UNICEF partnership allows us to extend this help to those who need it the most. With kids, a little help goes a long way because you're helping build the future, one child at a time. We believe that the Filipino future is bright because of the kids we help today through our platform,” said Ray Alimurung, Lazada Philippines CEO.

International beauty brand Covergirl joins the long list of Leaping Bunny-certified brands as they recently got awarded the Cruelty Free Certification, making them the largest makeup brand in the industry to have eliminated animal testing in their products.

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