How to Celebrate Your Woman on International Women’s Day

International Women's Day celebrates women all over the world, especially their social, economic, cultural and political achievements. The day is celebrated on March 8, although in the Philippines, we celebrate Women's Month all of March. Celebrate the accomplishments of the amazing woman in your life with these suggested ideas.

Brunch at Solaire

Sunday mornings have just become more luxurious with brunch at Finestra at Solaire.

The Italian steakhouse’s offerings include a sumptuous spread of antipasti:  fresh oysters, octopus, shrimp, buratta, prosciutto, salami, and vitello tonnato. Carvings include prime rib, lamb and porchetta, but the real star is the all-she-can-eat broiled lobster. Freshly made pasta is made to order, or indulge in the Royal eggs with salmon in hollandaise sauce crowned with caviar. She may choose to start though with the tantalizing array of pies, tarts, nougats, and chocolate truffles. Or even just fresh plums or strawberries with a glass of Champagne. P4988+ per person.

Photo by Yvette Fernandez.

Photo by Yvette Fernandez.

Photo by Yvette Fernandez.

Photo by Yvette Fernandez.
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Watch Matilda the Musical

To celebrate the not-so-little girl in your life, take her to the international production of Matilda from the Royal Shakespeare Company, now playing at the Theatre at Solaire. The musical, a stage adaptation of the best-selling book by Roald Dahl, is the dark, wickedly enchanting tale of a extraordinary little girl who escapes her horrid life by reading books. The musical won a record-breaking seven awards at the Olivier Awards in 2012, including Best Musical.


Afternoon Tea at Writer's Bar

Celebrate springtime with a lovely Sakura afternoon tea at the Writer’s Bar at the Raffles Makati hotel. Cherry blossom infused pastries such as the Sakura coconut rocher and a cream cheese mousse honor the long-time Japanese tradition of the enchanting flower. Sakura-infused scones are also a delight and are accompanied by clotted cream, strawberry preservers, and fresh lemon curd. Tea aficionados will appreciate the vast selection of TWG teas on offer. Should your lady be in the mood for something extra fun, we recommend starting your afternoon with a glass of Moet et Chandon rose. Tea for two is at P1500 with an upcharge for the bubbly.


Gin and Tonics at Hola Bom Bon 

Every evening is a reason to celebrate your woman at Hola Bom Bon’s Noches de Fiesta.

Highlighting an array of premium and “de lugo” gins, including crowd favorites such as Tanqueray, Hendricks, Sipsmith, Boodles, and Plymouth , gin all you can from 9 p.m to 11:30 p.m.

While sipping away and taking in the restaurants cheerful and fun atmosphere, make sure to partake of Hola Bom Bon’s wide pintxo and tapas offering. Whatever you do, don’t forget to add an order of the tasty chipirones with bagoong aioli- a sure pleaser! Second Floor, 5887 Fermina Street, Poblacion, Makati.


Canada's 4 Seasons Dinner at Sage Bespoke Grill

For dinner, head to Sage Bespoke Grill at Makati Shangri-La, which currently  features flavorful Canada Beef as part of its Canada’s 4 seasons dinner by Chef Sebastian Barcudes. From a light beef consommé redolent of spring and a summery beef cheek tortellini with prawns to the autumnal barbecued beef and wintry smoky rib-eye, it guarantees a hearty date night.

Every woman loves a good present, especially when it includes luxury beauty products. Here are some of our favorites.


Genaissance de La Mer The Serum Essence

To prep her complexion before a long day, indulge her with the Genaissance de La Mer The Serum Essence. Created with red algae from the sea and infused with 24-karat gold, it reduces lines and imperfections, making her skin ageless.



La Prairie’s White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire

For her eyes, La Prairie’s White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire, a rich cream that nourishes and moisturizes. It illuminates in the right places of the eye’s architecture, defining and highlighting some of her brightest assets.


Chanel’s Rosy Light Drops

Chanel’s Rosy Light Drops from its Le Blanc collection add a luminous pink glow to her complexion. She can use them to highlight her cheekbones, the bridge of her nose, her chin, the points on her face that catch the light and make her radiant. For her lips, a limited edition line of Rouge Allure Camelia lipsticks, inspired by the brand’s iconic flower that once decorated the lapels of men’s jackets.



Jo Malone’s Lavenderland

Jo Malone’s Lavenderland limited collection evokes purple pathways and fields of violet in the English countryside. Its three fragrances include sensual, spicy Lavender & Coriander with notes of earthy sage and tonka bean; a cool Silver Birch  & Lavender with a hint of grapefruit; and a dainty Wisteria & Lavender with a shade of white musk.


Hermès Beauté at Rustan's Makati 

Shopping just got easier. Hermès recently unveiled its Hermès Beauté shop at Rustan's Makati, with its wide selection of fragrances and cosmetics to match her every mood. From our favorite Les Jardins line reflecting the souls of special places to the playful Twilly d'Hermes with the spicy spirit of youth to the classic Colognes collection of Eau d'Orange Verte, the house's founding fragrance. Choose the scent you'd love to smell on her, or have her choose her own treats by getting her a Rustan's gift certificate.


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Yvette Fernandez is the Chief Storyteller of the Gokongwei Group. Previously, she was the editorial director of Esquire Philippines.
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