aluCine Film Festival, TURNS 12!

aluCine Film Festival, 12 years in the making.

It began in 1993 when a group of young Latin American film and video makers (Ramiro Perta, Ricardo Acosta, Jorge Lozano, Sinara Perdomo and Maria Teresa Larrain) got together and formed the first national encounter of Latin American Filmmakers, screening over 30 independent films and videos.

Although the organisation has gone through a process of transformation over the years, it has never lost sight of its purpose assembling a spread of thought-provoking dramas, docs and experimental work from Latinos from Canada, the Americas and beyond. Making it one of the most important short film festivals in Toronto.

This year, marks the 12th anniversary of the organisation, and it aims to take the viewer through an exquisite visual journey exploring the past and reconnecting it with the present realities of the Americas. “Our 12th annual festival is a homage to the idea of seeing things differently… this year’s festival promises to be an exceptional one that will bring people together to laugh, cry and reflect on our cultural and artistic differences” says Sinara Rozo, Alucine’s Executive Director.

From the film IVAN by Fernando Rick

From November 15, to November 19, 2001. Alucine will capture the audience showcasing gripping, thought-provoking films and art from around Latin America.


One key aspect of this year film festival, it is the introduction of 30’s  “Moving Postcards” as a way to explore and “rediscover the city in which we live, the city that feeds our dreams … thriving with its multicultural vibrant arts ecology”.

Toronto plays the hosts to these exquisite silent pieces, depicting a different gaze, the inner movements and rhythms of Toronto’s public spaces.


Opening Night Premier: The North American Premier of renowned artist, sculptor and filmmaker Carlos Santa’s “The Mysterious Presages of Leon Prozak” This experimental film took roughly 10 years to create and is a stunning collage of animation techniques as well as an allegory of recent Latin American Socio-Political Issues.

A BRAZILIAN RETROSPECTIVE? Brazil has consistently used film to delve deeper into this mystery that we call life. The diversity in subject matter and form is thrilling and capturing. LOVE, LIFE & DEATH IN THE STREET OF BRAZIL is dedicated to a few of these fascinating films pushing the boundaries of art and story telling. Films like Pétala, by filmmaker Vitor Dourado Clarice, a pregnant photographer tired of her life, decides to make some changes the night of her birthday.

The Film TOPO GIGIO IS DEAD,  is part of the “TO RECORD, TO RETEEL AND TO REACT” programme.  A program dedicated to demonstrate inherited conflicts in the Americas after the disappearance of dictatorships and reintroduction of democracy.

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The Design Exchange (DX)  Canada’s Design Centre and Museum honoured Karim Rashid, Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture, whose works and achievements were celebrated at Binary, the Design Exchange’s annual Black & White Fundraising Gala being held on November 12, 2011 at the  DX. Each year the Design Exchange honours exceptional Canadian designers who are advancing the world of design.

karim Rashid & Marlon Moreno. Photo by Charles Leonio

karim Rashid & Marlon Moreno. Photo by Charles Leonio

“The Design Exchange has chosen to honour these three Canadian designers for their individual and collective achievements which have propelled them to international acclaim and helped brand Canada as a designled nation,” says Design Exchange Chairperson, Tim Gilbert. He also notes that

“Karim, Hani, and Lise Anne are role models for all aspiring young architects and designers, but especially to young women and newcomers to Canada.”

Karim Rashid is recognized as one of the most accomplished industrial designers in the world. Karim has over 3,000 projects in production in over 35 countries and his work is featured in 20 permanent museum collections. In addition to being a prolific industrial designer, Karim has participated in various design fields including interior, fashion, exhibit and urban design, and has published many successful books including I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli 2001). Karim has been profiled in thousands of articles and was named the most famous industrial designer in the world by Time Magazine. He has received over 300 prestigious awards for his creativity and innovation in the design field.

Architects and professional partners Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture founded Asymptote Architecture (ASY), and have produced powerful and innovative architecture around the world.

Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture. Photo by Natalie Behring

Projects range from experimental spatial installations and digital architecture to some of the world’s newest iconic buildings such as the HydraPier in the Netherlands and the 85,000 sqm YAS hotel in Abu Dhabi.

An Architectural Gemstone: The Yas Hotel courtesy of the YAS hotel.

Hani Rashid and Couture have also explored art installation, object design and master planning. Works include master plans for the center of Prague and the Yongsan district in Seoul, Korea, as well as special edition art and design works for Knoll, Meta (London) and Phillips de Pury and Company in New York.

Guests arriving at the VIP dinner. Photo by Charles Leonio

The gala included a cocktail reception, VIP dinner in the exhibition hall emceed by supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, presentations, a silent auction, as well as raffles and door prizes. Among many other exciting surprises the after-party, which run from 8 p.m. until the wee hours, featured a fashion show hosted by Tiegs on the DX trading floor courtesy of platinum sponsor Cambria.

After Party BINARY lounge. Photo by Charles Leonio

Jeff Rustia, President of Front TV & Marlon Moreno BOLD magazine. Photo by Charles Leonio
Models at the BINARY after party. Photo by Charles Leonio

The Greatest Filipino Ball on Earth – THE PRESIDENTIAL GALA


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The Kol Hope Foundation For Children proudly presented the Most Glamorous Philippine Presidential Ball  in North America Hotel in Yorkville.  Over 400 of Toronto’s brightest starts, fashionistas, prominent members of the Filipino community, attended the red carpet soirée held on Friday November 11, 2001 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville. The Filipino Ball is a charity dinner and dance to help reaise funds for Children with disabilities. It is truly the first of its kind, all out Extravagant Cultural Showcase of the best in Filipine Culture, Fashion, Dance, Performance and Gastronomy.

Jeff Rustia, President & Founder of Front TV speaks to the media.

The stellar line-up for the evening included from the country’s top Philippine Cultural Dance troupes in Canada, including award winning Fiesta Filipina and PCO, that performed their award winning Singkil and Tinikling and performance by Award Winning Filipino Opera Singer, Lilac Cana, and also Ballroom dance champ, 12 year old Filipino Colin Petierre!

The evening  also featured An Haute Couture and Ready to Wear Philippine Fashion Show presenting fashions by Joy Couture, one of the star designers in Fashion. Arts. Toronto, and Filipino-Canadian Designer, Amanda Lew Kee, the darling and main buzz of Toronto’s Fashion Week, and JP Rangel, NYC-Based Manila Designer, from Parsons Fashion Design.

The  soirée  began at p.m. and amongst the Who’s is Who: Toronto’s Former Mayor of Toronto Barbara Hall, Fashion Designer Baby Steinberg & Louie J. Manzo, Stephen Lynch make up artist for the acclaimed TV series Queer As Folk, Actress and Singer Ma-Anne Dionisio from the musical Miss Saigon, casting Director Karyn Fine, Kelechi Achonu Fashion Editor for RGM, Bradley K Schmale Head of Leading International Bank for HSBC.

And for the very first time ever in Four Seasons Hotel history, the hotel has launched an exclusive Filipino Fusion Menu, comprised of a three course meal starting with a Kalabaza Soup, followed by Traditional Adobo Chicken in a delicate Calamus Jus and finished with a Guimaras Mango Mousse.

Allan Reyes and Celebrity Make up Artist Stephen Lynch
Anne To & Carla Sotomayor
Actress and singer Ma-Anne Dionisio from the musical Miss Saigon & Marlon Moreno BOLD magazine
Fashion Designer Baby Steinberg & Louie J. Manzo
Wai-Yee Lam, Bradley Schmale Head of Leading International Bank HSBC & Hayley Schmale

Matt Wojtowicz & Chanel Beckenlehner


There were plenty of MBA executives at 1 King West Hotel this past November 10th, 2011 to celebrate LAMBA’s 1st Anniversary.


LAMBA; the Latin American MBA Alumni Network celebrated its first year with a high profile networking soirée Connecting People and Businesses through Technology  with 250 guests, that  included senior executives from various corporations and industries, Latin American diplomats and leading business schools representatives and alumni.

L-R: Alfredo Suraez TD, Jaime Sparks Deputy Consul General of Peru, Jose Castillo, Director KPMG & Gabriel Hernandez.

In his opening speech, LAMBA’s President Victor Olvera remarked on the organisation’s achievements in terms of key partnership with top business schools in Canada; such as Rotman, Ivey, Schulich and HEC, as well as with leading corporations including CIBC, ScotiabankTD bank, KPMG.  

Oscar Nino de Rivera – Scotiabank, Lindsay Hillcoat -Schulick School of Business & Luis Perez – FERRERO

What started with a small group of 20 or so Latin American MBA graduates from top business schools in Canada, today  has listed over 500 MBA executives from the Americas.  The organisation has launched various initiatives to consolidate itself as a support network for professional development and a valuable source of connections for experienced Latin American business professionals in Canada.

Matt Petersen-Director, CIBC Diversity Strategies, Gwendolyn Julien Deloitte & Emiliano Mendez RBC

To celebrate its first anniversary, the organisation invited Nicole German, LinkedIn Head of Marketing Canada and Latin America who shared her insights on Connecting People and Businesses through Technology and Duncan Stewart, Director of Research at Deloitte.

L-R: Victor Olvera, LAMBA’s President, Nicole German, LinkedIn Head of Marketing Canada and Latin America & Duncan Stewart, Director of Research at Deloitte.

Mastering Chilean Cuisine by ProChile


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Today we were invited to “Chilean Cuisine Event”, a promotional cooking show organized by Prochile (Trade Commission of Chile in Toronto). As expected,  it was a very well organized event and the quality was exceptional  in terms of products and human resources.

The event took place at the Mezzanine Room at the St Lawrence Market, in the upper level of the market itself. The venue had a splendid light and was very well equipped.

One of the members of ProChile welcomed us with a radiant smile and Jose and Ignacio explained and presented the products more in-depth.

The chef, Andres Michel, was introduced to the guets and Ignacio Recart, Trade Commisioner for ProChile, had some words to thank everybody for attending the event. Mr. Michel did a brief description of the dishes and cooking ingredients, and explained to the audience the characteristics of the products imported from Chile. The featured products for the gourmet lunch were avocado oil, black olive paste, merken, papaya, olive oil and balsamic oil.
The first course was a smoked salmon salad with papaya dressing. The presentation was spectacular, with bright colors and generous salmon cubes. The blend of exotic flavors and the contrast between papaya and balsamic oil made it an exquisite dish.
The second course was pan seared scallops over black olive tapenade with hot pebre sauce. The tapenade was deliciously smooth, and the combination of flavors was splendid. The salsa “Pebre” consisted of a smooth sauce similar to the Mexican “pico de gallo”, but warmed in wine and scallop’s sauce. The combination had a very latin soul and frankly, it was pleasantly surprising.
After a short round of questions with the chef, the next dish was prepared; this time “beef parmentier sauteed in merken and garlic red wine sauce.” This dish was the most elaborate, it takes about 20 minutes to properly cook the beef, but during that time the chef showed us how to prepare the sauce. The meat was tender and the sauce consisted in a red wine reduction with merken and garlic.
After enjoying this last meal, chef Michel prepared from scratch “sopaipillas”. The sopaipillas are small circles of fried dough served with sweet avocado puree and dulce de leche … DELICIOUS!
Finally, some of the attendees, made a toast to the chef for an splendid meal and proceeded to network and engage about the products. Without doubt, today we had a special gourmet lunch and we were introduced to fantastic Chilean products.


Nobel Prize winner, Octavio Paz, in his essay, “The Labyrinth of Solitude” explores the Mexican fascination with the duality of life and death. “Our relationship with death is intimate”, Paz writes, “more intimate perhaps than those of any other people.” He further described that the Mexican has no qualms about getting up close and personal with death, noting that he “…chases after it, mocks it, courts it, hugs it, sleeps with it; it is his favorite plaything and his most lasting love.” Whatever the reason, this Mexican celebration is a full-blooded affair, colorful, highly emotional and it lasts for days.

Day of the Dead Altar, Mexico City

To celebrate this event, many Mexican families erect altars to the dead in their homes and often in the street or public spaces. The altars are decorated with papel picado – cut tissue paper –  in three layers to represent heaven, earth and the underworld, candles to guide the souls,  bright orange marigolds (the zempoalxochitl, flower of the dead) – to represent the fugacity of life, photographs of the departed, candy skulls inscribed with the name of the deceased.Included in these altars are ofrendas, offerings of the favorite foods and drinks of the departed.The latter often include bottles of beer or tequila, cups of atole (corn gruel) or coffee, and fresh water, as well as platters of rice, beans, chicken or meat in mole sauce, candied pumpkin or sweet potatoes to be enjoyed by their spirits when they return to visit their loved ones. 

In Toronto, the Day of the Dead Celebration, presented by Scotiabank, was held at the Harbourfront.

In addtion, two altars or Ofrendas were erected to celebrate the lives of two Mexican Icons: Artist Frida Kalho and Mario Moreno Cantinflas , Mexicos

Iconic Frida Khalo. The offering was presented by EXATEC.

Mario Moreno, the most popular and beloved Mexican Comedian. The Altar and offering was presented by the Consulate General of Mexico.

In addition to the OFRENDAS, with a splash of colour, heaps of fancy footwork and keen attention to detail, the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company performed a repertoire that embraces the wide cultural diversity of authentic dances, costumes and traditions from diverse regions within the Mexican nation for over two decades, thrilling audiences large and small.

As well, guests were treated to Mexican delights prepared by one of Toronto’s youngest and most accomplished chefs Luis Valenzuela and his assistant chef garde manger Eric Shoemaker. 


In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a holiday that tends to be a subject of fascination for visitors from abroad. With its rare mix of pre-Hispanic and Roman Catholic rituals, it is also a perfect illustration of the synthesis of pre-Hispanic and Spanish cultures that has come to define the country and its people.



Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène of Monaco attended the grand opening event of the exhibit Grace Kelly: from Movie Star to Princess on November 2 at the TIFF.

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlène of Monaco by Javi Yebenes

Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess is a tribute to the life and style of one of the world’s most beloved stars and features rarely-displayed items and artifacts ranging from Grace Kellys days as a leading lady in Hollywood to a princess of one of Europe’s oldest royal families.

The exhibition features many of her original dresses, a special exhibit around an exact replica of her iconic wedding gown, her signature Kelly bagand tiara, along with photos from her childhood scrapbooks and high school yearbooks, letters signed “Affectionately, Hitch,” telegrams from Prince Rainier and her Academy Award® statuette for The Country Girl. Kellys personal home moviesshot on Super 8, and featuring her famous friends and familyprovide visitors with an extremely rare glimpse into her personal life. Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess is based on the Grimaldi Forums The Grace Kelly Yearsexhibition in Monaco, and the Victoria and Albert Museums Grace Kelly: Style Iconexhibition in London.


If October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, given the widely scope of exposure to this deadly disease, then November (Movermber) is Prostate Cancer Awareness month.

Fabulous PR Launches 1st Fashion Show Charity, Pink Movember

The Charity and Fashion Show will take place on November 1, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. @ the Bowery Downtown Toronto in hopes to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

The campaign Pink Movember is designed to promote awareness among women to help families affected by prostate cancer. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes and a fashion show including Canadian Designers Arnaldo Santos, Michelle Turpin and Rita Tesolin. For donations please visit

and Here is the reason why Fabulous PR and BOLD magazine supports MOVEMBER

Live-in-Love by Oscar de la Renta


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The legendary designer Oscar de la Renta was in Toronto at the The Bay flagship store on Queen Street to launch his latest fragrance: Live-in-love. The last time de la Renta was in Toronto he remarked that coming to Toronto was “like coming home to family,” Today’s event was hosted by Jeanne Beker who had a one – on – one with the iconic Fashion designer.

Everything in the store was perfectly coordinated to receive the designer, from the banners in every single corner to the nice ladies assisting the guests to find the location for the event. All over The Bay you could breath an exquisit fragrance, it couldn’t be other but Live-in-Love.

Bonnie Brooks President and CEO, The Bay Introducing Oscar de la Renta

Bonnie Brooks introduced the stars of the day to the audience, Oscar de la Renta was interviewed by the always charming Jeanne Beker.

“People are not born with elegance, elegance is a discipline of how you live life”
– Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta & Fashion Television Jeanne Beker

Part of our team attended the event and even though it was a long day for Oscar de la Renta, we were able to chat with him and capture the moment.

Oscar de la Renta & Javi Yebenes, Marketing Director – BOLD magazine

Oscar de la Renta & Gustavo Reid, Associate Editor BOLD magazine

Live-in-love opens with sparkling ginger orchid and bergamot, merged with lush hyacinth, green muguet and galbanum. The scent has a heart of florals, including jasmine sambac, orange flower and rose. Creamy white woods and sensual musk intertwine with amber, sandalwood and cedarwood at its base. The complexity of Live-in-love evokes that of a classic scent, made with ingredients of the highest quality.

The bottle, designed by Oscar de la Renta himself, was conceived much like a dress – with attention to detail and a level of craftsmanship that are the Oscar de la Renta signatures. The faceted glass represents the many dimensions of a woman’s life, each aspect lived to the fullest, in love.

Oscar de la Renta & Suzanne Rogers

Hillary Sampliner (Ruth Weil's Designer) posing with Jeanne Beker

Live-in-love is an expression of Oscar de la Renta’s desire to make every woman feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. With Live-in-love, he has created an unforgettable scent for a woman to fall in love with.