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Meet: Christine Garcia Esguerra – Beauty Queen

Exclusive Interview with Christine Garcia Esguerra – Beauty Queen (MRS. PHILIPPINES ASIA PACIFIC-GLOBAL 2023)

Tell us something about yourself

I am a 42 yr old widowed parent of my 2 amazing teenagers, Rian Caius 16yrs old and Rich Calix 14yrs old studying at La Salle Greenhills and La Salle Tech Academy. An only daughter and middle child among my 2 brother siblings. The wonder woman of my biological parents Carlos and Dolores Garcia. A great friend, who cherishes all the good and bad times. A sister who supports and brings out the best in each other. A neighbour who helps in times of need. And a leader who has created & keeps creating leaders. 

What can you say about the stereotype about being a beauty queen? 

Being a beauty queen is like a rose, many love that alluring scent and lovely petals, but there is a pain in beauty, and we are a proof of it. 

We will not be a beauty queen for no reason and purpose. We went through a lot of challenges and breakouts, but we kept going to find that purpose and create our worth, to be a model or icon of humanity & passion! We designed our own thorns to protect the beauty and significance of the word “QUEEN.” We deserved to be included and highly respected, and have our own seat at the table. WE ARE LIVING LEGENDS! 

How important is the crown for you as a beauty queen? 

This piece of metal with stones is just a physical symbol of being a beauty queen. But a real queen always wears an invisible priceless crown. With pride and honor, I value my crown equivalent to what I have experienced all my life and sacrificed to win it! This means ‘MY LIFE’ being a WOMAN, my dignity and credibility! This symbolizes a battle won and another new journey to being the greatest version of myself. 

“My crown is me, I am a QUEEN.” A crown is not a crown meant to be worn by cowards. Because it takes a true queen to wear a crown behind its responsibilities and values. And with a heavy heart, a crown is not worth wearing if it’s painful. 

What is for you the true essence of being a woman?

My winning answer (LOL) : 

“The true essence of being a woman not  only shows with her poise and grace, or by being fabulous, but furthermore she reflects the love and care she genuinely shows, and she radiates humanity, kindness, resilience and humility by those around her. And that’s the real essence of being a woman.” AND I THANK YOU!

Designer | Jeffrey Espiritu
Available at Mato’s Coat And Tie Collection
HMUA | Jeffrey Espiritu
Photographer | Winluna Photography
Venue | LP Paragon Modeling Center & Studio

We all know that pageants for married women are more on advocacy, can you tell us your advocacy?

Even before I won in this pageant, I have been doing what I am preaching, practising and living a true-to-life story of a beauty queen through an ordinary person in me. But in this current platform, I am advocating the IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION as my main advocacy. Because through education, we can simply change the world. All professions started through the roots of education. Education is not only academic in school or through other formal studies, hence, there is more to learn from simple things outside the school. And these include love for humankind; love for nature, animals and environment; nurturing living and non-living things; impact of happiness and positivity through holistic wellness; fashion and passion sustainability; and many more! And as a woman of advocacy, this pageant gave me the right platform to perform well in my duties as a human being, as a queen! 

How do you balance your time as a career woman, as a mom and as a beauty queen?

It’s good that I have learned being a multi-tasker and it’s a strong plus being a beauty queen. I gained knowledge and experience through time and good enough to know the right balance of my roles! I am fulfilling my FULL-time role now as a SOCIAL COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER on the side of being a full-time hands-on Mom and at the same time, fulfilling my deceased husband’s role to my kids. I always believe that life gives us great options. I always choose to be hands on to my kids and my family. 

And I feel I made the right decision to sacrifice my work right now which just started a few months ago before the pageant and focus on my priceless & unpaid job for now, fulfilling my role and worth as a reigning Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific Global 2023. Financially, I always trust the Lord that He will always provide and He keeps doing it for us, never did He forsaken us! 

Are there any upcoming event/s you are preparing for?

Practically preparing for our upcoming beauty pageant this December 6-11, 2023 in Singapore and to Malaysia as the host venue for this year, for the title “Mrs. Asia Pacific 2023” by Lumiere International Pageantry. While on the side of doing single-parenting and full-time volunteer jobs! I am always grateful to look forward to this kind of event that could lead to another open door of opportunity for me, my career and my family. 

Models Sports

Featured Fil-Am Athlete: Teagan Monroe

Teagan Monroe was born in Denver, Colorado, to an American Father and a Filipina Mother from Cebu. Teagan debuted as a Philippine National athlete at Malaysia’s 43rd SEA Age Group swimming. She represented the Fil-Foreign team at the 14th NEO Singapore Nationals Swimming Championship.

Currently, Teagan is an undergraduate student-athlete at the University of California San Diego, where she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Marine Biology with a minor in Studio Arts. She holds the record in the 100 backstroke and is a 400 Medley Record holder team member the UCSD Swim Team. The UCSD Women’s Swim Team won the MPSF Swim and Dive Championship 2022, where she won the bronze for 100 backstroke and gold as a 400-Medley Relay team member. Later that year, she qualified as a finalist at the 2022 CSCAA National Invitaional Championship. Her summer long-course schedules included multiple swimming competitions as a qualifier for CA-NV Sectionals Championships, USA Swimming Futures , Los Angeles Invitationals, MVN Fran Crippen SMOC.

As a young student-athlete high schooler, Teagan graduated from El Camino High School as a Summa Cumlaude. She achieved recognition for achieving California Scholarship Federation Life Membership and the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma. Her High school swim achievements included Winter Jr Nationals qualifier from 2017-2019 , being Named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in 2018 and 2019 , being Named the team MVP in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Holding school records in the 100 fly, 100 bk, 200 IM, 100 fr, 200 medley relay, and the 400 fr relay and her team won the Pacific League in 2017 and 2018 She held the record in the 100 fly at the Ventura County Championship 2018-2022 and Pacific League 2018 thru current.

Teagan has two brothers, Josh and Jaiden(also a Philippine national team member). Her most memorable moment was swimming internationally for the Philippines at the SEA Age Games. Her favorite athlete is Natalie Coughlin, and she listens to Melanie Martinez, jon bellion, Halsey and g-eazy. She enjoys eating sushi, pho, and poke.

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Event Sports

Miranda Renner – An Athlete’s Journey

Miranda Renner has taken quite a journey on her way to becoming one of the Philippines’ top national swimmers. The daughter of a Filipino mother and an American father, she’s lived in multiple countries and been part of several swim teams during her 22 years- 14 of which have been spent swimming competitively. Born in Manila, Miranda spent her early years in California, before her father’s work on the Olympic Games brought the family to Beijing, where she was introduced to competitive swimming at the International School of Beijing.

She realized almost immediate success competing against other major international schools in China and throughout Asia. “This was a great introduction to the sport- the international schools in Asia had top class pools and coaching. It was very competitive and fun to travel around the region with teammates and family.” Some of Renner’s school records still stand at ISB- some ten years later. Once again, her father’s work in sports required her family to move to Paris. This is where Miranda’s development kicked up a notch, swimming for storied sports club Racing Club de France, which was at the center of the creation of the Olympic Games more than a century ago. France is one of the top swimming countries in the world, winning multiple Olympic and World Championship medals over the years.

20 September 2022: 2022-23 UC San Diego Swim & Dive Team. (Credit: Derrick Tuskan/UC San Diego)

Over the next few years, as Miranda entered high school, she competed against France’s best clubs, including several world class Olympic swimmers. “That seven-year period was the peak of France’s “golden generation”, with athletes like the Manaudou’s, Jeremy Stravius and Charlotte Bonnet. I couldn’t have found myself in a better environment for learning what it takes to compete at a world class level.” And Miranda stepped up to the challenge, becoming one of Racing’s top swimmers and winning her age group’s championship in the breaststroke and placing high in the butterfly. And as she matured and her body changed, Miranda also had to adapt, transitioning from the technical breaststroke to focus more on butterfly and freestyle in the sprint categories- all part of an athlete’s development. It was during this period that Miranda’s Filipino nationality caught the attention of the Philippines national swim team. Along with several other Fil-Am athletes, she was recruited to represent the team at an international level. Five years later, Miranda has competed for the Philippines at multiple world class championships, including the SEA Games and the World Championships in Budapest. With her father’s work completed in Paris by 2017, the decision was made to move to Southern California in the middle of her high school years. To help Miranda transition to American swimming, which is often competed in the American system of yards (versus meters on the international level), she entered one of the country’s legendary swimming high schools- Rancho Santa Margarita Catholic School- which has consistently won the California state championships as well as the National Championship. “The Blanc family of coaches had built a decades-long record of winning, producing Olympic swimmers and well-known college-level athletes and I wanted to be a part of that success. It was demanding, as were the academics, and it was a year-round commitment”. As part of the system, she also competed for a well-known club- the Gators- who went against some of the most storied programs in the US.

Again, Miranda realized success, becoming an integral part of a Rancho Santa Margarita team that won two consecutive state championships as well as a national championship. She scored important points for the team in freestyle and butterfly, as well as several relay teams. Her results grabbed the attention of some top college programs, and, after much consideration, she decided to enter the University of California in San Diego as they transitioned to Division I competition. Stepping into a major program like UCSD, which is also considered one of America’s top academic universities, brought a new set of challenges. “UCSD had decided to make the big step up to Division I competition- swimming against some of the country’s top college programs, including USC and Berkeley.

The transition for the team wasn’t easy, with coaching and scheduling changes. We were all learning on the spot.” And taking on the added challenge of studying Microbiology at one of the country’s most respected medical institutions required a great deal of Miranda’s focus to ensure her academic success. “UCSD is renowned for its technical studies- the engineering and medical schools are often ranked in the top 5 amongst universities and I had to balance my swimming with my studies to ensure good results”, says Renner. The hard work paid off. Over four years (interrupted by the COVID pandemic), UCSD successfully competed within the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, winning the women’s championship in 2021.

Once again, Miranda was a key team member, setting school records in the 50m & 100m butterfly, 100 m freestyle as well as 50 yards in fly , free and several team relays. Based on her success, Renner twice qualified for the National Invitational Swimming Championships along with some of her teammates. As Miranda enters into her last collegiate season, she’ll also be staying in touch with the Philippines national team, with the possibility of her competing for the nation in the upcoming Asian Games in China. And with a little luck, the 2024 World Championships in Qatar, which are a qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. It would be quite a story if Miranda could qualify for the Paris Olympics, bringing her back to almost the beginning of her swimming journey.

Exclusive Interview with Miranda:

Tell us something about yourself.

  • I am currently a Division One Athlete at the University of California, San Diego studying Microbiology and Minoring in Business. While I pursue my studies in California, I am simultaneously training to represent the Philippines as a National Athlete.

What motivated you to become a sports person?

  • I started swimming at a young age because my older sister was in the sport. Initially I pursued the sport as a hobby, and this hobby slowly developed into a passion. What further fueled this passion was the ability to represent the Philippines on the National stage, furthering the purpose of my role as an athlete.

What other sports do you love other than swimming?
-While I am not skilled at other sports, I am currently learning how to surf!

As an athlete, what kind of diet do you prefer?

  • I do not follow a strict diet, but I always focus on high protein meals after my workouts. I also aim to have high carbohydrate meals for breakfast and lunch to ensure I have sufficient and quick access sugars for my following workouts.

Do you think the life of an athlete is tough compared to other professionals?

  • I believe that the life of an athlete is tough, however, not a comparable experience that that of other professionals. While life in other professions requires commitment, teamwork, dedication, and passion. These qualities are also needed for an athlete, yet the differentiating factor of these fields is type of passion. For athletes, the hardships experienced occur on the physical level, not just the mental aspect. In fact, athletes must push their physical and mental boundaries every day in order to achieve their goals. In this, the life of an athlete can be an experience that challenges much more than one’s mind.

Give us three reasons why you like being part of the Philippine team?

  • Being able to represent the Philippine team has been an amazing experience. First and foremost, my teammates have pushed me to become a better athlete and person. My experience has been made exceptional due to these athletes by my side. Similarly, the coaching staff has always been extremely open and helpful during all of my international meets.

What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big competition and after the game?
-Typically, I enjoy eating a large plate of pasta with Bolognese sauce.

Who inspired you as a young athlete?

  • I did not have a singular inspiration as a young athlete, more so my teammates and coaches along my side. These individuals have always pushed me to elevate my goals as a swimmer, while making the process more than enjoyable.
    What do you do to relax?
  • I enjoy reading in my free time.

What role does a coach play in the life of a sportsperson?

  • A coach helps you achieve your goals. They show you that you are capable of more than you believe. They push you past your boundaries and are essential to creating an atmosphere that will motivate you.

What is the toughest aspect of being an athlete?

  • The toughest aspect of being an athlete is the heartbreak that comes along when desired goals are not attained. The sport naturally comes with more lows than highs, but dealing with the lows is essential to grow and improve as an athlete.

Do you have any advice for young people who want to start a career in sports?

  • Keep pushing yourself. It is natural to have lows but how you deal with them is what matters most. As long as you give your 100%, you will eventually be satisfied with your career. Embrace the process and enjoy your time with your teammates.

Tell us your social media accounts.
I do not use social media that often, however, I enjoy using Instagram to stay up to date with what my friends are doing.


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Fashion Influencer

Digital Cover: Taniya Chatterjee

Actress/Influencer Taniya Chatterjee from Mumbai, India. She already appeared in over ten web series and two music videos as the main character.

Here are some of her previous projects:

  1. Gandiibaat season 4 for alt balaji
  2. Class of 2020 season 2 for alt balaji
  3. Jaal for ullu
  4. Kasak for ullu
  5. Titliyan for ullu
  6. Dil do for ullu
  7. Watchman for ullu
  8. Wild fantasy for cine prime app
  9. Love bites for EYour TV
  10. Film for ott called house of lies with Sanjay Kapoor Sir and many more
  11. Episodic crime world for Sheemaroo TV

Music Videos

  1. Soneya for youtube
  2. Yeh zindegi song for sheemaroo filmi gaane
Event Fashion Press Release

Fashion Pronoun #FEMMAS: Fashion Week Brooklyn Goes Global with London Debut


Fashion Pronoun #FEMMAS: Fashion Week Brooklyn Goes Global with London

Debut Fashion Week Brooklyn’s International Debut: Uniting Brooklyn and London with #FEMMAS Global Expansion with #FEMMAS: Fashion Week Brooklyn Takes Center Stage in London 

BROOKLYN, NY – July 31, 2023 — BK Style/Fashion Week Brooklyn (FWBK), the renowned bi-annual  fashion event hosted by the BK Style Foundation, is thrilled to announce its first-ever International  Fashion Show in London on September 16-17. With this year’s theme, “Fashion Pronoun #FEMMAS,” the  event will celebrate creativity, diversity, and global fashion, showcasing designers from Brooklyn and  around the world. Following the London show, FWBK will return to its local roots with a Brooklyn show  from October 14-21. 

Fashion Week Brooklyn, the globally acclaimed fashion event, is set to make a stunning return for its  Season 2 showcase. FWBK has become a worldwide platform for socially-conscious fashion designers  and serves as a catalyst for raising awareness of critical social causes and community development. The  event goes beyond the runway, impacting enrichment through various programming, including clothing  swaps, curated talks, and culturally driven activities. 

“Fashion Week Brooklyn has always been at the forefront of creativity and innovation, and Season 2  takes creativity and innovation to a whole new level,” said Rick Davy, Founder of FWBK. “Fashion shows  are not only about premiering the season’s newest styles; they are showcasing events that bring  together some of the most creative minds in the world. Fashion Week Brooklyn is a haven for local  labels and global creators, particularly in the vibrant markets of New York and London, all while lending  itself to our global sustainability mission of bridging fashion and community.” 

Fashion Week Brooklyn’s global footprint continues to expand, with events and designers participating  from Paris, Japan, Africa, the Philippines, and the Caribbean, capturing the essence and integrity of the  global fashion community. The event collaborates with national and international organizations to  provide a platform for emerging and established designers, fostering collaboration and creativity in  Brooklyn and international partner venues. 

The upcoming FWBK Season 2 will feature diverse events, including the Gen K Kids Runway Show, a  showcase of kids-wear designers and products, sponsored and held in Kings Plaza Mall since 2019, and  the Designers RTW and Couture show, presenting ready-to-wear and couture collections. In Season 2,  Fashion Week Brooklyn is set to showcase a unique fusion of cultures with “Japan in Brooklyn”  


presented by Brooklyn Beauty Fashion Labo in Park Slope. This event will bring together designers from  both Japan and Brooklyn, where four brands from each locale will transform the street into a vibrant  catwalk on October 14. Additionally, on October 15, FWBK will proudly feature the talent of student  designers from colleges and universities across the USA in an inspiring student show. 

The event also reaffirms FWBK’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the fashion  industry. The collaboration will feature artists from diverse backgrounds, reflecting the rich tapestry of  cultures and identities that make up the global fashion community. 

The global expansion of Fashion Week Brooklyn is a testament to its impact and commitment to  positively changing the fashion industry. FWBK is excited to welcome emerging and established  designers worldwide to join this transformative event. With our upcoming events in Brooklyn and  London, we are seeking designers from around the world to join us and showcase their collections. This  is an incredible opportunity for emerging talents to gain visibility and connect with industry  professionals, buyers, and media. Whether you’re a fresh talent looking to make your mark or an  established designer looking to reach new audiences, Fashion Week Brooklyn is the perfect platform to  elevate your brand and share your unique vision with the world. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available for our Season 2 2023 Fashion Week Presents Designers  Collection event series. Brands will have the chance to align themselves with a highly influential and  socially-conscious fashion event. “We welcome all brands and organizations to join us in this  transformative journey and make a meaningful impact on the world of fashion,” said Rick Davy, founder  of the 501c3 non-profit BK|Style Foundation (BK|SF) 

For more information on how to participate as a designer or become a sponsor for Fashion Week  Brooklyn Season 2, please visit or contact our team at 

About Fashion Week Brooklyn: 

Fashion Week Brooklyn, hosted by the BK Style Foundation, is a bi-annual fashion event that celebrates  creativity, diversity, and community impact. Since its inception in 2006, FWBK has served as a global  platform for emerging and established designers to showcase their work and raise awareness for social  causes. The event features a wide range of fashion categories, including sustainability, ready-to-wear,  streetwear, and kidswear. Fashion Week Brooklyn bridges the gap between fashion and community,  creating a space for collaboration and innovation through a series of runway shows, talks, and cultural  activations. 

Davy said, “As we gear up for Season 2 of Fashion Week Brooklyn, we are excited to provide a global  platform for emerging designers, designers of color, and the LGBTQIA+ communities. FWBK has always  been committed to celebrating diversity and inclusivity in the fashion industry. Our goal is to create a  space where all voices and perspectives can be heard and celebrated. We believe that fashion is a  powerful tool for self-expression and social change, and we are dedicated to supporting designers from  all backgrounds and walks of life.” 

Media Contact: 

Kisha Barton, MBA  


Telephone: (347) 720-5099 

Business Fashion Press Release

GANAP Magazine: August 2023 Cover – Sascha Stammer

Sascha Stammer a young entrepreneur was born in Heilbronn on 26th December 1999 and currently lives in Heidelberg, Germany and Monte Carlo, Monaco. He has served in the German Air Force for four long years before quitting and focusing on the entrepreneurial space. He has interests across distinct sectors like real estate, fashion design, stocks, gold, diamonds, military weapons, oil import and export and much more.

Tell us something about yourself?

I‘m Sascha Stammer, I’m 23 Years Old and I’m from Heidelberg, Germany. I’ve been the designer of my own label South Ghost for a year and I want to detach myself from my current lifestyle

What routines do you follow each day?
after the sport we first have a good breakfast, preferably an English breakfast, and then we get to work in various countries with a wide variety of people

How do you set your business apart from others in your industry?
I’m in high fashion, it’s iconic

What is the hardest part of being an entrepreneur?
it’s the ebb and flow of failure and success, the breakthroughs that make it interesting

How do you manage your time as a businessman?
Time management and because of my busy schedules, my secretary makes sure to monitor all my important errands.

What have been some of your biggest learning experiences in running a business?
I think creating newer designs is so much fun for me and the learning there is also great.

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Exclusive Interview with Reality TV Star Gretchen Bonaduce about why she chose to invest in Bisbee? 

Bisbee, Arizona: It’s Quirky, It’s Artsy, It’s Funky, and It’s a Unique Travel Destination for Family & Friends.

Photo by: David Day

Makeup Artists: Sharon Tabb with Puspa Lohmeyer
Photography Puspa Lohmeyer

We had the opportunity to speak with Reality TV Star Gretchen Bonaduce about why she chose to invest in Bisbee.
Reality Star Gretchen Bonaduce, an expert in Hospitality, pins Bisbee, Arizona, as The Place to Go For Family Destination Travel. Gretchen Bonaduce is a successful Television Personality, Author, Producer, and now Owner/Founder of Greenway Manor, Hacienda del Avion and co-owner Le Cornucopia Cafe. Celebrities can fly directly into her hangars at the Hotel Hacienda del Avion, a luxury five – bedroom, 3-and-a-half-bath custom home built in 2005 available for private short-term and long-term rentals for up to 10 guests. Equipped with a full-blown pub, a four-car garage and a 50×50 attached hangar, the property is adjacent to the Bisbee Airport, where her Rock Star friends can fly into and park their private jets; it sits on three landscaped acres and is located 8 miles of Downtown Bisbee. Greenway Manor rooms are themed after Rock Stars like The Beatles, Elvis, and Rolling Stones and are known to be haunted. Gretchen is co-owner in the  restaurant Le Cornucopia Cafe which does the best  Brunch in town with signature mimosas and their take on Eggs Benedict Huevos  Magdalena. Lunch is served  daily and has a fantastic  award-winning meatloaf sandwich.  Le Cornucopia Cafe has  4.5 stars on Tripadvisor. 

Bisbee, Arizona, is popular for several quirky events throughout the year. In Nov. is the Mariachi Festival, and in October every year, runners come to prepare for the Boston Marathon as a tradition and participate in the Bisbee 1000, The Great Stair Climb, which is one of the most challenging events in the world, Bisbee Pride, Copper City Classic Vintage Baseball Tournament and more that keep Gretchen very busy planning for her guests. The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum offers Unusual Museum Adventures. The Museum takes you and your family back in time to the days of the Arizona Territory, telling the story of a copper mining town’s role in the industrialization of America. They are an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Gretchen said she highly recommends her guests for dinner to go to Cafe Roka, Taqueria Outlaw, The Royal, or the Copper Pig in Warren. She loves the Pizza at Screaming Banshees Pizza; if you’re in the mood for Mexican, try Countessa’s Mexican. Thuy’s Noodle Shop is one of her favorites. Suppose you’re looking for a great diner for breakfast. Dots Diner or Bisbee Breakfast Club. We had several questions for Gretchen for our readers.

1. What will bring a family together in Bisbee?
Given one’s busy work and school schedules, families want a trip where they can spend time together. Bisbee is a unique destination perfectly suited for families. The historical, picturesque town has much to offer. Families will, in particular, enjoy the Bisbee mining museum and also the Copper Queen mine tour. You take a train deep inside the mine, just as the miners did when the mine was open! The Artemiza Foundation features contemporary graffiti and street art, where you can see the work of such artists as Banksy, Warhol, Muckrock, Mattie, and Keith Harring, for example.  

2. What connection to wildlife and nature can a family experience in Bisbee?
It is quite possible that you will encounter wild javelins, coyotes, deer, hawks and many other types of animals that are unique to our desert environment. There are several trails around Bisbee; you can take a beautiful hike with your family. You can witness the arrival of the Sandhill Cranes from Nov to March in Whitewater, 30 minutes from Bisbee. In March, Bisbee hosts a fun parade with the return of the Turkey vultures. 

3. What activities will spark families’ curiosity?
In Bisbee, we host several really fun events for families. In July, Bisbee hosts the Coaster Races, where soap box derbies like cars race from Tombstone Canyon through Old Bisbee. April is always the Alice in Bisbeeland celebration, and in August, the annual Pirate Weekend, where the town is covered in Pirates and Mermaids. We also have a Day of the Dead parade through Old Bisbee as well. The Warren Ball Park hosts baseball games with the players dressed in period baseball uniforms. Bring your own picnic for that one!

4. What new foods can kids experience?
Cafe Roka is rated number one for dinner. It features food for a more sophisticated palate. Great place for a Mom and Dad date night. Screaming Banshee Pizza is always a favorite with the kiddos, and when you finish your meal, walk down Old B for dessert to our gelato shop Pussycat Gelato or grab a piece of homemade pie or a cookie from Le Cornucopia Cafe.  

5. What exposure for kids is there for possible new cultures and perspectives?
There is so much to learn about the southwest and mining in our town. Also, stories about our Native American indigenous people. Take a trip over the border to Naco, Mexico, or Aqua Prieta, both only less than 30 minutes away. Our town was just awarded a massive grant to restore the Buffalo Soldier Camp, Camp Naco. Exciting to see the restoration happening as we speak

6. Can families learn Life skills?
I think people are hungry to travel with families to educational spots. Seriously, how many water parks can you go to? You won’t be bored in Bisbee.  

7. What activities will enhance kids’ education?
I also recommend the Lavender Jeep Tours. Super informative about early Bisbee history. Your kids might also enjoy one of the many ghost tours you can talk about in the evening.  

8. Is it a good destination to meet new people as a family?
We have visitors from all over the world in Bisbee. We have many people traveling south from Phoenix and Tucson to escape the extreme heat. Our elevation keeps us 10 to 20 degrees cooler than those two cities, generally speaking, during the summer.  

9. What is your suggestion for fun as a family?
I would stay at: The Rock and Roll Greenway Manor. Each room is dedicated to a rock artist and has a record player and records in each room. Then: Breakfast at either the Bisbee Breakfast Club, the Grand or the Quarry. On the weekends, a must is the Shady Dell trailer park and Dot’s Diner. Take a Lavender Jeep tour while it is still cooler in the morning, or rent an electric bike from B Active Bisbee. Lunch at Le Cornucopia Cafe is rated number one by Trip Advisor, with homemade soups, quiche and sandwiches as it gets warmer during the day a great time to go into the mine tour as it is very cool down there year-round. I would follow that with a tour of the Mining and Historical Museum and the Muheim house. Before dusk, take a nice hike through our beautiful Chiricahua Mountains. Dinner Roka (Thurs through Sat), Copper Pig (if Sunday through Wednesday night) or the Table. I would certainly cap off the evening hitting one of our local bars like The Grand, The Copper Queen or my favorite, The Hitching Post, for some great local music. 

You can Follow Gretchen Via Facebook & Instagram, and below are the links to her two hotels and restaurant.
Facebook: Instagram: 

Hacienda del Avion:  

Greenway Manor:

Le Cornucopia Cafe: 

10. Below are the links to all of Gretchen’s suggested places in Bisbee! 


Event Fashion Models Press Release


Press Release – Immediate Release


On Saturday 28th October, we will be at the Stratford London Hotel, 20 International Way, London E20 1FD. The Stratford is a design hotel in London with a taste for the spectacular – from the magnificent triple-height lobby and Highline sky terrace to the imposing glass atrium.

Small businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists are invited to attend and present their brands in an exciting day of creativity. Our aim is to mix, mingle, collaborate, and form partnerships. Emerging fashion designers can debut their labels by showing 4 or 8 looks in our soiree and photoshoot; they can make their mark in the fashion industry while raising Angelman Syndrome awareness.

We have young designers that invited to showcase one or a few looks, and lastly, there will be a fashion award for designers of any age presenting avant-garde designs to a panel of industry judges. Entrants in the awards will be judged on their creativity and construction.

Winning designers from the awards will get the opportunity to be selected to showcase to an audience of international Buyers, Fashion Editors, the press, and Celebrities at Vancouver Fashion Week or in our New York showcase. Winner that are not able to showcase in Vancouver Fashion Week will be invited to show a collection with us in New York City.

Joanna Marcella, the founder of this platform, has a vision to present an international platform for dynamic young designers who can find their niche as individuals and become brands in their own right.

Wine and light condiments will be served on the day. To take part, contact us with a bio at:

The Designers and Artists are:
Lucy Qian, Anna Henton, Andrea Dritschel jewellery, René Thompson, Kiannara T Hazine, Manfred Millicent, Bethany Trott, Vanessa Blanding, Milena Shehu, Alice Buzoianu, Gagachin promotions and Francis – Apata Johnson.

Please invite yourself and your friends to our Facebook event page
Collections Soiree and Presentation at The Stratford

Joanna Marcella
Director of the FDC Young Designer Awards and the FDC Collections Showcase
Mobile/WhatsApp audio: +44 (0) 7940 647 102

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Our Vision is to present an international platform for dynamic designers and artists that can find their niche as individuals and become a brand in their own right.

The Aim of our Designer Award and its related events is to increase the number and visibility of exceptionally gifted multi-cultural designers and artists and to encourage them to reach their true potential, by rewarding those who excelled both creatively and academically.

Fashion Influencer Models

Emily Fernandes – Young British Actress and Influencer

Emily Fernandes is a 13 years old British actress and influencer who is making waves in the fashion and entertainment world.

She is a polyglot, speaking English, German and Portuguese, and has a passion for acting, with her lead role in the ongoing production of Bystander as Millie Bystander. She has also appeared in a TV commercial for Coca Cola. Represented brands like Bepo, Burberry, Zara and Hollister.

Emily’s achievements are impressive for someone so young. She was the winner of the Junior Miss British Isles Competition in 2020/21, the youngest person to participate in the Cheshire Fashion Week Catwalk in 2021, and the youngest winner of the National Social Media Awards (NSMA) in London in 2022.

At the age of 9, she became an Earth Ambassador, reflecting her passion for environmental issues, sustainability, and making a positive impact in the world. Emily is very interested in Fashion and sustainability.

With 139k followers, Emily is a well-known internet influencer and is starting a new YouTube channel called ‘TeensNews’ to discuss environmental issues, interviews, sustainability, bullying, fashion, and acting. Her interests include ice skating, traveling, dancing, fashion, acting, and modelling, making her a well-rounded and inspiring young woman.

Emily Fernandes is a rising star in the world of beauty and fashion, and her journey is just beginning.

Instagram: @emilyfernandessofficial

Check out the recent issue of Young Faces Magazine featuring Emily Fernandes

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Saimure Duolikun Was Selected As “Mrs Lady Of The Year Middle East 2023”

Saimure Duolikun, the founder of SD Luxury Magazine, was selected as (Mrs Lady of the Year Middle East 2023 ) in Dubai. We congratulate her on her achievement. Her efforts as an editor, media person, and brand ambassador have received a lot of attention in the Middle East. We wish her even more success in her future career.