MATT MASON Furniture Opens 2nd Branch In Silang, Cavite

Silang, Cavite witnessed the rise of yet another commercial triumph at the grand opening of the second Matt Mason Furniture branch located along Aguinaldo highway last 31 March. The event proved to be a rousing success coupled with the unveiling of the brand’s 2017 furniture collection and the launching of the 2017 edition of the Modern Movables Magazine.

Mike Yu, owner of Matt Mason Furniture, “Matt Mason is a local brand but we are trying to make it global.”

“My vision for the collection was for it to be something classic and can seamlessly blend with nature. Natural elements such as exposed wooden frames in sofas provide a balance and effortless character to my furniture,” said Mike Yu, owner of Matt Mason at the grand opening of his showroom.

The event was also graced by several Filipino artists Nikulas Lebajo, Lerma Julian and Owie Chiong — whose commissioned artworks provided a stunning accent to each piece of the furniture collection. Beautifully curated pieces from Pizzaro and Conmigo also starred in the show.

(Left to right): Artists Lerma Julian and Owie Chiong; Karla Michelle Yu, Mike Yu, Judge Jeanet Bilan, Maria Ducos and Novie Gabuzo at the recent Matt Mason showroom opening

“It’s definitely surreal to be a part of this growing brand, it never ceases to astonish. I look forward to seeing Matt Mason live up to its full potential,” according to Julian.

The first Matt Mason Furniture showroom in Silang, Cavite situated along Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa road opened back in 2014 and has gone through a transformation that can only be described as having revolutionized bespoke furniture-making in the area.

“We’re trying to evolve the brand to a point where it can compete globally. Perhaps what’s most distinctive with Matt Mason is that we can do a whole range of furniture designs that we can customize to suit the discerning and dynamic tastes of our clientele. Our edge right now is we don’t constrain ourselves with just one design- it’s universal,” Yu said.

Painting accent by artist Owie Chiong
Painting accent by artist Owie Chiong

Apart from a unique design aesthetic, the brand also sets itself apart when it comes to their philosophy that longevity and durability must be a primary consideration in furniture making.

“When I design the furniture, I don’t just look at the design – it must also be sturdy and durable. I want to be able to make furniture that you can pass on to your descendants. That’s why our tagline is ‘Designed for Life,’ “he said.

Despite being one step ahead of the local competition, Yu sees a road of challenges for the Matt Mason furniture brand as it sets its sights on the international arena.

“I think the biggest question now is how do we make unique designs that are also universally appealing? We know that even with the positive feedback from our clientele we simply cannot rest on our laurels and become complacent – we must continually challenge ourselves and the brand to grow, evolve, and stay responsive to the demands of our market,” he added.

Painting accent by artist Nikulas Lebajo
Painting accent by artist Nikulas Lebajo

Matt Mason furniture sees itself taking its expansion project to the seat of Europe’s vibrant furniture scene that is Copenhagen, Denmark. “Matt Mason is a local brand but we are trying to make it global.

With all our clients’ patronage and support for the brand, I certainly hope we’ll be able to make it in a few years’ time,” he ended.

Gilas Pilipinas Set To Defend Championship In SEABA

All eyes are on Gilas Pilipinas, defending champions at this year’s South East Asia Basketball Association (SEABA). SEABA will be held from May 12 to 18, 2017 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Only the champion will advance to the qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, which will be held in Lebanon this August.

Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes returns to coach the Gilas team with a brand-new powerhouse roster composed of Japeth Aguilar, Terrence Romeo, June Mar Fajardo, Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, Matthew Wright, Andray Blatche, Raymond Almazan, Roger Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, and Allein Maliksi. With a lineup like this, the home crowd cannot wait to watch Gilas play.

The roster, a mix of veterans and young blood, has been described as deadly. Perhaps even overkill, but such caution is necessary. “We’ve sent college players in the past with barely any time to prepare and we almost suffered losses. That’s not gonna happen anymore. We need to make sure that the Southeast Asian region is well aware of just how strong the Philippines is in basketball. We cannot allow them to think that they have a shot at beating us because that’s the best way to stay ahead of them,” said Carlo Pamintuan of Sports5.

The formidable Gilas team will be going up against Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The team is expected to beat its first opponent, the Myanmar team, but will be going up against stronger teams from Singapore and Malaysia next. Though Gilas has killer players, it may lack in preparation, especially with Andray Blatche’s lack of familiarity with the new players. Coach Chot has said the team would not be at 100 percent preparation for May 12. “But having said that, we’re not going to use it as an excuse. We’re still going to find ways to win because there’s a job put on our shoulders,” said the head coach, who is the only 5-time PBA Coach of the Year, and led the Philippines to its first FIBA World Cup win in 40 years.

Batang Gilas, composed of the Philippine’s top young players, will defend their title in the SEABA Under-16 Championship. The country’s best junior ballers will be going up against Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. As with the senior counterparts, Batang Gilas is expected to come out on top, and fans are looking forward to seeing young giants Kai Sotto and Geo Chiu debut on the big stage.

Photo Courtesy: Gilas Pilipinas

Catch the action live and exclusive on TV5. All Gilas games will be shown at 7pm, with full live stream coverage on www.sports5.ph. SEABA will also feature the first multi-cam with 360-degree coverage locally, in partnership with Team V, powered by Sports5. View it on http://360.smart.com.ph/seaba.

Tickets for the 12th SEABA Championship are available on TicketNet. <http://www.ticketnet.com.ph/index.php/component/k2/2017-seaba-championship>