Frederick for Frigga

January 7, 2016

By Euden Valdez, Senior Staff Writer



Filipino designer collaborates with Marites Allen for auspicious 2016 fashion

Internationally-renowned and -awarded Filipino Designer Frederick Peralta is channeling his philosophy of positivism to Frigga, a brand of auspicious clothing and accessories by Filipina feng shui master Marites Allen.

The collaboration between these experts in their respective fields saw fruition on January 3 at Allen’s annual feng shui convention where she staged a fashion show to welcome Peralta’s creations. Presented were ready-to-wear attires carrying auspicious prints for the coming Year of the Fire Monkey, which commences on February 8.

At the launch, Allen expressed, “It is such an honor to be working with a very talented and passionate fashion designer like Frederick Peralta who has made outstanding contributions to the fashion industry. He has effectively captured the feel and the energy of the Frigga brand and introduced them into these new designs.”

With over three decades of experience, Peralta is the first Filipino to win the prestigious Grand Prix at the Internationale Creatures de Jeunes de Mode (Young International Designers Competition) in Paris in 1994. He is also the Philippine representative in the UNESCO-funded book High Fashion Around the World.


A day after the much-lauded feng shui affair, The Manila Times caught up with Peralta who shared his thoughts and feelings on working for Frigga.

First and foremost, he revealed that he personally believes in feng shui because he practices Science of the Mind and Matter (SOMM). He considers both practices quite similar.

“Because of SOMM, I always think of positivism in all aspects of designing. I do this because I want my clients not only to look good when they wear my clothes but also to feel good,” Peralta said, noting that this is what he is has channeled to Frigga.

The designer was also inspired by the fabrics Allen presented to him, which as he described “were breathing vibrant colors of red, blue, purple and green,” as well as bearing symbols of good luck via printed coins, wulou flowers, mystic knots and the double happiness sign.

“What I really love about these prints was that there was no hint of the color black. For me, these prints attract only good energies besides offering protection, good health, wealth, and happiness, among others,” Peralta enthused.

For her part, Allen, who is the first Filipina to be accredited by the International Feng Shui Association (IFSA), said in a statement, “You won’t see [these printed fabrics] anywhere because they have been exclusively made for Frigga by award-winning designers based in London.”

Investment dressing
Working around the feng shui-approved fabrics, Peralta decided to design “investment dressing” so that clients could maximize the clothes.

Asked to elaborate on the concept, he explained, “These clothes are timeless because the silhouettes are very wearable like the halter dresses and the pantsuits. Both the young and old can wear it, any time of the day and for any occasion too. Because the fabric is jersey, the clothes are also flexible so they could be packed easily, and also wash-and-wear.”

Because of these characteristics, Peralta added while the said collection is stylish, the pieces are also very practical.

Looking back, Peralta related how he and Allen found each other.

“It’s all thanks to our common friend Tessa Prieto Valdes who introduced us,” he revealed.

Immediately, Allen broached the idea of a collaboration, which Peralta easily agreed to.

He recalled, “I was elated. After all, she’s very credible in the world of feng shui. I am also honored to work with her because of her energy—good vibes lang [only]. Thankfully, she immediately fell in love with my designs when she saw them.”

It took the designer two months of preparation before his collection was previewed to the press in December, and finally, launched to the public in January. The clothes are now available at

In parting, Peralta revealed that he has another collection for Frigga that is already in the works. Once ready, he promises it will be “bigger and better” as it will also carry lucky clothes and accessories for men as well as a wider range of sizes.

“We want to cater to all because everybody has the right to dress up with attitude,” concluded the designer.

Finding love in 2016

January 7, 2016

Posted by Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo



The Year of the Fire Monkey, which officially begins on February 8, will turn out to be a great year for women and their love prospects.

Feng shui expert Marites Allen tells me in a recent intervew, “Women will reign supreme over men in 2016, due to the presence of the Wealth Star 8. While women will be aggressive in career and business, they can also be a bit aggressive in the love and romance department.”


Of course, this being the 21st century, she adds with a laugh, “This is already happening now, right?”The Chinese zodiac sign luckiest in love in 2016 is the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005): “It has the love and romance star for the year.” Allen stresses: “When the energy moves every year, it visits a certain location which is occupied by a certain animal sign for the year. In 2016 it will be a good chance for the Rooster to start a relationship. If he or she is already in a relationship, then start a family, start having a new baby, get married or settle down—this is the year for you.”

She points out that actor and TV host Luis Manzano is a Rooster, and should, perhaps, consider proposing to, or marrying his girlfriend, actress Angel Locsin. “This will be a good idea,” Allen says, noting that Angel was born in the Year of the Ox (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009), and is, thus, a great ally to the Rooster.”

But she quickly adds that “other animal signs, of course, will have chances of getting married depending on their monthly luck cycle.”

For Roosters like Manzano, the son of showbiz royal un-couple Vilma Santos and Edu Manzano, the best months to get married are February and November.

For those born under the years of the Dog

(1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) and Boar (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007), “January 2016 is a good month for love and marriage luck.”

Still, Allen believes “there will never be a single year that is a bad year to start something great in our lives. Each of the 12 animal signs will have their new moments on the best time to do all these fantastic events in their lives. Depending on the life chart of each person, there will be a time for these things to happen,” she emphasizes.

“Marriage, having a baby, or an engagement are all happy occasions in the family and are monumental events in our lives; thus, this can happen at any given year and is best done during the favorable periods in our lives.”

Allen, the only Filipina to be accredited a feng shui master by the International Feng Shui Association, lists down the relationship forecast for those born in the Year of the Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016):

  • Monkey + Rat = Loving and supportive of each other
  • Monkey + Ox = Balance. A compromising pair.
  • Monkey + Tiger = A trying pair. Needs lots of patience.
  • Monkey +Rabbit= Balance. A compromising pair.
  • Monkey + Dragon = Fantastic pairing; brings more love and joy to each other.
  • Monkey + Snake = Balance. A compromising pair.
  • Monkey + Horse = Respectful and understanding of each other.

For specific relationship compatibilities per Chinese zodiac sign, you may get a copy of her horoscope books for 2016 at Frigga Charmed Life boutiques at major SM Malls, Glorietta 4, Serendra, and F1 Hotel.

The books also indicate the “favorable periods” of each animal sign.

Allen also refutes claims that those born under the same Chinese zodiac sign will likely not be compatible. She underscores that “the compatibility of the couple is best assessed using their complete date and time of birth, to check what set of elements the couple has in their charts.”

Overall, in the Year of the Fire Monkey, Allen says that “people will be more open-minded, caring and candid.”

She adds that despite the fiery atmosphere brought on by Fire Monkey, “optimism and happiness will prevail. While the year will bring about intense, heated arguments and misunderstandings, people will still be willing to compromise to resolve conflicts.”

Her other general relationship forecasts for 2016:

  • Challenges for those in leadership positions;
  • It will be difficult for leaders to govern due to the defiant, unruly behavior of their constituents;
  • Husbands will become very confrontational, hard to please, and defiant;
  • Patriarchs in 2016 will be very argumentative, short-fused, temperamental and hard to control;
  • Wives/matriarchs will reign supreme and be more powerful than their husbands/life partners; and
  • Despite disagreements among countries or even at a personal level, compromises will resolve difficult situations.

Allen also recently showcased her new clothing collection under her Frigga brand, with chic ensembles to help increase women’s luck in the new year.

Designed by the award-winning Frederick Peralta, the clothes were created using Allen’s own fabric designs depicting lucky symbols such as Auspicious Coins, Mystic Knot, Wu Lou and Double Happiness.

Using jersey stretch and chiffon stretch fabrics, the cuts are flowy and elegant in pantsuit style, simple slip dresses and halter tops. The pantsuits, for instance, are functional and practical, aside from being attractive; the wearer can use it “from the office to the airport,” Peralta says.

In a recent news conference to unveil the collection, Allen says: “It is such an honor to be working with a very talented and passionate fashion designer like Frederick Peralta, who has made outstanding contributions to the fashion industry. He has effectively captured the feel and the energy of the Frigga brand.”

Allen will also be going on a tour of several SM malls starting January 17 until February 8, to talk more about her feng shui forecasts for the Year of the Fire Monkey. For more details, check her web site at

Happy New Year, dear readers. Let’s make 2016 an unforgettable and awesome year.

Frederick Peralta designs for FRIGGA Charmed Life

December 10, 2015

As posted in Salt and Pepper by Chit Tribiana



FRIGGA Charmed Life, a unique fashion brand that merges trendy designs with feng shui enhancements, has announced its latest innovation: a partnership with multi-awarded fashion designer Frederick Peralta.

In a media conference held on Monday, December 7 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Pasig City, FRIGGA Brand Ambassador Marites Allen and Peralta unveiled part of a 30-piece collection of ladies and men’s wear styled using five auspicious prints. “These prints carry the unique DNA that is the hallmark of FRIGGA. You won’t see them anywhere because they have been exclusively made for FRIGGA by award-winning designers,” says Ms. Allen, an international feng shui expert.

Frederick Peralta is a perfect choice as FRIGGA’s new fashion partner. He brings into the partnership over three decades of design experience highlighted by international recognition. He is the first Filipino to win the prestigious Grand Prix at the Internationale Creatures de Jeunes de Mode (Young International Designers Competition) held in Paris in 1994. He is also the Philippine representative in the UNESCO-funded book, “High Fashion Around the World.” Peralta describes his style as somewhere between minimalist and exuberance. The merging of this wide range and his distinctive style with the luck-enhancing qualities of the FRIGGA brand presents exciting and dynamic possibilities for the special niche of fashionistas who are feng shui aficionados at the same time.

“It is such an honor to be working with a very talented and passionate fashion designer like Frederick Peralta who has made outstanding contributions to the fashion industry. He has effectively captured the feel and the energy of the FRIGGA brand and introduced them into these new designs.”  Marites couldn’t hide her excitement in sharing their latest creations with FRIGGA customers here and abroad.

After the media preview, the limited-edition pieces will be formally presented at the 2016 Philippine Feng Shui Convention hosted by Ms. Allen and Marco Polo Hotel on January 3, 2016 in preparation for the Year of the Fire Monkey.

For more information on FRIGGA, please visit To reserve a seat for the annual feng shui convention, please call 0920 9509390, 5560615, 4429113 or 8188858; or e-mail

Inviting Good Luck in 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey with Feng Shui Expert Marites Allen

December 8, 2015

Posted by Michelle Santos



Feng-shui literally means wind-water when translated in English, but as defined in various dictionaries it is “a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment”.

In the Philippines, fengshui is a popular practice which is applied in business, personal life and homes.  That is why as soon as December hits the calendar, many Pinoys look forward to fengshui tips and trends to usher in good luck for the coming new year.

One notable fengshui expert in the philippines is Ms. Marites Allen. She has been featured numerous times in various publications and TV shows. Her profound and in-depth knowledge about feng-shui makes her an authority in the field of harmonizing ying and yang through valuable fengshui books, jewelries, trinkets, decors and now haute-couture ready-to-wear designer line clothing.

In a press conference held last December 7 at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, feng-shui expert Marites Allen presented her masterfully written “2016 Feng Shui Horoscope” book series, Feng Shui Planner, and Feng Shui Almanac. The press conference which is co-hosted by Marco Polo also presented uniquely designed 2016 Chinese New Year lucky charms and accessories that will surely complement one’s style. The highlight of this interesting event was the preview of the latest FRIGGA fashion clothing and accessories styled in collaboration with the iconic designer Frederick Peralta. The details about the much awaited annual event for all feng-shui enthusiasts in the country were also discussed.

Happening this January 3, 2016 at the Marco Polo Hotel is the 2016 Philippine Feng-Shui Convention for the Year of the Fire Monkey, it is a yearly event that tackles the overall forecasts and other related topics concerning luck and balancing the ying and yang. Philippines’ fung-shui expert Marites Allen will be joined by no less than the Asia’s King of Talk- Boy Abunda in the convention which is now running on its 11th year.

It is a privilege and honor for me to be able to attend this press conference and had a chance to hear valuable insights from Marites Allen. She briefly provided forecasts for the coming year of the fire monkey and according to her things will look good for all the animal signs (Chinese horoscope). Marites Allen also said that the lucky colors for the year of the fire monkey 2016 are black, gray and blue.

Fashion and Feng-Shui never looked good when collaborated with a world-class fashion guru. Had a chance of chatting with Frederick Peralta, and he graciously answered all my questions. I asked about his participation in the execution of Frigga fashion and accessory line designs, and he revealed that Marites Allen herself designed the pieces including the fashionable clothes and his part was to finalized the designs and add some finishing touches to them. The result is truly marvelous that women of all ages would love wearing the Frigga collection.

According to Frederick Peralta, the fabric used for the lucky dresses was custom designed by Marites Allen in London. The fashionable clothes feature lucky feng-shui symbolisms or prints that attract positivity. The styles of the Frigga ladies’ pret-a-porter apparel imbibe casual elegance with soft classic lines that will truly appeal to any modern Filipina. Selling will start on December 20 and each dress design comes only in limited edition.


So if you want to attract good luck for the year of the fire horse this coming 2016, I strongly suggest that you reserve your tickets to the annual 2016 Philippine Feng-Shui Convention happening on January 3 next year at the posh Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas. I will mark my calendar and attend this convention since I want to learn ways from the master herself Ms. Marites Allen on how to attract good fortune for the New Year and make it more auspicious.

You may call these numbers for inquiry and reservations 0920-950 9390, 442-0113 or 556 -0615. Tickets for the 2016 Philippine Feng-Shui Convention for the Year of the Fire Horse are also available through this link-