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-

Second Frigga Charmed Life shop now open

June 25, 2015

posted  by  Aries Santos


Six months after the first Frigga Charmed Life shop opened at SM Mall of Asia, international fengshui master Marites Allen led the soft opening of a second shop at the Fourth Floor of The Block at SM North EDSA on June 1, 2015.

Frigga Charmed Life is a clothing and accessories brand, a first-of-its-kind fashion line that combines chic designs with fengshui principles to attract good fortune for its users. “What makes Frigga unique is that it does not only offer nice and trendy items, but it also helps enhance the lives of its customers,” says Marites, of Frigga’s corporate mission and what sets it apart from other retailers.

Since its online site ( went live early last year, Frigga has shipped to over 16 countries worldwide. The opening of physical shops in Manila provides Philippine buyers access to regularly updated luck-enhancing designs for both men and women. For value-added services, a Frigga fan page on Facebook offers lucky fashion tips daily and publishes monthly fengshui fashion forecasts with suggested luck enhancers for its followers.

In store for early customers are the latest designs of tops and ensembles, casual and office attire, lounge dresses, and accessories to complete the desired auspicious look. Men’s wear are also available as Frigga’s way of honoring dads on Father’s Day this month.Many high-end pieces, including ladies’ hand bags, scarves, and men’s wallets have been swept off the shelves by avid customers since the shop opened. Luck-enhancing items such as wall papers, prints, and paintings—good for either personal use or gifts–are also available. For a limited period, Marites is making herself available for personalized consultations at the shop.

In the same manner that the first Frigga boutique offers a unique fashion experience for customers via its digital effects, the new Frigga place at The Block uses a visually engaging boutique layout that will make shopping more pleasant and enjoyable.  An auspicious Tree of Life is an interesting focal point where customers can stick on notes regarding their inspiring experiences with Frigga and fengshui. –

“I hope our friends and other fengshui followers will be pleased with the design of our new store, just as we are excited to bring all these innovations their way,” says Marites. “Frigga shall endeavor to launch new products, like the new bangles for men and women and the beautiful pouch for daily use, plus many more,” she adds. “It’s our own gesture of thanks and appreciation for the support they’ve shown us all these years.”


Frigga Charmed Life is an international brand owned by the House of Allen Ltd. of London. It is registered in 27 European countries and selected cities in Asia. For inquiries, please call (0920) 9509390 or visit