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Berto’s First Shoe: The Works

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After meeting him in his shop, I commissioned Buddy to a couple of shoes including my very first pair of brogue shoes. The blog is, afterall, called Berto in Brogues; so what’s a Berto without his Brogues? I asked him to go crazy with the design giving him full creative...
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Made In Marikina

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Agee had stumbled upon a facebook post of her former high school classmate, Anna Tan sharing a picture of a gorgeous pair of classic Oxford Wingtips with some light broguing. “You should take a look at this” she told me. So I clicked, then the picture directed me to the...
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The One With All the Bertos…

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Since BertoinBrogues went live about a month ago, many of my immediate circles have asked why I suddenly ventured into blogging. See, I was always uncomfortable with being called a “blogger," not for any reason apart from the fact that I wasn’t sure if I earned the title. Back in...
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Berto’s First Kapihan and Blog Launch

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Last Saturday, we invited some gentlemen to come to our first ever Kapihan session entitled: “Graduate from your Frat Boy Drink: A Coffee and Cocktail seminar by The Curator.” This is to not only launch a series of get-togethers called "Kapihans" to share ideas and thoughts, but also to officially launch our passion blog...
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My New Holiday Tradition

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I was raised on tradition. My Lolo and Lola on my father’s side loved throwing these big Christmas Eve dinners where family members until the nth degree would be invited for Noche Buena which followed a Mass. My mom would gather all of us grandkids and mount a spectacular musical which...
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The Better Dude Movement

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I used to hate the Barbershop. My dad would take me to the Greenhills barbershop near Green Lanes and I remember the mint green walls and the brightly lit barber pole that looked like a peppermint candy cane. I guess I didn't like having to be constrained onto a mechanical...
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A Gentleman’s Roast

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Last week, a good friend of mine, Richie Zamora of ThePickiestEater.net and his wife Rina invited me and my fiancee to join them for a private dinner set up by writer Spanky Enriquez (juice.ph) inside the beautiful home of Tinee De Guzman who is more properly known as Mr. Cochinillo. When...
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