French founder celebrates 13 years of success in PH

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Becky Garcia

Becky Garcia

Frenchman Bruno Hasson, the founder of an international a direct-selling company Sophie Paris, personally visited the Philippines to mark his company’s 13th year of operation in the country.

Flying in from Jakarta, Indonesia, Hasson personally led a celebration dubbed “An Evening with the Stars” on October 20 at the Harbor Garden Tent of Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City. Joining him were International Chief Operating Officer Jorge Gonzales and Philippine Managing Director Daniel Hahn.

A natural businessman, Hasson, began his company in 1995 in Jakarta together with his talented wife Sophie Martin, who used to design bags and accessories for luxury fashion label Christian Dior.

(From left) Sophie Paris Philippines Chairman of the Board Wellington Soong, Sophie Paris Philippines Finance Manager Clement Messerlin and Sophie Paris International founder Bruno Hasson

(From left) Sophie Paris Philippines Chairman of the Board Wellington Soong, Sophie Paris Philippines Finance Manager Clement Messerlin and Sophie Paris International founder Bruno Hasson

Since then, Sophie Paris became the largest direct-selling company in Indonesia by offering a stylish and classy range of bags, clothing, accessories, and footwear, as well as high-quality cosmetics and skincare, among others.


The company has also rapidly expanded to neighboring nations like the Philippines, where it set up business in 2002. More than a decade later, it has become a household na me for many Filipinos.

Thus, the 13th anniversary aptly paid tribute to the individuals behind the company’s continuous growth in the country. Dressed in sparkles and shimmers—hundreds of sellers from all over the Philippines gathered at Sofitel.

Sophie Paris Philippines awarded its outstanding leaders and top performing business centers whose hard work and commitment have propelled the company into becoming one of the most dynamic and fast-growing direct selling and multi-level marketing (MLM) companies in the Philippines.

Sophie’s International Chief Operating Officer Jorge Gonzales and Sales and Marketing Manager for Philippines Marvin Sayo

Sophie’s International Chief Operating Officer Jorge Gonzales and Sales and Marketing Manager for Philippines Marvin Sayo

In line with the celebration, the company launched its anniversary collection featuring a wide array of ready-to-wear pieces for women including t-shirts, dresses, and blouses in floral prints and light colors, as well as, sweaters, blazers, jumpsuits, and long sleeved dresses.

The brand also showcased its newest luxury handbags, which featured a stylish lineup of faux leather hobo, travel, and drawstring bags in black, brown, cream and red hues, two-toned tote handbags, as well as, sling bags in earth and bright colors.

Congratulations Sophie Paris!

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Meanwhile, The Peninsula Manila recently kicked off a yearlong celebration for its 40th anniversary slated on September 14, 2016.

As one of the legends of Philippine hospitality, the hotel held an intimate lunch in Old Manila where Peninsula stalwarts, former staff members, the media and friends gathered for an afternoon of reminiscing.

Regional Sales Manager Laurence Pedro and Area Sales Manager and Head of Sales Support Meds Baraquel

Regional Sales Manager Laurence Pedro and Area Sales Manager and Head of Sales Support Meds Baraquel

Since opening her doors for the first time on September 14, 1976, the grande dame of Makati hotels has been graciously welcoming guests and patrons from all over the world.

The second Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH) property to bear the iconic Peninsula brand, the hotel has been witness to much of the nation’s history, from the time when Manila hosted the International Monetary Fund-World Bank Conference in 1976; to the turbulent yellow confetti-strewn years leading up to the peaceful People Power Revolution of 1986; to its rise as one of the most dynamic emerging markets in the East Asia region.

The Peninsula Manila General Manager Sonja Vodusek shared some of the plans for the 40th anniversary including the unveiling of the Peninsula Jeepney, a gastronomic experience in Old Manila, the restoration of a priceless art collection by Philippine National Artist Ang Kiukok, the introduction of new Peninsula Academy programs, and new corporate responsibility and sustainability projects, to name a few.

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