Is your animal sign lucky or unlucky in 2020?

Trust international feng shui master Marites Allen to raise the bar on knowledge sharing and excitement in her annual Feng Shui Convention. In the 15th staging of the event at Novotel Manila Araneta City last November 24, participants got interesting insights to new ways of attracting good fortune in the Year of the Metal Rat.

One segment of the presentation was devoted to a discussion of how vision boards, affirmations, and miracle mornings help increase our chances of manifesting our life goals. A wealth vase, which she put together with the help of co-host King of Talk, Dr. Boy Abunda, was raffled off later to a lucky delegate.

The merchandise area also offered a visual feast of fresh ideas to capture auspicious luck. Rows upon rows of colorful displays which, even for those who don’t practice feng shui, will be fascinating conversation pieces when placed in different sectors of the home or office.

But let’s cut to the chase and talk about which animal signs will be lucky or unlucky next year.  The Feng Shui Queen ranked the 12 animal signs based on their luck potential for 2020. And yes, I am absolutely pleased with her choices, which were clearly based on the Flying Stars Chart for the Year of the Metal Rat.

Here’s why: She ranked Ox, Tiger, Rooster, and Dog as the Top Four in the hierarchy of lucky animal signs for next year.

Why am I so stoked? My youngest son and I are both Ox-born. My husband is a Tiger. My eldest son is a Rooster, and my second son was born in the year of the Dog. So, it’s a big GO for my Team!

The Ox is the secret friend of the Rat, the ruling animal sign of 2020. The Northeast sector, which is the direction of the Ox and Tiger, hosts the Victory Star No. 1. New opportunities and financial gains await the Ox and the prospects may be enhanced by symbols of the Victory Horse, Golden Dragon and Horse, Wealth Vase, and many more wish-fulfilling accessories.

The Tiger shares the Victory Star with the Ox and is advised to display the Bejewelled Arowana, Wealth Ship, Laughing Buddha, and Ruyi in the NE direction. Tigers will also get a lot of help by wearing luck-enhancing amulets.

The Rooster enjoys the blessings of the Magnifying Star No. 9, which symbolizes future expansion, fame, and prosperity. This energy has flown to the West sector and may be boosted by placing images of the Prosperity Rooster and Monkey on Horse in this direction.  Wearing or carrying personal accessories, such as the Lucky 9 mantra charms and Victory Banner with Mantra, will be effective luck-boosters.

The Dog (and the Boar)  benefit from the Wealth and Success Star No. 8 located in the Northwest. To help manifest this type of luck, Dog- and Boar- born people are advised to display water fountains and infinity figures in their lucky sector and to always wear their wealth and success medallion.

The Dragon and Snake share the fortune brought by the Heaven Luck Star in the Southeast. This type of energy brings potential windfall and overall good fortune. They can also count on the help of influential people next year. Their must-have luck enhancers include the Endurance mantra and their Allies and Friends amulets.

The Sheep and Monkey are blessed with the Romance, Education, and Travel Luck in the Southwest. This star governs love relationships, travel, and self-development. To boost their luck potential for the year, these animal signs must display the Bejewelled Mystic Knot or Lotus, especially if they want to expand their family, or wear Peony-inspired accessories to boost their chances of finding their life partner.

The not-so-lucky Horse, Rat, and Rabbit, however, may have to face certain challenges in 2020.

The Horse faces health risks brought by the Illness Star No. 2 in the South. To counter the negative effects of this energy, the Horse-born must have anti-illness charms and Wu Lou-inspired amulets for health and longevity.

The Rat is seen to face the effects of the Conflict Star No. 3 in the North. If not controlled, this type of energy will manifest in arguments, betrayals, and even legal problems. To subdue these negativities, The Rat-born should carry Tai Sui protection and other peace and harmony accessories.

The Rabbit may be troubled by the afflicted energies in the East. The most dreaded Misfortune Star No. 5 brings risks to health, relationships, wealth and career. The best protection for these possible afflictions are the 5-element Pagoda (either as placement or personal amulets), Rhino and Elephant Plaque, and Allies and Friends symbols (Rabbit, Sheep, and Boar).

Fair warning to all animal signs: The Violence and Robbery Star has flown to the Center sector in 2020. The negative influence of this energy may cause loss of material things and good reputation, possible break-ins, betrayal of trust, and possible lawsuits. Everyone must have the proper feng shui cures, especially the Rhino and Elephant symbol in the Center. Wearing anti-robbery accessories, such as special medallions with mantra and the ultimate mantra protection ring will also help shield you from negativities.

All told, the Year of the Metal Rat may bring favorable and not so favorable prospects for each animal sign next year. Having been presented with the forecasts, the task is upon us to boost our chances for success and to address potential challenges where they appear.

For a more comprehensive reading of your luck prospects for the Year of the Metal Rat, check out the 2020 Marites Allen horoscope books, Feng Shui Planner, and Almanac at your nearest Frigga shop:   SM North Edsa: (+632 442 0113), SM Mall of Asia: (+63922- 4241219), SM Mega Mall: (+632 470-7661), SM Cebu: (0907-8198993 / 032 343-2062) or shop online at

As always, I take this proactive mindset at the start of every Lunar New Year:

Some things may be written in the stars,

but we have the power to reconfigure our own destiny.


Marites Allen: The Feng Shui Master as Queenmaker

(As published in the June 2019 issue of Yes Philippines UK magazine)

In an event several years ago, top media personality and Asia’s King of Talk Boy Abunda once introduced her to a huge audience as “The Philippine Feng Shui Queen.”  Roar of cheers filled the hall as guests welcomed international feng shui master Marites Allen. The title is most apt and has remained uncontested to this day.

Marites will be the first, however, to disclaim that the appellation came purely by luck. She has earned the title through dedicated feng shui practice that spans nearly two decades. To hone her skills in the art of geomancy, Marites went through rigorous mentorship by respected masters in Asia and other parts of the world. Her quest for new learning has led her to seek audience several times with the Dalai Lama in India. “In Central Asia and Egypt, I discovered how symbology and luck-enhancing practices were used in Sumerian and Egyptian cultures—centuries before the Chinese practiced feng shui,“ she says.

To date, she is the first and only Filipina to be awarded the prestigious title of “Master in Feng Shui” by the International Feng Shui Association.

The Perks of Her Craft

As the public face of feng shui in the Philippines, she has cultivated a huge and avid following from the local business, entertainment, and political fields.

“Never in my growing up years had I imagined myself rubbing elbows with highly influential people,” she chuckles at the thought.  She has fond memories of her encounters with many important personalities, a virtual A-list of Philippine society, including two former presidents (Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada), friendship with SGV founder Mr. Washington Sycip, and meeting with American heiress Alice Walton.  Those are occasions that she considers the perks of her craft.

As much as she is inspired by the examples set by these personalities, she continues to influence a wider base of followers through her generous sharing of her expertise in numerous talk shows, annual conventions, mall talks, and through her active online and social media presence. Her expertise is sought after by audiences composed mostly of overseas Filipinos in different parts of the world. Year after year, avid followers continue to contribute to an already long list of testimonials on how feng shui applications have helped change their lives for the better.

Frigga Charmed Life

In 2004, she successfully brought an international feng shui franchise chain to the Philippines. She broke new ground in retail in 2012 with Frigga Charmed Life, a unique fashion brand that is designed by a renowned London fashion team that now includes Frigga Home, a special line of auspicious lifestyle products for the home and office. Frigga has boutiques in Manila and Cebu, and offers online shopping through its website shipping to 16 countries to date.

The fashion brand was inspired by Frigga, the Norse goddess who is believed to possess the gift of discerning fate and working within that structure to bring about change. A fitting model for Lady Luck Marites herself. Those who are familiar with the life story of the Feng Shui Queen would perhaps agree that she best typifies how we can charm our lives to success and prosperity. She has been very open about how she conquered adversities in her personal life — growing up sharing resources and provisions with a big family, going through a marital crisis, and losing her mother because of a sea accident — to become the internationally recognized feng shui expert she is today.

Feng Shui and Technology

Taking a step into the digital world, Marites has been working with Synergy88 Digital, Inc. and ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. (API) in producing the Marites Allen Feng Shui app, a one-stop daily feng shui guide to planning auspicious activities. Synergy88 is the Philippines’ first Microsoft-accredited co-development partner that provides high-end digital creative solutions to top companies. API is an initiative of ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest entertainment and media conglomerate, which is rapidly transitioning into an agile digital company. The Marites Allen mobile app is now available via Google Play for Android users and App Store on iOS.

Also in the works is Frigga Shopping App, an enhanced online shopping application designed to provide feng shui followers, no matter where they are in the world, a more convenient way to source a wide selection of luck enhancers and fashion accessories.

Mutya Pilipinas UK

While constantly seeking ways to connect to her growing audience and enhance her professional advocacy, Marites seems to be led into fateful paths. In a recent development, she has forged a partnership with her good friend Cory Quirino, the newly appointed President of Mutya Pilipinas. Mutya is a pioneering beauty pageant search for exceptional Filipinas to represent the country in international competitions.

As the new franchise owner of Mutya Pilipinas UK, Marites and her own group are tasked with the search for an exceptional Filipina based in the United Kingdom to be its representative in the national pageant slated in August in Manila. A most daunting task given the short lead time as the winning UK candidate will have to fly to Manila by July 20 to train and prepare for the finals.

“We are aware of the time constraints, and it might come to a point where we may not be able to find our candidate at this time and instead set our sights realistically to next year, but that should not stop us from doing our best to make this project work now,” Marites says. “What is clear to me is my all-out support to the organization’s cause and provide the opportunity for a young Filipina to join the search, which could be the break she needs to fulfill her dreams.” The Feng Shui Queen also sees her latest challenge as an opportunity to do charity work as a way of paying forward for all the blessings she has received through the years.

Bringing harmony, health, and auspicious fortune to people’s lives has been Marites Allen’s boundless privilege and enduring passion. Whether as feng shui master, author, publisher, entrepreneur, beauty pageant sponsor, loving wife and mother, she combines professional excellence, style and heart to make people’s life aspirations come true.

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How to be lucky in love and career in 2019

You have reached a crossroads and must choose: Would you rather be happy in love, or enjoy a successful career in the Year of the Earth Boar?

If, after much thought, you have decided to prioritize your career over your romantic interest in 2019, don’t entertain doubts and go right through it. Choosing to focus on your career will have its rewards. It will help you be self-sufficient and lead the lifestyle you have always dreamed of.

There is nothing wrong in choosing to go after your own interest over somebody else’s for now. Think of it as an investment in being the person that you’ve always wanted to be and gain success in your chosen field.

If you decide to take this path, consider getting some feng shui help. Take it from international feng shui master Marites Allen: These suggested charms and enhancers will do no harm and may even increase your chances of manifesting success in your decision.

On the other hand, if you would rather take the route towards a more serious relationship, then don’t fret. If you feel sincerely that this is the choice more meaningful to you, do whatever it takes to make sure that you won’t regret taking this option.

Again, put feng shui into the picture and enhance your chances of having a loving and harmonious relationship with your partner.

Of course, the ideal situation is to have both aspirations met without compromising one or the other. And feng shui, being the art and science of creating balance in our lives, comes as a source of relief when one is faced with tough choices. It takes a good understanding of how the energies around us work, and how they can be harmonized to attract good fortune, and avoid – or at least diminish – unfavorable influences.

Feng shui master Marites Allen, who is also the President and CEO of Frigga Charmed Life (a fashion brand rooted in the concept of prosperity and luck)  sees 2019, the Year of the Earth Boar, as a year of Balance, Opportunities, Abundance, and Rewards. And yes – Marites stresses – these types of luck can be enhanced to achieve fulfillment in BOTH love AND career.

Connect with Marites Allen at or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (Marites Allen). Visit your nearest Frigga Shop or call SM Megamall (4707661); Glorietta IV (8188858); SM Mall of Asia (09224241219); SM City North Edsa (7360512); SM Seaside Cebu (032-3432062) or shop online at

Auspicious Luck Woven in Cashmere

Take the versatility of the cashmere fiber on one hand and the luck-enhancing properties of feng shui on the other. Bring them together and you will have creations that are highly stylish, luxurious, and delightfully auspicious.

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This is exactly what happened when international feng shui master Marites Allen met Jyotika Jhalani, the Founder of Janavi India.

Marites is the CEO and founder of Frigga Charmed Life, a London-based line of auspicious fashion wear and accessories that currently ships to many Asian countries and the rest of the world. She is the first and only Filipina certified “Master in Feng Shui” by the prestigious International Feng Shui Association and is the go-to consultant of many well-known entertainment, political, and business figures in the country.

Hailing from Kashmir, Jyotika started Janavi as an ode to Handmade in India.  It has evolved into the brand known today for its unique use of embroidery and beadwork embellishments on cashmere. Janavi has worked with  top international brands like Chanel, Dior, Ferragamo – designing and manufacturing the best embroidered cashmere stoles and shawls.  Today, brand Janavi India retails in over 200 luxury stores worldwide.

Finding a common ground in their life-works, Marites and Jyotika soon became partners in producing an upscale shawl collection under the brand “JANAVI INDIA X MARITES ALLEN.”

Under the joint venture, Marites provides the symbols and designs grounded on feng shui principles and interpretations.   Janavi then uses these inspirations to come up with  finely crafted and embellished shawls.

The initial collection was officially launched at Manila House Private Members Club, Bonifacio Global City on May 22, 2018.

Marites and Jyotika: Two Great Energies Coming Together

with tessa and other guests

Invited guests composed of avid feng shui followers, Manila House members, and media representatives got to view the first original designs, which include cashmere shawls representing the nine lucky symbols – each one related to the auspicious configuration of stars in 2018.


There is a specific set dedicated to the symbols of Chinese zodiac allies and friends. This grouping of three zodiac signs is believed to bring good luck to each member of the affiliated group.  The following photo is for the Influencers group of Rat, Dragon, and Monkey. There are also available creations for the Horse, Dog, and Tiger (The Individualists); Rabbit, Sheep, and Boar (The Noble Masters ); Ox, Snake, and Rooster (The Visionaries).

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Of steemed importance in Chinese astrology is the Celestial Phoenix considered to be very effective in attracting fame, power, money luck and fulfilling wishesIts symbolic rise from the ashes makes it very auspicious in inviting new opportunities and increasing good reputation. It is also used as a love enhancer and is believed to benefit females most effectively.

Video Credits: Ms. Marites Allen


The 26-piece collection may be viewed and purchased at the Manila House until June 2, 2018.

Marites may also be consulted for customized shawls based on the personalized feng shui reading for a specific individual. The resulting creation will feature symbols or icons of elements favorable to that person.

Succeeding designs will be available online and at all Janavi shops overseas and Frigga boutiques in the Philippines.




How to Make the Earth Dog Your Best Friend

In her 13th Annual Feng Shui Convention to help prepare for the Year of the Earth Dog, international feng shui master Marites Allen shared a very interesting peculiarity about the 2018 Flying Star Chart. For those who are new to the practice of feng shui, the Flying Stars School is a popular discipline that charts the locations of the lucky and unlucky energies or cosmic elements. These energies change directions every year, month, day, and even every hour. The chart is used to determine which sectors of houses, offices, and other structures should be enhanced for good fortune, and which ones should be cured or corrected to counter the negative energies.

Annual Feng Shui Chart 2018-01Ms. Allen said that in 2018, the numbers in the chart follow a unique alignment. The top numbers when added from left to right: 8 + 4 + 6= 18; when reduced to a single digit, 1 + 8 = 9.  The middle numbers 7, 9, and 2 add up to 18; again, reduced to a single digit = 9. The bottom numbers 3, 5, and 1 when added produce 9. The same thing happens when the numbers are added from top to bottom and even diagonally.

So what is so special about the number 9? In feng shui, 9 represents the Prosperity Star. In Chinese, the pronunciation of this number has the same meaning as longevity and eternity. It is the number associated with the Emperor of China, whose robes are always embellished with nine dragons. The resulting 9-configuration of the annual Flying Star chart is something that only happens once in nine years and can be interpreted as something that brings positive indications.

Ms. Allen shares specific suggestions on how to maximize the positive luck potential of the auspicious energies and protect us from the effects of the afflicted stars in her 2018 horoscope books, almanac, and planner available at all Frigga Charmed Life shops and National Bookstores. These must-have references are also available online at and and

Alternatively, here are nine general suggestions to get things right and attract good fortune in the Year of the Earth Dog.

1. Know your correct Chinese zodiac sign.

Especially for those born in January or February, it is important that you get this detail right. For example, someone born on 22 January 1993 is a Monkey; while someone born a day later on 23 January 1993 takes the Rooster sign. The Chinese zodiac follows the lunar calendar, not the Gregorian or Western calendar. The first day of the lunar calendar starts somewhere between January 20th and February 20th. Visit, choose your year of birth on top of the page, and click “Shop your Sign” to know your zodiac sign.

2. Get a copy of your personal birth chart.

So you know your animal sign. The next thing you’ll probably do is read up on the forecasts for that zodiac sign from books and the Internet. But did you know that your personal birth chart—because it requires very specific details like year, month, date, down to the hour of your birth—can reveal much more precise indications about your life prospects? Your birth chart will reveal valuable information that will help you understand why things happen the way they do in your life, your significant time periods, what colors and accessories will be lucky for you, and how you can harmonize the different feng shui elements to see improvements in your life, among others. Your feng shui consultant should be able to help you get your personal destiny chart.


3. Understand the Annual Four Pillars Chart.

If you have your personal destiny chart, you can compare it with the Destiny Chart or Four Pillars Chart of the year. You will then see if the elements of the year are in your favor or not. It will now be easier for you to determine which types of feng shui interventions you need to achieve a harmonious environment by boosting the good energies and ‘curing’ the troublesome ones.

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4. Mind the lucky and unlucky sectors of your home or office.

Every year, nine Flying Stars representing good and bad energies fly into different sectors of your home and office. For 2018, the auspicious energies are located in the Southeast (Wealth Star 8), South (Romance and Travel Star 4), Southwest (Windfall Star 6), Center (Multiplying Star 9), and Northwest (Victory Star 1).

The afflicted energies have flown to the East (Robbery/Violence Star 7), West (Illness Star 2), Northeast (Argument Star 3), and the North (Misfortune Star 5). Ms. Allen stresses that it is just as important to suppress the malevolent energies with suggested feng shui cures as it is to boost the positive ones with charms and enhancers. For suggestions, please call 0920 9509390.

5. Know your zodiac allies and friends.

During a year when luck prospects are not very favorable to a specific birth sign, seeking the support of luckier zodiac allies and friends could offer some help. It may entail displaying or wearing their symbol or representation, which is equal to “borrowing” good luck from them during tough times. By virtue of their friendly affiliations with the Dog, those born in the years of the Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse can look forward to positive energies in 2018. Dragon, which is the conflict animal of the Dog, may face some rough times ahead.

Click here  or watch the video to know more about your astrological allies.


6. Plan your activities around your lucky days and hours.

Is this possible at all? Feng shui says it is, definitely!  Choosing an auspicious wedding date, for example, takes tedious computations, but Ms. Allen has made it easier by putting together those lucky and unlucky days to schedule important activities in her 2018 Almanac and Feng Shui Planner. Add them to your must-have feng shui references each year to help you choose proper dates for starting businesses, travels, medical procedures, haircuts, etc.

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7. Know your lucky directions.

Each one of us has lucky and unlucky directions. These directions indicate the quality of energy that is most beneficial for us. We can use this information in many ways, including determining our head facing direction when we sleep, or which direction to face during important meetings or negotiations. Check out your 2018 Feng Shui Almanac to know your auspicious directions.

8.  Wear auspicious clothes and accessories.

Feng shui uses shapes, colors, symbols, and elements to seek harmony and balance in life, so it lends itself naturally to fashion. Wearing feng shui-inspired clothing is the most personal and intimate way of attracting good fortune, projecting our aspirations, and hoping for their fulfillment. This is the basic tenet behind Frigga Charmed Life, a fashion brand started by Ms. Allen in 2012. Visit to learn more about lucky fashion.

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9. Lastly, use feng shui with the purest of intentions.

Feng shui  practice is more than just wearing charms or placing cures and enhancers where they may best attract good energies or deflect bad ones. Foremost, it is about setting your goals with the objective of seeking improvements not just in your life but in others as well. Having said this, believe in your heart that feng shui works and could make a difference in your life. But always remember the saying: “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”


How to attract good fortune with the 2017 Feng Shui Almanac

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A fairly open secret among feng shui practitioners all over the world is the use of the Chinese almanac to ensure smooth progress of important undertakings. Credible masters all over the world use this guide, also known as Tong Shu almanac, to advise people on good or bad days to launch personal or business events. This planning tool goes back thousands of years in history and has been referred to for choosing auspicious dates and to know one’s luck forecast for any given day.

The Chinese system of measuring the passage of time involves the movements of the moon and the seasons of the sun, and as such it entails tedious calculations. Fortunately, for many feng shui followers in the Philippines and other parts of the world, a highly user-friendly version of the almanac has been available for the past decade or so. Credits go to international feng shui master Marites Allen for coming up with annual updates of her feng shui almanac. Ms. Allen has announced that her 2017 Feng Shui Almanac for the Year of the Fire Rooster is now available in all Frigga Charmed Life shops and online at and

The fully illustrated 2017 almanac has been carefully put together to help users boost their luck potential for a very exciting albeit challenging Year of the Rooster. It contains many practical feng shui tips and valuable information which, altogether, make the almanac an indispensable desktop reference.

Some ways you can benefit by using the 2017 almanac:


Get updated on your monthly destiny forecast based on the Monthly Flying Stars indications. This monthly guide to lucky and unlucky sectors of the home and office will help you decide which areas to enhance or cure to optimize good luck or keep negative energies in check.

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Learn to use the 12 Duty Officers method in planning your activities. Choosing the right day for your important activities yields significant benefits. For example, you may choose an “Establish” day to start a business, seek medical treatment, start construction work, and so on. A “Remove” day is good for letting go of something, like unwanted merchandise or ending relationships to remove bad karma.  Know the other 10 classifications of Duty Officers to help you choose ideal days for signing contracts, launching new products, engagements or weddings, cutting hair, and many more.


Know if a specific day is ruled by your own animal sign or by your conflict animal sign. Accordingly, activities scheduled on your animal sign day have a good chance at success, while those set on your conflict animal sign days may turn out to be inauspicious.

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Be guided by the star colors of different hours. Aside from luck indications for the day, you can more specifically choose lucky hours to schedule your activities. Green stars on a designated hour means good luck, but black stars signify unlucky hours.

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Mind your moon phases. The Almanac indicates the waxing or waning cycles of the moon. Waxing is the phase when the moon’s size is increasing from new moon to a full moon. Waning is the phase when it decreases after a full moon and is always illuminated on the left. Activities started during the waxing phase have a higher dose of auspiciousness than when they are planned during the waning phase.

Copies of the 2017 Feng Shui Almanac, along with the 2017 Feng Shui Planner and the horoscope books for the Year of the Fire Rooster – all authored by Ms. Marites Allen – will be available at the 12th Annual Convention for the Year of the Fire Rooster on December 4, 2016 at the Marco Polo Hotel. Aptly titled “Make New Beginnings,” the convention will feature important personal and business forecasts for 2017 and many new luck enhancers to help feng shui aficionados make auspicious beginnings for the Year of the Fire Rooster.

After the convention, you may visit any Frigga Charmed Life shop in Metro Manila and Cebu or call  0920 9509390 / 8188858 / 4420113 to get a copy of the 2017 Feng Shui Almanac, Planner, and horoscope books.

11 ways to attract good luck in the Year of the Fire Monkey


The Marites Allen Annual Feng Shui Convention is a veritable source of auspicious ideas to navigate through each Chinese New Year with confidence. First held in 2006, The 11th  staging of the event was held last Sunday, January 3 at The Marco Polo Hotel to usher in the Year of the Fire Monkey, which starts on February 8, 2016.

Here’s a mix of tested and innovative ways gleaned from the event on how to attract good fortune. Eleven represents the number of years that Marites — the first Filipina feng shui master accredited to date by the International Feng Shui Association (IFSA) — has been sharing prosperity tips to avid feng shui followers.

The Annual Feng Shui Chart 2016: Numbers 1, 6, 8, 9, and 4 represent the lucky sectors that must be activated with the proper enhancers. Numbers 2, 5, 7, and 3 are the unlucky sectors that must be weakened by suggested cures.

  1. Know the good and bad sectors for the year. Each year, the so-called Flying Stars or energies fly into different directions bringing lucky and unlucky prospects wherever they have landed. It helps to determine those locations and to place the appropriate enhancers to boost good energies. It is just as important to install the recommended cures to deflect the negative ones.

2. Understand the five feng shui elements. Many are familiar with those five elements—Water, Wood, Earth, Metal, and Fire. A better understanding of how they relate with each other and knowing that each element represents specific sectors and colors may increase one’s chances of enjoying better feng shui.


3.  Look good in auspicious clothes. Depending on your aspirations, a unique brand of fashionable wear can help you achieve your specific goals. The recent collaboration between Frigga Charmed Life and award-winning designer Frederick Peralta has produced a classic and comfy fashion collection that is empowering and luck-enhancing at the same time. Check out for the exciting combinations of colors, prints, and designs meant to create better opportunities for you.

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The combination of lush florals and the auspicious coin symbol in this Frederick Peralta creation for Frigga helps attract money luck.


4. Complete your lucky look with the right accessories. Attract good prospects and be protected from afflicted energies using scarves, hankies, wallets, bags, belts and jewelry designed with auspicious symbols.

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Frigga Charmed Life accessories for men and women


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This mystic knot-inspired throw pillow is just one of many Frigga Home Accessories designed to attract positive energies.


5.  Furnish your home with unique, luck-enhancing decors. If you find some feng shui charms too Chinesey, you will love the new line of very functional and stylish Frigga home accessories. The limited-edition displays include auspicious throw pillows, decorative mirrors, paintings, mantra stickers, and other out-of-the-box ideas.



6. Spray on some Frigga scents. Yes, now you can also smell lucky. The available sets of eau de toilette, room fragrances and fragrance diffusers will help enhance Prosperity, Love, Beauty, Harmony, Longevity, Happiness, Wealth and Good Fortune.


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Get a whiff of good luck with these Frigga scents.


7.  Carry luck with you when you travel. Whether you travel for business or pleasure, use these colorful luggage tags to help you identify your bags easily. They are designed with different luck symbols to protect you on your trips.

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Snap on these Frigga luggage tags for safe and productive travel.


season friends 8.  Know your allies and friends. Destiny is not always kind, and if you’re not blessed with positive energies on a specific year, you may “borrow” good luck from your astrological allies. They will help you survive a bad period. Aside from your Affinity Triangle, there is another grouping called the “seasonal combinations” that could prove helpful.

9. Equip yourself with handy feng shui references. Make sure you have your 2016 Feng Shui Almanac and Feng Shui Planner to guide you in choosing lucky days and hours for important activities. Your personal horoscope book provides helpful indications in many aspects of your life, including wealth, career, romance, and health. It also has valuable suggestions every month on what enhancers to place in specific sectors of the home and recommended fashion wear to attract positive energies.

These horoscope books, almanacs, and planners are must-haves for the Year of the Monkey.


10.  Have your destiny chart plotted. This is the way to go if you want a truly personalized reading based on your birth date and hour, which sets you apart from others who may be born under the same animal sign. It uses the Four Pillars Chart of destiny forecasting that includes all elements at play for you as a unique individual. Please call 0920-9509390   for personal consultations.

11.  Be the reason for others to feel lucky. This suggestion works all the time and never loses its charm. The universe keeps score and the things we do have a way of coming back to us in unexpected ways. Do good to others every chance you can, and let karma work wonders in your life.

Have a prosperous and worry-free year of the Fire Monkey, everyone!

[Photos provided by Frigga Charmed Life]

What’s in store for you in the Year of the Monkey?


(As published in The Philippine Star, December 14, 2015 page F-3)

Starting 8 February 2016 until 27 January 2017, the Fire Monkey will take over the Wood Sheep as the ruling animal of the Chinese zodiac. For feng shui followers, the changing of the lunar year brings different opportunities and certain challenges for each animal sign. Understandably, many people look forward to the luck forecasts for their respective birth signs as they go through another year.

International feng shui master Marites Allen gave a briefing on the luck indications for each of the zodiac signs in a media conference last Monday, December 7, 2016 at the Marco Polo Hotel. Although she said that not all animal signs are lucky during their own year, the Monkey year is very fortunate for all Monkey-born people. The Rat, Dragon, and Snake, who are all zodiac allies of the Monkey, may share the same good fortune. The Tiger, who is the conflict animal of the Monkey, may have difficulties next year, according to Marites.

The Marites Allen horoscope books for 2016 (Year of the Fire Monkey)

To guide everyone in maximizing the positive energies and deflecting the negative ones indicated in each animal chart, Marites has written 12 horoscope books for 2016. “It took long, exhausting hours to come up with those books. It was a production nightmare, but it had to be done,” says Marites. There is just so much opportunity next year that people need to know about, she added. Monkey is the ninth sign in Chinese astrology, and the number “9” symbolizes ambition, adventure, and smartness.

She shared a sneak preview into the luck readings for each astrological sign:

  • RAT: Very encouraging personal luck and very strong vitality levels.
  • OX: Certain forces in your chart will test your motivation and resolve.
  • TIGER: Inner vitality may be weak, but there is sufficient levels of success.
  • RABBIT: Auspicious stars indicate exciting events in your life.
  • DRAGON: So many positive indications; It is almost unbelievable!
  • SNAKE: The presence of your astrological allies in this year’s chart has positive indications for you.
  • HORSE: Your confidence will get a boost, filling everything you get involved in with positivity.
  • SHEEP: Opportunities will come thick and fast. Grab them fast because they might not last long.
  • MONKEY: Fabulous luck brings potential wealth and abundance in everything you do.
  • ROOSTER: Average prospects; still, you have a lot to look forward to this year.
  • DOG: Auspiciousness comes from your allies who could wield important influence on your life this year.
  • BOAR: Excellent elements spell an incredibly lucky year for you.

Each book provides monthly readings for one’s career, business, health, and relationships. There are also feng shui suggestions for the home, auspicious fashion and accessories, guide to the lucky and unlucky house orientations for each month, and many more useful tips.

The books are now available for pre-ordering for shipping on December 20, 2015. Please call 0920-9509390, 5560615, 4429113 or 8188858; or order online at

Frederick Peralta designs for Frigga Charmed Life


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 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.

In what Marites calls “from office to airport” style, these pants suit ensembles are meant to attract good vibes: Think romance luck with the double happiness symbol.

The mystic knot print is meant as a charm for love, prosperity, and happiness.













The wu lou print is designed to enhance longevity and protect one from illness chi

Who wouldn’t want an extra dose of financial luck with this auspicious coins print?












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

[Press Release for Frigga Charmed Life by Marites Allen]


Designer : Frederick Peralta

Photography : Ash Reginald Evasco

Styling : Sonia Agbayani and Rommel Manlangit

 Make Up : Megu Villarosa

Marites Allen dares friends: Take the challenge, cut it short

International feng shui master Marites Allen recently pulled a daring act that has put her in the good company of celebrities Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Charlize Theron, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Lawrence, and Katie Holmes, among others.

short hair pics

Like these women known for their ravishing looks, Marites has opted to cut off her long tresses and now sports a shorter hairstyle. But before others could even assume a life crisis is behind her decision to have a make-over, the feng shui maven laughs off the thought: “I’ll be the first to counter that a woman who decides to cut her hair must be undergoing some sort of a life issue. That’s complete nonsense!” She adds that in her case, her decision to change hairstyles came spontaneously. “I just got tired of wearing the same look for the past 26 years, so I felt the long curls had to go.” She chose May 6, 2015 to do it as her Feng Shui Planner shows that day to be auspicious for cutting one’s hair.

marites allen in her new look

Reactions to her new do came thick and fast. Hundreds of messages from friends and feng shui followers complimented her on her new look. Of course, Marites was most flattered by the one that came from husband Nick who said she looked “absolutely stunning and sexier!” The auspicious choice of date seemed to work as the following day, she was in a number of business meetings that brought promising prospects.

Marites excitedly mentions other advantages of short hair. “I have not experienced having quick showers until now!” She then proceeds to compute how much she saves on haircare products. The time she used to spend grooming her hair now goes to more time sleeping and resting, she adds. “And can you imagine the amount of water I save over some time because of this low-maintenance hairstyle?” In a word, she describes her decision to cut her long hair as absolutely “liberating.”

Without skipping a beat, she urges other women to go for the same experience she just had. She goes on to dare her friends who have been sporting shoulder-length hairstyles to follow her lead.

Would Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, style icon Tessa Prieto-Valdes, and award-winning actress Jennylyn Mercado take up her challenge?