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Shop.Share.Care

Shop.Share.Care

These past 3 weeks, both my Instagram and FaceBook feeds have been flooded with stories chronicling the various relief efforts that people have initiated to raise funds or to provide goods and support to the Yolanda victims.

I continue to be pleasantly amazed that there hasn’t been a shortage of generosity for our Visayan kababayans since Day 1. People just keep on giving and giving! :) Even the international community has been extremely charitable and supportive of our country. The image of a US aircraft carrier navigating our seas, bringing with it soldiers, supplies, helicopters and planes, will forever be etched in my mind.

If you, like me, are looking for more ways to personally contribute to this world-wide effort, please consider supporting Shop.Share.Care. It is a fund-raising online sale by the top Filipino accessories designers to benefit Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

The brainchild of Ken Samudio (one of my favorite designers), other featured designers in the sale include Vida Lim, Ann Ong, Lally Dizon, Joyce Makitalo, Amina Aranaz, Miadore, Dennis Lustico, Anne Marie Saguil, Eric Manansala, Adante Leyesa, and many more! What powerhouses, right? And this is the perfect opportunity to own one of their pieces because the proceeds will go to a wonderful cause!

Sale begins on Wednesday, November 27, at 6pm. For more details, visit their website, http://www.shopsharecareph.com.

The Best One Yet!

Ever since my first ManilaFAME experience, I’ve been hooked!  Imagine an event showcasing two floors of the best locally made furniture, home accessories, bags, jewelry and fashion–gosh, this is what heaven looks like for a girl like me! Hahaha!  So I’ve made it a point to troop down to SMX for every show since, for a little dose of happy and inspiration :).

And even after 3 expos, the giddiness I feel every time I visit has not died down one single bit.  In fact, after the recent show held last Oct 17-20–their best one yet–I’m still on a high and totally inspired by everything I saw!

As expected, the furniture and home furnishings were truly extraordinary!  No wonder our local artisans are considered to be design trendsetters, and have truly sparked global interest in and demand for our products :).

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While I think there were less participants this time around compared to last March, the booths and the products were definitely nothing short of spectacular! Here were some of my personal favorites… :)

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Ito Kish

Don’t you just love the wall treatment?  And those Busilak Jars are LOVE :).

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Kenneth Cobonpue

I have nothing else to say but his booth was impressive as always :).  This shot was my paparazzi moment.  Hahaha!  Was hoping to meet him but this interview took a while :(.

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Balay ni Atong

Those lamps made from pieces of inabel cloth and wire were TDF!!! I also fell in love with a woven blanket, but it was a bit out of my budget :(.

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Catalina

Those colorful stools/side tables made me drool!!!  I want one badly!!!

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Schema by Kalikasan Crafts

The pendant lamps are a project for our dining room next year!  Excited!

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Vito Selma

*Sigh* His Geo coffee table has been on my wish list for like forever!!!

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Masaeco

I always love their booth display, and this time was no exception :)

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Tadeco

Aren’t those light installations gorge? :)

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Industria

They won the Katha Award for Best Booth Design :).

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Triboa Bay

Another favorite of mine.  Their pieces are so well designed, yet very functional!  Their trestle table is another one on my wish list!

This time around, there was also a special showcase called The Red Box, featuring the work of the rising stars of local design.  These designers are part of a developmental program “aimed at harnessing Filipino creativity with the use of sustainable raw materials to produce design-forward products for the world.”

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Loved these tables and the lighting by Leah Sanchez.  Incidentally, aside from being an architect by profession, Leah is also one half of the duo behind Resurrection and Found Objects Gallery :).

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It was so nice to see the work of my favorite ladies from Bungalow 3oo on display during the show!  Bravo!

Even the Manila Wear section, now on its second year, had such a strong showing from its participant artists.  I noticed a lot of fashion designers combining regional craftsmanship with their own unique aesthetic and style, setting the stage for next year’s trends and must-haves :).

It truly makes me happy to see the Philippine aesthetic finally having its time in the spotlight :).  I’ve always been a fan of native arts and crafts, and it is quite wonderful that many designers have started incorporating not just local materials into their products, but traditional elements into their designs as well. Coupled with a modern twist or interpretation, the results are exquisite artisanal items that are really something to be proud of! :)

Here is a small sampling of my favorite brands at Manila Wear…

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Vesti

These bags are not just so “now”, but I love the use of the traditional fabric!  It was so nice to meet the designer and owner of the brand, who truly impressed me with her style and go-getter attitude :).

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Such beautifully crafted accessories from last year and this year’s Katha Award winner, Ann Ong.  I’m not sure if I could wear the grasshopper on wood neckpiece, but I was definitely wowed by the intricacy of the design :).

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It was so wonderful to bump into Dennis Lustico!  I am a longtime fan of his dress designs, and it is so nice to see how he has branched out into accessories–specifically, bags!  Aren’t they bee-yoo-ti-full? :)  I super loved that yellow “bayong” he is standing next to with the acrylic handles, as well as the blue beaded clutch at the bottom of the picture.  Ang ganda!!!!

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I also finally got to meet accessory designer, Ken Samudio, and had a fan-girl moment!  Hahaha!  To say I love his stuff is an understatement.  More about it in my next blog post! :)

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Another uber wonderful and cool accessory designer is Adante Leyesa.  Not only does he have talent by the bucket-loads, but he’s super humble too!  I just love his statement neckpieces and clutch bags!  They are definitely showstoppers!!!

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I think my most favorite accessory designer of all time has to be Joyce Makitalo, though.  Actually, between my mom and I, we have 5 of her gorgeous necklaces!!!  I can’t wait to see her new collection which is coming out very soon!  I am so sure it will be amazing!

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These barong dresses by Amarie first caught my eye at the MaARTe bazaar.  I would love to own one of these someday too :).

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Filip + Inna’s booth, and the various pieces they had on display totally took my breath away!  Not only did I love the colors, but the embroidery designs were so exquisite!  Hard to believe these are traditional designs from the tribes in Lake Sebu–they look so modern and contemporary!  Again, more on this in another blog post :).

To be honest, I could go on and on about the amazing things I saw during ManilaFAME, but it would be even better if you guys had a chance to see the expo for yourself (watch out for it in March 2014!!!)!  These pictures are but a fraction of all there is to see!  As it was, I actually didn’t have much time to go through the entire show :(, so I had to breeze past other sections such as the OTOP (One Town, One Project), which features products from various regions all over the Philippines.

Don’t you agree, though, that Filipinos are soooo talented and creative? :) Coming to a show like this will truly make you feel proud of our culture and heritage!  I’m sure it won’t be long before the world starts appreciating it as well :).

I. Can’t. Wait!

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4 days and counting–I am so excited!

If you’ve read my previous posts on Manila FAME, you’ll know that this bi-annual event is something I always anticipate :).

Not only are the talents of Filipino craftsmen and artisans so proudly on display, but it’s a wonderful venue to be inspired and awed by all things locally made :).

And the best part?  I actually always end up with some pretty good stuff on the last day of the show, when purveyors put their wares up for sale :)!

Here are some photos of the last Manila FAME held in March.  I only posted a few of the ones I took, just for you guys to have an idea of what to expect this weekend…

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Kenneth Cobonpue’s furniture is always a crowd pleaser!

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*Sigh*  I’ve been lusting after this Vito Selma coffee table for ages!!!  One day, you will be mine!!!

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Awesome pieces by Daniel Latorre Cruz!  Makes me want to have a garden just so that I can put them on display.  Hahaha!

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These throw pillows by Inigo Elizalde are LOVE.

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I wanted everything in Ito Kish’s booth!  What a creative genius he is!

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Van Gogh is Bipolar’s booth was crazy beautiful!

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My favorite jewelry maker, Joyce Makitalo, never disappoints!  Aren’t her pieces breathtakingly amazing?!?  Can I have one of everything, please?  Hahaha!

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And last but not the least, my friend Lally Dizon’s luxe croc and python skin bag collection, with its yummy colors, were also on display during the show!  So proud!

These pictures are just a fraction of what one can expect to see during ManilaFAME.  Now you know why I’m so excited!  Hahaha!

If you guys aren’t doing anything this weekend, make your way to SMX Convention Center at MOA.  The show is open to the public on the last day, Sunday, October 20th.

See you there!

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Fab Find : Istorya Creations Hand-Stamped Jewelry

So I dropped by the Artesania Fair by Mercato Centrale this weekend.  I intended to finally buy myself a pen hoarder from Bags by Rubbertree, since I’d been wanting one for a looooong time.  More on that in another post :).

Since I was at the fair already, I decided to poke my head around and see if there were any new finds worth blogging about.

What I found was Istorya Creations :).

Istorya Creations is all about hand-stamped metals.  Aside from custom-making each piece, the artist, Joanna, ensures that it lovingly reflects her customer’s unique story–hence, the name.

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I just love the thought behind Istorya.  I love that it is personalized and that each piece can hold such deep meaning for both the maker and the recipient.  I love that all the creations are hand-crafted, that they are cut and hammered by hand, and that they are perfectly imperfect when finished.  Whether it be jewelry, cake toppers, gift tags, or plant markers, these items are truly precious because they are crafted with a personal story in mind!

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So the next time you’d like to mark a special occasion, or if you are in search of a unique and meaningful gift item, try Istorya Creations.  You can contact Joanna at 0906 467 8037.  You can also email her at istorya.creations@gmail.com or visit her FB page for more details http://www.facebook.com/istorya.creations.

Gotcha!

I was a little bit late logging on this time around, but luckily I was able to snag this beauty when the Philip Lim for Target line went live…

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Yay for me!

My cousin who works for Target told me that most of the bags sold out after just a couple of hours!  A ruckus even erupted between 2 lady customers who were fighting over one of the purses!  Egad!

So I may not have gotten everything I wanted, but I still ended up with a wonderful buy–and all from the comforts of my home.  Online shopping is totally the bomb! :)

Fab Finds MaARTe Edition

Oh my, it’s already September!!!

And if you’re Filipino, you certainly know what that means–Christmas is right around the corner!  Can you believe I actually heard my first Christmas carol exactly on September 1st???  I kid you not!!!

And precisely because we Filipinos start preparing for Christmas this early, there have been a number of bazaars popping up lately, the most recent being the MaARTe Artisanal Fair at the Rockwell Tent.  The shopping frenzy has begun!!! :)

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I personally love going to the MaARTe bazaar because of the many wonderful, locally handcrafted items one can find there.  I was actually quite pleased that from a handful of booths last year, they had about 50 different participants, each selling distinct artisanal products.  Translation: this year’s offerings definitely did not disappoint!

Here were some of my favorite items:

1. Pottery from Joey de Castro

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Joey de Castro, Pottery Artist, 0917 8315904, joeyldc@yahoo.com

2. Crocheted Fruits and Veggies and other items from La Pomme

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La Pomme for Kids, look for Apol or Fiona, 0917 7151821/0919 9934795, http://www.lapommeph.com/www.lapommehome.com

3. Bambow Ties (also the makers of Bamboo Bikes)

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4. Home stuff from Domesticity

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mydomesticity.com, facebook.com/MyDomesticityPH

5. Embroidered Barong Dresses from Amarie

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Shophouse – 2nd Floor – Tommy’s Coffee 8483 Kalayaan Street, Corner Matilde, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City, 8901526

6. Stools from Hacienda Crafts Company

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haciendacrafts.com, facebook.com/HaciendaCrafts

7. Blankets and Throws from Beyond Borders

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facebook.com/beyondbordersphilippines

8. Necklaces from Piesa by Phoebe

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facebook.com/PiesaOfficial

There were actually many other vendors with fabulous items on sale, but unfortunately I was not able to get their names nor their pictures :(.  By the time I dropped by the bazaar, it was already almost closing time so I was in a bit of a rush :(.

But anyway, I hope this blogpost gives you some new ideas for gifts this holiday season.  Happy shopping!!! :)

Hong Kong Highlights Part 1

August is always a good month to escape Manila.  There are a lot of long weekends to choose from, and it also happens to be my daughter’s birth month :).

Last year, we took the little one to Hong Kong.  We took her to Disneyland, went food-tripping, and did some shopping.  This time around, we decided to make the trip a bit more educational, opting to sightsee, rather than to spend our time at a theme park.  Ofcourse shopping and eating are always part of the itinerary :).

A goes to Hong Kong

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We decided to take an 8am flight out of the Philippines, and arrived in Hong Kong at 930 in the morning.  Everything went smoothly from the moment we left our condo, to the minute we arrived at our hotel for the next 3 days, the Marco Polo Gateway.

It’s been years since I last stayed at this hotel, and I was glad to see that everything was nice, modern, and newly refurbished!

I also super love the location!  Because it is on Canton Street, not only is it just across Silvercord Mall (home to Din Tai Fung, Ippudo, and near H & M), but it is also conveniently connected to the Harbor City Mall!  All the shops are practically a stone’s throw away!

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When we got to our room, I was happy to discover that it was a nice size, perfect for our little family.  I was thrilled that the bathroom looked so clean and brand new!  It totally passed my standards with flying colors!  Hahaha!

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After we unpacked and had gotten settled in, lunch was in order.  We decided to give our friends at Din Tai Fung a visit, especially since I was craving for some soup dumplings.  They never fail to hit the hungry spot!  Hahaha!  I also needed to fuel up for the whole afternoon shopping session that was to come after our sumptuous lunch :).

A at Din Tai Fung

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A feeds herself

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Since I’d rather not bore you with shopping details (I was on my best behavior! *Read : I didn’t really buy much :)), let me end this post by sharing about the restaurant where we decided to have dinner.

By this time we were exhausted and chose to eat close to home.  Prior to our trip, I had been researching the blogosphere for some recommendations, and this one came from Jin of Jin Loves to Eat.  We decided to eat at Canton Deli, located at the 3rd floor of the Harbor City Mall.

They serve very traditional cantonese dishes, and since we were in Hong Kong, we thought, “What the heck, might as well eat authentic Chinese food!”.  Hahaha!

While the ambience was nothing to rave about (although they did have these cute bird cages suspended from the ceiling), the food was quite good!  Since it was a bit late, the hubby and I decided to just share some soup and beef tenderloin cooked chinese style.

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I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty everything was :).  The soup had a good amount of crab chunks and corn.  The beef had slices that were thicker than I was used to, but it was very soft and flavorful that I did not mind at all!  Definitely, we enjoyed our meal very much :).  I would have wanted to try other stuff on the menu, but because it was already very late, we decided against it :).  Hahahaha!

If you ever find yourself in the Marco Polo/Harbor City Mall vicinity, do give Canton Deli a try :).  While it’s not the type of restaurant that’ll blow you away, the food tastes pretty good, and it is very conveniently located as well :).  We walked away that evening with pretty happy tummies! :)

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Anyway, since this is already pretty lengthy, in my next post, I’ll talk naman about the places we visited, and the sights we saw in Hong Kong.

Hope you guys will stay tuned! :)

Moynat On My Mind

It’s the eve before a national holiday. This means that I, like the rest of the entire Philippine population, am about to enjoy a 3-day weekend.  I should be ecstatic and looking forward to the extra day off of work.

But I’m not.

Why, you ask?

I’ve been “out of commission” the entire week and have been under house arrest due to a really nasty cough.  And I’m not even better yet :(.  Huhuhuhu :(.  Call it karma–I’d been bragging about how I didn’t remember the last time I got sick then BOOM!  Here it is.  And I seem to have caught a really bad version too.

Haaaaaaaaayyyyyy!!!

So what’s a girl to do when she’s stuck at home the whole day and feeling the blues?

Go online shopping ofcourse!!!! :) :) :)  Note to Hubby : It was only Online “WINDOW” shopping :) :) :)

And because of all this retail surfing, I now find myself in love with yet another piece of french handcrafted leather goodness–Moynat.

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Meet the Quattro.  It is a light leather tote bag that comes either in reversible leather or cotton lining.

It had me at reversible.  Hahahaha!

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Not only am I loving the bright color palette, but I also love the versatility (the four straps allow you to carry it as a handbag or a shoulder bag) and the clean, simple lines.

You can also have the Quattro personalized.  Another plus.

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I love that the way the letters are painted on are so quirky!  And to think, Moynat is one of those old, heritage brands.  They’ve been malletiers since 1849.  These “flying letters” totally give the brand a younger, fresher and modern appeal :).

This is the Cabas in Moynat’s signature initial canvas.

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Ain’t she lovely too?  A bit similar to another favorite french brand of mine, Goyard, but the colors and the personalization keep it distinct and more “now”.

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Gosh, looking at these pictures make me want to own a Moynat even more!  Hahaha!

Okay, so maybe online shopping wasn’t such a good idea after all ;p

Hope you enjoy the holiday, everyone! :)

All photos are from Moynat’s official tumblr account.

White Nights

The other night, the little one and I happened to don matching white nightgowns.

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I particularly love this brand called Antukin.  For my non-Filipino speaking readers, that means “sleepyhead”.

I love the girly, lacey details, and the fact that after a couple of washes, the material is soooo soft and comfortable.

Plus it just looks so clean and fresh!  Hahaha :)

And while I’m not usually a fan of matching clothes with my little girl, the fact that  they have mini versions of the adult-sized nightgowns is just too cute to pass up :)

For those interested, Antukin has a stall at the monthly Karl Edwards Bazaar in BGC.

Low EQ

I’ve always been proud of the fact that when I want something, I’m always usually able to delay my gratitude–especially when that something is not really a necessity.  I’ve always been a prudent spender and a patient person.

But not lately.

As I’d mentioned in a previous post, this weather has been driving me crazy!

And I’ve manifested this craziness in unusually outlandish retail therapy.

Boo.

My latest purchase?

These yellow lace-less Bennies!!!

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Aren’t they soooooo neat? :)

How could I not, right? :)  And to be honest, I did wait 3 days before I bought them.  Hahaha!

They’re just the dose of sunshine I need, especially on those gloomy days that have been occuring quite often lately :).

Bensimons are now finally available in the Philippines!  I got my pair at Center of Gravity, Eton Cyberpod Centris, EDSA corner Quezon Ave.  They’re also available at Shoe Salon in Rockwell :)