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Catanduanes Reef Break 2016 May 19-21

Catanduanes, Music, Surfing By April 30, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

The Catanduanes Reef Break is an event geared towards helping the locals of Catanduanes, specifically in Puraran, through providing proper boards and uplift their well-being – one local at a time. It is an event organized by Surf Catanduanes and Surf4Ezra, a non-profit organization (founded by High School batch mates and friends) dedicated to continue the advocacies of Ezra ‘Tisoi’ Efondo. The specific objectives of the Catanduanes Reef Break 2015 still remain: first, to generate funds that would enable our local surfers to buy quality surfboards, as well as to fund their travel expenses during competitions; and second, to foster, develop, and promote sustainable tourism industry in Catanduanes Island.

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Dulaang UP’s #R < / 3 J Aug 26 - Sept 13, 2015

Theater By August 26, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Catch Dulaang UP’s # R < / 3 J, a multimedial hallucination on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. # R < / 3 J retells the story of the star-crossed lovers transforming Verona into a concrete jungle at the heart of Metro Manila – teeming with corruption, revolt, advertisements, sex, social media and condominium units. This theatrical project seeks to dramatize, through a pastiche of movement, music, intertext, video and design, the postmodern tragedy of our generation.

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Global Pinoy Bazaar 2013

Design, Entrepreneurship By August 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

I have always been a staunch supporter of the Global Pinoy Bazaar and the Yabang Pinoy movement. I make it a point to go to the bazaar every year regardless of where I am based for that year.

The Global Pinoy Bazaar is an annual event proudly organized by Yabang Pinoy – a Filipino pride movement which envisions every Filipino being proud to be Filipino, believing in fellow Filipinos, and patronizing Filipino ideas, concepts and services.

I started going in 2009 and missed 2011’s. It was held during the month of November every year at the Rockwell Tent until this year when it is a few months early and being held at the World Trade Center. Since I am in Italy until the first week of October, I would not be able to go this year. And this year’s Global Pinoy Bazaar is but a few days away!

“More great PHmade finds at the Global Pinoy Bazaar on 22-24 August at the World Trade Center.

This is the 10th #GlobalPinoyBazaar and is also the BIGGEST ALL-FILIPINO expo of 2014. It also coincides with Buwan ng Wika and with the “Made in the Philippines Products Week,” as declared by Presidential Proclamation No. 76.”

Here are my blogs for the previous years’ Global Pinoy Bazaars:

Click HERE for more details.

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Daragang Cuyunon 2014, Sibaltan, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan, Photography By May 21, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

It was a nearly cloudless day in Sibaltan. We left the Tourism Office in El Nido town at half past eight in the morning, Lia and I, on the motorbike that Almer was driving and took nearly 2 hours to get there. Nearly two hours of a few kilometers of paved road, and then dusty, rough road the rest of the way all the way to Sibaltan.

We arrived to find ten lovely girls all dressed and made up for the shoot for Daragang Cuyunon (Miss Cuyunon) 2014.

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Here are the photos:

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Summer and Angku Through the Years

Personal, Photography By May 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

I was in Manila last week for my friend’s wedding. She and I have been friends since university and have been through all kinds of stuff! Like really, all kinds! 😛

This was taken at my bridal shower in 2006.

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And she was the on-the-day coordinator for my wedding.

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I move around a lot so we don’t get to see each other much. We make it a point to see each other when we can – in the few times I am in Manila each year.

This was taken outside of 70’s Bistro in Quezon City in 2012. This was the night she told me she was getting married.

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Photos by Mario Wong and Make-up by E.J. Litiatco

Personal, Photography By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

I model for friends once in a while. My make-up artist, E.J. Belen-Litiatco, was doing her new portfolio and the shoot fell on a date when I myself happened to be in Manila. I am seldom in Manila but on the scheduled day of the shoot, I was.

I love E.J. We first met in 2006. She did the make-up for my wedding and the make-up for a number of my friends’ weddings thereafter.

We did a portfolio shoot in 2008. This shoot was done in November 2013. It took a while for me to post about this and I even hesitated. In the end, I decided to blog about it so I can promote her talent as a make-up artist as well as the photographer’s, Mario Wong.

This is the photo I like best.

Make-up by E.J. Litiatco (Portfolio Shoot)

Here are the other edits sent by the photographer, Mario Wong.

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Throwback: Make-up by E.J. Litiatco

Friends and their Interests, Personal, Photography By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

I first met E.J. Litiatco in 2006. We did the trial make-up at her salon in Visayas Avenue.

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We had the pre-nup shoot after in the U.P. Diliman campus.

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E.J. did the make-up for my wedding in 2006. (And a number of my friends for their own weddings thereafter.)

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Outventure Office and Shop – The Partners

Advocacy, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests, Life in El Nido, Music and Arts, Outventure, Palawan By February 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

When I started looking for a space to lease in January 2013, I was really looking for a place to put the milk tea shop and the booking/ticketing office slash travel agency. (Outventure was not really supposed to be a travel agency, it is supposed to be a payment services outfit, but I found out that in El Nido, there is no distinction among booking office, ticketing office, travel agency, and/or tour operator – they are all the same). I was looking for a space to put the Outventure office because I needed a business permit and physical address. I started looking in January 2013 for a place in a not-so-busy area of El Nido where rent was reasonable. It took me nearly a year and 4 potential spaces before I found one some time in September 2013. Serena Street is probably the third busiest street in El Nido but it was what I found. I had a personal deadline and  it seemed I was running out of time and choices.

So I found a space and it was bigger than what I intended. I needed to fill it up. And that’s when I decided to fill it up with items from my micro-entrepreneur friends. Friends that I have found when I still had Kikayism – an online reseller; and participated in and supported the Global Pinoy/Yabang Pinoy advocacy. I still believe in and support that advocacy. In the Outventure shop, all the items we sell are made in the Philippines.

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Yabang Pinoy is a Filipino pride movement which envisions every Filipino being proud to be Filipino.
Mission

Yabang Pinoy encourages its volunteers to live happy, passionate, and meaningful Filipino lives by effecting positive social change. The organization hopes every Filipino will realize the greatness in bearing the citizenship.

If Filipinos will be conscious of the small great changes they can do, they will understand the purchasing power of P1. For every foreign product in the market, there are comparable local options. If Filipinos continue to look more to them for consumption, demand will make better the economy.

Yabang Pinoy also hopes its volunteers will influence their own social circles to spread the word about thinking Filipino. To be infectious, they must always be ready to address negative comments or news about the Philippines and the Filipino people.

Company Overview

Its advocates and volunteers are the young and idealistic Filipinos who spearheaded change in the mindsets of their countrymen. They want to convert “closet” Pinoys into Shouting Proud Pinoys, Filipinos who share the impassioned spirit and love for their country with fellow Filipinos and people from around the world. This change, they believe, will happen because they are starting it now. We are the change we want to be.

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Yabang Pinoy is a Filipino pride movement which envisions every Filipino being proud to be Filipino, believing in fellow Filipinos, and patronizing Filipino ideas, concepts and services.
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I tapped into my network and partnered with entrepreneur friends who were willing to lend me their items, without paying for them outright. I was minimizing my start-up costs and my friends were very supportive. Now, the Outventure office and shop carries these items, on display and on sale.

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Palamuti by PJ Valenciano 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/palamutibypjvalenciano
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Website: http://www.palamutishop.com/us/

Description

Palamuti by PJ Valenciano (Palamuti Storytelling Jewels) are made by a woman who was inspired to create from the complexities of women, which transcends to accessories for every woman. Behind every piece is a vision of creating customized and original costume jewelry for today’s modern woman using different materials, mainly incorporating an element that is proudly Filipino. All handmade Palamuti costume jewelries and accessories are products which are painstakingly improved through a continuous process of learning and refining techniques that fuse both modern and traditional methods, and are guaranteed to be one of a kind. Each individual piece is not only an expression of art, beauty, and style, they are interwoven with the stories of the wonderful women who have been inspirationally instrumental to the birth of these pieces.

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Outventure Office and Shop – The Team

Design, Entrepreneurship, Life in El Nido, Outventure, Palawan By February 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

In my life, I have been blessed with friends who are creative artists and entrepreneurs – and this has always been an inspiration to me.

My mother loved travel. When we were growing up, she always said, “Go on all the field trips and educational tours. Go on any out of town trips. They may be expensive and maybe we can not always afford it, and we may not be able to give you a lot of money, but the experience will be a gift and a treasure for you.”

Or at least something like that.

So we grew up traveling with her and even with our father, who for his part hated traveling, but was, at first, being a lawyer for agrarian reform cases in the provinces of Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte, and then later on assigned as a member of the Department of Agrarian Reform‘s Adjudication Board in the provinces of Aurora, Laguna, Marinduque, and Romblon. Later on, my mother would let me arrange all her trips with her group of friends, always at least four of them, sometimes as many as twelve, to El Nido, Boracay, Batanes, and other places. I was her personal travel agent. I booked the tickets, arranged the rooms, the boats, the guides, and everything else in between. Her friends started to tell me that I should start a travel agency. I laughed, but they said it would have made my mother happy and proud if I did.

As a daughter, especially after my mother’s passing, I have tried, in my little ways, to make her proud, or at least make something out of the inheritance that she left me. I lost all of it in Naga City when I had Wharf Galley in Avenue Square, but in exchange, I learned a lot, and somehow think earned a masters in business administration or something along that line because of that experience. So I let go of the bar and went back to travel. These days, when I help people out with their travel plans and arrangements, I do so as I would my mother and her friends. It is in her memory that I put up Outventure – because it would have made her happy and proud.

Outventure started out online BUT it did not feel that I am a legitimate business if I did not have a physical location. I worked hard to put up an office. When I was looking for a space to lease, I was looking for one for Outventure. So I could not afford spaces that leased out at Php25,000 to Php35,000 per month.

I love milk tea. I have been a fan of Nai Cha since my days in the university when the fast food chain Chow King came out with it. I was always going to Bubble Town for my milk tea fix when I was still in Naga City. El Nido did not have milk tea and it sounded like a sound business idea to put up one.

So I worked on the idea that my space should be big enough to hold a milk tea shop or booth at the very least, and be the Outventure office. The boutique was a side story. It was not meant to be a priority. I was just told that if I had Outventure as a booking and travel services office, it would also be a good idea to have some souvenirs or other items to sell in the space, because that’s what everybody else did. I did have some stocks from Kikayism and Thriftista Shop – my online shops, so I thought, yes, that could work. On the side.

We started working on the logos.

Folding 8 did the Outventure logos and sent me these studies.

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Outventure Office and Shop – The Beginnings

Design, Entrepreneurship, Life in El Nido, Outventure, Palawan By February 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

When my mom passed away in early 2011, I decided to come back to my home province of Camarines Sur, some 450 kilometers south of Metro Manila, to be with my father who was alone in our family house. I managed a small rock bar for a month called Wharf Galley Rock Cafe that was located along Elias Angeles Street in Naga City. I set up my own business, but decided to keep Wharf Galley as a trade name, for the bar that I put up at the second floor of Avenue Square, a lifestyle center located in Magsaysay Avenue – the night life strip of Naga City. I ran it for nearly a year but closed it in February 2012. I went back to Manila and took some much needed rest. I was invited back to El Nido to sub as a high school science teacher at the school where I taught grade schoolers back in 2005 in July 2012. After a few months back in El Nido, I finally decided that I wanted to come back and live here.

Although my first big business was the restaurant and rock bar in Naga City, and the first one to ever have a physical location, it was not my first venture into enterprise. I had an online shop called Kikayism that I and my friend PJ Valenciano put up back in 2009. I had another online thrift shop in 2010 that had web pages in Multiply and Facebook and partnered with Xend for the shipping. Kikayism was a participant in the Global Pinoy Bazaar at the Rockwell Tent in Makati in 2010. I made a lot of friends and contacts in the Yabang Pinoy network. Though to be honest, and this is going to be the first time that I will openly admit this, my first business ever was when I was nine and I was selling candies and snack food to my classmates during recess. I saved a lot of money from my small scale enterprise in my grade school years and deposited my money in the local bank. I was such a funny kid because my family was not poor and I really did not need the money to send myself to school or anything. I just liked the entire process of going to the market at the end of the day, after school, to buy stuff, and sell them.

When I closed Wharf Galley in Avenue Square, I took back with me a wealth of extremely important business lessons. It seemed like I did a very expensive crash course in entrepreneurship. I made a promise to not give up on being an entrepreneur but also vowed that I would start a smaller enterprise next time, probably with just one or two staff. I wanted things simpler, and of course, easier to manage.

I started the early stages of planning in January 2013. I made and studied business plans for a milk tea shop, a boutique, a bakery, a laundry shop, and a travel services company (not really an agency). The hardest step was looking for a place to lease in El Nido. I wanted a small and inexpensive space to lease because I did not want another 208 sq.m. place with a 30-member staff. I wanted a simpler life and a smaller business. The planning stage took nearly a year, and four different locations all over El Nido that did not fall through. One owner changed her mind about leasing, another did not push through with construction, another could not give a proper contract, another one was too far outside of town, until finally, some time in September, I found a place. Construction was started in early October and I documented this process as best as I could. All the photos here were taken by my Samsung S4.

October 15, 2013

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Free Entrance to All National Museums This October

Music and Arts By October 1, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments
© Aissa Domingo and the National Museum of the Philippines (2013)

© Aissa Domingo and the National Museum of the Philippines (2013)

In celebration of Museums and Galleries Month, the National Museum of the Philippines will open its doors, for the entire month of October, with free admissions to all 14 branches of the National Museum across the country and their flagship museums in Manila: the National Art Gallery (former Old Legislative Building), Museum of the Filipino People (former Old Finance Building), and National Planetarium.

About the National Museum

The National Museum of the Philippines or NM is a government agency museum that includes research and conservation programs within the museum and throughout the archipelago. The museum houses three buildings in Manila; The Museum of the Filipino People, The National Art Gallery and the National Planetarium that are repositories of the natural and cultural history of Filipinos and our environment. The collection ranges from thousands of years ago to the present. In addition, there are 19 branches of the NM located in all regions of the country, representing the origins and visual representations of Philippine culture.

The primary mission of NM is to acquire, preserve, exhibit and foster scholarly study and appreciation of works of arts, specimens and cultural and historical artifacts of the Philippines.

Museum fees are Php 150.00 for adults, Php 120.00 for group tour adults and Senior Citizens, and Php 50.00 for students and Php 40.00 for Group tour students. These new rates will allow you to visit the National Art Gallery (in the Old Legislative Building), the Museum of the Filipino People (in the Old Finance Building) and the exhibitions at the National Planetarium. Museum Hours are the same: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (except for the Planetarium which is closed on Sundays). Closed to the public on November 1, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday.

Official Website: http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nationalmuseumofthephilippines

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Aia De Leon and EDM with Closer than Ever

Music By September 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Aia de Leon, former vocalist of Imago, has found a new voice in electronic dance music. She has partnered with Nights of Rizal, an independent electronic music producer/songwriter for a fresh new beat. Here is her latest take on the OPM scene. Check it out!

Here’s the Soundcloud link for streaming and downloads: http://bit.ly/13NDbTo
Here’s another download link for mediafire: http://bit.ly/15mm1Ii

Closer Than Ever
by Nights of Rizal Featuring Aia De Leon

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Alfa Garcia Coming Home Philippine Tour September 3-8, 2013

Music By August 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

With an alluring voice and disarming honesty, pop-folk artist Alfa can make a bustling room stop. Indie Music Reviewer has compared this multiinstrumentalistto “a clear blue sky and a candid soul” that begs the listener to “hear what else she has to say.”

Born in the Philippines to a family ofmusicians, Alfa got an early start inpiano and violin, playing nationally with the Children’s Orchestra Society of New York. Alfa’s music has received honorable mention from the New York Songwriters Circle and won Grand Prize at Kollaboration Acoustic 2009, a competition highlighting Asian- American talent.

After graduating from NYU and working as a reporter, Alfa took up music full time, traveling across the U.S. to play at college campuses and venues, garnering praise along the way.

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Dulaang UP Stages Jacobean Tragedy The Duchess of Malfi/Ang Dukesa ng Malfi

Teatro Pilipinas, Theater By August 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

This September, Dulaang UP continues its tradition of bringing world classics to the Filipino audience through the first major Philippine production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi. Dark and visceral, The Duchess of Malfi is widely held as the greatest of Webster’s works and the most gripping of the Jacobean tragedies. It has mesmerized and shocked audiences since it was first staged 400 years ago in 1613.

The Duchess of Malfi is renowned for producing what could probably be theatre’s most compelling female protagonist and two of its most twisted villains.

The play follows the story of a recently widowed duchess as she decides to go against her scheming brothers by secretly marrying her personal steward. The discovery of her deception engulfs everyone in a tumultuous and maddening whirlpool of envy, incest, greed, destruction, and death. The characters’ struggle for and against their desires forces us to ask ourselves, “How far will we go for pleasure?”

DUP’s production also features Ang Dukesa ng Malfi as translated into Filipino by Palanca awardee Allan Palileo. The play is adapted and directed by theater icon and DUP Founding Artistic Director Tony Mabesa, well known for his staging of world and Filipino classics. New York-based Obie award winner Clint Ramos and Eric Pineda collaborate for the set and costume design respectively; Choreography by Peter Alcedo, Jr., Lights design by Meliton Roxas, Jr., and Sound design by Jethro Joaquin.

The Duchess of Malfi/Ang Dukesa ng Malfi runs September 11- 29, 2013 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman. For sponsorship and ticket inquiries, please contact the Dulaang UP Office at 926-1349, 981-8500 local 2449 or 433-7840 and look for Ms. Camille Guevarra or Ms. Samanta Clarin.

You may follow Dulaang UP on Facebook for updates, click HERE.

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KUNG SA TAMBOBONG: Ernie Patricio’s 8th solo exhibit at vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery

Advocacy, Music and Arts By August 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery and Earth Day Network Philippines Inc., in cooperation with Museo Maritimo and City Government of Malabon, unveil the first installment of KUNG SA TAMBOBONG exhibit featuring works by artist Ernie Patricio on August 5, 7:00 in the evening at vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery 2nd Floor CK Building No. 61 Visayas Avenue Quezon City.

A part of climate change awareness campaign through the arts, this traveling exhibit features Ernie Patricio’s watercolor paintings, found objects and installations depicting life around rivers and seas. The show is aimed to present the apparent threats of climate change as seen in Malabon, the artist’s hometown. It is an inquisition and speculation of our actions affecting the environment and vice versa.

Involvement and intervention is the heart of Ernie Patricio’s works. They are based on and more often a willing involvement in issues that confront our everyday life. Throughout decades of praxis, topics such as poverty, diaspora, freedom and modernization were inquired upon in very sophisticated selection of colors and high level of technique in Patricio’s works. “The artist of these inquisitive works, having survived decades as an OFW and battled against stage 3 cancer, continues to portray not only our society’s current situation but also how/what it was to picture how/what it should be”, says curator Avie Felix.

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