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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally! A ballet school for kids ages 2 to 5! Yes, I know there are other ballet schools for kids, like Twinkle Toes Ballet and Music Academy and Pink Toes Center for the Performing and Musical Arts, but these schools are either too far away from where we live or have a minimum age of 4. I had, for example, for the longest time, eyed Twinkle Toes because it offered baby ballet, but I found Fairview to be too far. Pink Toes has a branch in Antipolo but the kids have to be at least 4 years old.
So when my friend Miela Sayo started letting everyone know about her Little Ballet school, I was ecstatic! It is specifically for little children, and more importantly, it can be set up near you. Think: “ballet classes come to you!” and I was really happy.
Miela Sayo has been dancing since the age of five. She has trained with various ballet schools both in Manila and in Sydney, Australia. Radaike School of Ballet, Effie Nanas, Air Dance, Sydney Dance Company and Mango Dance School, to name a few. Teacher Miela is also a pre-school teacher, and a dance teacher for children.
Like most of her students, Miela found her appreciation of ballet through one memorable ballet teacher, years ago. Teacher Violeta has inspired Miela to be the best dancer that she can be, through careful instruction and encouraging her little imagination. Miela has grown up to love dance. She never stopped dancing and exploring the performing arts since.
LITTLE BALLET MISSION
Little Ballet strives to develop an early appreciation for ballet in young children through play, encouraging them to stretch their imagination while still mastering the discipline that ballet requires.
LITTLE BALLET VISION
Little Ballet envisions a generation of young dancers who will love the art of ballet. Starting children at a young age, Little Ballet aims to develop dance appreciation in children through creative and imaginative learning.
Little Ballet offers a creative and unique ballet programme for pre-schoolers, ages 2 until 5 years old. The teachers are trained to teach the themed programme in an imaginative and non-traditional manner while instilling ballet techniques and discipline in all our classes.
Little Ballet currently has two classes:
Every year, I make it a point to go to the Global Pinoy Bazaar, held every second week of November at the Rockwell Tent Makati, and showcases Filipino products made with 100% Filipino love and pride. “At Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012” seems like such a boring blog title when it really should be more aptly titled “Lia Goes to the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 (And Has A Field Day)”. Indeed, my annual visit to the Global Pinoy Bazaar has documented my journey of motherhood. From being a harassed new mother to a harassed full-fledged mother to a toddler, Global Pinoy Bazaar has seen it through. When I used to buy baby clothes and toys, and things for myself like clothing, shoes, accessories, bags, and make-up, my purchases this year were for toddlers alone. My toddler was too caught up with so many things that we didn’t get to stay long enough to look at other things, much more buy any. Lia wanted to know the names of everything we saw, “What’s this?” “What’s that?” and she wanted to check out things I didn’t want to check out and she wasn’t interested in the things I wanted to look at – except if it was food. We got hungry from all the taste testing we did.
After going around all the booths quickly, Lia and I went back to the booths we liked. Lia absolutely loved this booth selling felt finger puppets and funky hats. She entertained other shoppers while there.
I was told by the owner who was manning the booth that their items are also being sold at Powerbooks. How I love the items at Powerbooks!
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17 P.Gomez St. Pasig City
Lia fell in love with the “Fun Artivity Book” and though I thought it was a bit complicated for her age, she didn’t want to let go of it anymore, so we brought her one.
PHMADE PRODUCTS WORTH BUYING FOR
The Yabang Pinoy Filipino Pride movement celebrates its 8th year by celebrating PHmade products worth buying, at the 8th Global Pinoy Bazaar on November 10-11 at the Rockwell Tent, Makati City.
Global Pinoy Bazaar 2012 will feature a lineup of brands and products made with 100 percent Filipino Love and Pride: in ladies’, men’s, and children’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, bags and shoes, beachwear, travel accessories, home décor, home and wellness products, as well as Filipino art and design.
I absolutely love Global Pinoy Bazaar. I have been actively promoting and participating in it since 2009 with the exception of 2011 when I was based in Naga City and busy with the bar.
Here are my favorite local brands:
Yabang Pinoy Home Brand: Agos Pilipinas
‘Agos Pilipinas is a brand fit for the active yet laidback philosophy of the eager outdoor addict. Agos brings out the passion for the tropilokal spots through its shirts, sandos, barabags and rashguards. Agos is more than just a label. Its the outdoor instinct. It’s a lifestyle.’
I first saw their booth at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2009 and bought myself a CamSur wallet. I also wanted their surfing shirts and rash guards and absolutely loved their barabags! I bought two barabags from them – that we use to carry our snorkel and fins about. I blogged about the barabags here but the photos are missing because they were embedded from their Facebook account. Note to self: download and have own copies of photos so they don’t go missing. My barabag is by the way stuck at our house in Pili, Cam Sur because I brought my stuff there earlier this year when I was planning to go see and swim with the Butandings of Sorsogon. They have new stuff this weekend and I’m raring to check them out.
Yabang Pinoy Home Brand: Punchdrunk Panda
They are a team of Filipinos that ‘funkifies’ the world with passionate, like-minded people through functional graphic-designed products and happiness-inducing events.
Now, Punchdrunk Panda carries ladies’ and men’s footwear, camera straps and other fun stuff.
One Bikolano artist and entrepreneur that I fervently support is Ana Janer Locsin, the woman behind Pitaka: Your Lifestyle Billfold. I met her for the first time at a restobar in Katipunan Avenue for a little meeting about her products and only then did I find out that we went to the same high school, she was with the same batch as my sister and that we share a lot of common friends.
I am immensely proud of her.
After seeing her products, I suggested she join the Global Pinoy Bazaar held annually at the Rockwell Tent by Yabang Pinoy advocates, another Filipino project I am very passionate about. I was joyous at the news that her products were sold out at the bazaar and that afterwards, she participated in more bazaars with similar success.
I have some of her pitakas and I use them wherever I go. They are sturdy, they are colorful, and they have really nice designs that show Filipino culture.
The PiTAKA wallets are also intended for corporate giveaways and event souvenirs as the wallets can be “custom-made”. For corporate giveaways, the PiTAKA team can have the company’s logo and other elements to be used for marketing promotions and/or corporate branding.
In the past few years, fun runs and marathons have been a source of fitness and recreation in the Philippines. Inspired by Run For Your Lives, Outbreak Manila adds a new twist to the typical 5k run. Race towards the finish line and go against time, obstacles and yes, FLESH-EATING ZOMBIES.
Brace yourselves. This time, you aren’t just running for any cause. You’ll be running for your life.
For details on this video, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfaHcvAErMo
Outbreak Manila BGC will be held on July 28, 2012 in BGC, Taguig.
This time, it’s a night run. The thrill and the fun gets better. We are on the verge of Zombie Apocalypse!
Not without a little embarrassment, I set out to write this blog that will let people know what I have been up to the past month, and that is – make-up.
I have never been into make-up really. I was always the tomboyish kind. My sister always had to remind me to powder my face, and the only thing I don’t ever go without is eyeliner; but because I have been close to being bored to death the past month, I decided to try out something different.
So I started frequenting Martha’s beauty blog, not for anything but because it was different from most sites I visit, “most” meaning mommy blogs, artist blogs, writer blogs, travel blogs, and photography sites. Martha has always been into make-up. I had loved seeing her all made up when we we’re still working together in theater. It’s not that I have not been into make-up at all. Being a theater person required you knew how to put on make-up on yourself, but I was not quite inclined to putting make-up on regularly or when going out.
Last month, I decided I wanted to try out a personal make-up class. So for one afternoon, together with make-up artist Leah Tulang of The Make-up Corner, we set out to do all kinds of basic make-up on ourselves. Not that I didn’t know that already, I just wanted to see if there was something else out there I needed to know.
Yes, I looked different. How fun! I even look like I have more weight on me than actual. Or maybe that wicked grin was just me trying to make my red lipsticked lips look thinner.
We then moved on to doing the smoky eyes look that I have always been curious to learn. Ta-dah! Smoky eyes look achieved, I suppose. This photo was taken at home, after it endured four hours of travel, a movie and walking in the rain.
My friend and beauty blogger Martha Sta. Barbara of the Beauty Junkee is celebrating her blog’s third anniversary and she is giving away prizes worth over P70K! Congratulations Tamarts on your blog’s third anniversary, but more importantly, congratulations on your graduation!
I really must say I am SO proud of you guys in this photo and I truly find it inspiring! Congratulations to everyone! I love this photo! It makes me wanna go back to school and finish my masters thesis!
Going back to her anniversary give-away, Martha is giving away goodies worth more than P70K to 16 lucky contest participants.
Though I am not much into make-up, I am a fan of Martha’s blog. I read her entries simply because they are interesting and it’s always like reading a beauty magazine. I ask myself, “Hmm, what is new on the market today? ….Lemme check out Martha’s blog!” I like the fact that she is always so honest and down-to-earth. I also like the fact that her blog site is all about loving oneself and embracing femininity – which I think, every woman, should do regardless of their interests in life.
Check out her contest give-aways here and get a chance to win any one of her (16!!) fabulous prizes.
Contest runs from April 1 – May 31, 2012. 123 entries as of the moment and counting! Good luck everyone! 🙂
Congrats again Martha and have fun in Boracay!
I’m still a bag-person through and through I suppose. The huge ones. I’m actually known for my brown knee-high boots and my huge bags that I lug along no matter how heavy or big for my frame. Ssshhhhh! Walang pakialamanan. 😛
I’ve always had this turtle-ish kind of attitude with regards to my things. I can’t be separated from my laptop, and now I can’t be separated from my folders with all my work-related and personal files, and more importantly, I can’t be separated from my 2-year old daughter. Or is it the other way around? Lia can’t be separated from me, with her proverbial, “Waiiiit, waiiiiit, waiiiiiiiit! Mama, waiiiiit!”
This situation finds me with more than just my usual huge backpack, but also with another backpack or bag for Lia – and that’s me packing light. Some days I have my Crumpler camera bag and my Travel Essentials Medicine Organizer bag too.
Since I found out that the mommy bag H’s friends gave me during Lia’s christening is already tattered and needs to be replaced, I have been scouting for mommy bags. My search led me to this, Manila Baby‘s bags!
I first caught a glimpse of the Barabags at the Agos Pilipinas booth at the Global Pinoy Bazaar 2010 last November. I saw them, asked about them but didn’t really think about how useful they were — until I saw a photo of it with fins inside! I love my fins. I got them from El Nido Resorts in 2005 and have been toting it with me everywhere since. It came with a plastic bag but it’s been years and the bag has long since been ripped in all its travels. I was in search of a bag for my beloved fins and the Barabags came in just at the right time!
Except that when I realized it, the stocks, or more like the color I wanted, which was black of course, had long been sold out.
So when I saw the Agos Pilipinas tweet about the Barabags for Summer, I wasted no time in ordering and paying! I just had to get one this time! Well, especially this time that I’m flying and zipping around the country and the world at odd schedules (bara-barang lakad talaga!)
How can I resist these? They look absolutely adorable!
I have always been a fan of messenger bags. I live and breathe messenger bags. These days though, my messenger bags are either too small or too soft to carry the one thing I almost never go around without – my laptop. I’ve always been a fan of huge bags – one that can carry the myriad of little things that I tend to carry around with me. The more pockets, the better. More pockets mean more organization. I like to keep organization even in the middle of the chaos that only a take-everything-with-me-wherever-I-go attitude can lead to. If the bag is waterproof or even semi-waterproof all the better!
I have been looking for a laptop bag at Multiply online stores. I do have a Crumpler laptop bag now that my friend gave me as a birthday present but with its traveler beach-bum look, sometimes it just doesn’t go along with my mood or my look for the day. I have been looking for a more formal laptop bag. That is how I found myself doing a search on Multiply, and stumbling upon Tough Brat bags – and instantly falling in love. I wanted to get one of each style, to go along with each probable mood I will find myself in.
Our friend, another alumnus of U.P. Rep, was home last October for a vacation. He works as an engineer in Australia. We always make it a point to get together every time one of us is home for a vacation. This is actually a late post, but I just noticed how it seems like we’ve been getting together with our friends who are now based in different countries every month for the past months. Jo was home last October, Janice was home last November and Jen was home this month. Always sooo good to see old friends!
Took me long enough to post about my experience at the Global Pinoy Bazaar this year, but may I just say that it was, “Awesome!” Being one of the exhibitors this year made the experience tiring but I totally enjoyed my two days at the bazaar. I spent a lot of money! About P8,000, actually. And I could have bought more, except that, that was just too much shopping for two days. I spent more than I actually gained, and to tell the truth, I did not gain anything, except all the goods I shopped and an empty wallet. *straight face goes here*
I tried to take as many photos as I could, tried to take photos of all the shops, especially the ones that I liked, but there were just so many booths and there were a lot of people at times that that made that hard. Still, I came home with a good number of photos.
Our Kikayism booth was tiny, it couldn’t hold everything we had, but it was the only space we could afford!
We were selling Pinangga clothing and bags, Supladita clothing and espadrilles, Merkins bikinis, Letterbox t-shirts and Palamuti accessories.
And these were our neighbors, handicrafts: