Amanda Visell and Carlos East


With Bigboy Cheng at Super Fresh Gallery, Ronac Art Center.

Ever since BigBoy introduced me to this genre of art, I’ve been hooked. I have to admit, I know very little about designer toys or the graphic/animation pop art. I’ve been trained in the fine arts – traditional painting, sculpture, drawing and stuff from the Classical to the Renaissance to Post-Modernist periods. Yes I went to art school and took studio courses at University. I even learned how drawing nude figures from the flesh. And how to paint in oil, acryclic and water colours. (I can’t do any of that now). But I am so ignorant about this new world of art. It’s great to be a student again.

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It started with these pieces I got from Bigboy. Limited edition works by JP Cuison and Nemo Aguila. The Rizalborg is stunning!

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This Boxboy by Christian Tamondong is sold out. I wish I could get my hands on one. Bigboy tells me it usually starts with a painting or drawing then it gets produced into plastic toys then customized by the artist in limited quantities.

International release of collectible art toys by Amanda Visell and Carlos EastJuly 1, 2011 5PM
Secret Fresh is proud to be the host of the much awaited international release of collectible art toys exclusively produced by Amanda Visell and Carlos East with Secret Fresh. To be launched this 1st of July Friday at 5 PM at Secret Fresh, the toys, namely Topsy Turvy Croc by Amanda Visell and Don Pedro Calavera by Carlos East, are limited to 75 pieces only. Internationals orders for the art toys are to be made by first come first served basis via email
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A sneak preview of these art toys will be unveiled at the upcoming 2011 TOYCON Manila at SM Megatrade Hall on June 18 and 19 (Saturday and Sunday) as part of Secret Fresh’s booth exhibit among the other toys that it has produced exclusively with local artists such as : 2004 Ateneo Art Awards nominee Christian Tamondong, the designer of Boxboy and Paley Pils and who also has an upcoming collab toy project with Huck Gee; Pilipinas Street Plan members and street artists Whoop who designed Mr. Brain Freeze based on one of his whimsical pastel-colored paintings reminiscent of ice cream delights and Nemo Aguila’s irridiscent bug eyed round bellied Bochog Manster; award-winning adman and Gigzilla poster meister JP Cuison who designed the iconic Rizalborg now currently on view at the Rizalizing the Future exhibit at the Yuchengco Museum.

Apart from the art toys to be exhibited, Movement 69, a loose collective of street artists composed of Whoop, Tripp63, Nemo Aguila, Alien, Exld and Egg Fiasco will be doing a live spray painting session on the 1st day of the Manila Toycon.

Nemo Aguila will also be part of the panel at the 2011 ManilaToycon and will be discussing the creative process of making, designing and customizing toys, JP Cuison in particular will be discussing on the inspirations behind his mash-ups and reinvented cartoon characters and the impetus in creating Rizalborg.

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Rest in Beast by Carlos East of the Beast Brothers.
Amanda Visell and Carlos East will be here in Manila for the launch of their toys as they will also be holding a talk on July 2 Saturday at 4PM. The talk is limited to 30 slots. Reservations for the talk and further queries can be made by email thru or by calling Secret Fresh at 570-9815 local 7 or send an SMS to 09175171188 (Elaine). Updates can also be tracked through Secret Fresh on Facebook, and

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More from Carlos. His works speak to me because in my old life I was almost Mexican. (I had spent some time there after I graduated, worked as a project officer of an environmental planning program for the Canadian group I first worked with. Ironically, it was by loving Mexican culture first that brought me back to my Philippine roots which I had been removed from for many years… I digress, sorry).

Secret Fresh is at G/F of Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, North Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila. Mondays to Saturdays from 2-10 PM and Sundays at from 1 – 6 PM.

Winner: Tkees

Congratulations, Karen Ang! She is the winner of the TKEES promo.

There were 539 entries (more if I counted the doubles, spammers and unidentifiables) and more now because people are still joining (folks, contest is over).

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I used to generate a random number, and it chose 228.

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Congrats, Karen! I’m sending you the GC this weekend.

A single journey can change the course of a life

Angelina Jolie for LV

I saw this online last night. Retweeted it right away. This morning after a short text conversation with Louis Vuitton’s Vanessa Mayuga, I mentioned UNICEF then she got a thought bubble and sent me this press release that just came out today. What’s not to love about Angelina?

And that line, “a single journey can change the course of a life” – is so true. It happened to me.

Press Release- June 2011


Angelina Jolie is the latest outstanding personality to be photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Louis Vuitton’s Core Values advertising campaign.

The visual – to appear in international titles from mid-June – was shot in Cambodia, a country with which the actress has close emotional ties. She travelled there for the first time in 2000 to film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and was overwhelmed by the beauty of its landscapes and the warmth and generosity of its people.

She returned to Cambodia in her role as a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador, raising awareness of the dangers of landmines, and subsequently adopted her eldest son Maddox from a Cambodian orphanage. In 2005, she was awarded Cambodian citizenship by King Norodom Sihamoni for her humanitarian and conservation work in the country through the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which she established in 2003.

The Core Values campaign pictures Angelina Jolie sitting barefoot in a traditional wooden boat in the luxuriant, watery landscape of Siem Reap province. Next to her is a vintage Louis Vuitton Alto holdall in Monogram canvas, a bag the actress has owned and loved for many years. The tagline reads: “A single journey can change the course of a life. Cambodia, May 2011.”

Having described her first encounter with Cambodia as a life-changing experience, Angelina Jolie agreed to be photographed there for Louis Vuitton.

Pietro Beccari, Louis Vuitton Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications, comments: “We are honoured that Angelina Jolie agreed to participate in our Core Values campaign, whose central theme of travel as both a physical and emotional journey is one with which she can personally identify. Angelina Jolie is a global star in every sense – not only in her career as an actress, but also in her long-term commitment to international humanitarian issues.”

Angelina Jolie’s fees for this campaign are being donated to charity.

Win a pair of TKEES from The Flat Shop

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Win a pair of TKEES, worth over P2,200. This contest is open to anyone. I will send you a gift certificate and you can claim your TKEES at The Flat Shop, Connecticut Arcade G/F, Greenhills Shopping Center.

If you want to know more about TKEES, I wrote about it here. (I’m still in pain, but this contest was written previously and just published now.)


1. Like my page on Facebook here. Leave this message on my Facebook wall, “I want to win TKEES.”

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Carpal tunnel syndrome
Me today.

I started feeling discomfort on my right wrist two days ago. I pushed it. I continued to work on the computer with bad posture (lying down). Then today it was just unbearable. I couldn’t even use my phone. So I got a splint. Next, I will see my cousin, an orthopedic surgeon.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. A lot of people get this. My mom got it years ago from her work. She said her doctor injected her with something (I have yet to find out) and the pain never came back. I’ve heard of people who had to get surgery. I’m not at that point, I don’t think.

By the way, I’m typing with my left fingers. It’s so hard because I type really fast with both hands. I learned typing the right way in high school. Do they still even teach typing in school these days?

I will rest from blogging. I should. Give me a few days. Please follow me in Twitter in the meantime – DaphneOP and please join me in Facebook as well by clicking “Like” here.

Maybe this is good timing. In a few days, I will go live with my new site. So we’ll be in transition. I need you all to stay with me, through Twitter and Facebook. I expect some hiccups along the way. But it’ll be a better site. Promise.

Thanks and please pray for my right wrist. I need it back to normal. Take care you all.