Been away



Quaint town. Freezing!
We were in Shanghai for a few days. Great city. Cold was an understatement. So glad shops in Manila mow carry winter clothes. This was taken in a quaint little town outside Shanghai.


More on my trip later. Blog backlog…



Rubies, lace and fountain pens



Ruby day today.
Tuesday night, I hosted the launch of Sheaffer pens, exclusively available at National Book Store. I felt the occasion called for the rubies. Sigh. I thought it went well with K&Company‘s new dress -this stunning nude and blush pink lace slip dress. I am all about lace right now (always have been). And K&Company has them in all textures and silhouettes. Unfortunately I do not have a full shot of me. Perhaps next week when the PR group sends me photos from the event.


During the event I did a little walkthrough of the museum pieces on display. Very interesting that they had a line called PFM or Pen For Men in 1959. There were some stunning fountain pens made of gold and silver. It made me wish I was a serious fountain pen user.


This is from Sheaffer’s current collection, now available in National Book Store. At the event, the members of the Fountain Pen Network of the Philippines were all paying attention while I hosted. I love it when the audience is totally with me. And I love it when people are passionate about special things. And fountain pens are really special.


For more information about Sheaffer, check out National Book Store’s Facebook page.



Livin’ La Vida Imelda (theatre)





Last December I went on Carlos Celdran’s Imelda tour at the CCP and PICC. It was an unforgettable experience – fun, funny, thought-provoking, emotional, trippy, entertaining. I knew that he had taken this tour and made it into a theatre performance. He did a show in Toronto and invited my dad to see it. So when I found out that he was doing the show at Silverlens Gallery, I made sure I saw it here. It was a great show!


Livin' la Vida Imelda tour by @carlosceldran
I was very curious to see how Carlos converted the tour into theatre. The tour was experiential. We were in the actual rooms and corridors of the CCP and the PICC. This was the room where Mrs Marcos had receptions after major performances.


The real tour included a jeepney ride from the CCP to the PICC with Carlos’ cassette player blasting VST&Co disco tunes.


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Last Friday, my mom, dad and I went to see Carlos’ performance at Silverlens. The room was packed with people. I loved the set design.


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The script was the same as the tour’s, as was his performance. Thought-provoking.


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The experience was different. There were actors.


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And dancing… if you wanted.


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Even the hard-to-please journalist boss was extremely impressed. (Seriously, he never stays still for shows. He enjoyed it.)


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The folks with “Imelda”


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I love Silverlens’ space. I took a short course in photography here.


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I asked Carlos for a souvenir poster. After all, I get “name-dropped”.


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Like I said about the CCP tour, I wish every Filipino could see it. This show is the next best thing to the actual tour. And I say that only because I’m a fan of architecture; and the CCP and the PICC are my favourite structures here. Livin’ La Vida Imelda is for everyone – no matter what your politics is. You will come out of it with lots of questions… and hopefully, a deeper understanding of this country.


For more information, visit and Carlos Celdran’s website Walk This Way.

To see photos of the tour version, click “More…”





This is the newest piece in my jewellery collection. I have a few days left of admiring it before releasing it in the wild. It has the Virgin of Hope, St Therese of Lisieux, Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Guadalupe with various stones in 14 karat gold (which by the way is just so expensive… sigh).


The necklace is supposed to go out there too. But I love the chain so much. It is currently still being “test driven”.


I often get asked whether I plan to make jewellery that doesn’t reflect Catholic religious iconography. If I did that, then I would fully get into the jewellery business. But that’s not really where I’m headed yet. I’m a bit of a specialist. A one-product type of person. I love the hand-painted charms not only because they represent faith and religiosity. I love them also for the craftsmanship and artistry that go into them. Each is a miniature painting. The history part is also one that drives me – I love period pieces that reflect the crafts of different eras like Byzantine, Medieval, Greek and Roman, Etruscan and Philippine Colonial. That bracelet is probably the most “contemporary” piece I’ve done if it weren’t for the antique medals.

Recently I’ve acquired charms from my travels and some from gifts. These reflect iconography from different faiths and beliefs.


This is a gift from my brother-in-law, Fr. Dennis. He got this from  San Miguel de Allende, Mexico which is one of my favourite places in the world. The heart charms are either talismans or prayer pendants. He also gave me a bag of pendants that represent your wants and needs – a foot, a hand, money, house – anything you’re praying for. I didn’t take a picture because I’ll be working them into jewellery soon.


These, I acquired in my India trip. Each pendant is a miniature painting of an Indian Hindu diety. Unlike my Catholic icons, these are painted on paper. But the level of craftsmanship and skill is superb! The details are so tiny! I love them. (And I’m not Hindu. See my point?) I will also be working these into a necklace. They weren’t easy to find and they weren’t cheap either, so this is all I have.


This is just so precious. A portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe looking like an Indian diety. I got this from the same artist’s shop. And I just had to have it. Perfect mix of faiths – Catholic and Hindu.





Kenneth Cobonpue 2012


Cabaret is the newest design by Kenneth Cobonpue. It is a great mix of craftsmanship, technology and design. The thing about Kenneth’s work is that not only do they look perfect, they are all very comfortable. This line is just stunning.

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“Cabaret provides a modern take on the brand’s sought after craftsmanship techniques. Weaving fabric-wrapped foam on a steel frame conveys the next generation of the evolving outdoor luxury furniture market. The collection blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living, providing comfort and warmth in both settings. Available in a variety of colour combinations.” – Press Kit.


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Cabaret high back sofa made of polyester fabric, reticulated foam and steel. Outdoor version uses acrylic fabric instead.


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Coffee table and end table made of fiberglass reinforced polyester, polyester fabric and reticulated foam. For outdoor version, fiberglass reinforced polyester, acrylic fabric and reticulated foam.


For more information visit