Kitchen Delay for a reason



I owe you a kitchen renovation update. Everything is on hold for an important reason.

Just when the kitchen cabinets were about to be done, I had to ask for a bit of an adjustment. I changed my mind about the sink I initially ordered. Luckily my source took back the sink. The solid surface from Rockstone wasn’t done yet and adjustments would be minor.

This is the sink I’ve always wanted but didn’t know how to get. It wasn’t available locally. And shipping it in myself was too stressful. Two weeks ago, I met with the Kohler people who asked me to do some work with them. And they found a way to bring in the sink and faucet for me.


Kohler’s Whitehaven cast iron sink


This is on its way to my new kitchen! It’ll be so worth the wait…



UNICEF Auction for Action





I hosted the press preview of UNICEF’s 2nd Auction for Action last Thursday. This is the culmination of months of work I did with the UNICEF fundraising and communications team.

As with last year, I simply asked my artist and designer friends who were all very generous in donating their precious works. This year we have over 80 pieces from the most creative Filipino artists and designers, double of last year’s pieces. Last year we raised over P1.4 million in a 7-day online auction. This year I hope we meet our target.

In the next couple of weeks I will share some anecdotes about some of the pieces donated. We added new and exiting objects and genres.  I will also Tweet and share some images on my Instagram @DaphneOP. But don’t worry if you can’t keep track of all my activities because  in a few days, all the pieces will be revealed in an online catalog so you can see them ahead before the auction opens on October 1st in Ebay Philippines.


With Angela Travis, Chief of Communication and Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Representative in the Philippines.


Willibald Zeck, UNICEF’s Chief of Health and Nutrition is also an artist at heart. He painted “Playing in Circles” which is part of Auction for Action.


During the event I wore this strand of golden south sea pearls donated by Jewelmer. This exquisite strand will be up for auction! So if you’ve always dreamt of owning a strand of Jewelmer pearls but were intimidated with the price (being the “top of the line” south sea pearls worldwide), now is your chance to get one. The minimum bid price will surprise you. I fell in love with this piece.


Topaz Horizon‘s Frances Amper snapping a photo of Michael Cacnio’s Fly Up.


Bloggers checking out Debbie Palao‘s Crayola bench.


That is Vito Selma’s table called Square. A glimpse of Debbie Palao’s chair, Pout. The white round figures with legs on top of Vito’s table are called “Garapata” by Dex Fernandez from Secret Fresh Gallery. Lots of sculptures behind me. I’m covering the amber-coloured glass sculpture by Orlina. It’s lovely. And yes, I have a Daphne® chair also part of the auction.


With my UNICEF family. They insisted I sit 0n Ito Kish‘s award-winning Gregoria chair. I was very very sick this day (I’m still a bit sick now). The kind of sick that should have kept me curled up in bed with a sick face on. My bones and muscles were in so much pain. But nothing was going to keep me from being there to see this event launch. It’s amazing what a bit of hydration and strong will can do.


Auction for Action is one of the fun ways we can make an impact in the lives of children in the Philippines. We try to make it a win-win for everyone. Filipino creativity gets highlighted. There is awareness about children’s issues. And bidders can potentially get a piece at below market price (though we really hope to raise a lot of money, so please bid, bid, bid).

Proceeds all go to fund UNICEF programs in the Philippines. Most of the furniture pieces, special objects and sculptures are donated by the artists in full. Some paintings are partially donated through galleries. We are not having a public event or launch party… we figured, it would be best to save from spending. So everything is happening online to cut on costs and raise more money for kids.

Please check for more details.

All photos ©UNICEFPhilippines/2012/K.Palasi







Dimensione X Secret Fresh X Magis Puppy



Dimensione’s retail icon Ben Chan hosted another unexpected collaboration. He invited 8 of Secret Fresh Gallery’s artists to interpret Eero Aarnio’s Magis Puppy Chair. The Filipino artists – Whoop Wonka, Nemo Aguila, Tripp63, Farley del Rosario, Mimi Tecson, Wesley Valenzuela,  Electrolychee and architect duo Janus Design Studio – showed their work in a reception at Dimensione High Street (also the home of Daphne® Furniture).


Nemo Aguila’s Ponkan and Tatoo by Whoop (green)


The Anti-monochrome puppy by Tripp 63


Upong Otso Sinkwenta Lamang by Electrolychee


The Green Guardian by Farley Del Rosario


Rally by Mimi Tecson


Sta Cruz by Wesley Valenzuela
Santa Cruz by Wesley Valenzuela


I love this. Stray by Jagnus Design Studio. Being the only architects in the group, they interpreted the design challenge by reconstructing the Magis Puppy in keeping with their design principles. Photo source.


ABS-CBN Publishing’s Philip Cu-Unjieng and Suyen Corp.’s Miguel Pastor trying out other Magis chairs/toys.


Ben Chan and the artists of Secret Fresh Gallery.


Bench Ad and Promo Jojo Liamzon, Jiro and Brand Manager Cisco Lumbad
Bench Ad and Promo Jojo Liamzon, Jiro and Brand Manager Cisco Lumbad


Kristine and Suyen Lim with Magis Marketing Meryem Chouirf
Kristine and Suyen Lim with Magis Marketing Meryem Chouirf.


The pieces are on sale at Dimensione High Street. All photos provided by Dimensione through Cisco Lumbad.



Oscar de la Renta



Oscar de la Renta



Oscar de la Renta is now my site partner. His world is so beautiful and perfect. I browsed through the site and found some accessories I would love to own. Also check out the classic cocktail looks at


Twisted Fabric Motif Bracelet
Twisted Fabric Motif Bracelet


Flower Drop Earring
Flower Drop Earrings


Sea Life Charm Bracelet
Sea Life Charm Bracelet


Glass Cabochon Leather Belt
Glass Cabochon Leather Belt