I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about Auction for Action. Please allow me to occasionally post stories about the items and auction activities. The actual auction doesn’t go live until October 21 to 27th. But already friends are planning their purchases and bidding strategies.

There are some amazing pieces this year. If you’re looking for lighting, here are a few…


Busilak Bell Jar Lamp by Ito Kish, bid on them separately.


Murano glass pendant lamp from Pietro Collection. Check out Pietro’s facebook page to see the rest of their collections.


Kinks and Curls lamp by Vikki Rodriguez. It is large and glorious.


Check out all the pieces included in our 3rd UNICEF Auction for Action in this slide show…



For a downloadable PDF file of our auction catalog, click here.



UNICEF Auction for Action Year 3



We held the press preview for my third UNICEF Auction for Action last week. Lots of new developments since we first started in 2011. I can’t believe that in the two times we’ve done it, we’ve raised over P4.5 million pesos all in online auctions. This year, I have a bigger goal. Will you help me raise P5 million?

Auction for Action started as a small idea between me, Angela Travis (then Head of Communications for Unicef Philippines) and the fundraising team. Initially I relied on goodwill from friends and relationships I cultivated after years of focusing on design. Now we have a full team organizing the auction and we have partners approaching us to help and get involved.

It is a huge honour for me to be given the chance to get all my great loves together in a project that means so well — my love for art, design, media and children. I am so grateful for the opportunity to curate another auction of this magnitude.

Since it is held in October again, we are honouring National Children’s Month, with Auction for Action 2013 bringing together over 90 artists in art, design, furniture and jewelry. We are specifically raising funds to benefit a unique education program to provide children access to early learning: Supervised Neighborhood Play Program (SNP).

I had the chance to see Supervised Neighbourhood Play Program first hand when I visited Davao Oriental last March, 100 days after Typhoon Pablo devastated the area. There I saw a preschool teacher singing songs and acting out lyrics with her 5-year old students. It was the “raindrop song” – so simple yet so full of impact. These are kids who witnessed a scary storm that destroyed their town and killed people and animals. They need the raindrop song and other educational methods to help them cope with trauma.

This year’s Auction for Action will go live on on October 21 to 27. I will post links then. For now, feel free to read more here.


This year, we partner with Yuchengco Museum, who not only hosted the site of our press preview but will also host the public preview everyday at the Yuchengco Museum lobby.


This is my only shot of the Yuchengco lobby facade from the inside. It is accessible through RCBC tower in the ground floor. Admission to Unicef Auction for Action is free. You can see most of our auction items everyday up to 6pm except on Sundays.


Dr Will Dapgne and Tumoo
With me is Dr Willibald Zeck, UNICEF’s Chief of Health and Nutrition, who is also a published artist in Austria. He donated another one of his abstract works. Also in photo is Mr Tomoo Hozumi, Country Representative of Unicef. (The red painting is by Roceli Valencia, “Meditation in Red”. And the little guy is Hari Sonik by Elmer Borlongan).


I have to warn you that this blog post will overdose with photos of me. For some reason, that’s all I have in my camera and in the official camera. I promise to post detail product shots of the items at a later date.

A bit more about Supervised Neighborhood Play – It is a simple, low-cost and easy to organize home-based early learning program where trained day care workers or parent volunteers gather young children in a house, a shaded play area or under a tree for two to three hours, every day for at least ten months to help children learn through organized play. UNICEF supports the SNP program in remote, conflict or disaster-affected communities and in informal settlements located in urban and rural areas.


Dr Will and Daphne
Dr Zeck presenting his abstract painting. Also seen in photo is Raymond Legaspi’s “The Sack Race” and Olivia d’Aboville’s “Liquid Heaven”


Daphne 5
Domicillo Mirror and Jinggoy Buensuceso’s Moth chair. We have two, in black and this marigold.


Kinks and Curls lamp by Vikki Rodriguez for Accessoria.


Daphne 4
Stunning oil painting by my classmate from elementary, Sandra Fabie Gfeller, who is a celebrated artist. You can also see Stanley Ruiz’s Wheelbarrow. I have a Daphne Chair in the lot too. All the auction pieces come with a commemorative brass plate this year. See the man with the magnifying lens? He is looking at a miniature water colour by Gregory Raymond Halili.


Foreground, Seb Chua sculpture. Olivia d’Aboville’s Anemone table lamp and behind me is Michael Cacnio’s Sweet. Candy Crush fans would love that one.


Transformer earrings  copy
TRANSFORMER earrings by Janina Dizon Hoschka. These dangling earrings consists of a brilliant cut blue topaz with green tsavorites and a pear shaped amethyst top in yellow silver. The middle part are bezel set amethysts with white sapphires in the double happiness symbol. Bottom danglers are made with icy blue amazonite drops in silver. These earrings can be worn five ways.


Tomoo Hozumi checking out the detailing of Kawayan Tech’s bamboo bike. The world is catching on to this bamboo bike technology. Even Marc Jacobs designed one here.


Mr Hozumi trying the Kawayan Tech bike. You can see in the background – Leeroy New’s Entropy, Hamzah Marbella’s Catching Fish , Dominic Rubio’s Father and Two Sons, Pete Jimenez’ Play it by Ear , and Manuel Baldemor’s Filipino Family.


National Bookstore
National Book Store donated 10 signed books. We’ve decided to auction them all individually. Stella wants to bid on the Eric Carle’s “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.” You can see a beautiful carved ostrich egg lamp by artist Danny Rayos del Sol.


And our major highlight, Kenneth Cobonpue’s sculpture Coral. Kenneth has not shown this piece to the public yet. It makes its debut here at Auction for Action. That gorgeous blue and white painting is by Popo San Pascual. He never fails to amaze me. The desk lamp is by Chito Vijandre and Ricky Toledo of Firma Makati.


We have an impressive collection of jewelry and accessories from – Amina Aranaz, Kristine Dee, Paul Syjuco, Janina Dizon-Hoschka, Jewelmer Joaillerie, Joyce Makitalo, Ann Ong, Ana Rocha, SC Vizcarra and Nicole Whisenhunt.


A closer look at Leeroy New, Kawayan Tech push bike for kids, Hamzah Marbella and Mitch Shivers’ Log-in.


Grateful to Patty Laurel for attending the press preview with her lovely mom and sister. Thank you to my Bench family for my pretty dress from Karen Millen.


Bid for one-of-a-kind pieces from notable Filipino artists and designers and help make a difference for children. The auction goes live on October 21-27, 2013 at

For a preview, visit or go to the Yuchengco Museum from October 3 to 26 at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

This year’s auction is made possible through the generous participation of the Philippine Star, Yuchengco Museum, Summit Media, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, EBay Philippines, Citem and Manila Fame.



Kenneth Cobonpue’s Manila Boutique



Kenneth Cobonpue held private events every night last week at his new Makati showroom. Kenneth told me about this plan of opening a Manila boutique las year. It took a while to open. But it was well worth the wait. I got my Cobonpue pieces over five years ago, ordered in his Cebu office. I’m sure the Philippine market will go nuts with this much easier access to Kenneth’s work now.

I wasn’t able to attend the cocktail reception because it coincided with my UNICEF Auction for Action press launch. By the way, this year Kenneth gave us a piece that hasn’t been seen by the public yet — a sculpture called Coral. It debuted at our auction event. More on that later.

So last Friday after picking up my girls from school and a whole afternoon of errands, we dropped by to congratulate Kenneth. The kids recognized a few pieces and felt right at home. I had to remind them to keep their feet off the furniture (the Cobonpues are so comfy).


KennethCobonpue Manila Showroom
Kenneth Cobonpue’s two-level showroom sits on 423 square meters of space on the ground floor of the Greenbelt Residences in Makati, and is now open to the public. Photo from KENNETH COBONPUE.


A year ago, I felt that the collections were finally numerous and varied enough to continually fill and support a stand-alone showroom,” said the 44-year-old design entrepreneur who has received multiple design awards around Europe, Asia and America.

It was a natural decision for me to open in Manila because it felt like coming home after a decade of going around the world. I wanted to launch in my own country because this is where I draw inspiration from, and it is here where every day, I witness hundreds of craftsmen turn my ideas into reality.

The showroom was a collaboration amongst Kenneth’s friends: Designer Budji Layug and Architect Royal Pineda with styling by J. Anton Mendoza. Also on display are creative lighting accessories from Hive, KENNETH COBONPUE’s sister brand.


Village Hanging Lamp And Parchment Collection
Village Hanging Lamp And Parchment Collection. Photo from KENNETH COBONPUE


Tropez Collection, Kaja Coffee Table And End Table, And Carousel Hanging Lamp
Tropez Collection, Kaja Coffee Table And End Table, And Carousel Hanging Lamp. Photo from KENNETH COBONPUE


Trame Arm Chairs And Table, And Carousel Hanging Lamp
Trame Arm Chairs And Table, And Carousel Hanging Lamp. Photo from KENNETH COBONPUE


Pigalle Chair
Pigalle Chair. Photo from KENNETH COBONPUE


Papillion Chair And Stool, And Menagerie Wall Planter
Papillion Chair And Stool, And Menagerie Wall Planter. Photo from KENNETH COBONPUE


Little People Screen
Little People Screen. This was the same piece Kenneth donated to my UNICEF auction two years ago. Photo from KENNETH COBONPUE.


Eclipse Trishaw, Cloud Hanging Lamp and Dreamcatcher Stool
Eclipse Trishaw, Cloud Hanging Lamp and Dreamcatcher Stool. Photo from KENNETH COBONPUE


I wasn’t really dressed for a cocktail party since it was a “mommy day” that Friday. But as always, it’s  nice to see Kenneth again.


Me and my sunshine girl. She loved meeting Tito Kenneth. She was only 5 when she learned how to spell and say his name.


Stella and the Harry stool. I loved this rocking stool so much, I asked Kenneth to donate one at the first UNICEF Auction two years ago.


So remember how Lily is “into” reading these days? She was finishing one of their gazillion Geronimo Stiltons.


A closer look at Village Hanging Lamp.


Anemone by Olivia d’Aboville for HIVE. This exact piece is included in our current UNICEF’s Auction for Action by the way. October 21-27.


A sample of Kenenth’s future rug line. Yay! There’s a famine of beautiful rugs in this country.


Lily shot this picture. Good job! And my camera is quite heavy for her (Olympus OMD). Love this Parchment collection – chair and table.


The vastness of the space. And the black foliage cascading down… drool. It’s a leather flower installation called Secret Garden designed by Luisa Robinson, another supporter of UNICEF Auction for Action last year and again this year.


Lily on the Ziggy chair. Before leaving she whispered to me, “I wish we could buy the Lily chair.” And she pointed at…


Bloom Easy Arm Chair And Cloud Hanging Lamp
This. The Bloom Easy Arm Chair. I have to resist the urge to buy more Kenneth Cobonpues lest my home starts looking like a showroom. But I’m thinking perhaps one day Lily should have this chair. Photo from KENNETH COBONPUE.


Stella meanwhile just plopped herself on the Rapunzel. She had a KC cradle when she was an infant.


The KennethCobonpue Manila showroom is located at ground floor of the Greenbelt Residences, San Lorenzo Towers, Pasay Road corner Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City. It is open daily from Mondays to Saturdays 10am to 8pm, and Sundays at 11am to 7pm.


For inquiries, please email, call +6325761639 / +6325761642 or visit

All photos by me except where indicated.




Legacy of Luscara



I hosted an event for Ayala Land Premier a few weeks ago. They had a creative way of introducing their newest project with a tie-up with Lifestyle Asia magazine. We’ve seen numerous real estate projects come up but very few have interesting new concepts. Luscara at Nuvali is different.

Luscara is a 50-hectare residential community “that is geared to uphold a living experience that will nurture a family for generations.” Think along the lines of a family compound – but one that is created in a picturesque environment.

Those of us who are in the market for real estate investments always think of the future. We buy in the hopes that the property will remain beautiful and safe until the time we either move into it, build a house on it or pass it on to our children – like a legacy. At least that’s how I think.

At the Ayala Land Premier event at the Ayala Museum, three distinguished families were honoured for   keeping their family legacies alive — Wellington, Marc, and Jason Soong of Autostrada Motore Inc.—one of the country’s biggest distributors of luxury vehicles; renowned engineer and owner of Multi Development and Construction Corporation (MDCC) Pablito “Pabling,” and Architectural Design Consultant of MDCC Carlo Calma; and founder of the legendary radio station DZRJ and owner of RJ Guitar Center, Bistro RJ and Jacinto Color businesses Ramon “RJ” Jacinto, his business and life partner Frannie, and daughter Natalia.


Selected heirlooms from their family lineage, which have all played significant roles in their lives, were displayed during the event. This is a replica of a family portrait by Fernando Amorsolo from 1960 depicting Fernando Jacinto and Vina Pereyra with their eight children.


natalia Jacinto with heirlooms
Natalia Jacinto represented her family.


When Carlo Calma—architectural design consultant and son of Pabling—first laid his eyes upon Salvador Dali’s Melting Clock Sculpture five years ago in Singapore, he didn’t think twice about getting the piece for his home. Aside from being a huge fan of the distinguished Spanish virtuoso, Carlo’s inclination towards surrealism and his quirky and progressive taste when it comes to designs are clearly emanated by one of Dali’s many exquisite sculptures that he was lucky to have.


After the show with Carlo Calma, Maribel Calma, Natalia Jacinto, Cheryl Tiu, Jose Juan Jugo, Willie Soong, Marc Soong and Jason Soong.


Head of Ayala Land Premier Jose Juan Jugo with his team. “It is a perfect timing for us to work together and celebrate with some of the country’s most reputable families that have not only built legacies, but also inspired us to continue our task of developing distinctive communities that complement their lifestyles,” notes Mr Jugo.


Luscara Courtyard


Luscara in NUVALI will have 36 pocket neighborhoods — each living enclave will offer a sense of place and space for its residents. Every home will be provided with their own garden courtyards which can serve as personal recreation areas ideal for family cookouts, gardening, or simply a private haven where they can sit and relax with their loved ones.


Various amenities catering to different activities are also incorporated in Luscara’s overall blueprint—a social hall, a multi-purpose court, a fitness gym, and a swimming pool, to name a few, encouraging community engagement with others. To ensure ease of traffic and secure pedestrian safety, Luscara has designed road networks to provide lanes for cars, bikes, and sidewalks for residents and guests.

The development is conveniently located near the urban activities of NUVALI, where greeneries also abound. Easily accessible via the South Luzon Expressway through the Mamplasan or Sta. Rosa exit, Luscara provides quick access to schools, leisure centers, and other establishments in the burgeoning township, as well as to the business districts of Alabang and Makati.

A testament to Ayala Land’s long-standing commitment to enriching lives through enhancing land, Luscara stands as a fulfilled promise for families of today and well into the future.


To know more about Luscara, please call (02) 908-3908 or visit





Welcome, Gingersnaps as my newest site partner! I’m sure some of you may have noticed the photos of my kids wearing Gingersnaps in Instagram. They’ve been wearing this brand since they were born. It has also been my go-to place for gift shopping for kids. I’ve been a regular at Gingersnaps for a long time, I even appeared in their old in-house magazines.


Photo shoot
Back in 2006 when Lily was still a baby. She was such a funny and easy baby.


Shoot for Gingersnaps
Also from 2006 when Soph was just 4. Sigh, how time flies. My first born. I still see her as this little peanut. Hard to believe she is in the upper tweens.


A lot of the dresses Soph had when she was a baby and toddler were from Gingersnaps. I kept them all so well that both Lily and Stella still got to wear them. I love that their prints are subtle and cute. And I really love their windows and merchandising. There’s so much detail and cuteness involved.

This year marks Gingersnaps’ 20th anniversary. I gasped and suddenly felt old. Then I realized, Gingersnaps has played a big role in dressing all our kids and it still manages to look so new and fresh. Along the way, they managed to set up shop in Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and UAE.

Here are photos of this season’s new collection.


1 copy


4 copy


15 copy




18 copy






If you are hoping to have your child be part of the Gingersnaps 20th anniversary campaign, you may enter the Gingersnaps Model Search from September 20 – November 10. All it takes is to send in cute photos of your kid.

Be one of the six lucky kids to win fabulous prizes including presence on billboards. 20 kids will get a chance to join the big anniversary fashion show. Register. Upload. Share. Go to to register and upload your pictures.



For information on Gingersnaps newest collection, click here.