The curious mind



Daphne Osena-Paez
When I became a National Geographic brand ambassador, no one was more thrilled about it than my daughters. Sophia was just 7 then; Lily was 5. They took the message to heart. That in order to change the world and make it a better place, you must “Live Curious”. And that they are. We are a factory of questions in this household. And I don’t have the answers to everything. Luckily we have books, trips, movies, shows and the park.


The Mind Museum
During the NatGeo launch, the kids discovered the Mind Museum. They have been watching out for its opening since. I have been watching its construction at the Fort. It looks like a landmark building. Gorgeous architecture. I haven’t been inside yet. Hopefully soon.


Excited about the Mind Museum
Dear Mind Museum, Sophia and Lily (and Stella) are your biggest fans. We can’t wait to see what you have in there. Please have some cool summer programs for kids. And don’t be too expensive so that more children, rich or poor, can afford to see the museum and be captivated by science.


She loves science and exploration so much, Soph’s asked for a science themed 7th birthday party.


Hosted the groundbreaking of Bonifacio High Street Central
A couple of years ago, I hosted the groundbreaking of Bonifacio High Street Central, which included the Mind Museum. Now these plans have come to fruition. It’s wonderful to have another place in Metro Manila where kids and families can go – a place that informs, challenges and entertains.


The kids can’t wait to see this new Mind Museum. I hope the kids enjoy it as much as they enjoyed the Ontario Science Centre which was built over 40 years ago in Toronto. To see some of our photos from that trip, click “More…”



About Urban Zone



OBB of Urban Zone


I owe many of you an explanation.

Since Friday, January 6, 2012 Urban Zone® hasn’t been airing in ABS-CBN Channel 2 and The Filipino Channel (TFC). I have read all your comments of support both here and in the UZ Fan Page. As much as I wanted to answer all your questions last month, please understand that I just couldn’t.

The pulling out of Urban Zone was purely a business decision by our producers. As you know, Bayan Productions was a block-timer on ABS-CBN.

Despite being a small independent production, UZ earned the respect and support the design, construction and real estate industries. UZ has become a very influential medium – for that I thank our loyal advertisers and viewers. Because of the continued support that UZ enjoys from the market, I am energized to keep working on the UZ brand. Though UZ as you knew it doesn’t exist anymore, it may be back in another form, another medium.

To the many loyal fans of the show, thank you for your support and appreciation of our work. Thank you for finding inspiration in the weekly stories my team and I did. Because of you, our creativity and quest for “scoop” homes never stopped.

I am grateful to Bayan Productions who trusted me with a concept that was new in a territory that was then uncharted. Thank you for trusting me and giving me the independence to produce this show.

To my team – Manny, Denmark, Stanley, Maila, Princess and all our technical crew, we had a great run! You are the best in the industry and I am looking forward to the day we can work together again. Thank you for the friendship and good times.

To ABSCBN and TFC, Maraming salamat! I will always be grateful that through your network, we were able to reach millions of Filipino viewers abroad – many of who are working hard, away from family, in order to give them a better life and a new home. Thank you for giving UZ the opportunity to inspire a huge market, promote Filipino design and to help drive an industry forward.

To all the Urbanistas, I hope you like the homes that I’ll be featuring in this blog in the meantime.

Thanks, all!


Daphne® at WorldBex 2012



daphne LOGO


First, I’m announcing that my website is one of the “official media” partners of WorldBex, the country’s biggest construction and building expo. I’m up there with major newspapers and TV networks! I am so giddy with the “official media” aspect. But even more excited with the fact that I will have my own booth!

From March 14 to 18,2012 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, DAPHNE® will have a prominent booth alongside international and local brands that cater to building, construction and design markets. I have been to WorldBex a couple of times in the past. This is the show you should go to if you plan on building or renovating your place. All the major suppliers are there – materials, construction, new technologies, design. Click on the Worldbex links or the ad on the right column to see schedule of events. Admission is totally FREE. There are talks and seminars which you might want to sign up for with a minimal fee.

I have been to many trade shows here and abroad so I have an idea of what kind of booth would appeal to visitors. The challenge is that I am not really selling anything – I’m basically just introducing my brand Daphne® as an online publication open to advertisers. And more importantly, Daphne® as a legitimate and tested brand for licensing agreements with home products. Just as my website reflects the Daphne brand, this booth has to feel and look like everything-Daphne. So you will see new designs with my product lines like linens, furniture and hopefully that other one that I can’t announce yet. I’m so excited!


CebuNext Furniture Expo 2011
At CebuNext Furniture Expo in 2011


Check out Ing's monogrammed Goyard bag
This was back in 2006 at the Avatar booth at Manila FAME. Butch Carungay’s booth was the best! He used to have a cocktail bar… with champagne!


The Bisazza Mosaico booth at the 2008 WorldBex.


More of the Bisazza booth at WorldBex 2008.


With Milo Naval
With Milo Naval, Manila FAME 2005


I am thinking of my booth design. I want you all to feel welcome when you visit. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little meet and greet with you all? What do you think?



Metro Home



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Metro Home & Entertaining has two “scoop” homes in its current issue: the dream home built by the reclusive, little known but internationally successful designer Renato Vidal and the remarkable new home of the famous but very private broadcast journalist Ces Drilon.


This issue will be out in the stands on Feb 10. Urban Zone viewers will recognize one of the “scoop” homes. I featured it my show last year. It was also a popular post in this blog. I had to protect the identity of the owner for privacy reasons.

Get this issue, and you’ll know who the owner is. And you’ll see more of that fantastic place.

Guess who…




UZ repost: Modern classic



Here’s another repost. These photos are from June 2011. We featured  two adjacent homes that share a connected lanai. The separate houses belong to two sisters. Interior designer Frenjick Quesada worked on both projects. Unfortunately we only have photos from one house.


Interiors by Frenjick Quesada
I wore a printed and colourful K&Company dress. My shoes are plastic. Got them from Melissa. I designed my earrings. They’re made of blue sappires and diamonds but no, I didn’t set them like Princess Diana’s and Kate’s ring. This is the lanai of the first house. A small fence separates the two houses but they remain accessible by a gate. Visually the space appears as one.


The first house was designed in a more classical way, with a muted palette. Frenjick used machuca tiles to create the appearance of a rug. That’s the side entrance which leads to the lanai.


Hallway leading to the bedrooms.


Interiors by Frenjick Quesada
The master bed uses one of my favourite styles of Daphne Linens. I love this set because of the texture of the ruching. Frenjick lined the walls with wallpaper.


The daughter’s bedroom. She wanted something glam and inspired by Audrey Hepburn.


Interiors by Frenjick Quesada
Country-style kitchen. The island counter was once a simple desk which they upcycled.


Interiors by Frenjick Quesada
See the island counter? Brilliant. I was wearing a striped dress from Muji with a faux coral necklace and wedge Melissas.


Frenjick gave this living room a pale palette using classic furniture.