UNICEF Auction: Manny Baldemor

 

 

The second UNICEF Auction for Action: The Manny Baldemor Sabrosa Series is now an active online site. Please check out www.ebay.ph/unicef from now December 5 til December 12 for the online bidding of Baldemor’s pieces. Proceeds will go to UNICEF programs for children in the Philippines.

 

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This is a very special collection. It all happened quite fast. During dinner hosted by Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF Philippines Country Representative, Mr Baldemor and I met for the first time. Also at dinner were UNICEF Philippines’ Marge Francia and Michelle Borromeo. We were prepared to propose the idea of an online auction to Mr. Baldemor. And in an instant he whipped out his portfolio and brought out about 40 sheets of unframed canvas. He donated all the pieces to UNICEF to be auctioned off. And just like that, we had the bones for the second UNICEF Auction for Action.

The first time we did Auction for Action was June of this year. It was a huge success. It was the first time I founded a fundraising activity of this sort. I curated a mix of decorative and functional pieces from the country’s best artists and designers. In a 10-day online auction, we were able to raise P1.4 million pesos. I hope to raise double the amount next year. In the meantime, we have this wonderful collection from Manny Baldemor that I think will raise a lot of funds for Filipino children this Christmas. Not many people know that UNICEF programs in the Philippines rely solely on funds raised locally. So we really need your help here…

 

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Our dinner last October, when Mr. Baldemor presented us with his Sabrosa series.

 

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Manny Baldemor, UNICEF’s Marge Francia, UNICEF’s then-Country Representative Vanessa Tobin (her post in the Philippines has ended and I will miss her so much!), and UNICEF’s Michelle Borromeo.

 

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The Sabrosa series was conceived during Baldemor’s art residency in Sabrosa, Portugal earlier this year. Located in the northern part of Portugal, the municipality of Sabrosa is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is also the birthplace of Ferdinand Magellan, the first European navigator who reached Philippine shores in 1521.

The series of landscapes was inspired when Baldemor took a boat ride down the great river Duoro, “I took a glance upwards as we passed a steep incline and saw vineyards of different levels that would make our own famous Rice Terraces look like anthills. It was awesome. I’ve never seen layers and layers of vines in a gigantic mountain that almost touches the sky… I wondered if the vineyards were already there 500 years ago when Ferdinand Magellan trekked from this mountain of vines, down to the River Duoro to the Atlantic and finally to the Pacific Ocean,” he said.

 

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Unicef Auction for Action again

 

 

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UNICEF Philippines and eBay Philippines launches its second online fundraising campaign through UNICEF Auction for Action: The Manny Baldemor Sabrosa Series from December 5 to 11, 2011 on www.ebay.ph/unicef

As one of the featured artists in the first UNICEF Auction for Action last May, UNICEF visual artist Manny Baldemor once again shares his generous talent for the benefit of UNICEF programs for children in the Philippines and worldwide. “I have received so many blessings that it’s only right to share and give back. Children’s welfare has always been close to my heart and that’s why I work with UNICEF Philippines because they help children in the poorest and most disadvantaged areas,” shares Baldemor.

The Sabrosa series was conceived during Baldemor’s art residency in Sabrosa, Portugal earlier this year. Located in the northern part of Portugal, the municipality of Sabrosa is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is also the birthplace of Ferdinand Magellan, the first European navigator who reached Philippine shores in 1521.

The series of landscapes was inspired when Baldemor took a boat ride down the great river Duoro, “I took a glance upwards as we passed a steep incline and saw vineyards of different levels that would make our own famous Rice Terraces look like anthills. It was awesome. I’ve never seen layers and layers of vines in a gigantic mountain that almost touches the sky… I wondered if the vineyards were already there 500 years ago when Ferdinand Magellan trekked from this mountain of vines, down to the River Duoro to the Atlantic and finally to the Pacific Ocean,” he said.

UNICEF Country Representative Vanessa Tobin shares, “UNICEF thanks Manny Baldemor for being a staunch supporter having lent his iconic designs to UNICEF cards and products and holding exhibitions of paintings for the benefit our programs for children. Proceeds from the online auction of the Sabrosa series will go towards our work for street children programs.”

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Manny Baldemor’s Sabrosa Series, oil on canvas, unframed 12″ x 16″, framed 21.5″ x 25.5″.

Auction for Action: The Manny Baldemor Sabrosa Series on www.ebay.ph/unicef goes live on December 5, 2011 and will run for 7 days until December 11 at 8pm. Watch out for this exclusive auction and help make a difference for children.

 

Kish

 

 

I spent the day at KISH early this week – with Ito himself and Carlo Tadiar. I did a project for Metro Home magazine. It involved playing in this wonderful playground of all things beautiful. I can’t wait for you to see the results of our work. It’ll be out in the next issue.

While setting up, I went around this huge store to see what’s new. Nothing comes close to the way Ito Kish does visual merchandising. He makes everything look so beautiful and well edited. Here are some snapshots from how his store looked like last Monday. By the time you visit, it may look different. Ito told me he’s getting the store ready for Christmas.

 

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K I S H
233 N. Garcia St., Bel-Air
Makati City 1209
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I judged Manila FAME International 2011

 

 

 


Last weekend, I was at the Manila FAME International show to see the best in Philippine design – in home furnishings, furniture, holiday and gift items, fashion accessories and more. It was a huge honour to have been asked to be one of the Board of Judges.

 


The board of judges included Jennie Javelosa, a writer and social entrepreneur; Toby Guggenheim, an American architect; Kenneth Cobonpue, me and Robert Alejandro a graphic and product designer. Also in photo is Stella from Kenneth Cobonpue Inc.

 

Yes this has been a year of judging some of the most important art and design shows in the country. I really don’t know how to put it without sounding so beauty queenly – but  wow, it truly has been an honour. Thank you for the trust! This year I judged Cebu Next furniture exhibition, Metrobank Art and Design Awards, UP Interior Design‘s idisenyo and now Katha Awards of Manila FAME which brought together Manila Now, Cebu Next and Bijoux Cebu. In the past, I’ve also sat as a member of the board of judges of the British Council to select the International Young Creative Entrepreneur Award.

It is not easy judging creativity and art. I really have a hard time doing it. And I hate having to rate beauty by using numbers. I just try to see everything through the eyes of an editor (I once was, and sort of still am with the way UZ is run). Each competition brings with it so much wealth of experience and new learnings, not just for the contestants but for me as well.

I have to wait for the official release of the results of CITEM’s Manila Fame winners. Then I will share with you my most eye-opening experience in judging so far.

 

 

 

Metrobank Art & Design Excellence

 

Earlier this year, Metrobank Foundation invited me to be a member of the Board of Judges of Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE). It’s a very prestigious annual art/design competition. I had to be sworn to secrecy and not reveal myself as a judge. I was among the company of academics, artists, architects, designers. Ramon Orlina was chairman of the board of judges for sculpture. I was one of the judges for the Interior Design category – I suppose because of my exposure Urban Zone. I approached the “job” as a consumer and editor, as I am not a professional interior designer. I could just as well have judged painting as art is my first love and I secretly buy art. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Specialist in Fine Art History from the University of Toronto (Urban Studies was my Major). It was a great honour to have been invited by Metrobank Foundation. The MADE awards’ past recipients include celebrated artists like Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, Gabby Barredo and recently Ronald Ventura, whose work sold at Sotheby’s for $1.1 million US dollars.

 


There was a little part where all the judges would be called on stage. Initially the organizers told me the attire was “formal.” Good thing I double checked. Formal means gown. But what they meant was business cocktail. As I don’t do business attire well, I opted for something cocktaily-artsy. This dress is from K&Company’s current collection. Wore them with nude pumps in vegetable tanned leather, can’t get any simpler than that. And a little minaudiere in purple, a gift from Katherine Cheng of K&Company. Grabbed my hair in a high ponytail and put make-up on in the car.

 


Just wanted to set the record straight. I am not a TV producer in the Philippines, US and Asian region. I’m just the producer of Urban Zone. But I have won awards for my work in the Philippines, US (Gold in US TV and Film Awards in Los Angeles, CA) and Asian region (two Asian TV awards). Sorry to toot my own horn, I have no publicist or manager, LOL.

 


Aniceto Sobrepena, President of Metrobank Foundation, with other VIPS, awarding the MADE winners.

 


Touches of Varekai…

 


Alexander Roxas, 2nd Prize winner for painting. His work, “Uncorrupted.”

 


A lot of people go shopping for new artists in MADE. I was interested in this but it got bought on the spot.

 


Interesting interpretations of social realism in a very Filipino way. I met one artist who wasn’t among those that competed. She said that she wouldn’t do well here because her art was “too happy.” Cute. Not to say that the art was all dark though. They all had deep socio-political messages, but some were approached with wit, humour and irony. I was on the lookout for technique. I love that there seems to be a move towards photorealism.

 


Great turnout.

 


One of the semi-finalists.

 


I loved the “uniform” of the Metrobank Foundation female staff. They looked distinguised and sophisticated.

 


The grand prize winner for Interior Design, IDr. Angelo Del Mundo. We picked two finalists out of a batch of 18. We reviewed their plans and sketches and deliberated amongst ourselves for one day. Then the two finalists, Angelo and Childy Elamparo, worked on an empty model unit of a Federaland condo for about two months. Then we went back to see the actual space and judged based on the actual. It was fun and taxing at the same time. I thought it would have made a great TV series…

 


MADE 3rd Prize winner Julmard Vicente and his winning piece “Prosti-Tuition.”

 

Sorry for the incomplete photos. I flew solo that day and as you can see, ended up carrying lots of things like my awesome plaque from MADE, a few magazines and stuff. I had to convert my minaudiere into a little bag (it had lapiz lazuli beads as handles).
Congratulations to all the winners and participants of MADE. Thank you Metrobank Foundation for inviting me. Long live Philippine art and design!