Manila FAME and Auction for Action



Last week I visited Manila FAME to personally thank some of our donor artists who gave generously to UNICEF’s Auction for Action. I was lucky to run in to many of them who were not only showing but also shopping. I am posting links to their donated items in our ebay site. However by 8pm today October 27th, the links will not be active.


Talk about a great photo op. Ran in to Royal Pineda (middle) and Kenneth Cobonpue then pulled in Budji Layug from another aisle. They are the rockstar triumvirate of contemporary Philippine design.


Kenneth’s donated piece, a sculpture called Coral, gets introduced prominently under his logo. It first debuted at our UNICEF Auction for Action press preview at Yuchengco Museum early this month. You have a few hours to bid on this Coral sculpture here. Hurry, it’s still priced below retail.


I met Randy Viray, owner of one of my favourite stores, Triboa Bay. Randy showed me this beautiful wall sculpture made of wood. He donated a smaller version of this to our auction. It is around 40×40 and it is stunning! Bid for Ripples wall art here.


This year’s Katha Awardee Vito Selma and the table that won him the award again. He gave us the UN (one) cocktail table. Post your bids here.


The lovely Nicole Whisenhunt and family friend Isa. I love the bag she gave Auction for Action. It’s the Amaranthine clutch.


Nicole Whisenhunt’s new collection of handcrafted earrings.


Joyce Makitalo and Hindy Tantoco in a playful pose. Joyce’s donated piece, the Bourbon pendant and necklace, can be bid on here.


With Ann Ong who won the Katha Award for best design in jewelry/accessories again. It’s her third in a row. Ann donated two valuable pieces to UNICEF – the Binanig clutch and Tamburin necklace.


Bumped in to my friend Danny Rayos del Sol who had given UNICEF his carved ostrich egg lamp. You should see it — Laro.


Met Gregory Raymond Halili outside of Facebook. Gregory is a miniaturist painter whose works have been shown and continue to be shown in the US. The water colour paintings he gave UNICEF are about the size of one inch square. The Portrait of a Woman from the Cordilleras is so incredibly detailed. The other painting from this series is part of the Ben Cab museum in Baguio’s permanent collection. The other one, Serenade (Guitar and Moon) is even smaller than the Portrait of a Woman. It is only 1 inch x 1 inch. Bid on Serenade here.


I also saw Rita Nazareno of SC Vizcarra and Paul Syjuco but forgot to take photos. Rita’s piece in Auction for Action is this Donovan bag. And Paul has two necklaces in the auction lot – Building Blocks and Amorphous.

This is the third year I’ve done Auction for Action with our UNICEF team. Let me tell you, it is a labour of love. From inception to the actual auction. Everything was based on goodwill and the willingness to help – from the generous artists, to every member of our team who goes the extra mile, to the partners we met along the way with their will to collaborate, to all the bidders who love the art pieces and have the heart to help children in the Philippines, to my simple love and respect for the works of the artists and children – all coming together to do good things.

I hope you can support Auction for Action by telling your friends that this is the last day to bid. Not all the pieces are expensive. We have awesome pieces for as low as P2,000. So please spread the word by pressing the Twitter and Facebook buttons below. Thank you.

Visit our auction site until 8pm tonight at




Auction picks



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01  JP Cuison’s Eddie Vader, limited edition of 20. This is a mash-up between the legendary Darth Vader helmet on the vintage cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. The first in a series of 20 limited, signed and numbered editions, this art toy made of polymer resin will invade your imagination.

02  Paul Syjuco’s Building Blocks buffalo bone necklace. Two-strand necklace made of buffalo bones and oxidized handmade sterling silver blocks.

03  Roceli Valencia’s Meditation in Red oil and acrylic on canvas. This is one of my favourite paintings in the auction lot. This and Popo’s. It is stunning. I want.

04  Signed copy of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, first edition. This is the stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code. Again, it’s signed… and first edition.

05  Olivia d’Aboville’s Anemone table lamp. This lamp was shown at teh Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Paris for ELLE Decoration’s 25th year anniversary early this year.


Auction for Action ends on Sunday October 27 8pm. You may still view some of the pieces at Yuchengco Museum lobby today and tomorrow.

See all the pieces at



Illustrations of Raine Sarmiento



Illustrated me by Raine Sarmiento


I got a huge surprise this morning in my inbox. Illustrator Raine Sarmiento sent me an email a few months ago, introducing me to her work. I loved her style so much, I asked her to do an illustration of my three daughters. While she’s still working on the drawings, she sent me this lovely illustration of me in my Daphne-fied world.

I. Love. It.


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Here are some of the illustrations she’s done. You can view more of Raine’s personal work here.


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When I showed my girls the illustrations, Lily shrieked. She said it was just like her Candy  School Diary. Lily wants to be an illustrator when she grows up. And true enough, Raine designed the cover of this Candy diary. She’s also done a lot of illustrations for other magazines.


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Cotton. Lead, lumograph, colored pencil and watercolor on vellum board (8.5” x 11” 220 GSM)


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Mary HotPot. Oil and graphite on chopping board


Promise to show you her drawings of Sophia, Lily and Stella once its done. Check out Raine Sarmiento’s portfolio and blog.



Elle Decoration turns 1



Happy 1st anniversary to one of my favourite design magazines in the country – Elle Decoration Philippines.


The current, first anniversary issue.


Thank you Becky Kho and Chiara McDermott for putting our UNICEF Auction for Action in this issue. In this page are Elmer Borlongan’s Hari Sonik and Stanley Ruiz’ Wheelbarrow.


Auction goes live from October 21 to 27 at


So giddy to have a one page ad in this anniversary issue. I feel part of the journey of this prestigious magazine having hosted two of their major events including their launch.


A look back at the launch party at the Metropolitan Museum.


With this beautiful installation.


And last season’s Elle Decor Cafe at Manila FAME – with EIC Becky Kho and Summit Media Publisher Aurora Mangubat-Suarez.



Kristine Dee and Paul Syjuco



Jewellery designers Kristine Dee and Paul Syjuco join forces again to host another beautiful trunk show on October 26, 2013, 2:00 PM at Chef Jessie, Rockwell Club. This season the two designers look towards the New Romantics for inspiration.

Kristine was greatly inspired by the Baroque, Rococo and Gothic styles of architecture on a recent trip to Europe. While Paul works on the essence of timelessness and created pieces meant to be passed on. “Aesthetically, I focused on Victorian and Edwardian classical elements and applied these techniques to create more contemporary pieces,” he explains.


kristine dee bangles with spinels and sapphires
Kristine Dee bangles with spinels and sapphires


kristine dee earrings chrome tourmaline, blue shappires and diamonds
Kristine Dee earrings chrome tourmaline, blue shappires and diamonds


kristine dee earrings mint tourmaline diamonds and spinels
Kristine Dee earrings mint tourmaline diamonds and spinels


kristine dee pearl necklace with pink and blue sapphires
Kristine Dee pearl necklace with pink and blue sapphires


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Paul Syjuco earrings fleur de lis pave with rose cut diamonds and baroque south sea pearls


Paul Syjuco ring of octagonal white topaz and pave of rubies in black and yellow gold


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Both artists have generously been donating to UNICEF’s Auction for Action every year. You may see their donated auction pieces at Yuchengco Museum lobby now til the auction goes live on on October 21-27. Or view Auction for Action’s full catalog here.

Kristine’s and Paul’s new collection, New Romantics, will be launched via trunk show on October 26, 2013, 2:00 PM at Chef Jessie, Rockwell Club. The pieces may be viewed at Aum Jewels TriNoma and Firma Greenbelt 3 afterwards.