This year’s Auction



We are in the process of putting together the 3rd UNICEF Auction for Action. Most of you are now familiar with what I’ve been doing for UNICEF. This year’s auction is basically the same – an online auction for one week featuring some of the best art and design pieces in the Philippines – but we have some new artists and designers. The auction is for the benefit of UNICEF programs in the Philippines.

In 2011, when UNICEF asked me what else I wanted to do in addition to the site visits and talks on breastfeeding and nutrition, we came up with this idea of an art and design auction. It had to be something relevant to my field. In my years of featuring designers and artists, I’ve developed some close friendships with them. It was very easy to get started. Everyone I asked to donate said yes. Then we took a chance and did a purely online auction with no public event, hence minimal overhead costs. We just had media previews.

In our first year we raised around P1.4 million. And last year we did over P3 million. This year, my goal is higher. And it can only be achieved with your help. Most of the bidders and buyers are readers of my site. So I ask you to please consider shopping in UNICEF’s Auction for Action in October. I promise, the items are very special – furniture, art, jewelry and some limited edition special items.

Here’s a look back at Auction for Action’s first two years ….


Our first Auction for Action in 2011 was such a huge success, it made it to the global newsletters of UNICEF goodwill ambassadors.


UNICEF Ambassadors
I couldn’t believe it. I shared the same pages other UNICEF ambassadors like David Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Cheung, Mia Farrow.


Last year’s auction more than doubled in terms of number of items and funds raised. This was at our media preview (I had a fever then). The photo shows the works of Ramon Orlina, Debbie Palao (the chair I’m sitting on), Juvenal Sanso, Danny Rayos del Sol, Kawayan Tech bamboo bike.


Wall gallery
Since the beginning we had the support of Kenneth Cobonpue and Vito Selma.


Sep 23 - Manila Times - B1-Magazine
We are so grateful for the support of our friends in media. The golden south sea pearls I’m wearing in the photo was part of the auction, a great contribution by Jewelmer.


Also from 2012, more scuptures. Michael Cacnio’s works are always highly anticipated. Here is Frances Amper of Topaz Horizon, taking a close shot.


In addition to furniture and art we also have fine jewelry and one of a kind accessories. I’m a big fan of Joyce Makitalo’s work. Joyce and the likes of Nicole Whisenhunt, Michelline Syjuco, Janina Dizon, Paul Syjuco, Kristine Dee, Anna Rocha and Amina Aranaz many more designers are contributing to this year’s auction in October.


Elmer Borlongan’s “Convoy” – a drawing from 2006 was sold for an amount way beyond its estimated price. This year, Elmer donates another interesting piece.


Town&Country nanna
In our 2012 auction, Rita Nazareno of SC Vizcarra donated this beautiful braided leather tote (in a different color). This year, Rita is giving another beautiful bag.


Georgia by Ito Kish
This was a major donation by Ito Kish last year. He gave his award-winning Georgia chair. I was one of the judges at Manila FAME when this piece first won. It has since gotten international awards and citation. This year, Ito participates with a few special pieces for Auction for Action.


Reg Yuson's R. Muck
In our first year, Reg Yuson donated an “R. Muck” and a mozzarella sofa. To this day I still dream of owning one of these. I’m so drawn to it.


I hope these photos give you an idea of what UNICEF’s Auction for Action is about. This year’s auction will take place in late October. I will be regularly updating here and in Twitter. In the meantime I also ask you to please visit to know the new programs in the protection of children’s rights.



Consuelo Art Exhibit



Just wanted to share a video in relation to my earlier post about Consuelo Foundation.

Consuelo Zobel Alger was born in the Philippines in 1914. She grew up in a prominent Manila family whose ancestry dates back some 400 years to the Spanish conquistador Ponce de Leon. Consuelo is the sister of Mercedes Zobel Mcmicking, the ancestors of the Zobels of Ayala Corp. She was a well-educated woman who spoke 6 different languages. She and her husband did not have children. When she died, she left her entire wealth to charity.

This art exhibit which runs up to April 18 at the Ayala Museum is a tribute to Consuelo Foundation, which for 25 years has quietly invested more than $75 million in child protection and social development programs in Hawaii and the Philippines.



“The beautiful art works are made by the hands of 500 of the Foundation’s beneficiaries from as far north as La Trinidad, Benguet to as far south as Pagalungan, Maguindanao. “These children and young adults have had wounds of misery and despair, borne out of their painful experience of abuse, neglect, exploitation or even incarceration. But through the love, care and healing poured out to them by you — our cherished partners and staff through Dona Consuelo’s act of grace, they leave us these genuine and tangible images of joy,” Carmela Andal–Castro, Managing Director

To know more about Consuelo Foundation, click here.



Consuelo Foundation



When I was in university studying Fine Art History, I considered going the direction of  art therapy. But though my heart was in art, my mind really was in urban planning. So I stayed an extra year and got another major in urban studies. Well, you all know what happened after.


Now as a mom, I surround my children with art supplies and let them freely express themselves through art. They’ve never taken formal lessons. They just love to draw and paint what they see or imagine. There’s plenty of time to learn other people’s techniques later on. Whatever it is that I’ve shared in my blog and Instagram is just a micro portion of the art projects they churn out on a daily basis.


Lily's drawings
This is Lily’s drawing of an alien family when whe was 4 and a half. Once in a while, my brother in law (who has a PhD in Psychology) analyzes their drawings. Art therapy involving lots of princesses, fairies and occasional aliens with fancy eyelashes.


During my recent UNICEF trip to Davao Oriental after Typhoon Pablo hit and devastated the region, I visited schools with temporary classrooms. Children used art to express their fears and hopes. Art therapy. This was at Purok Sampaguita, Poblacion Daycare Center,Boston,Davao Oriental. Photo by UNICEF/2013/KatPalasi


I got an invite to “GIVING HOPE” – AN ART EXHIBIT, open to the public from April 6-10, 2013 extended to April 18. Though I couldn’t be there to attend, I’m telling their story because it is so fascinating in many levels. This exhibit highlights the child abuse prevention and treatment programs of Consuelo Foundation gathering artworks of children and young adults from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Metro Manila – a fitting tribute to celebrate 25 years of Consuelo Foundation.


Creative Kids POSTER


It is an exhibit created by children who are either survivors or at-risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation under the tutelage of art educator, Bambi Mañosa of Creative Kids Studio.


The children created their own interpretations of themes that resonate imageries and traditions of the different regions where the workshops were held like large-scale flowers, paper machie birds, huge lanterns using a variety of medium.


The artworks reflect the hope and aspirations of children ages 4 to 21 who have experienced a renewed sense of hope through the support of the Consuelo Foundation.


The Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation has been quietly helping abused and neglected women and children in the Philippines for 25 years. I had first heard of it when I met US Ambassador Harry Thomas and Bambi Manosa on the same day. I had no idea about the enormity of this foundation’s portfolio — more than 400,000 children and women reached by Consuelo programs for the past 25 years, more than $75 Million USD invested by Consuelo Foundation for Philippine and Hawai‘i programs since 1993, and more than 125 Organizations in its network.

75 million dollars?!! Quietly helping people?! Who is Consuelo Zobel Alger?


A portrait painting of Consuelo, who in an extraordinary act of grace, committed her inheritance to the foundation that now bears her name.
Consuelo Zobel Alger was born in the Philippines in 1914. She grew up in a prominent Manila family whose ancestry dates back some 400 years to the Spanish conquistador Ponce de Leon.


Consuelo is the sister of Mercedes Zobel Mcmicking, the ancestors of the Zobels of Ayala Corp. She and her husband did not have children. When she died, she left her entire wealth for this foundation which operates programs on the prevention and treatment of abuse, neglect and exploitation of children, women and families. The foundation has quietly invested more than $75 million in child protection and social development programs for the past 25 years.


Consuelo with her husband James Alger
Consuelo with her husband James Dyce Alger, an American officer, stationed in the Philippines. Alger retired and resettled in Hawaii with Consuelo where he died in 1986.


This story of incredible philanthropy began in 1987 when wealthy heiress Dona Consuelo was approached by Child and Family Service Philippines (CFSPI) head Patti Lyons for funding, she became CFSPI’s main benefactor. They later opened a Consuelo Zobel Alger home, a residential center for street children in Baguio City. It was here where Dona Consuelo found her inspiration. In 1988, she created her own private foundation, the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation to improve the quality life of disadvantaged children, women and families in the Philippines and Hawaii. She had no children of her own.

When Consuelo passed away in 1992, her endowment was given to the foundation where it was invested. This is where her legacy lives on. Today, the earnings from the investments are sustaining the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation. Since its inception, the foundation has given over 75 million dollars or 3 billion pesos to help her cause. (Source:


From her earliest days, Consuelo was inspired by the words of St. Therese who said what matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.
From her earliest days, Consuelo was inspired by the words of St. Therese who said what matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.


St Therese did what I want to do in let fall from heaven a shower of roses.
“St Therese did what I want to do in life…to let fall from heaven a shower of roses.” — Consuelo Zobel Alger


To know more about Consuelo Foundation and its programs visit

And please visit the Ayala Museum and see the exhibit Giving Hope. Extended up to April 18.



Isabel’s Dynasty



This is adorable. I had no idea that my little habit of writing thank you notes left an imprint on Isabel Gatuslao. She writes about it here. Funny, like Isabel, I’ve also kept all the notes that Lucy Torres-Gomez has sent me. She is a serial note sender and gift giver. Truly a lovely woman.

Part of my branding exercise with Isabel in 2011 was to come up with my own personal and brand stationery. The design has been created since day one of our project. But I haven’t gotten around to giving the go signal to print. Part of me is holding back because I love other designer’s stationery. And I don’t mind sending them out. But I know, I know… I must have my own. For now, I actually have post cards, also designed by Isabel.

Isabel just released her second collection of paper products. This one is called Dynasty and is inspired by all things China. In her usual Isabel way, nothing is cliche or over-done. Yes, you’ll see golds and metallics, but they are balanced off with pastel-coloured graphic patterns that have a whisper of chinoiserie.

The awesome part is, you can now buy Isabel Gatuslao Paper from anywhere in the world through her online shop. All photos by Terry Uy.




Harbor is a very strong Chinese icon – the junk. Isabel gives it a very fresh and modern feel by embossing the icon with copper and lining the back with a water pattern in pastel jade. Adorable. Photo by Isabel Gatuslao.


Foo is obviously so because of the foo dogs. Love the metallic blue tint and the latticework pattern in the back.


Yang shows a metallic embossed dragon peeking out of the edge of the paper. This is Yang in Ying and Yang. The pattern shows oriental clouds enclosed in geometric patterns.


Each set is still P475 each. It includes 10 Flat Note Cards, 10 Envelopes & 10 Sticker Seals. The online shop ships anywhere in the Philippines and globally through freight partner UPS. Also available in National Bookstore Rockwell, National Bookstore Shangri-La and PowerBooks Greenbelt 3.

Read about Isabel’s inspiration and design process here.



Mitch Shivers’ GARBAGE



House of Mitch and Shelly Shivers
I first met Mitch and Shelly Shivers when I featured their home in Urban Zone over a year ago. Mitch is an industrial designer by profession. He crafted a special mailbox out of a repurposed old iMac casing.


House of Mitch and Shelly Shivers
This is the backside of the iMac.


House of Mitch and Shelly Shivers
Their home was quite unique. It had a very wide frontage. But it was shaped like an obtuse triangle. Seriously. Look at the shallow entrance way in the corner of the triangle.


House of Mitch and Shelly Shivers
It opened up to this impressive space.


House of Mitch and Shelly Shivers
Mitch’s workspace upstairs showed some of his creations as an industrial designer. You can read more about the Shivers house feature here.


Fast forward to today, Mitch Shivers just opened his show at the UP College of Fine Arts. Mitch studied Industrial Engineering at the University of San Diego in California. Then he did a second degree in Industrial Design at UP Fine Arts in Diliman.

This show features about 20 of his most recent works aptly called Gargbage (gar’baZH). Mitch redefines useless garbage by showcasing functional art made of salvaged items that have been up-cycled or repurposed. You’ll see furniture, lighting fixtures, speakers and accessories. They are all for sale. And I couldn’t resist sharing them with you so I practically posted most of the items here. Photos below from Mitch Shivers.



Invitation JPG


Mitch Shivers.


G-55, Lounge chair and side table (set) with QR pillow. Upcycled components:  55-gallon industrial container drum, salvaged SUV pistons, repurposed TV picture tube frame, lid of container drum.



Log In, hardwood stool. Made of reclaimed acacia stump, industrial casters, repurposed stainless steel conveyor belt parts.

White Noise, white pipe speakers (Altec Lansing). Made of repurposed PVC pipes.

Beat Box, carton speakers (Altec Lansing). Made of repurposed cardboard packaging boxes.

Spinoff, occasional table. Components: salvaged cable spool, round drum dolly, re-used glass.


J-Unit, storage shelf. Components: repurposed car plate numbers, junk fibreglass platforms, junk metal angle bars, repurposed 50 calibre ammo box. And Juiced, orange pipe speakers (Altec Lansing). Made of repurposed PVC pipes.


Maschine, coffee table. Components: reclaimed hardwood planks, re-used industrial metal casters, assorted salvaged gears and cogs.


Extra Baggage, storage table/storage bench. Components: old Samsonite suitcase, repurposed stainless steel core sample tubes.


Head Banger, blue head speaker, Altec Lansing. Made of salvaged mannequin head.


Night-Night Tenite, LED Table Lamp. Made of re-used iMac monitor stand, assorted salvaged metal parts, Tenite pendant.


Reconstruct, track light. Made of salvaged I-beam and repurposed G.I. pipes.



HARD (ware) & SOFT (ware), lounge chair with QR pillow. Upcycled, re-used and repurposed components: floppy discs, keyboard keys, re-used extruded aluminum bars, salvaged automotive metal panels, upcycled polycarbonate TV projector panel.

Rebooted, occasional table. Made of upcycled iMac and salvaged metal plate.

Exposed, floor lamp. Made of repurposed CCTV camera casing and standing mount for tarp.


Halo, chandelier. Made of repurposed projection TV lens and casing.


works by Mitch Shivers
Fine Arts Gallery
UP College of Fine ARts
Bartlett Hall, E. Jacinto St
UP Diliman QC

Show runs til March 8, 2013
For inquiries: