SOFA Designer’s Creed




“As practitioners, we know that design is a marriage of aesthetics, functionality, intellect, economics, necessity and of course, loads of imagination. Design is transformative. It moves culture and society forward. However, it is something often unappreciated, undervalued and misunderstood by many.

SoFA Design Institute recognizes the need to empower people on the power of design. The college is committed to promoting design as a positive force in the society, economy, and in people’s lives. It is part of our mission to propagate a true appreciation of design to unite, empower and encourage designers, creatives and artists from all walks of life.

One of the ways we aim to do this is through a common battle cry. SoFA has written and produced a short video entitled “A Designer’s Creed”, with the participation of Rajo Laurel, Kenneth Cobonpue and other creative professionals. It is an inspiring statement of what it means to be a designer. Whether you are a design student, design practitioner, or creative professional, we hope to give you a voice,  a testament and expression of your convictions as a creative person.”

Amina Aranaz
Founding Partner, SoFA


I love what Amina Aranaz and Loralee Baron-Soong have done with SoFA. I’ve seen it grow from an idea, to a small school and to the design institute that it is now. Today, SoFA is hosting their 2014 Graduation Show at 6pm, Rockwell Tent. Admission is free.

This summer, SoFA continues it’s short programs for kids and teens. Check out the photos from past summers.










5-yr old Lily at skirt-making class at SOFA (school of fashion & arts)
Lily and Sophia did a session of fashion and crafts at SoFA one summer.


Here are the programs offered at SoFA this summer. Sessions start on March 31st, so call soon as slots tend to fill up fast.




summer 2






For information on SoFA programs, check Sofa College on Facebook or

G/F Enzo Bldg Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel 4784611

Garage sale: My stuff



Charles & Keith size 38, P400


Okay here’s a sneak peek at what I’m selling. Mind you I haven’t had time to photograph the clothes. And there are a lot clothes.

See you all tomorrow. We open doors at 8am. Come to 8 Tangile Road, North Forbes Park. Just tell the guard you are going to the “Garage sale at 8 Tangile”. Please do not tell him you are there for “Daphne’s garage sale” because he will look at you like, “Daphne who?” Haha.

And yes, it is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Just tell the guard in North Forbes Park that you are going to the garage sale in 8 Tangile. Please bring your own ecobag. Also, we are so sorry, we don’t have a fitting room. If you’d like to try something on, please wear comfy clothing so you can slip clothes on top.


CMG Matthews size 38, P400


Zara size 37, P500
Used only once


Imarflex juicer, P500. No box.
Brand new costs around P1,500 to P2,000. This is a real juicer. It works just fine. But I’ve decided to upgrade.


Hamilton Beach Meal Maker Express. P900
110 volts. Used only once.


Details of that indoor grill.


10 years ago these were “top of the line” models of Samsonite. Haha. Hard shell Samsonite, complete with hangers inside and key lock. Dented on one side. P800. Black carry on from Samsonite’s Black Label line. Wheels are a bit worn out. P700


Lomography Color Splash 35mm camera. Complete with box and papers. New battery for flash. P800.


There are lot more from my closet. I just didn’t have time to photograph. If you want to see what the others are selling, please click here. See you tomorrow and Sunday at 8 Tangile Road, North Forbes.





Garage sale this weekend





As some of you know through Facebook and Instagram, I’ll be selling my stuff at a garage sale this weekend at 8 Tangile, North Forbes. This is the home of my friend. It’s my first time to join them in their annual garage sale. I’ll be selling my clothes, shoes, bags, kitchen appliances, a bicycle and whatever I can let go of from my home. I will be posting some photos of my stuff tonight.

My friend has posted some of her items online to give you a preview. Her things are so beautiful! And lots of stuff for men too! Here are some of her items. You can find more in our Facebook event page.

And yes, it is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Just tell the guard in North Forbes Park that you are going to the garage sale in 8 Tangile. Please bring your own ecobag. Also, we are so sorry, we don’t have a fitting room. If you’d like to try something on, please wear comfy clothing so you can slip clothes on top.


Hermes 100% silk ties. Authentic. No box. P500 each


Hermes 100% silk ties. Authentic. No box. P500 each


Bally and Cole Haan men’s shoes. Size 8-9. P1000 each.


Assorted long sleeves Brooks Brothers shirts. Size 15.5. P300 each.


Assorted baskets P50 to P175 each


More baskets P50 to P150 each


LAUREN by Ralph Lauren shoes. Size 7. P900


Salvatore Ferragamo mules. Size 7. Two inch heel. P3,000 negotiable.


For more info, check out Garage Sale @ Tangile.



Designers help out post-Haiyan



It is so touching to see many people from different sectors find ways to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. My personal facebook feed was burning with so many impromptu ideas for relief that came into fruition within days. As in all the recent emergencies – Ketsana/Ondoy, Washi/Sendong and Bopha/Pablo – it was amazing to see the private sector act quickly.

Haiyan happened just as we were closing the transactions for Auction for Action. We haven’t released the official report from the 7 day online auction but I am happy to announce that we raised P3.1 Million for UNICEF’s Supervised Neighbourhood Play Programme. I saw this programme firsthand when I visited the typhoon-ravaged towns in Davao Oriental after Bopha/Pablo hit last year. It helped children get a sense of normalcy back into their lives, especially after experiencing an emergency. I will be sharing more about the program and Auction for Action proceeds at a later date.

Our artist donors who have supported Auction for Action are finding more ways to help out communities affected by Haiyan. Immediately after Haiyan struck, Vito Selma was on the ground planning a feeding program. He had also been actively helping out Bohol right after the earthquake. It’s all informal, no big organization or fancy names. Vito plans to build chairs and tables for school children in Bohol.

Here’s how some of our artist friends are helping out.


From Vito Selma’s Instagram – “A reading nook in the showroom. Please watch out for my online auction in the coming weeks. All proceeds will be going to our little project — Soup Kitchen // Cebu. Our target is to regularly feed the 1,100 affected people in the town of Tabuelan every saturday until they finally get back on their feet. Proceeds of this auction will also go to our other project — CLEAN WATER PROJECT. We will be providing the people with materials and teaching them how to transform dirty water into clean,drinkable water.”


More from Vito Selma’s Instagram – Deconstructing, simplifying and redesigingn the traditional Philippine school chair for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the schools destroyed by the typhoon. Kindly email if you would like to sponsor a few chairs for a school!


New York-based designer Inigo Elizalde who produces some of his weaves from Cebu is hosting an online sale of his woven graphic pillow covers. 100% of the proceeds go to a Philippine organization responding to the needs of Haiyan-affected communities.


Shop Inigo Elizalde’s boutique 100% of proceeds will benefit relief efforts in the Philippines.


Our longtime supporter Aranaz is also setting up a special bag made by their suppliers in Bicol to help weavers in Samar get back on their feet. The bag will be sold in all Aranaz shops and will be available online by next week. Find out more about the Aranaz fundraiser here.






Pretty organized





Something happened this year that felt like my family grew sideways. When the kids were still small (like yesterday), we were able to get by with shared rooms, shared things, shared food. Now every time we go out, each kid orders her own dish. In their shared room, their closets are over-flowing. And with all their books and homework, our desks and shelves are just maxed out. It’s a challenge, I tell you. I am due for another mini-renovation in their rooms and in our little home office.

A creative entrepreneur apparently noticed my messy desk in Instagram and offered to send me some samples of her work. Folks, meet Fab Manila.  Their stuff is pretty fabulous!






Confession…. this is not the first time I’ve seen Fab Manila. My 10-year old daughter has been a fan since “discovering” them at the 2nd Floor, Archeology Section of Powerplant Mall.

See more of Fab Manila here.