Thank you for all your wonderful greetings. I had a great day yesterday. Surrounded by my family in the morning. My parents are in the country. I am really grateful that they’re here to get a little glimpse of my crazy busy world and actually lend a helping hand. Most of all I love the comfort knowing that they’re near me. I woke up to lovely greetings from my daughters. At this age, my birthdays are more about my kids than about me. Each of them doing something generous and big. As I type this, Lily is creating a beaded necklace for me.
Sophia left this note by my bedside yesterday morning. I don’t know what it is about baby birds being born in our home. It happens every season. So beautiful.
Then I rushed over to Manila FAME to interview Humberto and Fernando Campana. The Brazilian design superstars known as Campana Brothers. Thank you so much, CITEM & Manila FAME for giving me the exclusive interview (online and video). Talking to them was so easy and inspiring I wish more designers and architects got to meet them. I will post the video next week.
I was lucky that my good friend Marty Ilagan was available to shoot my interview with the Campana Brothers. We also went around the exhibits of Manila FAME. I was also there the day before – as a member of the Board of Judges (again). I’ve been doing this (judging) for many rounds including Cebu last year and I honestly think that this season of Manila FAME has got it’s mojo back. Last October, we (the judges) decided that no one won the Katha Award. That’s how low the energy was. This year, the fair is back to being big and well-attended again. It would be interesting to see the actual figures from CITEM. Yay for the Philippines!
After the shoot attended the awarding of winners of Katha at Manila FAME. I will do a separate post on that. Congratulations to Ito Kish for winning the Katha Award for Best Booth Design and Best Product Design – Furniture. In this photo are his fellow nominees Vito Selma and Vicky Rodriguez who also won a Katha.
Then I ran back to my booth at the World Trade Center where I met up with my good friends Katherine & Stanley of K&Company and Ingrid & her mom who dropped by to give me birthday greetings. By the way we are offering 20% off Daphne Linens at WorldBex but it’s on order-basis, pick up on Sunday only. And I was invited to an intimate cocktails reception for Humberto and Fernando (yes, first name basis with the Campana Brothers) but last minute I decided it was time to be quiet and relish some quiet hours with my husband. So we met up for dinner and a movie.
Well, our dinner wasn’t as quiet as I thought. It was full of excitement… on my part. Coco Martin was in the restaurant with his team of ABSCBN management and writers. I had met Coco before when he was just starting as an actor back in 2006. He was a guest in my ANC talk show with film maker Brillante Mendoza. He has since become quite the huge star! I love him as Daniel in Walang Hanggan (I try to catch it when I can). And I was star-struck! Turns out Biboy Arboleda, an old friend from ABSCBN, was his manager. So I got my re-introduction. Then Deo Endrinal, top boss of ABSCBN production, was also there. We had a nice chat about building new homes. Both Deo and Coco watched Urban Zone. Sigh…
My husband was dying of embarrassment. But I couldn’t resist. So I stole these shots. Haha. Biboy, don’t kill me. Fangirl moment. It was probably a working dinner for them. Tita Cory Vidanes was also there. Touched that they all greeted me for my birthday. It was around the time of Walang Hanggan’s airing and they asked the restaurant to put the channel on ABSCBN. SURREAL MOMENT. Coco Martin was watching his own telenovela!!! A bigger surreal moment, he told me he’s a huge fan of Urban Zone and he’s been trying to find links and photos of the show through my website “Yung… daphne daphne.” I die!! I wanted to say, give me your email I’ll send you a link everytime. Haha. Anyway, good to see that Coco Martin is very proper and quite humble. He did mention he was building his house and wanted more ideas from UZ. Someone please send him a link to my website and tell him to bookmark it because soon, I’ll be showing UZ webisodes here.
After our movie, “Mirror Mirror” – it was cute and entertaining, I got home and received some lovely presents. This is from my UNICEF family. Very thoughtful. This is a photo of my trip to Sarangani, Mindanao in 2010 when I met the many mothers and infants.