Wallets out of comic books and Necklaces out of tanzans

Wallets out of comic books and Necklaces out of tanzans

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Ever thought of having a wallet made out of children books? and necklaces made out of tanzans?

We were on our way to Mrs. Graham’s Macaron Cafe and we’re welcomed by a post on their door, ‘Pop-up stores upstairs’ We immediately went up and saw these unique and creative items being sold and most of them are hand crafted! So we got the chance to talk two of the sellers, Vien Yu of Krafty Pirate and Zerah Capili of Sapin Sapin Tanzan Accessories.

Krafty Pirate

I love to read books and I really get fascinated by every flip of the page and how they resound to my ears whenever I slip my finger into it. Some of us spend time reading books over a cup of coffee while some do it as part of their daily routine, but once we’ve flipped the last page of it, we store them up in our collection and leave. New books will show up in the stalls, we buy them, read, then store. The cycle continues. The once upon a time new ones are now labeled as old ones.  But if you think that your old book has no other place to be in aside from the trash bin or being a donation to less privileged schools , think again because we’ve found someone who deemed to turn the old and junk books into a unique item- handmade wallets.

Vien Yu the owner of Krafty Pirate upcycles old books she found in their home into something that one can use every day. She turns old pages into unique items which she sells online and in bazaars. She’s into the business for 4 years, and it all started from the comic section of the newspaper and now into comics and children books.

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Krafty Pirate didn’t stop from handmade wallets. If you don’t have any place to put your smartphones and tablets the Pirate made a way for you! They also have pouches for your gadgets which ranges from Php 150.00 to Php 350.00.

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Archie Pouch Php 350.00

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Kiko Machine Pouch  (Php 150.00)

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Calvin and Hobbes  (Php 180.00)

Basically, their prices ranges from Php 80.00 to Php 350.00.Krafty Pirate’s best selling wallets and pouches are Archie and Dr. Seuss. So if you are a fan you better hurry and grab the available Archie and Dr. Seuss designs! (good thing Dr. Seuss was still available when we were there). I really had fun seeing these old children books back to life in the form of wallets and pouches. It brought nostalgia for folks like me, the 90’s kids who adores Dr. Seuss and Archie!

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krafty-Pirate

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/krafty_pirate

Sapin Sapin Tanzan Accesories

sapin sapin, tanzan pins, handmade pins, handcraftedRemember Russell from UP the movie? The cute little Wilderness Explorer who keeps on annoying Carl to assist him so that he could have the “Assisting the Elderly” Patch? Well if you can still remember him then you’ll know where Sapin Sapin Tanzan inspiration came from!

Zerah Capili the young entrepreneur started all these pins made out of tanzans. She uses reused crown bottle caps for her unique items and splashes her own creativity into it. Sapin Sapin came to life 2009 having her friends as her customers at first then eventually she ventured out into tiangges, bazaars and events. Aside from pins, she also has necklaces, rings, hair clips and much more! so you better check them out

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Necklaces and Pins

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 Hair clips and rings

Their unique accessories ranges from Php 80.00 to Php 300.00 since they have now a handmade watch which has doodled designs inside-

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Hand drawn watch designs (Php 300.00)

Also, Sapin Sapin Tanzan Accessories are open for customized designs! So if you want to have holiday seasoned pins or your own design for necklaces and watches you can message and follow them here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sapinsapinTanzanAccessories

Instagram: http://instagram.com/sapin2accessories/

Never thought that it is possible to have those bottle crowns as accessories. I realized that there is whole lot more from the things that we perceive as scrap and off value. In a deeper sense, if we will only take a moment to look around us, and make use of the things we have, well I guess we will be of great help to this world. I do believe that we are all born with this creativity waiting to be discovered, as Pablo Picasso quoted “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” Being an artist is more than straight lines and color combinations. You can be an artist just like them, and who knows you might be able to give something new, unique, and creative to the eyes of the world.

Adventures behind the lens: PAMMFM Medical Mission

Adventures behind the lens: PAMMFM Medical Mission

The Philippine American Medical Mission Foundation of Michigan held its Medical-Surgical Mission in San Jose, Antique last february 1-6 and I had the chance to cover my first medical mission.

There was a lot of things to do and besides becoming the official photographer of the group, I also took on the job of arranging for the certificates and plaques to be handed on the last day, besides that I grabbed every opportunity I got to help carry supplies.

In short my hands were really full the whole entirety of the mission. However this did not prevent me to capture moments that really tugged at my heartstrings and hopefully will tug yours.

These people stopped and went out their normal lives to come here to help the under privileged, the poorest of the poor.

An Indian doctor by the name of Dr. Satysh Vyas, a plastic surgeon from Michigan, draws a cute little bunny on the hands of a little girl who just underwent surgery.

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Mr. Eric and his wife Mrs. Ching had been part of the missions for a while now.

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Little kids who were waiting to be screened for surgery or to be checked up.

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A little girl who will undergo surgery to remove her cyst won’t stop crying.

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The doctors and nurses tried really hard to comfort her

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and after a while they were able to calm her down and sedate her for the operation
Large cysts that had grown over time were removed from patients who didn’t have the means or resources to undergo surgery.



People waiting in line to be screened for minor surgery. Some of these people got down from the mountains and had to travel a long way with a fare they can barely afford.

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Mr. Joseph a man who had a cyst on his neck finally had it removed

Dr. Satish Vyas and a patient


Volunteers who spent days trying to help out the people who needed medical attention

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free surgery volunteers
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Words could not possibly express the profound impact the experience of covering this medical mission had for me. The unsung heroes who boldly and unselfishly gave their time to help the under-privileged people in the town of San Jose, Antique really inspired me.

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They make it look so simple-lending a helping hand to others. It may only have been for a few days but the doctors, nurses and staff of the 5-day medial mission in San Jose, Antique really made a huge difference and changed lives.

Did you like any of these photos? Share your comments below!

Celebrate National Arts Month!

Celebrate National Arts Month!

February is National Arts month in the Philippines, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 683, issued in 1991. It is a month of celebrating Filipino talent and genius, and an awesome time when people can soak in culture and the arts! This month, do yourself a favor and check out the following events all around the Metro:


1. Pasinaya 2015

When: February 15, 2015, from 7 am to 7pm

Where: The Cultural Center of the Philippines

The Pasinaya is a one-day open house festival which would feature productions of the CCP from its resident companies like Ballet Philippines, UST Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and more, There are also art markets, trade and fair exhibits, plus partner museums to go to! The CCP has partnered with museums like The National Museum of the Philippines, Bahay Tsinoy, De La Salle College of St. Benilde’s Museum of Contemporary Arts & Design (MCAD), Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and even Museo Pambata.

What’s super awesome about this festival is its “Pay what you can, see all you can” scheme, which allows everyone to witness as many performances and visit as many galleries as they can, in exchange for a donation. Their suggested donation is P50, which is extremely affordable even for students! You can even download a schedule of all the performances and plan out your day at the festival. This festival happens only once a year, so it really shouldn’t be missed.

For more information and performance schedules, visit http://culturalcenter.gov.ph/single-tickets/view-event/?id=24595311.

2. Project Bakawan Arts Festival

When: February 6- March 14, 2015

Where: UP Diliman Campus

Project Bakawan is an arts festival held in various spots inside the UP DIliman campus, featuring installation art and photography exhibits, various workshops like kite-making and bike design, film festivals, talks, plus a lot of musical and artistic performances. It is probably one of the best and cheapest (it’s open for everyone and it’s for free!) events to go to, if you want to see raw talent and interact with people with the same interests. Plus, the venues are all so accessible. Project Bakawan has something for everyone, whether you like chilling out in a concert, learning something new, or enjoying the sun while flying kites!

For more information, visit their Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/ProjectBakawan


3. Art Fair Philippines

When: February 5-8 2015, 10am- 9pm

Where:  6F & 7F, The Link Carpark, Ayala Center, Makati City

Well, this post is kinda late for the event, but it might remind you to catch the next one! Set in a carpark in the heart of urban Makati, the Art Fair Philippines has become the country’s premiere platform for Filipino Contemporary Art. This year, the public can visit 33 amazing galleries, featuring some of the best Filipino artists PLUS artists from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan. There will also be talks from artists, curators and specialists in Christie’s Art Forum. Visit the art fair and see the exciting art landscape of the Philippines (and beyond), get to know, and more importantly, support local contemporary art!

Entrance tickets are at Php150.00, Php 50.00 for students with ID’s, and FREE for students from Makati (with valid ID’s), BPI credit card holders and Globe Platinum card holders.

Check their Facebook page for more information on the exhibits:  https://www.facebook.com/artfairph

4. Ani ng Dangal exhibits and performances

The Ani ng Dangal Awards, a state recognition by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, recognizes artists, cultural workers and works which have gained international accolades. The awards will be given on February 12, and exhibits featuring photos and other memorabilia from the awardees will be shown in SM North ( February 13-20), SM Megamall (February 21-27) and Rizal Park (February 28). The public will also be treated to Ani ng Dangal performances in different venues all throughout February.

The NCCA will also hold closing ceremonies for the National Arts month in Rizal Park on February 28, which again will feature various cultural performances.

See the NCCA website for more details on the exhibits, performances and the ceremonies:  http://www.ncca.gov.ph/about-ncca/press-releases/press-release.php?i=200


5. Fringe Manila


When: February 12 – March 1 2015

Where: Various spots around the metro! (A lot in De La Salle- College of St. Benilde, and the CCP)

Fringe Manila is a part of the World Fringe Network (WFN), which is a network of independent Fringe festivals that celebrate local art and culture. This year, Fringe Manila will bring us exhibits, theater and dance performances, concerts, spoken word, comedy acts, film festivals and more. It is an exciting time to witness awesome Filipino artists of different ages, and stages in their work. Also, a lot of events will be performed by students, so you can actually get a preview of the future of the local art scene. Ticket prices vary per event, so it’s best to plan ahead! There will be over 90+ events, so budget wisely and try to go to acts and performances you’ve never seen before!

Check this online guide for a preview of the events and the schedule! http://www.joomag.com/magazine/fringe-manila-2015-official-program-guide/0821162001422114999?short

You can also purchase tickets on ticketworld.  https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/Online/


Of course, there are tons of other things you could do to celebrate National Arts Month! Visit heritage churches, check out galleries and museums, and get creative yourself! Doodle, paint, learn a new song, dance or create something new. Allow yourself to breathe and look at things differently. Celebrate art, freedom, creativity and imagination!


The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

Pablo Picasso

Suprising Finds

Suprising Finds

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Here is a picture of an old abandoned house we found in a neighborhood in Brgy. Pansol, that was established in the 1930’s, during the American colonial period, if I’m not mistaken.  A closer look at this house and you would see that the windows behind the grills are similar to those of the traditional bahay na bato. The neighborhood actually has so many houses similar to this one. Very very interesting how there are houses like this one in the middle of a highly urbanized city.








Observing Nature’s Colors

Observing Nature’s Colors


Photo taken at the University of the Philippines-Diliman

Whenever I observe the beauty of nature around me, I always commend God for His wisdom about color combination. He is, after all, also a God of creativity and art. The green color of the grass and its shades of brown when it dries up compliments the color of the brown butterfly in the photo I took. Every time you leave your house, try looking at the different color combinations that nature has for us to observe.

3 Benildean Bands To Watch Out For

3 Benildean Bands To Watch Out For

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3 Benildean Bands To Watch Out For

2014 was a great year for the music industry both internationally and locally; giving us a new set of hit songs to listen to and share with our friends. Some songs we listened to day in, day out while some made us tap the next button the second we hear the intro. *cough* *cough* Anaconda *cough* *cough*. I can’t say it was legendary, but definitely, still one for the books.

The international music scene has reached an all-time high with hit songs like “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars and “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, but locally, we have been at a stand still. Luckily, we have a new breed of OPM hit makers who are flying in to save the day. Without further ado, here are three Bands To Watch Out For (BTWOF?) for the month of January 2015.

Sammy and Friends

Sammy and Friends

Sensual and Fun. Two words that come to mind when listening to their record or seeing them play their hearts out. If P.O.T., D’Angelo and John Mayer Trio had a baby, Sammy and Friends would be the result.

Launching their first EP last December at Route 196, “Fantasies” brought a new meaning to the word “seductive”. The EP features three songs: The After Finals Song, The Nocturne, and Higher. You might be wondering who those random people on the picture are. Well, they are (from left to right) Paolo Bermal (guitar), Samuel Valenia (vocals and guitar), Cowell Rosales (bass, replaced by Choi Padilla), Fitz Manto (drums and production), Magic Montano (production), and Theo Blanch (keys). Sammy and Friends is under Emperor N Empress Records (ENER).

Curious about their sound? Check this out:

Check out their facebook page too and if you want to book them for gigs, contact 09298235178.

Banna Harbera

Banna Harbera

Isn’t that the cartoon thingy?! No, no, no, you’re terribly mistaken. I can see how you can get those two mixed up.

Their vibe is like an ice cold Cerveza Negra on a hot summer’s day — refreshing. Their incorporation of Funk, Soul and Jazz is an attention grabber and most of all, unique. It’s like Daft Punk, Up Dharma Down, and Balance and Traveling Sounds had a cocktail party and ended up making an all-star super band.

Banna Harbera also released their EP last December 2014 called “Something New” carrying three awesome tracks: Aside, I Don’t Even Mind, and Something New. Those good looking kids on the picture are (from left to right) Theo Blanch (keys), Josh Planas (bass), Jake Masigan (guitar), Yzabel Torres (vocals and sax) and Patrick Felipe (drums). Banna Harbera is also under Emperor N Empress Records (ENER).

Can’t wait to hear them? Their EP is available for free on Soundcloud. Share up!



Brace yourselves, I’m about to get cheesy.

Brotherhood. Agsunta isn’t just a band, but a brotherhood. I’ve never seen a band so connected with each other as they are and it shows in their music. If regular rice was your average band dynamic, Agsunta’s would be Biko. Their raw, untouched and straightforward sound draw audiences in to their world of passionate ideas.

Agsunta’s first EP, “Head Over Heels”, also launched last December, but released it this January on Spotify and iTunes. Their EP also has three tracks: Fireman, Pinopoly, and Head Over Heels. No offense to them, but I thought the EP was a bit bipolar. The first track had a very sultry feel to it while the second and third had uplifting and rockish groove. Nonetheless, they have created music that will leave you wanting more. Who’s behind Agsunta’s music? (Left to right) Stephen Arevalo (drums), Josh Planas (bass), Jireh Singson (vocals and acoustic guitar), and Mikel Arevalo (lead guitar).

Yeah, yeah, yeah, hold your horses, here’s their EP:


Check out their music video of Head Over Heels too:

Did you notice how these bands mixed and matched a number of genres to create their own identity? It’s like making a cocktail of sorts so that we can enjoy and share. (I know, I know,  I use too many food and drink references. Busted.) They are part of the revolution to kick start the dormant support for OPM. I encourage you to search and promote more of these bands. Turn off the mainstream and turn on the underground.

Share up and listen!