Home Factory Outlets Super Clearance Sale! January 24-26, 2020

JANUARY 24 TO 26, 2020 – HOME FACTORY OUTLETS SUPER CLEARANCE SALE!

Up to 70% OFF on selected items

HOME FACTORY OUTLETS (HFO) is the country’s first factory outlet center for home furniture and furnishings. Step into any of their branches to enjoy their upcoming Super Clearance Sale!

Visit Home Factory Outlets and get a wide range of furniture at clearance prices and also grab their other offers:

• Installment up to 6 months with 0% Interest, minimum purchase of P30,000 on all major credit cards.
• Buy Now Pay Later on selected credit cards.

Home Factory Outlets has been known as the haven of home & office furniture at factory outlet prices.
It has become the ideal shopping destination of shoppers who are seeking to furnish their homes and offices at the most affordable price. With Home Factory Outlets, furnishing made easy and affordable that is really within your budget.

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1. Home Factory Outlets Fairview Terraces
Open daily:
Mon-Thu 11:00am to 9:00pm
Fri: 11:00am to 10:00pm.
Sat -Sun: 10:00am – 10:00pm
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• #14 Williams St., Brgy. Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City. Open daily from 10:30am to 8:30pm.
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Season of Giving at Robinsons Townville – The Transport Queen

It’s just 18 days to go before Christmas! Holiday Spirit is now up in the air! You can see the happy faces of children expecting gifts and happy to see Santa and other Christmas characters! Well, Robinsons Townsville is one of those reason for their smiles! It’s the SEASON OF GIVING at Robinsons Townville!

Robinsons Townville is your mall next door, situated near schools and residential areas, it offers convenient shopping with the presence of its anchor stores which includes Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Appliances, Handyman, Daiso Japan, True Value and South Star Drug.Now, as the season of giving is here, they even made shopping more fun with their “OUR SEASON OF GIVING” campaign which aims to share an ultimate Christmas experience for everyone through the launch of their annual parade featuring our all-time favorite Christmas characters:

  • Santa Claus
  • Dancing Elves
  • the Gingerbread Man
  • walking Christmas present
  • walking Christmas tree
  • Toy Soldier

All ready to spread good vibes and festive cheer. Plus, bringing gifts to everyone!To complete the parade, Robinsons Townville invited local chorale groups to perform Christmas songs. The one thing I am happy about while watching the chorale is to see these young ones very happy to share their talent, a dream come true for them to showcase their talent and perform up stage. It is a good thing to tap local talent which invites community bonding too among the local residents.I was glad to be invited as one of the guests for the launch of “Our Season of Giving” campaign held at Robinsons Townville Buhay Na Tubig, Imus last December 7, 2019. I was quite conscious when the emcee mentions our name (me and other Media) as their special guests. Thank you for the warm reception of the marketing team of Robinsons Townville.Catch the Spirit too! Don’t miss this special experience for you and your family especially if you have kids at home.Check out the following schedules:

  • Robinsons Townville BF Parañaque – December 8
  • Robinsons Townville Regalado – December 14
  • Robinsons Townville Meycauayan – December 15
  • Robinsons Townville Pulilan – December 21
  • Robinsons Townville Cabanatuan – December 22

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JIM BEAM HIGHBALL PopUp Bar – Did you missed it? – The Transport Queen

SPELL FUN – JIM BEAM HIGHBALL POPUP BAR EVENT!

Definitely Eastwood City rocked on the event held by Jim Beam Highball last November 12-16, 2019 at Eastwood Central Plaza.Braving the traffic from Makati where our shuttle picked up to Eastwood really spelled disaster, but the fun at Jim Beam Highball’s Event swept all our stress.

Literally, it was a night of overflowing drinks and food, I get to bond with old and blogger/media friends.

I was glad to be invited as one of the VIP guests for this event and heading to Eastwood from Cavite is no joke especially considering the travel time. What made me curious to attend the event is to try the taste of Jim Beam’s newest flavors plus the fun of collaborating with fellow media/blogger friends.

And of course, adding on the fun is their guest performer Clara Benin.

Clara Benin
Clara Benin

I got to try, and made for myself my very own mix of Jim Beam Highball

Here are the flavors to try:
🍹Yuzu and Lemongrass Highball
🍹Calamansi and Pandan Highball
🍹Pineapple and Basil Highball
🍹Mango Spice Highball
🍹Classic Highball 🍹Lychee Highball

We also enjoyed the foods at the menu to go with our Jim Beam Highball mix;

Finger foods
Finger foods

My TOP THREE Favorites

Cheese sticks with sour cream dip
Cheese sticks with sour cream dip
 Dynamite - chilli pepper wrapped
Dynamite – chilli pepper wrapped
crispy pata
Crispy Pata
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DRINKS – 👸👸👸👸👸

FOOD – 👸👸👸👸👸

PORTION – 👸👸👸👸

SPACE – 👸👸👸

SERVICE – 👸👸👸👸

PRICE – 👸👸👸👸

I love how the idea on how they incorporate the “organic” natural fruits and herbs and diffuse it with the Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey.

My TOP THREE favorite mix;

🍹Yuzu and Lemongrass Highball

Yuzu and Lemongrass Highball
Yuzu and Lemongrass Highball

🍹Calamansi and Pandan Highball

Calamansi and Pandan Highball
Calamansi and Pandan Highball

🍹Mango Spice Highball

Mango Spice Highball
Mango Spice Highball

I also tried and had fun with the games.

JIM BEAM HIGHBALL CLAW MACHINE

I managed to claw a ball and won a price!

The Highball Pong wasn’t attended at the moment so I didn’t got the chance to try;

And of course, since I tried mixing my own Jim Beam with the help of their lovely brand ambassador, I got a lovely mug which will be my mixing mug of Jim Beam whenever I need a refreshing drink!

Jim Beam bourbon
Jim Beam bourbon whiskey mug

Of course, parties wouldn’t be parties without meeting new friends! Who would have thought that my Shuttle seatmates (oh, we endured together the 4hr traffic along C5), would be my party mates!

Follow them at Ig @margarettegarcia and @chardeekurby
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And jammed with fellow bloggers and friends!

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Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 – List of Candidates

One of the oldest beauty pageant is happening in Manila!

55 Lovely ladies will compete for Miss Asia Pacific International 2019, Grand Coronation Night will be happening on October 9, 2019 at Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World, Pasay, Manila

miss asia pacific

Last October 3, I attended the Welcome Party for the Miss Asia Pacific International 2019, held at Selah Garden Hotel, Pasay, Manila together with Zen Rooms Philippines. It was an all out party for Media guests, bloggers and Top Influencers of Zen Rooms VIP Ambassadors.

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I was able to capture most of the ladies, who’s your bet?

MISS ASIA PACIFIC 2019
Anahit Lazyan, 26, Yerevan, Armenia

Australia Anjelica Whitelaw, 23, Melbourne, Australia

Lauralyn Vermeersch, 27, Smetlede, Belgium

Sothida Pokimtheng, 22, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Carolina Schüler,25,Florianópolis, Brazil
Alejandra Rodríguez,23,Cartagena, Colombia
Michèle-Ange Minkata, 23, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Victoria Cianchino, 21, Toronto, Canada

 

RicaFiorella Cortez Arbenz, 25, San José, Costa Rica
Bodour Fowzy, 19, Hurghada, Egypt

KongHei Shun Fung, 24, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Nicole Severo, 18, Rome, Italy
Alick Xaysomphou,19, Phonsavan, Laos
Elena Remuar, 25,Riga, Latvia
Amanda Kristen Lee, 25, Kuching, Malaysia
Ashleigh Kleintijes,  21, Walvis Bay, Namibia
Caro Boonen, 19, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Adedoyin Queen Abiodun, 25, Nigeria
Cynthia Karina Lam, 19, Taboga, Panama
Pratistha Saakha, 24, Kathmandu, Nepal
Queency Naigum, 23, Port Louis, Mauritius
Daphne Fuerte, 26, Tijuana, Mexico
Shen Sofía Ye, 21, Taipa, Macau
Na-yeong Kim, 24,  Jeju, Korea
Noy Ben Artzi, 22, Tel Aviv, Israel
Zully Paz, 22, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Suliana Cruz Tuchez, 24, Antigua Guatemala

 

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Silindokuhle Mbali Dlamini, 22, Durban, South Africa
Eonna Constanza, 24, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
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Klyza Castro, 19, Davao City, Philippines

Last year’s Miss Asia Pacific came from our country, the Philippines. Amazing, she looks like a doll. I thought she’s a foreigner, but she actually came from Sultan Kudarat, she’s a beauty.

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MISS ASIA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL 2018 – Philippines Sharifa Akeel 
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The Candidates Miss Asia Pacific International 2019

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Hang out at Greenfield Weekend Market

Thinking of a place to go on weekends without overspending, a place just near the Metro and hang out with friends and kids? YES! You may bring your kids while chilling out at Greenfield Weekend Market!

We visited Greenfield Weekend Market last Saturday, and I found it really enjoyable especially that they have a big ground for kids to play with interactive toys for kids of all ages and even young at heart can get to enjoy to!

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Its playtime!

GREENFIELD WEEKEND MARKET

The Greenfield Weekend Market, with its home at the Central Park of Greenfield District, keeps a tradition of originality and variety when it comes to cheering habitues and newcomers every Saturday evening. For foodies, the dining adventure in the hangout goes beyond the conventional and traditional for a truly memorable gustatory experience.

We didn’t had the chance though to check out Emy and Ody Concepcion Fruits which I really expected to see a “market” like fresh fruits and veggies.

I enjoyed lurking at the wide variety of cooked and fresh foods to eat, which made it really difficult for me to choose which ones to try.

One of the food stall that really caught our attention is the Seafood Fest which boasts of the really yummy squid sizzled with special sauce partnered with rice and another viand of choice. I choose of course my favorite crablets.

seafood

Other preferences are foodies such as shawarma from Habib’s, smoked barbecue from Carnivore Cookery, Hungarian sausages from The Cut Premium Meat, chicken fingers from Fingers and Flavors, Mexican favorites from the Real Mexicanos and even Japanese favorites like takoyaki and ramen from Shumagorath Takoyaki.

A food stall serves fresh drinks such as buko juice, melon juice, cucumber, lemonade, dalandan and red iced tea. For native sweets and desserts, there are lechen flan, cheese cake, Taiwan milk tea, ice cream and even yoghurt. It’s a weekend market so there are fruits, culinary herbs, spices, organic vegetables, brown rice, and salted eggs, as well for urbanites’ kitchen.

Other interesting finds are their non-food stalls. For art lovers like me, you will enjoy the art gallery booths and ask to be painted using charcoal or colorful paint. It is also interesting to see there’s an art booth for your pets, you can ask your pet to be painted on stone, keychain or bookmark.

There are stalls selling books, vinyl records, shirts, artworks, toys, toiletry items, and many others. I bought two books for my baby to read.

We found goers lining up on the fortune-telling booth, I haven’t got the chance to take pictures though because of the crowd flocking the booth. You can ask for advice, or get an insight of your future for free.

Enhancing our food and play leisure, are the jazz musicians playing on the center of the field. I enjoyed listening to a live saxophone play and live jazz music.

The Greenfield Weekend Market is Greenfield Development Corporation’s innovative way of giving a unique urban living experience for professionals and urban dwellers. Of the few weekend markets in Metro Manila, only this one at Greenfield District promises to be a treasure trove for foodies, art enthusiasts, shopping addicts and country-style nature-lovers. For those looking for a refreshing and wholesome bonding time with friends and loved ones, or wanting to enjoy the holiday vibe, the Greenfield Weekend Market is the best place to visit.

Check out their fb page at Greenfield Weekend Market.

DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), SLP AT Kalahi-CIDSS Programs – Learning Visit – Ikot sa CALABARZON- Part 3

If you have been following these 3-part blog series of our DSWD Learning Visit, we already have tackled 2 of the most popular program of DSWD – 4Ps and SLP.  Now we are going to see the project Kalahi-CIDSS, what it is, and what are the impacts of the projects to the community.

 It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and we checked out early from Patio Rizal Hotel and headed to Mauban, Quezon. It was an hour drive from Lucban. We stopped over at the nearby road where our next destination was, while waiting for the other van who fetched the LGU Officer at the City Hall. We enjoyed the green sceneries, it is noticeable that Quezon is one of the largest producer of copra (coconut). And it is also evident as well in Mauban. 

DSWD Ikot sa Calabarzon

Our next community we visited is located at Brgy. Remedios II, Mauban, Quezon, take a quick tour to this awesome town hidden from the highway.

Brgy. Remedios river
Breathtaking view of the town’s river, where the residents still use the flowing water to wash their clothes, kids take a bath here too!

Our vehicle stopped by a river, and we walked and crossed 2 hanging bridges. This is the only means to get to the baranggay. Safety while crossing the Kinaimit River to get inside and outside the community has been a long time problem of the residents. The previous hanging bridge they were using were already damaged by Typhoon Glenda. The broken bridge had affected the delivery of assistance and had delayed the emergency response to the community. Children and farmers are the most affected as they are the ones who frequently goes in and out of the community. With this experience, the residents worked together and proposed to apply for Kalahi-CIDSS to helped them with the construction of a new hanging bridge.

This is the landmark going to the bridge leading to Brgy. Remedios
Main sources of livelihood in the area are copra and horse transportation (rentals).

Aside from the need of a hanging bridge, the Remedios Elementary School Annex A used to have only three classrooms catering to around 150 students from Kinder up to Grade Six. These rooms weren’t enough to hold classes which are adequate for the learning needs of the students. Thus, they proposed to build an additional three-classroom school building through the funding assistance of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a development partner of DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS. 

So What is Kalahi-CIDSS?

“Kalahi-CIDSS, otherwise known as the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the Philippine Government being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).” –read more here

Comparing to 4PS and SLP, the Kalahi-CIDSS caters to communities which 1) belong to the poorest area; 2) priority for those who are considered as calamity-stricken communities; 3) with the recommendation of the LGU whose community to prioritized for the fund.

The residents had a meeting and pinpointed their most important priority to be done for the community and come up with  these 2 projects (Hanging Bridge and  additional classroom buildings), they are the ones who made the proposal, provided for the documents needed and the residents actually monitored and were hands-on during the purchasing of materials, construction up to finishing of the project.  Through this “Bayanihan” the residents were able to lower the costs, and instead of hiring construction companies and workers, the volunteer-residents did it themselves and were paid compensation for the work. They said they have a feeling of ownership of the project thus lead them to take care of   it even more. They even discipline and reprimands other residents who abuses the use of the hanging bridge.


Brgy. Remedios II, Mauban, Quezon  residents

Hanging bridge sub-project

  • Total Project Cost: Php461,046.00 
  • No. of households served: 118 households
The Hanging Bridge Project of KALAHI-CIDSS

1-unit 3-classroom school building sub-project (AusAID)

  • Total Project Cost: Php2.46 Million
  • No. of households served: 152 households

The building of the new hanging bridge brought convenience to the residents, and as per one resident said “It is a benefit that is not financial per se, but of convenience to us. We used to cross the river when the bridge was broken, there was no other way for us to get to town except for the hanging bridge. We can now carry sacks of rice, copra without worrying being swept into the river. However, the animals (carabao and horses) still needed to cross the river. We do not allow people with animals to use the hanging bridge, this is to protect it so we can use it on a longer time.”

I remembered I asked the residents;

Me: Why didn’t you build a concrete bridge in order for vehicles or animals to cross over too?”

Resident: We are thinking of the immediate solution for the community and beside there are only but few who have vehicles here. We acted on the urgency of the need for our children, the students who goes to school. 

For the new classroom, the volunteers are very proud of this achievement, even one mother said she was pregnant then, when she volunteered to assist in the documentation, she went to and forth their Baranggay Captain and to the Municipality to sign documents, she even participated in the construction helping the workers in mixing the cement, the ladies cooked meals for the workers. Most of them who volunteered were housewives because their husbands have to focus on their livelihood. But on free days their husbands do their share to in helping with the construction.  This volunteer mommy, were even called “Kalahi” and she said even her son got “Kalahi” as his nickname. 

The new school building with 3 classrooms

The residents’ involvement in the project played a major role on how the residents take care of the given projects by the Government. They learned first hand the financial, the due processes a project needs before it materializes. Though of course, they are being assisted still with licensed engineers, the DSWD officials and the local LGU. They have yearly budget of P10,000 for the maintenance of these structures.

The community prepared their native dishes for our lunch and I enjoyed them. 

Most of their meals are flavored with coconut milk as these are abundant in the area, we had laing, adobong manok (looks more of tinola), pancit habhab and bico (sweet rice).

After visiting the project beneficiaries of Kalahi-CIDSS, I learned to appreciate the Government efforts in reaching out to the poorest people. If your not exposed to this type of communities, and been only seeing the situation in Manila and the media, you will think that the only project the DSWD have are calamity assistance, repacking of goods, and the like. Being exposed to these type of DSWD projects opened my mind that there are so much more the agency have to offer. We just to need to RESEARCH and REACH OUT. 

Information are in just one touch of a finger thru the internet,  you may check the ff: website for more information of the DSWD Programs and services: DSWD information

Here’s a list of the DSWD Programs and Services: Source: DSWD mini-handbook

  • Tulong Medikal (Medical Services)
  • Tulong Pampaaral (Educational Assistance)
  • Tulong Pampalibing 
  • Tulong Pamasahe
  • Pagbibigay ng Food Packs (Kapag May Disaster)
  • Cash for Work / Food for Work
  • Social Pension para sa mga indigent na Senior Citizen
  • Supplementary Feeding Program
  • Pagsagip sa mga Batang Napababayaan at Naninirahan sa Lansangan
  • Solo Parent Id
  • Programa at Serbisyo para sa mga PWD
  • Travel Clearance para sa mga Menor De Edad
  • Programa at Serbisyo para sa mga Kababaihang Biktima ng Pang-aabuso
  • Lingap at Gabay para sa May Sakit (Lingap sa Masa)
  • Sustainable Livelihood Program
  • Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

Beneficiaries selection process:

The current process in selecting beneficiaries are those included in the Listahanan. 
“The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.” 

See more information on the Listahanan here –About Listahanan

If you think you are eligible for any of this programs and are not receiving any information or benefits, you may visit your Local Government Unit to check if your listed as indigent, if not, you may request to be added and the LGU MSWD officer will check on your current situation, they may do some investigation to prove your eligibility.

Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program Summary:

Benefits:

  • P300 every month per child studying in Elementary
  • P500 every month per child studying in High School
  • Up to maximum of 3 children are covered 
  • P500 every month in each household

Conditions of the Program:

Before a beneficiary received any benefits, they must oblige with the following:

  • School attendance of not  less than 85% per month
  • Monthly check-up of children 0-5 years old and pregnant women
  • De-worming of school children twice in one year
  • Monthly attendance to Family Development Sessions (FDS)

Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Summary:

Target:

  • Families listed in the Listahanan (mentioned above)
  • Beneficiaries of 4Ps or families listed as indigents
  • Belonging to vulnerable sector such as native tribes, senior citizens, PWDs, out-of-school youth and others

Modalities:

  • Skills Training
  • Seed Capital Fund
  • Pre-employment assistance fund
  • Cash for building livelihood assets

I know somehow, you are enlightened with these different programs of DSWD. And I’m sure you still have a lot of questions, you may reach DSWD at the ff:

  • Office address: DSWD Field Office IV-A Alabang-Zapote Rd., Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Contact no.: 807-7102
  • Email at: fo4a@dswd.gov.ph
  • Like their facebook page: DSWD Region IV-A
  • Twitter: @dswdservesfo4a

After our visit to Mauban, we headed to Majayjay, Laguna for a stop-over and a refreshing break. We stopped over to Angelina’s Garden Bed and Breakfast. Our team decided to try and trekk Bukay Falls — Soon on my next blog..

Bye for now, and see you on my next adventure!

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DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) at SLP Learning Visit – Ikot sa CALABARZON- – Part 2

November 16, 2018 – 2nd day of our Learning Visit, and I was excited as I am just like the 1st day. We had a delicious breakfast at the Pagsanjan Falls Laguna Lodge, where we stayed after visiting Paete, Laguna. We had fried bangus, egg and friend rice perfectly partnered with coffee while overlooking the quiet river leading the way to Pagsanjan Falls. This day was filled with curiosity, as we will explore different communities and places.

Our first drop was at the town of Luisiana, Laguna where we visited the Lala Ladies and their products, another beneficiary of the SLP (Sustainable Livelihood Program). 

LALA LADIES SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD PROGRAM ASSOCIATION

Since their organization in 2016, the Lala Ladies has been producing various pandan woven handicrafts such as bags, purses, storage boxes and cushions that come in various sizes and colors. Through the efforts of the SLPA and their local government, these handicrafts were showcased in different trade fairs in and outside CALABARZON region. 

The moment I stepped into their handicraft store, I was in HEAVEN! Gosh, I love native bags! And it was awesome that these native bags were all made from Pandan leaves. Imagine how zero-waste it is, if in case it was already damaged or you no longer need it, it is completely biodegradable. As you well know, that I am also an advocate of the “Zero-waste/minimalist lifestyle” so seeing with my own eyes how these things were made, were just awesome!

I met Ate Venus R. Banta, the President of the Lala Ladies Sustainable Livelihood Program Association. She said they started on September 30, 2016 and they are all 4Ps beneficiaries. All of these 4Ps parents were gathered and formed a group of 20, and they are also makers of Pandan Handicrafts. They were given by DSWD a grant of P200,000 (P10,000/each), and another P100,000 for the Association and 2 machines (like the presser) as their working capital. 

Through the help of the trainings from SLP  they managed to grow their livelihood business. DSWD assisted them with business registration, BIR Filing and linked them with DTI for Trades and Exhibit Fairs. Each of the members also help in the promotion of the groups’ products, and aims to target the orders in time. They were able to earn at least P2,500/week and it helped a lot to augment their household income. The ladies were also proud to be featured in different tv shows, and proud that their products are being showcased in different trade fairs and bazaars. I am so impressed with their Association as it shows true cooperation among their members and they are all talented; the help the DSWD extended to their group is really a BIG HELP to those who are lacking in capital. This also help preserve their tradition and indigenous knowledge through teaching new members the skills needed to do these pandan handicrafts. 

Materials: Pandan leaves (most of these were harvested in their local store or in their own backyards)

Process:

  • Pananagpas – the cutting of Pandan leaves from its tree
  • Pag-hihininik – the process of removing of thorns in both sides of the leaves and removal of hard and excess part of the leaves
  • Pag-lilinas – cleaning of the leaves using an instrument “agpang” and cutting it into its correct size (thick and thin measure accdg. to the product that is being made 
  • Pag-iilo – the process of thinning using a presser machine
  • Pag-lalala – finally, the process of weaving 
Paglilinas
Paglilinas

I tried weaving a basket, the leaves should be placed in an alternate manner, it was easy but you have to pull the leaves tight (and this was the hard part for me haha!). Oh, leave it to the expert weavers. 

Pag-lalala or Weaving

Finished Products:

Almost anything can be made out of pandan leaves like bags, baskets, trays, placemats, coin purses, laundry boxes, storage box, clothes for fashion events, and many more!

Instantly, I remembered that I need to buy a souvenir or like a door prize for our Thanksgiving Party in our Cooperative so instead of buying to big malls or groceries, our team (via group chat) agreed to buy egg baskets from Lala Ladies, and another member also asked me to buy for her, so I bought 60 pcs of egg baskets, 1 egg basket for me, 1 bigger bag, and 3 coin purses. The Lala Ladies were all happy, smiles lifted, and thanked me for they said “an early Christmas gift.” But on the other hand, I should be the one thankful for finding these goodies, an instant  checked off my list of things to do for the party. And these woven materials are a good way to start a livelihood business, just add a little creativity and this finished product can go a long way. 

Brgy. San Jose, Luisiana, Laguna

Lala Ladies SLPA

  • 20 MEMBERS
  • P200,000 capital assistance

To know more about the Lala Ladies, you may visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/slpluisiana/

Beside the Lala Ladies Handicraft store is the Tahisiana Enterprises SLPA, but I was not able to interview their members, so I just took some photos of their production area.

Tahisiana Enterprises SLPA

While the Lala Ladies is focused into weaving, the Tahisiana Enterprises focuses on dressmaking. They are located just beside the Lala Ladies handicraft production and store area. 

You may check out more of Tahisiana Enterprises on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Tahisiana-Enterprises-180952082585468/

After Luisiana, we headed to Lucban, Quezon and had a short visit to Kamay Ni Hesus. Check out my blog Short Visit to Kamay Ni Hesus. From there, we checked in to Patio Rizal Hotel, the Hotel was located just in front of the Lucban Municipality, and perfectly situated beside the town plaza. See full review of this hotel on this link Patio Rizal Hotel and Restaurant.

Our next drop is at the Lucban Farmers and Traders Sustainable Livelihood Program Association.

One of the main sources of income in the Quezon Province is farming. Traders and farmers often struggle and borrow money from loan sharks. This problem led to the formation of the Lucban Farmers and Traders SLPA (LFTS). 

The Lucban Farmers Trading Post is a project of the local government unit of Lucban, the goal of this Trading post is to create a venue for farmers in and out of Lucban to have a common ground for trading. Most of the traders that were given SLP assistance do trading in Divisoria. 

I got the chance to interview Mrs. Maribel Ho, one of the seller/trader and member of the LFTS. She narrated that joining the Association last 2 years when it was started was by force. There were resistance on the side of the traders on why they were being re-located in the Lucban Farmers Trading Post. They had confusion since they were quietly just doing business on their own homes then suddenly being asked to be stationed out of of the main town, and were “forced” to do trading here in the post. The first year was a struggle according to her, since the post have no potential clients yet, and they have to pay back the grant weekly. The group had a “mis-understanding” of how the grant works. But eventually, after 2 years now, the Association and the Post started to grow, there was an increase in commercialism in the area, and they were able to bring own produce (harvest) to Manila and vice versa. The traders only stay up to 2pm (those with deliveries), and then head to Divisoria while the remaining products were on display and for sale at the stalls that they are paying for P30/day. Mrs. Ho said today, after 2 years, she can say that the Lucban Farmers Trading Post and SLPA is a big help for them and increased their income. They earn as much as P800 – P1000 per day. Some of their members were also 4Ps beneficiaries. 

Here’s Mrs. Ho with her warm smile after our small chat, she was glad to share her story and was a little bit shy when we took a selfie. 

Next, I got to talk with was Mr. Bionic, he is the Vice President of the Lucban Farmers and Traders SLPA. He is a farmer and also a trader. He said he just rents the land, hires the farmers who grow crops and other vegetables in season. After 2 months, the biggest income potential ranges from P30,000 and up. Whew! that’s a good income! But sometimes, crops died during stormy weathers, or if caught with pests, or disease. Mr. Bionic, gave us bags of sayote and sweet potato (camote) which we divided among our team so all of us got to taste Lucban vegetable produce. 

Of course, I bought some vegetables from Mrs. Ho’s stall – cabbage, baguio beans, eggplant, carrots, bell pepper, lettuce, and onions. I thought it was cheaper than in Tagaytay, but they say they also get these types of vegetables from either Baguio or Tagaytay. Their local produce are sayote and camote. A kilo of sayote costs only P17/kg, in Manila it costs P35-40/kg. 

Our last community visit was at the Calumpang Sustainable Livelihood Association in Tiaong, Quezon. 

Calumpang SLPA is composed of 100 members, they received a grant of P1,020,000 from DSWD. All members of Calumpang SLPA were also recipients of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps). Out of this amount, they were able to build a Community Store, a Party Needs Store and a Water Refilling Station. The income were recorded on a daily basis, and are shared to the 100 members as a dividend. The Calumpang SLPA are also on its way to register as a Cooperative (the next level target of SLPA), in order for them to be more independent and do more with their capital. The business registration, BIR requirements, bank withdrawals were all being monitored by DSWD, they were mentored so they can run the business well and not put their capital into waste. Withdrawal of money cannot be done without the supervision of DSWD. All members should be informed of the in and out of the financial status of their Association. 

Water Refilling Station
Party Needs Store
Community Store

After Tiaong, we headed back to our hotel at Patio Rizal and it was still early so we had more time and explored Lucban.  See more of my Lucban adventures here —

I have yet one more day of the DSWD Learning Visit, I can’t wait to share it with you. 

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Lots of love,

The Transport Queen

DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Learning Visit – Ikot sa CALABARZON- – Part 1

Hey! Finally, I was chosen to be one of the bloggers to join the 3-day tour for Ikot sa CALABARZON 2018 – DSWD Learning Visit Tour, immersing with the communities who are recipients of the agency’s 4Ps, SLP & Kalahi-CIDSS Programs. Hooray for me for accepting the invitation! Check my blog application here Ikot sa CALABARZON Blog entry. 

Less expectations means more surprises and that was true for me. The 3-day visit to various communities who are recipients of the DSWD Programs is an eye opener. It was a fun, informative learning experience plus I got to visit different towns and attractions of Laguna and Quezon.

Find out more as I share to you my experience and insights of this tour.  I will write this experience on 3 Parts from Day 1 to 3 with additional blogs of our Tour visits. Follow me and read along 🙂

DSWD or Department of Social Welfare and Development is the agency who hosted this project called IKOT SA CALABARZON – DSWD Learning Visit 2018. They have called on bloggers/vloggers to immerse and see for themselves the different programs of DSWD – its implementation, the benefits and the social impact on the personal lives of the recipients. Recently, negative feedback and posting are circulating in social media saying that these Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) recipients are just encouraging laziness, and making these indigents dependent on the government’s benefits. Is this true? Is the rumors valid? Personally, I wanted to validate and see for myself the different programs of the agency, and how can it be beneficiary for our Cooperative who also have indigent members. Read on…

The 3-day tour was held last November 15 -17, 2018. We convene at the DSWD Field Office Region IV-A office at Alabang Zapote Road, Alabang. I arrived at nearly 7am, just in time and we waited for a few minutes for the other bloggers/vloggers to arrive. The team had 2 vans rented for the tour. I was greeted by Sir Joseph Constantine Arceo, the Regional Information Officer (RIO), and introduced me to the rest of the team. And the journey to surprises began —

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There are a total of 7 participants (2 bloggers, 4 vloggers/youtuber, 1 video editor). I will feature them on Day 3 of this blog, so stay tune!

BLOGGERS/VLOGGERS

DSWD Learning Visit – DAY 1 – PAETE, LAGUNA

We had a brief orientation with Sir Joseph & Ms. Nica regarding DSWD’s programs and services and of the communities that we are going to visit, what to expect, what to know about and other protocol.

PAETE LAGUNA

After 2 and half hours travel, we arrived at the colorful, and artistic town of Paete, Laguna. We were welcomed at the Municipal Hall and was greeted by the town Mayor himself – Mayor Rojilyn Q. Bagabaldo. I was amazed by the simplicity and humbleness of this town’s leader, it is my first time to meet a Mayor who are hands-on when it comes to showcasing his town’s projects and programs. He is also well-versed on the conditions of the community we will visit. And he even followed and show us around Sitio Papatahan, Brgy. 9 Ibaba Del Norte.

MAYOR BAGABALDO

It was an hour ride from the Municipal Hall going to Sitio Papatahan. The community is located atop of a mountainous terrain. Going there is like going up to Baguio, wherein the roads are steep and narrow , with dangerous curves and colliding with a bigger vehicle is a common possibility. Though the town placed reflective mirrors on every sharp curve to warn if there’s an incoming vehicle. Going to the community at Sitio Papatahan would take a 15 minute walk (if you’re fast), but it took me about 35 minutes of trekking to muddy soil. Yes, it is slippery wet and muddy. The distance from the jump off location to the Baranggay is about 3 kilometers. There are only 2 public jeepneys going in and out of Sitio Papatahan and only on 2 schedules: 9am (Brgy. 9, Ibaba Del Norte to Paete Town/4pm Paete Town to Brgy. 9). So the residents will have to catch these jeepney schedules to travel.

ROUGH ROAD TO SITIO PAPATAHAN

We even encountered a school boy handling a snake, at first we thought it was a toy, but up close it is snake the boy said has a venom. We could understand most of the people here have no gadgets, no access even to regular call or text, no network signal is available in the area. So I think, kids here play with what is available from nature (even if it is dangerous).

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At Sitio Papatahan we were introduced to 4Ps Parent Leader Jocelyn Acueza. We got the chance to interview Mrs. Jocelyn and talked about the Pantawid Pamilya Program.

SITIO PAPATAHAN

On Focus – DSWD Program: PANTAWID PAMILYANG PILIPINO PROGRAM (4Ps)

A human capital program that provides opportunities for poor families to break the intergenrational cycle of poverty through investing in the health and education of poor households particularly of children age zero to 18. The program provides families with cash grants in exchange for their compliance to their co-responsibilities with the program such as monthly preventive health check-ups, 85% monthly school attendance of children and attendance to monthly Family Development Sessions. – def. by DSWD

Parent Leader Mrs. Jocelyn is a mother of 9 children. She said the 4Ps program offered a big help to aid her family on their education. The grant received from the program she often used to buy uniform, school supplies and sometimes food for her children. Her husband suffers from asthma and seldom get hired for work because of his sickness. Her 2nd child stopped schooling and work as a household helper, and just finished Grade 6 in order to help with the families financial needs. Mrs. Jocelyn’s main source of income is through growing of organic vegetables which she sells around the Sitio. She usually earns P3000/month + 25kgs. of rice from tending these vegetables. 4 of her children already finished College through the aid of a scholarship, and the other 4 (3 Highschool, 1 Senior HS) still in High School Level. She receives P5,200 every 2 months as a grant for the 4Ps Program. The breakdown of this allowance is as follows:

  • 1 child = P500/month x 4 children = Total P2,000/month
  • Rice subsidy = P1,200 every 2 month

Life before the 4Ps Program was difficult as relayed by Mrs. Jocelyn. During those times there were instances that they cannot buy medicine and cannot send her children to school. Mrs. Jocelyn narrated her story with a teary-eyed and graciously expressed her appreciation of the benefit of the program to her family. We asked her what can she say of the negative issues connected to 4Ps beneficiaries like encouraging recipients to be lazy. First she said, she wasn’t aware of the issue, since obviously their Sitio didn’t have a network signal (no signal for all networks). Second, since now that we informed her, she said she was hurt with these issue, and said this was not true of their situation. As I qoute her “Nasasaktan ako sa balitang ito. Paano kami magiging tamad, ay kada 2 bwan lang naman ang dating ng 4Ps, anong kakainin namin sa naunang bwan na walang biyaya. Hindi kami maaring maging tamad dahil walang makakain ang aming pamilya.”Now that one of her daughter already work as a Teacher in Siniluan College, her wages provided a big help for her other children who are still studying.

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Under her care, there are 21 families. Her duty as a Parent Leader is to monitor each family and make sure that they are going to attend the monthly FDS.

What is FDS or Family Development Sessions?

The FDS is a component of the Pantawid Pamilyang Program that gathers parent-grantees monthly for family enhancement topics including improving marital relations, children’s rights, and financial management. Each session has a different topic and activity for the beneficiaries. The FDS is often conducted by City/Municipal links, LGU Links, or other volunteers from civil society organizations. – DSWD

FDS SESSION

I asked her if aside from DSWD, what other help does the community already received. She said the LGU provided them with livelihood program like hog raising and provided them capital to start,  but eventually the hogs caught diseases and died, and they still have to make way to raise the loan and pay for the losses.

We also met Sir Rolly, the OIC of the High School Department of the children of the 4Ps beneficiaries. He is in charge of the monitoring of attendance of students and transferring the attendance to DSWD forms. The 4Ps Program helped raised school attendance, and there are no record of drop-outs. The 4Ps students won Top 5 in Brigada Eskwela competition, they created a school pathway using natural resources available within their community.

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PATHWAY
The award winning Pathway for Brigada Eskwela

I admired the teachers who were assigned here, majority of the teachers are coming from Paete town and will have to endure the long, rough travel though some opted to stay in the school premises and only come home every weekend. They are truly heroes sacrificing their own needs to reach this community and teach. The Sitio Papatahan though remote is surprisingly complete from K-12. Agriculture is the course being offered at Senior High which I can say is feasible and is encouraging the students to cultivate the vast land and study organic farming. Mind you, this community is surrounded with vast land (most of them just filled with grass because of the acidic nature of the soil) and some folks grows plants that eventually made into “walis tambo”(indoor broom). Oooopps, I forgot to ask what kind of plant it is, but I got a shot of “manong” doing a native “walis tambo” which he sells for P100 (when around the Sitio), and sells it at P150 downtown.

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The teachers prepared lunch and some native dessert during our stay called “minatamis na kamoteng kahoy” or sweetened boiled cassava.

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It is now time to leave, and we trekked another 40 minutes going down to our vehicle. As usual, I was so exhausted, but the good thing is I DIDN’T SLIPPED on the road, Hooray for me! On those slippery mud, I got to hold on to a local who happened to pass by and I was glad they are eager to assist me. If not, who knows I could fell anytime haha!

So I took a picture of the place (see the blue roof – this is the school where we came from). About 3 kms. to our vehicle, roads leading here is not passable to vehicles (cars and vans).

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I salute Mayor Bagabaldo for coming all the way up here via motorcycle, he have no bodyguards, no fancy clothes he came in as simple as jeans and collared t-shirt. If you hardly know him, you will think he’s an ordinary local, he knows every corner of the community and knows what needs to be done by heart. I told him “Mayor, it is a challenge improving this place huh?” He answered “Yes, it really is!”

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Mayor Bagabaldo listening to locals at the Sitio

Brgy. Ibaba Del Norte 4Ps Statistics

  • 130 household-beneficiaries
  • 6 parent group

Going back to the Municipal Hall, we had a courtesy call at the Tourism Office. We had a very delicious refreshment while watching the Tourism Office Presentation. Here is one of the episode we watched: CNN Coverage Paete, Laguna.  

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More of our Paete Tour on this link —https://thetransportqueen.wordpress.com/2018/11/21/a-quick-view-of-the-carving-capital-of-the-philippines-paete-laguna/

We were assisted by Ate Arnie Santos, the local LGU counterpart of the MSWD. We headed to Brgy. Maytoong to visit the production of Papier Mache and interact with members of the Taka Ladies also called “Samahan ng mga Kababaihan sa Bayan ng Paete” (Taka Ladies SLPA).

TAKA LADIES

These are group of ladies who are also beneficiaries of 4Ps Program. They were called to organize a minimum of 20 members to receive the SLP (Sustainable Livelihood Program) of DSWD.

What is SLP or Sustainable Livelihood Program?

SLP is conducted alongside the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to ensure self reliance and self dependency of qualified beneficiaries.

Under the micro-enterprise development track, these program participants undergo leadership training, organization building and financial management. They are provided with capital assistance to ensure the longevity and sustainability of their individual or group enterprises.

In Paete, there is a total of 111 program participants who are engaged in hog raising, rice retailing, and paper mache-making. – DSWD

Brgy. Maytoong Statistics

Samahan ng mga Kababaihan sa Bayan ng Paete

  • 25 members
  • P250,000 capital assistance

PAETE, LAGUNA Statistics

  • 708 household-beneficiaries
  • 29 parent groups
  • 25000 Total Population

The Taka Ladies are also recipients of the 4Ps Program and then soon they were offered to form a group for SLP. At first they were almost a hundred to begin with, but since due to documentations the Program wasn’t granted as fast as the others expected. So from about 100 members, it went down to just 20 and those who continued with the project. They were given P200,000 grant or P10,000 each, start up capital to buy their needed materials. Each week they re-pay the “loan” for capital build up and some portion were kept for savings. These were then deposited to the bank of the organization and is being monitored by DSWD. After a year, if they are able to complete the initial P200K they are already eligible for renewal of loan. The Taka Ladies were already 2 years in the program. And said it helped them a lot in their livelihood.

Paper Mache- Making Process

Raw materials:

  • Molded sculpture – these are hard made of steel molded sculpture usually made by men of Paete, price ranges from P300 and up depending on size
  • Newspaper, old books, magazines, brown paper
  • Homemade paste

Process:

  • The initial process is the pasting of paper on the mold (ex. horse), there are 8-12 layers of paper needed for each figure
  • Then layers of brown paper is used to cover (most of their clients order bulk of clean-browned figures)
  • Drying
  • Painting

Target Clients:

  • Local market
  • International market thru export

Income potential:

  • For part timers, potential income range from P2,000-2,500 per week
  • For full timers, potential income range from P4,000-10,000 per week
  • Incomes are based on how fast they produce the paper mache figure
  • Incomes are based on per piece or by group sharing

Finished Products:

  • Paper mache of all kinds – carabao, horses, Santa Claus, rabbits, rhinoceros, giraffe, dwarfs and others
  • Boxes for clothes and other things
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I bought one of each kind as souvenir and toy for my baby Conan

Check more about the Taka Ladies and their products;

After visiting the Taka Ladies, we roamed around the little town of Paete, Laguna. Read more on my blog https://thetransportqueen.wordpress.com/2018/11/21/a-quick-view-of-the-carving-capital-of-the-philippines-paete-laguna/ . We headed next to Pagsanjan Falls Laguna Lodge, had dinner and tried the warm pool before basking in to a goodnight’s sleep. Ready for the next day’s community visit and adventure.

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Love,

The Transport Queen

Pagsanjan Falls Laguna Lodge

Ikot CALABARZON 2018 – A must joined event!

DSWD or the Department of Social Works & Welfare Development will have its 3-day Learning Visit Tour to CALABARZON this coming Nov. 15-17, 2018. It will cover the implementation of the following projects:

  • Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP)
  • Pantawid Pamilyang Program (4Ps)
  • Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS)
  • Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT)

I have been an active supporter of DSWD’s call for volunteers. The first one was during the last typhoon Yolanda where I volunteered as one of the Psychological First Aid giver.

And the 2nd one was last July 29, 2017, wherein our Coop held a Coop Damayan to help in the repacking of rice to be distributed to the victims of the war at Marawi.

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ROADRACTSC Coop Damayan

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After a hard days’s work, still all smiles!

I wanted to join the Ikot Calabarzon 2018 because of the in-depth exposure and added experience I will gain from the Program. I wanted to learn all about the  implementation, convergence and impact of these 4 various DSWD Program.

In order to;

  • Gain exposure on how our Government is currently helping our Community
  • Learn how it will help our Cooperative members who belongs in the marginalized sector
  • Learn how our Cooperative can be a part in the implementation of these various Program via the Coop’s Community Development Program or thru the GAD (Gender and Dev’t Committee)
  • Expand my knowledge and will help in formulating more ways on how we can help different advocacies/communities

Will I be chosen as an official blogger of DSWD’s Ikot sa CALABARZON? Find out more by clicking FOLLOW on below button.

P.S. 

I’m excited!

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Stars Shined at the Star Bazaar!

Ever wonder what do celebrities do when the spotlight is off? I wonder too.

Yes, I expected a huge array of Toys, Clothes, Gift Items the most common items we see during Pre-Christmas Bazaars. But after much exploration, it came to my mind that the Star Bazaar were meant to showcase the celebrities’ “entrepreneur and creative side.” It was a showcase of their own brands & businesses. Here’s a peek of some of my experience at the Pre-Christmas Star Bazaar held at the 4th Floor Century City Mall, Makati last September 14-16.

Join me as I show you interesting finds & people I met last Pre-Christmas Star Bazaar.

Of course, the 1st booth that I came to visit was that of Timeless Collection. Our co-cooperative member, Ms. Kaye Santos (Remember McCakes & Sweets from my blog WORD WONDER: Book Bazaar is one of the partner of a UNTV anchor in this booth.

I bought a number puzzle board for Conan and watch how much he liked it – Learning Number Series

Karen Santos of Mc Cakes & Sweets
Karen Santos of Mc Cakes & Sweets

UNTV Newscaster
Rheena Villamor-Camara UNTV Newscaster

UNTV Field Reporters

UNTV Field Reporter

TIMELESS COLLECTION
TIMELESS COLLECTION

ALONZO MULACH
Alonzo Muhlach promoting Mulach’s ensaymada

Nino Mulach
1980’s Child wonder – Nino Muhlach

Muhlach's Ensaymada
Muhlach’s Ensaymada

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Chx Alcala

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Oohlala Alamang! Comes in sweet, spicy and extra hot

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Ms. Nadia Montenegro

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Meats & Company by Nadia Montenegro

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Ms. Mirriam Quiambao

Tubo Cane Juice
Tubo Cane Juice by Ms. Mirriam Quiambao

The Lollicake Factory
The Lollicake Factory by LJ Moreno

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The Lollicake Factory

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Nene Prime Foods by Nene Tamayo

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Eggciting itlogsaeyo!

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Ja Lees Farm by Jan Marini

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The Burgery by JC De Vera

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Siomai King by Diana Zubiri

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StarNet Marketing with Guyabano/Barley & Papaya Soap – a Networking Company by James Salas and Erick Fructuoso

Pre-loved baby clothes by Empress Schuck
Pre-loved baby clothes by Empress Schuck

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I was mesmerized by Ms. Patricia Javier I forgot to check her booth of is she have one

Here’s a list of the Celebrity sellers:

Jana Victoria- Taga Linis Co/ Enjoyie Cakes @tlcsolutionsph @en_joyie
Ara Mina – Ara’s Secret / Hazelberry
JC De Vera – The Burgery
Jinky Vidal – La Fad
Nadia Montenegro- Meats and Company
TinTin Babao- CBB Foods pastillas, salted egg, malunggay juice,corniks, my children’s books
James Salas – Nineties Apparel
Eric Fructuoso – Kicks Kesa Chicks (KKC shirts )
Nene Tamayo – NENE PRIME FOODS
Miriam Quiambao-Roberto – TUBO CANE JUICE
Chx Alcala – Oohlala Alamang
Jan Marini – JA Lees Farm
Lj Moreno – The Lollicake Factory
Glenda Garcia – Aunt Susie’s Cakes & Pastries
Bianca Lapus – Souk
Niño & Alonzo Muhlach – Muhlach Ensaymada
Empress Schuck – Preloved,baby clothes,watches


I also happen to see Ms. Ara Mina but didn’t get the chance to get some photos with her.


There are other interesting items, you might want to check:

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Hand lotion in a tomato-shaped that can be also used as a jewelry storage

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Oooppps, I forgot the name of this very smart girl

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Korean beauty products

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Make-up and more

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Rattan handwoven bags by Soleil Boutique

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Pasta La Mia

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Lion & Lamb apparel

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Organic Earth Origins

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Healthy Shakes

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EMB Nature

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essential oils

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Via Volo leather crafts

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From Let’s Eat Pare – Puro taba ng talangka

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From Let’s Eat Pare Zipsup Cold Brew Coffee

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From Let’s Eat Pare – Sinantolan

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Sinantolan is a dip made of course from Santol fruit

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I’m happy to see familiar faces – Century City’s trusted event security Sir Lagamayo

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The Celebrities of Century City Mall’s Pre-Christmas Star Bazaar ***photo grabbed from Century City Mall fb page

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With lots of love,

The Transport Queen

Star Bazaar
“me and the stars” (wishful thinking hahaha!)

Word Wonder: A Book ++ Bazaar and Beyond!

Beyond? Yes, the recent Word Wonder: A Book ++ Bazaar was beyond what I am expecting, follow me through and I will tell you more.

It was my long time dream to join a bazaar and now it has come true with Word Wonder: A Book +++ Bazaar, it was held at the 4th and 5th Floor Events Centre of the Century City Mall in Makati last August 31 to September 2, 2018.   I am just expecting an ordinary type of bazaar, wherein, I will sell goods and that was it, but until I joined the talks and activities and interviewed the merchants and writers that I told myself — “It is my destiny to be here.”

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Of course before I take you to the Word Wonder’s other merchants and activities, let me show you my booth. Me and my team took a couple of days of planning, and we partnered to other co-Cooperatives in Cavite. We have showcased the local products of The Gen. Trias Dairy Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Cafe Amadeo Development Cooperative and the cakes of our fellow member Mc Kaye Sweets and cakes. Plus, I also put a little banner of my blog name “The Transport Queen.” I am grateful to the event organizers for promoting ROAD (Renters, Operators and Drivers) Rent A Car Transport Service Cooperative during the entire event. Thanks also to our co-members for helping us out from planning to bazaar set-up and manning.

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my humble booth

MY EXPERIENCE:

WORD WONDER : A BOOK BAZAAR displayed a total of more than 10,000 books, comics, magazines, arts and crafts, stickers, and other items from its numerous merchant partners. Here’s a quick tour of the most interesting merchants, authors, artists, bookshops that I have met during the 3-day bazaar:

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  1. Busy Cocoon by Tet Mora– located just next to my booth during the Word Wonder Bazaar. Busy Cocoon specializes in Flowers, Gifts, and Crafts  and of course she have books too! Follow her at instagram @busycocoon to check her works. She also hosted the “Love of Reading Starts at Home Workshop” during the 3rd day of the event.

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Busy Cocoon – Flowers, Gifts, and Crafts 

2. Numinous Studio – A crazy team creating cosplay, props, and tons unnecessarily               cute things. Check them on facebook Numinous Studio

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Numinous Studio 

3. I love Cards and Doodles by Veve Verdadedro Basbas – Doodle Artist, Card Maker, Crafter. One of the amazing people I have met during the event. She took her craft to another level by sharing it people thru free workshops.  She shares her talents thru creating cards, bookmarks and journals. She hosted two workshops during the bazaar which are: Word Wonder Doodle Day & Mandala-making workshops. Even I am not an artist I can say I LEARNED and the best part was little Conan enjoyed the workshop too! See her every Sundays at Legaspi Sunday Market, Makati City. Follow her on IG: @il_cardsanddoodles. Contact her at 0916-5161700.

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I love cards and doodles and Treasured Memories

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with Veve Verdadero Basbas

4. Artdelamar – is a local artist and crafter. Visit them at their fb page: Artdelamar

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Artdelamar

5. Yarn Source Manila  is the Philippines’s premier online yarn store for all your crochet and knitting needs. They ship nationwide. Follow them on fb page: Yarn Store

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Yarn Source Manila

6. COPPERAZO are #WearableArt fashion accessories like rings, bangles, bracelets and earrings. Follow them at their fb page: Copperazo

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Copperazo wearable art

7. Further by Dimple Lim – Handcrafted and Upcycled wearable accessories. These are made out of books and magazine pages. The lovely creator started making these handcrafted accessories when she had a pile of pocketbooks & magazines ready for disposal, so instead of disposing she thought of a way to make it useful and started wearing it! Follow her at instagram: @wearefurther 

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8. Vanillapensive — These are all hand painted, and aside from creating awesome illustrations he also writes! Check out his lovely works at Vanillapensive

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9. Blender Comics – Of course, another author who brought inspiration to my long time dream of writing a story myself is B. Canapi who authored The Adventures of Spaceboy. Would you know that the Spaceboy he featured in his comic books is his very own son! This is for me is so cool and amazing! Probably he’s a very proud daddy! The comic book is illustrated by Nino Balita and published by Blender Media.

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10. Artsy Cassey by Casandra Isabel Cancino is a crafter of paper products. Most of the products are bookends, bookmarks, stickers and paper maches. Follow her at instagram @artsycassey and fb page:  Artsy Cassey

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11. Art by Shyla Sy – Calligrapher, Watercolorist and illustrator. The bubbly girl Shyla is an inspiration herself, she holds and shares her calligraphy skills thru scheduled workshops which accdg. to her were usually held in a cafe. Calligraphy workshops starts for as low as P1,500/session. I am seeing my daughter would really love joining in one of her calligraphy workshop. Check her out at fb page: Art by Shyla Sy. Send her an e-mail at sy.shyla@gmail.com, contact number: 0916-6407390

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12. The Hanged Man by Lexter Victorio – He is a sketcher, painter, calligrapher, water-colorist – whatever there it is to be created by the talented hand – he is. He is one of my favorite persons in the bazaar. Once I’ve seen him my mood easily lights up, he is such a jolly person. With the touch of his hand he can paint your favorite photo, or paint you on the spot. Check him at his facebook page The Hanged Man.PhotoGrid_1536277248514

13. Romance Class – As the name suggests, Romance Class is really a “class” for aspiring writers like me. They are one of the numerous persons I asked (ha!ha! I really did some questioning alright), on how can I probably published my long time dream of having a book of poetry. According to them, they can help me out in realizing this dream by joining their facebook group and all I do is to buy some books from one of the workshops or via online. The Romance class is a community of Filipino romance authors who offers free tips and advise and skills too! They have editors, illustrators, proofreaders in the group. Visit them at fb page: Romance Class PhotoGrid_1536284470508

14. Porch Reader Philippines is an online bookstore in the Philippines created for avid readers all over the country. Their goal is to provide their customers with access to pre-loved and new books at really affordable prices. They are always on the lookout for great titles so you’ll have more options to choose from. It is a place where you can find some of the best titles by favorite authors sold at a decent price.

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Porch Readers Philippines

15. Surprises Out of Boxes by Ten Soliman – they have Pre-owned books, Publisher Overstocks, Remainders and Vintage Collectible editions. One valuable lesson she imparted to me was “To continue what you have started, the beginning is never easy but the important thing was that you took the first step. And I hope you have more bazaar coming soon. Learn and find ways in making your dreams come true. Never stop exploring and adding in new blood of customers.” Follow her at Surpirses out of Boxes 0917-8399136PhotoGrid_1536997954983

16. Team Raket by Maou No Sekai – A creative dumpsite mostly of fan-made art and comics, and original comics like, The Propaganda Project -BETA- and La Historia. These 2 young ladies here amazed me the most especially Mao (at the left side wearing the yellow hooded jacket). Imagine she publishes her own comic book – she’s a writer, illustrator, editor, proofreader, publisher, marketer all rolled into one young lady. She inspired me and thought me how to start with my own poetry book (already a decade project haha!). She said she was also inspired from the talk given by Manix Abrera (which I will feature later). She used to join groups of writers but decided that she can do more by herself and started joining bazaars to market her works. Check out her book & crafts at Maou No Sekai .PhotoGrid_1537011299499

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She gave me this as a souvenir – Kapeng Barako for my barako products

17. Misha’s Stuff – handmade amigurumi and crochet items. Misha (the one beside me at the photo above with Mao), is a young entrepreneur and loves crocheting. I remember I asked her if she makes voodoo dolls — and yes she can and do these upon customers request. Follow Misha at fb page: Misha’s Stuff

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Misha’s Stuff

Misha’s Stuff

18. Bookends Bookshop Philippines – Wholesaler and Retailer of Pre-loved English Books, comics, memorabilia, vintage stuff and many more. The team came all the way from Baguio to bring around 10,000 books for sale at the Word Wonder. They offered various collections of English Novels and sell it in extremely low prices! I also thanked the team for patronizing my products and being my “suki” throughout the 3-day bazaar. The physical store is located at T. Claudio St. UCPB Bldg., (along Session Road), Baguio City. Check their facebook page at Bookends Bookshop Philippines

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Bookends Bookshop Philippines

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at the 5th Floor Event Centre, Bookends covers the whole event area

 

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Children’s books for as low as P50!

 

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Harry Potter Collection for as low as P280

 

 

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     I also won in the facebook page game: Giveaway #4 and got these collections of  Diary of a Wimpy Kid (these are all for my kids)

20. ABS-CBN Publishing –Of course, if you want to see your favorite stars on printed media, they have it. They also showcased some books and magazines at 50% off.

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21. The Honesty Coconut Macaroons – sweets for your sweet tooth by these ladies. Order it online at The Honesty Coconut Macaroons
Instagram: honestycocomac
Contact numbers: 09175978638 / 09212288140
Business address: 9196-B CATMON ST., SAN ANTONIO VILLAGE, MAKATI CITY

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The Honesty Coconut Macaroons

22. Save Sexy by The Red Whistle – The Red Whistle is a collaborative platform for artists, individuals and groups to come together in the betterment of the HIV response for a world where HIV education, testing, treatment are mainstreamed and normalized towards the complete and absolute eradication of AIDS. Check the out at The Red Whistle.

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23. There are a lot more merchandise I’ve seen but I didn’t know the stores’ name:

24. More food coming from these sellers. I’ve got to try the free taste of C500, a new product from the makers of C2 drinks. And also ChocoVron!

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Sellers and sponsors

 

25. Of course there’s SkinBlend – I am now using their Kojic Acid Soap.

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SkinBlend

WORD WONDER Activities

AUGUST 31 (FRIDAY)

  • 4 PM: Word Wonder Doodle Day Workshop
  • 6 PM: A Talk by Wanggo Gallaga
  • 7PM:  A Talk by Catherine Angela Duarte

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Day 1 Word Wonder Doodle Day Workshop – from basic doodling to Creative Pattern Tangling

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Day 1 – A talk by Wango Gallaga – a teacher, screenwriter, poet, and HIV advocate. He began writing when he was 14 and in the past 25 years had written for advertising, PR, events, television, film, magazines, and newspapers. He is currently teaching at the film department at the College of St Benilde and has written the films Sonata and T’yanak and the web series Hanging Out. His poetry has appeared on Philippine Free Press, Philippine Graphic, and has been published in anthologies here, Singapore, and the UK.

I have noted down some insights from Wango Gallaga:

  • you need to have a deadline to finish your article
  • join writing contests even if your not ready
  • believe in your work, or else who will?
  • do not be insecure and do not compare your work with others
  • E-book is great but publishing your work is the best
  • write, write, and write
  • and the best — Continue dreaming

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Day 1 – A talk by Catherine Angela Duarte, she is a writer for Asian Traveling Magazine and she also hosts children’s party on the side. She encourages her listeners to explore their uniqueness and that “weird is beautiful.” She also shared that the secret to success is “fake it till you make it” in short, try and try until you landed on your dreams.

SEPTEMBER 1 (SATURDAY)

  • 1PM: A Talk with Geoselle Dela Cruz (I didn’t get to see or I am just too busy at the booth)
  • 2PM: A Talk with Monique Obligacion
  • 3PM: Making Children’s Book by Beverly Wico Siy
  • 6PM: Manix Abrera of Kikomachine Komix

 

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Monique Obligacion – A Zero Waste Lifestyle advocate, is a volunteer and advocate of The Plastic Solution, and has been doing talks on plastic pollution since 2016.
She also helps run a number of environment-conscious-themed communities such as Buhay Zero-Waste (a support group for Filipinos and Filipinas who want to transition to zero-waste), and Manila Grows Food (a learning platform for urban farming and container gardening in the local setting).

Insights from Monique Obligacion from my personal interview of her advocacy:

 

  • Refuse is the best way to a Zero waste lifestyle – its reduces waste as well as reduces cost (as much as possible no new purchases)
  • She agreed with me that doing eco-brick bottles is hard since there are certain standards to follow for each brick, thus also agrees with donating the segregated plastics to Green Antz
  • She encouraged me to join Buhay Zero Waste Community fb group; which I am in now
  • Her hair is so long and nearly reaches to her knees, that’s why she ties it like a bun so she doesn’t need to shampoo it everyday (reduce and refuse).

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Making Children’s Book by Beverly Wico Siy. She is a mother, a  writer, translator and a copyright advocate. She is an author of 6 books and a translator of American novel and Swedish comics. Check out her blog at babe-ang.blogspot.com para sa latest writing tips.

I just had the opportunity to watch the workshop but didn’t get the chance to join since it was a busy day at the booth. But I saw how the children and adults were all eager to create their own storybooks, but there was one adult who seem to make an adult story book — and that was the funny part.

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Manuel “Manix” Abrera of Kikomachine
Kikomachine is a Filipino comic strip which tells the stories of Filipinos. Manix graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. 

Insights from Manix Abrera:

This was one of the best part for me since I personally asked him the same question – How can I start publishing my poetry book? the answer:

  • Find a would be publisher – on his personal experience he gathered all e-mails of potential Filipino publishers and sent them all his proposal
  • Work for partnership
  • Make your proposal simple and straight to the point
  • Give a few example of your work
  • Present your almost “finish product” to the publisher, the publishers loved that they wouldn’t do all the hard work
  • Collect and compile your poetry so if the publisher will ask, your work is ready

SEPTEMBER 2, SUNDAY

  • 1 PM: Save Our Schools Network
  • 2 PM: Tet Mora’s The Love of Reading Starts at Home Workshop
  • 4 PM: Word Wonder Mandala-Making Workshop
  • 6 PM: A Talk by CARA Welfare Philippines

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The Save Our Schools Network is a network of child rights advocates, organizations and various stakeholders working together to bring light and take action on the ongoing violation of children’s right to education, particularly those in the context of militarization and attacks on schools. These Lumad kids presented a native Lumad folk dance. And a talk regarding the actual situation of the Lumad people were also given to raise awareness.

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Products of Save Our Schools Network

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Ms. Tet Mora, a Steiner-Waldorf program practitioner for 8 years facilitated the Love of Reading Starts at Home Workshop. She has been a kinder and grade school teacher and has brought Waldorf education outside the classroom through programs for daycare workers, child-centered tourism initiatives, and psycho-social work. She is currently taking her Masters in Family Life and Child Development in the University of the Philippines with the purpose of bridging a responsive approach to the changing challenges of Filipino parents today.

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Word Wonder Mandala-Making Workshop by Veve Basbas

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The CWPh was formed in the year 2000 by a dedicated group of animal lovers determined to help the plight of animals in the Philippines. They are a non-profit, non-government organization (managed entirely by volunteers) advocating animal welfare.
Donors & volunteers gathered hundreds of books to sell at their tables to raise funds for their advocacy. — with Silver Michelle Baena CiriaCruz and CARA Welfare Philippines.

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One of the staff of Bookends played an ethnic music using native flute

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Thanks to all our friends who visited our booth and “pakyaw” our goodies

Overall, we really got exhausted and tired specially that I had frozen goods which I have to pack and unpack at our freezer back home. And these are my insights:

  • Yes, I didn’t gained financially from the 3-day bazaar but what I did gained was an investment in learning which if I WILL TAKE TIME and DO will eventually bring me fortune (Yes, the successful ones said and did it!).
  • Yes, I got tired physically but my mind  were renewed and the writer in me was re-born and a spark was lit to continue dreaming and do it
  • Yes, I am now more than ever interested to join future bazaars (maybe my own brand of products soon)
  • And yes, I am targeting to have my own poetry book on the bazaar tables for sale too! I can do it!

I hope you enjoyed reading as I did enjoy sharing it with you!

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Wedding of the Century – A bridal fair to remember

Planning your wedding? You better check out these amazing wedding suppliers to ease your journey before you tie the knot.

I was one of the invited media on the event held at Century City Mall last Sunday, July 1. We were welcomed with a garden wedding feel like ambiance of the Wedding of the Century, a Bridal fair exhibit featuring the top names and brands in the wedding industry.

Your wedding is just the beginning of a new phase called “marriage.” So before you stress yourself out, check out this list of the things you need to prepare.

The DIY Wedding Planner 😚

1) Gowns and suits

Warm smiles greeted us and the astonishing creation of gowns and suits by Edwin F. Uy. We were supposed to watch the wedding fashion show, showcasing the works of  Edwin Uy, Dave Ocampo and Chynna Mamawal, but they have no show on that Sunday.

I stand in awe of admiration!

2) Wedding Venue & the lights and sounds

Of course, one of the main ingredient of a beautifully planned wedding is the venue. You don’t want to stress yourself further with “venues”that may not actually serve the serenity of the wedding event.

You may check out City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati and check their weding packages ( Essential, Grand Wedding, Grand Ceremony and All Occasion Packages), or try to check Ibarra’s Garden and Restaurant.

PLAZA IBARRA
922-6868 / 413-0706 / 374-8354 / 374-8355 / 0998-9881336 / 0906-2601336
bqt_plazaibarra@ibarraspartyvenues.com.ph
http://www.ibarraspartyvenues.com.ph
FACEBOOK, PINTEREST & INSTAGRAM: @ibarrascatering
TWITTER: @ibarras_party
77 Timog Ave., South Triangle, Quezon City
Other Branches: Quezon Ave., Quezon City • Malate, Manila • Tagaytay City (411-5529 • 522-9999 • 986•1107)

CITY GARDEN GRAND HOTEL MAKATI
+63 2 888-8181 loc 1214 / +63917-5723486 / +63 2 554-3421
banquetsales@citygardengrandhotel.com
http://www.citygardengrandhotel.com

LIGHTS AND SOUNDS

AUC INC.
0917-138-2229
abbybanaresco@yahoo.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AUCinc/

3) Bridal Robes by Kim Jao

4) Wedding Ring

Of course, who would forget the wedding rings. If you haven’t got one you may check out Matus rings, some of their rings are showcased below. Their rings are made of fine gold with free Diamond inside.

MATUS
+02 706 5391 / +63 998 564 8349
infomatus@gmail.com
http://www.weddingrings.com.ph
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/matusrings
5th Level Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City

5) Event Films, Video and Photography

Sure you would want to capture the moments with astonishing photos and videos. You may check out Party Studio or Marco Constantino photography packages, and others on my directory below.

Party Studio

Marco Constantino

VISUALS BY ALAZ
(+63) 917 112 5566
visualsbyalaz@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/visualsbyalaz
INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/visualsbyalaz

MARCO CONSTANTINO
09052130411 / 09778363258
j316.marcoconstantino@gmail.com
Unit 1, 2nd floor, No. 24, Paz Street Morning Breeze Subdivision, Caloocan City, Philippines

TIME CAPSULE: ART HOUSE PRODUCTION
09950158015 / 09151096924 / 09264523236 / 09173668913
Timecapsuleahprod@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: @TcartProd
INSTAGRAM: timecapsuleph

SLAM PRODUCTION (also offers Bridal Makeup Packages)
0977-8535181 / (02) 6176792 / (02) 5880590
info@slameventproduction.com
http://www.slameventproduction.com
SNAPCHAT, TWITTER & INSTAGRAM: @slameventprod
FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE: SLAM Event Production

 

6) Cakes and pastries

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without cakes. We were in for a sweet treat of free tastes of these cakes.

Reenzson’s Patisserie

sweet cakes and pastries

Sweet Cravings

yummy cake delights

SWEET CRAVINGS by Khai’s Cake & Pastries
0977-2774047 / 0922-80155913
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/Sweet-Cravings
Village East Cainta, Rizal

REENZSON’S PATISSERIE
0935-9324317 / 0936-3242688
FACEBOOK: Cakes by Reenzson’s Patisserie

D&D CAKES ETC.
0915-2483296
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/dndcakesetc/

7) Skincare for the bride

Ooops? You do not want to look haggard and dry on your wedding day right? So, include this on your list and do not forget to check in to Creche Skin Care Center and try their rejuvenating skin care package.

CRÈCHE Skin Care Center (for Bridal Rejuvenation)
09178786048
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/crecheskincare
2113 Anonas St. Corner Rd. 5 Brgy. 628, Sta. Mesa, Manila 1016

8) Hair and Make-up Artists

Look glamorous on your wedding day, try these top of the line hair and make-up stylists, you may even request for a free trial.

MAKEUP BY ROSE PEDAYO
02-9789801 / 09060679175
pedayoroselyn@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: make up by rose pedayo
INSTAGRAM: rosepedayohmua

HANNA PECHON Professional Makeup Artist
+63-917-507-9564
info@hannapechonmakeup.com / hannapechon@gmail.com
http://www.hannapechonmakeup.com
INSTAGRAM: hannapechon

AILEEN MAY Hair and Make-Up Artistry
09477789438
aileenmayespiritu@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: Aileen May Hair and Make Up Artistry
INSTAGRAM: aileenmayhairandmakeup
1600 Int. 8 J. Fajardo St. Sampaloc, Manila

9) Food

Aside from the venue and aesthetically appealing visuals your wedding may have, one of the most important to your guests are the food. Great food shared highlights any celebration.

We enjoyed a sumptuous dinner courtesy of Le Chef by Chef Billy King. The food was great! I love how they prepared these healthy choices of food.

You may contact them at the details below:

LE CHEF by Chef Billy King
0917-8370609 / 0918-8990609 / (046) 419-8190 local 127 / (02) 779-5590 local 127
vanessa.briones@lechef.cc / minette.morana727@gmail.com
The Manila Southwoods Golf & Country Club, Southwoods Avenue, Carmona, Cavite 4116 / No. 1 Villonco Road, Sucat, Parañaque, Muntinlupa City

10) Photobooth

Do you want your guests to have fun while taking their souvenir photos? watch this video:

We enjoyed trying out this interactive photo booth by Party Studio, as shown in these photos 🙂

glitz and glamour

PARTY STUDIO MANILA
252-45056 / 09175408575 / 09055669790
thepartystudiomanila@gmail.com / thepartystudiomanila@yahoo.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/thepartystudiomanila
INSTAGRAM: @thepartystudiomanila

PHOTO STRIP PARTY BOOTH
09179936105 / (02)2524056
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/photostrip.partybooth

11) Bridal car

Oopss, I almost forgot this one. You may use the classic white Mercedez Benz or just any white sedan or Montero depending on your budget. Some hotels do have a tie-up car rental for these services, of course at an extra charge. (you may also check my blog post bridal cars).

Still wanted to plan your wedding day by yourself? You may DIY all of the above necessities for your wedding preparation or forget all the stress and leave it to the experts?

As they say, “let the expert do their expertise.”

You may want your whole wedding event to be managed by them:

WEDDING COORDINATOR

4:13 EVENTS PRO
0975-365-8093 / (046) 489-5498
marvintulawan@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: 4:13 Events Pro

AMORE DE FLEURPH
02-5074535 / 09989925157
amoredefleurph@gmail.com
FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM: amoredefleurph

SAMNICE WEDDING AND EVENTS MANAGEMENT
0928-2998-421 / 0906-5366-182 / 0918-2623-384 / (02) 986-2942

There you go, whatever choices you make, you have to enjoy the journey above all else. Stick to a planned budget, and talk with your partner on the choices you’ll make.

Hope you enjoy reading as I do enjoyed my visit at the Wedding of the Century – Bridal Fair at the Century City Mall!

Happy Day!