The Philippine Art Scene is developing so rapidly that even the very young ones are already into it at an early age.  Last November 15, Bambina Santiago and Dani Osmeña of Slate Manila, recently launched their first exhibit and sale entitled Novus Praeternatura.

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These two ladies are only twenty years old and already they are not only appreciating art but they are professionally taking this into a higher level and managing artists and organising exhibits.
Congratulations Slate Manila on a successful first exhibit and looking forward to more.  As long as we patronise the artists and their works, that will be the only thing that will dictate the value of Philippine Art.  It is so nice to see many more Filipinos, young ones at that, patronising and investing in art.
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The Artists – Norlie Meimban, Josue Mangrobang, Miko SandejasMelvin GuirhemSayid Cedicol and Jared Yokte ( Photo by TinoLey Digital Photography) 
The proud and supportive parents of Dani and Bambina were there. And even with his busy schedule, Tito Serge Osmeña was just as much as a star as her daughter taking photos with everyone,  “When Dani first told me that she wanted to organise an art show, I just wished her luck.  I was not paying too much attention to it because I was so busy with my own work. I was just told to attend the show about a week before. I was so surprised by the turnout.  All the pieces were uniquely special.  I am so proud of Dani and Bambina’s success.  I look  forward to their future shows.”
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It was my first time to meet the daughter of Kitty Santiago Jacinto, Bamina, and she is just as pretty as the mom.  “It was Bambina and Dani’s idea to promote up and coming Filipino artists. Being able to witness the process of the exhibit coming together was really exciting and I am very proud of them. I was very happy to help out wherever I could. I was able to share entrepreneurial, marketing and PR advice.  However, the art world is really Bambina’s passion. Being an artist herself, she has had an ardent love for the arts since childhood.  She has an eye for detail and talent. I am thrilled that Bambina and Dani have found a way to mix business with what makes Bambina truly happy. The two are especially lucky to have so many talented mentors and loved ones who are rooting for them especially Dani’s Mom, Bettina, Bambina’s older sister, Thea, their Tita Malu, Tito Anton, and Tito Rajo.”
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I arrived late already coming from another event and if you are late at these art shows, you will end up not getting anything because all the artworks are already sold.  That is how it is in the art scene nowadays.  You have to be quick.  True enough when I arrived, the piece I wanted was sold!  And together with me was Tita Bettina Osmeña who mentioned to me about the artist  “I discovered Jonathan Benitez in FB.  I love the lightheartedness of his works.  It gives good vibes !  I wanted to buy this piece but decided to give somebody a chance to own this piece.  I am glad one of my close friends ended up with this piece.  I will be seeing it in the wall of my friend. I have told that I have a very keen eye for art.  This piece proved to be one of the show favourites.”
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Another artist I met that night was Sayid Cedicol.  He had three works in the exhibit and they were all sold out with many others wanting his works.  He is from Zamboanga and he uses ballpens to draw his artwork. I asked him if he uses any particular brand of ballpen for this artwork ( Invasive Jupiter Aurora 2014 ball pen on cardboard  26 X 38 inches ) and he said  “I use any brand of ball pen, whatever is available there.” 
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Adios ( Acrylic on canvas 32 X 48 in ) by Melvin Guirhem
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Finally!!!  Zara’s new concept store opened last night at 6pm!!  It was in this same spot nine years ago that Zara first opened in the Philippines and 8 stores and 9 years later, it is back with a new concept which was recently launch in New York City and now in Manila!!!  New Store Concept Zara Powerplant Mall (2)

Anton Huang, President of SSI Group, Viktor Herrero Managing director of Indetex Asia Pacific and Lander Isasi Vidaurrazaga, Managing Director Indetex South East Asia

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Love the new packaging of Iya’s Jumbo Pastillas!!! Thank you JM and Iya for these yummy pastillas!!! Mooo-Chas Gracias!Iya's Jumbo Pastillas (1)

iyas jumbo pastillas logoAnd there are so many flavors now!!!!
iyas jumbo pastillas new flavorsMacapuno balls!!! YUMMY TOO!!  It so soft which means it’s fresh!! :-)

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A new found friend of Heart2Heart, Nicole Ortega!  I am so lucky to meet such a nice, sweet, humble, and of course pretty lady :-)  Nicole Ortega blog

Aside from making yummy Cheese pimento

Previous entry:  Pinoy Cheese Pimiento by Nicole Ortega July 30, 2014

and Pasta sauces

Previous entry:  Vegetable Bolognese Pasta Sauce by Nicole’s Kitchen September 19, 2014

 she now has a blog!  She told me about this early this year and I am so happy for her that it is up!  She told me that all her entries will all be morsels of inspiration :-)  She will be sharing her recipes, things that inspire her and things to inspire others.  Click below and find out what she has shared so far.  More power to you Nicole!

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Seven years ago, Peachy invited me to the launch of her first book, “Hold On Tight” Previous entry:  Hold on Tight December 11, 2011

Today she launches “I Will Always Love You More.”  A heartwarming book for us parents who for sure share the same kind of love for our children.  So nice that Peachy has expressed this in her books.  Congratulations Peachy!  All proceeds will go to Gawad Kalinga :-)peachy concepcion I will always love you more

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Epicurean Masters Official Poster

Singapore’s Boomerang Consultancy Pte. Ltd in collaboration with Sphere (an events arm of SIngapore Press Holdings, Inc) are bringing to Manila a unique gastronomic experience. Borrowing the same idea that has brought delight to foodies and the culinary world in Singapore for the past four years, Epicurean Masters presented by Banco de Oro (BDO) gathers world-class celebrity chefs on November 19, 24 and December 3, 2014.

Asia has been increasingly enjoying the limelight as a success story, seen as the major force leading the recovery of the global economy in the aftermath of the last financial crisis.  The time has come for Asia to showcase its many facets of talents to those intrigued by its success.

One keenly watched aspect is the growing depth of rich and diverse offerings in exceptional dining cuisines across Asia. The records bear this out as the number of award-wining Michelin star chefs in Asia have been steadily rising; from Tokyo, Osaka to Hong Kong and Macau. Indeed, Tokyo now has the largest number of Michelin rated restaurants in the world.

Against this vibrant backdrop lies the creation of “Asian Masters” – a celebration of who we are to the world! It is a gourmet and lifestyle event that takes pride in celebrating Asia – our talents, our produce, our heritage and our culture.

Targeted at anyone who enjoys dining and vibrant lifestyles, the event provides a unique, carefully crafted platform to showcase a myriad of gourmet activities which includes demonstrations, workshops, luncheons, gala dinners and tastings. Lifestyle activities that revolve around the performing & visual arts, fashion, wellness, clubbing etc. are included, always with a thread of gastronomy and dining weaved into its programme.

Positioned as a key regional annual event that takes place over an entire month, its reach will extend far beyond Singapore’s shores to visitors from Hong Kong, China to Japan and Malaysia and now in the Philippines.

Inaugurated in January 2011, Asian Masters 2013 culminates one month of gastronomic and lifestyle events in the month of November. Targeted at anyone who enjoys dining and vibrant lifestyles, the event provides a unique, carefully crafted platform to showcase a myriad of gourmet activities which includes demonstrations, workshops, luncheons and gala dinners.

Hosted at venues such as Hotels, Restaurants, Theatres, Galleries, and Boutiques, this event targets a multi-tier market that enjoys dining & keeping up with trends; from the man on the street to the elite and is intended to showcase distinctive Asian talents & products. Using Singapore as a platform, Asian Masters encompass highlights that will engage regional visitors and positioning Singapore as a vibrant destination of Asia.

This culinary extravaganza features two stellar luminaries on the19th of November by Chef Bobby Chinn and on the 24th of November by Chef Bobby Chinn ( Asia and London ) together with Chef Dan Segall (Zuma, Ku de Ta )  at Old Manila, The PeninsulaHotel. The 3rd  Dining event is going to be at Solaire’s Finestra.

Chef Bobby Chinn

Chef Bobby Chinn is a hugely popular culinary figure throughout Asia and in London. Both for his two highly-regarded restaurants in Vietnam and for the award-wininng TV series, World Café, which he has hosted on Discovery TLC for the past six years. Chef Bobby is one of the more colourful global chefs. His restaurants : Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi (since 2001) and Bobby Chinn Saigon (since 2011) have been compared to Rick’s Café of Casablanca. His third restaurant is The House of Ho in heart of Soho, London is showcasing a resolutely Vietnamese menu and some dishes with a “Bobby’s twist’.

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 Chef Dan Segall came on the radar of the culinary world because of his landmark innovations in restaurants like Zuma, Fat Cow, M1NT Shanghai, and KU DÉ TA Singapore. He is best-known for coming up with unique and very distinctive creations wherever he has worked.

Because of his culinary exile, Chef Dan Segall traveled to nearly 20 countries in five continents. This approach has allowed Segall to use all these influences as his playground to create a wonderfully inventive fusion menu for anyone who tries his food.

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 Chef Diego Chiarini on the other hand has been internationally recognized for his unique style of cuisine on numerous occasions. He has worked at Bice in Tokyo Four Seasons Hotel which has garnered the distinction of ten best Italian restaurants in the world.

His penchant for hand-selecting only the finest ingredients sourced directly from Italy has given prestigious establishments like the Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris, the Four Seasons Hotel in Milano, and the Hotel de Paris in Monaco even more sophistication and culinary appreciation from guests the world over.

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The journey to a gastronomic adventure of a lifetime begins at Epicurean Masters presented by BDO this November 19.

The tickets are at Php10,000 per person to be available with a 15% off if they use BDO Elite Credit Cards at Solaire and for inquiries,

Leah Basco +63915 732 6292. *The Peninsula Dinner has been sold out and only tickets for Finestra, Solaire are available.

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Introducing the Filidoodles Collection by Alex Eduque and Julia Morales.  Heart2Heart loves the Filipiniana inspiration

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FILIDOODLES – the collection

The filidoodles collection is the second collection born out of the desire of Oliver and Maude to share its blessings. It is inspired by all things Filipino; more specifically, the rich culture and festivities of our beloved Philippines. We have chosen to pay tribute to the rich culture and history of the Filipino heritage in the form of these doodles, which have been transformed into prints and icons for this holiday collection.

MASKARRA

As the key symbol of the maskarra festival (celebrated in Bacolod every October, the maskarra is a tribute to all Filipino festivals and festivities. The fine detail reflected in the original drawing is a reflection of the ornate craftsmanship and intricate details of all Filipino handicrafts produced in the very same islands where the festivals are often held.

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AMPARO

The amparo design was inspired by my undying love for butterflies and the traditional Filipino children’s hymn Paru-Parong Bukid, whose story has been told and words that have been re-sung through generations of Filipino children.

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VINTAS

The vintas are inspired by the actual colorful boats (vintas) from Zamboanga. The vibrant colors used in the actual drawing depicts the festive and uniquely Filipino way of celebrating the Yuletide season.

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