Richness prevails when it is cultivated to deepen one’s soul.
Such is the adage worn as an emblem by the women of ZONTA.
For years, this established society of women have gone to such lengths in their philanthropic pursuit of advocating for the welfare of all women, whatever age, background, status, or profession they belong.
This coming July, Zonta Club of Makati and Environs invites everyone to join them in contributing to a higher purpose by coming to the FilipinaZ grand charity fair. “FilipinaZ is a yearly fundraiser we organize for the benefit of womankind,” shares Zonta Club of Makati & Environs President Armita Rufino. “Proceeds from this benefit go to our many programs centered on uplifting women’s lives – from women’s health services, to livelihood generation, and beyond.”
Art You Can Wear
To shop at FilipinaZ is to explore homegrown designers’ various takes on fashion that complements a Filipina’s refined beauty. More than just a fair, it’s a platform for discovering handcrafted jewelry presented by local exhibitors known for working precious materials into wearable art.
Designer Amanda Luym and Cacay Moras-Server of All that Glitters is set to showcase handcrafted jewelry meant to transform with the wearer. All that Glitters is known for using gems that are authentically sourced from legendary mines all over Asia, Africa, and South America, even the USA or unexpected European enclaves.
Juliana Santos-Garrett, through her label, Eccentrics Limited, will present one-of-a-kind carabao horn jewelry and other eccentric pieces made from indigenous materials sourced from all over the globe. Assembled by hand, her pieces cater to the bold and the fashion forward.
Frederick and Georgina Ong are set to grace the fundraising exhibit with stylish modular day-to-night jewelry from their brand Alchemista. For FilipinaZ, Alchemista will unveil the much-awaited result of their collaboration with Kyooreo’s Charming Baldemor – hand-carvedminaudières embellished with metals and semi-precious stones.
Fashion accessory designer Carlo Evaristo’s label Otsirav’ewill showcase one-of-a-kind handcrafted metal bracelets, neck pieces, and more. . A stunning showcase of Filipino raw materials, Otsirav’e will bring you lavish artisanal statement jewelry that doubles as wearable art.
Doro Barandino’s eponymous clutches and jewelry label D’Oro Barandino is set to exhibit the designer’s signature geometric and architectural-shaped minaudières, soft-leather clutches and gold-plated brass jewelry.
Lastly, award-winning jewelry designer Ann Ong, best known for handcrafted metal bracelets, neck pieces, and evening clutch bags that got her to win 3 Katha awards consecutively, will present pieces from her Definitive Handcrafted Opulence collection.
A New Breed of Artistry
More than a lifestyle fair, FilipinaZ serves as an avenue for people to witness and support the promising artistry of today’s up-and-coming Filipino painters and visual artists.
Established by pedagogy and enriched by time, the works of multi-awarded realist painter Mario Panis is set to be on display for people to see his originality and talent up-close. The breadth of his expertise extends to portraits, landscapes, still life and nudes in oil, watercolor and pastel. In addition, his penchant for realism led him to win prestigious awards. A well-known Filipino critic even described his work as “unnervingly real, locked as it is in the stupendous superiority of his work.”
FilipinaZ will also unravel the artistry of painter Ronna Manansala. Her stunning artworks not only show bold colors and sure brushstrokes, her take on female themes evoke a unique depiction of grace that is distinctly rural and honest.
Ronna’s ability to bring women to life delivers truthful humility and raw strength in equal measure. A painter and a sculptor, Ronna is the granddaughter of Philippine National Artist in Visual Arts Vicente Manansala.
Painter and writer Boysie Villavicencio, on the other hand, will be showcasing a body of work that illustrates scenes of spirited underwater ecosystems bursting to colorful life – a collection of paintings that are both eye-catching and curiously serene.
For Women, By Women
A yearly fundraiser organized by the Zonta Club of Makati & Environs, FilipinaZ advocates for the welfare of women by showcasing timeless jewelry, exquisite art, and sophisticated fashion to raise awareness and proceeds for the club’s women-empowering projects.
These projects include the Psychological Center for Sexually Abused Children, Empowering Women Scholarship Program, No to Early Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy Advocacy, as well as other projects promoting women’s health and livelihood.
A 3-day exhibit slated to grace the Penthouse at 8 Rockwell from the 28thto the 30th of July, FiilipinaZ is inspired by the strength, beauty, and sophistication of a true Filipina, as depicted in most of the works exhibited in the fair.
FilipinaZ will also be unveiling limited edition prints signed by the artists of the featured artwork for authentication. Proceeds from the sale of these prints will go directly to the programs ZONTA supports.
ZONTA member herself Charming Baldemor is set to have her booth exhibit custom-made wooden minaudières as well as fashion accessories, collectible figurines, lamps, and furniture pieces from her shop Kyooreo: Baldemor Carvings & Sculptures. A carving and sculpting company from From Paete, the carving capital of the Philippines, Kyooreo specializes in capturing the essence of Filipino artistry thru decorative and functional handicrafts and high-end sculpture art pieces.Charming will also be unveiling the much-awaited result of her collaboration with Alchemista’s Georgina Ong – hand-carved minaudières embellished with metals and semi-precious stones
Ornate, geometric and opulent. Bask in this gold splendor by Kathy and Kathy BespokeArtist Katrina Pallon paints feminine subjects in a pan-asian backdrop over breathtaking patterns. She is one of the featured artists at the Bruno Art Gallery, a global art house with galleries and offices in Israel, Singapore, Turks & Caicos Islands and USA. For the fundraiser, Bruno Art will exhibit multi-dimensional works by Slava Ilyayev, David Gerstein, and local artists like Katrina Pallon, Jay Ragma, Jeff Dahilan, Michael Pastorizo, and more.Doro Barandino’s eponymous clutches and jewelry label is set to exhibit the designer’s signature geometric and architectural-shaped minaudières, as well as soft-leather clutches and gold-plated brass jewelryA D’Oro Barandino design features an aesthetic that’s never overwrought, and has a certain graphic symmetry and linear clarity to its style.The jewelry label by designer Amanda Luym and her partner Cacay Moras-Server, All That Glitters will be selling handcrafted jewelry that can transform with the wearer and small fine leather goods proudly made in the Philippines.All that Glitters is known for using gems are authentically sourced from legendary mines all over Asia, Africa, South America, even the USA or unexpected European enclaves.
Filipino talent is well known around the world – from their drive and passion in sports, to their grace and beauty on the pageant stage, down to their world-class, well-crafted indigenous products.The world has come to know the Philippines as a place of immense talent and great promise. Filipinos are embraced abroad, and even more so at home, where there is a growing appeal in décor and furniture made from the country’s natural gifts. This June, celebrating culture, creativity and nationalism, Rustan’s, in partnership with the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), presents the “Art & Soul of the Filipino”, a month-long showcase of all things proudly Pinoy. From June 8 to July 9, visit the exciting displays of Rustan’s Filipiniana Our Very Own products, which highlight Filipino creativity and ingenuity in design through a wonderful selection of accents, dinnerware, and linensLocal luxuries such as carved wood tabletop decor and refined pieces made of delicate capiz shells reflect the distinguished history and cultural heritage of the Philippine islands. Find as well an array of elegant linens and fabrics that will definitely elevate the ambience of the home, bringing in a touch of warmth to any room.Alongside these designs, find other exciting creations at Go Lokal!, an inspiring initiative by DTI, which brings to the market new designs from aspiring designers and home brands. Rustan’s as the leader in lifestyle luxury and a staunch supporter of arts and culture opens up its doors— offering opportunities and a great platform for these talented entrepreneurs.
Launched by DTI in collaboration with select retail partners, Go Lokal! was initially developed as an opportunity for the country’s micro and small enterprises. Here, entrepreneurs can test their consumer appeal and gauge the marketability of their products for export. From bags and shoes to decor made from indigenous materials, Go Lokal! promises an exhibit of exceptional one-of-a-kind merchandise that are uniqely Filipino. Catch the Go Lokal exhibit at the 5th level of Rustan’s Makati. During this month of patriotism and pride, also gain a deeper appreciation and love for the Motherland through compelling narratives as captured by the award-winning photography group, TP5. The photo exhibit, which will showcase the works of Adel Samson Esteemed opthalmologist, lead vocalist, technical scuba diver, athlete, teacher, internationally awarded photographer; also renowned cataract and lasik surgeon. This Renaissance man is generous with sharing his gifts as he has been blessed with them. Dr. Adel Vergel Dizon Samson is husband to his beautiful and loving Millie; and proud father to gifted Rico and Isabela.
The interplay of Adel’s passion and profession have inevitably shaped his perspective. “Photography was instrumental in my being a surgeon. It served as an inspiration to my being an opthalmologist in that the mechanics of a camera is patterned after the human eye. I came into full circle because of photography.”
Adel began his love for photography at the age of 9 when his father gave him his first SLR. Self taught by reading, experimenting, and working under the tutelage of Pancho Escaler in 1986, Adel has been winning and continues to win several photo contests earning him recognition both locally and internationally.
He is a member of the Camera Club of the Philippines since 2009. Adel has also been tapped by Leica to conduct talks during the brand’s product launches and other events here in the Philippines and abroad.
As a photographer, Adel values sharing the emotional response he captures. “To capture a scene and seeing God’s hand in shaping the landscape. To capture a private moment that probably no one else sees, and to share that.” His philosophy is embodied in his photography: “capturing moments that will never happen again. Capture what is true and real but set your artistry free, let it soar.” He pursues life with fire and passion and his images reflect that zeal and dedication. Adel’s ultimate goal is that his photographs evoke an emotional, cerebral, and spiritual imprint on his audience.
Bien Bautista His photographs are reminiscent of saffron-robed monks and gregorian chants. Eloquent silences that breed inner peace and tranquility, joy and harmony. Some people refer to it as the transforming power of Zen. Some say it’s simply the magic that is BIEN. BIEN S. BAUTISTA, the photographer/artist, is indeed true to the title accorded him. His collection of photographs, comprising his second one-man exhibit MUY BIEN, a sequel to his first, ESTA BIEN, invites the viewer to a rare journey. The kind that transports him, pensive and unhurried, through black and white musings and colored dreams, soothing rhythms and rich illusory images that are altogether simple, pure and still like revered siesta hours in faraway childhood towns. And when he arrives, refreshed, at the waking hour, he experiences a clear and calm, translucent understanding of the self. The trip ends yet the discovery continues, for as long as man lives and breathes, and the universe is overwhelmingly peaceful… if only in the mind. Bien from out of the Blue… Bien’s formative years began at the Ateneo de Manila (elementary), followed by Colegio de San Agustin (High School) , and University of Santo Tomas (Fine Arts/Advertising.) In between, his wanderlust inspired him to become an exchange student of the Youth for Understanding program. He attended Bridgeport High School and took up Architecture and Radio-TV production at Delta College, Michigan. After U.S. came Europe for a 3-month Art & Music appreciation scholarship. In 1980, Bien consolidated his expertise in all aspects of photography when he joined a professional photographic services group covering Advertising, Fashion, Industrial, Corporate, Travel, Documentary, Editorial, and Illustration. In 1987, he established Black & White Asia, Inc. with wife Remy and brother Floren as partners, and in 1989, added the Baby Sitter Portrait Studio to the business with his charming and talented wife, Remy, at the helm. E X H I B I T S One-Man Shows: “Esta Bien” Book Launch and Photo Exhibit Makati City, Philippines, February 2001 Conrad Hotel, Hongkong, June 2002 Manor Hotel, Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Philippines, November 2003 “Muy Bien” Photo Exhibit, Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Philippines April 2009 Camera Club of the Phil. Center, Makati City, 2010 Several Notable Group Exhibits: Sinag Photo Exhibit, August 2002 Philippine Consulate, New York 5 Masters Exhibit, May 2006 Ross Capilli, Pandy Aviado, Wig Tysmans and national artist BENCAB Large 8, an exhibit of Photo Abstraction, March 2007 SM Roadshow (MOA, Megamall, Baguio, Clark, the Block, Davao, Bacolod & Cebu) with Davocol, Escaler, Castillo, Guingona, Zobel, Tysmans & BENCAB Optical Medium Photo Exhibit, November 2009 Bencab Museum (Baguio) Asin, Benguet with Zobel, Tysmans and National artsist BENCAB Manila International Art Show 2010 BIEN S. BAUTISTA is the quintessential Artist-Photographer. His eclectic educational background in fine arts, painting, architecture, and photography, solidified by almost half a century of well-rounded professional photography experience has produced award-winning masterpieces, solo-exhibits, and a couple of world-class collector books. His photographs carry a distinct yet recognizable style that embodies the marriage between photography and fine art.
Bien is the founder and owner of Black & White Asia, Inc. He is also a Lifetime Member and Master Photographer of The Camera Club of the Philippines. He specializes in Advertising, Fashion, Industrial, Corporate, Travel, Documentary, Editorial Photography.
He has published two books entitled Muy Bien and Esta Bien, both of which were launched through respective One-Man Shows. His other notable exhibit includes : Sinag Photo Exhibit, with the Philippine Consulate in New York; 5 Masters Exhibit; Large 8, an exhibit of Photo Abstraction; Optical Medium Photo Exhibit; and the Manila International Art Show 2010.
Jijo de Guzman Back to Back Master Photographer for The Camera Club of the Philippines for 2015 and 2016. Master Cup finalist for 4 straight years. Three time winner of the Black and White Photograph of the year for The Camera Club of the Philippines for 2014, 2015, and 2016. Three time winner of the Single Shot Color Photo Photographer of the year for The Camera Club of the Philippines for 2014, 2015, and 2016. Holder of over 40 awards in various contests of The Camera Club of the Philippines for a span only of 3 years. Four time awardee in the 2015 International Photography Awards. Canon Ambassador and Crusader of Light.
With the barrage of acclamation, you would think that there is nothing more to say about Jijo De Guzman. However, at the core of this titan of a talent, is a humble and generous mentor whose true victories manifest in the aspiring photographers he educates and inspires through his teaching involvement with the Philippine Center for Creative Imagine and Canon Philippines. He also uses his talent for advocacy and issue-awareness campaigns. Among his recent involvements are with the Kalinga Feeding and Grooming program in Tondo and Unicef, among others.
While being a very well-rounded photographer, Jijo made his mark as the country’s premier Sports Photographer. He has shot over 60 sporting events, at least 12 of which were international events and 3 world championships.
Kakai Manotok-Arroyo and Jan Aliling Jose-Antonio “Jan” T. Aliling is a practicing lawyer by profession, but a photographer by passion.
Not to be thrown off by his jovial disposition, Jan is a seasoned litigation and corporate lawyer who is known for his no-nonsense work ethics and professionalism. He is currently the Managing and Senior Partner of Jose Antonio Aliling and Associates, and the Chairman of Acube Legal Support, Inc. He is a Supervising Lawyer at the University of the Philippines, College of Law, Office of Legal Aid and a Lecturer and Teacher at the College of Law of the New Era University.
Jan is also the Vice-President for Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary of Jose Aliling Construction Management Group of Companies, one of the country’s largest, if not the largest, 100% Filipino-Owned Construction Management Companies.
He is also a part-owner of a several business enterprises in the food, trading consultancy, and retail services.
Amidst his busy schedule, he regularly accepts professional engagements for commercial, documentation, travel, and portrait photography shoots. He has serviced clients for photography services for brochures, annual reports, magazines, websites, and even a billboard.
However, if asked what genre he prefers to be identified with the most, he classifies himself as an “Advocacy Photographer”.
He passionately engages in Photography projects with a purpose. He has done various engagements with various agencies of the United Nations, including the UN International labor Organization and UNICEF, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and various charitable and socio-civic institutions to create awareness for their respective advocacies.
Jan has also won several awards and recognitions from various local and international photography competitions, including that of The Camera Club of the Philippines and International Photography Awards, among others. His works has been part of two published photography books: Intimate Images published by the Camera Club of the Philippines; and The Fifth Element published by Black and White Asia. He has participated in a number of photography exhibits as well.
Jan is currently a Director at The Camera Club of the Philippines.
While he has worn so many hats in his life — a bike messenger at the age of ten, a wholesaler of socks, an Avon man, copywriter, swimming and gym instructor, teacher, app software developer, entrepreneur, bar and restaurant owner, lawyer, and photographer –what he is most proud of is being a full-time father to his two boys, Yago and Nicolas.
will be held also at the 5th Level of Rustan’s Makati from the 8th of June until 9th of July. In support of this exhibit, Canon will be hosting photography workshops, focusing on portraiture and travel photography, on June 10 and 24 at the same area of the exhibit. There will be 2 sessions per day, 4:00-5:00PM and 5:00P-6:00PM.
See, feel and experience the true breadth, depth and beauty of Filipino creativity this June at Rustan’s “The Art & Soul of the Filipino.”
Rolling out on its 5th leg, Philippine Harvest at Central Square will once again bring local farm produce straight to your tables this June 16 to 18, 2017 at Central Square, Bonifacio High Street Central in Taguig.
Over (40) forty exhibitors will accessibly bring to the Metro the richness and diversity of our country’s organic, artisanal, natural, and indigenous agricultural products.Agripreneurs will get that chance to share their stories behind their products to consumers and potential investors. With this, people will discover more of the country’s rich agricultural produce which include organic meat and vegetables, local chocolates and coffee, dried fish, and fresh local fruits.According to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, the conduct of agri-trade fairs and expositions like this “exemplifies commitment of support of the Department of Agriculture to Filipino agricultural entrepreneurs so they will continue to produce world class products that make use of the abundance of the country’s natural resources.”
The 5TH PHILIPPINE HARVEST is organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA), in partnership with SSI Group Inc. and Central Square. Theagri-food fair will be located at the lower ground and upper ground floors of Central Square starting June 16-18, 2017 and will be open to public during mall hours.
CENTRAL SQUARE INFORMATION
Address: 5th Avenue cor. 30th St., Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC, Taguig