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Manille Liqueur de Dalandan

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Congratulations Olivia Limpe Aw on the launch of Manille Liqueur de Dalandan.  You are amazing! And so nice to know that a friend’s idea came to life – Gaita  apparently suggested to do citrus flavors – so after Olive launched Calamansi, now Dalandan and Gaita says maybe Pomelo.   Not only is it a good product, it helps farmers in our country.   And because Olive goes straight to the farmers, the farmers are able to get better profit ( compared to having the usual 8 middlemen leaving them with less than 10% of the cost.) Thank you Olive and Gaita

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“Manille  Liqueur de Dalandan is the only liquor  in the world that utilized the essential oils of  the fruit    [dalandan] and captures the sweet zesty profile of dalandan,”  says Olivia Limpe-­Aw, President and   CEO of Destileria  Limtuaco & Co., Inc. She  adds that the company’s Philippine Craft Spirits line was    made out of  the need to create something  uniquely local. “I saw the limited use of the crops we had    here…I wanted  to show everyone  that  with proper research, the right materials and most importantly,    drive and passion, we can find a way to be advocates  of  our own produce,” follows Limpe-­Aw.

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This ties  in perfectly with Margarita Forés and her active support of local farmers and championing our local    produce all over the world. “I’ve had the honor in recent years to be able to present Filipino cuisine and    products abroad. And being able to showcase the best in our country, has always made me proud,” she    adds that, “Having encountered products like Manille  Liqueur de Calamansi and now Manille Liqueur de Dalandan,  I think that it has brought this advocacy of mine full circle.”Manille Liqueur de Dalandan (13)

Manille  Liqueur de Dalandan also does its  part  in joining this support of  local farmers by paying    them    the market price of dalandan. By cutting out the traders, the farmers get 100%  of the  profits from    dealing with the company.  “It’s sort of a CSR effort for our company… this increases every farmer’s margins  a great deal.”

Destilera Limtuaco & Co., Inc. together with Brand Ambassador Margarita Forés officially launched the second variant of the company’s Manille Liqueur collection – Manille Liqueur de Dalandan.

Held in the Grace Park, Margarita Forés’ very own farm-­to-­table concept  restaurant, guests were treated  to an exclusive menu  utilizing  Manille Liqueur de Dalandan  as  well as the dalandan fruit, itself.

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 Nothing goes to waste at Disteleria Limtuaco – since they only use the rind for the liqueur they thought of making something out of the fruit.  SOAP! Manille Liqueur de Dalandan (7)

As  part of the company’s  thrust to help preserve the environment  and reduce its carbon footprint,    Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. has decided to convert their post processing, calamansi and dalandan rind, fruit and seeds into a by-­product: a natural ingredient which is called calamansi and    dalandan mud that is filled with so many complex  substances.  Such natural ingredients find useful    applications in the cosmetics and personal care industry.

 During  the launch of its product, Manille Liqueur de Dalandan, Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. also launched their line of soaps, “Si” Handcrafted Calamansi and Dalandan Face and Body Soap. Both the natural ingredient calamansi and dalandan mud and the finished soap products have great    export potential.Handmade soaps using natural food and drink  ingredients are now quite a    popular trend abroad. The soap    itself carries a lot of the cosmetic advantages of calamansi such as    its whitening, antiseptic and anti?acne properties.

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Destileria  Limtuaco & Co., Inc. has tapped the expertise of  Dr. Rainier B. Villanueva, President & CEO of  Rainiers Research & Development Institute, Inc. to develop  the soap product and he is currently    working on more product applications. According to Dr. Villanueva: “this is indeed a versatile natural ingredient which has very strong export potential. We are currently in talks with companies    abroad who have expressed strong interest in our calamansi and dalandan mud. There is a trend    towards using natural ingredients and  Destileria Limtuaco comes just in the right time with the right product. It is definitely an exciting time for us at Rainiers Research & Development Institute to have the access to such promising  ingredients that allow us to come up with  superior personal care products.“

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Dr. Rainier Villanueva is a Neurosurgeon by profession who found his calling in the concoction of formulations using different local herbs under strict clinical parameters. This has led to a prolific 70–product line extensively using plants and minerals endemic to the Philippines. He developed Rainiers Research & Development Institute in 1988 and this has since become one of the pioneers and leaders in the field of herbal cosmetics in the country. With the addition of Destileria Limtuaco’s calamansi and dalandan mud, he says: “we can now expand our product offering which will better address the needs of our discriminating personal care clientele who are continuously on the look out for better, more natural and more effective products.”

“Si” Calamansi and Dalandan Handcrafted Face and Body Soaps may be purchased online through the company’s e–store https://cmc.estore.convoymktg.com/. For inquiries, please call Noreen Gatmaitan 3617491–98 loc 841.

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 One of the top mixologists in the country, Enzo Lim, provided the drinks for the evening. His two interpretations were: Doña Sol, a blend Liqueur de Dalandan, local whisky, sweet vermouth and orange juice while the Sinturis Smash was a refreshing mix of Manille Liqueur de Dalandan, muddled lemon and mint with a little bit of gin. These drinks perfectly highlight the versatility of the dalandan liqueur. Those who didn’t look to drink cocktails were offered ice-cold shot os Manille Liqueur de Dalandan, the perfect way to cleanse the palate.

 

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Destileria  Limtuaco & Co., Inc. was established in 1852 and is the oldest distillery in the Philippines.    Through five  generations of master blending tradition,

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Limtuaco  has  invented, developed and patented numerous formulae and aging processes in the  wine     and liquor industry. The company  has been awarded various distinctions by the Mode Selections, Institut   Pour Les Selections De La Qualite in Rome, Italy and London, England for  its whisky, rum, brandy,  vodka   and  gin. It had recently also been recognized by the International Taste and Quality Institute  in Brussels,   Belgium  for its Paradise Mango Rum Liqueur, Napoleon VSOP Brandy, Old Captain Rum, Amadeo   Coffee Liqueur, Manille Liqueur de Calamansi and Manille Liqueur de Dalandan.

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Now on its 163rd year, the company has enjoyed loyal following due to its product quality, taste, aroma     and smoothness as proof of master blending expertise, technical innovation. These steps have allowed     Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. to gain recognition as the quality leader of the Philippine liquor industry.    Its expansion to the international market has made it the top exporter of distilled spirits i thecountry   today.  Destileria Limtuaco’s commitment to quality and continual improvement is also manifested by   beingthe country’s first and,  to date, only distillery with  an ISO9001:2008-­?certified quality    management system.

Destileria  Limtuaco & Co., Inc.  is  a 1997 Centennial Awardee of the Philippine Department of Trade    and Industry where  it was confirmed to be not only the oldest distillery in the country but also the oldest    manufacturing company in the Philippines.

For online orders, please visit our e-­commerce store at https://cmcestore.convoymktg.com/

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Likhang Habi 2015

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Likhang_Habi (1)_01Likhang_Habi (1)_1Likhang_Habi (02)_1 Look how nice!!! They are all wearing our very own textiles – Rambie Lim ( Treasurer) , Maribel Ongpin – ( Chairman of the Board) Monsy David ( Pres ) Ruby Roa ( VP – not in photo ) Louis Locsin ( Corp Sec ) Rene Guatlo ( Editor of HABI book ) Please join and help support the efforts of HABI The Philippine Textile Council and visit the Habi Market Fair 2015Likhang Habi_ (10)Once again, it’s time to shine the spotlight on hand-woven traditional textiles of the Philippines. The Likhang Habi Market Fair will be held at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center on October 23 to 25, 2015.

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Likhang_Habi (03)_1Traditional textiles have been gaining a steady following of admirers since its appearance at bazaars and fairs in Manila, especially at Likhang Habi, which focuses solely on this traditional art and its long heritage within our culture.

From Luzon to Mindanao, weaving communities have used pineapple, abaca, cotton, silk, banana, buri and pandan to produce their own particular weaves which will be featured in Likhang Habi: Inabel from the Ilocos region and La Union, Cordillera weaves from Banaue and Padcal in Benguet, tnalak (an abaca weave) from Lake Sebu in Mindanao, piña from Aklan and Palawan, hablon and patadyong from Iloilo, Mangyan textiles and baskets from Mindoro, Yakan weave from Basilan, and mats and bags from Samar and Bukidnon.

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With inputs from creative consultants, fashion designers and design workshops, traditional textiles have been harnessed and integrated into products that suit the everyday lifestyle, bringing a touch of artisanal creativity to home essentials such as blankets, mats, cushion covers, table runners, napkins, baskets, trays and items of furniture as well as clothing and fashion accessories.

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Opening night will also serve as the launch of Rara: Weaving “Mats of Dreams” in the Philippines, a book on our distinctive banig.

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Habi, The Philippine Textile Council, founded in 2009 to research, promote and develop hand-woven traditional textiles, sponsors the Likhang Habi Market Fair. Funds raised will go to the social outreach projects of Habi in weaving communities all over the country. Recently, the proceeds from last year’s fair allowed Habi, with technical support of PhilFIDA, the Philippine Fiber Development Agency, to fund cotton crop at their facility in Batac, Ilocos Norte. This will allow cotton to be brought back to small farms.Likhang_Habi (03)_2Likhang_Habi (04)_1Likhang Habi 2015 (7)

The group also secured a grant from the NCCA to teach cotton spinning to producers in Miagao, Iloilo. This pilot study will result in a module that will help achieve Habi’s mission of encouraging weavers to go back to natural fibers.Likhang_Habi (04)_2Likhang_Habi (05)_1Likhang_Habi (05)_2Likhang_Habi (06)_1

For more information on Likhang Habi Market Fair please contact Ms. Norie Moldez of HABI at (632) 478-2765 and moldeznorie@yahoo.com.ph or Ms. Irene Venturina of Philippine Art Events Inc. at (632) 831-0953 and irene@artfairphilippines.com

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

Instagram: @habifair #lovethehabilifestyle #supportthehabilifestyle

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Visiting the Truly Negros - 30th Negros Trade Fair (13)

Visiting the Truly Negros – 30th Negros Trade Fair

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Negros Trade Fair (2)Heart2Heart loves the Negros Trade Fair!  Actually Heart2Heart loves Negros!  because that is where Daddy Heart2Heart comes from! :-)  And I am not biased when I say that all the products they sell here are all beautiful and makes us proud to be PINOY!
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One of my favorite booths – NVC Negrense Volunteers for Change – so many beautiful things to buyVisiting the Truly Negros - 30th Negros Trade Fair (3)

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The Casa Mercedes booth without the Fan Man!  Missing Monchet Olives :-)Visiting the Truly Negros - 30th Negros Trade Fair (55)

So many beautiful products from Negros!!! Come on over.  Here are some of the other boothsVisiting the Truly Negros - 30th Negros Trade Fair (6)

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 All the food booths are in the middle of Glorietta – they were all so busy with many people so I could not take proper photos of the booths.  Make sure to stop by here . I am going back again to shop here!Visiting the Truly Negros - 30th Negros Trade Fair (28)

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30th Negros Trade Fair

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The best of Negros Island will be on the spotlight once again during the much-awaited 30th Negros Trade Fair on September 16-20, 2015 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City.

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Hailed as one of the top three fairs in Makati and the longest running trade fair in the Philippines, the Negros Trade Fair is a showcase of the ingenuity and creativity of the Negrenses in terms of art, design and culture.

It is a non-profit program of the Association of Negros Producers, Inc. (ANP), an organization that represents and promotes the interests of producers based in Negros. ANP is also behind Bulawan Awards, an annual product design and competition that recognizes the outstanding products of its members.

With the theme “Truly Negros”, the 30th Negros Trade Fair will feature over 80 selling booths that will show the creativity, skills and entrepreneurial spirit of small and medium enterprises.

Taste the island’s best cuisine, the famous chicken inasal, sweets and pasalubong goodies that Negros is known for. Buy hand-crafted and distinctive lamps, paintings and other home accessories, furniture, fashion accessories, bags for all lifestyles, and natural and organic products, among others. Be inspired by the SMEs’ success stories.

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The Negros Trade Fair also celebrates the dynamic partnerships formed over the years among the Association of Negros Producers, the Provincial Government of Negros, various non-government organizations, business sectors, sponsors and media as they share a common goal of promoting the province and strengthening the SMEs of Negros.

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Through this partnership, the Negros Trade Fair has put together a series of exciting events and special features to impart a “Truly Negros” experience like the interactive art wall, sugar photo exhibit and installation, hourly electronic raffle, and launching of KBLK Mobile Game App, among others. It shall merge physical exhibition with mobile technology and social media outfit to attract and engage both the younger and more mature demographics.

A special preview and cocktails entitled “Arima! The Governor’s Night” will be held on September 15 to welcome government leaders, industry partners, sponsors and media. On this night, the Negros Trade Fair brings together five of the most celebrated and innovative Negrense chefs —  Chef Margarita Fores, Chef Tonyboy Escalante, Chef Fernando Aracama, Chef Cyrille Soenen, and Chef JP Anglo to showcase the flavors of Negros.

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NEGROS FAIR Senate President Franklin M. Drilon (2nd, Right), Sen. Grace Poe (right), Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (left) and Negros Occidental Alfredo Maranon Jr. (2nd, left) during the ceremonial bell ringing which marked the opening of the 29th Negros Trade Fair exhibit at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City, September 23, 20214.

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Manila will get the chance to experience the vibrant color and rhythm of Bacolod’s MassKara Festival in the Negros Trade Fair on September 18. Bacolod City recreates its famous festival at Glorietta with a display of happy and smiling masks and a performance of MassKara dancers to enliven the mall.

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Meanwhile, the 9th Tipon Negrosallians, a fellowship forum for Manila-based alumni of the University of St. La Salle and St. Joseph School, is set on September 19.

For more information, visit website www.negrostradefair.com or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/negrostradefair.page. You may also reach the organizers through  email address negrostradefair.anp@gmail.com or these numbers 0917.527.4881 and 0939.903.4438 or their Bacolod City landline (034) 434.1600.

Take photos, share your experience on social media, and do not forget to put this hashtag #ntf30atglorietta when you come to the 30th Negros Trade Fair. Kit-anay ta!

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Museum Foundation’s MaArte 2015

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Glam Bayongs  started out as home-based project by design consultant Christine Montenegro wose main purpose was to make hand-made, unique bags and accessories for friends and families. It was something that started out as a hobby, with the help of her household helper, but due to numerous requests, she found herself making more and more of the unique items, and needing more workers as a result.

Because no two bags are alike, “glam bayong”, a term of endearment given to the embellished bayongs by friends, puts a premium on its uniqueness. each item is carefully crafted by mothers in Quezon City, Taguig and Malabon, enabling these women toearn a lving while at the same time caring for their children and overseeing their famiies. Christine provides guidance on quality control and design patterns to these women who execute each bag.

Glam Bayong is joining the MaArte Fair 2015 with a new line of bags that break the norm. Its bayongs have crossed over from the “wet market” impression of what bayongs are more often used for, to the resort scene, gyms and even the workplace. It is exceeding the ordinary by presenting the discerning woman with new clutches that can go from day to night; spacious enough to hold your iPad and subtle enough to use for dinner dates and girl’s nights out. The “mommy and me” line is also a new offering one can look forward to, as a little girl can have a miniature version of her mommy’s bag.

Glam Bayongs are 100% hand-made utilizing locally sourced materials form different species of wood, semi-precious stones and coloured crystals, giving off a relaxing vibe.

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KuwintasKuwintas at MaArte 2015Adante Leyesa is a self-taught accessory designer and now a frontrunner in sustainable fashion and social design with his innovative and stand-out bejeweled accessories and bags. He is notable for his love to the community and the marginalized group: person with disabilities (PWD), out-of-school youths and young mothers, teaching them techniques and making them craftsmen of his pieces. Adante revolutionizes the use of traditional, home-grown Filipino materials and creates truly a world-class luxury line of accessories and bags. His pieces are a collaboration of different artisans, blending designs with techniques across cultures and origins. Every component that was incorporated on a particular piece was painstakingly crafted by diverse creative minds putting high regard on the use of raw materials that are endemic in the different provinces of the country and those that are unconventional, unexpected and upcycled materials.

Bamboo Bag series: is a fusion of regional cultures as designers attempt to revive the dying tradition of hand weaving, beading and embroidery; The bamboo base is hand woven by tribal people thriving along the mountain reanges of nortern Philipines while the beadworks are made by a group of young mothers and some out-of-school-youths from the south.

NEW: ORIGAMI COLLECTION Handmade bags and necklaces, painstakingly strung with seed beads and sequins following pure, austere lines which give off couture vibes and beautifully folded applying Origami techniques the Japanese art of paper folding. It adopts high-contrasting elements of the delicate sakura flowers and the textured windowpanes of Tokyo’s structures applying each masterpiece with vibrant colors of the majestic city that glares and reflects when the sun sets down.

Awards: Adante Leyesa won the grand prize under Accessory Division of “Weaving the Future” – a social Design competition by the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in November 2011; he was nominated for Best Bag Design at the Fashion Access, HongKong in September 2013; and received citation and a scholarship grant during the 2013 Look of Style Awards courtesy of Sheffield Hallam University, Yorkshire, United Kingdom and the British Council in November 2013. He is recognized as 2013 Preview Emerging Fashion Talent Awardee (PEFTA) by the Preview Magazine in the Philippines. He is a pioneer of Manila Wear, the roosters of local dsingers supported by the Philippine Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), office under the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry , mentored by renowned fashion desinger Josie Natori. His works were presented on various local and foreign fashion spreads for magazines, tradeshow and exhibits. He has already presented his collections outside the country; at the 2013 Fashion Access in Hongkong, 2014 International Fashion Showcase (IFS) in London, 2015 Artisan Resource NY NOW (ASAM, a collaboration with Gawad Kalinga) in New York & 2015 ASEAN Showcase in Tokyo by the ASEAN-Japan Center.

The designer is committed to social design by continuously helping and empowering the marginalized group, alleviating their live and becoming economic independent; and, advocating the use of local materials, thus, and consistently promoting Philippine passion for fashion.

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 There is definitely beauty in simplicity. Gorgeous decors from Creative Definitions! Creative Definitions at Maarte 2015Casa Mercedes, Inc. is the pioneer artisanal ladies hand fan maker in the Philippines. Family owned and managed since 1951, Casa Mercedes has expanded to include holiday décor into its line up. Today, the business is managed by the third generation Diokno- Olives’.casa mercedez at maarte fair 2015

The company is staffed with twenty six employees. These craftsmen, together with a team of designers, develop, innovate and produce quality products using local indigenous materials.

The venture into the holiday décor began as an off shoot of a fund raiser for a charity women’s organization with the papier mache reindeer as its centerpiece. Seeing the vast potential of the holiday décor market, Casa Mercedes began to export Christmas Decorations – papier mache reindeer and boxes in the 1990’s.

To date, the Holiday line has further expanded to meet the changing demands of the buyer. For the papier mache collection, table tops and Christmas trees were added to the original reindeer. Hand and laser cut ornaments, reminiscent of chandelier crystal were introduced as stand alone ornaments, or embellishments for steel candelabras.

Combining materials like metal, wood, paper and papier mache into new holiday décor is what sets Casa Mercedes apart. The soul of innovation and the immediate response to the needs of the buyer is what has kept the Holiday atelier going since its inception 25 years ago.

Museum Foundation's MaArte Casa Mercedes

The Olive Treethe olive tree maarte 2015GKonomics International, Inc. is a non-stock, no profit organization, incorporated in May 2009 to build sustainable livelihood in Gawad Kalinga communities. It began with 5 women volunteers who share the same passion for Gawad Kalinga and its call for development without leaving the poor behind. The vision of building a country of producers continues as more volunteers join forces with GKonomics in helping create a Philippines free from poverty.

A GK resident from GK Sunshine in Las Piñas crafts a classy Silver Bag out of recycled doy packs.

Our vision  A prosperous Philippines where no citizen is in need and no one is left behind.

Our mission we are instilling a culture of productivity in GK communities by helping build community enterprises that will make the Philippines a country of producers of world-class products and services without leaving the poor behind.

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 Look for Angie’s Yakan Cloth for a selection of indigenous handwoven cloth, table runners, wall decors, coaster, placemats, pillow cases and bags Angies Yakan at Maart3 2015The GREAT Women Brand is inspired by the need to add value to women products and elevate these products to new markets. The ECHOsi Foundation, the non-profit arm of ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle owns the GREAT WOMEN trademark.  GREAT WOMEN products are made by certified, majority women-owned (minimum of 51% ownership) and women-operated micro businesses and SMEs aided by development platforms in the Philippines (through government partnership with the Canadian government) and in the ASEAN region (through ECHOsi Foundation’s partnership with USAid and women entrepreneurs from the ASEAN economies).

The economic empowerment of women is a key direction as ECHOstore is a women-led company: its supply, production, and consumer bases are almost 90% women. Bridging gaps in the value chain, creating market access, and opening new markets have highlighted the development programs of ECHOsi Foundation and ECHOstore.

GREAT is an acronym for “Gender Responsive Economic Action for the Transformation” of Women. GREAT WOMEN products build a supply chain from small producers and artisans, supported by women business owners, designers and lifestyle experts that link them to global markets. It is also the journey of women helping women make creating sustainable households across the ASEAN region.

The GREAT WOMEN Textile Collection for Maarte Bazaar 2015 will highlight products for Home and Living Spaces, Accessories and Apparel. Highlighting handmade design diversity, using natural, sustainable and indigenous materials, GREAT WOMEN textile products carries the passion and spirit of every woman who keeps the weaving traditions alive in her heart, across similar but diverse cultures.

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 Exciting collaboration between FÄE candles and Mia Casal pottery! Handcrafted vessels filled with distinctive candle scents. These will be available exclusively at the MaArte Fair.FAE candles and Mia Casal Pottery maarte 2015Perhaps one of the most daring and avant-garde designers today, Michelline Syjuco boldly fuses the art of sculpture with that of jewelry in order to create what she calls “sculptural jewelry”.

Each one of her pieces is handmade from her choice of unconventional elements, such as cultivated rust, pointed steel studs, gnarly pearls, exploded bullet shells, acetylene burns, crushed tin cans, multicolor acid patinas, recycled wood from fallen trees, and even strange rocks from outer space.

Definitely bordering on the blasphemous and edgy, Michelline’s pieces are signed, one-of-a-kind originals coming straight out of her studioin Ayala Alabang where she chooses to work with the most basic primitive tools.

Born in 1979 in Manila, Michelline graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, Major in Entrepreneurship from San Beda College Alabang. As the eldest daughter of experimental artists Cesare and Jean Marie Syjuco, Michelline, now 35, has been creating art since early childhood.

At the age of 4, she was the country’s youngest painter to be exhibited in the juried Annual Exhibition of the Art Association of the Philippines. Her photographs  and articles likewise appeared in various magazines and newspapers for public consumption. She was also a mainstay actress for “Sesame Street”, and later “Batibot”.

In the early 90s, while Michelline was a high school student at Paref  Woodrose School, her interest turned to singing and writing music. She was the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band FAUST!, along with her younger siblings, and the band immediately became an overnight sensation, releasing two record albums in close succession, including numerous radio hits. Michelline began creating fashion accessories mostly for herself, shortly after graduating from college.  This was not a difficult transition from the music industry since she was already known to create and design her own clothes, hats, bags, belts and jewelry from her days in FAUST!.

In 2008, Michelline launched her exhibition entitled “Armadillon” in Mag:net Bonifacio High Street. This exhibition featured 88 pieces of her wearable sculptures, which were presented as elements in her huge art-installation measuring 8 X 28 feet. This mixed media installation also included some pieces of her large-scale  sculptures in wood and rusty metal cladding, as well as various other odds and ends inspired by her Armageddon theme (the final battle between good and evil).

Several dozen other sculptural jewelry pieces were also presented in an experimental fashion show with well-known artists, poets and musicians— each one acting out the parts of “models”. Michelline’s intention was to situate her jewelry collection in an Art context, where the pieces could be viewed not simply as jewelry, but as “little sculptures” in their own right. Armadillon has since garnered critical acclaim and was included in the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards (The most prestigious art award in the Philippines today)—a first for Philippine Jewelry Design. Michelline was again a finalist the following year.

In November 2009, Michelline showcased her second collection entitled “TRIAD” at FIRMA Greenbelt 3, alongside two other prominent jewelry artists, Paul Syjuco and Kristine Dee. This was followed by 2 other collections, entitled “Modern Mythologies” which was launched at Firma on September 30, 2010, and TRIAD 2 which was launched shortly thereafter.

As a prominent young figure in the Manila Art Scene, Michelline Syjuco was selected to represent the NCR in the prestigious SUNGDUAN exhibition at the National Museum of The Filipino People, with jury selected artists from all over the country. She appeared on the cover of Sense & Style’s Art Issue featuring fashion’s “It Girls”, and  has also been named one of Manila’s Most Stylish People by The Philippine Daily Inquirer and LOOK Magazine. She was also awarded as one of the ten PEFTA (Preview Emerging Fashion Talent Awards) winners.  To cap it off, she has also been named one of the Philippines Top Accessories Designers by Metro Magazine, as well as one of “The Fashionable 25” by The Philippine Star’s YSTYLE section. Apart from this, Michelline was selected as one of Metro Society’s “Young Society Designers”, and has participated in at least 3 Metrowear Fashion Shows.

In 2014, she again wowed audiences with the launch of her latest collection entitled “Theater of the Mind’ at Firma, where she showcased her “Yorick” Sculptural Skull Bags made of  sustainable materials such as carved wood from fallen trees (taken down by Typhoon Yolanda), antique automatic watch parts, repurposed bathroom fixtures, recycled nuts and bolts, and semi-precious gemstones. She recently graced the cover of  TOWN & COUNTRY MAGAZINE’S Annual Design Issue, as well as the coveted cover of PHILIPPINE STARWEEK (The magazine counterpart of The Philippine Star Newspaper). Michelline is also being recognized as one of Crème Silk’s “Women Beyond Beautiful” at their 30th Anniversary next month.

In 2015, Michelline Syjuco was selected by CITEM (Center For International Trade Expositions and Missions) and The British Fashion Council to represent The Philippines at The International Fashion Showcase held at Brewer Street Carpark alongside London Fashion Week. She has also just been selected as a designer brand ambassador for Swarovski and Swarovski Watches in The Philippines.

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 Brighten up your lovely home with these vibrant vases from Silay ExportSilay Export maarte 2015Series of Filipino children’s toys previously created from discarded milk tin cans, sardine cans and soda pop bottle caps.

This series represents the studio’s efforts to honor the happy memories of these toys in a world now inundated by extruded metal and plastic toys.The scooters and push bicycles represent toys still popular in Northern Philippines. Made of used palochina crating, machined metal, steel bearing, and custom made rubber tires.

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In 2014, the stars aligned for three long-time friends who happened to find themselves on the same lay-over on life’s journey. “What adventure is there for this next chapter?” was a nagging question they shared. A common interest in making things pretty and finding simple joy in their attempts to turn the ordinary into the sublime led to the experience of that sheer ecstasy in discovering a FIND! They found proverbial AHA! moments as they discovered joyful global product finds that matched their design sense. They recognized that they wanted a platform to be able to share this curated delight. Thus, Statement Theory.

STATEMENT THEORY is all about the expression of one’s lifestyle as it provides a curated channel for home design products for the stylishly discriminating individual.

STATEMENT THEORY items are curated, inspired and transformative. Boasting of inspiring pieces, the Statement Theory product line showcases Decorative
Accents, Tableware and artisan products that flaunt the Filipino craftsmanship.

By happy chance, STATEMENT THEORY joins Maarte 2015 as the ladies behind the brand desire to engage the Philippine market by making the Statement Theory products available to the chic Filipino consumer. More importantly, the brand joins Maarte 2015 in its desire to support the Filipino creations carried by the brand, which are currently available in Neiman Marcus and Barneys.

This August, find those Statement Theory sartorial pieces that punctuate your timeless style. Look for the enchanting teakwood bowl with capiz inlay, round iridiscent capiz placemats that hint of subtle glam, the glass and silver cake stand with mother of pearl inlays – a true statement piece — only some of the Statement Theory products on parade at Maarte 2015.

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T’nalak home is a specialty store located in Abreeza Mall Davao. The store houses export-quality abaca and t’nalak products by the TADECO Livelihood and Training Center. It also exclusively showcases items by some of the globally known Filipino designers and exhibitors. It used to be that designers and their pieces are only shown to the international market via Manila F.A.M.E. and other shows abroad. T’nalak home paved the way for the local market especially in Mindanao to communicate with world-class designers and manufacturers, getting the chance to see and own their wonderful products.

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 Visit MaArte EATS! The bridgeway leading to the tent will be filled with a variety of creative local purveyors in the food market. So get your tummies ready for a food sensation!eats at maarte fair 2015Holy Carabao Holistic Farms is a close-knit group of family farms with locations in Baguio, Laguna and Batangas. We practice sustainable, holistic, biodynamic farming so that all the vegetables we produce are healthy, nutritious and abundant with live enzymes. Organic farming utilizes natural compost and nutrients in place of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to ensure that both the produce and the soil that nourishes it are free from toxins. In conjunction, biodynamic farming works together with the life forces, rhythms and natural cycles of the Earth. When we work with Nature, not against it, we are able to experience its power to heal and encourage life. It is this healing power that we aim to harness in everything we harvest. We believe that food is essential to life; and good food is essential to a good life.

Quinoa Salad Mix – Ancient Quinoa grains, tinapa, kesong puto, roasted tomatoes, arugula, sweet basil with hard-boiled free range egg on top.

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Nipa Foods is a division of Selula Hayagham Corporation that sources unique, all-natural foodstuffs from small, independent local businesses throughout the Philippines, and repackages it under the brand Nipa. The target markets of Nipa products are foreign tourists and discerning locals who wish to give high-quality Filipino foodstuffs to their foreigner friends.

Brief Background

We are young, idealistic Filipinos who believe in sourcing locally, as a means of developing the countryside. Hopping from island to island, we are constantly searching all over the Philippines for those high quality, natural, and responsibly sourced local foodstuffs.

Once we find something that passes our tests of taste and of conscience, we put our stamp on it and offer it to our customers under the trusted brand – Nipa. The customers can rest assured that what they have in their hands is not only a fine and healthy Philippine local foodstuff, but that they are also helping farmers and friends from our beautiful provinces.

Our suppliers are small, cottage businesses in the different provinces of the Philippines. Our prices reflect the fact that we do not push our suppliers for astronomical discounts – our simple idea of equitable profit-sharing and helping our countrymen.

Nipa Brew

Nipa Brew is a division of Selula Hayagham Corporation that operates a craft microbrewery.

ART OF PIE  is a one stop shop of meticulously handcrafted pastries made with the finest ingredients in the market. Our products are solely prepared by hand to put in that extra effort to give our consumers the best tasting high-quality products.

Mission Consumers are our core, our lifeblood, and the one that keeps us going. Our products are created to satisfy the longing for home cooked goods. The good old comfort food that reminds us of our childhood that never goes out of style. We aim to bring happiness to the tables of our valued customers.

 Packaging we use eco-friendly packaging materials such as our natural brown kraft boxes, organic abaca jute strings, stationary hang tags, business cards and note cards from premium recycled papers made with 100% post consumer fiber and printed using soy-based ink.

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Officially founded in 2013, Stanford Shaw Brewing is a small operation built and run by two brothers that aims to brew old-fashioned beverages, drinks and sodas. The business essentially began when the brothers started to sell their beverage in the Makati weekend markets (Salcedo and Legazpi). Stanford Shaw’s current product is a fresh ginger ale which is a homemade craft soda.

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Stanford Shaw uses only raw, natural ingredients, with no artificial additives and zero preservatives. To achieve freshness, our ginger ale is brewed in small batches weekly, and fermented lightly. A testament to the freshness and home-brewed quality the ginger ale is that it must always be chilled and has a short shelf life of only 2 weeks!

It is currently being stocked at Purple Yam (Malate), Mr. Delicious (Century City Mall, Makati), Global Beer Exchange (Magallanes) and Alcohol By Volume (Makati) among others.

The Story

Back in 2011 after a couple of failed attempts at business, Marc’s mom lent him a beverage cookbook she had bought 30 years ago (but never used). He stumbled upon recipe after recipe for making beverages from scratch. He was inspired to try a fresh ginger ale since it was the only only recipe that used ingredients grown in the Philippines. Early experiments were promising. He was joined by his brother, Johann, who saw how hard and time consuming it was to make by hand. They tweaked and refined the ginger ale, all the while getting feedback from family and friends who served as guinea pigs.

Come 2013, they were confident enough to try and launch in the weekend markets in Makati. Stanford Shaw currently joins special events/bazaars and are stocked in a few restaurants around the Metro. Going forward, Stanford Shaw plans on expanding their product line to offer Filipinos more options on how to enjoy and drink better.

The Name

Stanford Shaw the brand name comes from where the house where the product was founded and produced, namely Stanford St. and Shaw Blvd. in Mandaluyong City.

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Malabon Tricycle Tour (11)

Malabon Tricycle Tour

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From Joy’s place, we went to Malabon!!  We did the Tricycle tour!! Joy’s friend, Melissa Sison ( wife of Mayor Len Len Oreta ), is the one behind this project!  And it’s a great idea!!!

We were not able to do all because of time constraint so hope to be back to continue where we left off.  Thank you Joy Ortega for a great adventure!!Malabon Tricycle Tour (2)
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We started in the beautiful St. Bartholomew’s Church!  You board the tricycle here after touring quickly the church.  It just celebrated it’s 400th year anniversaryMalabon Tricycle Tour (3)

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Boarding our tricycles – Joy and Olivia. I am so happy I have adventurous friends, because I am adventurous :-)  ( to some point haha!! )Malabon Tricycle Tour (11)

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First stop is Hazel’s puto which Michelle describes as CLOUDS or Cotton candy :-)  We bought to take homeMalabon Tricycle Tour (13)

Since we had little time, we did a combination food tour and the tricycle tour which includes landmarks.  We went to the Gallery and home of Angel Cacnio.  This is where he lives and it holds a collection of his best paintings, sculpture works of his sons Michael and FerdinandMalabon Tricycle Tour (14)

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Angel Cacnio is a recipient of awards and citations due to various art legacies including the design of the P 100 and P 20 bills and some coins circulated in 1982 and 1983.  He also designed the Malabon landmark icon in Letre road

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Art and the Order of Nature (5)

Art and the Order of Nature

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 So happy to meet Tita Patty Araneta who has been living in London for 10 years as she works as the Outreach Programme Director for the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts ( One of the core charities of HRH The Prince of Wales ). She develops programmes and projects in different countries that enable communities to understand the language of traditional arts and to apply this in relevant and contemporary products that reflect on their cultural heritage. Art and the Order of Nature (5)

 She recently launched a book which she worked on for 2 years! Art and the Order of Nature – The Mercedes Zobel Collection of indigenous Philippine Textiles. This book accompanies the exhibition which was launched last October at the Ayala Museum and is ongoing till the end of the year. There are 111 pieces that represent indigenous communities of the Philippines.  She told me that this is really for the young so that they will understand and appreciate the history of these textiles from our country. I am so amazed at what she has done to record and document this. She said that though it is a 2 year project, she continues to learn as she is still meeting different indigenous communities and learning so much from them until now. The book is available at the Ayala Museum Art and the Order of Nature (1)

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Restaurante Pia Y Damaso (6)

Restaurante Pia Y Damaso

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I have always passed this place but I have never had the chance to try it and finally a few weeks ago, I came over and I LOVE IT!!!

This floor in Greenbelt 5 was meant to be all Filipino – fashion, food etc but maybe they were not able to fill it up to complete the floor.  It would be nice to have a whole mall with all Filipino! I wish we had oneRestaurante Pia Y Damaso (2)

 Enjoyed lunch with the owners – Chito Vijandre (designer), Bambi Sy ( chef) and Ricky Toledo. Very funny people and very interesting Filipino food. Bambi lived abroad for 10 years- studied in CIA, worked in the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto and David Bouley in New York. Chito and Ricky are the ones behind Firma and AC+632 ( right across the restaurant )  and they chose Bambi amongst a roster of chefs to put up Fidel, the French Moroccan restaurant in Malate. Chef Bambi can do both savory and sweets.  When Greenbelt 5 opened in 2007, they were asked to open a Filipino restaurant and so Restaurante Pia Y Damaso was born. I have been wanting to try it!! Restaurante Pia Y Damaso (6)

 It’s subversive Filipino cuisine- meaning different and revolutionary.  Heart2Heart loved different, unique and revolutionary :-)  Heart2Heart is subversive :-)Restaurante Pia Y Damaso (1)

Restaurante Pia Y Damaso (_1)  It’s Filipino and Spanish inspired by the novel Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal- the events, the food and the characters. If you still have not tried it, make sure to come over! Patronize our very ownnolimetangere restaurante pia y damaso

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Love the heart rattan chairsRestaurante Pia Y Damaso (4)

A beautiful menu with photos!  Bambi told me that people were looking for photos so this menu has evolved to include photos :-)Restaurante Pia Y Damaso Greenbelt 5 Menu 1

Spanish Style Sardines with Toasted PandesalRestaurante Pia Y Damaso (8)

Filo Tarts with Pork asado, Apple relishRestaurante Pia Y Damaso (9)

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My favourite dish that day – Nga Nga Beef salad – just wrap everything inside – love the beef flakes which remind me of cow label :-)  Restaurante Pia Y Damaso (21)

Elias :-) which had crocodile from DavaoRestaurante Pia Y Damaso (12)

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 Restaurant Pia Y Damaso’s  Filipino version of the Croque Monsieur. Croque Monja. Pan fried sandwich with Malagos goat mozzarella and smoked tinapa! Yummy!!!!!!  Chef Bambi’s favourite and one of mine!!!!Restaurante Pia Y Damaso (24)

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The best ostrich dish I have ever tasted in my entire life!! :-)

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Smoked BBQ Mango pork! YUM!!!  I love how it goes with the spinach, apple, raisin, pinenut and garlic rice with scrambled egg!Restaurante Pia Y Damaso (22)

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Ginger Calamansi and Tamarin smoothie – YUM!Restaurante Pia Y Damaso (11)

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 Sisa’s Dementia – Bestseller dessert!

Truffle cake with white chocolate almond pastille, dark chocolate mousse and ganache Restaurante Pia Y Damaso (15)

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Tsokolate Eh and toasted Ensaymada Quezo de Bola – YUM!
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Contact Restaurante Pia Y DamasoClick below to go to their Facebook page

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