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Pitaka: Your Lifestyle Billfold

Design, Entrepreneurship, Friends and their Interests By August 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

One Bikolano artist and entrepreneur that I fervently support is Ana Janer Locsin, the woman behind Pitaka: Your Lifestyle Billfold. I met her for the first time at a restobar in Katipunan Avenue for a little meeting about her products and only then did I find out that we went to the same high school, she was with the same batch as my sister and that we share a lot of common friends.

I am immensely proud of her.

After seeing her products, I suggested she join the Global Pinoy Bazaar held annually at the Rockwell Tent by Yabang Pinoy advocates, another Filipino project I am very passionate about. I was joyous at the news that her products were sold out at the bazaar and that afterwards, she participated in more bazaars with similar success.

I have some of her pitakas and I use them wherever I go. They are sturdy, they are colorful, and they have really nice designs that show Filipino culture.

About Pitaka


PiTAKA prides itself with Pinoy ad hoc designs inspired by everyday Pinoy culture which is evident in its designs.


Pitaka wallets are made from outdoor tarpaulin, with custom and pre-made designs. It measures approximately 3 x 5 inches where you can store personal i.d.’s, coins, and even a small mobile phone. Aside from its durable material, the PiTAKA Lifestyle prides itself with Pinoy quirky designs inspired by everyday Pinoy culture which is evident in its designs.

The PiTAKA wallets are also intended for corporate giveaways and event souvenirs as the wallets can be “custom-made”. For corporate giveaways, the PiTAKA team can have the company’s logo and other elements to be used for marketing promotions and/or corporate branding.

PiTAKA wallets are also open to both online resellers, individual representatives and physical stores. Costing for these group is slightly different.


Pitaka started out with 3×5 wallets.



Historia da Arte – Meow

Design By June 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Image above is taken from The Visual News – a website I absolutely adore!

About Visual News

Welcome to Visual News, a place where you can find daily visual inspiration from around the world. We’re an adventurous and socially aware group that believes the planet we live on is one of continual beauty and curiosities, so each day we strive to bring you some of the most interesting stories in art, design, technology and people.

As a collaborative project of Column Five Media, we are strong advocates of the union between data and design, and continually searching for new ways to express the world around us in visually beautiful and easily understandable ways.

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Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery TRUNK SHOW + FAIR + GIVE AWAY

Design By June 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I’ve been following this gallery on Facebook for a while now because their stuff is simply amazing! They have the kind of things I would want to decorate my home with!

We take salvaged materials and everyday objects and make something functional, beautiful or whimsical out of them. Resurrection carries furniture, home accessories, toys, bags, jewelry and other surprising pieces

Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery
10A Alabama St., Quezon City, Philippines
Contact details: 0918.924.0580 / 0908.862.9300 / 0917.535.4028
How to get there:
From Dona Hemady, cross E Rodriguez Ave, the road will turn into Alabama St. Or from Tomas Morato, turn right into E Rodriguez , first street on the right is Alabama St. Landmark is Tri-Place hotel at the corner of Alabama St. and E Rodriguez Ave.

From June 23 until July 21, 2012, Bungalow 300 is holding a TRUNK SHOW on these awesome furniture from Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects. On this show, one will find unique, one of a kind furniture and objects made of reclaimed and repurposed materials that is truly the mark of the gallery.

Bungalow 300 is a concept store in the south of Manila, Philippines specializing in vintage modern furniture and objects, that does pop-up showrooms twice a year. Now with a lovely home-base studio in Alabang, clients can view Bungalow 300’s own line of furniture and accessories, all year-round!


My Q.C. Find of the Day – Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery

Design By May 30, 2011 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

These are the kinds of objects I would want to populate my home (or Wharf Galley) with. These are the kinds of objects I would like to do if only I had and could find the time and energy – but since I’m spread too thin as it is, it thrills me to find a gallery, or a group of people, who does the same thing – and the results are just fantastic!

Custom order entertainment console made from old cabinets, doors demolished from client's apartment


FLOW Magazine: Arts. Design. Culture.

Design By July 8, 2010 Tags: , , , No Comments

What I love about this magazine is, yes, from the description, it’s all about arts, design and culture! All the things I love so much! The magazine has pages after pages of a wealth of inspiration! When I have the magazine in my hands, I am reminded why at one point in my life (or maybe that point will come again) I became interested in getting a Ph.D. in Media, Technology and Society in Northwestern University.


Rediscovering Indie Art & Brown Label

Design, Entrepreneurship By November 21, 2009 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

Indie Art & Brown Label was the very first booth we got to at the Global Pinoy Bazaar. I just went absolutely nuts. I loved everything about this shop. From the CD boxes to the pencil boxes to the journals, stationery, stickers and even the pins!

CD boxes at P350

CD boxes at P350

Book boxes at P250

Book boxes at P250

Hand carry pencil boxes at P180

Hand carry pencil boxes at P180

Blank Note Cards with Envelopes Set of 3, PHP 125

Blank Note Cards with Envelopes Set of 3, PHP 125

12 PPCS I love Tree Note Cards for PHP 170

12 PCS I love Tree Note Cards for PHP 170

(Clicking on the photos will bring you straight to the Indie & Brown Label site at blogspot.)

I was just about to take out my wallet to make a purchase of whatever but then.. I saw this!

Waiiiiit! I have this! I bought it at Powerbooks Bonifacio High Street December last year. I made it into my own baby journal. 🙂

I went home and looked for it in my book shelf. And here it is..

MDM journal cover

Dear baby...

I am so proud of myself! Sure I never got to finish the journal because we moved, I traveled for a bit so on and so forth.. But it was really wonderful to rediscover that journal. It made me sooo happy.

First doctor's visit

First ultrasound - baby journal

Here are the wonderful illustrations found within this beautiful journal.

MDM Journal Book Project

MDM Journal Book Project

Here are some photos I took myself. 🙂

last page - MDM Journal

Illustrated pages 2 - MDM Journal

Illustrated pages 1 - MDM Journal

Children’s Journal Book Project…

The MDM Design & Journal Book aims to support and sustain the “Yamang Isip – Children’s Journal Book Project;” designed as a simple, innovative means to engage individuals, particularly Filipino children, in creative writing and illustration to develop their compositional skills and enhance their imagination!

A unique book which features graphed, lined and blank sketch pages traditionally used by writers and illustrators constructed with the highest quality to last a lifetime.

-MDM Design 2008

Who wouldn’t love this journal?


Click here to read more on the The Journal with Creative License.

Click here to read more about the label that is Indie Art & Brown.

About the Label

About the Label

…And wow!!! Another reason to make my way back and again and again to Cubao Expo: the lifestyle and design store that is Heima.

Heima Store at Cubao Expo

Heima Store at Cubao Expo

Click here to go to visit the Heima Store website.