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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Global Pinoy Bazaar, Rockwell Tent, October 21, 2007

More and more far-reaching and neighboring foreign countries are embracing the ingenuity that Filipinos are innately blessed with. Thanks to the likes of of the Black Eyed Peas, Monique Lhuillier, Kenneth Cobonpue and others who have paved the way, both the East and the West are becoming impressed and inspired by Filipino artistry and craftsmanship.

Yabang Pinoy - part of a momentous, long-term, progressive campaign of a supporting Filipino ideas and products and concepts—takes this to another height on October 21 with Global Pinoy Bazaar in Rockwell Tent in Makati City .

Global Pinoy Bazaar will feature micro-, medium–, and large-scale Filipino businesses with top-notch Filipino products. The bazaar will be segregated according to categories such as fashion, arts/design/music, lifestyle/tropical and indigenous zones.

Products in feature in the fashion zone will include clothes, accessories, jewelry, bags and shoes. The lifestyle/tropical zone will showcase Pinoy furniture, houseware ,beachwear, home & wellness. The arts/design/ music zone will include various art & design pieces from different artists. The indigenous zone will include crafts made by natives themselves.

"I hope Global Pinoy Bazaar's objective echoes that Pinoy talent must be recognized. Since the success of Philippine-made products stems from the advocacy of Pinoys themselves, I think this event would create the perfect platform for that," said Carlo Pamandanan of NOYP.

Top-notch designer Patty Eustaquio added, "I want people to know that good design is not exclusive to foreign brands, that Filipino design is globally competitive and that we should all make a conscious effort to support our own products and services."

Mimi Chic, a Fil-Am innovative and creative jewelry company that started in San Francisco also looks forward to expanding more in the Philippines. In fact, they said, "We spell Pinoy with a capital P and we want the world to know that we are proud to be Filipino."

Others exhibitors include Pandango, Fashion and ART (F*ART), Salsa Trends, Czarina Villa, Tan Tease, SASHA, Sy-Kat Couture, Cole Vintage, DUERR, Gail Angeles, V Clothing, Chicammy, Sapato Manila + Coco & Tres, Snug Mugs, Cathy Bags, NOYP Bags, Trunk, Our Tribe, M Barretto Bags, RedVanilla, Pernes Bags, Flatterbuy, Ciara Marasigan, Jaclee, Aritos Jewelry, Kathang Kamay, Tawid Crafts, Bumblebee, Chelsea Trading, Twinkle Ferraren, Soakswimwear, Cocotini, Pinoy Yoga, Islas, Powder Room, Atillo, Duo Living, Craft Create, Gallery 7 Studio, Team Manila, Funk Tones, Punch drunk Panda, Electro Lychee, Pablo, Katrina Encanto, Whipped It Good, The T-Shirt Project, Bags by Tamila, Bags In The City, RevWorx, Angeli's Art, Baubles, Bangles N Beads, Rina Albert, Michelle Simone, Dark Bulb + Halo-Halo Creatives, Studio Roxas, Author's Avenue, Nicole & Creatives, Sagada Pottery, Kape Ni Juan and many more.

"We love the idea of the Support and Buy Pinoy Advocacy because mostly our competitor's merchandise & products are imported; it's challenging to have 100% Pinoy materials in your product especially if you're just beginning with your business, but if awareness begins somewhere, designers & producers will bear a conscious challenge to use local materials and constantly improve on them," said one of the exhibitors Indie Art Manila who shares Yabang Pinoy's goals.

Global Pinoy Bazaar is supported by Hapee, Splash Corporation, Air 21, Ube Media, Lina Group of Companies and Binalot. Media partners include Broadsheet partner: Manila Bulletin. Magazine partners: Enterprise magazine, Fudge Magazine and Sense & Style magazine. Radio partner: Jam 88.3. Online partners: and

For more information, please visit or email or call 0917-8151513.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Never lost, always found (5): YOU- yes, YOU- are important

Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them---what do you do? You leave the other ninety-nine sheep in the pasture and go looking for the one that got lost until you find it. When you find it, you are so happy that you put it on your shoulders and carry it back home. Then you call your friends and neighbors together and say to them, 'I am so happy I found my lost sheep. Let us celebrate!' In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to repent.

Or suppose a woman who has ten silver coins loses one of them---what does she do? She lights a lamp, sweeps her house, and looks carefully everywhere until she finds it. When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, and says to them, 'I am so happy I found the coin I lost. Let us celebrate!' In the same way, I tell you, the angels of God rejoice over one sinner who repents.

Luke 15:4-10


Thank God He deems me important enough to be sent aloft His angels wings and carried safely home...

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Monday, September 10, 2007

The Finnish Line (1): Spidey in Helsinki

It's our last week here in Finland and we're spending it in the capital, Helsinki. I'm currently at one of the libraries of the University of Helsinki where the internet access is free and fast. My camera is still sick but good thing one of my Pinoy classmates is taking lots of photos with me in it. So I'll probably post more of my face and less buildings... Soon.


(Warning: Homesickness is REEEEEEALLY setting in by this time. Don't read further if you're in an emotional muck yourself. You have been warned)

In pursuit to save the world, so to speak, I always feel that my family incurs collateral damage. I can very well earn more in some other local jobs or in some other countries even, to provide for their needs, to care for them as much as they have for me, so they can retire at an age young enough for them to enjoy the fruits of my proverbial labor. But no, I still stick it out in the Philippines, in our University which hasn't paid me in three months. Which translates to me collecting allowance from them still...

Sometimes I just want to work in a call center, an 8-5 or 10-6 or 6-2 job, earn more than enough, and lead a better quality of life to the point that when I'm home from work, I am REALLY home and not fussing over a lecture or presentation or paperwork...

Sometimes, it feels like the world doesn't want/need/deserve saving. What good is it to educate village health workers when you can't take care of your own parents health-wise? Or that they have to work probably till forever since their son wants to save the world but can't save his own family. It just doesn't feel fair.

And the sick-er part is: nobody told me to save the proverbial world! And yet I'm still at it. Hayayayay...

Once in a while, the one who thinks he HAS to save the world needs saving. Thank God He sends it at the most blessed of times...

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If I can see farther, it is because I have stood on the shoulder of giants, said Isaac Newton. Ditto, I say.

I love you both, immensely.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Start to Finnish (5): More work, less play

Full, busy weeks the next two will be. Currently on week 4 of our 5-week global health course here in Finland. The theoretical/classroom work has ended last Friday with a session at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki. Then we went on a weekend in Stockholm, and now we're back in Finland for our two-week "practical period"- basically tours of health infrastructures in the country, ranging from the primary health centers, university hospitals, to research and policy-making centers. We're traveling to the eastern part of Finland on Thursday then off to Helsinki on Saturday. Come September 15th, we'll be flying home, with a 6-hour stopover in Amsterdam before heading straight to Manila. I CAN'T WAIT TO BE HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posting pictures and videos next time. Mostly videos: my digital camera is very sick and can't take photos huhuhuhu

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