Filipino Craftsmanship – Art from the <3

National & Furnishings Fair 2014

Coming from work in Alabang, as I was walking on my way home, a tarpaulin caught my attention. It is the National Furniture & Furnishings Fair 2014.

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Sikat Pinoy..

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Out of curiosity and my undying admiration for the love of my fellow men’s artistry and creativity. I entered their facade without any qualms. Whether it is free or not. Fortunately it is free. Whew. (–,)

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Sikat Pinoy!
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Cushioned chairs…
Outdoor chairs…

My eyes welled up with awe when I went out of this exhibit. I did not realized that I have been there for hours. And it was funny I bought some good finds too. I bought a tassel in all the colors that I like that matched my lavender Long champ bag.

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Fringe benefits…
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Tassels in all sizes!
Purple tassel!

I also bought a pink and purple dried starfish from Cebu for my garden.

Dried starfish…

And lastly I bought a dream catcher in my favorite color(as usual).

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My color…
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Teal too…
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Dream catchers…

Other stuff I found are as follows:

Most of the exhibitors are from the provinces mostly from the Visayas/ Mindanao areas.

Banig from Samar…
Capiz coasters..
Are they dancing?
Christ on the cross…
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Mother and child from coco husk…

Listening from the way they speak, I can easily detect they’re from that region since I stayed in Vismin for a couple of years hopping fr one city to another. Though there are a few booths whose owner hails from my province Laguna. Their accent, I can tell too.

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Such a unique newspaper stand….

Filipino craftsmanship is definitely undaunted since the time I learned to appreciate Arts. The best thing about it is the support that were given to them to sport the uniqueness of their products.

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Rule of thirds…
Painted paddles…
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The exhibit initially I suspected something like the OTOP (One town, one product, Philippines). Well it’s not but still it featured the rich culture of the Filipinos per region and that they are earning from it.An occupation that is very noble.

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Jewelry boxes in all sizes and colors…

This table has passed standards to be exported.

Table and mirror in matching designs…

Some wood carvings,

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I so love this mirror!
And this swing too…
paper roses
While these made me sing…Paper roses!
Shells from Cebu..

and even bags that can be paralleled to brands like Rocio bags (By a Filipina designer – Rocio Olbes), Celestina bags (By Tina Maristela Ocampo), Bea Valdes and Rafe Totengco. Without blinking one would have a hard time distinguishing the known brands from these that are without a name. The patience to finish them intricately.

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Beaded bags…

Since it is the season of Christmas. A lot were themed for the holidays which made the exhibit festive and joyful. =)

Christmas balls
Curtain of Christmas balls..
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And another…
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Purple bulbs…
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And reds…
“Holen” or marbles on this trunk as Christmas decor..
Christmas embellishments
And these…

I specifically loved those lamps that are made from coconut. Even these wall decors were made from coconuts.

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Mother and child…
Lamp from coconut shells…

The ingenuity of Filipinos are like gifts that are timeless and sprinkled by God since time immemorial.

rice box
Looked like a vintage/ shabby chic type cabinet to me…
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And it was a rice box when I opened it…=)
A happy Christmas everyone! ❤

Visiting fairs like these inspires me a lot. I look forward to see more at every chance. =)


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-An only daughter. A mother of a 22 year old son. Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First of which is to write. Then, sing (I specifically love the stage), read, cook, travel & take beautiful pictures (photography) and scrap booking, all of which are my own way of coping with life's challenges. Lately, I have been enjoying quilting and crafting with beaded fabrics. Friends usually associate me with the color violet. I love this color so much! However, I love pink, red, teal, orange, yellow as well! Coffee is my water and my happy food is cheesecake topped w/ blueberries, frozen yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because that is one of my favorite food along w/ broccoli with prawns and mushrooms. Of all the International cuisines, Japanese food is on top of my list. Secretly, I love "Stitch" - that grinning indigo pup. =) Seriously, I dream to become a philanthropist (starting off by providing shelter to street children in our country) and a famous author someday. I'm just waiting for God's time for my first book to be published.- It took me years to decide to blog, more so to write and have it out in the open. I started writing even as a child, I just keep them on file. It was my outlet. Approaching the year(s) they say where life begins, or If I may say, the sweeter life. It was a year full of emotions. As I lost both my parents already, the unfathomable sadness prompted me to pour them out in my writings and share them to the world, hoping it might lighten the heaviness of my heart. I live now with my son as a mother and as a daughter (as a friend and a sister), this has made me be ready to finally do what I am meant to do. Even If there's a lot that I wanted to do. This came first, like a first love that occupied a special place in my heart. It's a looong process, tiring, frustrating, exciting. The best part? is the happiness it brings. Even if things around seems all so wrong. It's like having my own place under the sun. My own safe and happy rainbowed world. At times, there's guilt as well, for I strongly believe, writing (like singing) is a talent God has gifted us. We ought to use it and maximize it, in our littlest way, share it to mankind, for His glory. I just had a few distractions over the years and to realize that it is never too late to be who we ought to be, I have this very strong feeling, now is the time. All my life, I have decided on things that made me happy, this is one of those. I may never be a winner of those best blogs that have been awarded to talented writers/ bloggers and I don't mind, there are strikes of being envious, but according to my father, there are two kinds of being envy. There's envy that is negative, it'll hamper you from doing good and there's an envy that makes you happy for others' success, or seeing yourself in their shoes, I think, the kind of envy in me, is the latter. Like celebrities who missed an Oscar, while the film was watched by the whole world, she/he did not mind, it's like knowing what counts best, and it's the capacity to share your talents to anyone who wants to receive it, without asking anything in return. Expressing what's in my heart and mind on every occasion (which happens to be daily) and being happy about it is like a prize already. Happy reading!(--,)

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