“Every artist was first an amateur.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have not attempted to write about losing a loved-one. I do not have the strength for it. I lost my mother months ago and then I learned that there’s a proof that even in lowest times, you can find something positive from it. With me, I developed new relationships, or specifically new friendships.

Jen, the owner of Celestine Bazaar is my schoolmate during high school. We have common friends, though we’re not literally friends then. And very recently, that common friend brought us together. In a special way, it made me happy, because they reminded me of the good old days, and who I was.

Jen never stopped sending me comforting messages when she learned I lost my mom and it surprises me that she gives it to me, free-flowing. I really appreciate it. It meant a lot to me. I have been thinking of ways how I could give it back.

And during one of our chats, she invited me to visit her shop: “Celestine Bazaar”, she named it after her second mom, sister of her mom, who also passed away and we shared the same sentiments. She was very thoughtful. She and our common friend (who lost her mom too), made me feel that they understand what I’m going through.

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She invited me to visit the shop once, and instantly, when I get there, I found nice items for myself, I also bought one for my mom even if she’s physically no longer with me, I bought her a mirror. =)

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Onwards, the friendship continues and we discovered having the same interests, and one time, we ended up to collaborate by doing ex-deals. She allowed me to display my beaded stuff in her shop and I offered too that she can also display some stuff in my mom’s shop at home soon.

You will surely find items that will interest you at Celestine Bazaar. I, personally, each visit, left the place not empty handed. As there are too many good finds. Beautiful things in all corners are plenty and pretty. You’ll find yourself planning to go back again as you intend to buy more stuff.

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Here’s a peek of her dazzling collection:

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I am so proud of her to showcase and endorse the incredible craftsmanship of Filipino wood carvers from Paete, Laguna: The Wood carving capital of the Philippines. =)

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She is also meticulous in offering new items. Soon, we are going together to Paete, where she gets all of her wooden items that are intricately created. I can’t wait for that too.

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The floor lamps are one of her best sellers:

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Just in time for the Holiday season, please drop by at Celestine Bazaar for your gift items need or if you’re wanting to add some items for your house, or doing some renovations, or looking for items to fill-in your new home, the shop can provide for you.

Celestine Bazaar is located at: Bro Business Center, Pacita Avenue, San Pedro, Laguna 4023. You can contact them at: (02) 919 3922.

For more items, please visit their Facebook page too:


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…
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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. =)

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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..
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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.

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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. =)