Thursday, August 24, 2017

The 1st National Swap Meet: For Collectors, By Collectors

Collectors unite for the biggest gathering of all kinds in the country! Mark your calendars and get ready for the 1st National Swap Meet: For Collectors, By Collectors that will be happening on August 25-27, 2017 at Function Halls 1-3, SMX Aura, City of Taguig.

The event will be showcasing a vast display of various collectibles like toys, action figures, antiques, vintage items, books, prints, and unique curiosities await serious collectors and hobbyists for purchase, swap or auction. Other than that, an exciting program of activities provides entertainment, fun and games, while various talks and workshops provide gainful information and new ideas in the world of collecting as a hobby. Because of these, the venue becomes an ideal rendezvous for collectors meeting other collectors of similar interests.

The best part? The Philippine Toy Groups Association will donate toys for the children of Marawi though their initiative the "Toys For Marawi." The 1st National Swap Meet exercises social responsibility through this activity by aiming to address the pressing need for mental stimulation and psychological healing for the children traumatized by the ongoing conflict in Marawi.

The Philippine Star reports that according to Vice Gov. Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), trauma therapists have recommended the distribution of toys to children now in cramped conditions at evacuation centers. “There are non-government organizations and peace-advocacy groups that can help us out on this. Any help shall be highly appreciated,” said Lucman, who is also a Maranao and ARMM’s social welfare secretary. 

 “We are knocking on the hearts of parents and children in peaceful regions to donate used toys, but not toy guns or anything of the sort,” added ARMM health secretary Kadil Sinolinding Jr. 

 Toys For Marawi donation boxes will be placed around the event area so that visitors get the opportunity to bring toys they once loved and give it new life by sharing to others. The event organizers urge everyone to help and support this cause, as even the smallest act of charity creates a ripple that impacts the greater good.

The 1st National Swap Meet is produced and organized by ArtisteSpace in collaboration with Philippine Toy Groups Association and the invaluable support of its partners – The Dark Knight PH, Toy Collector’s Lounge, SHFiguarts Philippines, Southside Transformers, Robot Pilipinas, The Mighty CollecTHORS PH, Red Toys, P.D.O.S., Digimon PH Collectors Club, TS 118, PH Star Wars Empire, Playmobil Collectors Philippines, Southern Dollies, Doll Collectors Swap & Sell, Dollvisoria, Barbie Filipino Friends, From Famous to Forgotten Super Robot, Vintage Voltes V DX Collection, Monogatari Series Philippines, MUSICars, PinoyLUG, Toy Collectors of Cavite United, Macross PH, KeithG Bricks, Voltes V Int’l Fan Page, SICness PH, DC Collectors Philippines, Pinoy Batman Kolektors, Gunpla Chuva, POSK & Juansix+ Let’s Volt In Group, DCPH, Comic Artists, Robot Collectors Haven, 3A Manila, Pinoy MInimates and sponsors – GSM, San Jose Builders, Taters and Chimara.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sakroots X BDJ Passion Series: Dream To Live

It's been a while since I've last attended a BDJ event. So far this is the only one I attended this year other than the BDJ Women's Summit. When I first saw this event poster online, I didn't hesitate to sign up since I always wanted to learn how to make my own dreamcatcher. I wanted one of my own when I was a kid, but I could never find any at the malls before. Buying a dreamcatcher is easy. Learning to make one yourself? Priceless!

Fortunately, I was one of the lucky (15) fifteen Bellas to score an invite at the Sakroots X BDJ Passion Series: Dream To Live. The event was held last August 12 in The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on 3/F, Garden Wing Area at Trinoma. The event was split into two, the first part was an inspiring talk about being ready and inspired to dream while the second part was a hands-on workshop on how to create your own dreamcatchers.

Passion Talks with Shai Lagarde

Writer, Media Producer, Youth Counselor and Style Blogger - Shai Lagarde tells us how she transformed herself from a simple province girl with huge dreams to an award winning goal-getter.

What I truly admire from her talk is how dedicated and disciplined she is in managing her time to get things done. She honest in telling us how dreams would only work if you do. For example: By "mapping" your dreams early, you won't get easily lost when you're working on it. I love the fruitful talk and I hope that I could absorb all the tips that we've learned from her.

Dreamcatcher Weaving Workshop with Alecka Eclarino

Owner of Crafterina Handmade - Alecka Eclarino spills all her trade secrets on how to weave your own dreamcatcher. The first part of the workshop was an introduction on how dreamcatchers came about. It is said that the legend of the dreamcatcher originated from the Ojibwa Tribe (Chippewa) where they believed that night is full of both good and bad dreams. When a dreamcatcher is hanged above the place where you sleep, it moves freely in the night air and catches the dreams as they drift by. The good dreams, knowing their way, pass through the opening in the center of the webbing. While the bad dreams, not knowing the way, are caught in the webbing and destroyed at the first light.

From there, we started weaving our own dreamcatchers using the supplied materials. I love how Ms. Alecka is very engaging with all her students. I swear, she assists everyone so that we could all finish our artworks together.

At first, I REALLY had a hard time doing mine because I tend to get stressed-out if my crafts aren't that "perfect". Maybe it's my perfectionist-artist-afraid-of-creating-disappointing-artworks that's annoying me but I've came to accept from Ms. Alecka that some of the imperfections do make an interesting impact on the dreamcatchers itself. That's what makes our creations unique, there's no wrong or right way of doing it... but of course you still need to get the structure right. Again, It's a bit tricky at first but I'm starting to get the hang of it.

Throughout the workshop, they were judging the best dreamcatcher (in terms of aesthetics / skill / speed) from the bunch. Here's the winning creation:

The talks didn't just leave us food for thought, we were also full from the delicious sandwiches and indulgent drinks from CBTL. The servings were so big that we had to share them, some even had theirs for take out!

All in all, it was a well-spent afternoon and I enjoyed every part of it. There was never a dull moment and I wish the workshop time was longer. Nevertheless, we got to take home a Sakroots bag with goodies like a Crafterina Handmade Kit so that we could make ours at home instead. Can't wait to start on a bigger one! Will let you ladies know how it turns out when it's done! To the dreamers out there, cheers!

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