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Our new kitchen is done!
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Dear friends and family,

At long last our 11-year-old kitchen has been renovated!

When we started to build our house 13 years ago, we were on a super tight budget. We couldn’t afford a professional kitchen manufacturer, so we had a carpenter-made kitchen, designed by Ed Calma nonetheless.

Since Jeroen is a chef, we wanted an open kitchen (at right) so he would not be left out while a party was going on.


Big Ass Fan at home


This was our kitchen in 2005


Our kitchen in 2005


and in 2007


Jeroen cooking


From the onset, our kitchen had many problems—like a leak that warped the wooden cabinets when it rained, to a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher that worked maybe 20 times until it conked out (don’t buy this brand!!), and an exhaust fan that didn’t work.

The counter top we chose chipped everywhere and was taped until we could renovate. The Insinkerator broke many times and the Fisher & Paykel refrigerator door just fell off after 13 years.

We’re lucky that we’re able to afford a new kitchen more than ten years later.

After consulting with architects Kellyn See and Rex Gapuz, we decided to go for Siematic, which is one of the best in Manila.

Prior to demolition, I asked Jeroen to have the open kitchen boarded up so that debris wouldn’t spill out into the rest of the house.


Kitchen renovation


Six months later, it’s done!


New kitchen


The exhaust fan works!!


New kitchen


We have lots of cupboards  and a handsome black Fedders chiller and freezer from S&R


New kitchen


The hallway is now boarded up as we change all the flooring from Ondoy vinyl* to tile.

The kids helped us pick out the new tile from five samples. Next we’ll be fixing the dining area.


Living room


Thank you Kellyn & Rex, Mr. Puyat, painter Noel, Siematic, all the workers, our house help who clean, and most especially to God for giving us the resources to fix our house.


*Typhoon Ondoy ruined our laminates so we had a temporary vinyl installed for five years!!




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Pepper Lunch offers merienda size promo
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Merienda Size, Merienda Price is a new and exciting promo, ongoing at all Pepper Lunch restaurants until August 31, 2014.

Drop by between 2-6 PM daily to enjoy Beef or Chicken Pepper Rice for only Php 160, or Beef or Chicken Aglio Olio pasta dishes for Php 185. What’s more, it comes with free iced tea!


PL Merienda Promo A4 size


Visit Pepper Lunch at these locations:

Powerplant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La Plaza, Alabang Town Center, SM Megamall A, Robinsons Ermita, The Peak Davao, Subic Harbor Point, Eastwood Mall, Ayala Cebu, Fishermall, Century City Mall, Ayala Centrio Mall CDO, and Mall of Asia.


Follow Pepper Lunch on Facebook, Twitter @pepperphil, or Instagram @pepperlunchph.




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Tried & Tested: Nivea's in-shower skin conditioner
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HONG KONG—Hyatt Regency‘s bathrooms are chuva-approved!

It’s my second time to stay here. Location is at Hanoi Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, right across from Holiday Inn at Mody Road. Lobby isn’t great and you have to change elevators from street level to lobby to reach your room.

Room is clean and normal, but the bathrooms are minimalist and modern, just the way we like it.

One day I’ll have a shower and bath just like this—separate but in one stall.


Shower and bath


Counter sink is a must


Bathroom


Plus clean toilet


Toilet


I ran out of moisturising soap, so I bought myself a big bottle of Nivea’s in-shower skin conditioner at Watsons.


Nivea skin conditioner


Nivea’s in-shower skin conditioner was recently launched in Manila for three skin types: dull, dry, and normal.


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Skin conditioner works pretty much like hair conditioner.

When I was young we didn’t have hair conditioner at home, so I had many split ends. One of the things I liked to do in high school was to clip the split ends when the teacher wasn’t looking. Now hair conditioner is pretty much part of my shower routine.


One of the things I hate while traveling is what I call “hotel itch”. That’s when my legs suddenly itch due to the change in weather, so applying lotion is a must.

Unfortunately I am too lazy to put skin lotion everyday. Sometimes I remember, but most of the time I forget. Nivea’s in-shower skin conditioner works for me because I can shower with it, rinse, and it will leave a non-sticky moisturiser on my skin.

I do not recommend using it on the face though. I would still use a facial cleanser for the face.

I tried and it felt a bit too oily for the face. For the rest of the body is perfect though.


Nivea


Needless to say, I did not feel the “hotel itch” and will continue to use this in Manila.

Nivea in-shower skin conditioner is now available in supermarkets and drug stores. Find them on the shelves, along with traditional body moisturisers.

To know more about Nivea’s newest products, like them on Facebook.




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Delta + four major airlines move to NAIA 3
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Good news for Delta Airlines travelers to and from Manila, Philippines: they’re moving to NAIA Terminal 3 beginning July 31, 2014 for arrivals and August 1st for departures.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates, Singapore Air and Cathay Pacific will also be transferring to Terminal 3 by the middle to end of August. (Source)

NAIA Terminal 3 promises larger departure and immigration halls, a smoother walk between the airport entrance and gates, more seating areas, less congestion at security, and more shopping and dining options.


Airport Reflection

Photo: Dexter Baldon


Take note:

If you need to transfer between Terminal (T1) and Terminal (T3), allow at least 1½ hours to transfer between terminals.

An airport shuttle is available between terminals. The shuttle departs every 30-45 minutes, and the ride to T3 takes approximately 30 minutes.

Taxi service is also available between terminals. Taxis are located curbside at the T1 departure level, and the ride to T3 takes approximately 30-90 minutes.

Proceeding through the security checkpoint at T3 takes approximately 30 minutes.

BusinessElite® travellers may access Pacific Club in Manila,located on the L1 Mezzanine level. (Source)




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Who's afraid to fly to Hong Kong?
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One of our favourite couples—Darren and Kissa McDermott—recently moved to Hong Kong.


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When we found out they were leaving, Jeroen made a plan with his afam friends to visit Darren.

Well, Hong Kong is on final sale, so I told Jeroen I am tagging along—with my friend Patrice.

I was really looking forward to this trip until planes started falling from the sky—starting with Malaysian Airlines (MH 17) on July 17th, followed by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways on July 24, and Air Algerie on July 25.

To think Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 hasn’t even been found yet since March 8.


My fear of flying hit the roof two days before our trip. The night before I had no sleep.

It’s also my first time to try Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy. I figured 1.5 hours won’t hurt. Only the food did—an adobo roll that looked kawawa. Not that I eat on the plane anyway.


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I kept my eyes on the screen watching the minutes count down and the altitude go up.

I prayed five rosaries and watched an afam next to me praying as well. I’m sure half the plane was scared to fly. I tried to play a few games of Maleficent but it made my heart beat faster.

I had deep conversations with God. Forty five minutes later, I started to think we are going to land safely. And we did!


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Hong Kong reunion (L-R): Darren McDermott, Joeri Timp, Joris Spanhoff, Jeroen van Straten, Jasper van den Borne


Also on our flight were my Carlo Tanseco and Chunchi Soler


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Victor Basa and Divine Lee—I keep seeing this couple in Hong Kong :)


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At the airport I kept seeing men in yellow shoes—a sign from God!!


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yellow shoes


At least one of them was chic


yellow shoes


Actor Lee Min Ho is everywhere!!


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lee min ho


And McDonald’s isn’t selling any patties due to the recent sanitation scandal


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I spotted a T-shirt that looks like Andre Chang


Andre Chang tee Andre Chang


Then ended the day with the best steak and frites at La Vache with Fed Tan of Social/Capital (L) and JJ Acuña (The Wanderlister)


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Look who's on Preview's Best Dressed 2014
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In 1999, I was on Mega magazine’s first ever Best Dressed issue. That was 15 years ago. (Photo: Lorraine Belmonte)


Cecile van Straten, Mega 1999


This year, I am one of Preview‘s Best Dressed—achieve! Hehe.

Seriously though my colour scheme hasn’t changed. And I am still difficult to photograph. (Photo: Koji Arboleda)


Comme des Garçons collectionCecile van Straten


When I was a kid we had film cameras and flashbulbs. You only took pictures during special occasions, unlike now where kids take selfies all the time and are used to the camera. That said, I would rather take pictures than be in them.

This month’s Preview (July 2014) features Georgina Wilson and Celine Lopez on the cover.


Preview cover July 2014


This year, Preview wanted to do more than come up with a list of best-dressed girls. So they decided to put two unlikely women together and ask them to converse. This year’s list also includes Jo Ann Bitagcol, Kim Jones, Ria Prieto, Pam Quiñones, Anne Arcenas, Marga Valdes-Trinidad, Tina Ong, Tinay Villiamiel, Zelda Kienle, Jessica Kienle, Dr. Aivee Teo, Jessica Yang, Marite Fe Ganse, Martine Cajucom, and Joane Laygo.


Also in the Best Dressed issue, Daryl Chang puts together a shopping guide for the first-time Manila visitor (or even long-time resident) including shopping haunts, a designer directory, and great finds that champion Philippine talent and craftsmanship.

They’ve also rounded up 30-plus pairs of the hottest footwear out there—and would you believe none of them have heels?

In the beauty pages you’ll find an arsenal of tools—from the right brush to different irons and blow dryers; plus how to get the perfect minimalist face in just 10 minutes.

Ann Jacobe takes you through a gym she’s dubbed “The Playground” and a healthy diet turned food business that’s given her the energy and glow of a woman half her age.

New neighborhood joints to eat in, Max Eigenmann’s photo diary from Art Basel Hong Kong, and a Q&A with Gab Valenciano are all in Preview July 2014.




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My Oishi Sundate with Christian
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Because of my work, I get lots of invitations. But for me to actually go to an event, there must be something special or different about it. This invitation from Oishi was difficult to ignore—a giant pack of chips landed at our front door.


OIshi event


Inside the mother sack are tons of Oishi’s newest chips featuring Team O’s Elmo Magalona, Daniel Padilla, and Ramon Bautista.


Oishi chips


The package included an invitation to a Snacktacular meet and greet with Team O at Glorietta.

“Who likes Daniel Padilla?” I asked the maids.

Ma’am, lahat po,” said Mariza.

Sinong pinaka die hard?” I asked.

Si Aiza po.”


I would have liked to take Aiza to the Oishi event, but they decided Yaya Joan would come with me and Christian.

In case you didn’t know, Daniel Padilla—nephew of Robin Padilla and son of Rommel Padilla and Karla Estrada—is equivalent to Justin Bieber in the Philippines. I can’t remember the last teen idol adored at this level by the masses (do you?). Even Mich Dulce likes him.

So one Sunday I packed my son Christian (6) and Yaya Joan to Glorietta 2′s Activity Center.

My heart was weeping for Brazil, so Christian wore this despite his father’s disapproval.


Oishi event


The activity centre was packed. It was difficult to cut through the crowd and enter the venue. Good thing Franco Santos of Bridges spotted us and let us in.

While waiting for celebrities to arrive, I took Christian around the activity booths. First, we hit the soft serve machine made of Oishi milk with oats.

He chose chocolate


Oishi event


Then celebrities arrived and all of a sudden everyone went wild


Oishi event


Good thing Yaya Joan was there. I don’t know these people…it’s Colleen Garcia


Oishi event


She is dating Billy Crawford apparently


Oishi event


Christian and I went to the next booth, where you take an empty sack and fill it up at a mock grocery filled with chips. Christian loved this activity.


Oishi event


He knows his Oishi favourites by heart so he knew exactly what to get, starting with Marty’s Cracklings.


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Oishi event

Oishi event

Oishi event


Elmo Magalona did it too


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Elmo Magalona


Then Christian hit the trampoline, where he appeared to be jumping out of a pack of chips. It was hard to pull him away, trust me.


Oishi event


Ramon Bautista did it too


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My favourite booth was the Make Your Own Snack Mix


Oishi event


You get an empty paper bag and choose the type of chips you like (I chose potato fries)


Oishi event


Then you choose from different flavoured powders


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I chose nori, or Japanese seaweed


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Shake, shake the bag. OMG this was so good!! I wanted to go back the next day to make some more, but the booth was already gone. Oishi, please make these chips for sale!! You can call them Chuva Chips, hehe :)


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Robbie Becroft made some too


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We took our seats while waiting for the program to start. Christian was such a good boy.


Oishi event


And then screaming happened. Daniel Padilla had arrived.


Oishi event


My camera doesn’t quite capture the sound of my eardrums breaking



Oh, and Kathryn Bernardo was there.


Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla


They were brought backstage, and the show began with Team O’s Ramon Bautista, Slater Young, and Elmo Magalona


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Oishi event


Through the wonders of technology, Elmo sang a duet via music video with his father Francis Magalona


Elmo Magalona


Elmo never fails to make his mom Pia smile


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Daniel serenaded the fans


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And the show ended with Daniel’s latest TV commercial for Oishi. Watch and see Daniel Padilla in action



I totally get why they love him, Mich Dulce included.

Thank you Oishi for the fun Sundate!!


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Love, Christian


Oishi event




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Birthdays and blessings, Part 3
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As my dad said, all you need in life are five good friends.

While planning my party, I realised how many people I wanted to thank for their kindness, their time and generosity, and for being good to me and my family.

First to arrive were the DJs: Diego Mapa, whom I have known since 1990 when he was ‘this high’, and Melvin Mojica who has been my friend and collaborator since 1995.


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The two older boys waited for the party to start with their iPads


The boys waiting for party to start

The boys waiting for party to start


While Christian had a blast with The Cure



Traffic was really bad, but the guests finally arrived after 8 (what a relief). Promise, there was no dress code, but almost everyone really came in black, white, or blue


Guests arrive


My sister Ana (and her boyfriend Carlos) came early and ruined my eye makeup with her letter and present


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Jeroen and his mates: (L-R) Darren McDermott, Gerome Vizmanos (who was my classmate at Parsons NY), and Joris Spanhoff (a.k.a. the BFF)


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Me wearing “The Dress” — with Poma Malantic, Kevin Ching, Janina Dizon Hoschka, and Dennis Robles


Poma, Cecile, Kevin, Jenny, Dennis


Friends from the Grocery days: Yodel Pe (who did my invitation), Jo Ann Bitagcol (our muse), and Fren Te (who managed Defect)


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Newly weds Mikee Carrion and Nikki Luna


Mikee and Nikki Carreon


Hayden Kho was popular with the girls: Kerin Ching, childhood friend Lia Anonas, Rem de Vera (Kaladkarin of the Year awardee), Chiyo Tagami, Harriet van den Borne


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Rita Nazareno


Rita Nazareno


Takatoshi Kimachi, who designed the Pepper Lunch and Yakitori One stores


Takatoshi Kimachi


Grace Velasco—proof that great friends can be met online


Grace Velasco


Friends from the ’90s: Tata Montilla, Melvin Mojica, Fren Te, Princesse Fernandez, and my sister-in-law, Charmaine Zamora


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My cousins: RJ Galang, his wife Ana, and Robin Galang


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Stop the monopod! More collaborators: Melvin Mojica, Garovs and Ryan Vergara, Kellyn See and Rex Gapuz, Tinay Villamiel


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Dennis Robles, Jenny, Lucille and Candy Dizon, JP Singson


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Melvin Mojica, Kerin Ching and Nicolo Manahan


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Jeroen with my idol Lorraine Mabasa and her husband Johnby


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Friends from the industry: Alexei Villaraza and Dinna Vasquez


Alexei Villaraza and Dinna Vasquez


Patty Betita


Patty Betita


Kissa McDermott and Kevin Ching


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Feeling FIFA: Fumio Onishi


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Jo Ann Bitagcol (left) Ginggay dela Merced (right)


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Jasper van den Borne, Gerome Vizmanos, Lia Anonas, Van Porciuncula (who takes care of this site), Rem de Vera, Harriet van den Borne


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Drea Zuleta, Ana Galang, Grace Velasco, Erika Tatad


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Dancing to Hall & Oates: Judd Figueres and Melvin Mojica


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Choosing dessert: Christian with Lia Anonas


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Not everyone is here though. Some of my friends were traveling and some of the guests weren’t photographed.

I don’t get to celebrate every year, so thank you, Jeroen, for my party and thanks to everyone who was there!


Jeroen van Straten

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Special thanks to Patrick Diokno for the photos :)




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Birthdays and blessings, Part 2
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When was I younger my dad told me, all you need in life are five good friends. If you can count the number of good friends you have with one hand, then you are rich.

When I was planning my birthday party I wanted to thank the people who have done good to me, my husband, and my children through the years. I tried to keep it small, but the number swelled to 70.

I wish I had the budget for 100! But I had to keep the number down because of the cost.

From one long table, it became two.


Table setting


I always get a warm fuzzy feeling from Margarita Forés’ food. We always get good service and the feeling after that the party was a success.


Table setting

Food by Margarita Forés


First, I wanted a pizza oven for freshly baked pizza on the spot.


Food by Margarita Forés

Food by Margarita Forés


On the buffet were Spaghettini al Burro, Pasta Flambé in Parmigiano-Reggiano wheel, and handmade Pappardelle with cream truffle mushroom paste


Food by Margarita Forés

Food by Margarita Forés

Food by Margarita Forés

Food by Margarita Forés

Food by Margarita Forés


Norwegian salmon baked in salt crust


Food by Margarita Forés


Batter-fried halibut fillet and chips in cones


Food by Margarita Forés


Grilled prime ribeye cooked on the spot and served on dul dul salt blocks


Food by Margarita Forés


Julienned wing beans


Food by Margarita Forés


Insalata de Cesare, tossed in a Parmigiano-Reggiano wheel


Food by Margarita Forés

Food by Margarita Forés


Cebu lechon, and more.


Food by Margarita Forés


Plus drinks and dessert station with Crepe Millefoglie and cakes by Mara de la Rama and Mrs. Yulo


Food by Margarita Forés

Food by Margarita Forés


(To be continued)




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How Geraldine Mapa's work ended up in Time magazine
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By Gian Cruz


A washi tape is a decorative Japanese tape that tons of crafters are obsessed with. Call it a fancy masking tape. We have no idea how the washi tape came about and suddenly became trendy. Washi tapes are used to decorate everything from scrapbooks to gift wrappers and tea cups.


Washi Tape


Washi tape isn’t something one would easily associate with portraits, but artist Geraldine (“Ge”) Mapa can tell us otherwise. Her very first washi tape project was in November 2013 for the Bloom Arts Festival.

It was comprised of three 18” X 18” acrylic sheets with the portraits of Garovs Vergara, Twiggy, and Andy Warhol.


Khismet with Twiggy in wash tape

Khismet Maralit with a portrait of Twiggy


Last May 2014, Heima home and lifestyle store invited Ge to do a live washi tape demo at their craft event, which led to the creation of Margot and Richie Tenenbaum on clipboards.


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The event drew a lot of interest whether the artworks were for sale, which eventually led to Heima and Ge doing more portraits. So, for the 5th anniversary party of Heima, a Wes Anderson tribute was agreed upon, which led to Ge doing an additional ten more of Anderson’s characters, including Bill Murray in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.


Geraldine Mapa

Geraldine Mapa


Geraldine Mapa washi tape portraits


Meanwhile on Facebook, Ge Mapa got tagged by a friend about an exhibit of Bill Murray artworks, which was open to anyone in the world. Ge gave it a shot and submitted a photo of her work.

A week later, her artwork ended up in a Huffington Post article on the exhibit, but sadly not to her credit, so she contacted the curator and the Huffington Post.

The curator replied that the matter should be fixed, with the good news that her artwork was going to be part of the exhibit. On top of that, Ge also found out that Time magazine had made an inquiry about the piece. And that’s how she ended up on Time.


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The Bill Murray Art Show takes place on August 8, 2014 at Public Works in San Francisco, CA.

For more information, go to http://www.themurrayaffair.com/

To contact Ge Mapa, email her at laserlollipop@gmail.com.


Special thanks to HEIMA for the photos :)




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