M.F.A.A.M.L. (My Feeble Attempt at making Lladro)


I can’t imagine writing about my work at papemelroti and Lladro in one blog entry! But hey, it’s my blog and who’s going to stop me? We all know that Lladro is the amazing and world famous Spanish company that creates these fantastic and beautiful art / figurines. And there’s papemelroti based in the Philippines […]

Monday, December 9th, 2013

papemelroti nativity “Belen”


A lot of people / families depend on papemelroti (manufacturing / home and decor shops) for a living. One of them is a carver who does these wonderful belens (nativity sets) for us. My task is to give them a new look, a fresh coat of paint (literally and figuratively)! I wanted a bit more […]

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Playing with Clay

papemelroti owls

  When I was 15 years old, I made this for my Dad (my dad loves to sail and he had a small “optimist” dinghy). I used ordinary sun dried pottery clay. During summer breaks from school, my Mom would gather us siblings and have us form clay figurines which we will turn into figurines […]

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

more to learn from the apolinario mabini hapi wheelchair project


Whenever I look at art, I can’t help but think how the work was done. I think it is important to look at art as a whole AND notice the details as well. Most of all, I think it is important to enjoy the work. Here are some thoughts that went on in my head […]

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Art from the Apolinario Mabini Hapi Wheelchair Project): Plet Bolipata


Just like the artist herself, Plet Bolipata’s wheelchair has a whole lot of personality. Plet has been one of my favorite artists from way way back. I absolutely love her whimsical, dreamy colorful paintings. These are some of Plet’s wonderful wonderful work. Her style has translated to her sculptural pieces. Something about Plet’s wheelchair: “WINGED […]

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Art from the Apolinario Mabini Hapi Wheelchair Project: Agnes Arellano


I am no great journalist – I’m not even a journalist at all – or even a writer. But I will try my best to observe, write, document of how I think these wonderful wheelchairs (from the Apolinario Mabini Hapi Wheelchair Project) were made from.              One of my favorite sculptors is Agnes Arellano. This […]

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Me and the Apolinario Mabini Wheelchair Project

apolinario mabini hapi wheelchair project

I was honored to be asked and create for the “wheelchair project”. Alongside me were top artists of the Philippines: there’s  Eric (Kidlat Tahimik) de Guia, Kawayan de Guia, Io Regalado, Leeroy New, Plet Bolipata, Don Sulabayba, Ling Quisumbing, Karen Flores, Nuqui Cuizon, Wendy Regalado, Gerry Leonardo, Marc Cosico, Aba Dalena and my personal favourite: […]

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Helping make a movie poster


Thea is a very special friend – she came with us to the Mountain Province to give school supplies to children who need materials for the new school year. See pictures here: When Thea needed some help to make some art / movie poster for school, i said yes! I told her, bring a white […]

Friday, July 12th, 2013



Robert, make us “art”! I was delighted to be asked by ELLE Decor and I always wanted to do a series of portraits – this was my chance! I used water-colour and some acrylics. I basically played around and just did what I felt like doing – no pressure of a “client” liking my work. […]

Thursday, July 4th, 2013