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Abstract Artist Nadine Ibay Launches Her Very Own NMI Art Gallery

Artist Nadine Ibay at the NMI Art Gallery

Artist Nadine Ibay

Alongside some media friends, I recently attended the launch of NMI Art Gallery, named after the abstract artist herself, Nadine M. Ibay. 

NMI Art Gallery by Nadine Ibay
NMI Art Gallery by Nadine M. Ibay

21-year-old abstract artist Nadine loves traveling, and indulges in her various interests as she continuously develops her craft. This young artist recently held her first solo exhibit, which was a huge success, at the Green Sun Hotel in Makati City last 2017.

An adherent to the principles of Eclecticism, Nadine admires the principles of Gustav Klimt and Banksy, two contrasting artists from different eras known for their private life and highly personal styles of art. In the antithesis of elements found in her painting amidst the vivid array of colors on her canvas, Nadine strives to develop her own style of art born from her own principles as inspired by the great masters before her.

Title: Love It If We Made It (Arylic Mixed Media)

She has an unrelenting thirst for inspiration and finds creative influence in the splendor of nature, and the complexity found in the lyrics and melody of a song. This young artist is the embodiment of her own art—from the jewelry she wears to the antique pieces and crystals she collects,Nadine transforms the numinous realms of meditation and dreams into the reality of her paintings.

NMI Art Gallery


NMI Art Gallery houses contemporary modern artworks. Freshly established in 2018 and run by the artist herself—Nadine Ibay has broken the odds of putting up her own gallery, showing an art independence remarkable for her youth. Nadine’s paintings are filled with bold identity and vivid imagery that stimulate its audiences and move them to pleasant and positive moods—showcasing a combination of enchanting colors molded from the artistry of the mystical world. Within the enveloping white walls, her art is a collection of dimensions and a mixture of forms where each painting is a mirror of emotions showing the authenticity of every art piece; an invitation to an experimental adventure to a lifestyle of flowing passion, spontaneous connection, and pure excitement.


As an artist, Nadine seeks balance in the duality of the world through the abstraction of color, of the form, of art’s own meaning. Finding inspiration from the natural world and the mystical realms, Nadine translates into visual incarnation the artistry of vision unique to her own developing style of art.

The dichotomy of her old soul is the quintessence of her art. The materials she uses—acrylic paints, spray paints, mineral pigments,gold leafs, and textured canvasses bring to life a variety of art that is only given meaning by the eyes that appreciate it. Because of her ability to translate the metaphysical into reality, her paintings are more than a splash of color, they are the personification of emotion. Nadine’s abstract art extends beyond the boundaries of her canvas and captures the attention of all who gaze upon it.

Aside from paintings, Nadine also collects crystals and antique pieces which gives a lot of people an impression that hers is an old soul that seeking for satisfaction in the current reality.

While today’s young generation is good at expressing themselves through more accessible platforms such as social media, individuals like Nadine Ibay are born in order to break the norm. It is young talents like her that provides depth and meaning to a generation that’s sometimes carried away by the superficial. Her effort to open this new gallery is in itself a great trend-twist.

The exhibit would not have been possible without the generous help of the following sponsors:

E.M Cuerpo, Davies, Columbus, Digee, R.R Encabo, GEO, DVF, Hillmarc, Bostik and 5599 Marketing. Nadine feels so grateful for all the support these sponsors have given her.

To experience her work, you may visit NMI Art Gallery on Facebook or

Twinings Phils. CoolLuxe Design Competition Awarding & Tea Appreciation Event

Twinings Grand Prize

Twinings Philippines, the original British tea maker which originated at the heart of sophisticated culture in London, recently concluded the “TWININGS #COOLLUXE DESIGN COMPETITION” held at one of the hottest casual dining bars in the metro – BROTZEIT, located at the EDSA Shangri-la Plaza, Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City in an intimate ‘tea party” event. This capped the successful series of university tour campaigns in selected top 6 UNIVERSITIES namely, UP College CAFA department, Far Eastern University Manila- CAFAD; University of Sto. Tomas-CFAD; St. Paul University Q.C.; Miriam College Q.C. and The University of the Asia and the Pacific.

The goal to reach out to the younger generation and introduce them to the world of Twinings Tea in a different approach – with the London “Cool Luxe”  theme, via a Design competition proved very effective. “Cool Luxe,” is a term coined to define the up and coming Londoner who aspires for the finer things in life but with a modern, sophisticated and individualistic style to showcase to the world.     With this campaign, Twinings Philippines was able to connect with the younger segment. All the winning enries ( the top 5; top vote; runners up and the grand prize)  are not only being featured in Twinings SOCIAL MEDIA pages such as, INSTAGRAM @twiningsph; FB@twiningsphilippines and the official contest website, their designs will also have the chance to be used in the next Twinings premium gift items in the coming months.

Twinings Brand Ambassador of Southeast Asia, Charles Smith; Michael B. Fajardo, Country Manager of AB Food and Beverages Philippines, FEU Staff of Student Development representative, Ian Margarette Maclang; Grand Prize Winner, JAYVIC VALDEPENA (ORGANOLEPTIC TEA FANTASY) from FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES, and TwiningsBrand Manager, Ms. Rose Gulapa.

The guests were officially welcomed by Twinings Philippines Brand Manager, Rose Gulapa. Everyone experienced what it was like to have an actual afternoon tea, as the Brotzeit team served a variety of tasty sandwiches, cakes and pastries, paired with a delectable hot cup of Twinings tea. While enjoying their afternoon tea, the guests were also serenaded by some of the schools’ homegrown talents. An exclusive short tea appreciation talk was conducted by the Twinings Brand Ambassador for Southeast Asia, Charles Smith, wherein he briefly shared the Twinings heritage and the history of Earl Grey, the types of tea, and how to make the perfect cup of tea.

Twinings Brand Ambassador of Southeast Asia, Charles Smith; Michael B. Fajardo, Country Manager of AB Food and Beverages Philippines, representative of Patricia Ann Tan, University of Sto Tomas Advertising, Mr. Mikhail Philippe Lee and  Twinings Philippines Brand Manager, Ms. Rose Gulapa.

Winners of the design competition were awarded by Country Manager of AB Food and Beverages Philippines, Michael B. Fajardo; Twinings Brand Ambassador of Southeast Asia, Charles Smith and Twinings Philippines Brand Manager, Rose Gulapa. The event was hosted by the seasoned event DJ/event host and Marketing Executive of VIVA live Entertainment, Lee Viloria.








TOP VOTE AWARD – PATRICIA ANN TAN-  (ENGLISH DREAMER –DESIGN)  from UST who won PHP 10, 000 cash + certificate and a gift bag from Twinings.

Second runner-up – DANICA MARIE NOLASCO  – (A SPLASH OF LONDON) from UNIVERSITY OF STO. TOMAS –CFAD ADVERTISING. She won a SPECIAL DESIGN TWININGS TROPHY and a cash prize of PHP 10,000 PESOS, plus a gift bag from TWININGS.  The University also received a cash prize of PHP 5,000 PESOS.

First-runner up -WARREN LADION (Crazy Love) – from University of Sto. Tomas Advertising Arts, who received a cash prize of Php 30,000.00 and the faculty /University also received 10,000.00 cash.

Grand Prize – JAYVIC VALDEPENA (ORGANOLEPTIC TEA FANTASY) from FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES, who received 50,000.00 cash.  The faculty received PHP 20,000 PESOS.

My Thoughts on Pawning

Cebuana Lhuillier

When it comes to pawning, it is the one thing I grew up having a negative connotation over. You wouldn’t catch me red-handed, to be anywhere near a pawnshop, for sure! But now that I’m grown, I have come to realize that pawning is nothing different than getting a loan with your personal property as a collateral.

The negative connotation on pawning may come from those that make pawning a habit. It is of course, always wiser to have the interest work for you. But in the event that you find yourself strapped for cash, and in urgent need to pay something off, is it not a good thing to have something of value that you can use as collateral to settle the bill?  It boils down to discipline, and the fact that it is not a perfect world. Makes sense, right? I know, it took me a while to embrace that.

appraised bangle at Cebuana Lhuillier

More than stuff that depreciate, I learned a long time ago (thanks Mom!) that investing on jewelry is way wiser since it becomes an asset, as opposed to buying say, a car, that depreciates over time. 🙂  (more…)

4 Tips to Caring for Your Wig

how to care for wigs

Wigs require little maintenance and care and that’s exactly what makes them great. They allow you to have perfect hair each day, with almost no effort. This means that caring for your wig can be easier than you imagined. Moreover, properly caring for your wig increases its lifespan, meaning you get to use it for longer.

Unlike caring for your natural hair, wigs are easier and more cost-effective to maintain long-term. You wear it over and over until it gets old. Whether you love your wigs straight or with curls, it’s important to know how to care for them. The following are 4 tips to help you care for your wig:

Top 4 Ways to Caring for Wigs

  1. Frequency of Washing

It is recommended that you wash and shampoo your wigs regularly, about every one to two months of wearing it. This routine helps in maximizing wig life. Fill a basin with cold water and add one tablespoon of shampoo. Immerse your wig in the water and leave it for at least one minute and then gently agitate it.


Self-care and Confidence: Three women share the secret getting ahead of the game

SkinWhite Lotion

In this day and age, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life, but these three professionals share their secret to making the most of their time and staying on top of the game.

SkinWhite Lotion

For 22-year old Pauline Del Rosario, it’s self-care. “As a real estate agent, I’m always on the go,” she says. “I don’t have a lot of time in the morning to prep myself up before I face potential buyers. But I know I need to face them with confidence knowing how it can help me close a sale! Good thing there’s SkinWhite PowerWhitening Lotion. All I need is just a few drops to make my skin instantly whit, making me feel more self-assured.  What’s more, I don’t have to worry about the harmful sun rays because my skin gets a big dose of SPF 20 throughout the day”. (more…)

5 benefits of a foot spa treatment

foot spa

Our feet is some of the most abused parts of our body, especially for those whose work has them being on their feet for the better part of the day. but even not being on your feet is not that great because having a sedentary lifestyle, coupled with having to wear shoes can cause tired, aching feet.

A foot spa is a great way to pamper yourself. you not only get rid of the aches and pains, but you are getting other benefits such as reducing headaches and the like. A foot spa usually involves having your feet soaked in a warm foot bath followed by other treatment like reflexology and massage and even a pedicure.

foot spa

Here are some of the benefits that you can get with a regular foot spa treatment.

1. It can help relieve your stress – looking for the perfect pick-me-up after a stressful day? A trip to your local spa for the perfect foot spa treatment is just the trick. You will immediately feel soothed with the relaxing foot bath, and if you do the massage, you’ll surely feel the stress leaving your body. (more…)

Choosing a suitable venue for a special event

wedding venue

If this is the first time you are planning for an event such as a party for a birthday, farewell, wedding, or anniversary, it could be overwhelming. Deciding on a venue, the date of the event, the number of invited guests, catering options, and etc. Among the first things to decide on is the date of the event and the venue to hold the event. Here are some basic tips to help you get started:

Looking for a venue

The earlier you start your search for a venue the better. But first, you will need to know your budget, the estimated size of the event, and the required space needed. (more…)

Feeling Healthier and #BeYOUtiful with HyC 150

HyC 150

After having tried a handful of skin care supplements, I have come to experience for myself the difference of the collagen drink HyC 150. The Hyaluron, Collagen, and Ubiquinol combination that other collagen supplements don’t have,  might just be the winning combination. I have long put away the belief that supplements like this has everything to do with vanity. This, after experiencing the incredible relief from suffering from dry eyes for months on end, after taking HyC 150 for a week. Now before I get ahead of myself, what is the big deal about collagen anyway?

What’s the big deal about Collagen?

As we age, the amount of collagen that our body produces is diminished. From producing a youthful type of collagen, our bodies transition to producing an older type of collagen. Collagen has a lot to do with the elasticity of our skin. And as our skin ages, elastin production also decreases.

HyC 150

Yes, I have done my homework and not just take a brand’s claim on their products. It does make sense, right? It does not take me a whole lot to tell that I’m in need of supplementation. Possibly because I have been working long hours in front of the computer as a virtual assistant from 2009, it has taken its toll on my poor eyes. I may not be wearing glasses just yet, but my dry eyes have always been my tell-tale sign. HyC 150 has since been my go to collagen supplement drink. Aside from HyC 150’s health benefits, the icing to the cake is my skin is more supple. What’s not to love about HyC 150? 🙂 (more…)

Diana Stalder Celebrates 22nd Anniversary!

Diana Stalder 22nd anniversary sale

It began with the core philosophy of providing trusted and affordable skin care brand for Filipinos; 22 years later, Diana Stalder Face, Body, Skincare and Cafe remains committed to delivering the promise of a better you.

Services. It offers a variety of skincare treatments that address the needs of even the most delicate skin type, complemented by highly skilled therapists, to ensure delivery of desired treatment results. (more…)