We gave the gift of light with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

27 April 2016

After our mini bookish outing at last Saturday's Dia del Libro, we headed to 26th Street Bistro for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Give the Gift of Light project. We weren't supposed to go anymore but the opportunity to help other kids have the chance to a better quality of life was too good to pass up.

It was a delight to see the place packed with people wanting to pledge and volunteer their time, effort, and money to help give light to the kids of the Dumagat tribe. ♡ We weren't able to start on our lamps right away because we had to wait for other people to finish using their soldering irons!

Dia del Libro in Makati

24 April 2016

Thank god for technology and the way it alerts us to events that might be up our alley and lets us decide whether to go or not. That was what I instantly thought of when I found out about Dia del Libro organized by Instituto Cervantes in partnership with the National Book Development Board (NBDB), Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, WTA Architecture and Design Studio, and the Intellectual Property Office in the Philippines, among others.

Wore my fun. wire ring custom-made by Ana because I was sure it was going to be a fun Saturday!
Dia del Libro is held annually every April 23 it is an important day in the world of literature. My friend (and my boyfriend Miah's former classmate) Boj informed us that they used to hold it in Kalaw, but this year they held the event in Ayala Triangle Gardens.
In Spain where Dia del Libro started, the 23rd of April is St. George’s Day, a day when men and women exchange roses and books. April 23 is also the day two of the world’s greatest authors, Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, died. Thus, UNESCO declared April 23 as “World Book and Copyright Day.” 
In the Philippines, April is the birth month of the great classic Filipino poet, Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar, the man behind the epic poem Florante at Laura. To honor him, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts declared April as National Literature Month. 
I was so overwhelmed with all the things happening around me that I didn't get to take a lot of photos!

Earth Day 2016: Give the Gift of Light with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

22 April 2016

Do you remember those power outages in the early '90s? I think I was in Kindergarten or Elementary that time, and I remember feeling majorly inconvenienced because it was difficult to read in the dark. But I persisted, with the help of candlelight. The oldies say that's the reason why I had to wear glasses at an early age, but joke's on them because the reason I wear glasses is astigmatism.

Anyway. I'm so glad that power outages are now a rare occurrence, but spare a thought for the people in some communities in the Philippines that still continue to live without electricity in their homes. To them it's not just temporary; it's a permanent reality.

To celebrate Earth Day, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, through its Caring Cup program, is supporting the United Nations’ 7th goal for sustainable development: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY. Recognizing that a great number of communities in the Philippines still continue to live without electricity in their homes, one of the most basic necessities for decent living conditions, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is hoping to do its part to respond to the need by giving the gift of light through its partnership with My Shelter Foundation for its Liter of Light project.

The Liter of Light (or Isang Litrong Liwanag) project is an initiative that brings solar lamps to communities that lack electricity. Recent developments have enabled My Shelter Foundation to convert common kerosene lamps into a medium that gives people access to sustainable light. Kerosene lamps are one of the cheapest light devices in energy poor areas, yet the downside is that they let out toxic smoke harmful to the health of individuals. Through the Liter of Light project, the kerosene lamps are made clean, becoming a source of light that does not give off harmful fumes through a combination of a simple circuit, LED, solar panel, and battery.

Happy April Feels!

17 April 2016

I was feeling too lazy to get out of bed this morning. I was still tired from the major event we had last Thursday, the extreme heat and humidity were not helping, and San Juan is too faaar. But I just couldn't let this pass me by. Also, waffles. So instead of spending the day lounging in bed, I spent it feeling the feels and celebrating Filipino romance books with fellow Filipino romance lovers through an event organized by #romanceclassApril Feels Day!

And what a wise decision it was. ♡

International music and local fashion come together with Oxygen x Billboard

12 April 2016

Got passion for music and fashion? You will love this new collaboration. ᒄ₍⁽ˆ⁰ˆ⁾₎ᒃ♪♬

Music and fashion enthusiasts, mark the date. Oxygen, the preferred fashion brand of the stylish youth, is holding a pop-up music fest on April 14 at TriNoma’s Activity Center to launch its exclusive partnership with global music giant Billboard.