We’ve just released the 6th issue of Katha magazine (it’s totally free!)

Today, we released the 6th issue of Katha, with the theme “local colors”.
From north to south, we explored our beloved homeland to feature homegrown talent.

It’s dedicated to all the creative Pinoys who never fail to make us thankful and proud to be a Filipino.

Wander and get lost in the pages of our 6th issue and get a glimpse of the rich and vibrant colors that the country has to offer. Click here to read the issue: http://bit.ly/katha-issue06


P.s. Katha magazine is one of the finalists in this year’s Tatt Awards! If you support our mission to empower, inspire, and unite local creatives or if you enjoyed reading our magazine, please vote for us here: http://www.tattawards2014.com/finalist/14/katha-magazine

You can use both your Facebook and Twitter accounts to vote, separately, and you can vote every hour! 🙂

Voting ends on August 3rd, 11:59pm. Please do tell your friends about it.

Thank you for your support! 🙂

A little help?

Hello friends! As you may know, I’m one of the founders of the free online magazine for Filipino creatives called Katha magazine (Here’s our Facebook page: http://facebook.com/kathamagazineph).

We started this magazine because we wanted to inspire, empower, and unite the local creative community. Inside our pages, you’d find collaborations and interviews with artists and crafters, diy tutorials and recipes, features about designing using upcycled or locally-sourced materials, and a lot of other interesting things all in favor of the local handmade movement.

This is our passion project and it’s totally free! (Read our 5th issue here: http://bit.ly/katha-issue05)

We truly enjoy discovering new talent and getting to learn more about the artistry and creativity of our fellow Filipinos. We hope you enjoyed the creative journey as well when you read our magazine.

We’re celebrating our first birthday soon, and we’re planning something extra-special for our readers and collaborators–but we need your help.

If you like Katha Magazine and believe in our cause, please nominate us in this year’s Tatt awards. 

1. Kindly go to http://tattawards2014.com

2. Under “Category”, please select “The One”.

3. For our website, links:
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kathamagazineph
Issuu: http://issuu.com/kathamagazine
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kathamagazine (@kathamagazine)

Thank you so much in advance! We’re working on our 6th issue right now as I type this, and we’re very excited to launch it in a few days. Till then, please add us on Instagram of FB for updates. Thanks again! 🙂

Gratitude list: 100 artsycraftsy items ticked off my bucket list, 2013

At the start of the year, I made a list of wishes in my crafty bucket list.

I’m happy to say that I was able to accomplish most of them! Except for “Work with glass”, which I hope I get to try on 2014. 🙂

Here are artsycraftsy items I was also able to experience, items from a grand bucket list.
2013 has been such a generous, wonderful year, and my happiness and gratefulness bucket brimmeth over as well:

1. Try air-dry clay (Made pendants out of it)
2. Try modular origami
3. Check out Pinto Art Museum (For my birthday!)
4. Try Art Attack Products (The clay: great, The oil pastels: Not so)
5. Create my own scent for our diffuser (Citrus Olive)
6. Get featured in a broadsheet for my washi creations
7. Make handmade decor for Day’s baby shower party
8. Papel Picado
9. Learn to play the ukulele on my own, and jam with the gf, and then share it shamelessly on my Instagram
10. Make my own jam (Chili Strawberry Basil)
11. Make my own solid perfume: Olive-Tangerine-Mint
12. Attend Art Fair Phils. 2013
13. Do papercuts with my own illustration, then do a freestyle one.
14. Attend a Dr.Sketchy Alice-themed sketchmob event
15. Join Ukulele Manila
16. Draw on the streets using chalk at the Fort
17. Create a handmade papercut of blog logo/banner
18. Create a series of artworks (Dream sisters)
19. Create a panda bento box for her and a strawberry one for me
20. Try intaglio printing using an old cd c/o Serj Bumatay’s tutorial
21. Do a 3d papercut
22. Do a hollow book surprise
23. Wet on wet watercolor freestyle
24. Finally start that mixed media book
25. Buy a kalimba and play it
26. Play a gamelan and other asian musical instruments in Bali and CCP
27. Buy Hello Sandwich book
28. Experience silversmithing
29. Pound coffee beans oldschool way
30. Try lontar-palm etching
31. Try hand-printing, using leaves and flowers with markers
32. Study printmaking at the Phil. Association of Printmakers.
33. Try linocut, drypoint, monotype, monoprint, block printing
34. Try making glue rubber for papercutting/rubberstamping
35. Decorate home and workstation with flowers (statis in washi’d bottles!)
36. Have a small musical studio with my guitar, uke, kalimba, harmonica
37. Try ikebana
38. Visit that library in the street
39. Make yoghurt from scratch
40. Make a felt toy (stuffed cake)
41. Join a watercolor crafternoon
42. Join Fernando Sena’s art classes
43. Learn about shading, drawing with markers, pastels
44. Make a rubbercut with a rubber sole, hand printing
45. Hand color prints with watercolors
46. Check out Ronac Art Center
47. Make a landscape painting out of pastel
48. Make a portrait drawing of my mom and dad
49. Buy myself mint pens (mmm mint Stabilo)
50. Paint using oil pastels in a huge board (15×20)
51. Paint using tempera technique, watercolor
52. Make an abstract painting using pastels
53. Try classitex
54. Be personally recommended to sell handmade crafts (twice)
55. Create pastillas wrapper art
56. Create a galaxy in felt paper using pastels
57. Attend art workshop graduation
58. Receive three medals for the art workshop: Most outstanding student, best in costume, best in group work
59. Exhibit my “artwork” in an art “exhibit”
60. Teach arts and crafts to kids (Je’s pamangkins)
61. Be the chosen leader for my art class haha
62. Get recommended by a friend to design artwork for a store (Camille)
63. Be a dj for Jea’s road trip ride
64. Earn a certificate of completion with distinction for my online Art course (coursera)
65. Get myself teal markers from Art Friend
66. Pet Chestnut from cat socrates
67. Organize arts/crafts materials
68. Give my books/art materials and stuff away
69. Buy matboards
70. Try and make my very own travel palette using airdryclay and altoids tin
71. Start an online magazine: KATHA! (kathamagazine.tumblr.com)
72. Be the virtual dj for Katha’s “mixtape”
73. Have an offer to be a dj at a bar
74. Sing my “Fries” song with gf jamming on the uke over IG
75. Try a massage from hi-tech massage chair in mall, complete with inversion
76. Make a video for my washi collage in instagram
77. Punch holes in my belt c/o Mr. Quickie
78. Check out National Museum
79. See Spoliarium
80. Check out Paper Popup
81. Cook using induction (last sale, sale in SM thanks Universe)
82. Create customized merbirds (TnS birds, a portrait)
83. Attend Bloom Arts Festival (Here’s to joining next year *crosses fingers*)
84. Join the MuniPH X moonleaf event for Katha
84. Art drive for Yolanda kids
85. Sell merbirds for a cause
86. Sell customized merbirds for a cause
87. Give my customized TnS merbird artwork to Tegan and Sara
88. Have Tegan and Sara post my customized merbirds on their Instagram page (!!!)
89. Make Tegan and Sara face masks and wear it to our masquerade-theme office party and the pride march
90. Be a brand ambassador for Pixaroll
91. Color-your-own merbird
92. Cook perfect runny eggs using induction
93. Create optical illusion stamps
94. Carve stamps using rubber sole, erasers and speedball ez carve
95. Frame my papercut artworks
96. Cover walls with my art using washi tape
97. Create trompe l’oeil frames using washi tape
98. Cover walls with artwork by friends and idols
99. Have baby plants! Rubber plant, 2 oreganos, sanseveria and marigold
100. Appear on TV for Katha!

Thanks, Universe!

How about you? I’m thinking of new artsycraftsy goals for 2014, any suggestions?

The 2nd issue of Katha Magazine is now out! :)

We’ve just released the second issue of Katha Magazine today, and I can’t be any more excited!

For this issue, the theme is “The Joy of Giving and Receiving”. The magazine is overflowing with a lot of nifty treats and a super special surprise for our readers. It’s a perfect read for this sunny Sunday, and we hope that you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed making it. 🙂


We do this for love and it’s absolutely free! You can read the second issue here: http://bit.ly/katha-issue02.

You can also download our tablet-friendly issues here: http://bitly.com/download-katha.

Feel free to share the Katha magazine love with your friends. 🙂 Happy Sunday and Happy Reading!

Our new baby: Katha magazine!

I’m so in love with magazines.
I love how it feels when you get to meet a new mag that just speaks to you, the kind that understands all your quirks and obsessions, the kind that makes you think “Where have you been all my life?”
The feeling is priceless when you discover a magazine that you love about a topic that you’re passionate about. I know that’s how I felt when I first got my hands on magazines that made me feel like it was made for me: Bust, Bitch, Readymade,
Oh Comely, Frankie, Lula, Martha Stewart Living and Venus Zine, among many others. In reading them, I felt connected and I instantly felt like I had new friends–new idols, new books/movies/music/noms to discover, new places to visit and most importantly, new eyes.
With the act of reading about a topic I am already passionate about, I get to learn so much more and appreciate what I already love.

It doesn’t seem surprising then, that I added “Create an online zine with a fun theme per issue with things I love and think others will love too” to my grand bucket list.
I dreamt of a zine called “Matchstick”, and even had my graphic designer friend create a logo for it. I contacted friends who might be interested and started coming up with stories, but life somehow got in the way. That dream still lived though. Years later, the universe would be placing me in a serendipitous situation where I would finally get to fulfill that dream.

Together with my friends, Geli, Allie, Aya and Cachi, we came up with a magazine called Katha. Since we all love arts and crafts and good design, Katha is filled with that and more–as we’ve mentioned in our FB page, “Katha Magazine celebrates Filipino creatives and their boundless imagination.”

Today we release our very first issue. I can’t be more proud of our baby! Thanks to everyone who helped us create this, we’re so grateful! Thank you also to my lovely friends from the Katha team! Work seems like play with these girls. 🙂

I hope that when you read it it brings a smile to your face and that it inspires you to create, collaborate and share your passion with the world.

Happy reading! 🙂

Feel free to share the love! It’s available for reading online, downloadable, and it’s absolutely FREE! Clicky click here.


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