A co.lab of talents for a greater cause!
Here at co.lab, we love supporting budding communities. One of our newest guests in our home is Muni, a community that aims to create a culture of environmental awareness through creativity. Their latest endeavour is the the #CutTheCrap #NoMoreButts campaign to raise awareness on the shocking impact of cigarette butts on the environment.
Now exhibited here at our space are these fantastic posters by illustrators Rob Cham, Manix Abrera, Celina de Guzman, Reg Silva, OJ Desuasido and JP Cuison.
co.lab was abuzz with art and chatter last week as the Muni supporters got together for a video shoot to promote a gig they’re putting together on June 15 at Route 196 (where co.lab is a co-presenter!). This gig features bands Pedicab, Ciudad, Your Imaginary Friends, Slow Hello, RomCom and No Rome.
To all other creative individuals and little communities who are looking for a place to work on their amazing projects, feel free to connect at co.lab. Aside from being a coworking space, we can provide you an awesome venue for your events. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and more details.
We can’t wait to collaborate with you all soon! Cheers!
As expected, the latest installment by artist OJ Desuasido for Muni PH’s #CutTheCrap #NoMoreButts campaign was received with mixed reviews, and yes, this poster / campaign received its share of haters.
But I think you know that your efforts in generating awareness and conversation are working when you ruffle feathers and get people agitated. And when they care enough to react, it means you really struck a chord somewhere. Hehe. I even liked one of the hatements. :P *shrugs*
See the amusing main thread here.
There Are No Strangers
The Circle Hostel
La Union, Philippines
A few weeks ago, when my friend Marcos mentioned that he and his friends Rai and Kookai were heading over to La Union for a few days and that they were going to stay at The Circle Hostel, I (almost) jumped at the chance to join them.
On NOT surfing in La Union
Our 3-day stay, while scored with offers for surf lessons, and further aided by visuals like below:
…involved no surfing at all. :P
Been a bit busy lately, but hey!
Check out Muni’s 7 Picks From Manila FAME here!
I loved A LOT of the things I saw but opted only to pick my favorites in 5 categories. So yeah, I cheated a little and went beyond that by picking 7! But I’m proud of ALL the Filipinos who showcased their creativity and artisanry at Manila FAME. :)
Especially Rags2Riches, Lumago Designs and Jacinto & Lirio who were also our featured brands at our recent Eco Fashion Workshop. :D
Hooray for innovative Filipino design! :)
Nomad Manager Progress Report #6: The Worst / Best Time To Take A Break
Disclaimer: The original title of this post was supposed to be “Labo Labo Sabaw Lang” (inspired by the language I find myself using a lot with Chely lately) because this was supposed to just be like a mind-clearing post because I can feel neurons short-circuiting (well, not really, but you know what I mean) because of all the things I’m supposed to be thinking about right now – pending articles (too many), an upcoming speaking engagement at Manila FAME this Friday (yikes!), post-Muni Eco Fashion Workshop feedback collection + blog post (again) & video (!), and “job description” for volunteers & interns I’ll be shouting out for on Muni.
My head is a mess, I am quite overwhelmed (to say the least) and I can’t concentrate on any of the above pressing tasks.
And this is the time that I choose to step back and write a reflective blog post.
But I’m justifying this break by saying that the busiest moments in life really are among the best times to take a break and remind myself about why I’m doing what I’m doing and what it is that I’m getting myself so caught up in.
It feels like so much is happening with and around me and I’m barely (actually not even barely) keeping up with my posts for both www.muni.com.ph and here. But there’s really been so many kind of epic little victories and lessons for Muni.
Not sold on eco fashion? Click here to read why it rocks, and why you should rock it too.
Liquid Dumaguete v 2.0: My Advanced Open Water Diver Course
Having completed my Open Water Diver (OWD) Course at Liquid Dumaguete in Dauin just last October, I was more than eager to come back this month to take my Advanced Open Water Diver Course, revisit my diving “home base”, and most importantly, be part of Liquid Dumaguete’s Sunday Funday, a great initiative that the team began last December and will continue to do every first Sunday of the month.
Getting to Dauin
I’d been traveling through Iloilo and Bacolod the days before, and preferring land vs. air travel, I took a 6-hour bus ride from Bacolod to Dumaguete (I’d been on a 31-hour road trip before, so 6 hours is not a big deal), but given that I had only left Bacolod a little past 4pm, on account of my visit to Rapha Valley, this meant that I’d arrive at roughly 10:30. Upon my arrival at Dumaguete, it turned out that I’d have to wait for the 11:30 bus leaving Dumaguete for Dauin (since I arrived at a less than ideal time — it’s usually a worry-free 20-minute trip from Dumaguete to Dauin).
I cram myself into the bus departing for Dauin at 11:30pm, and get dropped off at the Petron station near Liquid, take a flashlight-guided 10-minute walk to the resort, and at around 12:00 midnight, feel grateful for arriving unscathed.
Again, by no means do I advise solo female travelers to do what I did at the time that I did it. Traveling solo at night isn’t exactly the smartest thing to do. But anyway.
Touchdown: Liquid Dumaguete