Meet and greet with the people behind the Chan Lim Family of artists and students exhibit


The Chan Lim family of family of artists and students exhibit has been opened last January 15, 2017 at The Block, SM North EDSA. I was able to cover the event, with notable action star Robin Padilla gracing the event. (Check it out here to know more!)


Last week, January 29, 2017, the people behind the exhibit had a meet-and-greet and with the media and bloggers. It was presided by Dr, Chan Lim, the patriarch and the head of the Chan Lim Clan. The meet and greet is part of the celebration of the patriarch’s 80th birthday, an auspicious year for Chinese.

Lucky that I was able to be with Mr Alex Chan Lim during the tour, and he explains the beauty of each porcelain and scroll painting, the techniques, the intricate strokes, and the celebration of love in each craft. The porcelain painting is something that is unique in the Chinese culture, and the scrolls has its own story. You can tell that each masterpiece is indeed a labor of love.

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To those interested on learning the art of Chinese painting, the Chan Lim Family of artists and students exhibit is open for art classes! Their family studio/gallery is situated in Pasig City. Do shoot them an email at for inquiries.


Catch the Chan Lim Family of artists and students exhibit at The Block, SM North EDSA!The exhibit will be until February 12 so don’t miss it!

Chan Lim family of artists and students exhibit at SM The Block Atrium!

P_20170115_182322The Chan Lim family of artists once again showcases their art as it opens their exhibit at the SM The Block North EDSA last Sunday, January 15, 2017.


The exhibit also coincides to their patriarch’s 80th birthday, Dr. Chan Lim, and with lieu with this event, they will be organizing 8 exhibits around the Metro for this auspicious year. Their exhibit at the Block features hand painted scrolls and porcelain paintings from the master painter itself, his children, grandchildren and his students who took up classes under his tutelage.

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The opening of the exhibit has started with basic Chinese painting lessons from his students. I was given a chance to do some simple paintings, i.e. bamboo shoots, leaves, flowers and fruits with simple strokes and the blending of colors. Special thanks to my sensei Ashley who taught me how to paint! :D

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Before the formal opening of the exhibit, there are Cultural performances to celebrate the colorful Chinese culture and its heritage. There are also opening remarks from the members of the Chan Lim family and from the famed actor Robin Padilla, who happens to be a family friend of the family of artists.

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The Chan Lim family is one of the few remaining Chinese brush painting artists in the country. Being the most notable in this medium, they are sought after for their remarkable talent and expertise here and abroad. They also offer classes in their family studio situated in Pasig City.

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The Chan Lim exhibit at The Block Atrium will be February 12, so don’t miss it!

To know more about the Chan Lim family of artists, visit their website at and/or email them at

In Verbatim – Philippine Madrigal Singers’ Trionfo


I always see to it that I’ll be attending every concert from the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and their last concert is one for the books!

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Their Trionfo concert features songs that they performed during their stint in Arezzo, where they bagged the championship and their qualification to the European Grand Prix for this year. I’m glad that I didn’t miss the event with #LeBoyf, and coming from their life streams and recordings, listening to their songs live is pure intimate bliss.

With my partner in crime, #LeBoyf!


The lobby of the CCP Main theater is JAM PACKED! tickets were sold out and it is a night to remember. the joy of listening to the most beautiful sound on earth is heaven on earth, and I am proud of this group for bringing the choral scene to greater heights. they are awe-inspiring, and humble, and heart-felt.

Here’s the photo dump with my favorite MADZ people and my fellow chorister friends!

With #LaKathsera and he friend! and #LeBoyf!
With my favorite MADZ tenor, Itchie!
With my favorite MADZ girlies, Trish and April <3
With Frank! <3


Catch the latest from the Philippine Madrigal Singers on their website, on Facebook and on Youtube!



When Jean Valjean gives me the feels! (The Les Miserables experience)

Went with my sister to watch the Manila Leg of Les Miserables few months back and it was MINDBLOWN! I am soooo in love with the actor who is playing Jean Valjean, he has the best tenor voice that I’ve ever heard, especially when he sang “Bring Home”. Right in the feels, I tell you! Naiyak ako, huhuhu!

I can only comment on the location though. Compared to my experience watching Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera in CCP Main theater, I still preferred watching musicals in CCP than in Solaire, for many reasons:

  • The theater vibe.
  • The sound system. CCP has more surround sound than in Solaire.
  • The after-event scenario. We were informed by the staff to *courteously* exit the theater immediately after the show. I’ve been in too many shows in CCP and I’ve never experienced anything like this, seriously.
  • Cheap dining establishments (lol!) for CCP has Jollibee, Mang Inasal, KFC, etc. sori na tipid mode eh!
  • We don’t know where the artist entrance/exit is located LOL! My sister (who is more of a theater geek than I am) see to it that we’ll be having a photo op and/or an autograph from the artists in the event.

Perhaps the advantage for having the event situated in Solaire is the parking (for car owners lol) and the convenience of playing in the casinos after the event. Dining establishments are also present in solaire, but definitely more pricey. It can do a state-of-the-art stage design and lighting (something that CCP can also do, but much less) And did I say that they have a stable internet connection for everyone to enjoy?

puma-Fantine, lol!

But anyway, it was an amazing experience for me. I look forward for my next musical/concert that we’ll be watching soon. J  now what to watch next?

Huwag kang mangamba

Huwag kang mangamba, ‘di ka nag-iisa
Sasamahan kita, saan man magpunta
Ika’y mahalaga sa ‘King mga mata
Minamahal kita, minamahal kita

This holy week, let us take a break and reflect. Let’s all reflect on the Lord and his eternal and unconditional love for us. For he dies for us, to save us and to assure us that he is always there through all the storms in life.

Let me share this video – this is an excerpt from the “Sa iyong mga yapak”, a lenten concert from the Philippine Madrigal Singers last 2010. this part of the concert made me teary eyed (a lot), for Fr. Manoling Francisco’s talk reminds us that the Lord is always there, that He will never let us down and he will be, and will always be, my source of strength.

The MADZ’s rendition of the song from Bukas Palad is the most perfect choice for this homily.

A blessed holy week to all. :)