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Download the free Chuvaness app for Android!
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If you’re an Android user, you can now download the Chuvaness app for free at the Google Play store!

Chuvaness app

The app was made in Edinburgh, Scotland by my friend’s husband Kester Ford.
It is a simple app, which lists entries in one column. Scroll down for more entries, or use the search tool to find a topic you’re looking for.

Chuvaness app

Kester is still developing the Chuvaness app for IOS, so please watch out for that.
Will keep you posted.
Thank you Jiki and Kester Ford!!
Download it HERE.

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Yellow boats of hope
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This heartwarming video needs to be shared, and my kids need to see this—my kids who love it when classes are suspended when it rains. But who am I to judge them? I also loved class suspensions, even though I felt some guilt for the people who suffer during typhoons.
My maids used to tell me stories how they used to walk for hours just to go to school.

The Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation started in 2010 with a goal to help children in Brgy. Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City, who had to swim to get to school. Watch this:

Since the first boat was turned over in March 2011, more than 900 yellow boats have been built and donated to bring more children to school. Each boat has the name of the donor painted on the side.
Aside from the yellow boats, the foundation has built day care centers, classrooms, schools, dorms, provided scholarships, school bags and other school supplies, as well as conducted medical and dental missions in 40 communities around the Philippines.

To know more about the foundation, like them on Facebook or go to http://yellowboat.org/.
For donation information, click HERE.

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Streak of bad luck
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July 2016 is a horror story.
Sorry if this sounds like a haphazard post but I just came back from the hospital. I am exhausted.

1) It started when I experienced leg, lower back, hip, and buttock pains after training in the gym about 3 weeks ago. The pain wouldn’t go away. One week later I tested for UTI and got antibiotics. A week later my urine culture was clear but I still experienced pain.
I saw my OB-Gyne and had an ultrasound and Pap smear — both OK.
I saw a gastroenterologist and had my colonoscopy today. I’m OK!!
But I still have pain. Hoping it will go away soon. Do you think it is old age?

2) Last Sunday my phone “disappeared” at the Shangri-La Mall and I don’t know why. Places I visited were Belo clinic, National Bookstore, Marks & Spencer food section, and Zara. I think I may have lost it in Zara.

3) And now I get a call from a credit card company. Apparently somebody has been going on a shopping spree in the US with my credit card. I have never been to Panda Express, ever. I don’t have a Sprint phone. I have not been to a Walmart store since 2008.
I swear the caller and I even had a discussion about Walmart and Waltermart. He kept saying the card was used at Waltermart, and I said, OK that’s in Makati?? Yun pala it’s Walmart!! #confused #kainez

4) Oh, and last week, I got bullied by hundreds of Aldub fans, but I don’t want to discuss it. You can check my Instagram to get an idea.
It was so bad it even appeared in a tabloid. Luckily I am friends with the owners of Inquirer, so I was able to ask for a correction. The bullying stopped after that. Thank God.

Thank God July is almost over. I’m just grateful my medicals are OK. Hoping and praying my pains go away and my Eastwest dispute is settled cause that hacker, medyo garapal ha!! Shopping everyday. Greedy!!
Dear God, quota na ako this July. Please help and shield me from all evil.
Amen.

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Casa De Memoria: Meet the girls behind Manila’s youngest auction house
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When I was in my 20s, I took my first job as a writer at the Daily Globe before deciding to follow my dream and study fashion design in New York.
Four years later, I came back to do fashion, but in the years that followed, I switched back between writing and fashion. I was already in my 40s when I considered my struggles over.

Times have certainly changed. When I look at 20-somethings today, I think about how different they are and how lucky to have other options to make money—what with social media and self-promotion. It’s all about the likes and numbers.
That’s why I was impressed to meet three young women who doing things differently, and brave enough to join the grown-up world of luxury auctions.

Casa De Memoria was started by (L-R) Camille Lhuillier (marketing manager), Angelique Miranda (director), and Tiffany Mathay (operations manager), who all love and appreciate art.

Camille, Angie and Tiffany

What makes Casa De Memoria different from other Philippine auction houses is that many of their pieces are European and date back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Last May, among the pieces sold during their first auction was a pair of Art Deco diamond earrings.
Nearly two carats, the earrings were sold at almost Php 1 million from an initial bid of Php 830,000. Other prized pieces were sacred images in bronze and ivory (made before the worldwide ban on ivory) and art works, including a painting of King Philip II of Spain.
A 19th century malachite-mounted console table from Italy was sold for almost Php 1.5 million.

Their buyers are usually collectors in their 30s and 40s who appreciate not only the art works but also the jewelry.
Their first auction had 235 lots while the second one on July 30, 2016 will have 250.
The second auction will include modern pieces, such as a painting by Portuguese artist Carlos Carreiro called Super minhocas e a Casa dos Bicos (or “Super worms and the home of the nozzles”), which depicts the historic Casa dos Bicos in Lisbon, Portugal in Surrealist style.

Casa de Memoria

Another relatively modern piece is a bronze sculpture of a naked cabaret woman by John Koch.

Casa de Memoria

Check out her heels

Casa de Memoria

Camille, 25, heads a small team that includes two in-house historians, while the back-of-the-house team is made up of researchers and restorers.
“Our historians and researchers study books instead of just looking at the Internet. A lot of heart is involved in the research. They really love what they are doing. We all do,” said Camille.
She was seven when her family left the Philippines to live in Europe. That’s where she learned to appreciate and love art, seeing sculptures in the park or going to museums.
She came back to the Philippines four years ago and realized she wasn’t ready, so she left again. Two years ago, she came back when she realized the art scene was booming.
“When my sister Angie asked me to join Casa De Memoria, I was very happy to do so. I was finally ready,” she said.

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Tiffany, 27, studied fashion communications in Spain and before working for Stores Specialists Inc. in the Philippines. She’s the one who takes care of the retail side of the business.
With the help of a branding agency, they developed a logo that depicts an 18th century house that they are moving into later this year.

Casa de Memoria

“We have big plans for Case De Memoria. Our future Roxas Boulevard location is more suited for what we do so our clients will have a feel for the pieces, unlike here (in Makati) where they can be easily distracted,” said Camille.

Casa De Memoria’s permanent home will also house a restoration facility run by the auction house’s art scholars.
“One of our goals is to support art education in the Philippines. We don’t have the specifics yet but we would like to donate part of our auction proceeds to a foundation that supports art appreciation among students,” said Tiffany.

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“Casa De Memoria is definitely a bigger endeavor than just being an auction house,” said Camille. “Because it is a temporary home for the pieces, we want it to be a home to our clients, artists and anyone who is interested in art.”

The pieces in Casa De Memoria’s care right now came from only one family (it’s a big one, they said). But anyone can have their antique pieces appraised at the auction house and leave it with them on consignment. Restoration is done at the owner’s expense, while appraisal is a separate service that is offered to owners of art pieces who just want to know what they are worth.

Pair of Serpentine Candelabras
Pair of serpentine candelabras

English porcelain service plates
English porcelain service plates

Portuguese silver cutlery
Portuguese silver cutlery

“All the pieces are authenticated. We require the owners to show the certificates of ownership and provenance. Then, our historians and appraisers look at the items and study them,” said Camille.
The house works on commission, taking 15% of the sale without charging other fees, but 5% of the commission will go to a foundation.”

Niña Maria and St. Anne
Niña Maria and St. Anne

Pair of cherub candleholders
Pair of cherub candleholders

Visit Casa De Memoria is at Jupiter corner Comet Street, Bel Air, Makati.
To know more, like them on Facebook.

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