Wednesday, April 27, 2011

christina dy

Great things come in small packages. Christina Dy creates massively beautiful charcoal pieces that are 12 feet high and 60 feet wide, no small feat for the spunky 5-foot tall artist. :) She's also the founder of the pole dancing group called Polecats.  

CD's work area is a small corner in their condo unit. A thin blanket of charcoal dust covers everything; including her once-white laptop. When she's not drawing, this little artist haven turns into her pole dancing area. Too bad her pole wasn't there when I dropped by, it would have been awesome to photograph her while she practiced her routine. :) 

Christina Dy (a.k.a. CD)
(Mandaluyong City, Philippines)

Occupation: drawist, pole dancer/instructor

Website: (under construction pa!),,

Favorite toy as a child: a second-hand upright piano (i had dreams of being a classical pianist when i was 4, so not much time spent playing...)

Favorite toys now: my pole -- his name is Rain!!!

Turn-ons: i like funny, kind, extremely talented people. i also like dark chocolate and fluffy cotton sheets. the ocean. and ropes. haha!

Turn-offs: i don't like mayabang people. people with no dreams. loud cars. long toenails.

What are 5 things that inspire you right now? aerial arts (silks, hoops, trapeze, ropes), the human body, the human brain (ok, it's less than 5!)

Top 5 movies: Great Expectations -- first movie i saw that i noticed the production design (it was green); Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- so sad and so hopeful at the same time; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- it's just beautiful; In the Mood for Love -- great pd (production design)!; Big Time -- funniest Pinoy movie EVER! :)

Top 3 books: Anais Nin -- Delta of Venus; book on Schiele -- first visual artist i really liked; Scrabble lists!

Music you listen to: a lot of OPM -- Sugarfree, Urbandub, Up Dharma Down, Drip, plus some NuSoul

5 Favorite websites: ay hala... i don't really surf

When  you're not busy with work, what do you do in your free time? play scrabble with my family, learn a language or a new skill

If you were to choose a different job, what would it be? cellist

If you can have any super power, what would it be? manipulate time

What is the biggest problem of the world right now? miseducation

What do you think is the solution? nako. education, on whatever level, however small. we have to start somewhere.

What's the most important life lesson  you've learned so far? be thankful. everyday.

Most inspiring statement/moment (heard/said/read): Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, "So what." -- Andy Warhol

*CD at Pecha Kucha Night talking about pole dancing :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

uno magazine feature

Anik-Anik Love was featured in the March 2011 issue of UNO Magazine! :) Maraming salamat, Ramon de Veyra and Vicky Herrera!

Read the full article at Vicky Herrera's blog. :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

manix abrera

I've been bugging my boyfriend to introduce me to Kiko Machine Komix creator Manix Abrera for the longest time. When I finally met Manix and he agreed to have his creative space photographed, I couldn't believe how lucky I was. :)

Manix is the nicest guy ever! He lives in a very clean and impeccably organized studio, where all his books are safely wrapped with plastic cover. His pens and notebooks are even lined-up neatly on his desk whenever he draws. :) Take a peek into the world of well-know cartoonist Manix Abrera! 

*Also, check out his comic strip News Hardcore online! :)

Manix Abrera
(Quezon City, Philippines)

Occupation: cartoonist


Favorite toy as a child: laruang dumptruck

Favorite toy now: clay

Turn-ons: pag mahilig mabasa :)

Turn-offs: pag hindi mahilig magbasa hehe :-/

What are 5 things that inspire you right now? sobrang dami eh, as in! tapos kadalasan, mga maliliit na bagay na perfect ang timing. kunyari, pagod na pagod ka na tapos biglang may ihip ng hangin na ooooh sarap. hehe :D

Top 5 movies: Not One Less, Wall-E, Amelie, 2001: Space Odyssey, Cinema Paradiso

Top 2 books: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Watchmen, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy

Music you listen to: iba-iba! as in! hehe :)

5 Favorite websites: hindi kasi ako masyado nag-i-internet. hehe :)

When you're not busy with work, what do you do in your free time? tumulong sa kapwa, magbasa, mag-bike, o manood ng sine

If you were to choose a different job, what would it be? hmmm... documentary filmmaker (sana) hehe

If you can have any super power, what would it be? yung super power na pwede magtravel sa deep space :D

What is the biggest problem of the world right now? nakakalimutan na natin tumingin sa langit minsan. hmmm... :)

What do you think is the solution? tumingin-tingin sa langit :)

What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far? imbes na mag-focus sa problema, mag-focus sa solusyon :)

Most inspiring statement/moment (heard/said/read): mag-invest sa memories, hindi sa material things :)


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