Christmas gift ideas 2014: 13 arts and culture presents

Rome Jorge
Christmas gift ideas 2014: 13 arts and culture presents
Paper-made crafts, murano necklaces, December show tickets and more

Get personal when you buy artisanal crafts and works touched by the masters. This Holiday Season, know your artists and artisans by patronizing works made by them and about them.

1. Laia handcrafted jewelry by Maryka Chua 

Twenty-seven-year-old Maryka Chua is a self-taught accessory designer whose unique jewelry line Laia has garnered acclaim from both cutting edge fashionistas and style doyens. 

The Ramayana Necklace collection features different semi-precious stones that capture the opulence of India. Price is P1,950. 

Photo courtesy of Maryka Chua

The Fauna Clutch is hand-embellished with crystals and is woven in Negros using the indigenous material from the palm species, Buri. Price upon request. 

Photo courtesy of Maryka Chua

The Murano Necklace features vibrant Murano pendants strewn with semi-precious stones. Price is 1,000 each. 

Photo courtesy of Maryka Chua

Get this: For inquiries, email laiaonline@yahoo com, call or text 0917-8038176, and visit

2. Tickets to Repertory Philippines’ Scrooge: The Musical

Poster courtesy of Repertory Philippines

Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story comes alive in Leslie Bricusse’s theatrical adaptation starring Miguel Faustmann and Chinggoy Alonso alternately in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

To be held at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt One, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City from  November 21 to December 14, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and  on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are priced P416.80 (free seating, bronze section), P729.40 (free seating, silver section), and P 1,042.00 (reserved seating, gold section).

This beloved holiday tale about a loveless miser visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future is the perfect treat for the family. 

Get this: For details, call 843-3570 and 451-1474, email to, or visit  For tickets call 891-9999 or visit 

3. Papercut crafts by Sinag de Leon

Photo courtesy of Sinag de Leon

Prolific artist Sinag de Leon has exhibited her works at various venues. This year alone she has been a part of art events, from the Tareptepan Arts and Music festival in Baler, Quezon, to Museo Orlina in Tagatay, Batangas. 

Art frames: Sinag ArtFrames are double frames featuring papercut art on one side, and a mirror or picture frame on one side. These may be custom-made according to theme, frame size and color, as well as the color of the paper to be used for the artwork.

Each papercut design is one-of-a-kind. Prices depend on the size: 4 x 4 inches is P500, 5 x 5 inches is P600, 6 x 6 inches is P700. 

Sinag Bookmarks: Papercut bookmarks of one-on-a-kind designs using handmade paper of various colors that are laminated. Prices depends on the size: small is P75, medium is P85, and large is P100. 

Get this: For inquiries, visit and the Facebook page

4. Obra Paduding personalized jewelry by Erika B. Avanceña 

Photo courtesy of Erika Bustamante Avanceña

Each and every hand stamped necklace, bracelet, earrings, keychain and more is handmade in by Erika Bustamante Avanceña, making each Obra Paduding piece one-of-a-kind  

Get this: Prices start at P300. For inquiries, email, call or text 0917-5650729, and

5. Dan Tayona illustrated children’s books

Photos courtesy of Tahanan Books

Dan Tayona’s trademark illustrations and paintings often draw favorable comparisons to Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero’s plumb and cherubic figures. Dan is a prolific children’s book illustrator. These books are perfect gifts for children.

Bugtong Bugtong: Filipino Riddles. Over 50 fun and witty two-liner riddles about parts of the body, fruits, and plants, toys and objects, and animals. The book also contains answers in English. Written by Rene O. Villanueva. Illustrated by Daniel Palma Tayona. Price is P195.

Bugtong Bugtong 2: More Filipino Riddles. Learn and solve 57 riddles in Filipino through Oskar the dog. The book also contains answers in English. Written and illustrated by Daniel Palma Tayona. Price is P195 

Get this: For details, visit and 

6. Textile Hoop Art by Nikki Abelardo 

Photo courtesy of  Nikki Abelardo

Multi-craft artisan Nikki Abelardo has made a name for herself teaching workshops at Craft Manila, from glass etching silk screening to rubber block printing. Her works range from vinyl records repurposed into book ends and wall clocks to rings made from keyboards buttons. 

Her latest creations include these textile hoop art made with woven thread and cloth. Prices range from P1,800 to P3,000.

Get this: For inquiries, visit

7. Papelmelroti gift items by Robert Alejandro 

Award-winning illustrator and graphic designer Robert Alejandro bolsters the Papelmelroti product line with his signature creations. 

Philippine Kalesa Folding Fan. Individually hand-painted with a Filipiniana theme designed by Robert Alejandro. Size is 12 x 21.5 inches. Price is P229. 

Photo courtesy of Christina Alejandro

Bohemian Beaded Man Mobile. Individually handcrafted from metal and an assortment of beads.  Designed by Robert Alejandro. Size is 14 x 2.5 inches. Price is P198. 

Photo courtesy of Christina Alejandro

Get this: For more products and details, visit 

8. Freeway National Artist Collectors’ Series Holiday 2014: Federico Alcuaz 

Photo courtesy of Freeway

Since 2009, Filipino fashion brand Freeway has earned not only the respect of style mavens but also the trust of National Artists and their estates with its National Artist Collectors’ Series—tasteful interpretations of the works of their into fashion items—that has included those of Nick Joaquin, Ang Kiukok, Jose Garcia-Villa, Ramon Valera, F. Sionil Jose, Vicente Manansala, Levi Celerio, Botong Francisco, Lucio San Pedro, Juan Luna, Bienvenido Lumbera and, now, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz. The artist best known for cubism has paintings that lend themselves naturally to printing on dresses, bags, shawls, and other accessories. Read more about that here

Price: Freeway’s Alcuaz Printed Loose Top, Red, priced at P1199.75. The Alcuaz tote, priced at P799.75. Photos courtesy of Freeway 

Get this: To view the complete collection, click here. To purchase online, click here

9. The Descartes Highlands by Eric Gamalinda 

Photo courtesy of National Bookstore

After a decade-long hiatus, preeminent Filipino novelist Eric Gamalinda comes back a different writer altogether. Whereas his previous novel’sprose is rich, florid, and ornate, reminiscent of Latin American magic realism, The Descartes Highlands’ language is distilled and potent, admirably forthright and brutally vivid, much like the New York environs he has inhabited for a decade. His latest novel reveals the fate of two Americans orphans born in the Philippines purely through first person narratives. Read more about that here

Riveting, vivid, and indelible, The Descartes Highlands, launched November this year, is the must read novel of this Holiday Season. 

Get this: The Descartes Highlands is available for P531.49 at National Bookstore.  

10. Fernando Amorsolo Seven-Museum Exhibition Catalogue 

Photo courtesy of Yuchengco Museum

This art book preserves in stunning print the greatest exhibition ever staged by 7 museums during the centennial celebration of National Artist Fernando Amorsolo. The once-in-a-lifetime event in 2008 dubbed “His Art, Our Heart” brought together rarely seen important paintings from private collectors and museums for a coordinated exhibit by the Ayala Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Lopez Museum, Yuchengco Museum, National Museum, University of the Philippines Vargas Museum, and GSIS Museum, on the most important painter in Philippine history.

Fall in love with the painter famous for capturing the golden tropical sunlight and the archetypical bucolic Philippine countryside with his paintings. This is a must have in one’s art book collection. 

Get this: The soft edition is worth P1,800. The book is available at the gift shops of the Ayala Museum, Greenbelt Complex, Dela Rosa Street, Makati City; Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Street, Makati City; Metropolitan Museum, Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila; and Lopez Museum, Benpres Building, Exchange Road, Pasig City.  

11. Trinkets and potted plants by Kartwheel Creations 

Kartwheel Creations is a collection of artworks, and crafts by Kish javier, vocalist for rock band Freefish.

Pendants and trinkets. Resin figures made with wire accents. Price ranges from P250 to P300. 

Photo courtesy of Kish Javier

A Cup of Tree. Plants landscaped in a cup. Price ranges from P300 to P500. 

Photo courtesy of Kish Javier

Get this: For inquiries, email or visit their Facebook page  

12. Terra cotta and ceramic sculptures and pottery from Ugu Bigyan

World renowned potter Ugo Bigyan crafts both decorative and functional pottery pieces rom his residence and workshop in Tiaong Quezon, a place worth visiting for its fabulous food as well. Remember, dining is by reservation only.

Get this: Ugu Bigyan’s Potter Garden is located in Tiaong, Quezon. For inquiries, call 545-9144 or visit their Facebook page

CANDY TRAYS. Ceramic pieces embossed with real leaves and assembled by hand before kiln firing. Price upon request. Photo by Rome Jorge

13. Leather goods by Rubbertree Design Studio

Photo taken from Bags By Rubbertree website and Instagram account

Bespoke leather bags, organizers  made to one’s specifications by Ruben and Trina Flores.

Get this: Price depends on size, design, and other customizations. To view designs, visit their Instagram account. To order online, click here

Did anything catch your eye? Let us know in the comments below. –

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