October: This Month, So Far

October 11, 2015 Filed Under: Abbey, Art, Daily Life, Events, Feature 3 Comments


I haven’t been doing any writing lately because of the sudden influx of work – most of it requires endless hours of painting, illustrating, and participating in shoots and events for features and clients. Craziest first week of October, definitely.

Anyway, I know this month is going to be extra busy for me (huhu but I’ll try to update as often as I can) so here’s a quick update on things so far.

Katipunan Art Festival

Photos from Tippy (thank you!). Check out her post over at their blog.

Started the month right with some good art at the Katipunan Art Festival.

First things first, we got to visit Plus63, a design studio co-owned by Dan Matutina.

8. Studio-Dan 2. Studio-quote

I’ve always been a fan of Dan Matutina ever since I can remember. His aesthetic is very distinct and his vision as a designer is just incredible. I remember attending his talk last year at Ayala Museum and I was still working in Advertising then – I was really moved by what he said. “Remember Your Dreams” became something I always kept in mind every time I work.

We were delighted to see the studio and get a few insights from Dan itself, especially on some of the projects the Plus63 team has worked on.

1. Studio-collage

Anyway, true to my fangirl self, I was able to (luckily) win a print from Dan himself. I got the one with my favorite color scheme on it, obviously. :)

5. Studio-print

6. Studio-Fangirl

with Kanel, Dan, and June.

10. Studio-all

Group photo, yay! :)

Tippy, June and I rushed to Ninyo Cuisine for our live demo (which was overwhelming, as per usual).

18. Demo-abbey

Photo by Sundae Scoops PH (check out their post here)

Our 3-4PM painting session was super fun. June, Tippy and I were like having a talk show of some sort because we all knew each others’ preferences when it comes to paint, paper, and art styles. Our first paint meet in La Union seemed like training for this, lol. Thanks to everyone who participated at our demo that day!

After our demo, it was BCDS who took the floor. Type boys represent!

Finally got around to see some of my favorite people. :)

11. Mansy

Hello Michelle, Rowena, Felicy! *Evil laugh*

Kidding! Tippy, Mansy & June – art squaaaad. <3

16. Fans

Rare photo with some of my readers / fans, and my editor (nuks) Macy! Thank you guys :)

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Had to take a photo of Illana’s book, which goes to show that she’s attended ALL my book signings from June up to now. Craaazy, this girl! Thank you so much!

12. ID Volunteer

ABC + BCDS! BCDS is Jelvin Base, Carl Chua, John Ed De Vera, and Rico Sta. Cruz. In short, idols!


With some of the artists at the event :)

In other news, surpriseeee! These Lettering Progress Keepers also made their first debut at the festival. Special thanks to IFEX for making this possible! I’ll leave this out for a separate entry but these lettering pads will hit National Bookstore this coming November, so stay tuned!


Hello, Jo Malone!

Incredibly honored to be given the opportunity to illustrate for Jo Malone’s launch in the Philippines (last Friday).


Prior to illustrating for the brand, I really felt that my travel illustrations didn’t have any place…at all. Except inside my travel journals.

So when this opportunity came about and I was chosen to be one of the two artists by the global region (huhu *cries*), it was too good to pass up. :)

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I got to illustrate with Soleil Ignacio, who is a renowned fashion illustrator. I’ve been a huge fan of her work, too, and it’s humbling to get to illustrate with her.

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My work station! Here’s the thing: Jo Malone takes pride in personalizing gifts, which is why it’s always been a habit of the brand to have illustrators draw on their famous boxes during a launch at each country. This time, of course, we wanted to emphasize local elements, hence drawing the nipa hut & vinta. You can check out a video of me sketching here.

Me, trying to be demure. LOL

Special thanks to Aidee for helping me out that day and Tippy for helping me shop for a dress (the night before haha), lending me your curling iron and sumi ink. I’ll admit it’s one of the rare times I look…mature. Haha. I still have a long way to go with becoming a full-fledged adult. *laughs internally*

I just wanted to share that I got to meet some of my idols in the fashion and beauty industry, and it was really a dream come true. I used to want to be a fashion designer (haha, like when I was in Grade 6) and I got to meet big time EICs and fashion designers that day who had me illustrate on their boxes. Super kilig to know they love the design on the boxes! Huhuhu.


The last batch of boxes I had to finish…in 5 minutes. Whew! It was fun (and tiring). Haha.

Thank you, Jo Malone, and Erika Reyes for having me!

Office & Non-Office Days

At this point, it’s been 6 months since I started pursuing full-time freelance / workshop / entrepreneur work. And it’s been great! :)

I can’t drag myself out of being a workaholic yet because I’m working on another big project (more details below) which requires me to paint every day – which is fun, though! I used to paint only twice a week but it actually feels nice to paint often. I’ve developed a habit to wake up early and paint with the really good daylight from my window. So these days, I invest most of my time doing less digital work (hence my absence of the blog, huhu) to not only finish my deadlines, but enjoy the habit of creating.

On other days, I ambush some of my friends for office day. LOL. Tippy and I live near each other, so she ends up being my officemate. It’s funnier now because she’s pregnant and I always keep up with her cravings…and I eat, too. NOT GOOD. Haha. The other day, we invited Tin over for lunch at Hillside (yum!). :)

I love having office days outside of my home because this place can get really boring sometimes (also, talking to myself 24/7 is not exactly fun). So glad I get to spend weekdays on my own time planning and creating stuff. Although, 24 hours is never enough, sadly.

No Filter 2.0

Got invited by Maine to No Filter 2.0‘s Press Preview. Amazing, as always!

The monologues were on point, and I definitely enjoyed the second one than the first.


with Maine and Gian, and with my date that night, Aidee

oh, wait – my real date, Sam Concepcion! *hides*

I’ve always watched his plays (Peter Pan was my fave) and I’ve been a fan ever since. Also, loyal crush for 7 years. Hahaha.

Project Letters

If you’ve been following my stories on Snapchat (abbeysy), you’ll find me painting at least once a day.

I’ve also felt that I’ve been giving my work more room to improve and advance to the next step, which is good. I don’t exactly know how to explain it but the way I paint has been transformed recently, and I’ve been more familiar with the things I particularly am drawn to doing (especially with my work). Expect some changes in the coming weeks. :)

So grateful for this project which I’ve yet to disclose soon. But here’s a peek at some of the designs I did!

^ Default favorite because after x days of ideation and research, I got to do this and it exceeded what I had in mind.

Anyway, you can check some of my progress work on Instagram: #projectlettersabc :)

Adobo Class A Campus Tour


Got to share my personal journey and 4Ps at the Adobo x AdCreate Campus Tour in DLSU yesterday. It’s always refreshing to talk about these things to people and really give my two cents on making your mark.


Super honored to be giving a talk about personal branding for my former org. I know I’m the youngest of the bunch (and I’m not even in Advertising already) but I hope the students were able to pick up insights from my talk. Thanks Adobo and AdCreate for having me!

Obligatory photo with my manager, Tricie. We started out as friends and orgmates from AdCreate and two years later…we’re technically workmates!

Generation Art

Honored to be on the cover of this weekend’s Philippine Panorama alongside artists Martina Bautista, Mawee Borromeo and Toni Potenciano. You can view the online article here.

MB MBCover

Text by Lorraine Lorenzo / Photos by Cyrus Panganiban

Thanks, Manila Bulletin!

Other October Events

Before I forget, apart from the events I’ve blogged about on this post, here are some more events I’ll be part of this month.


I’ll be giving a talk on how to turn your pastimes into pursuits on October 15 at UP Diliman’s ACLE. Hope to see you :)

For more details, click here:https://www.facebook.com/events/175233679481165/

Pre-register at: http://tinyurl.com/AECxACLE2015


Coffee Bean will be launching its planner this weekend! There’s going to be a series of workshops (I’ll be teaching on the media launch a few days before). I’m co-creating a lettering cheat sheet with Jelvin for this. Hope you can be part of it! :)

Full details and mechanics of the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/903211776415334/


Calling all young creatives – be part of this year’s Behance Portfolio Review! Submit 5 of your best works to behancemnl@gmail.com on or before October 23.

Full details of the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/178880269124256/

Hope to see you at the Portfolio Review!

Anyhoo, thank you for reaching the end of this post. Whew! Hope to see you all soon!

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3 Responses to “October: This Month, So Far”

  1. Hazel @ Stay Bookish
    October 11, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Wow what an amazing October you’ve had so far, Abbey! So excited to get a copy of the Lettering Progress Keepers come next month! :)

  2. Abbey
    October 12, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Thanks Hazel! :)

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