The Papemelroti Artisan’s Workshop Launch: How to train yourself to be more creative

They say, Creativity takes courage.” As I agree with these beautiful words of Henri Matisse, it is also deeply-rooted in my mind that each of us has a diverse way, perspective and capability to think creatively. To be able to communicate it in your own manner is another thing.

Creativity is self-expression that can be explored through a variety of artistic disciplines. In my own creative journey—magazine layouts, newspaper page designs, and photography, all have been very encouraging and worth taking the risk of pursuing my artistic side.

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However, attending the Papemelroti Art Journal Workshop is a different thing, especially when the invitation is extended by the “art of craft master” himself, Sir Robert Alejandro.

I was previously tagged by my high school friend Chingz from Sir Robert’s Facebook thread to attend a certain workshop event, knowing on my end that I do not have the courage to put myself out there because of the belief that it’s a different medium.

Before this, I have created a few scrapbooks for myself, usually made up of pictures and scrap art materials available at home and some bought from Papemelroti stores. It is personal, though I have shared some of it online, literally sharing it with others is a risk of being judged.

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My initial ideas and intuition in creating art journal are the synchronicity of artistic drawing and persuasive words. Sir Robert, co-owner of Papemelroti,  taught us the easy ways to train ourselves to be more creative.

“There are no rules and there are no ways to get it wrong,” tells Sir Robert as he explained that it’s all about the imagination and freeing oneself to get creative. His words are very empowering as he facilitates the workshop with the materials in his hands and a big screen monitor on his back for us to follow to.

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Participants were welcomed by a name tag, an art journal kit by Papemelroti and welcome drinks, accompanied by a warm handshake from Sir Robert as you enter the door to the Artisan’s Workshop. Continue reading

Asian Superstar Anggun Promotes Newest Album ‘8,’ Dazzles Filipino Fans in Manila

About three songs into her performance, including the most successful “Snow on the Sahara,” Indonesian superstar Anggun turned to the adoring crowd who trooped to Eastwood Mall Open Park on Sunday night to thank them for coming.

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“Thank you for coming. I really hope you enjoy the album and say it to your friends and family. If they like it, I might come here for real concert!”

Oozing with an enthralling stage presence, Anggun visited Manila for a series of shows held at the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls to promote her latest album “8.” All thanks to MCA Music and Ms. MJ Juco for inviting us at the press conference to meet the music icon up close and personal. Check out all the happenings compiled in this video!

Being one of the few Asian entertainers who has earned international acclaim and without any doubt the world’s most famous Indonesian-born recording artist, Anggun talked about her music journey at the well-attended press con.

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