Common Room Workshop

As you may recall, I took a hiatus from teaching simply because I felt tired. That's all. For me, I felt like if I don't have the same spark and energy that I used to have before when teaching, my students will feel it and I don't want them to take home that energy instead of feeling inspired.

So, after several thoughts, I took the jump on the Calligraphy and Mandala workshop series. I had fun but I find myself thinking  that I was done teaching.

But somehow, the universe told me to keep pushing. One last try, the universe whispered. So when the opportunity to hold a workshop at Common Room, came. I said yes. (Also, how can I say no to my Common Room Family, right?)

At first, I was really nervous and had a lot of thoughts. I had a new module, work sets, how do I teach alone again? I'm anxious not to fill up the class. So many useless and negative thoughts run in my head. At the end of the day, I just reminded myself to breathe, relax and let the universe take hold of everything.

Come March 25, a row of busy hands trying to make letters dance made my Saturday even more beautiful. It shunned off all those worries and it made me just focus on sharing what I know about the craft I really love.

Below are photos of my lovely students :)

As what Ate Roma placed in her caption for this photo "Sometimes, all you really need to jumpstart your creative journey is a little help.💕" All I really need in this journey is to pause, reflect and be grateful for all the little reminders that keeps me going to push this craft.

Thank you for all my lovely students! If you've enrolled in my previous workshops, please join this group and let's keep in touch.

'Til then, let's keep on making letters dance!


Calligraphy and Mandala

Lately, I've been more mindful with the choices I make in life.  I also learned from last year's Kundalini Classes by Teacher Rosan that my thoughts have great impact on my well being. So I carefully select them too, only choosing words and thoughts that will make my life and those of around me beautiful.

It was around December when Reg introduced me to Crossfit (yes! I do that now) where I met James, the owner of Me Love You Long Time. We instantly clicked and found out that all of us are inclined to the arts. 

Reg and I are both into Calligraphy, Photography and Digital Art. Reg is also a Tattoo artist and a barbell barbie who literally wears her heart on her sleeves. While James is a Producer, Writer and also a restaurant owner.

Light bulb moment! Why not do a workshop? One of my braver goals this 2017 was to teach again and it was fun to make that happen with the people who make work feel like play! We found a way to merge our passions and decided to share them through the Calligraphy and Mandala Illustration workshop at Me Love You Long Time restaurant. We really believe that this workshop was the perfect way to fuse art and zen into one's life. 

And so we did! We had two workshops already! January 28, 2017 and March 11, 2017. The first workshop was filled with lots of Crossfit Insurrecto friends, such a supportive community in and out of the box. We even had Hidilyn Diaz as one of our students during the first workshop. I tried to contain my fangirling but gave in and asked for a photo with her :p

It's such a nice feeling to share your art knowing that you help them release their inhibitions and everyday stress. You can always hold onto these crafts to shoo away negativity and bad vibes. Simple as that! Let go and just create!

Believe me, this intricate mandala was created by Reg during her relaxation time. Yes! You can do it too :)

Calligraphy and Mandala Illustration Batch 1 Class | January 28, 2017 | 11am - 3pm

Calligraphy and Mandala Illustration Batch 2 Class | March 11, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm

Thank you so much Me Love You Long Time for being our home during the workshops! If you're looking for a perfect venue for your workshop or intimate gathering with friends and or family, don't hesitate to contact them! Details below :)

Cheers to a zen life! :*

Me Love You Long Time

2nd Level PO's Building Tomas Morato, Corner Sct. Madrinan, Quezon City

Parkfest fun

I spent the last weekend of May making Nayong Pilipino my second home. And it was such a fun learning experience!

We were asked by our Common Room and Type Kita family to help revive the Nayong Pilipino. We were to add more heART in the park and we - Anina, Carl, Jelvin and I, were tasked to write OPM song lyrics on Bamboo Chimes.

I chose the song "Umagang kay Ganda" and the lyrics "Basta't tayo'y magkasama, laging mayroong umagang kay ganda" which roughly translates to "There's always a beautiful morning / future when we work on things together. I dedicate this piece to my Family and to my Common Room family because they have given me so much learnings and we've been through a lot together and we managed to pull it off. I have found my community and I love every bit of it :)

It was quite challenging but we managed to pull it off to make our final output cohesive. I spent a lot of time helping out other artists too because it helps me know them more - how their work ethics are and how they flow during their creative process.

Tada! So here's the final artwork. L-R Jelvin Base, Carl Chua, Geli Balcruz and Anina Rubio. These were launched last May 28-29, 2016 during ParkfestPH_PH

My friends Ella and June, made a bottlecap mural, John Ed and Patrick revived an old jeepney by designing it with beautiful typography, Camy made a yummy streetfood sidewalk doodle. Actually, a lot happened over the weekend and you can check it out on this little video I made for the event :p


Do drop by Nayong Pilipino, Luneta Park if you have time! These will be part of the permanent installations alongside with other works of fellow friends and artists!

In Love and Light,

Geli <3