Last Tuesday, I went to a small gathering hosted by Punchdrunk Panda at Pipino Vegetarian Restaurant by PINO. Here's a thing about me: I rarely show up at these blogger events. Sometimes because of bad timing, and other times, I just don't feel like I'm up for it. I'm extremely picky about which ones I go to. (I'm elusive like that.) But when I got the invitation to this one and researched a bit about what the company is about, I got really intrigued and wanted to find out more. Plus, I felt extra special to be invited to something so intimate, so why not give it a go, right? And I'm really happy I did.
Let's face it, we all love free food. But I think we can all agree that free food is more enjoyable with fantastic company. I didn't know anybody in the bunch, and we were a mix of different personalities, but it was such a pleasure to have met each and every one. Meeting new people, especially ones who are talented, successful, humble, and passionate (which is really what PdP is about), and hearing even just a morsel of their story always inspires me. Check out how much fun we had on the video below. You won't miss my bungisngis face.
It was a relaxed and laid back gathering, topped off with delicious food. Now, I'm as carnivorous as they get, but I surprisingly enjoyed Pipino's simple take on vegetarian food. Is this a turning point for me? Will I start eating more vegetables? Maybe.
Class picture! L-R: PdP skimmer designer Robbie Bautista, Moonleaf Tea Shop Social Media Manager Jonver David, PdP Master Panda Jen Horn, PdP Sidekick Nica Kim, PdP skimmer designer Selena Salang, Lois Yasay of Sole Sisters, Pipino Owner Alessandra Lanot, Raleene Cabrera of Raleene.com, Charlene Ajose of That Certain Charlene, me!, PdP Helpful Elf Pauline Santillan, Helga Weber of Ditz-Revolution.net, & Moonleaf Tea Shop Marketing Manager Thyz Estrada
Apart from good conversation and laughs, the PdP team also gave us a sneak preview and first dibs on their new designs. They introduced us to their upcoming skimmer (ladies' shoes) collection, which features works of five different design teams composed of a designer and a blogger/personality tandem, the first and hugest collaboration yet in PdP history. The skimmers are available in five interesting designs: 1. Airmail by Ge Mapa & Selena Salang, 2. Dreamers by Robbie Bautista & Cheyser Pedregosa, 3. Going Places by Kasey Albano & Arriane Serafico, 4. Kick Flicks by JP Cuison & Saab Magalona, and 5. Manic Mayan by Kitkat Pecson & Patricia Prieto. They go for P1,295 each pair, and it comes with a shoe bag, care card, and a nice postcard from the designers that includes a little message for the buyer. Awww.
If you're already at the edge of your seat in getting your own pair, the new skimmer collection will be launched at the Anteroom Sessions Two by Punchdrunk Panda & Heima on March 31, 2012, Saturday, 4pm-11pm at Cubao Expo. This event will showcase a variety of pop-up shops, paper crafts, indie music, webisode-watching, and a whole lot more, so it's gonna be a blast for sure. You might also be able to catch PdP's new camera strap collection if they make it to production in time!
At the hang out, the selected bloggers each got to pick a design of our choice on the skimmers, but on a first-come, first-serve basis. I was gunning for Manic Mayan, but Charlene beat me to it! Darn it, haha! I ended up with Dreamers instead, which is great, too, since it was my second choice. (And I love Cheyser!) I'm planning to pack them with me to my trip to Cebu with friends on Wednesday! I'm excited! :D
If you managed to read through everything, congratulations! If you jumped to this part, oh well, surprise! The PdP team (see lovely ladies above) has prepared a treat for my awesome readers. We're giving away three (3) P200 e-GCs to Punchdrunk Panda's online store to three (3) lucky guys or gals (one e-GC per winner)!
All you have to do is tweet: "I love @punchdrunkinc's new skimmer collection! My favorite design is [name of skimmer + names of designers]. @gelatomique" Sample tweet: "I love @punchdrunkic's new skimmer collection! My favorite design is Manic Mayan by Kitakat Pecson & Patricia Prieto. @gelatomique" Don't forget to mention me, so I can take note of your entry! I'll pick the winners on March 31, 2012, Saturday when I get back from Cebu. Good luck!