Of Aprons and Heartstrings!


BY: Pilar Mateo

SHE IS listed as part of the Young Entrepreneurs of Ilocos Norte and owner and founder of Artritos.

Angelie Maranan Banaag hails from Dingras, Ilocos Norte.

She started to make her art when she was 13 years old and attended the workshop under Bel Arte School of Fine Arts in 2004.

Pure passion in the arts running in her veins, so she continued to hone her skills in painting.

Her first solo exhibit happened in 2015, “El Amor De Senyora” at the La Tabacalera Lifestyle Center, Laoag City. Next came “Libnos” at Cafe France, Red Planet Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City in 2017.

Now, she has established herself as a full-time painter and had her own painting studio “Artistixe” in 2016.

Banaag is one of the two Filipino artists featured by Mozzaico. Her art piece “self-love” is now a tiled mosaic. She has had several international exhibits abroad-in Singapore, Malaysia and China.

It is her vision that keeps Angelie focused in her art work. Gratefulness oozes in her ability to share her talent and craftsmanship to the world. For young and old alike, Angelie extends her knowledge and skills with the workshops she conducts.

Women and beautiful patterns and prints are what can be seen in her works.

In 2018 she created her own unique product called “ARTRITOS” combination of art and aritos (earrings in Iloko). Genuine hand-painted earrings that are lightweight and handmade.

With this, she made a collaboration with Ms. Nicole Rudio’s My Perfect Niche washable masks which had a limited offer.

Nicole herself is an artist. And she is my friend. In the past, she worked at the provincial capitol of Laoag and made press junkets to visit the Ilocos region for Ms. Imee Marcos.

Fast forward to now. After working in PAGCOR’s Laoag Casino, she got married and had a kid. And now, preferred to be domesticated and doing business right in the confines of her home.

“I started muna with baby’s shoes. Yung Sacamoccs. Naka padala din ako ng shoes noon kina Ciara Sotto, Shamsey Supsup, Miriam Quiambao, Nadine Samonte. For their babies. Pero nag-segue ako sa wedding invites kasi mas in demand dito sa province.

“Then, nag start ako last August naman nitong Aprons. Kids’ apron muna, tapos may mga nag-ask na adults. So gumawa ako ng 1. Nabili naman agad.

“Mahilig lang sa challenges. Self taught lang sa pananahi. Dahil namamahalan ako sa shoes na pang baby noon. ‘Yung mga moccs na leather eh, tag P1k pataas. Sige lang sa kakaisip ng pwedeng i-business.

“Tipid nanay. Pero gusto ng mapormang anak. Kaya nag aral ako mag tahi. I want na ako gagawa ng lahat. Para may personal touch. Feeling ko iba yung output pag pinagawa ko sa iba. Even in interacting with clients.

Angelie is Nicole’s friend. With their collaboration, Nicole’s ideas and Angelie’s artwork, they have sent samples of their works to celebrities like Danica Sotto-Pingris, Ciara Sotto and a lot.

Nicole asked for my help to send an apron to Judy Anne Santos. Another mompreneur who runs her own podcast from her own kitchen. Angelie especially designed an Apron fit for the Kitchen Queen. And Judy Anne readily used it in her show!

I, too had mine. Personally designed for your “tsikadora’ng press”, entitled “One Sided Story” (The Gossip Series). Imagine the creativity and the passion that went through the sewing and the works with the design and all the craftsmanship that went with it!

If you want to order, just message me and I will send your requests to Nicole!




TALKING ABOUT supporting local, another business we referred to some of our celebrities is RBiel’s Bistro (located at 18B Congressional Avenue. Quezon City), owned by Dom Villaruel.

(Stores open from 11:00AM-8:00PM.
For more information you may visit our website:🌐www.rbielsbistro.com)

Dom lives on the other side of the globe. In the US of A. But he wanted to help his kababayans here.

While there was the pandemic, Dom and his staff thought of ways to continue serving their clientele by delivering the food to their doorsteps.

But now, it’s been functioning with special events like weddings and birthdays and other get-togethers.

Dom and RBiel has built the trust of their customers. When they want to eat out, they do visit the restaurant strictly observing the health protocols in social distancing, wearing of face masks and face shields and washing of the hands.

Some of the celebrities who have visited RBiel’s included Ms. Anabelle Rama and family and friends and Judy Anne’s brother who is now a frequent visitor, Jeffrey (Santos) with his wife and kids.

RBiel gives that comfortable homey feeling to its guests.

A story conference (“Crazy In Love With You”) was also held there weeks ago. And celebrities had their unforgettable samples of the dishes that RBiel’s boasts of.

The Dom does not stop in helping his staff earn their keep in a lot of ways. Apart from the work they do in the restaurant, RBiel also had them go into an online business, Siomai King (www.siomaiking.ph/ordernow/00602613) where you can order it and the other products from JC Premiere.

People like Nicole, Angelie and Sir Dom thugs at the heartstrings as they continue to think of the welfare of their kababayans who has a lot to share (in their creativity, passion and abilities).

Let us all support them! Of proudly made Pinoy products! (30)

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