Arts And Crafts Festival 2017: NBS' Make and Create Event

Art is such a relaxing activity. It takes away your stress. And it helps you get back your focus on things. I never thought I would be interested in anything about art. That is until a friend introduced me into adult coloring. Last October 2016, National Bookstore held their Color and Calligraphy Fair in Cebu. Since then, I got hooked in calligraphy then into painting loose florals using watercolor.

I was assigned in Manila for work for a couple of months. If you are an art enthusiast, Metro Manila has lots of art festivals that you would not want to miss. National Bookstore was back in Cebu for NBS Make & Create Arts & Crafts Festival 2017. When NBS announced the event through their Facebook page, all my art hormones were pumped with adrenaline. I would not miss the opportunity. What made it more exciting is that the Wonderful Cebu Blog was invited for a special preview of the different sponsors of the event. And I got to represent the Wonderful Cebu Blog for it. The Make & Create Arts & Crafts Festival ran two days from 14-15 October 2017. This kind of art festival only happens once in a blue moon in Cebu!

Make and Create Arts and Crafts Festival with National Bookstore 2017
Make and Create with National Bookstore 2017

Mr. Louie Manalo welcomed me and introduced me to the different brand supervisors. A special preview for Cebu-based bloggers and media was set for the first two hours of the event. Let me share my experience.


I was first introduced to Mr. Ricky Malanog, marketing head of Uni Writing Instruments. Uni Writing Instruments is a brand that has been providing us with quality ballpoint pens. We may only know about Uni’s ballpoint pens. They also sell a variety of other writing instruments. They have products like Jetstream Pens, Gel Ink Rollerballs, Liquid Ink Rollerballs, Artistic Drawing Pens, Mechanical Pencils and Leads, Multi-functional Pens, and Markers. 

I love the Uni Ball Signo White gel ink pen. If you are into brush calligraphy or lettering, the Uni Ball Signo White can add texture to your lettering designs. You can also use the Uni Ball Signo White pen when doing a galaxy watercolor painting. I also plan to buy the Uni Posca White pen for calligraphy on wood.


Are you into scrap booking? The famous scrap booking brand, Craft Easy, showcased their artful and unique scrap booking materials in the event. Children were also welcomed into the NBS Make and Create festival. If you are a Disney baby and you follow TV shows on the Disney Channel, you might be familiar with the brand Disney’s Art Attack. Mommies and their kids were mostly present in the Disney’s Art Attack booth doing coloring and creating crafts. For your scrap booking needs you can visit any National Bookstore branch nationwide and look for the Craft Easy section. Disney’s Art Attack also sells child friendly coloring materials.


Bullet Journaling or BuJo is one of the famous trends among art enthusiasts nowadays. BuJo is a customized planner where you can create your own format for your weekly spread. It is where you can jot down your to-do-lists, sketches, and mindless scribbles. You can also use it as a diary or travel journal. Limelight offers an excellent brand of quality journals. It is the perfect suit for your bullet journaling needs. Limelight journals' use are not only limited to bullet journaling. These journals can also be used for sketching, watercolor painting, calligraphy, and almost all kinds of art. This is because its paper is at 120 Grams per Square Meter. It can withstand different kinds of media.

Limelight booth at Make and Create Arts and Crafts Festival
Limelight booth

With BuJo, you also need colorful markers for your designs. Sharpie is a water-based marker that can address your needs. It is perfect for your bullet journaling, scrap booking, poster making, adult coloring, and other arts and craft needs.  


Adult coloring started all my art journey since August of 2015. Merchandisers were selling different  colored pencil brands like hot potato back then. But there is only one brand I wanted to own and that is the Prismacolor Premier pencils. Do I already own a set of Prismacolors? The answer is no because I couldn’t afford to buy one. One of the freebies given during the event was a set of 12s Prismacolor Premier pencils. Can you just imagine how happy I was when I received the tin box? It’s like the Michelangelo of colored pencils. Prismacolor Premiers are artist-quality colored pencils with high quality pigments. Its soft and thick core creates a smooth process in coloring and is perfect for blending and shading. Prismacolor Premiers were sold on a 40% discount during NBS’ Make & Create event.

People who were present at the Prismacolor Premier booth were mostly sketching enthusiasts. Some were into adult coloring. I also spent 2 hours coloring an artwork. I just don’t want to miss the chance to use these “dream” Prismacolor Premier pencils. 

I hoped I didn’t babble about how much I love Prismacolor and looked like an art geek. I really couldn’t remember the words that came out of my mouth because of my excitement.


Pretige Paper Products offers eco-friendly specialty papers. These can be used by graphic designers, social printers, digital service bureaus, commercial printers and hobbyists. I started my watercolor painting journey in August of 2015. Since then, I have been searching for a cheaper Fabriano watercolor paper in 3 branches of National Bookstore in Cebu. To my dismay, I haven’t found one. The one they are selling was the biggest size which costs Php 1,000 - Php 2,000. During the special preview for bloggers and media at the NBS Make & Create event, my heart fluttered with happiness when I saw the 9x12 size of Fabriano paper on display! Paper brands that are under Prestige Paper Products are Fedrigoni, Fabriano, Rock Paper, Mondi, Imari, Maestro and Eska.


Sakura Philippines offers prime watercolor sets, brush pens, drawing pens and gelly roll pens. Sakura Philippines is promoting their Pigma Macron drawing pens. These are mastered for manga drawing and organic doodling. Sakura’s Koi Watercolor set is also a great find for watercolor enthusiasts. This nifty watercolor set is a perfect suit for travelers who are into watercolor painting. It comes with a portable case, a palette and a water brush.

Ever since I started doing calligraphy, my go to brush pens were the Zig Brushables. During the event I decided to try on the Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens and bought one. What I love about the Sakura Koi brush pens is that it is easy to handle and I get to control the thin and thick pressure strokes well.  I also love Sakura’s paint brushes because of its smooth tip. I hope National Bookstore branches in Cebu would stock up on Sakura’s paint brushes so I can purchase other sizes of their paint brush.


When someone asks us about glues what brand comes into your mind first? Right! Elmer’s Glue. Aside from their multi-purpose glue, they also introduced their new product, Elmer’s Classic Glitter Glue. There was also a demonstration during the event on how to make a slime using Elmer’s Classic Glitter Glue.



Marvy Uchida is a brand exclusively distributed by Valiant Paper Asia-Pacific Corporation in the Philippines. Their products include a variety of hobby and craft pens for calligraphy, drawing and fabric coloring. School and office pens are also present in Marcy Uchida’s line of writing tools.


Faber-Castell is a Germany-based brand and houses one of the best brands of color pencils. There are two kinds of Faber-Castell brands. The one with the red background are student grade coloring materials. The one with the dark green background are artist grade coloring materials. During the event it was the former that was given the spotlight together with a new brand of coloring materials named Deli. Deli is a well known brand in China. It is a new player of art and office supplies brand in the Philippines. Their products include coloring materials, adhesive products, conference products, office machines and writing instruments.

Faber-Castell at Make and Create Arts and Crafts Festival 2017

Faber-Castell also has brush pens that are used for calligraphy and is also one of my favorites for its flexibility.

Here are a few artworks I created using the materials provided during the NBS' Make and Create Arts and Crafts Festival 2017.

Time check: 12:27 AM. Since I really wanted to try the #FabrianoWatercolorPaper and the #SakuraPaintBrush, I did a quick watercolor sesh using @willizago 's tutorial in #MakeAndCreateWithNBS @nbsalert @smcitycebuofficial . I hope I did a good job especially on the side rose but I reckon it still needs improvement. It looked like a Peony. 😁 Tomorrow I' m gonna hoard more Fabriano paper. It is the best watercolor paper that I have tried! Sakura's paint brush is just 😍 so soft! Watercolor Paper: Fabriano from @prestigepaper Paint Brush: @sakuraartph Brush Pen: Zig Fudebiyori @zigphilippines Watercolor: @simbalionph . #LingsWatercolorJourney #lingcalligraphycebu #calligraphycebu #calligraphyph #looseflorals #watercolorflorals #artcebu #cebucrafts #cebubloggers #bloggerscebu #watercolorcebu #cebuevents #wonderfulcebublog #wonderfulcebu #practicemakesprogress #prestigepaperproducts #fabrianoph
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Thank you National Bookstore for bringing NBS’ Make & Create Arts & Crafts Festival in Cebu! Thank you for inviting Wonderful Cebu to the event. Here’s to more art events in Cebu! Cheers!

Guest writer: Jennifer Abrenica of Thoughts by Anonymous
Full disclosure: Jennifer represented the Wonderful Cebu Blog during the media preview for the National Bookstore Make and Create Arts & Crafts Festival. Rest assured, her opinions are her own and not influenced in any way. 

Kartzone: Feed Your Need for Speed in Cebu City, Philippines

Metro Cebu probably has one of the worst traffic problems in the world. In fact, Cebu's driving culture was cites as second worst by Waze, the wayfinding app. This means that if you have a constant need for speed, it will be hard to sate that in the streets of Metro Cebu. Unless it's deep into the night. Worry not now, there is a way to fill your need for speed in Cebu.


Enter Kartzone Cebu, a go-kart rental facility in Kasambagan, Cebu City with a pretty basic racetrack. To start, here's their contact information:

Business Address: F. Cabahug Street, Kasambagan, Cebu City
Landmarks: Near Jollibee and Burger King
Facebook page: Kartzone Cebu
Telephone number: +63 32 268 2553
E-mail address: 

I rented a go-kart with them once and used their track for 8 laps. But I was never a speed demon and I just tried it for once. I also did not have photos of that experience as we did it in at night and we did not have cameras that can capture the experience in the dark. Luckily, Jen of Thoughts by Anonymous gave me permission to use her photos when she visited Kartzone Cebu.

First, we paid the fees for go kart, safety gear, and accessory rentals. A helmet is the only required safety gear. A face mask is also available for rent. Of course the karts are equipped with seat belts. I strongly suggest though that they require guests to wear closed shoes. For a higher safety standard, they can also rent out padded overalls, arm guards, knee pads, shin guards, elbow pads, and gloves.

While their rules do indicate that they do not allow rentals for guests who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they have no way of knowing for sure. They only check for obvious physical indicators such as grogginess and breath that smells of alcohol. Perhaps a breathalyzer test may suffice? I understand that will drive costs up though. 

The experience starts with a safety briefing where we were just made to view film. It was quite informative and sufficient as long as you pay attention. After the safety briefing, we then proceeded to putting our gear on and getting on our go-kart of choice.

Jen at Kartzone Cebu
Jen at Kartzone Cebu
The standard for renting a go kart and using the racetrack at Kartzone Cebu is 8 laps. Regular rental rates are PHP 425 for the single-seat go kart and PHP 450 for the twin-seater. The price drops during happy hour on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The happy hour single-seat rental is at PHP 325 for 8 laps, and the twin-seater rents at PHP 350. 4-lap tickets are also available during happy hour. The 4-lap tickets cost PHP 225 for single-seaters and PHP 250 for twin-seaters.

Jen on the Kartzone Cebu racetrack
Jen on the racetrack

Other than go karts, Kartzone's racetracks have also been used for motorcycle races and automobile time trials. This was the former stomping ground of Cebuano actor Matteo Guidicelli. Matteo was a champion motorcycle racer before he focused mainly on a showbiz career in Manila.

Do you need to sate your hunger for speed? Kartzone Cebu just might be able to address your need for speed. Give them a try and tell us about your experience in the comments below.