PHILDEV FUNDRAISER IN THE VINEYARD

PhilDev is a nonprofit, innovation organization that accelerates science and technology for national development through initiatives, programs and partnerships.

PhilDev brings together government organizations, the academe and private industry in harnessing science and technology for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the Philippines.

For future generations having equal access to opportunities, PhilDev commits to eradicating poverty by removing obstacles to paths forward and creating possibilities where there were none.

Phildev helps to build a robust science and technology environment that values creativity, curiosity and daring through channeling significant investments in STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Mathematics), innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Whiteflower Events & Flowers is honored to have joined hands with Phildev and their founder Diosdado “Dado” Banatao by providing event design services during their recent fundraiser held in a vineyard in Orange County.

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RUBEN & JANET NEPALES DINNER & CLASS

My heart beats as I share this post on Facebook from Janet Rodriguez Nepales of the Hollywood Foreign Press/ Golden Globes

Dinner with friends hosted by Elaine Quadra

Everything that Elaine Quadra touches turns magical! I already knew this the first time I met her and she did the floral arrangement for a Filipino event. So when my daughter Bianca Nicole Nepales got married, we had no second thoughts of getting her to do Bianca's wedding floral arrangements from church to reception, from bridal bouquet to the Maid of Honor.

Elaine realized one of her dreams come true when she started White Flower Events & Flowers (a one-stop events planning, events design, floral, interior design, landscape design, videography, photography place) at 22153 Sherman Way, West Hills, CA 91303 .

Just walking into the place and seeing Elaine's dinner setting, we knew tonight was not going to be an ordinary night. She even prepared the special menu of crab and corn soup, beet salad, pesto pasta, chicken and salmon, and cheesecake for dessert.

Wine was overflowing. The company was great! We had Reggie Lee, Brian Geli, Alan del Rosario, Kenneth Barlis, his mom Boots Barnes, Prosy dela Cruz, and my daughter Bianca Nicole Nepales. 

After a delicious dinner, Elaine brought us to the other room (her 153 Coffee and Bar area) where she surprised us by giving an impromptu floral arrangement class complete with aprons, scissors, flowers and leaves to arrange.

It was fun how everybody displayed their artistic talents and showed their personalities through their floral arrangements. We all had a great time learning from the floral guru.

But most of all, Elaine, the Lady with the Magic Touch, shared with us, not only her many talents, but her spirit, her love for creating, her joy for making people happy and better human beings. Thank you very much Elaine for a magical evening!


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CHARMING SUCS

We used an assortment of succulents as the centerpiece for Lily & Noel’s wedding reception. It was like bringing the natural elements of the outdoors into the look and feel of their wedding. Charming, indeed.

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RED, BLACK & WHITE

I take great strides doing what I do. My work is a special gift from my God. My early favorite is one I did for Bob’s birthday celebration...red floral centerpieces against a classic black and white setting and the view of the beautiful mountains of Bell Canyon.

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BRING ON THE WOODS

This centerpiece is for a wedding outdoors. Three rustic scabiosa's, 2 wild forest twigs and a lovely magenta cattleya dance in an arrangement that includes striking red heart roses, long lasting red astromerias, plump red coffee
beans, wild greeneries and hunky magnolia leaves. Fitting for a place in the woods, this centerpiece sits on a vase covered with dried bark. Shh...a few sucs are trying to steal the scene.

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NOW OPEN IN WEST HILLS, CALIFORNIA

FIRST STORE. When recession hit the US in 2008, I closed my first flower retail store in Van Nuys, CA. After 3 store break-ins, over a hundred flowers and events, I moved back to my garage and then to my dining room which eventually served as my home studio. At that time my children were in their teenage years and needed my attention even more. My eldest daughter graduated from college, moved to New York to find her future and my son stepped into senior high and learned to drive. Suddenly, I woke up to the reality that I now have to step aside and found consolation from my impending nesting by doing more flowers. A brief stint at Holy Spirit Retreat Center eventually led me back to working full time with flowers and styling events.

DREAM. Since I closed my first store, I have always wanted to open another store. At one time, I even dreamed about it - the way it looks and the elements that will be included. During one of my recent trips to New York to visit my daughter, she brought me to a store in her neighborhood in the Upper East Side. “Mom, you have to see this”, she said. The store was Plantshed. It was a flower shop and a coffee shop in one, with a big table in the middle for people to hang out, sip a cup of coffee, pick some flowers , and wait for them to be arranged. It was like the dream in my own two eyes!”.

MIRACLES HAPPEN. Recently, I have been posting about miracle moments in my life in order to lead you to this one big miracle that even I could not fathom- the opening of my dream studio/ showroom/ storefront on January 8, 2019 in the boundary of Canoga and West Hills in Los Angeles, CA. Follows is a post from my FB on my birthday last January 20.

God sent angels Linda M. Crisostomo and my sister Celia Blancaflor to help me set this up. I originally planned to work in New York for a year and save money to be able to build my dream place. But it meant being away from my family and friends. Linda and I were also looking at cheap tickets to the Philippines to work on building a retreat center. 

I have been crying, kneeling, begging, praying for my God to give this to me...to be able to showcase and glorify Him through this special gift of floral and event design.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, the doors of the studio was blessed by Father Mao and formally opened with over a hundred of my friends ( including my best friend of 35 years Mary Tan who flew in from the Philippines) and family. Cutting the ribbon were 3 of my beautiful brides Cassi Dobrawa, Jamie Hidalgo Armendariz, John S. Mina, Erlinda, and ace event planner Susan Armendariz who also helped paved the way to pursue my passion.

Today, I will be celebrating my 59th birthday, thankful and very blessed, and meeting with my first client at the studio. Please feel free to visit as well from 10 am to 7 pm...let’s have coffee or wine amidst some sweet smelling fresh flowers beautifully arranged by myself and our lovely house floral designer Liane Douglas. Our address 22153 Sherman Way 91303. Phone. no. 818-805-3825, contact@whiteflowerevents.com.”

Indeed, miracles do happen.

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BER-Y COOL

Welcome September ---the first of the "ber" months "... “ber” because our favorite expression during the (it's been raining in New York) month is "berrrrrr….". For me the "ber" month reminds me of this centerpiece and décor I did for a coming-of-age (debut) party of a young girl in Los Angeles. Ber-y cool, isn't it?

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THRILL YOUR WALL WITH FLOWER ART

What is flower art? In it's broadest meaning, flower art is the expression of creativity and/or imagination using flowers as the main inspiration. For a bedroom that I helped design a few years ago, I made a flower art using silk or imitation flowers to give the wall behind the  bed a life. The silk flower art was so stunning - it was thrilling to see how close to nature it looked.   

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BREATHTAKING BARNS

There's probably nothing more breathtaking than having an event at a barn- whether it be a rehearsal party, a wedding, a birthday or an anniversary. Think rustic, bare wood tables and chairs, citronella candles, green fields and parasols, and fresh flowers that can make you feel as close to nature as possible. For Rick's rehearsal wedding party held at a remote barn in Calabasas, I used fresh sweet magnolia flowers picked from my backyard that blended well with the musky smell of the beautiful barn. To date, I still get the oohhhs and the ahhs from people whenever I show pictures of the event. 

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