Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Jackdaws for 2017!

New year, new resolutions, new dreams, new memories...and oh, new Jackdaws!

While the whole world was busy preparing for the recent holidays, Jackdaw Philippines was also busy brewing new Jackdaw timepieces.

In September 2015, Jackdaw –real-class Pinoy brand– opened itself to the public with the launch of its pilot wooden watches: The Kenway and The Hyperion. Adding up to the collection last June 2016 was The Victoria. (I know, even the names speak so much class.)

THE KENWAY is made of Hawaiian Koa wood, thus possesses the unique color and grain of a Hawaiian Koa. In ancient Hawaii, Koa was said to be harvested exclusively for the royal class or Ali’i.

THE HYPERION, made from the finest cut of Ebony wood, exhibits the fa├žade of Black Gold-redefined.

THE VICTORIA is from African Zebrawood, thus the cream and black striped timber as in the trunk of an African Zebrawood. Long ago, this wood was also used in Cadillac and Mercedes Benz automobiles.

Jackdaw timepieces veer away from the usual all silver or gold watches. And instead highlight the variant of luxury wood. Not to mention, Jackdaw incorporates both simplicity and class with their exquisite wooden timepieces.

What is more important to note is that in the year 2017, Jackdaw expanded its collection to four more beautiful timepieces. Yep! To brace the holiday season and welcome the New Year, the addition to the Jackdaw collection are finally out!

The newest addition: The Corsair, The Black Pearl, The Charleston and The Aquila – made The Jackdaw collection more definitely a classic lifestyle to love.

THE CORSAIR is made of Walnut wood bezel blending perfectly with its watch band made of snuffed genuine leather bracelet.

THE BLACK PEARL is Ebony hardwood-inspired and accentuated by its sunray gold dial.

THE CHARLESTON is carved from Walnut wood and puts emphasis on the rawness of the wooden dial. 
THE AQUILA has Maple wood bezel framing the charcoal-shaded dial and the Pristine Golden hour and minute hands.

Jackdaw signature wooden box

So if you’re donning for the classy and sophisticated look this year plus something unique and refreshingly new, then the Jackdaw collection is perfect for you!

Worry not when you’re wearing something formal or casual because the Jackdaw timepieces can always make it right for you. Plus need I say that the best gift we can give to people is time? Yes! Yes! And Yes! And the Jackdaw timepieces are here to best remind us just that.

So hurry! It’s time to get that Jackdaw!

For orders and inquiries, contact +63917-518-0424 through SMS/Viber, email at, or visit The Jackdaw Shop at The Palace Pool Club at Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila.

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Paolo Sarmiento, young entrepreneur and CEO of Jackdaw Philippines, carefully handpicks the finest wood to be used for the Jackdaw collection to create the classy and premium Jackdaw timepieces. The name “Jackdaw” was derived from a species of crow, the Western Jackdaw. And as what one of the classic line says: stand out from the rest - instead of buying luxury watches to be at par with friends, Paolo created his own – the JACKDAW.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


This was supposed to appear in the Urban Life section of the newspaper but it appeared in the Opinion page. So I'm placing here the article with the supposed photos. :)

To The Extremes

LIKE most people, I dream of travels–a lot of travels. And like most others, I try my best to save for life’s best adventures. While I can’t do them all yet, I continue to browse on my phone, social media accounts of nature trippin’, beach lovin’ and hiking adventures. I remind myself of the things I want to do if time and budget already permit.
Having gone through millions of posts on Instagram and Facebook, I found accounts with portfolios of rock climbing, mountain climbing, surfing and skydiving–basically, a lot of extreme nature tripping. As a kid, I’ve always been a fan of X Factor. I love the thought of adrenaline rush and euphoria. And I’d replay the TV scenes over and over in my head and imagine myself doing the bicycle stunts, the skateboard glides, the motocross jumps and the drag race turns. I’ve always loved the idea of being away comfort zones, outside nutshells and beyond ordinary.
While I am always awed by various photos in my social media feeds, I am more impressed that some people I came across with had already been into things I imagined myself doing. So I picked a few of them to cite.
Although mountain climbing has become ordinary nowadays–with a lot of groups doing diverse squad goals, nothing beats the passion of real mountaineers, who climb not just for the selfies and the groufies but for the rush and exhilaration it gives.
Ayen Chiong is a professional interior designer and a courageous mountain and rock climber. My favorites in her escapades are her Japan climbs: Mt. Fuji in Tokyo and Mt. Asahidake in Hokkaido, where she climbed them with an arm cast (yellow cast in the photo). Yep, you read that right. Not your typical mountaineer.

Why go for extreme sports: It’s a way of being much more alive. It doesn’t only challenge me physically, but also mentally and spiritually.
Who is your role model: Dr. Gideon Lasco, Philippine mountaineer, anthropologist, environmental advocate (
Skydiving has always been one of my dreams. I believe this is also top on the bucket list of most people. I browse travelling photos and I come across skydiving photos on Facebook.
Yam Otarra, 26, has since been a passionate traveller. From being around the beautiful Pilipinas to various international destinations, this young lady has travelled 35 countries (as of the moment). My favorites in her travel? Gazillions. Skydiving, surely is one of them.
What is your life motto: by Paulo Coelho: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
What are you looking for in life: Happiness.
Of all the things I wanna do right now, this one is it: freerunning. I’ve always dreamt of becoming a ninja, a martial arts guru, well, yeah, a freerunner in these modern times. And I’m so glad they have training in Manila already. So yep, someday, parkour.
Karl Bautista is a graduate of Architecture in one of the universities in Manila. He does parkour and climbing rooftop buildings is his hobby. And like all freerunners, the world is Karl’s playground. My favourite: his photos of roof culture.
Where did you learn parkour: I actually learned parkour in the monkey bars in UST. I saw some guys jumping and doing simple flips. With my basic gymnastic background, I decided to join them a bit, but ended up loving the whole experience!
What does it feel like: When I parkour, I feel free. It’s a form or art, in a way, because I can express myself through movement, just like how dancers feel. Except, rather than music, we use the environment around with our mixed training in calisthenics, gymnastics and add some creative flare to it.
Motocross and drag racing are just few of my childhood dreams. I get so excited watching exhibitions of motocross and car racers. Few months ago, I was watching Pilipinas Got Talent and lo, and behold, I found motocross racers as contenders.
UA Mindanao is a group of motocross performers from Kidapawan City. The group graced PGT Season 5 and like the PGT judges, I was stunned. My heart would skip a beat every time the riders would strike a pose. And in every jump, I imagine myself doing the same thing. And I was like, “I’m killing this.”
Me? Well, I’ve climbed Mt. Capistrano. I think that’s a good start. Haha! Skydiving? I’ll try freerunning first. I know I have been doing ordinary things and nothing like the episodes I watched way back in X Factor. But who knows, maybe in the next issues of Gold Star, I will be sharing with you how I am already into the extremes.

Being Filipino

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WHEN Filipinos make it big in the international realm, we say that we are proud Filipinos! When it’s everything about greatness, we go out and say, “I am a Filipino.” Most people would utter the words “Pinoy Ako” without really understanding the word Filipino.
It’s funny how people I know who say that they are all about being a Filipino are the same people I know shopping around high-end malls buying imported brands: Zara, Topshop, Mango, H&M, Forever 21, Old Navy and other go-to brands in the metro.
It’s funny how I invite people to watch Tagalog movies and all they say is “Jologs, unsa man na?” or “Yuck, ga’watch ug Pinoy movies?”
It’s funny how I ask about OPM and local indie bands and all they know are songs on Billboard and the indie band from I don’t know where.
It’s funny how people would go crazy over buying luxury bags online or in actual mall stores even to the point of buying class A versions but are not able to patronize cheap Marikina bags.
It’s funny, how most of the time, we don’t really walk the talk. Well, in a lot of cases actually. The instance of being Filipino is one.
While a number of tourists go to various destinations for the local feel and the heritage the place brings, we are all about westernizing, bringing and adapting a lot of different culture in the country. While it is good to amuse ourselves with diversity, it is best to nurture our very core and uphold our values first. It is like loving and appreciating ourselves first, before loving other people.
We often try to learn foreign languages without even first polishing our own dialect. I believe we must hone first the Filipino ways before taking things into international streets.
Support Filipino brands. Endorse local tourism. Travel the Philippines. Interact with the locals. Feel and understand what it is to be Filipino.