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DnY Arts and Crafts

Dear friends of mine started their own passion project as well, they are called DnY Arts and Crafts. Mainly because it is the brainchild of Danah and Yen who are my co-volunteers during a Type Kita event last December.

DnY Arts and Crafts


My DnY-ed Case!

DnY Arts and Crafts is the passion project of my type sisters, Danah and Yen. They are best friends forever and both enthusiastic about arts and crafts and calligraphy. I met them during last Type Kita exhibit called Pass on the Passion. We were all volunteers for that two-day event. I sincerely thank God and the universe for letting us meet through volunteering for that specific event. Knowing that we became friends through that, now we have a stronger bond similar to family.


The wonderful ladies behind D&Y

The Story


D&Y Official Logo

How they came to be? Well, Yen celebrated her birthday months ago and we made it special. Danah had such a great surprise! It was a phone cover which she did with all her sweat and blood (not literally 😂). As Yen have told me, that started what is now, DnY. Both work hand in hand with the deliveries, orders and doing the cases themselves.

From canvassing their materials, to drafting and eventually packaging, they are the ones who really worked so much. As a fellow calligraphy enthusiast, I always support with all my mind, heart and soul. When they spread the word about opening their shop, accepting orders, I instantaneously knew what to order! I ordered a phone case with two back covers with intricate details written in Baybayin script.

To those who may wonder what is Baybayin script, it is the first-ever way of writing among Filipinos. To some they may call it Alibata, but the proper term is Baybayin. Honestly, I used to call it Alibata but thanks to Yen, she enlightened about Baybayin & Alibata. So if you come across this, I hope you picked up something new! 😊

So, from a birthday gift to a passion project, anything’s really possible as long as you put your heart and soul into it!


The Phone Cover


Photo from their Facebook page

These phone covers are being sold for Php 200 (USD 4.312) which is really affordable. One phone case comes with two (2) back covers already. Those covers are guaranteed to be quality-made and really artistically done.

You get to choose if:

  • Baybayin Script
  • Brush Script


  • Gold calligraphy/lettering artwork over black paper
  • Water colored calligraphy/lettering artwork over white paper

What I chose was the Baybayin script in gold calligraphy on black paper because primarily, my phone is gold. So, I wanted some uniformity in color. In truth, I was not disappointed! They really delivered the item on the said date and gave updated about my order, through email and text. How convenient is that?


My phone case and covers.

If you watched my video, you could somehow feel my excitement when I received my package. It was really an ecstatic feeling. Yen even told me that she’s scared if how would I react. Yet, in the end, we were all very happy. Supporting one another in each others’ endeavors.

To order these amazing phone covers, go here and fill out the needed details. For now, they only have orders within Metro Manila and Rizal. Soon enough, they’ll be shipping nationwide and eventually, worldwide.


After finding another phone case, I placed the other phone cover there.

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  • Yen Olay
    September 8, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Woow! Thank you Tin for the feature!! 🙂

    September 8, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    For sure me maratating iyan. Basta put time not only in skills, which needs continuous growth pa din, pero need also to learn marketing online to make it a viable business. Meron na kayong creative skills sa arts eh. Go go go lang.

  • Me-An Clemente
    September 8, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    They are really commendable for pouring not only their creativity but also their heart for their craft. Their phone cases are unique as they put baybayin on it. I’m sure their work will garner attention as they keep and promote our Filipino heritage. Cheers to you for helping them spread the word on their business 🙂

  • Laveena Sengar
    September 9, 2016 at 4:19 AM

    These are so very cute. Pretty exciting. Are they available online? I would really like to check them out

  • Miera Nadhirah
    September 9, 2016 at 6:21 AM

    Wow.. I think these are brilliant.. I would love to check them out… do they ship overseas as well… I always think handmade stuff are made with lots of love, planning and consideration

  • Nilyn
    September 9, 2016 at 6:23 AM

    Kudos to DNY, they did a really great job! Wow, it’s been years (or more than a decade maybe) since I last saw baybayin letters! Muntik ko na nga makalimutan e! haha! I really like their cases, super nice!

  • Berlin
    September 9, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    You are so surrounded by artistic people. You yourself is so creative and galing din. I should be with these kind of people din so the creative juices (should there be any) e talagang lumabas. Ehehe.

    But seriously, that is a nice concept. And a nice way to further your talent to the next level and at the same time share what youve got. Passion really moves people. I love their passion.

  • Rej
    September 9, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    I have been inlove with Alibata/Baybayin Script since highschool. These phone cases look good and artsy. Are they sturdy enough? I’ve been contemplating what phone case to buy for my Z3 and haven’t been able to decide yet.

  • Leona
    September 9, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    That’s interesting, always nice to hear stories of projects and business birthed out of passion. I love calligraphy too but have yet to think of what to do with it. Love that the phone case has a very cool meaning culturally as well with the special font used, what a conversation starter it would be.

  • Shai Habon
    September 9, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    I love DIYs! It’s interesting that you were able to mix art (calligraphy) and history to create good phone cases! Are you gonna sell these stuff online too?

  • Jessica
    September 9, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    what a lovely concept. Sure it will go far as long as talent and passion go together. The baybayin is enough for me to love this product. Good luck to DnY!

  • Veethee Dixit
    September 11, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    They really pour their heart for their craft. It is a nice concept. These phone cases look fantastic. I love calligraphy too!

  • Alyssa tuangco
    November 18, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Oh this is great! I’m looking for good phone cases and theirs looks promising. We can send designs no?

  • Aika
    November 22, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    I have been reading your blogs for so long. I am into arts and crafts also but more of for creative planning. Congrats to DnY! would love to see more of their works. I saw you are also accepting commissioned works. I might contact you soon! 🙂 also, do you still do calligraphy workshops for begineers?

    • Maria
      November 22, 2016 at 12:55 PM

      Hola! Sure, my email is just around the blog. Haha! But to be sure, here: ask@mariaisquixotic.com. For now, I’m more on private classes.

  • mumwrites (@vixquips)
    May 23, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    That is quite a lovely background story! These are lovely phone cases and great as personalized gifts, too! I wonder if they have a pop-up somewhere where people can go to check out their wares. It should also be very interesting to learn baybayin one of these days!

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