Krizel (Brelly) Balasabas
HR/Sales & Marketing Practice
Krizel, or Brelly to most of us, has got a mixture of Filipina-Indian look even at first glance. She is perceived by her friends as a strong and very independent person. Her office nickname “Brelly” was given by a KSearch colleague who on one occasion heard Krizel uttered “Oh my it’s raining, I forgot to bring my ‘brelly’”. J
Even as a child, Krizel loved to be in the spotlight, attracting everyone’s attention most of the time. Growing up, she would be training herself to speak well, recite poems, and join declamation contests, among others. When she was only four, she learned to imitate the Arabic and German languages from audio books repeatedly played by her uncles and aunties. She likes it when people get so fond of her and her charm. However, the moment she notices that all eyes and ears are already on her, she instantly begins to shy away. Peculiar, isn’t it?
Krizel’s flair for facilitating and hosting the company’s special events and happenings stands out. She actually volunteers for such a role and she would do her best to make the event lively and interactive. Typically jovial, she would occasionally be seen as being serious and quietly absorbed. That is probably the artist’s mood in her in control.
Krizel’s ultimate passion is painting. Her talent in sketching showed as early as when she was three years old. Her skill at painting advanced through her high school and college years. During college, her painting skills proved to be a decided advantage, which enabled her to compete in an Art Contest sponsored by Czech Republic, competing with Art majors from the top tier universities of the country. She regards the experience as one of her most remarkable in the field of art. At one time, her entry in the Instituto Cervantes-sponsored art competition was awarded top 7th out of 150 participants.
Krizel is an active member of the Artistikong Kabataan Philippines, Inc. (AKPI), a non-profit, non-governmental organization, whose principal activities primarily consist of creativity, connections, charity, and cross cultural communications. She was part of AKPI’s EDSA Mural Project, considered its biggest project from May to July of 2013. To date, Krizel has a total collection of 15 paintings, five of which are her favourite ‘Mother and Child’ theme. She also loves to paint owls, it being a “creature of the night”. Being an artist, she considers night times perfect for deep thoughts, imagining, and yes, painting.
Krizel’s love for painting defines her. It helps her discover herself. We, her friends in the office, find that ability so enviable!
By: Clyde Ayura, Consultant