MANILA — Choosing between the desire to pursue their passion and the need for a stable well-paying job is perhaps every millenial’s dilemma. Let’s face it, for the generation known for jumping from one job to another, having both remains to be a distant dream.  Ira Balmes, founder and sole artist of Martini, an online shop that specializes in customized handpainted bags, however, is one of the lucky few able to turn that dream into reality. The innovative entrepreneur was able to capitalize on her talent by using stylish bags as her canvas and painting on them what folks across generations deem priceless — their pets.  “For the aspirants who are being clouded by the thought that the art industry is only profitable for the select few, I have to say, you only need to find value in your art and then make your art valuable,” Balmes declared.  While Balmes admitted she was inseperable to the paint brush since she was a child, the painter never imagined she could build a business with it. “I had no formal education in the arts but have always spared some weekends just painting my heart out… In hindsight, those weekends I would paint on r...