It’s been a transformative first few months of the year 🙂 Like I mentioned in my last blog post, “Lessons of 2018”, from the end of last year when Ito and I continued our cleaning and clearing process–mentally, spiritually and physically–we also began bringing new life to old things that we had forgotten about but started to see in a different light. At the start of 2019, creating a more sustainable environment and consciously lessening our energy leaks (wasted time stuck in traffic, mindless consumption, maintaining a lifestyle that resulted in too much junk, to name just a few) were our intentions. While sorting out stuff, we...Read More
It’s a little over three weeks into the new year and I’ve finally gotten around to writing a new blog post 🙂 As Ito and I continue the clearing and renewing process we began in the last few weeks of 2018, we find ourselves endlessly giving thanks for the year that just passed. Each year presents its unique triumphs and challenges, but with perspective I’ve realised that what made 2018 different for us was that it brought the things we considered truly important into greater clarity. First of all, instead of the goals, checklists and strategies that we followed in previous years, purpose and...Read More
What is the role that women play in society? In the recent “She For She” forum organized by the French embassy in the Philippines, this was the topic discussed along with gender equality and women’s empowerment. Together with many other inspiring women speakers and industry friends (Jeannie Javelosa, Rocio Olbes-Ressano, Hindi Weber-Tantoco and Maica Teves) in the day-long forum moderated by Aurélie Salvaire who founded ShiftBalance, I was invited to give a short talk on my work as a fashion designer along with Lyka Gonzalez (filmmaker), Hannah Morales (photographer) and Liza Diño (chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines) for our segment...Read More
That’s the thing about adventures and journeys…we never really know where they’re going to take us. With the Philippine peso’s recent depreciation and the rising cost of commodities, Ito and I were planning on holding off taking an overseas trip this year. But an impulsive visit to the Travel Fair to look for a last-minute deal on local resorts for summer led us (through a few twists and turns of fate and an irresistible promo fare) south–to Paris and the South of France. Unlike our previous trips which we usually take in the fall, the dates we randomly chose fell closer to Ito’s birthday and our anniversary, and...Read More
Traveling is all about new experiences, but sometimes it’s fun to bring a touch of home with you wherever you go–and if the world is a stage and every sidewalk is a runway, then the best way to do that is through fashion. Because as the world becomes more homogenized and ‘fast-fashioned’, what better way to individualize your look and stand out from the crowd on foreign streets than to add a bit of local flavour? On many of Ito’s and my trips, I try to mix a modern Filipiniana piece with my streetwear basics for a more contemporary, ‘real style’ take on local fashion. For autumn...Read More
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