June 30, 2010

The SDA Project.

Unveiling in a few hours.

July Style & Forecast.

I'm adding a new section to my blog - style and forecast. It will be my fashion inspiration for the upcoming month. For July, I decided to stick with the grays and blues. This month will be the transition phase from the summer looks to the monochromatic military-inspired fall looks. It's time to start buying items with neutral colors as the rainy days approaches. Drapes and military embellishments are starting to appear in local retail brands. For those in the SDA, make sure you always have a jacket or an umbrella to face our bipolar weather at Manila. 

Forecast: This is a tribute to my best friend, Lorenz Namalata. The Matador style for the upcoming months.

June 28, 2010

It's A Block Thing.

Monday was a very special day for our block. It's our high school uniform day. I wore my old black pants, leather shoes and the polo barong that I borrowed from Kevin Santos. I also decided to wear my Rodriguez de Alba Bespoke coat so that I would look like I came from the Angelo King International Center (AKIC) campus. (For those who don't know, AKIC is the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management located a few blocks from the School of Design and Arts.) My seatmate Avi and I would often do the craziest and most random things when lectures get dull. Yesterday was by far the most 'sabaw' day and it really felt like we were back to high school. 

I'm starting to get frustrated not having my camera with me. It hasn't been diagnosed by Canon yet. Good thing my other blockmates bring their cameras to class. Thanks you, Juju Regg Macasiray, for the photographs.

June 25, 2010

To Infinity And Beyond.

I suddenly reminisced about my childhood. Toy Story was the first Pixar movie that I fell in love with. For all my life, Toy Story always had a special place in my heart. I still remember having a Woody back then with Andy’s name inked on his boot. After eleven years, the third installment finally came out in theaters. All I can say is that it was worth the eleven years of wait. My generation grew up with Andy and his toys. There were a countless number of moving elements and scenes that arouse every conceivable emotion. It was comical, scary and heartbreaking. Family is another element that was stressed throughout the film. The toys stick together no matter what they encounter. The last twenty minutes of the film left me in tears. [spoiler alert] It captured how hard it is to let go of the things we love the most. I was very moved when Andy introduced his toys to Bonnie, the little girl. “Jessie loves little critters. Bullseye is her favorite 'critter.' Mr and Mrs Potato Head are madly in love. The three green aliens come from a strange place called Pizza Planet. Hamm will save your money, but is also 'The Evil Dr Porkchop.' Rex is a fearsome predator. Slinky is as loyal as they come for a dog. Buzz Lightyear is a cool space ranger who flies, shoots lasers, and protects the galaxy from the Evil Emperor Zurg.” And then came the best and most touching line of the entire film. “Woody is no ordinary toy. He's brave. But the thing that makes Woody special is that he'll never give up on you. EVER." I remembered ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ by Mitch Albom during this scene. “Sacrifice! We all make them. It's part of life. It's supposed to be, not something to regret. Sometimes, when we sacrifice something precious, we're not really losing it. Rather, we're just passing it on to someone else.” Andy said a final “thank you” to his toys and left. He knew a great part of his childhood was due to the fact that he had great toys. As Andy drove away, Woody whispered, “So long, partner.”

 This is definitely the best animated film of the year. Thank you Pixar and to everyone who has been part of making the three movies. Thank you for changing my life since I was four. Thank you Toy Story.

June 24, 2010

Codename: TSP.

Four bloggers. 
One school: DLS-CSB. 
One project. 
One big collaboration. 
Coming this first of July.

June 23, 2010

Tuesdays With Fourteen Storeys.

Tuesdays are always filled with different experiences and sightings.
On the way to school, Bryan took his first photograph using my camera. His first take is very heavenly! Haha! We had brunch with my best friend Migi Moreno and CSB Student Council President Ara Roldan at Creations Cafe. We usually hang out on the second floor where the art gallery is found. Some of the artworks are really outstanding. We walked to the SDA Building afterwards for our first class that starts at eleven. The best part about Tuesdays is our NATSCA class in the afternoon. I've been infatuated with the convex mirrors that are found in almost every corner of the hallways. When you need a quick snack, the cafeteria on the twelfth floor is the way to go!

June 21, 2010

When I Was Fourteen.

Stumbling upon this photograph taken by top fashion photographer, Doc Marlon Pecjo, back in my "modeling" days made me laugh. Back in those days, people have already complimented me for my style and creativity. It was in the year 2007 that I discovered my passion for fashion photography. I grew more interest in being behind the lens rather than being in front of it. For three years, I honed my skills in photography and experimented with different techniques and styling. I have encountered a lot of ups and downs, kudos and negative criticisms. All of them helped me grow into the photographer that I am right now. There are still more to learn and to master. I hope that one day I will be as good as Doc Marlon.

June 20, 2010

I Love Papa.

I took this photograph of my dad a few months ago in John & Yoko. 
We are about to leave the house to celebrate his special day.
Happy Father's Day! I love you so much, Papa.

June 19, 2010

Flight Of Carpe Diem.

After a few hours of conceptualizing and designing, I am finally done with my self-expression graphic design for NATSCA1. I call this 'Flight Of Carpe Diem'. It depicts how I am as an artist. I am inspired by the juxtaposition of vintage and modern elements. The Statue of Liberty signifies the freedom of expression that we have in De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. The vintage woman in the background symbolizes God who is always watching us and guiding us throughout the design process. The two gentlemen wearing 3D glasses symbolize how I view things in two perspectives. I always try to observe my surroundings in a meticulous way and see both the positive and negative side of things. The Diana cameras signify how I love capturing the things that inspire me everyday. The image of Rizal on the torch symbolizes my aspiration to be known in the Philippines someday. 

I hope you guys like it! There are more design projects to come this first term.

June 18, 2010

The Next Big Thing In SDA Is About To Launch.

Bjorn Bedayo of http://bjornxmanila.blogspot.com.
Esme Palaganas of http://esmepalaganas.tumblr.com.
 Lorenz Namalata of http://lorenz15.blogspot.com.
Lyka Orhel of http://lykaorhel.blogspot.com.

Four talented individuals who have made a mark in the fashion industry. 
Two taking up Fashion Design & Merchandising. Two taking up Multimedia Arts. 
One school - De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. 
One project.
One big collaboration. 

Back To Green Hills.

After a few weeks in college, I started missing my second home, La Salle Green Hills. My best friends and I decided to visit our school and the Student Affairs Central Body office which was recently renovated (and we didn't get the chance to experience it back in senior year). Traffic along EDSA was horrible as usual. It took us almost two hours to get there. The sad thing was, when we arrived, almost all of my friends from the lower batches have left already. LSGH boys talaga kapag Friday, haha! It was only the students of the ANHS who were there. We got to talk to our teachers who were all very happy to see us. 

The photograph below is a picture of our high school building. High school is missed especially senior year.

I borrowed a polo barong from my friend Kevin Santos who also happens to be the current SACB President. 
I shall wear his uniform on Wednesday at CSB. It's a block thing.

Time flies so fast when you're having fun. I didn't realize that two hours have already gone by. It was time for me to bid goodbye for now. I'll be back again on the second of July for the blessing of the office.

La Salle Green Hills will always be my second home. 

June 16, 2010

100 Years Of Lasallian Presence.

Our Frosh Solidarity Night at Plaza Villarosa was very electrifying as the 110 batch VOLTED IN! The highlight of the night was the unveiling of the 100 Years Of Lasallian Presence In The Philippines mural, the bright star in the night sky, and the start of the Centennial Year Countdown. I'm very proud to have been a Lasallian my whole life. 
It makes me wanna say...
 Animo La Salle!

June 15, 2010


Course Code: NATSCA1
Course Title: Human Factors In Design

This is our only art-related subject in the first trimester. NATSCA1 has been the most interesting class for me as it discusses the importance of ergonomics in design and development. It's the type of class where we get to fully express ourselves and our personal styles.

Inside my bag are a set of Schneider fineliner markers, ballpens, (0.3, 0.5, 0.8) black fineliner markers, and pencils. 

This is probably the first time I will say this. I freakin' love the library of SDA! It's like an artist haven inside. Upon entering, you'll see shelves of books related to Fashion, then Graphic Design, then Photography, then Film, then Interior Design, then everything else related to art. I've borrowed books related to fashion photography, lighting techniques, and these three below. We were tasked to critique an artwork and I decided to use the Dior book for this one.

My awesome seatmate, Avi Castaño, sketched beautiful illustrations throughout the three-hour class.

Tuesday Blues

It's funny how you and your friends wear clothes that complement each other without planning it. 
It's like you're modeling a collection! Haha.

Bryan Arcebal, Regg Macasiray, Bjorn Bedayo, and Avi Castaño.

June 13, 2010

Independence Day Adventures.

Saturday, June 12, 2010. Philippine Independence Day. Streets of Makati.
My friend, Bryan Arcebal, and I planned to attend Monica Mariano's John Robert Powers showcase at the RCBC Plaza. We went to Makati early to drop by Commune Manila's Independence Day Sale. I didn't manage to get any photographs because a lot of people were there. I told Bryan that since we're already on Perea St., why not walk to the other fashion boutiques nearby? From Perea to Carlos Palanca. I haven't gone to Theodore's Store since they moved to Makati. They still have my beloved Cheap Monday jeans and they're selling it now for only 1400 pesos! (More than half its original price, I'll drop by next week to buy two pairs) From Carlos Palanca to Rada. We went to Trilogy Botique & Canteen afterwards and got ourselves two glasses of root beer float. I want to own a pair of Clae someday. I forgot the name but I'm sure my street wear enthusiast friend knows! From Rada to Greenbelt 5. We went to Greyone Social and checked out the latest drops.

The day was a visual greed of high-end street wear fashion.
At six in the evening, we arrived at the RCBC Plaza and watch Monica's showcase.

Congrats Monica for being an awesome dancer and a fierce, fierce, fierce ruway model!

June 12, 2010

Makati High Streets Saturdays.

On Bjorn: fedora hat, H&M plaid buttondown, black tie, Defacto bleached pants.

June 10, 2010

Tribute To Independence Day.

I'm proud to be Filipino. 
I'm proud of our rich history and culture. 
I'm proud to celebrate this significant day of our nation.  

On Bjorn: Collezione polo shirt, H&M shorts, Aldo shoes and Adidas bag (borrowed from my friend, Monica Mariano).

June 9, 2010

Fashion Illustration.

I have a new goal for the first term of my frosh year in De La Salle-College of St. Benilde - learn and master the art of fashion design illustration. I've been wanting to learn it but never had the resources and mentors to help me. Good thing I have my seatmate, Avi Castaño, who happens to be a master in technical drawing and she's been helping me improve on my drawing skills. Thanks Avi! I'll be good at this one day, all it takes is a little practice.

June 8, 2010

Get Spotted At The SDA.

I've been planning for this project since enrollment and now, I finally have the time and resources to do this. Starting today, I'll be featuring styles seen at the School of Design and Arts building of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. I'll be a frosh on the hunt to find the most stylish artists around. Get spotted, Benildeans. Carpe diem!