What do you get when you place me in charge of organising schedules? An endless list of possibilities! After coming up with 3 schedules (1 priority sched, Plan B and Plan C), I felt ready to spend a full day pushing my body to its fullest. I went to GMP with my best friends, Angela (bff from Bacolod) and Wanda (bff from SoFA). We immersed ourselves in yoga for one whole day and it was such a beautiful thing, watching so many people come together to celebrate life and a common love. The best activity for the day hands down goes to the Acroyoga session with teachers from Yoga+. Ever since, I’ve been obsessed with trying to find out the dates of their next workshop. I started looking into taking classes in Yoga+ for a change of scenery. Like I said, the possibilities are absolutely endless.
Iza and I got asked by our friend Tal, owner of Risque designs, to help man her booth during Manila Fame. This happened last Oct 17-20. Be prepared to be bombarded with pictures of shoes, shoes, shoes!
Made this special birthday dress for one of my dearest friends from my DLSU days, Hanna (H for short) Bang! Since moving to SoFA, I’ve lost a lot of “friends” but Hanna definitely stuck with me through and through! I started the design by drawing inspiration from this AMAZING Stella McCartney dress from her 2011 collection. I first saw the contoured Colorblock dress while watching this tv show called GCB (Good Christian Belles) a couple of years back. It was love at first sight! I never saw a more flattering dress. Even after the show cancelled, the design of that dress just stuck. So when I met with H and she gave me the go signal to do whatever I wanted in terms of design, I knew I had to pay homage to the amazing dress! H picked the colour palette for the dress and I sketched away. The original sketches are in my fashionary (which of course, I don’t have as of the moment so those pictures will come later) but I did do an informal croquis of how I wanted it to look.
So after finalising the design, I went off to work! I originally wanted a nice stretch crepe for the dress just so that it wouldn’t look to formal but due to time and budget constraints, I settled for duchess satin (which isn’t exactly cheap either) and worked for about a week. The final garment still actually needs some adjusting so since I have a bit of time on my hands right now, that’s what I’ll be doing for this weekend. But yeah, H loved it so that’s all that matters! 🙂
So my Physics teacher (bless his kind heart) decided to give us an Investigatory project that could be about anything that we wanted. And since we are fashion students, Wanda, Guia and I decided that our project should be about something design related. We discussed about the possibilities over lunch and we all realised that in previous projects, none of us have experimented with 3d garments. So I designed an accessory that supposedly “defies gravity” and they constructed the piece. We agreed that it was best that they make the accessory and I make the paper since they aren’t experienced in making scholarly papers. The original designs of this are probably lost forever (I gave it to one of the girls and forgot all about it after the project was over) so if ever I do find them again I’ll just update this post. 🙂
Hello! This is the last of the Project Volunteer posts (for the school requirement at least) and this is probably my favorite one among the three. So another one of my best friends from Bacolod is Angela Rodriguez. When we were in High School, Angela was Chief of the Girl scouts and one of the requirements she had to do to win an award which at the time was given by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, she had to do a year long program wherein she taught school lessons to kids from her local neighborhood as well as teaching them about hygiene and manners. Ever since then, she holds a Christmas Party for the kids every year. This year however, due to some already made plans, she won’t be having the one for this year 😦 Instead, she decided to have it early (last month to be precise) and so we took a trip to Bacolod to celebrate an early Christmas with our High School friends.
When we were first told by our NSTP prof to do 3 volunteer activities, one of the organizations that I wanted to volunteer for was the Make a Wish foundation. During the time, Sandi was still working for them so we were able to organize a meet almost right away. She just told us what Make a Wish is all about, what we can do as sponsors, and the do’s and don’ts during a wish grant. My groupmates and I picked three kids at first but due to some unfortunate delays and issues with contacts, we were not able to push through with our wish grant. 😦 Also, Sandi found a new job working for the government so I was coordinating with Lizette instead.
After what seemed to be forever, I finally messaged Lizette if there was any other wish grants that I can help out with just to make the deadline for the school requirements. Thankfully she had an event coming up!! This happened last September and it was for eight kids namely Katkat, Jared, Ashley, Kit, Reynaldo, Rolando, Kim and Jasmine. The wish grant was organized by a company called Mega Sports World. I was able to talk with one of the volunteers from the company and she told me that a few weeks back, they held a fun run and all the profit they got from that and also donations from their employees, they picked Make a Wish as their beneficiary. The party was held at Active Fun Ranch in Ortigas (it’s near Tiendesita’s) and the kids were brought in from PGH and PCMC.
For my first NSTP Volunteer activity, I decided to ask my friend Carlo if there was anything that I could participate in as his lovely assistant/slave. I met Carlo back in the day when I first moved to Manila; Tita Mardi heads this Japanese exchange student tour every year and Carlo is always the head volunteer so this was when our paths first crossed. Carlo is a “Joy Riser” (that’s his twitter username) by profession. He gives talks and workshops to young teens and adults that teach them to find inspiration, passion, and give meaning to their work and daily lives. So when I asked Carlo if there was anything that I could volunteer for, he invited me to this “gig” that he was going to have the following Thursday. He was to give a talk to the leaders of organizations of the urban poor/informal settlers in Quezon City.
This talk was organized by the Persons Management Association of the Philippines and the Claret Urban Poor Apostolate; PMAP is an associate of Golden ABC so I was really surprised when Carlo told me this. I have to say, I was quite delighted by the fact that of all companies, it was a fashion retail one that I had the privilege to help in their cause. Although my task was just to be Carlo’s assistant, I left feeling alot lighter than when I first arrived.