September 16, 2011

The Red Runway - International Models Sharing for their New Home

It's amazing to realize that sometimes it's the non-Filipinos who love and try to understand this country more.

I'm quite honored to talk about this. Actually, I'm very very happy that this event is going to happen. I'm proud to share this and I hope that people will take the initiative to share their blessings for this cause.

The Caridade Group is a modeling agency composed of international models based here in Manila. Along with the Philippine Red Cross, the group has organized an event  to somehow repay the hospitality that the Filipinos have openly shared to them. It is in this way that they intend to say their thanks to the country that has a special place in their life. The event entitled "Red Runway" was created to raise funds to help the living conditions of a less fortunate community. 

The event aims to help and sponsor a feeding program for malnourished children in Muntinlupa. Other than this, they are partnering with Kabisig Ng Kalahi in a community based program to feed children a hot meal a day for six months. To further support their plans, mothers will be taught how they can manage and improve their family's lifestyle, while also teaching them how prepare cheap and nutritious meals.

As shared to me by Julia Sniegowski, one of the models and organizers of the event, "We are trying to give back to the community as we feel ingratiated by the hospitality and welcome shown to us by Filipinos." For these foreign models, it's part of their job to constantly travel to look for modeling gigs that they can work at. I sincerely appreciate that they decided to stay and have decided to take the time and use their efforts to help the less fortunate in their own way.

As a main attraction for the event, 20 international models will fly in and will walk the runway clothed in Folded & Hung. It's an event you wouldn't want to miss since well known models like Mariana Henud, Julia Sniekowski, Janet Emmrich, Akihiro Sato and Hideo Muraoka will all be attending and supporting the cause. A number of members from the fashion community are also expected to be present.

The event will be held on September 29, 2011 at 8 in the evening. The venue will be at 7th High, Bonifacio Highstreet. Ticket prices are at 1,200, inclusive of the open bar and food. They also have a great line-up of DJ's to jumpstart the party after the fashion show.

To get in touch for ticket inquiries, please contact: 0917-8387672

September 14, 2011

Mega Milestone

I’ve been finding a hard time posting something new since I’ve to face the newest and most exciting challenge in my life to date. I needed to fix requirements and start adjusting to start this new step that I will take. Still, I hope to still continue putting new interesting topics and finds constantly.
Fortunately, dreams become reality. Just this week I’ve officially started as the Public Relations and Events Manager for the Mega Publishing Group. Talk about a mega milestone… It’s a total mix of happiness, excitement and anxiety altogether.

I’m very happy to be offered this position. I’ve always wanted to be part of the Mega Publishing Group since I’ve always loved their titles and the stories in the magazines. It's simply exhilarating to be part of the best. Blessings do come and prayers do get heard. I never expected that after three years in my career, I finally will end up working where I’ve always planned. May luck, inspiration, and determination be always on my side.
For my first day, in contrast to the stylishness of fashion magazines, I tried to channel my inner Betty Suarez. I realized that I might as well play around with the joke. I couldn't de-glamorize myself so I simply took inspiration. The unconquerable Betty donned her famous thick eyeglasses and her signature colorful “Guadalajara” poncho on her first day at Mode. I went a little monochromatic dabbling mostly in black and white with my shawl vest with ethnic print and my dark Ferragamo aviators. If Betty was playful, I wanted to be fierce. 

Amidst all this, I will be forever thankful for Ms. Sari Yap for trusting in my capabilities and potentials. Her recommendation led me to my current post. Everybody at Mega Publishing has extended the warmest welcome and I look forward to my most anticipated challenge to date.

September 10, 2011

The Big Geek Chic Bang

Despite my constant focus on career, I find the extra time to watch all the episodes of "The Big Bang Theory".

The show is composed of four nerds who specialize in different aspects of science and technology. It's fun to watch how they casually deal with everyday life with their overly high intellects. It's a laugh to see how they get through blunders or achieve breakthroughs in the most comedic manners. Most remarkable about the show is how each of the character embodies different styles of "geek chic". The different styles of geek chic are embraced in the show with the different personalities of the characters. 


Here are the characters of "The Big Bang Theory":

Rajesh Koothrappali prefers layering. He wears an inner shirt under his collared shirt, which he wears with a printed sweater vest over before putting on a sweater. Talk about too much pieces over pieces. He wears it with earth toned pants or slacks and sneaker. Honestly, I'm surprised by the number of sweaters and sweater vests that he has. He boldly puts together the prints and patterns of the shirts and sweater vests together.

Leonard Hoftadter's style is composed of shirts worn under hoodies and windbreakers with jeans and sneakers. To complete the outfit, he always wears his black rimmed glasses - the must have accessory to pull off a good geek chic look. His bedhead hair provides a messy casual look showing that he has a more relaxed choice for his look. Oddly enough, he likes to don a corduroy coat and pants as his business and formal attire. It somehow passes off as geek chic since the character thinks it's quite fashionable.

Sheldon Cooper favors wearing long sleeves shirts under short sleeves t-shirts. Most of his shirt are comic book hero logo tee’s, graphic shirts, or striped polo shirts. His choice clearly shows the love for comics and superhero tales. Sheldon's choice of coat and pants are bizarre, preferring checkered fabrics or those with big stripes. His hair is cut short to have a simple coif. He takes details into great consideration and chooses something that's easy to work with.

Howard Wolowitz look is more of the 70's to preppy vibe. He prefers checkered pants of varying designs and colors. It's part of his trait that he wants to be seen in the crowd asap. Turtle necks and loud colored sweaters and shirts are the staples in his wardrobe. He sports a Justin Beiber-ish hair hoping to complement his supposed cool persona.

The geek chic fashion sense comes from the stereotyped aesthetic of geeks in society. You don't really need to be a full on comic addict or a video game fanatic to appreciate it. To pull the look off in stride, have the confidence to play with the geek in you with fashion. It's about incorporating the right pieces, accessories and styles that looks nerdy or geeky. Basic accessories include bowties, neckties, sweater vests, and, the signature accessory, eyeglasses. It can be a relaxed casual or formal look that anybody can get into. Join the bandwagon of gents, celebrities and fashion icons who have, in one time or another, tried to play with the look.