Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Reflections

Senior year was nothing short of remarkable. It was full of constant change and pivoting realizations. It was full of new people who I wish I met earlier on. It was full of cherished moments I wished lasted forever. Nothing lasts forever. High school wasn't meant to last forever. 

Thank you to all the undergrads who gave me random pieces of memorabilia and to everyone who has been a part of my high school life. See you all later. And hello to the next five months filled with more changes and hot days at my favorite summer camp!
PS. This is not my "senti 'cause high school is over" post. hehe

Outfit: Top and Pants: H&M, Shoes: Payless (Brash)
Photos by Cyrus Panganiban








Sunday, March 8, 2015

Better

Hola! I am back from my unexpected mini-hiatus (ish)! The school year, and the years in this school are coming to a close and so many things have happened, which I will be expressing in a post soon! I mean many amazing things just keep happening that life just seems too ineffable to describe. Since most are on their exams now, I just want to say good luck to you all, always believe in yourself, and bad times are always always always temporary. I hope you all had a splendid weekend! Cheerio!

If you follow my instagram, you'll see I had a photoshoot with a really great photographer named Justin Co! You can check out his instagram portfolio here!

Clothes: Top: Forever 21, Jeans: DIY, Shoes: H&M
Photos by Cyrus Panganiban










Thursday, February 19, 2015

Halcyon

It would be a few more days until I'll be walking up the stage to receive the diploma congratulating me for the thirteen years I've spent in school.  Thirteen years spent trying to find who I am and what makes me happy. I'm always trying to join so much activities to accomplish these two goals. I've done a lot of activities in High School, but I am most grateful for the Xavier School VOYC Modeling segment. Most would think it would be "too much" to start practicing on October for a Fashion show on February, but it just exposes the desire to make the show worthwhile. What makes it better is that all the proceeds go to a charity. Doing something so fun while giving back? It's crazy. I grew up a lot in that multi-purpose hall, where we always had practices. Each year was a transition from that semi-shy, purely awkward girl to the person I am today. Each year was always full of practices, which taught me how to have discipline, decision-making skills, and passion and drive in everything I do. Each year, they gave me confidence and gave me worth to dream the dreams I have now. 

Both on the day itself and the day before, I felt extremely happy yet extremely sentimental. I wouldn't exchange all my experiences with anything. The whole experience isn't all about gaining confidence by routinely practicing how to walk and whatnot, it's about finding yourself and growing as a person amidst people who believe in you. It pained me to see the faces of the people I had spent every week with to suddenly leave. Maybe the circumstances changed, but the memories I have with them don't. Seeing my friends after the show also warmed my heart. They have supported me since day one and I didn't know how else to thank them except with infinite hugs and actual verbal "thank you"s.

VOYC gave meaning to my Thursdays, and the latter part of each school year. Now that I'm in the latter part of my whole high school life, I'd like to thank them for being a part of my identity. Halcyon means happiness. This has been a constant Halcyon in my life, and I hope you all find your own Halcyon. 

Photos from Justin Co, Gab Loste, and Jeremiah Pua
Clothes from River Island


















If you went to the show and you liked the songs, click here to download the mixes! Enjoy!
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I would also like to invite you guys to the fourth IKnowWriteMNL event! It's going to be this Saturday, February 21! We'll have tons of surprises since we're turning 1 this year! Hope you all can make it! Don't miss out! 

For more details about this event, check out our Facebook page and Twitter account!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Set Me Free, 11:11

Considering "all the rave" about EDM (credits to my friend, Ashley, who thought of this witty pun), there must be something more than just the beats and the ever present drop. I tried looking into this type of music and the music festivals that it's played in, and judging from the jumping everyone does, it seems to be very enjoyable. I've only ever been to one "rave concert" so I can't exactly call myself a party goer/concert goer/whatever you call it. What's best about these is the unity the crowd immerses itself into for the love of music... and for dance, sometimes. 

With this in mind, De La Salle University’s most outstanding organization, Economics Organization proudly presents its first ever festival: the 11:11 Music Festival! It is the first college music festival to merge OPM with EDM. Imagine Tadhana by Up Dharma Down with Animals by Martin Garrix!? It may sound weird, but you can't judge what you haven't listened to yet. Also, the name "11:11" isn't just out of a whim. It's for the wishes that have yet to come true and in this concert, at 11:11, hundreds of LED Balloons will be floating in the sky. How's that for a metaphor for wishes? 

The festival will start off with Banna Harbera, Stories Told,  WeeFee, and Chasing Victoria. Then come Urbandub, Franco and Paraluman, who will all sing their hits and discover new music from that of Between Archery and Olympic, Autotelic, Identikit, Flying Ipis, and Never the Strangers. End the night by raving to the beats of DJs Rammy Bitong, Benedict Pacia, Edleen Lim, Curse & Bless, and Ace Ramos! So, set yourself free (because that's the song I attached to this) at the Greenfield District on the 20th of February, 2015 and enjoy a night filled with fun, music, fashion and wishes. Though I won't be there because of school reasons, I do hope you all get to go! But if ever, I did get to go this would most probably be my outfit (hehe, blog post to make up for my absence)! Don't miss out on this event, which I know for sure would be worth going to.

For more of 11:11 Music festival’s details please visit their Facebook page, follow their Twitter page, follow their Instagram account to witness one of the biggest college music festivals in the making.

Photo credits to Cyrus Panganiban
Outfit: Top: Stradivarius, Shorts: Uniqlo, Boots: H&M








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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Firestone

I thought if once I'd reach the last few months of my senior year, I would breeze right thru it. Boy, I was wrong. Though I'm constantly being mounded by a number of ttd (well, who ICAn isn't?), I can't help but also feel sentimental with everything. I've been looking at things from a more positive perspective, and without my current class, I wouldn't even bother continuing with.. anything. Tons of other lasts are coming up and I'm both excited and saddened. I just have to always live in the moment. You should remember that too.

Photo credits to Cyrus Panganiban
Outfit: Top: Cole Vintage, Jeans: H&M, Heels: H&M









Monday, January 19, 2015

Real Love

I'm still quite 'Pope High' as other people say it. As in, I'm missing the pope even if I've only seen him for a few seconds in person, and I haven't even met him personally. He only passed me by for a few seconds and I already feel as if I'm blessed. I'm just thankful Pope Francis visited our country. It gave me new-found hope in the Filipino people- that we can indeed be disciplined and courteous. Like most people my age, all I want to do is escape this country, but now, I hope I can learn how to love the country and all its flaws. From what I learned from Pope Francis (though he didn't exactly say it), the only way things can get better is through love. Love is scary, in general, but there's no reason not to, and everything can only get better from there.

"One of the greatest challenges young people face is learning to love. To love means to take a risk... Do not be afraid to love." -Pope Francis


Outfit: Top: H&M, Pants: DIY, Shoes: Shellys London
Photo credits to Kim Cruz