Monthly Archives: April 2012

Gay is not weak. Gay is not easy.

Nessun Dorma by Ronald Genato.

Acceptance by Petersen Vargas.

There’s so much more than just men and parties to being  gay. And I really beg to disagree that we are weak, that it’s so much easier so we chose to be gay.

Discriminated. Unaccepted. But at least we are who we are. We accepted to ourselves our truest form. No more hiding, no more pretending. It took so much for most of us to be gay, and that is not weakness or succumbing. It is bravery. Bravery to face what has been trash in the face of the society. Bravery to fight your way out of this demeaning world. Bravery to accept yourself for who you are, who you love, and what you stand up for.

And for me, no religion can limit me. Besides, it’s what I believe in what matters, not the practices I involve myself with.

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Breakfast for Dinner

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This was after the Young Star party where we ate breakfast at Gram’s Diner in The Fort and, as usual, grabbed drinks at Cubao X.

Ah, I love breakfast and booze.

The Ocean’s Deadliest Predator

…is men.

Mister x Manila Launch at Greyone Social

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Carved from the mind, made straight into material, Mister brand puts a modernistic spin on classic men’s attire. The inherently stylish, San Francisco born designers engineer their garments to contain quality and comfort, with superior attention to detail and everlasting style.

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Largely manufacturing their clothing in San Francisco gives Mister brand the opportunity to not only enrich it’s community, but the capability to chaperon every garments construction from start to finish. Mister, made for all men, and for every wardrobe.

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Here in the Philippines, Mister is exclusively distributed by Greyone Social at Greenbelt 5. Along with brands like Vans, Hellz Bellz, Dissizit, and couple more of hip-hop-skater feel brands, the addition of Mister in the racks of Greyone Social adds an opposite but welcome complement. I particularly liked the minimalist and basic tees with a subtle diversion to prints. Also the reversible collar in the shirt is an interesting piece.

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A couple of accessories like this wooden bow is also part of the Mister collection at Greyone Social. I like how this is in collaboration with our local designers and manufacturers. Dee Jae Paeste, who designed the absolutely amazing pieces for Mister, is a proud supporter of Postura PH, also. Spot him wearing some indigenous tribal accessories below:

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I was in Greyone Social as well, so I took the chance to spot some items I think y’all would be interested to:

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These shoes are made from paper. But they don’t tear, and are water-proof! Civic Duty sneakers are definitely in my wish list!

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Vans shoes can be also bought in the store! My eyes are on the new high cuts!

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And several other graphic tees are available… You check Greyone Social’s Tumblr for more of these prints!

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One last hurrah for this post: shout out to Greyone Social’s fabulous owner, Ms. Rosario Herrera for personally showing me around, and introducing me to people. She has been a very accommodating host, and it has been a worthwhile trip to Greenbelt, which is a bit far from where I work and live. Well, that’s even aside from Mister’s beautiful collection!

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I thought I’d give ode to the Greyone vibe but I really don’t wanna go all hip-hop ’cause it’s not who I am. This Oxygen top (which fabric btw is perfect for the summer) helped me stick to my own style while deviating for a bit. Added love for this top: I got it for 30% off!!!

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Oxygen oversized long sleeve top, old pair of shorts, Reebok dunks

Shoot with the Probe Team

Day 1

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These are the behind-the-scenes of the shoot I did with Probe last week. We were to reenact the accounts of Wachi participation in the war with Japan during World War II. It wasn’t a role I was really gunning for, for all you know I’d better be behind the camera. But I didn’t pass for the opportunity (maybe the last one I’ll get) to act in front of a camera.

I can’t hide though that I enjoyed watching the production set up instead of acting. Haha! Anyway, again I want to thank Probe for this experience and for the wonderful stay at BAE (pictures after the jump)!

BTS Photos by Dessa Jimenez

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Caffeine Creature

Back in college, I’d literally run on coffee, milk tea, and Coke Zero. It still is the case nowadays, but I now take more proper meals and I am so happy that there are more choices around the metro today!

Viet Coffee is something I’ve been hearing about for a long time. But my previous Pho Hoa experience really hindered me to try it. Last Sunday, it was the only quiet place in the mall, and I’m dying to finish my book. This for P110 is not bad. I love the almost ceremonial preparation for this. It tastes good too – I’m no foodie when it comes to coffee, I just know it when I like it :)

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Yuan Yang at Toast Box is a quirky medley of two of my favorite caffeinated drinks. I really can’t identify the two different tastes but, again, what I know is that I approve of its taste (haha, don’t kill me if I can’t give out very concrete descriptions about these drinks. Just trust me, haha) Definitely keeps me awake when I need to! Not a rip off also, it’s just for P75!

I bet you wouldn’t expect this to be in the list, and I can’t explain either to myself why I am obsessing over this drink for almost a month already! This Iced Premium Roast Coffee from Mcdo is really a surprising number from the fast food chain. I really have little, bordering to no, affection for hot coffee, so it was really the iced ones for me. And this is my current favorite, and it’s just P45! Perfect with chicken nuggets while nursing a hangover!

Of course, this caffeinated post will not be complete without my favorite tea from Moonleaf. Throw in a Hakka Milk Tea in a stressed and sleepy day and get yourself up and running again! Or if you’re on the less sweeter side, I recommend you try Wintermelon Black Tea which pretty much reminds me of coffee but tastes like tea (okay, idk anymore this post hahaha)

Are you a caffeine creature too? Share below your favorites! I’d like to try new ones!

Hang Ten S/S12

This season, Hang Ten re-launches with its newest collection, which takes us back to the brand’s trendy, adventurous, and forward California heritage roots. Inspired by the carefree escapades in the great outdoors, Hang Ten spring-summer 2012 takes us on a stylish adventure with the brand’s staple and up-to-date fashion that brings outdoor style front and center.

In keeping with the brand’s philosophy of giving customers the best value for money and the highest quality of their merchandise, their newest collection went through rigorous product development. Expect newer fabrics in 100% combed cotton and newer cuts and silhouettes that have been sewn to stylish creations.

May it be on a trekking trail or a camping weekend, Hang Ten’s newest collection has everything to equip stylish scouts with all the spring-summer ’12 essentials.

Heritage Collection

Bringing back the brand’s true soul of the surfing culture, Hang Ten’s heritage line takes hip and stylish swimwear back to the limelight. Board shorts for men and women is what Hang Ten has been originally known for. The style and function of the board short has for years been mastered and perfected by the brand, and this season, Hang Ten re-introduces swimwear to the Philippine repertoire. With various cuts, colors, and designs, Hang Ten style will make its return on the beach, ready to take on the biggest waves!

Camp Hang Ten

Inspired by the laidback and casual culture of summer camping, Hang Ten presents its newest line with soft tailoring, khakis, plaid and earthy colors. Evoking a sense of the adventurous outdoors, this line will bring the wild wilderness to mind. The fabric selection is strategic to keeping comfort while maintaining style. Hangten presents its newest venture to bring trend back in the forefront with flannel shirts, plaid button-downs and slim-cut trousers.

Cotton Project

The woodcutters’ style makes an appearance in Hang Ten’s spring-summer 2012 collection. Finer tailoring, slimmer silhouettes and more modern cuts imbibe the more industrial aesthetic. Parkas and hooded jackets push Hang Ten’s style forward with bolder, rugged yet contemporary designs.

Globe Lumia 800 Launch at Beso

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Was invited at the launch of Nokia Lumia 800 for Globe Telecom at Beso in the newly opened Bonifacio High Street Central. The launch was filled with amazing giveaways — where I didn’t catch the number of phones being given away because of all the sangrias I had, but I do remember it’s more than 30 (oh gawd, Coy if you’re reading this please correct me, haha!)

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Lumia 800 is the first Windows phone from Nokia which, despite my doubts, is very fast as Norbert from Windows himself demonstrated to me! It performs what a decent smartphone would deliver, but on an unexpected speed! You can get it from Globe free starting at Plan P1799!

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Oxygen x Marcela Gutierrez graphic tee, Guess denim jeans, Thrifted military boots

Thanks to Paul for this photo! And for the lights for not showing how truly red I was that night! Will be definitely back at Beso Cucina Vinoteka for the unlimited sangrias and amazing tapas and for Globe this week for the Tatt Awards launch!

Young Star 16 x 16 Exhibit

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Raymond Ang

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The Queen of Tea, Thysz Estrada!

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Went to Young Star’s 16 x 16 exhibit at the Archaeology Wing of Powerplant Mall at Rockwell. The exhibit by 16 of the country’s budding artists (two collaborated for each piece) namely, BJ Pascual and Valerie Chua, Your Evil Twin and Paulina Ortega, Cholo Dela Vega and Kristine Caguiat, Tricia Gosingtian and Christian San Jose, Carina Santos and Hannah Reyes, Luis Santos and Joseph Pascual, and Gabby Cantero and Cj de Silva was to commemorate Young Star’s 16th anniversary.

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I had, yet again, a mini-project running through my mind. I thought of getting everybody’s solo headshot. I used to do this in events, but you know how you get tired when something becomes a routine. So I kinda missed it and took everybody’s headshot…

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Patty Mendoza

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Edrick Bruel

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Gerick Ortiz

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Rutherford Perez

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Justine Aure

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Judd Figuerres

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Karla Ynzon

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Bruce Venida

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Eunice Acosta

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BJ Pascual

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Joseph Pascual

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Regina Belmonte

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Nissy San Jose

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Xtina

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God-help-me-I-forgot-his-name :(

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Gabby Cantero

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Nante Santamaria

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Viva Gonzalez

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Thysz Estrada

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En Estrada, 1/2 of Your Evil Twin

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Oh forgive the failed jump shots! I finally got it though. Thank you, Judd and Karla for my shots :)

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FMCC tee, Paradigm Shift harem shorts, Reebok high cut dunks, Manobo bead bracelet

Anyway, I think I’ll need to title this post as my Postura Day 1, but I know I can’t keep up to do this. Haha! Anyway, I just know we’ll keep on, and never tire supporting these Filipino brands, just as we are showing support for all these up and coming artists!

Weekender

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So last weekend didn’t feel any rest at all, neither work. So I guess, it is a party (haha corny part where I correlate the first photo to the first paragraph #fail) Anyway, we had a garage sale for a cause at Moonleaf Maginhawa. Jen, the ever-so-kabowg Twitter celebrity (nuks!) organized this.

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Friends started to come and I think we did a pretty good job in selling, haha.  Saturday was really just starting, and as my friend told us, Moonleaf is where a day probably start or end. Wala lang gusto ko lang sabihin yun, ket ba? HAHA!

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Then off we went to Cubao X for Hello Sailor, Tokwa Penaflorida and Soleil Ignacio’s art exhibit at Heima. I miss the olive scent Heima stores have, add to that their homey feel and familiar faces of friends dropping by.

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We didn’t miss the opportunity to see the other ganap in the area. THE Clothing are launching their new line of shirts, and I Love You Store is just being that always awesome indie fashion shop that it is. Grabbed some new specs (for P250, it’s a steal!) at I Love You Store and drooled at a tank top that my friend got already (so most prolly I won’t buy it,arte lang.) But I still got my eyes on a shirt in THE, a couple of accessories and tops at I Love You Store. Yay for broke-ness… NOT!

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So typically that’s how a staycation weekend looks like for me. Random activities + friends + booze + mainly Cubao X. I need to see an island soon, but I’m still having so much fun here in the city.

Are you in staycation as well? How’s your summer so far?