Aranaz SS18 Campaign

Working with this brand was a dream goal come true. More than Aranaz being a Filipino brand, what I really admire about them is THE inspiration – behind the luxury, behind the vision, behind the team. Not to mention, the lifeblood of the brand is that of women, the three Aranaz women, Becky, Amina & Rosanna.

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During the day of the shoot, I had the pleasure to see the team in action and what a joy it was to watch. But more than witnessing the magic take place in their workplace, what a treat it was to be part of their team – even for a day.

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Work was so leisurely by their side.

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One could sense how the brand achieved its success by watching the trio work together with their team.

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Everyone on set breathed the brand’s personality, and that’s what makes it work – I guess!

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Authentic brands are the best! In my honest opinion.

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Looking forward to seeing what’s in store next for Aranaz. Here’s a peek of their next generation.

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Now, I don’t know who sold the bag better! In any case, that was such a great experience.

“Cheers, to a leisurely life.” – Aranaz

Model: Kat of Elite Manila
Make up Artist: Ciari Luna
Photographer: Ritz Marie
Shot for the SS18 campaign of Aranaz.

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SS2012 Throwback

In time, nothing is more important than the present. However, hindsight is 20/20 (this came up in my conversation with Stig during our shoot). So here I am, going through archived work and I found this gem of a story from 2012! This editorial was actually the first ever published work I have from Manila. It was published in a national broadsheet called The Philippine Star, in their Allure section.

It was my second shoot with Randy Ortiz, Philippine fashion maven. He introduced me then to Luis Espiritu who styled the shoot and later on became a valued guide as well.

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That time, I was working a nine to five job with one of the top Filipino companies, media conglomerate, ABS-CBN. You see, I graduated with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and decided to pause my passion for the sake of having a steady income. It went on for around three years, my corporate life. But alas, the winds of change took me elsewhere.

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It was a great crossroads in my life when I decided to part with the company. Because at the back of my head, my mind was saying, “You have a steady income here and it’s a great company to be part of in Manila.” However, my heart was saying, “You know, this is not for you to spend the rest of your life on.”

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I chose the voice of my heart.

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And walked away from what would define as a corporate life.

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The struggle in passion is real though, oh-so-real! Did you know that the etymology of the word in Latin is “pati” which means “suffer” – interesting, isn’t it? So be careful of your passions, for those are the things that will also bring you to suffer. Ask yourself whether your passion is worth the suffering you will subject yourself to in the process of achieving your dreams.

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The struggle is real and ongoing.

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The path I choose to be in is not a paved one.

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But now is not the time to talk about my struggles.

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Now is the time to just be… Be in a state of gratefulness.

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Models: Valerie & Alejandro
Styling: Luis Espiritu
HMUA: Katchie Mejias
Fashion: Randy Ortiz
Photography: Ritz Marie

October Blues

Last October, I took a hiatus from photography (just for a while) and chose not to shoot anything for three months. Like everyone else, I had my reasons.

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I felt I that many things that happened were scenes from a nightmare. And I couldn’t wake up quite right.

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My back was turned to the light and my clarity was mudded.

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I stayed still and developed the art of my writing.

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I found solitude in aloneness.

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And learned to see life from a spectrum of colors anew.

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Model: Bronija (Elite Manila)
HMUA: Ria Aquino
Stylist: Chris Lee
Special thanks to Krystel Obana

Pia in New York

I can start this post as “One fine day in New York…” but being with the then reigning Ms. Universe was no walk in the park (though we did find ourselves in Central Park). As Miss Universe, she took work very seriously and every endeavor was met with a sense of sincere professionalism. Seeing her walk the streets of Manila and meeting her in New York City was thrilling. It was something we’d only dream of, and it was happening. Now that her reign has ended, I believe it’s just the beginning of something greater for her. That I truly believe.

If you’re reading this P, know that whatever happens, know, us, your friends will always have your back. Here’s something I wrote that I’d like to share:

One poignant key many fail to grasp is the importance of true friendship. There are many forms people morph into to be called a friend. The heart and mind may be sometimes fooled by the truth of these beings. But it is only when your souls and spirits form an iridescent light that you know true friendship. That kind of light cannot be manipulated nor can it be put to death.

Side note: there was a bride in the park who needed an eyebrow pencil and approached P saying “Looks like you’re the type of person who would have one. You’re beautiful by the way.” Pia gladly rummaged through her bag trying to find an eyebrow pencil saying, “Of course. It’s your special day, you should look your best!” and jokingly said “I could be your make up artist for the day.” Everyone had a laugh.

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Precarious

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Photographer: Rita Marie

Stylist: Chris Lee

Make Up Artist: Ria Aquino

Hair Stylist: Gerald Magtibay

Model: Barbara (Elite Manila)

Page 1-2: Gold moto jacket by Paige, olive green high waist bikini bottom by Con Cordeta

Page 3: Beige trenchcoat by H&M

Page 4: Feathered bodysuit by Twinkle Norte

Page 5-6: Sheer pleated cape top and black turtleneck both by The Showroom

Page 7: Beige trenchcoat by H&M, persimmon bodysuit by The Showroom

Page 8-9: Netted stockings stylist’s own, black bottom by H&M

Shot in Makati City, Philippines