Soaking in Spring (Editorial)

This editorial was inspired by Alice in Wonderland, but not to the full extent of the wardrobe. Maybe what some characters would wear during a day-off.

An editorial shot for Promo Magazine, NYC.

Spring+Essence+Issue+41+Spreads_Page_0310Spring+Essence+Issue+41+Spreads_Page_0405Spring+Essence+Issue+41+Spreads_Page_0520

Yukatas at Tenjin Matsuri

20180725 194422503j20180725 194422503i

I am not one to choose for myself to be in crowded places. However, I thought Japan is a pretty safe place to be in a crowd. So, I expanded my comfort zone and attended the summer festival in Osaka called, the Tenjin Matsuri.

20180725 194422503u20180725 194422503t

20180725 194422503n
This Japanese summer drink is super refreshing and good!

20180725 194422503r20180725 194422503p20180725 194422503l

 

Tenjin Matsuri is the festival of the Tenmangu Shrine and honors its principle deity Sugawara Michizane, the deity of scholarship. The festival begins by ceremonially inviting the deity out of the shrine and parading him through the city, carrying out various exuberant festivities to entertain him, before taking him back to the shrine. For the people, the lively festivities manifest in a wonderful occasion to enjoy the hot summer day, filled with traditional costumes, spectacular processions and a celebratory atmosphere.

20180725 194422503g20180725 194422503f20180725 194422503s20180725 194422503o

20180725 194422503m
Sidenote: I am open to being commissioned by all designers as a visual artist/photographer. I am enamored by the sense of fashion and would love to learn more.

In my short two-week stay there, I have not seen the streets so crowded (but with utmost discipline). What drew me out, really were the yukatas! I just had to see more of them and with each turn, there was a new pattern that stared right back at me.

20180725 194422503b20180725 194422503c

My non-lingual communication skills and photography was really put into test here because I know only a few Japanese words and most of them belonged in a restaurant’s menu. I love “uni” (sea urchin), “sushi” (duh!), “tamago” (egg), “mochi” (just search it, specially with the fresh frozen fruits inside!). I digress, anyway the Japanese and I used body language and pointing towards the camera and smiling and I got the shots I didn’t even know I would capture.

20180725 19442250320180725 194422503e

The funniest thing I got from my non-English shoot was that in one of the groups, I took a photo of the girls with their yukatas, then the boys they were with who were wearing regular shirts turned to me and said, “What about me?” I laughed and took their photo.

20180725 194422503v

And so the story goes…

20180725 194422503a

Photography by Ritz Marie
Captured in Osaka, Japan

As: Unique

The love I have for music could bring me to my knees. So, when the chance revealed itself, I became highly interested in the opportunity. Unique and I are of a different generation, so before I met him, I was pretty unfamiliar.

IMG_6895

My friends brought us together for the purpose of exploring our creativity. Then, something sparked.

IMG_6966

The creative spark was insane.

IMG_7342

When we work together, there is a trinity. A trinity of respect, trust and creativity to begin with.

IMG_7103-Edit

We respected each others’ talents and gained trust in each other to soar creatively.

IMG_7170

Most of you who are likely to read this probably know more about the drama that happened around Unique in social media. But let me share with you an insight: Tita Coco (his “Ma”) can so easily be painted as a villain because of her strong ways. One time, I pointed this out to them after Tita Coco said something I would not usually hear. It was really funny! I hope this society of “DRAMANILA” eventually subsides. Tao lang po lahat tayo. I can go on a rampage about all the drama that happens in Manila, but let’s not go there.

IMG_6940

Back to Unique. Where was I?

IMG_6929

It is my composing belief that life is made out of trinities.

IMG_7155

Witnessing the forces that work around, through and over me leaves me in a stupefied state sometimes. Everything that I have witnessed in my life lead me to undeniably believe that THERE IS A GOD. We all have our own processes and connect the dots differently. So, once again – respect nalang.

IMG_7204

There is just some force, that orchestrates some things that no matter what obstacle is set your way, the destination is inevitable.

IMG_7256

In the middle of a highly energized narration of my life during a conversation, a respected cardiologist (Dr. A), once told me,

“What you are doing is creating.”
I thought, “Yeah! Exactly!”
Then as I listened, he continued to say,,, “And creation is the activity of the gods.”

I was super M I N D B L O W N , you hear me!?
M-i-n-d-b-l-o-w-n.

IMG_7399.jpgIMG_7387IMG_7400

Grabe eh, as I write this listening to Unique, this line suddenly comes out of my speaker: “Sa labas man, o simbahan, kayang-kaya pag silbihan,,,” SO META!!! I just learned that term now, “meta.”

IMG_7225IMG_7228IMG_7234

I can gush over his talent, but give his album a listen and create your own judgement. GRANDMA (link opens to Spotify) is his first album. He is talented differently and I admire how he has embraced what he can do at such an early age – but with an old soul.

IMG_7394

Kwento ko lang, dahil sa kanya, I discovered the magic in the music of The Beatles. Fan boy rin kasi yan! Haha… Lahat tayo may tinitingalang mga tao, but remember to look beyond the person and deeper into the inspiration of the matter.

IMG_7428

 

Recovering Heart

This series is about the recovering heart of a mother. Someone who has been through more pain than you care to imagine.

IMG_7762IMG_7765IMG_7767IMG_7766

People would always describe her as someone who had a “big heart.” Little did we know that her heart was really enlarged – literally speaking. Consequently, she suffered a massive stroke.

IMG_7740

Witnessing her example, I believe that matters of the heart can weigh so heavily on the body. It can either lift us or kill us.

IMG_7741IMG_7744

They say that when you close your fist, it represents your heart. Maybe because it is our heart that fights for the person we are and the people we love.

IMG_7759IMG_7751IMG_7750

IMG_7745
A Warrior’s Fist

One of the many lessons I learned is that we need to be careful of whose hearts we align ourselves with during battle.

IMG_7773

The allies of our heart greatly define the person we are.

IMG_7768
Of Love And It’s Horrors

Choose allies who have been through the darkest nights but greet each day with a smile.

IMG_7791IMG_7794

Allies who will light your light when your sparkle is weak.

IMG_7775IMG_7776

Befriend the sun and the moon. Make peace with darkness and light.

IMG_7781IMG_7785IMG_7787IMG_7788

1:33 a.m., as I write this in the dark, I contemplate the light that brought me through a pitch black time in my life.

IMG_7782

I remember, writing a letter – I’ll share with you later.

IMG_7804

It’s about the beauty of a heartache and how it can withstand storms the world has not seen.

IMG_7812

1:39 a.m., listening to the song Litrato by Callalily.

IMG_7823IMG_7825IMG_7827IMG_7830IMG_7832

Dearest Glorious Heartaches, 

To expect a perfect and unbroken heart is absurd. Everyone has already been broken. The difference lies with how one handles the painful experience – either with grace or madness. But be mindful, because seeming grace may be catastrophic while outright madness could be logical.

IMG_7833IMG_7838IMG_7842

No matter how many storms a heart has weathered, trust that there will be more. However, no storm is alike. Just as the way raindrops fall so uniquely every time it pours, every tear you shed is different from the tears you have shed and will shed. But know that the clouds that once carried an outpour of love will not come again in the same way, shape and form. Love sometimes comes as light drizzles, rain showers and typhoons with thunderstorms. It can be crazy electric and cause a flooding of emotions. However, love that guises themselves in clouds will always leave with the wind.

IMG_7864

Aim for a love that does not disguise itself as anything other than what it truly is, because even if there may be no perfect and unbroken heart in this world, one must keep themselves hopeful that there is a real love which is pure and steadfast. After cloudy love leaves, do not be angry. Instead, be thankful for it allows you to see again the brilliance of the sun and the growth of yourself.

IMG_7888IMG_7891

Every heartache gloriously serves its purpose, just as the gift of rain helps plants grow towards the sky. Wear your broken pieces as badges of honor, for you risked to love even if you know it could break you.

IMG_7949

Subjects: Mama, Marie, Pepito & Hannah
Photography: Ritz Marie
With special thanks to music.

Bulgari & Bubbly

When Preview called me for a shoot at the Bulgari store, I immediately jumped at the chance. I just knew it was going to be fun. Though, little did I know how charmed the afternoon would be. As usual, I arrived a bit earlier. But I used that time to get educated about the brand.

IMG_6519IMG_6541IMG_6549

By the time I started shooting, I felt the brand was an old friend.

IMG_6535
Maui of Preview with Angelina of Bulgari

Angelina did such a great job at answering my curiosities about the brand. I told her that during college, I always admired this one necklace design from Bulgari that I used to call the power necklace but that afternoon, I found out that the name of the design is actually B.ZERO1. I am particularly fond of the collection by a powerful woman architect named, Zaha Hadid. I want every piece from the Life is a Labyrinth collection. Every detail is just so inspired!

IMG_6516

IMG_6579
Earring from the Diva Collection inspired by Elizabeth Taylor

I learned that Miss Taylor had a long-standing affair with the brand.

IMG_6613

The fan-silhouette of the Diva Collection was inspired by the eye make up of Miss Taylor in one of her movies.

IMG_6661IMG_6660

Another collection is called the Serpenti – this collection is (again, so…) INSPIRED! The rings were so dynamically designed. Too bad it only fit my pinky finger.

IMG_6638
“I like this one for you.”

IMG_6636IMG_6642

That is one handsome watch.

IMG_6703IMG_6714

By the time the shoot was done, I wanted soooooo many things from the store. Buuuuuut… You know, it’s Bulgari. In time, in time – I thought.

IMG_6765IMG_6766IMG_6767IMG_6768

Everything was so pretty!

IMG_6795IMG_6811IMG_6814IMG_6772IMG_6779

It was a spectacle to watch.

IMG_6830
That time when apparently I did a “meme” face.

I just had so much fun with this bunch of ladies.

IMG_6865
#PreviewGirls

IMG_6837IMG_6841IMG_6843IMG_6849

Shot by Ritz Marie for Preview in the Bulgari store, Greenbelt 4, Makati, Philippines.
Models: Maui, Yanna, Steph & Nicole of Preview

 

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.

IMG_5415-EditIMG_5443IMG_5454-Edit

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.

IMG_5507-EditIMG_5580-Edit

Work was so leisurely by their side.

IMG_5703-EditIMG_5735-Edit

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

IMG_5907IMG_5909

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

IMG_5940-Edit

Authentic brands are the best! In my honest opinion.

IMG_6034IMG_6014IMG_5993-Edit

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

IMG_5963IMG_5961

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.

ARANAZ POSTER1 WEBARANAZ POSTER2 WEB