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fresh mess for garage oct/nov 2009: out of africa

Garage Fall Style Issue

I am still over the moon about my debut as a writer for GARAGE Magazine – the Philippines’ ultimate style guide for guys. In this issue, I wrote about Louis Vuitton (what else?) and my personal picks from its fall/winter men’s accessories collection inspired by the “travelling wardrobe of an African king.”

You’ll read about pieces that pay homage to the monogram that the house built, and then some; styled scarification techniques, soccer ball inspirations and classic checks interpretations. I also found the “perfect man bag” and a worthy touring companion to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

If you’re in Manila and you haven’t grabbed your copy of GARAGE Magazine yet, please run to your nearest newsstand and show some love. I myself can’t wait to receive my own copy of this Big Fall Issue with actor Jon Avila (I do love his sweater) and Brazilian model Daniel Matsunaga on the cover!

Again, thanks to my editor Rey Ilagan for making this possible for me. Like what I wrote previously, this is something I never expected to do but was totally a dream come true. It is such a great honor for me to write for GARAGE and I am truly proud of myself for this personal achievement.

GARAGE Magazine can also be found here.


a print debut

Garage Oct/Nov 2009

I know it’s not the best time to plug but if you’re in the Philippines and are able to get a copy of the latest issue of GARAGE Magazine, you will find fresh mess there.

After having written hundreds of press releases during my four-year PR stint in the Philippines, I am finally getting a byline in one of the country’s hottest fashion magazines. Thanks to GARAGE for making a dream come true!

GARAGE is available at newsstands nationwide. Grab your copies now!

birds in flight

Heather Miss Grey

Seeing that Heather Miss Greythe Bleach Catastrophe x Cecile van Straten collab – gets snapped up quickly in Manilaville, I do hope that international orders are put in place asap.

I want me this.

Heather Miss Grey Birds in Flight

This simple shirt takes wings with its repetitive prints of black birds in flight. I want it in the namesake color. Can anyone in Manila get this for me, please? Do let me know.

postcards from manila, manila: week three

My last week in Manila was spent mostly with family – visiting my grandma again in Batangas to say goodbye, celebrating Bernice’s 1st birthday, having dinners and donuts together, and wrapping Christmas gifts. It was also this time when I shared some momentous news with my family, which finally made me happy and complete. 





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A big thank you to my family and friends for spending time with me and making my short holiday in the Philippines yet another memorable and lovely one. Until we see each other again.

I love you all!

postcards from manila, manila: week two

The second week of my stay in Manila started with my dad’s 60th birthday celebration at Party Avenue in Quezon City. The theme was 70’s disco so we all came in the trademark styles of the decade. It was a fun and successful event marking a milestone in my dad’s life as it gathered family and friends in one memorable evening. Two years from now, my brother and I have some party planning to do for my mom who’ll then turn 60.

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Since the news of my arrival has been revealed, meeting relatives and friends ensued and we visited my grandmother and some relatives in my dad’s hometown in Batangas. It was nice seeing my grandmother again, who used to take care of me and tell me bedtime stories when I was a kid. While there, I caught some virus and immediately fell sick. I was sick for like the next few days so I had to stay in before meeting my friends from Rustan’s, and later that week friends from college. 





I didn’t know that Filipino celebrity crush Piolo Pascual was crazy for me. Haha! The sight of that yummy Max’s chicken reminds me how much food I’ve had since I arrived. I’ve tried the fares of the ever-favorite Jollibee, California Pizza Kitchen, Via Mare, Cibo, Teriyaki Boy, Pepper Lunch (again) and even the Filipino dishes sold at the foodyard of Market! Market! OMG, just look at all these food!

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I’ve also spent some time with my three nieces who I love so dearly. Bea is an active and brilliant student at her school, Bianca trumps me with her English skills, while Bernice seems to be growing quickly and melts my heart with her shy smiles. 



Bea and her school’s choir participated in a Christmas choral competition at the Powerplant Mall and won the semi-finals! They are moving to the grand finals next Saturday. We were all so proud of Bea as she stood in the front line with her clever stance, brilliant performance, and that Close-up smile. 

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Just yesterday, we took the kids to the Avilon Zoo in Pasig where I had a close encounter with big cats, an albino carabao, the mighty Philippine eagle and other creatures both cute and creepy. It was pretty cool actually.


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One week left in Manila. Aaaaaah! Thanks for looking!


postcards from manila, manila

The cat’s out of the bag. I’m in Manila!


I arrived exactly one week ago via a KLM flight from Oslo thru Amsterdam and then to Manila. My brother, who knew I was coming, picked me up at the airport and dropped me off at Sofitel Philippine Plaza where I stayed for one night. My room had amazing views of the Makati skyline, the Manila Film Center where I used to practice and perform with the Manila Children’s Choir, and the Manila Bay with its stunning sunsets.




That same night, I surprised my parents and my nieces as they were dining at the hotel’s signature Spiral Restaurant for my mom’s birthday dinner. My mom was in tears as she was screaming my name, my dad glad, and my nieces in disbelief. It was such a thrill seeing my family again; god I missed them! The last time I saw them was January this year. I decided to come home since my dad was celebrating his 60th birthday (more on this at a later post). My mom also turned 58. And my niece Bernice will turn one on the 18th. Call it triple threat. Hello additional 13,864 kilos! It’s inevitable.




I kept mum this entire first week because of my blog-reading friends and relatives, who I wanted to surprise too. I surprised my BFF Liz with a phonecall and we met up briefly at Sofitel the day I checked out. Some days later, we went to Rockwell to try out the ultra famous Pepper Lunch owned by blogger Chuvaness. It was both our first time eating there and we weren’t surprised how it’s reached its superstar status. The food was good, prices quite affordable and service friendly. I loved the voice of server Glenn! Haha! We then moved to C2 for its bibingka souffle and kapeng barako with condensed milk. Yum.




Last Thursday, I met up with fellow LVoer yed who was toting his drool-inducing Soana Sacoche. We had dinner, desserts and dialogues at M Cafe by the Ayala Museum. Yed’s such a cool and stylish guy, with high-brow education and amazing architectural projects under his belt. We dropped by the Louis Vuitton store where I was disappointed by the sloooooow and lousy service. Earlier that night, I checked out Greenbelt 4 and 5 with its rows of big brand name stores and ended up buying something from Marc by Marc Jacobs. 






17 more days left in Manila.

santacruzan in oslo


While it is a common thing to hear Filipinos chattering in buses or finding that pancit canton you love in Asian stores in the city, it came as a surprise that a Santacruzan was staged in Oslo last Saturday. Santacruzan is a novena procession commemorating St. Helena and her son Constantine the Great’s mythical finding of the cross. This tradition was first introduced during the Spanish colonization. In modern Filipino times, Santacruzan is a religious beauty pageant held in cities, towns and small villages in the month of May. Young ladies are chosen to participate and represent religious figures (Mary Magdalene, Veronica) and queens. They are escorted by the town’s finest lads dressed in barong tagalog, the traditional formal garment worn by Filipino men. As this procession is also called the May Flower Festival, arks and floats bedecked in fragrant summer flowers are part of the Santacruzan.

But when you’re in Oslo, you also get two police officers on horses paving the way.


It reminded me of the days when I would escort for a lady-neighbor or be the Constantine to my cousin who was chosen to be the queen of all queens. And with enough digging, I found a photo of me and the lady-neighbor in one Santacruzan. Here’s me circa mid-90’s.

Guapo, no?

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