Monday, April 30

LOOMING LARGE: Editor In Chief

MICHELLE PONEMANGLOR is LOVE! I just love her so much, because behind those fame, and experience in modelling, she's so freaking humble!

This shoot is inspired by different fashion editors, fashion bloggers, and fashionista who swarmed the Fashion Weeks from different fashion capitals around the world. Odd mix, eccentric patterns, and cool textures from clothing, accessories to hair and make up. This final release is set to be a big bang for a lucky 2012 for me, and a way of thanking the team, thus we pumped up the looks and has this crazy production - from prestyling, pull out to casting. Yes, I even have to choose the assistants for this shoot. Thanks loves - Bianca & Keigh.

Coming from the latest Phil Fashion Week SS2012 runway shows, I incorporated the new collections, mixed with RTW brands to be more appealing to the common market, and very versatile to be inspired in the mix/match fans.

Check out our ALA-Vogue shoot, certainly dedicated to our ever supportive and fab fashion editor, Ms. Joyce Fernandez of Manila Bulletin, Fashion/i Section.
Love the mixing of RTW with couture gowns. Check out the hair, and make up as well. Thanks to Katchie Mejias, our hairstylist, and Joyce Platon, Make Up Artist for such a collective effort that made this shoot, superb! Love you bebs!
Sequined and leather jacket! Glammed!
To add chic from Noel Crisostomo's fab organza's top, a basic cotton high-waisted shorts with bag. I wanna make it Russian inspired look, but the fur hat is no longer visible.
Who would NOT love this red leatherette dress!
Texture and layered!
 Customed accessories, thanks to: Arnel Papa and Joyce Makitalo
Special thanks to: Das Shoes, Gaupo Couture and Gold Dot for providing us those fierce shoes.
Uncasualized elegant cocktail dress.

Photography: Rxandy Capinpin
Styling: Jear De Mc Cuttac
Hair: Katchie Mejias
Make Up: Joyce Platon

Assistants: Bianca Sing, Keigh Jalbuena, Pabby Dane De Mc Cuttac
Model: Michelle Panemanglor

Nails: Beauty & Butter

Sunday, April 29

Diageo Summer Escapade 2012 Part 1 of 2

Good day! I'm so uber excited to share with you what goes down last April 24-25, 2012.  Enough of the fashion feature, and welcome to my otherside.  My regular work is in Diageo Philippines, as a chemist, our company had our Diageo Summer Luau Escapade and our last, in Palm Beach Resort, Laiya, Batangas.  Check out the story and, WARNING: Photos overload!
It's a 3 hour ride from our plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, and here's a quick snap shot of the location, paradise!  Watchout, my rating and some comments on the resort below as well. 
 There's a beach volley set, a cabana and a beach.  Pool on the extreme right, which I'll share some photos later.
 This is where we held our party, and our Day 2 breakfast.
 I kinda didn't like the beach, since it's not that white sand, and some rough rocks below it, but hey since it's free, plus the pool is great, choose pool instead!
We arrived at the place with complementary drinks, and a floral necklace, which I have sensitive skin and starting to itch, thus I made it a bracelet, so as not to offend the host (charrr!)  In fairview, cute un naka-brown, don't ask me I don't know him! Lols!
 As I already warned you, this is just day-one-camwhoring! More to come! Cheers!
Waiting for our check in, and our lunch, I need to switch glasses for Ker ker effect. Mga fans ko yan, wag na makulit! Hahaha
 The guy squeezing my manly boobs, oo si Bogs yan, may pagnanasa talaga sa akin yan! Chos lang! Oo, mga engineers kasama ko sa work, and hay, they are all married
 After the lunch, and checking in, we were assigned in different color teams, and here are my room mates! Jomel, me, Ken, and Patti :) Fashion Tip: If you are in company outing, like ours, who just loves color-based-team, wear white to be safe!
 Warm UP! We need to have a creative cheer for the team, and we called ours, Team Barney
1st Game: WET me! They need to wet the white shirt of the team mate using water guns and has to fill the container.  The team collects more water, wins! Siguro mga 3 hours nyo syang gagawin! Joke! Peace! Pero si Ken ha (with the mirrored aviator) tuwang tuwa? Malamang wla to ng kabataan nya! Lols!
Well, eto yun cute na sinasabi ko! Nag phone-in si Dani (colleague/QA), si Miguel daw yan. FINE!
 This is Dani, my co-team in QA during the charade game... well, the hot guy on her left, is I don't know as well, pero they are the event organizer of the games from Peoplesparx, sosyal namin diba! BOOM!  Pero, I KNOW, hubad kung hubad si kuya! Kuya IKAW na ang HOT! Ikaw na ang nagbibigay ng bagong kahulugan ng HOT! Ikaw na talaga!
Pero wait, ano to? Paki-explain Angie, from Finance team, may payables? Bakit may hawak talaga at bandang mag-hahair-throw pa? Hahaha joke Angie, LOVE YOU!
2nd game: Save your life!  Here are the rest of the teams - green, orange, yellow, blue, red and our's - Purps teams!  Our strategy is to win this, and sych each step.  Pero feeling ko na over strategized namin kaya...
Naiwan na kami ng other team! Bwahahaha!
Lumipat na lang kami ng other side para kunwari finish line na kami! hahahaha! Mandaraya! Excuse me, creative kaya un!
 3rd Game: Catch Me if you can! I just made it up.  Catch the watered-balloon, and team collected more un-burst balloon, wins.  
Since, creative ng yellow team, ginaya namin, binato namin pabalik un balloon hahaha, nambasa! The 4th Game is Movie (beach inspired) charade, and the last is the Amazing race, there's a pool underground search, kayaking race and need to capture fire breathing dragon, chosss! Mga gabi na kami natapos, joke lang ulit! Bwahahaha
In between games, Alec, our former Supply Director, took a team shots both formal and wacky! Here's our wacky version. 
This is the Amazing race, last game, need to find a Gold flakes underwater, chosss lang! Need to find a garland of each team's color, then run and counts number of steps in the stairs, then made a fire torch, then a round using a kayak, then back to the original point. 
Wait lang ha again, Melai and Archie, race to, sure kayo? Eh parang namamasyal lang kaya kayo dito! Lover's lagoon! 
 Final stop, the entire team needs to go back to the original point.  Look sino ang nahuli nakabag pa!
AKO! Naka slo-mo pa yan! Thanks Renwhick for such a gentleman! I thank you, Bow!

By the way, here are our imports for the party later on, our very own Hawaiin dancers! May Ganun! Charring! Omg, joke lang girls, I love you all! From Finance and IS teams - Arleen, Joy, Joan, Angie, Laarni, and Fey. 

Guys, sorry I need to cut this into 2 parts, subrang daming magandang pictures and story to tell.  This ends the Day 1 of our summer escapade, and how we close this! GROUP PICTURE!

All photos are courtesy of Alec, Dani, Dennnis, Phil, and Bong.

UP NEXT: Diageo Summer Escapade Day 2 - Night Party, Pool Poolan, and Departure!

Friday, April 6

Cold Front

I just love every collaboration with photographer Christine Lorico , the feel, the treatment, and how it conveys a story beyond fashion and marketing. Every shot has drama and never fail to blew me away. Tin always wanted to shoot out of town, thus I'm challenged to push this one since I want to make a different scenery and very advertorial one.

Booked IM Agency's Pedro Malogni, whom we need to return early because he has a final casting on Conzace TV ads. Argie Salango, my friend/stylist as well, actually been mentioning him to me, thus I'm curious how he actually do the H2T.

Of course, we have some hair/make up expert in one, Kaycee Lim. I just love her, she's so easy to work with and dig what I want. Plus, she always do the carpooling of the models, Lols! Tin introduced her to me, our first collab, and watchout for more, soon!
TRIVIA: This is my 2nd shoot over Balai Isabel, where I worked with TOPMAN SS2011 Press Release, with the famous Bj Pascual.

Tin usually do experiment shots on BW and does in between takes to make it very candid, natural, and sometimes in between frames made the difference, see what I'm talking about.

I tried to do smart pull here, where I just pulled Topman, Folded & Hung, and Springfield, in my quest to really streamline and to avoid overpull, a challenge where I usually failed, but in this case...hmm, let see.

This is just like 1 minute layout and our last. Had to mention, Balai Isabel is so huge, and didn't we know, there's a church, a huge lawn, a bigger pool, and a fishing area, alot of subject to consider. Plus, I really love the accommodation, and food! The staff is really AMAZING!

I just love this! A/X Ad Campaign huh, very advertorial effect.

As a stylist, I usually bring my shades, bracelets, everything, since who knows, I usually have some emergency styling changes.

Over the bay...

That's all folks... hope you love it!

Photography: Christine Day Lorico

Styling: Jear De Mc Cuttac

Grooming: Kaycee Lim

Model: Pedro of IM Agency

Location: Balai Club Isabel

Special thanks to Honey Tan of Balai Club Isabel, Talisay, Batangas.
For more information, call (02) 897 0229 or visit

Sunday, April 1

PFW Top 10 SS2012

For a record, I think this is the challenging shoot so far! Need to book oriental looking girls, given I almost give this up since my 1st choices weren't available. Different agencies already submitted thier model's card to me, yet I can't find the right models. Until I happen to come accross Cal Carries, booked Sam and Eri, and then Eriko from Yeoh. 3 Models in 10 layouts, in each layout is quite a challenge from poses, execution and to interpretation. I need support and stylist inputs, and this is thru a friend and great stylist Argie Salango.

In short, we enlisted this Top 10 PFW SS2012 designers based on innovation, creativity, orginality and of course marketability. Honestly, I was quite dropping this since right after PFW every pieces were either sold or pulled from other magazine shoots as well.

Luck, dedication, patience and great support from my ever reliable co-stylists Bianca Sing and Keigh Jalbuena made this shoot a success!

Check out our best picks:

1. Jot Losa
2. Regine Dulay

3. Ezra Santos

4. Louis Claparols

5. Veejay Floresca

6. Bo Parcon

7. Albert Andrada

8. Norman Noriega

9. Noel Crisostomo

10. Enrico Carado

It's beyond love, and thanks to the entire team who made this shoot so fab and fierce! Until next time!

Photography: Rxandy Capinpin

Styling: Jear De Mc Cuttac & Argie Salango

Hair: Jacky Ladiero Pante & Katchie Mejias at L’Oreal Professionnel

Nails: Beauty & Butter

Models: Eriko Malabanan of Yeoh Models, Eri, and Sam of CalCarrie’s

Thanks again to Manila Bulletin Fashion Section Team, and to Ms. Joyce for supporting all my passion and contribution to the paper.

Next: My Vogue Inspired shoot!