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30 January 2012

blanc magazine online

on january 12,  Cebu's underground youth and stylistas gathered for the launching of blanc, an online magazine that chronicles the latest fashion, art, androgyny, culture and most importantly, street style of Cebu. according to blanc's editor-in-chief, josei ouano cuizon, the magazine started a year ago after a group of stylish friends were talking about what they wanted and didn't want in a fashion magazine. well surely, after hours of talking, one of them may have strongly suggested that they start their own. 

apart from Bloggers United 2, never have i attended an event where street style was so rich and prominent, i didn't feel odd wearing an overly-colorblocked outfit. we were surrounded by strong individual styles and not with the usual identical body-con or bondage dresses. and with my CFB sisters there, even rain couldn't stop us from having fun. 

the fashion show of creations from a few of Cebu's young designers

the amazing blanc magazine staff

cebu fashion bloggers in action -- garbed in our distinct styles

here it is: the first official issue of blanc magazine with the queen of cebu, bee urgello, on the cover

for a lethal dose of underground fashion and art by Cebu's youth, it is imperative that you:

bookmark blanc magazine's website
like the facebook page
follow the magazine on twitter

                            Open publication - Free publishing - More blanc

photos grabbed from:
 toni of perfumed red shoes | jeemah of cupcakes and choices | gillian of by details
phil of the fourth kid | angeli of miss enthusiast
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28 January 2012

thank you, darleng

this was your signature pose, darleng and i sincerely pray you get just that -- peace.

though we're still all recovering from the shock and disbelief but it is indeed too soon to be associating you with the word "was." well death, they say, is always on time and that we should accept it. for now, all we can do is remember not your death but the life you lived.

i have to admit, i wasn't always your biggest fan. the relationship you had with my sister was, for the lack of a better word, confusing but it made perfect sense to the both of you. over the last 2 years, i have seen my sister mature and learn to be independent. she has grown up to be kinder, more considerate and level-headed and it wouldn't have happened if not for you. i have seen her sincerely and inexplicably in love. my sister has learned what it is to truly love without inhibitions, without conditions. for that, darleng, i thank you with all my heart. you changed her life and in turn, you changed ours. you will forever be missed. we love you!

to my readers, who have been patient enough to hang on after 2 weeks of being MIA, thank you. my family went  through a shocking and tragic ordeal on the morning of Sinulog and we needed time to recover from the grief. my sister needs all the support so for now, i am a sister first, a wife second and a blogger third. as always, thank you for your support. life is a gift from God and we should cherish it everyday.

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14 January 2012

cebu fashion bloggers x parade of dresses

finally got to meet Cherie of Parade of Dresses ♥

i have always been in awe of Cherie's blog and the style and photos it contains. the colorful and soft outfits, the breezy beach photos and the gorgeous afternoon sun are all elements of her blog that never cease to take my stress away. so you can imagine how excited i was, actually all of us, when she asked if it was okay to meet on january 7. in perfect timing, the meet-up was right after the maze event so even without sleep, i pushed myself to survive the night and survive i did. this is all to bond with the cebu fashion bloggers and of course, to meet the gorgeous Cherie. ♥

here the photos and i have to warn you, it's really heavy. well, what do you expect when stylish people convene. 

 Cherie and her equally pretty sister -- she's still 17 and so cute!
jerrick, a young cebuano designer , whose necklace i covet and the gomez sisters -- liezyl and chyrel 
 gillian in her tribal printed body con dress & ombre denim vest | mildred in her mixed print outfit & jaw-dropping leather skirt
 chyrel in her ooh lala red jeans and sky-high booties | vanessa in her chic navy blazer & fun earrings
 mildred and me | toni in her yummy fringe bag & gold glitter oxfords from shoe etiquette (me wants one)
chyrel, gillian, me and jerrick
the super-talented wonder kid of our group, philip lapinid and me
me with the uber gorgeous toni in her pixie hair (doesn't it suit her perfectly?)
group shot! the cebu fashion bloggers with Cherie and her sister
from the left: jerrick, eden, chyrel, cherie's sister, cherie, me, jem and liezyl

the outfit:

my gecko ring, tassel earrings and woven cuffs

my hilariously high-maintenance fringe knit top -- it was getting in everything i wore LOL

       giraffe meets leopard -- my giraffe printed wedge from shoe etiquette & mildred's leopard wedges from F21

fringe knit top - primal rave wholesale | sheer printed maxi skirt - thrifted | giraffe-printed wedges - shoe etiquette | tassel earrings - DIY | woven cuff - downtown find | gecko ring - bangkok find | chain clutch - vintage from mom 

photos courtesy of toni pino & mildred zapanta
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11 January 2012

the maze teen model search

in my resolution to be a better blogger, a Cebuana fashion blogger at that, by doing more posts, saying yes to more events and supporting the local fashion industry in any way i can, i said "yes" to Eden's invite to attend as one of the guests for The Maze Teen Image Model Search which was held at the Ayala Activity Center last January 7, 2012. 

Maze, which coincidentally is where my sister's retail shop Props is located, is a one-stop hip shop in Ayala Cebu where one can find every fashionista's needs, from chic dresses & accessories and even tech gadgets. 

the cebu fashion bloggers on front row
i gotta' hand it to yves camingue for the styling in this segment of the show. tribal prints overload, layered on each other -- i drool! i was literally bouncing in my seat!
the fans were the funnest part of the search -- they went crazy for their model bets!
the talented hosts, eden and mark in their costume changes -- of course styled by yves. turquoise is the peg for the night and i love it!
the lovely ladies in their gowns designed by Cebu's Young Designers and wearing shoes by Shandar
my favorite in the search -- she was chic, she had potential and best of all, she tripped so many times in this dress and even fell but she picked herself up and forged ahead. ♥

kudos goes to the Carolyn Tan, the CEO of Hype Management and Development Corp., for donating P15,000 to Clothes for Life -- an association of fashion designers spearheaded by Cary Santiago and Wendell Quisido and supports several beneficiaries, including the Little Lamb Children's Center (source:
and the winners are...
naomi grace and john paul

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08 January 2012

freeman feature x the humanizer

on the day we left for Manila to attend the Bloggers United 2 event, Freeman released a feature of us, the Cebu bloggers attending the event, written by Kristine Roa (online article here). the miracle it took for us to get a copy of this article was so funny because Mildred and Alexa literally had to steal this page from a coffee shop at the airport. some photos used on the article were submitted by the bloggers who were not able to do the photo shoot with us the week prior. as for some of us, we did an afternoon shoot with Rolan Icban, the humanizer. 

i have to say, it was really fun doing the shoot with the girls and Roland. as talkative as i am with my friends but i don't do well with strangers because i tend do be too shy but Roland knew how to direct our poses and amazingly captured the light in all of our photos. i definitely look forward to getting another chance to do a shoot with the humanizer

printed vintage dress - thrifted | black tights - sm department store | black lace-up booties - parisian, sm department store | black floppy hat - | bangles & rings - downtown finds
gillian uang ♥ vanessa east ♥ eden villarba ♥ gizelle sembrano

we ♥ the humanizer!

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