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I haven’t gotten around to posting all the (overdue) stuff I promised I’d post here, mainly because all my attention is focused on finishing all my current projects, one of which I am super excited with sharing here (!!!?!?!!).

ANYWAY. Stay tuned as I’ll be posting photos from when we renovated my sister’s room, film rolls from our Singapore trip, and the special project I’ve been working hard on this semester that I am so so so excited to finish and share with you guys! 🐛

I also just want to say thank you for all the views! I really appreciate it and will be trying my best to post more stuff here. 🌚✨

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“history repeats itself
history repeats history

an empty word
we forget so easy

to say we’re fighting
for something worth

nothing
does”

— Hannah Keziah Agustin

 

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of making an illustration for one of  The Polaris Project‘s Burn Book poems, for their Stay Furious slam poetry event. Stay Furious is an event happening on August 19 in Venture Space, Mandaluyong, PH. The Burn Book will be an accompanying booklet of compiled poems and artworks by young Filipinos addressing the ugly truth happening in our country today, and the anger in the desperation of liberty from it.

This certain poem by Hannah Keziah Agustin really caught my attention and actually had me thinking about it for days. I feel like the poem speaks from an eye who’s viewing the picture on a much wider perspective. It has the voice of someone who believes in the power of  action to create change, but also of someone who’s been able to stop and reflect on the events that seems to be tied to a loop. Can we really say that we are fighting for something, when something just keeps happening over and over no matter how hard we fight for it to change? On the other hand, what is life if you have nothing to fight and live for?

1.jpgIf there’s one chronic illness my family has, it’s being workaholic. The only time my dad would agree to traveling and going out on a vaca would be if it was a MAJOR family (and by major, i mean the whole clan) event. Mom is also a workaholic monkey (can I blame the fact that she’s a Capricorn? lol), and that’s probably why we never really go out as a family–which is sad, yes.

But since 2016 really sucked the heck out of everyone, my sister and I vowed we’d make the most of 2017. And we managed to push mom and dad to book a 3-day vacation in Boracay (something I want to consider an achievement).

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We got there around noon, so the first thing we did was eat lunch hahaha–but right after, we went straight to the beach (because duh!).

We stayed at Astoria Boracay along Station 1, where I heard has finer and softer sands than stations 2 and 3. True enough, it does! It was like flour, tbh. The last time I was in Boracay was more than a decade ago, so it was almost kind of my first time as well. And the sunset did. not. disappoint. 

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So basically everything was good and well the first day. The water was perfect, the sand was perfect, the sunset was divine, and I couldn’t wait to enjoy them the whole day the next day. But I’ve never been exactly “lucky” with vacations–there’s always something happening, TRUST ME. And for this trip, it was 1) the films I ordered did not arrive on time for the trip so I had to use my DSLR instead, which turned out to be a blessing for the next mishap: 2) Mother Nature dropped the monthly red bomb on me. ZZZZZ

So I just took videos and photos around while they enjoyed the beach. 🙃🙃🙃
(but hey, at least I got some shots here and there and that’s a fair win to me either way!)

(ya ok, liar)

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I mean, OBVIOUSLY I’ve been taking portrait photos again, but whatevs, I couldn’t go further off the shore. (huhuhuhuhu) And I’m gonna admit there was a little bitterness that my mom was actually rocking her low-back one piece (yaaaass mom!!), and I was by the shore wearing shorts and reading crime fiction.

BORAGIF4.gifBOOK: I’m Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ — Probably one of the best crime fictions I’ve read so far! Would recommend!!

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I haven’t had the chance to write about this for the past couple of months because finals season, but here is another long-overdue update.

Last April 19 was #aDAA17 (Adobo Design Awards Asia), where the best designers in the region are gathered to compete and be judged by a jury composed of some of the world’s best designers. A.K.A., the competition I wouldn’t even dare myself to join because I am but a humble lil peasant who is not worthy lol. But some of my professors came up to me and asked me if they can enter my brand identity project on behalf of the school. I said yes because I figured “lol as if it can qualify to get in– good luck losers” (just kidding, I luv u Ms. Niña!). So when I heard my work qualified as a FINALIST, I already felt like a winner!

award.jpgOn the awarding ceremony, I was so surprised when they called my name for the Gold award for the Open Category (open for both professionals and students). At that moment, I felt like one of those movie moments where the background sounds slowly muffles down and the camera slowly tilts side to side. I couldn’t believe it (pretty sure I still can’t right now).

Even if I think I may never be able to properly process the whole thing (because it’s Adobo!!! The leading creative publishing company in the Philippines!!!! And the competition was not just for the Philippines, but ASIA ??¿?!!!¿!), this will forever have a huge impact in my life. Because years ago, a couple of bullies told me that an introverted loser like me will never get anything in life. And to think I almost believed them.

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PS. I just want to thank a couple of people— my family and friends, who always believed in me (especially my best friend who never fails to hype me up lol), and Ms. Niña Herman, who has taught me so much!

Long overdue–but I’m posting some photos from our Palawan trip last March. Just wanted to share some shots from the roll.

Quick story: for some reason, my first roll turned out to not have any photos in it– I figured that it might’ve failed to cling to the sprocket properly or something (even though everything was turning well the whole time but whatever). Anyway, so I lost 36 photos BUT OK imma just let that one go (cue tears).

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We stayed at Astoria Palawan, where surprisingly their beach front & shoreline stretched so far, we didn’t really get the chance to swim around (we took photos around tho, obv). To be honest, the whole trip was more of an adventure type of vacation than the swimming type.

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We toured around the city, but photos from there were supposedly all on my 1st roll (which Imma learn to let go but still pains me to this day huhuhu whyyyy ;____;), so it’s gone now. But I saw this SUPER CUTE gypsy themed cafe!!! ;___; Ugh, I wish I still have the photos but it was so perfect, I swear. We also went to Baker’s Hill, where i took a lot of Peacock photos (no, pop culture slang, I mean the actual animal).

UGH ANYWAY no use in crying over spilled milk.

After that, we did a little island hopping around Honda Bay and visited the underground river (WHICH IS CRAZY MAJESTIC. I don’t have photos from the inside of the cave because I don’t want to use flash and I was just really amazed and taking in everything–Nature is amazing yalls.)

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It’s a shame that we didn’t have enough time to tour around Puerto Princesa more– our tour guide told us a lot more interesting spots to visit. I also kinda feel bad that we didn’t get to swim that much (the heat was I N T E N S E, even for a swim!).

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But I’d definitely go back to Palawan; maybe visit El Nido or Coron. One thing’s for sure: I’m double-checking that film loaded on my camera.

This was a quick brand and app design project for a design class that my friend Patrice and I teamed up on. We were tasked to create and design an app that works like Tinder for artists.

We came up with Astirisk with the idea of an app that can be a quick swipe-left-swipe-right concept of Tinder, while being a show and tell platform for designers like Dribbble and Bēhance.

Astirisk is a place where designers can connect with fellow artists and even non designers who are looking to collaborate with different artists. Whether you’re an online magazine company looking for a graphic designer, or even a photographer looking for a makeup artist––Astirisk serves as a pool for all kinds of artists looking for a collaboration.

⚠️ (Photos are not mine and were used only for this project in class for visual presentation. I do not claim any rights to the photos in any way. Credits go to their respective owners. Similarly, the app does not exist in any app store. This was only created for a design class.)

Co-created with Patrice Catindig.

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A side note: A friend of mine pointed out a funny coincidence which was that why do I keep working on projects named after punctuation marks (Comma Apparel & Astirisk) hahahaha

Collaborated with Comma Apparel for their summer collection of 100% cotton short sleeved button-downs! I actually own a pair of comma apparel myself and for a person who sweat a lot (why god why), their material is very breathable, even the long sleeves! And that’s saying a lot because aside from the fact that i’m a sweater (whyyyyy), I also live in the Philippines, which in this time of the year is basically an oven.

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