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CONTENTS NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
10 - fashion feed
12 - fashion week 3d 19 - s/s13 trend report 23- cut & paste 35 - the best of balenciaga
41 - rise of cebu fashion school 54 - blogger highlight 56 - designer spotlight
ART AND CULTURE love yourself project gestalt kaapin COVERSTORY
64 - karla up-close
spleen summer side up adrift still dreaming viva cebu!
lifestyle loudbastard a taste of adventure chat & chill cebu sperry the ranch uvns
228 - STYLE FILE 230 - EVENTS
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Josei Cuizon Editor-in-Chief
Mike Yapching Associate Editor MATT AESTHETIC Creative Director Vandale Dela Bajan Fashion Editor Little Bvck Beauty Editor Jaynard Basiga Lifestyle Editor Dominique Roa
Rockell Dela Merced Senior Stylist Jessy pearl
Art & Culture Editor
Assistant Image Stylist
Yuno Bastareche Photographer JayPhotographer Sanciangco
AIA TUPAS JM JUSAY
GABRIEL GEALOGO WEB DEVELOPER
LADY DEE DEE Nina Gandionco
Blanc Magazine, its staff, the creators and contributors, do not claim the rights of the magazine contents posted. All material received and used on this magazine is considered original and submitted by its original owner. All materials on this magazine is under copyright to each individual author and may not be republished without permission from that author The views expressed on this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher.
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FOREWORD Asian supremacy in fashion is unstoppable. Economists say Asia will obtain global fashion dominance in 2015. With the renaissance of Philippine fashion, new and talented breed of designers make an attempt to reclaim the fashion legacy that we once felt during the 1940s – 70s - the golden era of Philippine Fashion where haute couture intertwined with hi-society and where local fashion then was a top competitor to fashion capitals. This dawning of a new era will position the Philippines as a serious fashion competitor in Asia. Cebu, as the style destination of the country, continues to play its role in helping develop the country’s fashion. With Cebuano designers more driven than ever, we just have to come up with an issue that platforms their spirit and desire for the craft. Above all, we pay tribute to the people who has contributed in making Cebuano fashion what it is now. This issue claims to put together the best of Cebu. With having the best people, comes dealing with their tight schedules. Which is why it took us months to produce this issue. On the cover is the woman that embodies true beauty inside out, Miss Earth 2008, Karla Paula Henry. If there were someone worth to be called an ideal modern Cebuana, it would have to be her. Spying on her facebook like page, surprisingly, I didn’t see a single photo of Karla without her signature bright smile which is why I find it exciting and interesting to see a different her on the cover of BLANC. With the magazine’s goal of reinvention and pushing limits, the best people had to help us out in bringing our vision to reality. For the first time, we team up with renowned fashion photographer Jan Gonzales to shoot our cover story as well as create the first moving cover in Philippine online magazine history. What’s so amazing about Sir Jan is despite his established career in photography and his success, he still remains humble and continues to develop and perfect his craft. One of the highly regarded designers in country, Cary Santiago, was in full support too. He provided the clothes for the shoot from his latest collection of divine origami pieces. It’s still unbelievable to us how Cary has been so supportive to the magazine. Every time we visit him in his shop I always am in a daze by his presence. He just embodies this distinct energy and life as he shares to BLANC his experiences and advices – all the more reason to hold on to the magazine. Jessie Glova also renders his services despite his super hectic schedule. He just came all the way from the airport straight to doing hair and make-up for Karla before going to another event that day. Chameleon, his newly launched line of wigs and costumes, was of big help in achieving the particular look – especially the hair. Jessie too 4- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
has been very supportive just like some of the designers in the metro that participated in our biggest editorial yet. “Viva, Cebu!” is one of my dream editorials for BLANC. We intentionally mix in the up and coming with the pioneers in such a way that it ref lects the genuinely harmonious relationship between the designers and fashion people in the island – no hierarchy and everyone always willing to help out each other – living up to the true essence of fashion. In behalf of BLANC, from the bottom of my heart, I humbly and sincerely thank you all for the unparalleled support you have given to the magazine. In this issue, I have always wanted to also show that now is the time we take a look at the bigger picture in this industry. Fashion is more than just a showcase of drive and talent – it is a business we, as of the moment, are not too familiar of managing. Which is maybe we don’t have homegrown internationally recognized designer brands as of the moment. Where were our Rei Kawakubos and our Kenzos when ready-to-wear was on the rise in the 70s? It’s somehow the same sentiments other Asian countries have - If you ask an average fashion enthusiast in Asia to name 10 American or European brands, he’ll name you twenty. If we’re to do the reverse and ask a fashion consumer in Europe to name at least 5 Asian designers, he’ll give you three. For Philippines or Asia to dwell in the forefront of global fashion, we have to start small somewhere. With this issue comes our minor yet sincere contribution to this ever-growing industry. More than that, this issue of BLANC was created not just to showcase what our little island has to offer in fashion but also to raise awareness to the government and to the people that with all the talents we have in this country all we only need is the support. Not too long, authentic and local fashion will finally be revived in this country and history will continue to unfold only if we give Philippine fashion a chance and perhaps maybe favor it over the foreign brands. As what President Carlos P. Garcia said, “If the Filipinos cannot be first in the Philippines, where else can they be first? Only when Filipinos are first in their country will the Philippines be finally truly free. Until then, their independence can only be a sham.” It has unintentionally become a tradition to start the editors note with something similar to “finally!” or “the long wait is over”. I could have just reserved those statements for this issue because this is by far the most overdue compilation we have ever done.
Josei Ouano Cuizon editor in chief
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CONTRIBUTORS jan gonzales, photographer, cebu What you did for the issue: I did the cover and coverstory editorial How was the experience: Fun experience Favorite/own fashion quote: Evolve thru time… Current fashion obsession: Highcut Kicks
Giuseppe, art director, portugal What you did for the issue: The title of the shooting takes inspiration from a famous poem by Charles Baudelaire: Spleen. How was the experience: The experience of shooting was exhilarating since the choice of the location: a forgotten and symbolic place with scraped walls that produce, at the same time, decadent and chic effects. Favorite/own fashion quote: “J’aime le luxe. Il ne se trouve pas dans la richesse et la splendeur, mais en l’absence de vulgarité.
Jose ferreira, photographer, portugal What you did for the issue: Fashion editorial: Still Dreaming How was the experience: Everything went well, rained in the morning but opened later time.. Favorite/own fashion quote: Fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic. Current fashion obsession: classic black shirt
The Trend Reinvented, photographer, portugal What you did for the issue: Did the shot adrift: two worlds land between water and air. How was the experience: disconcerting. cold. Nature. freedom. transcendent. thoughtful. Favorite/own fashion quote: Fashion fades style is eternal Coco Chanel Current fashion obsession: coats
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christina zabat, photographer, manila What you did for the issue: I did the editorial Sunny SideUp with my schoolmates from Fashion Institute of the Philippines (FIP). How was the experience: The shoot was such a breeze to do. We were done in less than two hours. Everybody enjoyed working alongside each other. Current fashion obsession: I am still in love with aztec prints and tribal patterns! I love triangles and zigzags
Ann “Indy” Noval, writer, cebu What you did for the issue: I did a short write up and interview with one of the local bands here in Cebu, Gestalt. Just the basic getting-to-know-you stuff. How was the experience: It was fun. I know the band members for a few years now and we usually have a good time when we go out. I had to take a band photo which was a bit challenging since I’m really not that good with taking pictures. Favorite/own fashion qoute: Set trends, don’t follow them.
nicky roa, designer/stylist, cebu What you did for the issue: FASHION WEEK 3D A 3D Runway Report on the best spring summer collections CUT AND PASTE Blanc Magazine’s Top 10 Looks from Philippine Fashion Week’s Summer Collections. How was the experience: It was a challenging task of combining art and fashion and being able to find a perfect balance between the two to achieve multiple visual orgasms page after page. Favorite/own fashion qoute:”I’m human. If I didn’t make mistakes, I’d never learn. You can only go forward by making mistakes.” McQueen
Orville Biongcog, designer, cebu What you did for the issue: fashion illustration for 2013 trend report Current fashion obsession: black jeans, never gets old How was the experience: Fun and excitement Favorite/own fashion qoute: creativity is the oil that takes the friction out of life
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iris apfel x hsn Carine Roitfeld M.A.C line Carine Roitfeld celebrates M.A.C line The former Vogue editor collaborated with the cosmetic giant to produce a range of products that help recreate her signature smoky eye look. M.A.C artists were on hand to provide guests with black star makeup ‘tattoos’, using stencils from Roitfeld’s collection.
fashion icon tees
The fashion pack gets a friendly makeover in Tshirt form Cartoon-faced Kate Moss, Anna Wintour and Tom Ford, literally go head-to-head in a new range of T-shirts inspired by fashion’s most inf luential. Some of the industry’s most recognizable inf luencers have been given a cartoon-style makeover by multi-talented Michael Roberts and printed on to t-shirts, currently on sale at Browns 10- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE Fashion.
Iris Apfel Launches Shoe Line With HSN Who says you have to slow down with age? Iris Apfel, fashion maverick and self-proclaimed ‘geriatric starlet,’ recently celebrated her ninety-first birthday and shows no signs of stopping. Along with her bag collection, jewellery pieces, and her colourful, dynamic line for MAC , Madame Apfel is launching cute and colourful shoe line with HSN.
Comme des Garçons x hermes Rei Kawakubo, the publicity-shy founder of avant-garde label Comme des Garçons, has teamed up with Hermès to create two limitededition collections of the French brand’s iconic silk scarves, or carrés, as they are better known.
jw anderson is back
Alexander Wang and Balenciaga French fashion house Balenciaga have confirmed that Alexander Wang is their new creative director, effective immediately. Alexander Wang’s appointment as creative director of Balenciaga has been officially confirmed today, and both the designer and his new employer have spoken for the first time.
Markus Lupfer X ASOS Markus Lupfer’s cheeky embroidered sweaters caught our eye long before Balenciaga’s cartoon sweatshirts and Kenzo’s logo tops made the street-style rounds. But it’s edge, not cheek, that’s on display in the new capsule collection the British designer has just created for ASOS Black. Case in point: leather minidresses, pencil skirts, and motorcycle jackets done in a shattered kaleidoscope print with intricate cutouts
J W Anderson For Topshop Collection Is Back! Quilted Paisley Skirts And Pinafore Dresses Now In Stock The J W Anderson for Topshop range was their most popular collaboration yet and so the folks at Toppers have decided to bring it back.
m.i.a x versace Singer M.I.A. sparks Versace collaboration rumours. British singer/songwriter M.I.A. has reportedly confirmed that she is working with Italian fashion house Versace on an unspecified collaboration. 11- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
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BLANC SPRING suMMER TREND REPORT Illustrated By: Orville Biongcog
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Burberry Prorsum S/S 2013
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THE BEST OF By Mike Yapching
From being a freelance knitwear design to designing funeral clothes for the Japanese licensing market at Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquiere has managed to project a na誰ve futurism in his clothes after his appointment as creative director for the brand back in 1997. His neoprene, f lorals, and otherworldly sci-fi inspirations have garnered the house a cult following from the new generation making Balenciaga relevant and an important brand. Leaving his post as creative director after 15 years might or might not hurt the brand but nonetheless, the genius that is Nicolas was able to revive a brand, push it forward season in and season out and shock us with his departure.
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Rise of the Cebuano Fashion Schools With Cebu being home of Philippine fashion industry’s movers and shakers, 3 of the best fashion schools in the metro are making sure that the future of Philippine fashion will continue to shine brightly as ever.
Photographed By: Jay Sanciangco Creative Director: Matt Aesthetic HMUA: Jessy Pearl Models: Kim Encarma and Nesha Marjuni of Stacy’s Exclusive Special thanks to : Punky Oliverio, Aj Culibra and Lord Matran 41- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
fida Fashion Institute of Design and Art FIDA molds students into well-rounded fashion designers grounded in the basics of design, fabric and illustration; skilled in the globally accepted technical models of sewing, draping and patternmaking; and entrenched in the evolving concepts of corporate merchandising, trending and fashion entrepreneurship. FIDA provides each student the materials and equipment required to learn the trade. M2 Business Center, Escario St. Cebu City ((032) 514-3889/ sun- 0923-911-5604/ globe- 0917-308-4801) firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.fidarts.com
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camile emberly Couture. Haute Couture. - Its worth appreciating.
Having top designers help you and show you the way through and have them share their triumphs and mistakes, make this fashion school the best.
Where do you see yourself after graduating? Iâ€™d probably continue learning. Perhaps study some more, travel or enroll in a fashion school in London.
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“Forever Romantic” Feminine and hand-made clothes The instructors here are real designers and are successful in their field. They impart to us their knowledge on fashion and making good clothes.
Where do you see yourself after graduating? After graduation, I’d love to continue developing the skill and perhaps study a year more. I am very serious with the craft and I’d like to excel in the field if I can. I might be older than the students here but learning fashion has never been more fun. After everything, I’d love 44BEST OF CEBU ISSUE to BLANC put upMAGAZINE my own- THE shop.
Nina Zambo Ready-to-wear
Aside from excellent instructors, they teach us from scratch here; from pattern making, to sewing, to draping â€“ everything. And the best part is, they teach us with patience.
Where do you see yourself after graduating? I would love to have an RTW shop here in Cebu and maybe expand it soon.
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f.i.p Fashion Institute of the Philippines Established in July 2003, and has since then produced quality graduates who are now big names in the fashion industry, this fashion school offers the most practical and affordable courses for beginners, advanced students and fashion enthusiasts and aims to develop not just fashion designers but â€œfashion engineersâ€?. E-bloc Tower, Ground Floor Asiatown IT Park, Lahug Cell: 09328742666 For updated schedules for the current and coming terms, please check our website www.fashioninstitutephil.com.
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Feminine, Beautiful and Nostalgic A friend recommended the school to me. Also, I found out that the school serves as an excellent training ground to some of the countryâ€™s good designers such as Francis Libiran, Kermit Tesoro and the likes.
Where do you see yourself after graduating? I see myself doing bridal and having my own shop.
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Jessica Shaw - Ledesma Simplicity and elegance.
Advertising really works, I saw it on the newspaper three times and it felt like a calling. I have absolutely no regrets, Sir Shannon Pamaong , our school director, is very giving with his information and knowledge. Aside from that the school creates a community where we help each other.
Where do you see yourself after graduating? I see myself involved in this school, helping others. Eventually, I’d like to get into “kids clothes”. I have always wanted to make clothes for my daughter, which is why I took up these basic courses. I am just enjoying it so much – right now it’s aMAGAZINE hobby. - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE 48- BLANC
Mitchie Gallegos Ruff les and f lorals are my thing. - feminine.
At first I wanted to study in Manila. Fortunately they opened FIP here in Cebu. With equally excellent training and environment, I couldn’t ask for more.
Where do you see yourself after graduating? For now I don’t see myself as a designer, having my own show at fashion week or having a shop. I wanted to study fashion for family and myself but who knows – things can always change. 49- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
University of San Carlos - Fashion Design Providing in-depth courses in fashion design, dressmaking, patternmaking etc., USC offers the only four-year degree fashion course in Cebu. USC also promotes active participation of the students in various fashion events and gatherings. College has never been more fun. College of Architecture and Fine Arts University of San Carlos Talamban Campus Nasipit, Talamban Cebu City, Philippines 6000 Tel: (063-32) 2300100 local 800 Fax: (063-32) 3460351 Email: email@example.com. ph Web: cafa.usc.edu.ph
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WAM. by Joyce Maw unfashionably Brutal, rebelliously fun, Quirky-Odd-Quirky,
They helped me find out what truly my dauntingly unacceptable design aesthetics are. The greatest distinction from all other design schools is the people. The people I have had the immense satisfying pleasure of meeting, with whom as well I am most honored to have design with and most importantly enjoyably suffer the slow beautiful college time with.
Where do you see yourself after graduating? I see myself staying and striving to survive in fashion of course. Most possibly Iâ€™ll be working either in Cebu or Manila, under a young prominent designer/brand or magazine--however I would love to go abroad. 51- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
Paco Serafica Feminine, romantic, and whimsical, elegance.
San Carlos was a good choice since USC’s CAFA has always been considered as a prestigious school for design and arts. Plus, it offered a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design. A Bachelor’s Degree is always a good thing to have in one’s resume.
Where do you see yourself after graduating? I want to go to Manila, and probably expose myself more to the industry - Intern for a designer, and maybe even go to school again.
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John Arellano Simple and clean silhouettes â€“ complicated detailing
USC stands for tradition and dynamism; it is the forefront of the colleges in Cebu today. With its fashion design course, it has been my privilege to work with and be mentored by fellow artisans.
Where do you see yourself after graduating? I think I would help my father to run some errands in our businesses for a while but will continue as a freelance fashion designer 53- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
BLOGGER ’ H I G H L I G H T THIRSTYTHOUGHT
What is your blog about? Right now its mainly about fashion, beauty, travel and excerpts of my life! What makes your blog different from other blogs? The fact that it’s about me, it’s original and I blog mainly because I love it. Would you like to open a line someday? I do have a line. WAGW! www.shopwagw. com or facebook.com/WAGWOnline Who or what inspires you for your looks when posting outfit posts? Inspiration can be taken from anywhere really! There’s no main thing that I think of when dressing up. Its mostly about how I feel, and what I want to project that day. Who is your style icon? Miroslava Duma and Nicole Warne. Did you think you’d be getting a lot of followers from the start? Not at all. When I started, blogging wasn’t even big yet, and I remember laughing at myself for actually taking time to “blog.” It was my dirty little secret at first! 54- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
Are there brands who contact you to give give-aways and what brands are those? A lot :) Please check my blog to find out ;) Other than blogging, what makes you busy? I work at WAGW as the Creative Director, and I do occasional modeling and styling. How long do you see yourself in the blog world? Blogging will definitely be part of my life in the future. Even if no one reads it, it’s really something I love doing, and thats what drives me most. How does it feel when readers approach you whenever there’s a meet? Overwhelming and humbling. I still can’t get it through my head why people ask for autographs or photos with a silly awkward girl like me, but to receive positive feedback and know that my simple blog has made a good impact on their lives, that’s the most beautiful and rewarding thing. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Who knows what the future brings? Hopefully bigger, more global and exciting things!
The fact that it’s about me, it’s original and I blog mainly because I love it.
How did you start blogging? Thirstythought started at 2009 as a school project. I would blog about random things I found interesting or funny in school, and grew to enjoy it. Little by little the blog gained popularity around the campus. My schoolmates would then email me asking to post outfits or tips on dressing, since they see me around school and like how I put looks together. Thats how it all came to be!
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DESIGNER ’ S P O T L I G H T
MIA ARCENAS What do you do when you’re not designing? When I am not designing, I am managing the business aspect of it all. What is your educational and professional background and how do you feel it prepared you for a career in design? I went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles California. I graduated with a degree in Apparel Manufacturing Management. I always knew that I did not want to go to just a business school because I wanted learn more about the fashion industry as well. FIDM really taught me the basics and the specifics about fashion. It wasn’t so much about design; it was more about international markets, retail, export, competitive strategies, technical specifications and other very solid elements that are fundamental to growing your own business. What drew you to fashion and have you always wanted to be a designer? My mother started her own fashion company at a young age and growing up, I absorbed every bit of it. It wasn’t something that I wasn’t passionate about in the beginning because it was always there. Fashion was/is a way life, it was a natural environment to run around the factory, and make all of these fun accessories in the design room after school. I drew a lot of bags as a kid, and never even knew that they were “designs” to be sent to production. So there you go, fashion was always there, and is still here, and will continue to inf luence me in every way. What’s your best moment as a designer so far? As a designer, every moment is always the best I would say, when you imagine, illustrate, create, and the idea from which was in your head comes to life. Moments like those are what designers live for, not all, but for me that’s for sure. More of the best moments also come when people appreciate what you create and then you are being recognized for them. What is a normal day for you like ever since you get into designing clothes? A normal day would be: 7am-8am : Yoga 8am-8.30 : Breakfast 9am : Office/Showroom Meetings w/ Suppliers and Buyers 56- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
12nn-1pm: Lunch date w/ my business partner – Mother. We usually discuss ideas, on what to create next. 2pm-6pm : Back to the office to open some more emails, more meetings, trend research, update social media pages, update with sample makers and sewers, create new designs, product development, quality check samples, showroom inventory, update showroom stocks, photograph items, create linesheets, create product info catalogues, etc.. And that is how my day usually goes, just a mix of everything. Other than the Philippines where would you like to work as a designer? I want to grow my business and get my products into boutiques worldwide. As of now, a lot of my pieces are in specialty boutiques and high-end resorts in different parts of the world; especially my Kaftans and Minaudiere(s). I love the Philippines, Cebu especially. I don’t believe that you have to move somewhere to make it big. If you’re resourceful and determined you can work anywhere in the world and be very successful. Who would you like to dress up? Women who genuinely love fashion; the kind that is comfortable, wearable, sophisticated, and fun –fashion. I want to dress up real people, personalities, celebrities, and hopefully men soon! What are you currently working on? Currently working a new project called: GIVE BACK NOW. It’s an exciting venture involving collaborations among creative souls and organizations that strive to make a difference in this world. You will find out about it more this month! What advice would you give a fashion newbie or student, looking to become a designer? If you want to become a designer, make sure you know your target market and the rest will f low. It’s not always about the design; there are so many aspects behind, around, over, and under that design. It is important to have that balance between being creative and business minded.
I don’t believe that you have to move somewhere to make it big. If you’re resourceful and determined you can work anywhere in the world and be very successful.
Photos: Hannah Bacalla
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The Love Yourself Project: What is your status? Villegas, Llewellyn Don "DeeDee"
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We just don't know it but we are all disturbed -- we have QUESTIONS in mind but we do noT ASK . Have you had that point when you look up at the ceiling and random thoughts pop out? Or that bizarre position wherein you lay on your bed face down and you just have the most ambivalent grounds? Because I HAD. I was staring blankly at some low cut bamboo shoots outside the terrace one Friday morning when a friend gave me a call. He invited me to this advocacy group of some sort which I have heard of but not familiar with. I was interested of this non-profit organization's strive for a more optimistic thinking and awareness. There was a quick stun though when I was later informed that this is a project to spread awareness on Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV. WHY? Because before I got that call, I was paranoid with what HIV is. Because before I got that call, I had questions that I dare not ask my parents about. Because before I got that call, I was planning to see a doctor and ask a medically-trained person him/herself about the topic at hand. I told myself "I should MAN UP." . At the end of the day, in spite of the hesitations and the fear, I volunteered. Running away from my fear of HIV was like running around an oval track -- I could always get ahead of it but I always see it at the same level as I am from the other side of the oval. Then I got tired, and I realized that running on a straight path with the most lucid thoughts is way better and less haunting. It was the first advocates meet, the speaker was right; when we hear the words HIV or AIDS, we then associate it with death or torture. That is where the disconnect happened. We tend to generate thoughts out of fear without the proper basis and education on this sensitive issue. I then admitted that my previous selfacclaimed knowledge was at a stupid level. I never feared the needle, and neither do I have feared blood; but for once in my life, I feared both when I had myself tested for HIV. Yes, there was an offered testing for STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) and HIV -- with consent that is; and on top priority . . .CONFIDENTIALITY highly considered . Everything was chronological. There was this pre-test and posttest counseling : all the important details you have to absorb before getting tested (WITH CONSENT THAT IS) and the things you may want to learn after which, of course after the test. Inevitable – when you have questions and what if’s at the back of your nods during the counseling. We should bear in my mind though, that knowing your STATUS is not about fearing the future but rather celebrating LIFE AT THE PRESENT. If we value our lives, then we should make the best steps for it not be at waste and no matter how cliché it would sound and how many times people would say this, “HIV is not a death sentence.”, and therefore there is LIFE after HIV.
That bliss of extreme level, some may call it ecstasy – of getting the answers you sought for the longest time. The fears that have been keeping you in getting some good night sleep. Who would not want that? I did and have. So what was I into? The Love Yourself Project, as this article is titled; which I would quote the definition from the person behind it, Ronievinn Garcia Pagtakhan (Manila) -- “The Love Yourself Project is the on-going pioneer project of Loveyourself Inc., it aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among the youth and key affected population through awareness, counselling and education.” The advocacy doesn’t just stop at being an awareness team for HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections. We would want to grow and be known as refuge to those who are willing but hindered in their own private ways. The SUPPORT from the people involved and the people behind The Love Yourself Project was comforting. There would never be one point of feeling alone battling against identity crises, sexual concerns and even the most depressing parts of the subconscious you. Aided with amazing people for education, counselling, training and etc. , the project is growing fast – the ONES which were only plans are now ONCE-planned realizations. Events are thoroughly planned and are satisfyingly made possible by the LOVERS (as what the volunteers are labelled). For the newly-formed Cebu team, it may be very young but the news of which is rapidly spreading. The one thing that made me smile about this project is the SEX POSITIVE mind set. Sex, maturely speaking , is vital. Never did the advocacy implemented abstinence on lovemaking; it’s about how to do it the LOVE YOURSELF way. It’s about safety and it’s about weighing things – PREVENTION is better than cure and I stand by that, but at the end of the day LIFE doesn’t stop when somebody acquires the virus. Rather, we see it as a new start of something life-changing. Embracing one’s core regardless of gender, religion, culture and HIV status is the true meaning of loving yourself. Officially, me being one of the pioneers for The Love Yourself Project in the Cebu chapter, steps up mainly NOT TO ENDORSE nor DO A MARKET; but rather to HELP PEOPLE WHO HAD THE SAME FEARS AND QUESTIONS that I had way back. YOU CAN reach out to us. YOU CAN reach out to me – whether in a private conversation or through a random talk when we meet along sidewalks. This article, if I may just point out the second time, dwells not on the technical side of The Love Yourself Project. This is giving a big importance on the LIFE-CHANING points one may have; or to point out a victor’s success in battling the fears and questions of being tested. With that said, feel free and fearless to learn more about the project fore mentioned through our site. Don’t you want to feel light? Don’t you need answers? Don’t you need someone to talk to? Those are just one click away http://www.loveyourself.ph/ . 59- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
Gestalt in a Nutshell
An organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts, i.e. “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” Thanks to a couple bottles of beer (more like a couple of cases) and a common friend, i met these boys at a spot near USC (no name naming here, I don’t want to get in trouble). It was the afternoon of an event that I helped organized and they were one of the bands in the lineup, it was also the first time I ever saw them preform on stage. Since then, and God knows how many cases of beers later, I’ve gotten to know this band and the members better. The band was formed back in 2010, composing of Ben Simon Robles on vox, Carlo Salazar and WencesEmmar “Seis” Sarabosing on guitars, and Jed “Mr. Beat” De la Torre on drums. After a few members and a name change later, the band established themselves as Gestalt, after a theory in psychology that believes that we see objects in their entirety before noticing their
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individual parts. The band recently welcomed a new member, Sherwin Calamba, to play bass for them. It’s really hard to point out what type of genre the band plays. But one thing is for sure, they’re very experimental with what they do. The band is inf luenced by Korn, Deftones, Rage Agents the Machine, Incubus, and Limp Bizkit just to name a few. Not to mention local artists here from the south and The Philippines. Their music is a little on the dark side, but it strongly voices out awareness to social issues through their lyrics. Pulse, it just wants to make you bang your head and jump into a mosh pit.
Gestalt – "essence or shape of an entity's complete form”
I got to sit down and actually have a serious conversation with these boys. Just the usual getting-to-know-you questions and updates about the band. What are you up to? (band wise, not what you are doing right now) Ben: We’re up to creating new stuff. Experimenting new tunes and having a fun time with our craft. Carlo: We’re in the studio from time to time recording the songs, promoting our music, writing new songs, playing gigs and loving what we do. Emmar: Just making the music which would somehow connect to people and be one with them for change. What drives you to make the music? Ben: The love and passion that we have to the world but primarily music makes us happy. Alcohol too. Jed: Peace, love, change and Booze! Emmar: It is when you have these mixed emotions that really drives you to let it out and makes you very eager to make some good musical piece especially when you’re angry about some sh!t happening in this system that is when originality and good music quality would prevail. Could you brief ly describe the music-making process? Ben: It DEPENDS. We have no “process” or rules in music-making. If one of the boys has something to offer we would give out our attention to that stuff and do something about it. Carlo: Very tedious and thought out. Every song that the band produces is a collaborative effort. Emmar: I can’t really describe the process. But all i do is sit in a quiet place or at the middle of the night it is when I find peace and where I could create some good materials. What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune? Carlo: Basically, we want to stand up for those voices that society tends to blend into the white noise of ignorance. We want to make a positive impact on society. We do not aim to be famous or rich for doing what we love, we just love making music and standing up for our cause. Ben: Spreading our main message of Peace,
Change, and Love. As long as it makes us happy then there would we be. We don’t seek fame and fortune. It’s about rock ‘n roll, the best lifestyle and dream. Jed: Seeking for something as a goal while in a band just destroys the fun that the journey brings to us. We’d like to enjoy it as much as we can. What do you think of the local scene and how can people support it? Ben: The local scene is gradually rising. It isn’t really big right now, but we’re very sure the local scene will have its time soon. People should go to gigs, buy the merch from the artists and most importantly, APPRECIATE! Carlo: The local scene definitely needs a lot more support. There are gigs weekly, but the listeners have to make an effort to come to the gigs, show the bands some love, open up their minds to different palettes of music and actually listen to what bands have to say. You recently released one of your songs,“Guns, and Aphrodite”.What’s next? Ben: We hope to release our first EP soon. *fingers crossed*, and we’ll be realizing another song soon. Sherwin: Its Tyrant coming up. Red horse or Lapad? Ben: Red horse with lapad! AYUS! Carlo: As long as it’s alcohol, we’re down for it. Emmar: I don’t drink. Joke. Red horse and lapad. Sherwin: i think i love it both hahaha Jed: Anything Goes!!
These boys are definitely not-your-averagelocal-band, playing tracks which just a little bit of everything in between and a lot of rock. You’ll definitely hear from these guys at your local gigs.Check out their Facebook page: h t t p s : / / w w w. f ac eb o ok . c om / Ges ta l t . Cebu?fref=ts Their song “Guns and Aphrodite” is up for download for free so hey, tune in.
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KaapiN: A Different Kind of Emotive
Words by Jessy Pearl
With the local scene expanding with acts that offer different tastes and preferences among a a culture that is starting to cultivate more artists to expose what they do best, KaapiN is one of those artists which will make you anticipate and quench your thirst for more. Originally from Cagayan, the duo's sound has reached our shores (our ears rather) when Michael "Kel Zee" Nuesca moved to Cebu for his daytime job and eventually met Brian Sacro of 1318 Recording Studio. While looking for a band name, Kel Zee was looking up on old Cebuano and Hiligaynon words, then they found KaapiN which means 'ally' or 'associate'. With Kel Zee wanting to experiment and explore with different types of music, and with Rotsanjani "Jani" Mojica's (the other half of the duo) taste for eclectic and crazy approach when creating music, and after other members who just wouldn't catch their drift, here we are with a different kind of sound: made by an alliance of two artists who are not afraid to try something we don't hear everyday. In all honesty it would be hard to find a definite word fit to describe their pieces. Like any other song among a really wide range of ambient music's related and derivative genre's, it's open to interpretation as it synchronizes with how you feel while listening as you delve into the complexity of the song. Personally, it's unfamiliar and feels like home all at the same time. It's like a new language through a construction of soundscapes that explicitly describes emotional states or attitudes. And with various elements present, it's obvious that there are a lot of gears being used. "(It's a bit) complicated, but we try to make it a little different from the recorded versions. Yes, (we use) software and hardware, apps and guitar effect pedals, toy piano, radio, glockenspiel, etc. Actually, mas hassle pa mag dala sa gear kysa mag play, but we don't mind..." Jani confides. Like any other artist, it's all for the sake of art. So what makes their sound distinctly 'KaapiN'? "I'd like to believe nga it's the combination sa ambient, ethnic, electronic sounds and layered vocals...pero who knows...maybe someone somewhere is doing the same stuff. I mean, yes, we sound a little different...pero I don't think we can really say nga "This is original" diba? Pero if naa gyud one thing, maybe it's Kel Zee's voice...a lot of people still ask us kung kinsa ang girl nga ga sing. Sa recording and live performance, aside from the common effects like reverb and echo...it's really Kel 62- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
Zee's voice." But respectively, they also have other musicians that inspire them even if the genre they fall upon does not come close to the type of sound they do. Jani likes The Cure, The Strokes, My Bloody Valentine while Kel Zee is into The Beach Boys and Kate Bush. Jani also shares his insight on what inspires them to make their music: "For me it's more like a force that drives me to write/ share the sounds in my head...It's almost like the desire that makes a man want to kiss a woman's lips... (it's like) one big ball of love and lust..." In this incarnation of KaapiN, the duo has officially released 3 tracks (Everyone's The Same, Freedom and Movements). At the moment they're taking it slow due to Kel Zee and Jani living in Cebu and Cagayan respectively but expect an EP to come out soon. After giving KaapiN a try I'm sure, just like myself, you're dying to know what they're going to come up with next.
KaapiN: Michael Nuesca- Vocal Soundscape Rotsanjani Mojica- Buttons Check them out at: http://www.facebook.com/kaapin.ph http://www.myspace.com/kaapin http://kaapin.bandcamp.com Photography by: Girome Medio www.grmphotography.co.nr www.giromediocracy.co.nr www.facebook.com/Girome.Medio.Photography Masks used is a collaborative effort by Michael Nuesca and Antonio 'Tata' Remedio of Fame Foundation.
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Discover Metro’s 2012 Holiday Collection
Metro Department Store in Ayala Center Cebu and Alabang Town Center showcase its “Metro’s 2012 Holiday Collections” featuring the creations from known names in the Cebu fashion scene – Arcy Gayatin, Mia Arcenas, and Yvonne Quisumbing were highlighted during the fashion event. Arcy Gayatin’s collection of classic, elegant, and effortless style is perfect for cocktails and evening affairs this Christmas season. Mia Arcena’s collection that offers luxuriously affordable pieces in plains and prints but comfortable styles that reflects the fun and laid back lifestyle of Cebu. And, if you are looking for classic and elegant cocktail attires that can easily be mixed and matched, check out Yvonne Quisumbing’s versatile collection. Stand out this holiday season with pieces from Metro Department Stores’ 2012 Holiday 64- BLANC MAGAZINE THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE Collections. Visit the -Metro Department Store at Ayala Center Cebu and Alabang Town Center.
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Karla Paula Henry bested more than 70 beauties all over the world and then she was crowned Ms. Earth. That moment the eyes of the world were all on her, elevated the Cebuana beauty to her pedestal. A whirlwind of fun and exciting events she had been gracing, some went even over board challenging her stand, physically and emotionally. Karla reveals the different side of being beautiful and how important beauty is to the world.
“It was very interesting... I had a wonderful time” she answers about her Ms. Earth experience. While she enhances her look, from the softer hues to the edgy one she tells, “I enjoyed being part of Ms. Earth and I love the fact that I got to be with all the girls and do the work behind it. At the same time it was hard for me to be criticized not just by the Filipinos but the entire world, the pageant industry especially. I was the beauty queen who got fat and all... I think it’s my one biggest regret that I didn’t do something and try to fix it then... I wish I could have done something before” she shares. As she changed to her next ensemble, I’ve been looking at how she manages to be in shape, back to the admired beauty queen and model figure. “Plain fact, I just love to eat... people always put around the whole bulimic thing and that I had this sickness and all that but i don’t. It’s a simple fact, I went to three major pageants in one year, basically dieted... and I’m not the person who diets, I love to eat... so for one year it was really diet and to be on top of my game. After that when I came home to Cebu I just wanna relax, enjoy and eat.. and that was a time that I gained a whole bunch of weight when i was here for two months straight”, she added. Karla was back to celebrate Christmas and New Year with her family and friends and a little bit longer in Sinulog where she represented one of Cebu’s best and most pride queens. “I just ate and ate, and I never loss the weight afterward. That’s the only story there is and I’ll put to rest this whole bulimic, 68- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
medical problem and such things that I had. It’s not true! The real story is: I ate, I got fat, and then I lost weight two years after...then I went back on shape. The misconception about it all is that they think I didn’t care, but I did. The worst part about it was that I would hear negative comments, the most negative comments would come from Filipinos themselves, which for me, I understand their frustration but at the same time they should still be supportive. It’s not gonna help me lose weight if they’ll be talking smack about me”. Openly she defends herself and shares how hard it is representing the country and being in the beauty industry as well. She humbly says “I understand all of them.”
Karla at her teens represented schools and has been joining beauty pageants. Later on, she struts herself to the runway to do modeling. Joggling up two industries, she shares her experiences. “If there’s anything I’d tell the girls; eat what they want to eat but they just have to exercise. For me my body is a little skinny but its not model skinny... I like voluptuous bodies” she says. From her renowned win, advocacies, and back to the runway she had left for some time, she shares her points of view and defines her two different passions.”The big difference is when your modeling you have to sell the clothes, when you’re in pageantry you have to sell yourself... they have to basically believe that the dress looks good on you and they would want that dress, that’s for being a model... they have to believe on what your selling, there is a connection that they want to have with you (in beauty pageants)” she explains. “It’s not just the walk, the attitude, not even the fashion...and something common between the two is that you have to be in full performance, you have to be emotera, not all beauty queens can be models and not all models can be beauty queens...” she exclaims.
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One should present themselves accordingly and dressing up is the key. “What is beauty without maintaining a certain image, if you plan to go to an event you should also be presentable... you’ll be becoming the face of something, like any endorser in the world, you always have to be at your best, image wise. There is a demand to always be fashionable, to wear proper make-up... its part of the job, and ultimately its part of being a woman. It’s about caring about yourself. They say just because you care about yourself you’re being superficial, its not. You should put an effort to look nice, proper, and presentable everyday. I’ve seen how people react to a beautiful person... I’ve seen how they react to a beautiful woman or a beautiful man. There’s a certain type of treatment to a person... if you wanna be treated that way, you have to put up an effort” she shares. She tied her hair and changed her look. “Beautiful for me is a woman who has goals, she goes where she wanna go... achieves what she wants to achieve... the woman who has ambitions and has the courage to take the steps to fulfill it. They’re not scared and they don’t hold back. I think that is a beautiful woman, powerful, independent and at the same time very humble... you always have to look back where you came from” she adds. Dressing up ref lects who you are. In the industry full of eyes and conversations, one should always be at their best. Karla dresses up not risking her personality. From hippie look, going short shorts pairing it with heels, and leans towards corporate look for formal affairs and business events. Corporate and formal dresses for her shows clean, classy and sexy; a little bit of sensuality with a more responsible look she says. The styles of Jackie O’, Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama are her favorites and to finish a look, she loves the 40’s famed red lips. Beauty, Set... Go! We bugged up and asked an intriguing question of choosing to be beautiful or being smart. Karla looked down, smiled and she shares: “I’d like to think I’m in both” she laughs as she continually supported her answer. “Being
smart or being beautiful?... does it mean if I choose beautiful I’m dumb?” That’s very difficult...” She paused for a moment and surprisingly. “I think I got to be beautiful, 100% honesty here... I got to be beautiful... I can learn to be smart, I can study if I need to... if I’m dumb and I’m beautiful, I can study and learn... I’d rather be beautiful” she says. “ There’s a certain way beautiful people act... I know its very cliche but beauty is power... It’s no offense to those who think they are not beautiful, they probably have low self esteem, but if you’re beautiful person and your up there talking about RH Bill, are you gonna listen to the beautiful or the ugly person talking?... I’d rather be beautiful, honestly...” she added. Practical and honest she wowed the team. Proclaiming her wit and grace, Karla still reigns. Wrapping up the conversation she says. “I’d like to think I’m a nice person, I also have a wicked side... I can be maldita sometimes... I think the people close to me knows... I’m a little bit of both I guess. All I know is that I have certain goals I wanna achieve, I have a lot of things and I wanna make sure I do all the things that I want... love... goals...”. Karla works with Ana Maris Igpit; Bb. Pilipinas World and Sian Maynard; Ms. Cebu for Wicked Sisters Events and Socials. With Karla being in the industry, an events business will surely make a busy year ahead...
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SPLEEN Photographer: Veronica Duszynski
Model/Art Director: Giuseppe Leccisotti www.giuseppeleccisotti.com; signed by Cm project agecy http://www.cmproject. net/scheda_portfolio.php?ID=127
Hair/Makeup Artist: Elisa Ferranti http://femmefatalelondon.blogspot.it/2012/05/femme-fatale-artists.html
Wardrobe/Fashion Stylist: Valeria Fumi http://loveisthebestfashionistherest.blogspot.it/
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JACKET: MARCO MANIERI NECKLACE: VINTAGE BRACELETS: STYLIST OWN RING: MARCO MANIERI
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adrift Photography: The Trend Reinvented
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Jacket: Rebecca Corsi, in Stivali jeans: Dolce & Gabbana, in Stivali shoes: Jackson Shoes Nacklace: THE
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Loudbasstard is a bamboo sound amplifier. It is not another generic speaker. Nor is it the loudest. But it offers the perfect equilibrium between music and conversation, making it a spectacular product when hanging out with friends in any location. It can be used for all iPhones, the iTouch, and other smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3. It is 100% sustainable, environmentally friendly as it requires zero electricity and is locally made here in Cebu, Philippines. We follow a platform of being environmentally conscious as want the filipino community to become more aware of the products they are purchasing and encourage a greener living. On top of that, we offer an entertaining product that is innovative and up to date. Loudbasstard merges organic producers and everyday consumers. We believe that you would be a great partner in advertising for loudbasstard and we would be honoured to pursue this avenue with you.
The two creators of it all are Koh Onozawa and Franz Ignacio. Koh is an anthropologist and Franz is a furniture designer but they knew they wanted to work together for a while. The uncommon pairing actually worked quite wellâ€ŚFranz being able to offer quality designs and Koh bringing in a social aspect along with a strong desire to help empower the Filipino community.
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LIFESTYLE At first it started out with the idea of making an iPad case they called “Butler”. When that didn’t work out, they were on the search for the next best invention. Initially the loudbasstard was inspired by Koh’s girlfriend Julie. They went out one night and Julie decided to use a cup to amplify music coming from their iPhone (smarter than the guys using their mouths to echo the sound). That simple gesture gave way to the possibility of making an actual apparatus for this sole purpose. Loudbasstard wasn’t created to replace speakers or your home sound system, but to provide a personal sound amplifier that is organic in design and environmentally friendly as it uses no electricity. Each piece is cut and dyed by hand, by local craftsmen here in Cebu Philippines. There’s an entire army of people behind loudbasstard. For whatever reason, a lot of people tend to purchase mass produced products. Leaving these craftsmen with a lack of demand. However by purchasing a loudbasstard you’re helping us help them provide for their families and ultimately improve upon their quality of life. We want to foster an economic growth. Everything we do in terms of who we employ and where we create, is all within the Philippines, specifically Cebu. We also pay homage to our cultural heritage
by using traditional techniques in cutting and shaping the bamboo. Who knows how to handle bamboo better than a family that’s done it for generations? Not someone who simply was taught how to press buttons on a machine. They learn one on one lessons from their ancestors. Finally, the Philippines is a jungle. Nature is something the whole loudbasstard team strongly enjoys. For the past couple weeks we have been going up to Cantipla regularly to enjoy exactly what the Philippines has to offer. Preserving the beautiful forests, whatever the main vegetation is, is key. Everything else just kind of unfolded and it became the awesome product that is now available.
Everything else just kind of unfolded and it became the awesome product that is now available. For more information, please feel free to visit any of the following: Website: www.loudbasstard.com Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Loudbasstard/285456004897739 Blog: www.loudbasstard.tumblr.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/loudbasstard Or you can search Instagram and Twitter with: #loudbasstard
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A Taste of Adventure
By Michiko Nina Gandionco
Little Saigon Big Bangkok brings to Cebu an authentic taste of Vietnamese-Thai street food. At LSBB you’re sure to get nothing but the best and freshest dishes, so prepare yourself for a deliciously guilt-free food trip that will absolutely keep you coming back for more. Carmel and her husband both love to cook and they both love to eat, but when her husband saw the potential in her, he encouraged her to study in an institution that would challenge her and bring out that passion where she ended up studying at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School in Bangkok where she learned professional Thai cuisine. While in Bangkok, being immersed in their culture and with all that street food, they basically asked themselves this when they got home to Cebu: “Why don’t we have anything like that here?” Which brings us to Little Saigon Big Bangkok, owned and run by Chef Carmel and her husband, Mark. Little Saigon Big Bangkok combines two kinds of cuisine on their menu, Thai and Vietnamese. Thai cuisine is known for its spiciness and variety of taste in a single dish and it is anything but simple, yet the medley of f lavors all blend together harmoniously. In Vietnamese cuisine,very little oil is used in cooking and each dish incorporates a lot of herbs. Most dishes are vegetarian, because of Buddhist values. So why did the Chef choose Vietnamese and Thai food? Simple enough, it’s understated. The f lavors can be subtle, just enough to tease your taste buds or bold enough to excite them. At Little Saigon Big Bangkok, they take their time when it comes to cooking their dishes. In their case, since every ingredient is fresh and each dish is cooked on order, time is essential. Other than time, what Chef Carmel and her staff put in their cooking is patience and love. The two cuisines themselves are difficult, but with enough passion, cooking it won’t seem as hard. Part of being a successful restaurant is to have kind staff members that entertain you and don’t merely ask for your order, but also help you to choose what to eat to avoid regretting it afterwards. If the menu seems all too foreign for you, don’t be shy to ask what they are. A tip to ordering at LSBB is to always ask if the dish is spicy or not, for those who can’t take the heat. Start with the basics: Pad Thai and Satay (not pictured). Pad Thai, one of Thailand’s national dishes, basically stir-fried rice noodles with a homemade tamarind sauce. Something familiar is Satay and it is similar to barbecue but without the char and grease that we’re used to eating. BanhXeo and Bun Cha are two dishes fun to eat because they require a bit of construction. Similar to a French crepe, Vietnamese BanhXeo is made from a coconut milk and rice f lour batter (no egg!) with shrimp, bean sprouts, and peanuts folded in between, served with their signature LSBB sauce and Ajar which is like a Thai version of Achara, lettuce and fresh herbs on the side. The construction part is to cut a piece of the crepe, wrap it in the lettuce with the herbs (mint and cilantro), dip it in the sauce and eat it. Bun Cha comes with soup, grilled pork, noodles, meatballs, cha gio (Vietnamese spring rolls), and greens. The soup is the center of the dish, and it’s up to you to add or dip what else is on the plate into the soup. If you’re feeling rather daring and want a dish that f lames your mouth, try the Beef Panheng Curry. The spiciness bursts in your mouth, so it’s best to eat it with rice. If you want something 154- BLANC MAGAZINE - THE BEST OF CEBU ISSUE
on the go, LSBB also has BanhMiVietnamese sandwiches, which is considered one of the best street foods in the world, with either beef or pork that has been smoked for up to 10 hours. If you’re planning to stay for a while, LSBB also has a wine selection. Getting stuffed and want to cool down? LSBB serves desserts, too! Since Thai desserts are generally complicated to make and ingredients are also uncommon in Cebu, the chef improvises withhomemade Mango Ice Cream (with kaffir lime and mint) and their happy accident—Chocolate cake cooked in a rice cooker. Yes, you read that right, a rice cooker. Think of it as sort of like a giant chocolate siopao(but way better) with peanut butter and kaffir lime—moist, rich, f lavorful. When dining at Saigon, you’ll notice a lot of lime and peanuts incorporated in the dishes, but why so much? Well, apparently these two ingredients are pretty much involved all throughout Thai cooking. Having traveled all over Southeast Asia, the couple had planned to tour the cities and maybe shop, but what started as an adventure to go see sights, ended up as an adventure to go eat food, and lots of it. What made Thai and Vietnamese street food so good for them was not on only how delicious it was, but half the fun was seeing the vendors cook it right on the spot. So, to get the real feel of street food, Chef Carmel and Mark chose not to put their business up in a mall, but in a house in Guadalupe. You’ll also notice that along with the dining area, the kitchen is also outside, so customers can get a sense of the street food vibe even more by being able to see their food getting cooked right by them. The power couple behind LSBB designed the place themselves, furnished the dining area with lanterns, a tarp and murals. Since LSBB serves street food, eating outside al fresco is part of the experience, although those who opt to stay in with the air conditioning can always do so. LSBB is also open to functions and events, and for customers, pre-orders and reservations are highly recommended if you’re not the patient type. Whileother restaurants are giving promos and discounts for you to eat more for less, Little Saigon Big Bangkok does the same thing, but with a healthy twist. For runners out there, you’re in luck. Here’s the breakdown for LSBB’s healthy discounts. 1.Anyone who has finished a 1/2 marathon (21K) or Olympic distance triathlon in the last 6 months gets an automatic 100 pesos knocked off of their personal bill. 2. Anyone who has finished a 1/2 ironman triathlon or full marathon and up (42k to 80K) in the last 6 months, gets 200 knocked off of their personal bill. 3. Anyone who has finished a Full ironman triathlon or ultra marathon (defining here as 80K and up) in the last 6 months gets 300 knocked off of their personal bill. If you have recently achieved another significant accomplishment related to your health and fitness not listed above, bring it in and we will consider it for a future round of healthy discounts. Everything else you need or want to know about Little Saigon Big Bangkok is all on their website:http://littlesaigonbigbangkok.com/
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CHAT AND CHILL CEBU
Take a break from the hustle and bu five of the best places to de-stress, r enjoy when in Cebu.
By Michiko Nina Gandionco
Sunday 2pm Café Probably the best place to spend your lazy afternoons doodling away on a piece of paper, drowning yourself in a book or getting pre-buzzed on sweets and caffeine for a night out with friends (or a night in with work). A cozy book café with an adorable and cute interior, you surely won’t get bored. Open from 11am to 11pm on weekdays and Saturdays, 2pm to 11pm on Sundays. Located at F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo, by Sarrosa International Hotel.
Dolce Café Belle Fleur While going to any other café may be all well and good, why not have a view of the city to go along with it? Dolce gives a relaxing atmosphere with the yummiest treats to boot! Not far from the city, you can enjoy the view of it from the top. Open daily from 7am to midnight, located at Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills, after Marco Polo Cebu.
Sprockets Coffee / Milk Tea Café Artsy and inviting, Sprockets serves you with a variety of Western dishes, coffee drinks and of course, Milk Tea. Inspired by the visual art that is Lomography, Sprockets is designed with a wall full of film photos and pillows in the shape and print of cameras. They also sell film cameras, camera accessories and film. Sprockets is a delightful place to hang out with your friends, especially on Trivia night on Wednesdays. Open from 11am to 11pm, Sundays to Fridays. Located at J Block Apitong Street, near Parklane Hotel.
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Open Mic Acoustic Lounge Casual, intimate and understated, Open Mic is perfect for the group of friends who want the fun of a party without the crowd of strangers. Open Mic is great for small groups and special occasions. Come for Movie Monday, Chill out Tuesday, Poker Wednesday, Acoustic Thursday, Party Friday, Karaoke Saturday, Valentine Sunday, open everyday from 6pm to 1am, Mondays to Thursdays and 6pm to 2am, Fridays to Sundays. Located next to Ligaya Compound Salvador Extension in Labangon.
Goombah Restaurant and Barcade Booze and games all around in Goombah! For kids who grew up with classic video games, this place will surely bring nostalgia to the good old days. With a row of vintage arcade games and a darefilled version of Jenga for your table, not forgetting Goombahâ€™s signature potion drinks, nights at the only barcade in Cebu are sure to be a lot of fun. Open from 11am to 2am on Sundays to Thursdays, 11am to 4am on Fridays to Saturdays. Located in between Postrio and Pancake House at Banilad Town Center
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Walk with SPERRY A . passion for the sea. Sailing its way to the Queen City of the South, Blanc welcomes Sperry Top-Sider Shoes. October 12, 2012 an American favorite shoe finally arrived to Cebuâ€™s very own shore. Sperry Top-Sider shoes a brand popular for its non-slip sole, classic design, comfort and its durability. It has been decades when it made its first step in the United States and making its sea side adventure with the US Navy. When it comes to world class sailing shoes, Sperry Top-Sider provides the ultimate in high performance footwear. As Sperry Top-Siderâ€™s vision, it is for people loyal to family and friends, who have a great sense of fun and their own personal style. Visit its newest branch at the Northwing of SM City Cebu. www.sperrytopsider.com
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STYLED BY: ROCKELLANGELO DELAMERCED
STYLED BY: LITTLE BVCK STYLED BY: YOANNA JAMES
STYLED BY : MATT AESTHETIC
Director of Possibilities/Proprietor, A-List Events, PR & Advertising Words by: Rockellangelo Delamerced
Cybill Gayatin is no neophyte. For me she isn’t one to get nettled by the stereotypes she’s most associated with. Growing up very academic, she avoided herself to be in the same pace as to her admiration for fashion. She would consider her current state to always have something to do with fashion but never in the field of fashion. As a matter of fact when asked if she considers herself stylish, she sighed and said, "Well, I know I’m not a tacky dresser nor a fashion victim.” A question she considers to be better answered by somebody else other than herself. Proving that whether you don’t literally do it, something innate just does it for you and for Cybill, it just comes out naturally. An International Relations degree graduate from Colby College, a former EIC of ZEE Lifestyle Magazine here in Cebu, daughter to the sought after Cebuana designer, Arcy Gayatin and at 28, a successful businesswoman (Proprietor/Director of Possibilities of A-List Events, PR & Advertising) with all those credentials up her sleeve, she is indeed one classy act to follow. Believing that style always has to do with propriety. “It’s not just about putting things together, but it’s also about wearing the right things at the right time. You can always dress a little crazy, but your clothes don’t have to scream for attention," she quotes. She would put it into a conclusion that right now she isn’t above trends yet. Although she wishes to get to point where she’s old enough to have a uniform but she thinks that the whole point of being young is to experiment and have fun with it especially when dressing up. STYLE YOU LOOK UPTO: My Mom (She taught me that style is about form and function); Olsen twins "It sounds like a cliché answer, but they’ve really proven themselves with their label, “The Row"; Kate Bosworth, Poppy Delevigne FAVORITE FASHION ERA: Now. Everything goes, there are no rules, and there’s a lot more freedom. FAVORITE PIECE IN YOUR CLOSET: My Elsa Peretti necklace, which was a reissue of a design from the 70’s CLOSET YOU WANNA HAVE: The Olsen Twins- Ashley’s clean and minimal pieces, and MK's vintage jewelry WHO DO YOU WANNA TRADE LIVES WITH: I’m pretty happy with mine, but for a day, Bernard Arnault. MUSIC: 90's rock like U2. Also, Adele and Amy Winehouse. FAVORITE SCENT: A Scent by Issey Miyake. It’s light and androgynous.
FAVORITE DESIGNERS: Locally, Arcy Gayatin, Edwin Ao, Protacio, Ivarluski Aseron, Joey Samson. Globally, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, The Olsens of The Row, Nicolas Gesquierre, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. FAVORITE TEXTURE/PRINT: Leather, tweed and lace, materials I grew up with. DO YOU LIKE FASHION COLLABORATIONS: Yes, it’s made fashion more accessible. It’s the democratization of fashion. Tailored navy blue blazer or velvet emerald shrug: The blazer. I have a fondness for androgynous dressing. Chanel quilted bag or a Hermes Birkin: The Chanel bag. I love the history behind it. I especially loved learning that Coco would store letters from her lovers in one of the inside f laps. Snakeskin or leopard print: Snakeskin, because it’s more subtle. Coco Chanel or Schiaparelli: Coco definitely, I’m not much of an avant garde dresser. TREND OR KIND OF DRESSING YOU NEVER SEE YOURSELF IN: Bodycons. I’m never going to be a Herve Ledger type of girl. I do not dress for men. I always dress for myself or for my girlfriends and gayfriends. COLOR YOU NEVER SEE YOURSELF WEARING: I’m open to any color, but I also don’t have a favorite one. IF YOU WERE NOT WHO YOU ARE NOW, YOU WOULD PROBABLY BE: I would probably be a fashion buyer. I had avoided a career in fashion partly because it’s what was expected of me. In retrospect though, few things in the world give me more pleasure than fashion does, so I would probably eventually end up in that field.
It’s not just about putting things together, but it’s also about wearing the right things at the right time.
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University of the Visayas, in partnership with Empire Creative Group, opens the first design school and new media in Cebu -- UVNS (University of the Visayas New School) located in the Gullas Medical Center in Banilad, Cebu City. At the start, it brings a whole new dimension of art and design which will provide Cebuanos to develop and further their creativity and talents. It offers three-month courses on visual design, photography and digital illustration. Other courses that will be offered soon are 2D and 3D animation, visual effects/motion graphics, video/film production and production design. Aside from improving the creative individual talents in creativity, the school will also promote entrepreneurship among students.
Photos by UVNS https://www.facebook.com/uvnewschool
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All roads lead to
It is a Western-themed festivity showcasing a country fair and a cookout for families who would want to immerse in the provincial laid-back life. The jam-packed two-day event was filled with games and prizes on the first western-styled festival in the province! The resortâ€™s pride is its big ranch with more than twenty international bred horses. The Ranch Resort has a growing accommodation to offer yet it boasts its horseback riding, large swimming pools, a bee farm, aviary, and a zip line with a challenging obstacle course. A sumptuous meal will delight your tastes buds available at Rodeo Grill restaurant and Waka Waka bar and Grill restaurant. Visit The Ranch Resort at Laguna Rd. Bato, Toledo City, contact nos. (032) 467-8417. www.facebook.com/TheRanchResort
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Mr & Ms Shots 2012 By:Keane Vincent Valencia
Hearts were racing as people were rushing here and there, doing last minute preparations for all roads led to the Rudolf Rahmann Cultural Center of the University of San Carlos – South Campus last October 4, 2012, Thursday night. The Olympian Productions in cooperation with the Students for Hospitality Organizations and Tourism Services (SHOTS) staged the 2nd Mr. and Ms. SHOTS pageant participated by the students of the Department of Hospitality Management (DHM). Supporters, friends and family f locked to the venue of the pageant as they prepared to cheer on their respective candidates. Meanwhile, the contestants braced themselves, expecting tough competition from their colleagues. Sashaying their way on the stage, dressed up in the most outlandish and over-the-top costumes of their assigned gods and goddesses, they introduced themselves one by one as the crowd roared in applause, cheering them on. The candidates for Ms. SHOTS were Marie Michelle Aimee Puche (BTM – 4), RoshelBernadette Katigbak (BS HRM – 3), Kara Louise Evangelista (BS HRM – 2), Brigitte Burato (BS HRM – 1), Kareen Ann Mercado (BS HRM – 4), Maria NoraineAnciano (BS HRM – 4) and Art Princess Jane Estrera (BTM – 4). Vying for the title of Mr. SHOTS were Jason AndrewAngbetic (BS HRM -1), Michael Joel Ardoña (BS HRM – 4), Gilbert Julius Cortes (BS HRM – 1), Alfredo Jose DelaCalzada (BS HRM – 3), Jonathan Maxim Po (BS HRM – 1), Clement Josef Intud (BS HRM -1) and Cullen Samuel Sagario (BTM – 3). Wearing the creations of Mr. Noel Inez, the candidates bested out each other in the fun wear, casual wear and formal wear competitions. Tight fitting brightly colored neon tones and shades of pastel comprised the fun wear collection. White sleeved polo shirts with gray spattered paint patterns and faded blue pants were worn by the guys and vintage disco chic dresses were worn by the girls during the casual wear event. Hues of red, silver and black dominated the ladies’ evening gowns while the basic black tuxedo, with some donning a silver coat and tie, were the men’s formal wear choices. To give time for the candidates to prepare themselves for the next round of competition, ShintaraCrisostomo, a first year BS HRM student belted out the hit song of Beyonce, Listen, to the delight of the crowd. Genes Tapales, a member of the Cebu Elite Beatboxer’s United, impressed the audience as he showcased his vocal abilities through beatboxing. A pageant would never be complete without the most dreaded question and answer portion. The candidates were made to choose a number from one to seven with each number having a corresponding judge to ask the question at hand. Event host extraordinaire, RomelPareja, graced the stage as the master of ceremonies. The questions, created by the organizers, had a range of topics testing the wit of the candidates as to how they can address these, holding up their poise emulating grace under pressure. From questions such as, “If you will not win the pageant, who would you want to win and why?” to “If you were to post a status in your Facebook page right now, what would it be and why?”, some candidates succumbed to time pressure and stuttered their way through it while the rest, with confidence and poise mustered the strength to speak out their answers boldly, passing the question and answer portion with f lying colors. As the pageant came to an end, the board of judges, comprised of Ms. Astrid Hernandez of Slimmers World International, Dr. Joel Mendez of Mendez Medical Group, Ms. RogelieCatacutan, Top 10 of Ms. World - Philippines, Ms. Mary Ty, fashion designer and headed by Mrs. Mary Ann B. Lumacang, Student Activities Officer of the University of San Carlos – Downtown Campus, came to a decision. The contestants have been judged accordingly and the winners were declared.
Here is the complete list of winners:
MR. SHOTS 2012 MS. SHOTS 2012
1st RUNNER-UP (MALE) 1st RUNNER-UP (FEMALE)
2nd RUNNER-UP (MALE) Cullen Samuel Sagario 2nd RUNNER-UP (FEMALE) Art Princess Jane Estrera
Jonathan Maxim Po Brigitte Burato Alfredo Jose DelaCalzada Marie Michelle Aimee Puche
Second runners-up were Art Princess Jane Estrera (BTM – 4) and Cullen Samuel Sagario (BTM – 3). Marie Michelle Aimee Puche (BTM – 4) and Alfredo Jose DelaCalzada (BS HRM – 3) were the first runners-up. They each won a sash, cash prizes plus gift certificates and products from the sponsors. Besting all the candidates were first year Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management students, Jonathan Maxim Po as Mr. SHOTS 2012 and Brigitte Burato as Ms. SHOTS 2012. Both of them took home a crown, sash, cash prizes plus gift certificates and products from the sponsors. As the winners of the pageant, they also get to represent the Department of Hospitality Management, together with the first runners-up, in the Mr. and Ms. SBE come February 2013.
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Published on Dec 14, 2012
Cebu, as the style destination of the country, continues to play its role in helping develop the country’s fashion. With Cebuano designers m...