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+ Donavon Frankenreiter George Downing Veejay Floresca Valerie Chua Piper Stull-Lane The Copes Mad Hatter Day Actually Not Here



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How do I even begin to explain how much this issue means to all of us. For starters, this caps off our first year in Stache. It has been a real roller coaster ride with all the bumps, loops and vomits but in the end, we all had fun and conquered our fears (i.e., taking chances, going outside the box). We are planning different things for our next year in kickass magazine-making and hopefully, the support will be as strong (if not stronger) than the past 12 months. We worked around the theme ‘photography in fashion’ for this issue and who can represent this better than the one and only BJ Pascual? He’s a fashion photography household name and if I’m not mistaken he’s on the speed dial of one of the most prominent fashion magazines in the country. The whole experience of shooting him was the most surreal we’ve ever felt. He was actually one of our dream covers and we said to ourselves, when Stache was only starting, that when we have him on our cover then we’ve reached the highest of the highs. And well, we’re definitely on our highest yet. To add to that excitement, we also got to interview Project Runway finalist and one of the up and coming fashion designers in the country, Veejay Floresca. We also got to interview international model, Piper Stull-Lane (via Skype, at 2 in the morning) and a new face in the modeling industry in the country. Rutherford Perez. For this issue, our ‘suki’ stylists Esme Palaganas, Lorenz Namalata and Vince Ong finally stepped in front of the camera. Finally, we had the opportunity to sit down (and have coffee and breakfast at 2 in the afternoon) with Sanuk founder, Jeff Kelley and international singer and pro-surfer, Donavon Frankenreiter. The making of this issue is probably the most stressful out of the last five combined. Opportunities are popping all of a sudden and we’re just thankful that we reached 6 issues. None of this is possible without your continuous support and motivation. So yes, cue cliche for the nth time, this is all for you. Maine Manalansan, EIC



EDITOR IN CHIEF Maine Manalansan



Contributors: George Downing is a 17 year old fashion photographer from Melbourne, Australia. Fresh and filmic, his photographs are reminiscent of summer. Equipped with a good eye for natural colors and angles from which the sun shines most gloriously, he captures the somehow subtle side of teenage angst.

MUSIC EDITOR Maan Bermudez


ART EDITOR Elisa Aquino

If you’ve been lurking the internet for a long time, then you’ve heard of The Copes. They are the wonderful sibling trio of extraordinary talent which can pretty much encapsulate what a perfect artistic family is. Gifted with wonderful genes and traits, they share their abilities through mindblowing visuals.

WEB DESIGNER Mary Silvestre



Jared Carl Millan Kristel Silang Angelica Florendo Hannah Magsayo Regina Reyes Maura Isabel Rodriguez Grace De Luna Karla Bernardo

Like a hidden gem that emerged from nowhere, Matt Aesthetic took the opportunity to shine bright. With his submission, he proved that our getcreative email can be put to good use. He is an advertising arts student in the University of San Carlos in Cebu.

You’ve probably heard the name Aidx Paredes somewhere and you probably couldn’t pinpoint where and when. He lives young, he is wild and he runs free (which is probably why you’ve stumbled upon his name already). This sleep deprived kid is worthy of getting published, in Teen Vogue o less, with his set Tuesday Muse.

PHOTOGRAPHERS Jelito De Leon Koji Arboleda Merphi Panaguiton Aaron Articulo Edrick Bruel

ILLUSTRATORS Marella Ricketts

This list fetishist (if there’s such thing) and coffee, tea and milk tea lover captures photos reminiscent of Julian Balowas’ Project 365 with her six-yearold Olympus e-500. Aside from this, Kit Singson also owns an online shop named Charm Bin and manages the band The Bloomfields.

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JEFF KELLEY X DONAVON FRANKENREITER We had the chance to sit down (and have coffee) with Sanuk founder/CEO/big boss, Jeff Kelley and international artist/pro surfer Donavon Frankenreiter.

words by Ellie Centeno photos by Pat Nabong







Okay, so back in the 90s you had this band called Sunchild, what made you decide to pursue a solo career? While I was in Sunchild, I was just playing rhythm guitar. I never sang, I never really wrote any songs, and we just played cover songs.

I’ve seen you covered The Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers... For a while we did a lot

When someone offers you an opportunity to meet and get to talk to someone you’ve been a fan of for so long in the flesh, you jump at it without second guessing, without thinking, even, and just say yes. This is exactly how Stache Magazine Online reacted when we were given the amazing chance by DJ Lambert of Jam 88.3 to meet international musician and professional surfer Donavon Frankenreiter along with Sanük’s founder and owner Jeff Kelley. Calls were made, a few squeals were exchanged, plans were arranged and a meeting the next day was set. Sitting down on the same table as people important you’ve previously only heard about, or seen, and getting to talk to them and touch them is such a surreal feeling. It’s almost unbelievable how they both were the most down-to-earth people we’ve ever met. Both Donavon and Jeff were hilarious, and they now occupy a special place in the hearts of the Stache team. Read on for the latest scoop on Sanük’s newest endorser Donavon Frankenreiter and company founder Jeff Kelley. DONAVON FRANKENREITER

Alright, ready? Yeah, okay, I’m ready! Is this

recording now? [picks up my phone] Hello? HELLO! Here we are. [laughs]

We’re very curious about your mustache, tell us about it. I’ve had this mustache maybe for 8 or 9 years. It’s just something that kind of happened over time. The mustache has kind of taken a life of its own, and then the guys at Sanük, they actually recreated the mustache and they give it away. I think they’ve made hundreds of thousands of them and they’re stick-on mustaches so now it kinda became its own thing.

of Pearl Jam, too. I loved Pearl Jam and still do, but when I met my wife, I always told her, “God, I wish I could sing, I wish I could write my own songs,” and she said, “You gotta try it, you gotta do it, and I want you to write me a song.” So I wrote her a song and sang it to her and one thing led to another. I wrote a bunch of songs, I learned how to sing, and I made my first record nine years ago, and that’s kinda how it all started.

Who can you pinpoint as your greatest musical influences? Bob Dylan, for sure. Jimi

Hendrix, I love. There’s been a lot of people along the way who’ve helped me a lot like Jack Johnson. He produced my first record, signed me with his label. He definitely started my music career in a way. There’s been a lot of bands along the way, too, like Dave Matthews [Band], Ben Harper, G. Love, they’ve all let me open up for them over the years, and it’s a big—no, huge thing for us to be able to open up for those bands.

How has surfing influenced your music and your life in general? Surfing has taken me all over the world, and I’ve been surfing since the age of 16, and I still surf professionally. I’ve sort of created this surfing fan base all around the world, from Brazil, all through Europe, Indonesia, to Australia, New Zealand and kind of anywhere where there is a surf culture, they know about me and what I do, so it’s kind of neat that later in life when I started my music career, in a way I had a built-in fan base. All I had to do was go back to these territories and introduce my music to them. I mean, it kind of took a while for all of it to come together, but it would’ve been a lot harder for me if I’ve never surfed, if I’ve never had that side of my life because then people wouldn’t know me. It all started with surfing. Now companies like Sanük have embraced it and go like, “Hey, we can take you surfing during the day then at night you can come play with us for a party.” So it has worked out in a way like surf all day, we play music at night and it’s this beautiful thing.





What’s kind of neat in the surfing world too is I could release a record in February, which is right in the midst of summertime in Australia, and then I can release it in June in the United States which is the middle of summertime there, and then release it in December in Brazil because it’s summer there. Instead of a worldwide release all at once, I could do it in a way that it’s sort of an endless summer release because you’d want to release your music in the right time, you know?

What’s your opinion on music piracy? Mu-

sic piracy is an interesting thing that all musicians and people that write songs have to adapt to. It definitely has collapsed the music industry, it’s a huge bummer in a lot of ways, but on the flipside, things like the internet have given artists a way to promote themselves like never before. It’s almost better for me when I release my new album to maybe just give it to Sanük and make it downloadable on their site for free just to get the music across. Nobody’s really going to go to a store and buy it, they’re going to look for someone who has it for free, so why not just give it to them and let them download it? But you can never take away the live show, you can never download that for free. If they want to see you live, they have to come see you. It’s a difficult thing, but on a lot of levels, it happens to everybody. Like if you come out and design a shoe like Sanük does, there are six other companies who are going to copy it, so you have to find a way to make it work.

What, when, where was your most memorable performance and why? I did

this one radio show where I was with Mavis Staples of The Staples Singers during the 50s-60s, she’s a gospel singer. That was a huge highlight for me because I love their music and I got to sing a couple of songs with her, it was incredible. Then I got to spend a week in Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles made all their records in London, and we filmed a DVD there called Live in Abbey Road, that was a great, great moment. I also remember one time I was on tour with Jack [Johnson] and I sat with him during the Austin City Limits Music Festival and played during his set. There had to be around 80,000 people and that’s the most people I’ve ever played in front of, I played my song ‘Free’ with him and that was really cool.

Do you remember the first song that you wrote? Yeah, it was a song called ‘On My Mind’. What was it about? It was for my wife. It

was my first song and I sang it to her. I was so embarrassed, I made her lay down and not look at me and I sat down so she couldn’t see me. I didn’t even know how to sing. I was like, “I wrote something for you! But don’t look at me!”

There is a long list of artists you’ve toured with like Matt Costa, Gary Jules, G. Love, is there a particular band or artist you want to tour with in the future? I’d love to tour with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, that would be great but I don’t think it would ever happen. [laughs] Wilco, I love Wilco. I love The Black Keys, too. It would be great to tour with Bob Dylan or the Rolling Stones. I’d love to come back here and open for the Black Eyed Peas. [laughs]

Okay, this is really off-topic but how do you keep your mustache and your hair healthy? [laughs] You guys want some beauty

tips? I’m in the ocean so much, so the sun, the salt and the ocean keeps it clean and dirty at the same time, I don’t know. With the mustache, you just gotta keep it trimmed. I think it’s the ocean.

Some words of wisdom? Never try to

compromise, and don’t do something because someone told you that’s how you should do it. I think whatever you do, and you enjoy it, you’ll be happy wherever it takes you. Whatever you do, you do it because you love it. And grow a mustache.



How do you get your inspiration for the designs of the footwear in Sanük? Back in the day it was just me, but now I have a girl and a guy to work with me, and all three of us are just constantly in design mode. Everything I look at, I consider how I can turn it into a shoe, like the carpet, the curtains, or the couch. I’m constantly in that mode so those things come easy. What made you start the whole idea of establishing Sanük? I was in the surf industry prior to Sanük so I knew the surf shop owners, and as a kid, I’ve always been into strange footwear, so I thought I’ve got the relationships so I thought of making my own shoe style, and these guys that I know would give me the opportunity to sell them in their stores. I pitched in the ideas, created them, promoted them in funny ways with funny people, and it all worked out really good. Who else do you have on board to endorse Sanük? We have several surfers besides Donavon, and we have a huge following of rock climbers, which is quite a fast-spreading sport in the United States. That’s been an asset for us. We also have

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crazy people with TV shows like Donald Schultz, who captures snakes for a living. [laughs]

so that’s been good for us. Mainly it’s about pushing the envelope and doing what nobody else has done yet.

How long has Sanük been around? I actually got the idea to do it around 1997. It was at the end of ’97 when I registered the name, and it took me about a year to get people together and get some money. So it was really ’99 when I put together the first collection of footwear.

After the whole interview proper, we were given invites to the Sanük private party the next day, which we also went to. It was a party thrown for the Philippine surfing community and the media held at Gweilo’s Bar and Lounge in Makati. Overall, this entire Sanük experience has been a wonderful one, and Stache has been lucky enough to be able to be a part of it.

What does Sanük mean? Sanuk is the Thai word for ‘fun’. It’s the happy face. How do you deal with the competition? There are a lot of other footwear brands that sell specifically for surfers, and the outdoorsy-type people? How do you continuously innovate your products to keep yourself above the others? First of all, with our closed footwear, the sandals called the Sidewalk Surfers have a patent, so people can’t copy the structure. They can copy the look, which many people have, but they can’t copy the construction. If you copy the look and you don’t build it the way we do, it’s not nearly as comfortable, it doesn’t function the same,

Visit Sanük at the following branches (Philippines): Ayala Cebu, Eastwood, Glorietta 4, Limketkai, Marquee Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM City Cebu, SM City Fairview, SM City Lucena, SM City Tarlac, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM The Block, Trinoma. Or at: http://www. Special thanks to: Vangie Chua-Chan, Macel Abejero and Ian Belleza | PRIMER Group of Companies Rob Chase | Sanük USA Lambert Cruz | Jam 88.3


This month is not just all about horror films. Here are three movies about fashion and around fashion (with all the necessary glitters and pizzazz).

words by Jared Carl Millan

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Anna Wintour is no high priestess of either Vogue Magazine or the fashion industry; she is the pope, and quite literally, people bow down at her feet. In R.J. Cutler’s 2009 documentary, The September Issue, which centers around the production of Vogue’s largest issue to date, spanning 840 pages and weighing over 5 lbs, we see how the most celebrated issue of the magazine is created, from conception and ripening of ideas to its final printing stages. And because this is a film about Vogue, it might as well be a film about Anna Wintour, and it is. We get a glimpse into the life of Anna Wintour as the editorin-chief of Vogue, how she runs it, commandeers it, molds it into the issue that she wanted published: every concept, every spread, every page goes under her decisive scrutiny, and when she does not like something, she replaces it, modifies it, gets rid of it. Anna in business meetings. Anna visiting huge fashion houses. Anna ordering around prominent fashion designers and photographers and staff, all cowering merely at the mention of their names. And because this is Anna’s film, we are also treated into the personal life of Anna Wintour however marginally and fleetingly: she talks about the influence of her father, editor of the London Evening Standard, Charles Vere Wintour, in her earlier career as a fashion journalist as well as her editorship in Vogue (“I think my father really decided for me that I should work in fashion”). She recalls when her mother used to send her Seventeen magazine, during which months were “high points of her childhood,”

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and reading British Vogue when she was fourteen, fifteen. In one of the scenes shot in Wintour’s New York apartment, a crew asks her daughter if she thinks she would be working for Vogue in the future, to which she pleasantly replies, “No… Sorry Mom,” as her mother looks at her somewhat disapprovingly and says, “[it’s] early days, we’ll see.” Seeing herself attending law school, Wintour’s daughter, Katherine “Bee” Shaffer, does not see fashion in the same light as her mother does. “She wants me to be an editor. I don’t wanna put it down but I never want to take it too seriously. Some of the people in there act like fashion is life. And it’s just…it’s really amusing, and you can make fun of them, but for that to be your career, it’s just…there are other things out there.” Conversely, in the opening part of the film Wintour says, “people are frightened of fashion, and because it scares them or make them feel insecure, they put it down…On the whole, people that say demeaning things about our world I think that’s usually because they feel in some ways excluded or not part of the cool group, so as a result they just mock it.”

who has time and again disapproved some of Coddignton’s works and ideas. In one scene Wintour discarded a series of photographs from Coddington’s Galliano-inspired photo shoot worth $50,000, particularly those Coddington liked best, which left her frustrated and upset. Working in American Vogue for the first time in 1988, the same day as Wintour did, the former model has eventually learned how to work with Anna (“I know when to stop pushing Anna, but Anna doesn’t know when to stop pushing me.”), and over the decades of working together, they realized how invaluable they both are in the magazine (“Grace is a genius. There’s no one that can visualize the picture or understand the direction of fashion or produce a great shoot,” Wintour admits later, “she’s just remarkable”). That is probably the reason why Coddington is the only person who has the guts to stand up to Wintour unrelentingly and gets away with it. Coddington understands fashion, not merely for what it is, but for the artistic value and historical context that goes into it, and as a result her shoots are always stunning and fresh and beautiful.

One woman, however, has managed to outshine Wintour in this film (if not equal her), and that woman is Grace Coddington, the Creative Director for Vogue. Whereas Wintour is severe and stern and cold, Coddington is affable and pleasant and warm, and the contrast between these two women lends itself further into the creation of the issue: Coddington, responsible for the many concepts in some spreads in every issue, is in constant butt heads with Wintour,

This may be Anna Wintour’s film, a film about her and for her, but the true hero is Grace Coddington, the star; Wintour sense of direction and strong personality and keen eye for detail are much to be admired, but Coddington’s profound mind and open heart and passion for the her craft is something most everyone would kill to possess. “She and I don’t always agree, but I think that in the years we’ve learned how to deal with



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To dismiss Zombadings 1: Paratin sa Shokot si Remington (Kill Remington With Fear) as a lowbrow indie film is to miss the point of it completely, because it is not, and it is also to say that one has not seen it clearly and properly. Jade Castro has put a lot of thought into the story and hard work into its filming and it shows. Our hero is Remington, who works in the morning and slacks at night and his mother is a policewoman, his father a resident bum. During a visit to the cemetery when he was a kid, Remington had a curse cast onto him by a gay man he had upset by his incessant teasing. The curse, the gay man grudgingly says, will turn Remington when he grows up a gay man. Fifteen years later, he is afflicted by constant nightmares involving a mysterious, BDSM-clad man while his town in Lucban is afflicted with mysterious murders involving gay men. As the curse predicted, Remington, slowly but without question, becomes gay. What surprises me about Zombadings is how it is presented: as a film that can easily be regarded as a slapstick film about being gays, a film that you can dismiss merely to entertain, and of course you can do that and there is nothing wrong with doing so, but of course there is more to it than that. If one looks

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at it closely, this is a film that has been conceived with a definite idea of what the writers wanted shown, a film its creators wanted to be more than just entertainment, and on these scores they succeeded. Using traditional methods of comedy, and at certain parts traditional methods of Filipino storytelling, they deliver their message, the “moral” or the story, if you will, camouflaged by precise timing and self-depreciating humor. As it happens, they are so well placed one might not notice that it is there at all. There is one powerful scene however that veers away from these methods and delivers the “moral” of the story headon, and the scene in this: Daniel Fernando’s character is pontificating about the ramifications homosexuality brings forth to the nation, where he basically says that gay men are the vermin of society. The viewer, however, does not get to hear the rest of what he has to say as there in the background are the sounds of a marching band, and in these his acrimonious soliloquy is drowned.

Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remingtong is not at all an anti-gay film, but uses the justifications for anti-gayness as foundations upon which the “moral” of the story is grafted (the murders, the teasing). All objective accounts considered, this is a film that one has to see regardless of their sexual orientation, because although this film centers around the theme of homosexuality on the surface, at its very core it is a film about love and acceptance and empowerment, a battle cry against those who say it is wrong to be who you are.


JAMS 52 words by Kristel Silang and Carl Millan photos from Jamilla Gonzales

Jamila Gonzales, commonly known as Jams, is an eighteen-year-old Filipina creative designer based in San Francisco, California. She is the woman behind, an outlet on which she exhibits her project she calls “Project 52”: every week, for 52 weeks, she will create one dress. An enterprise similar to Project 365, but with a twist. Jams loves to dress up. She loves wedges and platform shoes, and traveling and food and staying active (especially biking) are also some of her other interests. When she was younger, she would draw dresses, and even then her passion for her craft was evident. She is versatile when it comes to fashion and she is interested in art in any medium; the decades that influenced her sense of style are during the 50s and 60’s and even go as far back as the 20’s as well. She doesn’t plan her designs right away; she goes to the fabrics store and “look for a fabric that is begging her to turn it into something.” (She made a stunning dress from an oversized t-shirt.) What is amazing about her and the work that she does is that after she has bought fabric, it takes her only 6 hours to a couple of days tops to complete her dresses, and these she showcases herself around their home or around San Francisco when she goes out. Many of you might wonder why she started Project 52. According to her:

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“In the middle of my senior year of high school, starting 2011, it seemed like everybody I knew was starting a project 365 to document the big year that included our high school graduation, 18th birthdays, and the start of college life. I had no confidence in myself for documenting every single day, but I did really want to do something for the year. My friend mentioned how I should make something weekly instead, because this was when I just started sewing and altering dresses. The thought lingered with me for a couple of weeks before I decided I will do this project for myself. I wanted to get hold of my ambition while it was still burning. It also acted as a way for me to stick with fashion designing consistently, because I unfortunately switch hobbies often and too quickly and I wasn’t exactly ready to let go of fashion just yet.” It is surprising to know that even though she has Project 52, she does not really wear dresses most of the time. This is because the weather in San Francisco can be very cold. So instead, the dresses she makes through Project 52 she wears when going out on special dates. What has kept her going is the support of her friends and followers on Tumblr; every reblog or like or comment contributes to her sticking with her yearlong commitment. It is also with the help and support of her cousin, Beatriz Millare, and her friend, Julian Zabala, as her personal photographers that she is having a continuing success in this project. At the moment of this writing, she has created 40 of 52 dresses, a concrete evidence of hard work, passion, and dedication.

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The Thrifting Five by Maura Isabel Rodriguez

T he ukay-ukay has turned from shopping taboo to a recessionista’s fashion heaven. You have to admit that thrift shopping has come a long way here in the Philippines. Travelling all the way from its birthplace Baguio City; the ukay phenom has mushroomed across the metro and provinces down south, and even made its way to the internet via Multiply and Facebook. It has become every shopper’s resort when on the budget, or looking for one-of-a-kind items of envy.

So here’s a fun (fan) guide to 5 very random ukay spots around the Metro and Baguio (it is impossible to leave this place out). Rated in terms of accessibility, variety, difficulty, and even dustiness (a Claritin warning has been made for those of faint olfactory sense), may this make more enjoyable the art of the thrift.

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1. Mabunga U.K (2/5 stars) Location: Aurora Ave. cor. Araneta Ave. (in front of SM Centerpoint, beside Jollibee) Diffculty: 2/5 (The floor area is quite big thus requires more time to looks thru the racks) Dustiness: 1/5 (Air conditioned and free of any sweaty smells) Accessibility: Commutable via LRT2 and Divisoria-Cubao Jeep. Parking space also available. Variety: Shoes, bags, menswear, and women’s wear Specialty: Shoes - This Ukay-ukay chain (Yes, chain.) has branches along Kamuning , Cubao, Manila, and even Laguna. The clothes are quite pricey even on sale (they barely have the typical 3 for Php 100.00 perk), but the shoes can go down to Php 100.00 for a pair. Most of the time they have designer items mixed into the racks, so despite not being really cheap, it’s worth a shot. 2. The Ukay-Ukay Shops Along Edsa (3/5 stars) Location: The short stretch of Edsa in front of Robinson’s Galleria right by the bus stops Difficulty: 3/5 (Racks are usually jam packed and hard to sift thru) Dustiness: 2/5 (Air conditioned although not totally free of dust.) Accessibility: Commutable via Bus, San Juan- Rosario Jeep, and MRT. No parking space. Variety: Bedsheets, curtains, menswear, bags, shoes, women’s wear, children’s apparel Specialty: Apparel - One of the easiest thrift shops to go to since its accessible by jeep, bus, and train. The sizes of the shops in this area aren’t too big nor small, thus perfect for the first time shopper. They usually have a great shoe selection; although it is advisable to buy a few days after the “new arrival” sign is posted up (this would mean they’re either on 30% or 50% discount). What’s left during their “sale” days could be classified as “roda kill” pairs. Apparel prices start at around Php 200.00 – Php 400.00 during new arrival, then sink down to Php 50.00 on sale. 3. Raberly Ukay (3/5 stars) Location: Katipunan Ave. (walking distance from LRT2 station towards Ateneo) Difficulty: 1/5 (Clothes are properly hanged on the racks with a good amount of spacing for browsing leisurely.) Dustiness: 1/5 (Air conditioned. Feels quite clean and fresh actually.) Accessibility: Commutable via LRT2 and Cubao –Marikina Jeep. Lots of parking space. Variety: Bags, menswear, shoes, women’s wear, children’s apparel Specialty: Women’s dresses and shoes. - The ukay where you can find Micheal Kors, Dr. Marten’s, and Steve Madden shoes on some days. This place never disappoints, especially for the ladies. Their quirky and quite extensive (and notably clean) selection of dresses is worth their initial tiangge price of Php 250.00. Most of the women’s wear comes from Hong Kong and Japan, so expect lot’s of those weird cut,

overly-draped, and (possible) neon colored shirts. But the menswear is section is more tamed, and offers streamlined stuff from Levi’s, Marks and Spencer, and occasionally Y-3. 4. U-Need *Author’s Favourite (5/5 stars) Location: Perfecto St. cor Session Road, Baguio City (in front of Malcom Square) Difficulty: 4/5 (The staircase has broken or uneven steps; racks are jam packed with clothes; has clothing piles and boxes) Dustiness: 4/5 *Requires Claritin and/or a face mask Accessibility: Commutable via taxi, or walk. No parking space. Variety: Everything. Even oven toasters. Specialty: Shoes - This is literally a shoe mart. There are about 7-8 racks filled with shoes alone. Prices range from a meagre Php 70.00 for sandals, ballet flats, and simple sneakers, to Php 600.00 -800.00 for those Nike, Fila, Dr. Marten’s and Prada (Miu Miu spotted countless of times here) loving people. There’s even this section at the back for boots on sale starting at Php 100.00. Clothes in the sale section can range from Php 10.00-50.00; and take note you can find Php 20.00 J-Crew jeans if you look hard enough. There are actually 2 ukay-ukays along the way to U-NEED,which offer a good selection of clothes and shoes too (minus the extensive floor area and appliances). This area is a great spot for someone who only has Php 500.00 to spare, since you’ll be getting more than your money’s worth. 5. Hilltop *Author’s Favourite (5/5 stars) Location: Zandueta St. cor Hilltop St. (in front of Baguio city’s meat and fish market) Difficulty: 5/5 *Requires perseverance, strength, and a sharp eye Dustiness: 5/5 *Requires Claritin and a face mask Accessibility: Commutable via taxi, jeep, and/ or walk. No parking space. Variety: Everything. You might as well do your grocery shopping here too. Specialty: Everything - The birthplace of the ukay-ukay or wag-wagan, where tomatoes and cabbage sit beside Mary Janes and jeans. Here the term “ukay” was coined from the Tagalog word “hukay” which is literally “to dig”. Very well named since on the Hilltop (an actual hill by the way) your arm power is tested by shoveling through piles and boxes of clothes. It does call for a certain level of skill, keen eyes, and a bit of luck to find pieces of your liking. But with infamous prices as low as Php 5.00 for boots (tried and tested fact), gothic Lolita dresses (I personally own one), and those every trendy harem pants—taking on the challenge is well worth it. Combat boots and cute Japanese toys run rampant around this area as well. For men, there are a wide variety of collared shirts, jackets, and notable men’s slacks and jeans for only Php 20.00 – 50.00. At Hilltop buying something that costs Php 150.00 is very well considered expensive. This place is a must for every ukay lover. Call it a shrine of sorts, as well as an initiation for “thrifters” all over. To simply put—you have never really experienced “the” ukay, if you haven’t been to the Hill.

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THE COLLECTIVE exploring the wonders of 7274 Malugay Street, Makati City

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Home to a couple of Meidays and other remarkable gigs and music festivals, B-side, is surely one of the most visited places in The Collective.

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Vinyl On Vinyl can’t be spotted easily which makes it a reward for those who wander. This store sells various items from toys, collectibles and actual vinyls.

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If you’re craving for something filling and comforting, then you should head to Offbeat. With a wide selection of burgers, everyone can find their soulmate-burger-thing.

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Actually Not Here by Anj Florendo

It really is no wonder that these guys are in Music Production. These four talented musicians from De La Salle-College of St. Benilde came together one day for a run-onthe-mill jamming session and ended up with a brilliant idea to form one heck of a band, Actually Not Here. With the original members composed of Andrew Florentino on vocals and rhythm guitar, Andrew Son on lead guitars, Paco Santos on bass, Choi Padilla on the keyboard, and Ralph Camitan on the drums, they knew just had to. Unfortunately, Paco Santos and Andrew Son had to leave to take care of another commitment, ANH’s brother band, Mad Hatter Day. Soon enough fellow Music Production block mate, Erick Cachola, tried out for the position of lead guitarist and then eventually stayed. Choi then moved from keyboard to bass. With music bonding this brotherhood, they were surely given the task not only to create magic, but to inspire others as well.

Okay, you have got to admit, the band name is pretty clever. I can imagine you guys being introduced like “They are…Actually Not Here!” but really, you’re there. Where’d that come from? Choi: It came from Andrew (Florentino) and Ralph. Andrew: Like most band names, ours started out as a joke. Choi, Ralph and I were with our brothers from Mad Hatter Day on the way to Andrew Son’s house for some musical fun...The three of us had been thinking of a name for ourselves for some time, and the thought of introduc-

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ing ourselves in a witty manner occurred to us. Ralph: And It just stuck. Andrew tried it out, “hey guys, good evening we’re actually not here” Choi: Andrew (Son) and Paco started laughing inside the car and thought it’s a good name for a band (as a joke). They never thought that they would be part of it. Haha.

So, I’ve heard your songs and can I just say, they are so chill and feel good. It kind of reminds me of a mix of Anberlin and Phoenix… but I’m curious. How would you guys describe your own music?

Ralph: Honestly, we haven’t found our own “sound” Andrew: Each song of ours has a different feel to it. But our material is the type of music that you can easily imagine yourself listening to when you’re about to end a really good day…You’re playing Actually Not Here songs, while you’re driving in your car, feeling like an apple, and everything is just perfect.

Any influences?

Ralph: Bamboo, Matchbox 20, Kjwan, Andrew, Choi, Erick :) Choi: SNSD and Dirty Loops. Erick: Led Zeppelin, John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, BB King Andrew: Love and loss, escapism, irresponsibility, dreams and nightmares, ghosts.

Who usually writes the songs and is there anything/anyone in particular to peg as inspiration?

Choi: Andrew Ralph: Andrew Erick: Andrew. Kasi, If he writes it, he’ll be more comfortable singing it because, well…he wrote it and he can actually play around with the song. Andrew: There’s no particular person or thing I write about. There are times when I randomly think of this catchy lyrical hook, then write it down for future reference.

Love and loss, escapism, irresponsibility,

dreams and nightmares, ghosts?

Andrew: Pretty much. Hahaha. Sometimes I like to take a random word, picked out from a thesaurus or something interesting I had heard that day, and I build lyrics around it.

So, I’m guessing you guys already have recordings or videos you guys would like to share? Andrew: Time hasn’t been Actually Not Here’s

ductions, but it’s been nearly impossible, given all the schoolwork (education first!) and other personal obligations. We have a few videos of ourselves playing during a couple of gigs, and we do have acoustic tracks out but that’s all. Erick: “we’re not in a rush to make any EP’s yet, though. We want to refine our sound and keep gigging to find our strengths and weaknesses”

Where would we usually find you aside from CSB? Any usual gig places?

Erick: Danger Room! SDA’s 8th floor! Andrew: Ministop beside SDA, Taft, Danger Room Ralph: Ministop, Danger Room, where Am (Ralph’s Girlfriend) is. but no gigs at the moment.

Choi: What they said. Except for the Am part.

Finally, any words of wisdom?

Andrew: Art before money. Erick: Yeah, enjoy your music and stuff, don’t rush it. Like them on facebook!

friend for the longest time. We’ve been talking about recording demos to give to labels and pro-

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Mad Hatter Day by Anj Florendo

I’m pretty sure that if you close your eyes during the first time you listen to their tracks and their live performances, you could easily mistake Mad Hatter Day with the well known international band, Paramore. Now don’t get me wrong, we all know how huge Paramore became in a span of a few years, so imagine how big Mad Hatter could be give it a few more time. With already a working local and international fan base, this this kick-ass band actually started off with nothing but a phone call. The boys Paco Santos (bass), Pat Poblador (guitar), Andrew Son (guitar), Aki Suda (keyboard) and Cash Fuerte (drums), All Music Production students from CSB, were already in a previous band when they had to search for a new vocalist due to a few creative differences. That same night they called Mewa Cawad, Pat and Cash’s former band mate from high school, to ask her if she was interested in fronting what later on would be Mad Hatter Day. The band’s chemistry was instantaneous. A few jam sessions later, they were already hitting it off, original song in hand, and gig to polish it off. With their music’s amazing and head-bang worthy quality, and the mighty-bonded-bond these guys (and Mewa) have, this band will surely go far.

Your band name is really interesting…Alice in Wonderland instantly popped into my mind. Would it probably have any reference to that? Mewa: Yes, actually that’s exactly where we got it! If

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you’re familiar with the film and you check the Mad Hatter’s hat, there’s a number there…10/6. In other countries, they consider either June 10 or October 6 as Mad Hatter Day. Paco: It’s actually a recycled band name. Mewa, Pat and Cash were part of the original Mad Hatter Day.

What do you think about people constantly telling you guys that you sound like Paramore? Would you like to say otherwise?

Mewa: Sometimes I see it as a compliment; sometimes I find it sad. Like, when people say I sound like Haley Williams that would probably mean that I still haven’t found my own sound yet. Paco: I see it as a compliment to be compared to the likes of them but we’re not trying to be them. We got together for the love of music and it just so happens that Mewa’s a girl. Instrumentally, we sound heavier than Paramore.

Your original songs are really, really impressive. I mean, you hear people telling you guys that youre equally as good as Paramore and all that, but I was curious about how you guys would describe your own music? Mewa: Lyrically, I mostly write the songs so, thing is we don’t have a love song. It’s mostly about self-discovery, finding yourself and stuff like that and life experiences in

So, I’m guessing you guys already have recordings or videos you guys would like to share? Paco: Our music is just a melting pot of all our influences. Our sound is a bit heavy and I would describe it as angsty and intense instruments with melodic vocals.

Speaking of influences, who are your influences?

Mewa: We listen to so many things. I like Paramore and Anberlin, but I also like Minus the Bear and Phoenix. Envy on Coast was a big band for me though. I only started listening to female fronted bands after Paramore, so they were a big influence also. Andrew: A Day to Remember Cash: I like Devil Wears Prada Paco: Actually, I grew up listening to a lot of different music but for Mad Hatter Day my influences are bands like Secret And Whisper, Coheed And Cambria, Saosin and VersaEmerge.

Who usually writes the songs and is there anything/anyone in particular to peg as inspiration?

Mewa: Usually other people. I don’t think I’ve written a song that is directly related to any of my experience… never about me because I’d feel kind of narcissistic if it was about me. It’s weird, HAHA. Paco: Mostly it’s friends from Music Production. They’re really inspiring.

Mewa: We were actually supposed to be out with our first EP, on Mad Hatter Day, October 6, but we’re actually still in the process. Hopefully it’ll be out by this year. Aki: We’re actually done with two tracks, Battleground and Finding Atlantis. Cash: Finding Atlantis is on our sound cloud, but it’s not available for download. Andrew: So, If you want it, please please buy our upcoming EP! Paco: And thanks to Love One Another Sound Production for doing an amazing job with our tracks!

Where would we usually find you aside from Taft? Any usual gig places?

Mewa: Charlie’s Grind and Grill, Ortigas. That’s like, our post band practice ritual. Paco: And Mom and Tina’s! Andrew: We usually gig in Casa Nami, Saguijo, Route 196.

Finally, any words of wisdom?

Paco: Just remember that no matter how good you are, you’re not going to go anywhere if you are a total douche. Respect yourself and the people around you. We built this band on friendship, we treat each other as family and I think that’s the way it should be. Like them on Facebook!

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Digital Art words by Karla Bernardo photos from Shy Cabajar

Our nails are probably the most underrated parts of the body – the fact that it isn’t exactly tasked with a life-or-death function makes it easily dismissible and often looked over. Why care about the nails when we’re so busy doing other stuff with our hands: typing papers, balancing sheets, finishing plates – if anything, we probably have too much on our hands (pun intended) to even bother worrying about them. But their seeming inconsequentiality is actually what makes them the easiest and most effortless to style and make your own. The nails, all ten of them, are blank canvases that can serve as a venue for the stories you can tell through your designs, your art. They instantly character to your otherwise dreary digits, and they can reveal so much about your personality right off the bat. Best of all, they’re actually simple and low-maintenance – they grow out quick but are strong enough to withstand the daily wear-and-tear. It’s no wonder then that nail art is suddenly growing a cult of easygoing, artistic individuals ready to show a pop of color, one nail at a time. Are you one of them? I think most of us all grew up with moms (and aunts, and lolas) having this one suking manicurista, coming over every other weekend, with her basketful of tools and an entire spectrum of nail polish shades. You were infinitely curious about the variety of colors, often picking out something you liked for yourself and experimenting with them on your own, albeit secretly, from behind the manicurista’s back. Or what about that phase where, bored in class, you tried to paint in your nails using your colored pencils, or highlighters. Your permanent markers found their way onto your hands, and not the manila paper where your report should have been, and this made

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your mom go a little crazy, but you enjoyed it. The thrill of getting to show off your own sense of art through your nails is something you will never grow out of, long after you have given up the school supplies. But now, more than ever, people are not just finding it an extension of their beauty ritual, but a chance for self-expression as well. And what better way to do that than through art? Shy Cabajar, a nail art enthusiast, artist and blogger ( shares that her fascination with nails are representative of her art on paper as well: “Just like my drawings, my nail designs pretty much reflect how I am – cute, fun and delicately detailed but sophisticated simple.” They are easy enough to do that she can just design whatever pops out of her imagination depending on her mood. She started right after high school, just for the fun of it, but now it is evident that she is taking it very seriously while still enjoying every bit of it (as evidenced by the pictures of her nail art on her blog). Doing it on her own not only saves her a lot of money from paying at salons, but also gives her an opportunity to experiment on patterns and combinations she herself prefers, such as Japanese nail art, which she considers her favorite. “I check the net for different designs then try them out on my own,” she says. In the age where sharing our ideas and ourselves is made easier by the Internet, it comes as no shock that people are getting more and more inspiration from various parts of the world, even for their aesthetic pursuits, big things and small things alike, nail art included. With YouTube, Tumblr, and Google easily at your disposal, it wouldn’t take more than a two-minute how-to video to encourage you to go pick up your own shade and start painting.

Designing your own nails is not only more creative and artistic, it is much cheaper too. A simple shade can cost you just Php30 – 100 pesos. Depending on the brand, more diverse and unique colors may drop at around Php100 – 300 but generally they all still fall within the regular students’ budget. (Still cheaper than your daily frapuccino fix, actually!) The tools, meanwhile, need not be very expensive. While it helps to have the best nail cutter, cuticle nipper, or nail files, you can always do with your trusty old cotton buds and toothpick as well. They can even double as the material with which you could draw your more complicated designs. In the end, “it’s pretty much all about practice and hand control,” says Shy. What will make your nail art look flawless and intricately stunning are not the pieces of silver, but your own creativity. Do not be afraid to commit mistakes at first, which I’m sure we are all guilty of – like coloring “outside the lines” when it’s the less-dominant hand doing the job. Also, it might help to practice on cheaper brands of nail polish first, especially when you are

just starting out. You can venture out to the more expensive ones once you are sure they won’t go to waste. But what you must always remember is caring for your nails; they may be low-maintenance but that doesn’t mean you should completely forget about them. Every few weeks or so, you have to take off your nail polish to allow your nails to breathe. This avoids them from turning yellow – and gives you enough time to think and contemplate about your next design, too. It is safe to say that the growing fascination with nail art would not be going away any time soon. With people like Shy not afraid of trying out new and fresh techniques, we can be sure that the allure of having brightly colored nails would just ring louder. Besides, it’s about time we reward our hands with the attention they so rightfully deserve, and letting them bear a creative representation of yourself can do just that – what’s not to like? Let the painting begin!

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BEAUTY KIT MUST-HAVES list by Thea De Rivera illustration by Marella Ricketts

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FASHION WEEK This season we try to be more fasyown than usual.

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ALEXANDER WANG: BIKER CHIC A rack full of perforated taffeta, bright flashes of tangerine, violet, teal and body sculptured knits, the risk taker that is Alexander Wang streaks off streaks off starting blocks with a show dedicated to the street stylish sportswear. His inspiration was clear from the start of the show: Motor Cross and BMX. “I’ve been looking at Motor Cross, Nascar racing, and all those clothes that guys wear”, Wang said backstage at Pier 94 last September 2011. Wang transformed typical boring racing suits into a collection with an innovative touch, mesh cut-outs and a sporty easy-to-wear feel. Zippy blouses and tiny skirts, colored polo shirts layered through the geometrically engineered sweaters and leggings. Colour-blocked in burgundy , ochre, white and botanical pants paired with biker tops and matching skinny pants – stalking vigorously down the runway on high pointy heels. Despite all the patterns, everything came together with consistency and modernity. Wang also came up with drawstring dresses with plastic zips and multiple pockets that is a perfect alternative for maxi dresses and the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. Alexander Wang will always have that sophistication that made this show a New York winner.

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DIANE VON FURSTENBURG: TRIBAL PRINTS AND COLOR BLOCKING Inspired by Africa and 9/11, Diane Von Furstenberg unveiled her SS 2012 Collection that was no doubt infused with bold and vivid colours, chic shapes and crisp tailored silhouettes. When DVF came out for her bow, she was handing small American flags to the crowd, not only for 9/11 but to show the message of her show: OPTIMISM. Elegance is unmistakably Diane’s identifier. Mixing tribal prints with colour blocking made the collection pop. She used colours such as orange and aqua which were the emerging key colours this season. The variations were just everlasting. Combining soft palette and novelty tops, for a more tailored look, felt feminine and modern at the same time. DVF Spring 2012 runway was a little bit of everything. From men’s wear to lady like inspired looks, from pant suits to floral dresses and clutch bags to messengers, Diane definitely knows what women want.

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ELIE SAAB Runway royalty, Elie Saab, presented another show that is thoroughly breathtaking. He delivered a remarkable array of sultry gowns in citrus hues with sexy silhouettes, significant of Old Hollywood glamour. Think Katherine Hepburn and Jane Russell. It was ready to wear at its finest. Saab’s ultra Sexy Spring delivered a strong and sexy line. The colors in question: off white, golden yellow, tangerine, emerald, and sapphire were presented in the runway that order, with Anja Rubik opening the show. Sequins were his biggest statement that evening. The line was feminine and sensual, with body-hugging silhouettes, sparkling sequins and lace embroidered bodices. Tailored pantsuits with tie necks and sexy asymmetrical necklines was also seen in the show. The craftsmanship of his gowns was just breathtaking, it could take you to a dreamy journey to high end world of fashion. Although many thought he repeated near identical styles, Saab’s collection is what women want. With a strong emphasis on color, gleam and classiness, the designs from the collection understands sophistication and sexiness.

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MARC JACOBS: THE TRENDSETTER Lexington Avenue Armoury was decorated like a dance hall situated in the twenties to make room for one of this industry’s accomplished showmen, Marc Jacobs. After the scandalous departure of John Galliano, the substitute seems to point to only one person and that is Jacobs, of course. It is only fitting that Marc gets offered the job because not only that he presents the important show in terms of setting trends but he also really puts on a show. From choreography to every minute detail, this show sure was a stunner. Jacobs’ collection is anything but boring, mixing gingham with fringing, chiffon with cellophane and modern shapes with vintage styling. The line was a mélange of bizarre elements starting with the see through plastic cowboy boots. Out of this world fringed bags, gorgeous cropped jackets, and stunning, bunched fabric skirts made their way down the runway together with more daring boldly hued sequins, sheer slip-like gingham dresses, and plastic skirts and dresses, for a collection that appeared to take influence from a variety of decades and style. It was a wilful mix of different decades and aesthetics, from 50s prom dresses to 90s nylon sportswear. High gloss and high voltage, this collection was a foretaste

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VIVIENNE WESTWOOD: WHIMSICAL AND WILD Lanvin gave a few words with regards to the quirky Vivienne Westwood “I agree with Vivienne,” he was quoted as saying, “that art rests as the centre of human existence.” These notes also said: “The collection has three main influences: China, because I hope their traditional wisdom and experience going back to Confucius may help us to save the planet; the desert, because of climate change; and 17th Century corsets.” When the 16-year-old Kylie Nash-Baker, started playing the piano, it gave the atmosphere a sort of a romantic feel throughout the show. The first look: a torn spider-web-knitted blue and black dress paired with massive platforms made you think of ruined royalty. The brocade and tapestried corsets was meant to resemble an armour according to the designer. As the models walked in their dreamy vamping pace, Westwood provided us a story. Sexy high platforms and holey socks sure were poles apart but it was mixed in such cohesion that it looked marvellous. Standouts included embroidered oversize corset jackets, a grungy loose silk evening gown with bold silver sequin stripes and trailing points at the hemline, and a group of boned and corseted lace gowns that looked as light as air. Her poetic collection ended with

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VEEJAY FLORESCA words by Ellie Centeno photos by Maine Manalansan

Most people wouldn’t peg a jeans-shirt-sneakers outfit combo as ‘fashionable’ and ‘stylish’, but they sure haven’t met Veejay Floresca yet. He came into his shop’s receiving area wearing a black Captain America shirt from the newlyreleased Folded and Hung + Marvel Comics collection, skinny jeans and a pair of nice sneakers; nothing too fancy, but he sure as hell looked amazing. I’m not sure how he managed to look so great in such a simple outfit, but he is Veejay Floresca after all. Veejay Floresca is a 26-year-old Filipino fashion designer that has been making huge waves in the fashion industry for a couple of years now. He was in the Top 3 of Project Runway Season 1 and has been continuously bagging fashion awards and garnering recognition in both the local and international scene. With this exclusive interview with Stache Magazine Online, Veejay fills us in on the ups and downs in the world of fashion.

What got you started in the fashion industry? When I

was still studying back in college, I met Randall Solomon, who is a fashion designer and a businessman, because of the Paris Competition that he and I joined. He offered me a job and said “Veejay, why not after graduation, come work with me, and you can use my shop as your shop if ever you have clients.” Ako naman, syempre go lang. I accepted it and that’s where I learned how to basically manage a boutique. I handled meeting with clients, and try to do on-the-spot designing, I also learned how to talk to sewers to endorse the design, and how to buy the fabrics. It was a good thing because I was exposed in this kind of business as early as 21, and then after a year, I decided to put up my own kasi medyo nahiya naman na ako. [laughs] I left exactly after one year but it was a good separation, I left with him and I in good terms.

We’ve seen that you do a lot of bridal pieces, what made you go into bridal fashion? I didn’t plan to con-

centrate on wedding gowns but a lot of people are coming to me personally to make their wedding gowns. It all started when I did my first wedding, which was a total disaster. Alam mo ‘yon, parang I remember I cried because they weren’t happy. It was my first, and it showed. Parang ginawa ko siyang learning experience. I was just so thankful because it was my cousin who got married, kaya medyo naintindihan niya ako.

always try to do another one. It’s not as crucial as a doctor’s job, na parang if you commit a mistake, someone will die or an architect, ‘pag mali yung design mo, pwede ka ma-sue. Unlike in our case, people come to us kasi gusto nila magpaganda, I mean, it’s just clothes. If magkamali ka, you can always redo it, at least you learn. So back to the first wedding scenario, I did everything again. As in dumating na dun sa point na nag-abono pa ako just to satisfy and make my clients happy. So sa awa naman ng Diyos, in fairness, as in bumili na sila ng back-up sa Divisoria kasi nga kinabahan na sa sobrang chaka talaga. But when I delivered the new gown, she was happy naman. Sinuot naman niya yung gawa ko kasi mas maganda naman talaga! [laughs] That was my first talaga kaya naman ang dami lang na errors.

How was your experience in Project Runway? I really

consider my experience in Project Runway as the platform that made me get accepted as a designer. After joining the competition, I really gained respect, to be honest. ‘Yun ‘yung parang nasabi na ng mga tao na, “Ay, designer pala talaga si Veejay.” Kasi when they saw Project Runway, they saw Project Runway wasn’t really easy. It was not just about being a designer, because at the same time, you execute everything by yourself. Plus you’ll be judged pa, alam mo ‘yun? There are a lot of you vying for the prize in the competition. It helped me to learn how to manage my time, to become a versatile designer. Ang routine kasi naming talaga nun is kain, tulog, tahi. Wala yung parang one day, wala kami gagawin. Parang ganito, 7 a.m. gising na kami lahat kasi 9 a.m. yung simula ng taping, so bibigay na ni Teresa [Herrera] yung challenge naming, tapos bili na agad fabrics, then straight to showroom. At the same time, we’re not allowed to browse magazines, watch TV, or even listen to music so wala talaga kami paghuhugutan ng inspiration. Kulang nalang i-blindfold kami papunta dun sa bilihan ng fabric. But at the end of the day, it’s very fulfilling. To be honest, when I joined Project Runway, gusto ko lang talaga makapasok sa Top 3, and I was very vocal about it during one of the interviews. I mean, I wanted to win but I felt that Aries [Lagat] and Philipp [Tampus] needed the prize more than I do. When I joined Project Runway kasi, it wasn’t the prize that I was after, it was more of the exposure and the challenge na parang, kaya ko talaga gawin ‘to.

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If you were given the chance to dress anyone you want, who would you pick? Sa local, I really want to dress

Gretchen Barretto, I find her really beautiful. I also want to dress Vicky Belo because I think it would be very challenging. I also want to dress up Jinky Pacquiao, yung mga ganun kasi different women with different styles or personalities. For international, I’ve always been a fan of Charlize Theron and Jessica Alba. Pero yung gusto ko talaga, as in yung pag nadamitan ko siya, yung mapapagmalaki ko siguro is pag si Queen Elizabeth II in the UK.

What do you consider as your greatest achievement so far as a designer? Pwede ba ‘achievements’? [laughs]

Kasi I try to look at everything I do is equal and as precious as the others. I won Best Up and Coming Designer in the Fashion Asia Awards this year, because I was chosen to represent the Philippines. There was also the Paris Competition, Project Runway, Japan Fashion Design Competition in Tokyo. But more than that, I always consider as an achievement yung pag nakita

kong masaya yung clients ko. Parang nagkaka-fashion orgasm ako. [laughs] I don’t see fashion as the way to create clothes, but I see fashion as being a part of someone’s life, especially in a wedding, which is one of the biggest events that could possibly happen in a person’s life, and to be part of it, and the bride is wearing something you made, sobrang fulfilling lang talaga. Kaya naman nakakaloka yung pressure kapag wedding gown yung ginagawa. There are designers who once they feel the pressure, nawawalan na ng gana. It’s just a matter of being open-minded, and being patient. In this kind of business, it’s not always what you want. It’s about hearing what your clients want and incorporate what you want for them. It’s always a collaboration between the designer and the client.

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Everyone’s got that certain dream and 18 year-old Industrial Design Major, Rutherford Perez, is no exception. I had the chance to sit down and talk with this promising young talent about his goals, the future and his surefire plans to enter the world of modeling, not with a fizzle but with a bang.

doing something, you would do anything just to be successful in it and be able to do it for a long time. Like, for example, me being a freelance model and just starting in the business, I tend to accept good projects that are offered to me because it will be very useful when you start to build up your portfolio; And if you’re persistent enough, that’s how you’ll get recognized.

How did you start getting into modeling? I’ve

What are the necessities that a model should bring to every photoshoot or go-see? Make-up,

been really interested with modeling way back but I don’t have that body type that models here in the Philippines usually have. When I saw models whom I have the same built with making names internationally, I decided to take the chance and attended the go-see for last year’s UST-CFAD Fashion Show, “Cirq Regal”. Fortunately, I got in and that was my first modeling stint. After that I tried attending other go-sees and luckily, my second modeling stint was for Wrangler Philippines during the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011. Ever since, I never hesitated to attend go-sees whenever I get the chance. One of the perks of being a freelance model, by the way.

What change has modeling brought into your life? What changed? Hmmm. Since I started modeling,

I learned much more about fashion, meaning I learned to dress better and stuff. I also learned how to mingle with different types of people. I got to meet cool new people too!

What are the important things a model should always remember? I’m still new to the business

and I’m still learning new and different things as I go on through more experiences. So as for aspiring models like me who are just starting to get into the business, never hesitate to try things. Just, go for it. If you really love

clothes and other things are usually provided by the team during photoshoots so you don’t to worry about that, unless they tell you to bring something. Pay close attention to reminders that they tell you because that’s very important. I guess, you just have to prepare yourself, physically, mentally and emotionally. Don’t put on products if you’re going to have a photoshoot because that will give the make-up artist or hairdresser a really hard time in fixing you up. Try to avoid looking stressed because that will bring effect on how they see you as a model.

Complete this sentence: I love modeling because _______________. I love modeling because it’s fun! It really is.

Photos from -Cirq Regal Fashion Show (by the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design last Feb. 9, 2011 at the NBC Tent) - Photo by Danee Coromina -Wrangler Philippines at the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011 - Photo from Wrangler Philippines ( wranglerphil) -Pintig Tomasino 2011: Viaje - Photo by Arkitrato (Official photography organization of the UST - Architecture.

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PIPER STULLLANE words by Ellie Centeno photos by Livia Alcalde

Having been stumbled upon by Stache Magazine Online on’s newest faces, and through the help of his mother agency Heffner Management in Seattle, Washington, we had a one-on-one Skype interview with Piper Stull-Lane, an up-and-coming model from California, who’s got a lot more to offer than just a handsome face, and has recently been making quite a buzz in Milan and Paris. Heffner Management has also placed Piper with Nathalie Models Agency in Paris, Fashion Model Management in Milan and Select Model Management in London.

Tell us about yourself. I was born just east of San Francisco.

I’m 20 right now. I go to Oberlin College, which is a small liberal arts school in Ohio. I’m studying Environmental Studies and Sociology there. I sing and play piano, and I work for our alternative school newspaper and for a zine dedicated to graphic art. I have two older sisters, one who works in Kenya and one who lives in Nashville. I’m really into trying new things. That’s the whole reason I even got into modelling, really. I was actually visiting a friend who lived in Seattle when I was “discovered”, or whatever you call it.

Well, then you’re very lucky! Most people go through great lengths just to get into the whole modelling business. How were you discovered, and how did you take the offer? I was visiting my friend in Seattle two summers ago,

and we went to this ice cream store. I was pretty sick on the day it happened, so I was wearing this massive hoodie sweatshirt with my head covered. I’m still kind of perplexed as to how Jamie Fish (my agent) even saw me. Anyway, I was sitting on a park bench right outside the ice cream store, and Jamie approached me and said she liked my “look”. I knew nothing of modelling, and I honestly just laughed. I was really uncomfortable at the time. She gave me her business card and told me to come into the office. I took it, but I was leaving Seattle soon so I had no intention of going. My plans changed though and I went in, took some pictures, and got signed all in something like two hours. It was really fast. During the school year, I flew back to Ohio, but Jamie contacted me saying there was interest in Milan and Paris, so I spent last summer in Europe for Fashion Week.

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Oh, so you’ve done runways for Fashion Week already? Under which designers/companies? I didn’t do

any shows this time, but I did some spreads for a magazine. I was spending a lot of time writing and just getting to know the industry, you know? I did get callbacks for Comme des Garçons, Yves Saint Laurent, and a couple others. It was an eye-opening experience [for me].

Did you like what you were exposed to? Do you see yourself getting into the industry in the long run? I was

taken off-guard for the most part. I think I assumed everyone would be really superficial and the industry wouldn’t care about the models, but I was fairly wrong. I was excited to see that in the models’ apartments, there were artists of all sorts, and I met some fascinating people. The fashion industry really overlaps with many other entertainment industries: acting, photography, cinematography. It was jarring in the best of ways. The designers were also unique and a few of them had great senses of humor. I made some awesome friends while I was abroad. As for the long run, modelling is something that is working out right now, and I’m enjoying learning about something I’ve never done before. If it continues to be insightful and enjoyable, for sure I’ll stick with it.

I think that’s what everyone initially thinks about when they encounter stories about the modelling industry – the superficial vibe of the whole thing. Now since you’ve had a taste of what’s it like, is there any particular designer/company you want to work with in the future? I really liked Comme des Garçons’ most recent collection, and ACNE is also among my favourites.

How would you define your style of clothing? I don’t

spend too much time thinking about it. I usually wear pretty fitted jeans and sweaters. I’ve been described as ‘hipster-y’ before, but I dress pretty simply I’d say.

Do you have any sort of beauty regimen or routine? I

wash my face and shower—nothing too special. I use lotion if my skin is really dry in the winter.

Any last words for our readers? I guess just that modelling

really surprised me. It gave me a lot of confidence, but it’s also not everything. Models have a lot [more] to offer other than being attractive [laughs].

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STACHE SUKI STYLISTS 2K11 Here are three household names when it comes to stying our photoshoots. It’s finally time to step in front of the camera.

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ESME PALAGANAS words by Maine Manalansan 1. Tell us about that time when you first realize that you have a knack for fashion. I believe

it was then time when I stopped buying Barbie clothes from Toy Kingdom (because I thought it was too expensive) and started cutting handkerchiefs and pillow cases for my Barbie dolls to wear.

2. Who are your style icons? I’m amazed with

Mary Kate Olsen, Karla Deras, Erin Wasson and Taylor Tomasi - Hill’s sense of fashion. They’re eccentric, they’re crazy, they don’t follow rules. They’re the rebels in fashion, they’re influential, they take risks. They kick ass.

3. How did you get started in styling? Before

getting into fashion, I was really into photography and of that I joined our Photography club back in high school. Mid way the year I realized I’m more interested on what the subjects were wearing (and actually enjoying editorial/conceptual shoots more than product/ landscape shoots) than the actual subjects. Since I got bitten by the fashion bug, I became more involved on styling our subjects than taking photos. Then one thing lead to another, my friend and I just started having photo shoots for the fun of it, then online brands started asking for help and then I started a blog (2008). Since then, styling became a fun sideline for me.

4. What do you consider as your big break? I

wouldn’t call it a big break but I do consider it as a big experience in the styling arena. When 9 Works Theatrical was staging the local production of The Wedding Singer, I became an assistant for their head costume stylist, Rosanna Aranaz. It was a fun and amazing experience, I love fashion, I love the 80s and I love musical theater, it was everything I love in one experience. It was a gratifying experience.

ing in the industry that I would be pursuing. A season after that I became an assistant and then an associate. Aside from working with The Wedding Singer, I consider joining Runway Productions as the one of the best and biggest experience I have. It taught me a lot, I met a lot of people who, in a way, share the same interests as I have and work really hard to be the best. The experience opened my eyes that it’s not all about the designers or the brands, there are a lot of things that can either make or break a show and a lot more people to be grateful for.

6. What do you think of the current state of the country’s fashion industry? Philippine fashion is raw. It’s evolving and everyone’s excited for it to grow, to go places and to be known.

7. Tell us about the most memorable shoot/ show that you styled. I don’t have that much styling experience compared to other people but I have to say it’s while I was working as an assistant in The Wedding Singer. I love the frothy dresses and the cheesiness of the 80s!

8. What are you top 5 closet staples? I believe

very wardrobe should at least have a classic white button down, a pair of black (preferably motorcycle or leather) skinnies, a denim chambray, a black (or white) maxi dress and a pair of black heels (or low heeled combat boots). If you count that, that’s 8 pieces all in all. But whatever. Best rule in fashion: Never follow rules.

5. We heard that you were in last years Philippine Fashion Week. How was your experience? When I joined Philippine Fashion Week back 2009, I was intern and it was my first taste of what it’s like to be working under someone and to be work-

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LORENZ NAMALATA words by Hannah Magsayo Lorenz, 18, is a sophomore at De La Salle- College of Saint Benilde pursuing Fashion Design and Merchandising under scholarship. His interest for a career in the fashion industry is just but natural since he considers himself creative and a very hands-on person. He has been part of their school’s style hub, TheSDAProject and also manages his own brand of made to order blazers called Fifth Code. A budding design student who has interned for Dean & Trent, Topman and a local designer, he has sights set high in the world of fashion.

1. Can you share to us one of your fashion disasters? Like, you think the outfit is cool but you realized now that it’s not cool. One time, I wore a tight fitting shirt with rolled up sleeves plus tight cropped pants and high-cut sneakers thinking it was cool. I really forced the issue on that outfit despite the constraint feel of the clothes. It made me realize that although comfort needs to be compromised with fashion sometimes, it necessarily doesn’t mean it should take the back seat.

4. Does fashion affect your life? I mean, what changes has been made in your life. It does, it

does. Fashion is not my end all and be all, per se, but it is my priority in a way that I want to penetrate and be successful in this field. If there were any changes fashion has brought into my life that is the need for me to stay in a dorm in Taft and commute all the time to Divi to buy fabrics. Haha!

5. Message to those not people who wants to be fashionable but they are afraid. Fashion

is intimidating to be honest and I had my own hesitations about getting associated with this world. But in the end, fashion is a medium for expressing one’s own individuality and how he or she wants to be perceived by others. Everyone has their own style and they just need to polish, refine and build their wardrobe and all that takes time.

2. Who are your favorite inspirations? Design-

ers such as Simon Spurr, Hedi Slimane, Calvin Klein, Gordon Richardson and Scott Sternberg as well as the stylish looks of celebrities such as Zac Efron, David Beckham, Ryan Gosling and Kanye West all inspire me in my own personal style.

3. When did you start styling? College was really

the springboard for me if you will. Studying and getting exposed to the fashion industry little by little made me interested in styling other people and giving them a look that I think is best and will suite them. Opportunities then presented themselves thanks to the people I have met and it’s all about grabbing these chances and seeing where it leads you.

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VINCE ONG words by Regina Reyes Vincent Ong is a nineteen-year old stylist. A Cebuano, an Information Design student, a graduating Atenean, and a past intern at Stylebible – Vince really has done a lot of work in pursuit of his passion, and succeeded in doing so. He is also part of the Stache team now and - yes, we are lucky that we will be working with him during shoots! This chinky, super cute Chinese boy has a long way to go, but I’m more than definite that he will make a name for himself soon.

1. What made you decide that you want to be a stylist? Umm... I didn’t? Hahaha! I guess I just

wanted to try it. (More rackets = more money! Hahaha!) And it seemed interesting, I guess. I had a friend who always wanted to try it, and when I was an intern with StyleBible, I asked the then-EA [editorial assistant] if she styled and she said no. A few weeks later, she became a stylist for a TV show, so I thought kaya ‘to. So I asked Elisa Aquino if I could help her style and art direct her shoots (but what she really needed that time was a stylist ‘ata). That’s how it started, I guess.

2. Who are your style inspirations? For personal style, the late Francesco Cominelli was

one. Wait, Pharrell, too. Basically, anyone whose getup catches my eye. I try to break it down in my head a la the Sartorialist, but it doesn’t always work. [laughs] For styling, Grace Coddington, definitely!

3. What staple clothes do you recommend every girl and guy to have in their closets?

Umm... Good underwear? LOL! Girls, this really, really matters. Learn how to get the right bra size. I know it’s weird coming from a guy, but doesn’t that make it more credible, too? But please get the right size and always wear the appropriate kind. Then the classics--ugh, I’m such a hypocrite for saying this so I’m gonna stop. Instead, if I had a car, I’d always have the following in my trunk: Tsinelas, black shoes and socks, underwear, plain T-shirt, light jacket or cardigan, red polo shirt, sunglasses, perfume and a hand towel, and sanitizer. For girls it would be shoes, flip flops or slippers, nude or black heels, jelly wedges, little black dress, red dress, underwear, t-shirt or tank, shorts, light jacket or cardigan, perfume and sanitizer, and a caftan.

4. Are you brand-conscious? As much as I’d

like not to be, I am... Just a bit. But I try not to be. But presentation really matters to me. I find it so hard to shop in department stores and ukay-ukay because everything is just there. I can’t process it that fast when I’m not looking for anything in particular. Equally, I’m too intimidated to go in Adora and Homme et Femme [because] some brands really have better quality.

5. How can one improve his/her style? Oh my

god! If I knew, I’d have better style! [laughs] I guess everyone’s romanticized it: by knowing who you are (and your body---body type, skin color, etc.). But I really think it’s more than that. As much as sticking to one signature style appeals to me, I also think it’s boring--but how are people gonna remember you if you just wear anything? I really don’t know how to answer this question, because I’m trying to figure it out myself.

6. What’s your advice to the young people who are interested in styling? Umm... Oh, god. I

guess they should just go ahead and do it. Try it if they like it. As with any creative profession, a good work ethic, practice, networking and exposure (a.k.a. luck) are important!

7. What is one piece of advice that we can get from Vince Ong? Style-related. As much

as I love leather---I’ve always had a natural inclination towards it before I realized this whole fashion thing---I do believe that we have to STAY AWAY from leathers of endangered animals. Like those corals that were in the news earlier this year---I know they’re not leather but poor creatures! And for what, accessories? And just this week, I read on T Magazine, I think, how nautilus shells are slowly becoming extinct because they’re being turned into fake pearls and other accessories. My point is fashion should stop unnecessarily killing animals that are slowly becoming extinct! Fauxs and vintage are acceptable, though. But people shouldn’t just claim it’s vintage so they can wear it. (Yes, I feel strongly about this. If cows could still be eaten after their leather/skin was taken, that’d be super great! The same goes for other animals.)

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BECOMING words by Elisa Aquino and Aaron Articulo photos by Pat Nabong and Koji Arboleda creative direction by Thysz Estrada styling by Lorenz Namalata and Vince Ong

Already having had been interested in photography as a child, he recounts how he first brought a camera to school when he was in grade four. His interest for photography strengthened through the years, although not considering photography as a full time job earlier on in his life, for it was simply not an option back then. It’s past twelve in the afternoon at The Collective. Tables and chairs are still on top of one another. The shops are closed and a group of teenagers anticipate the arrival of their muse. We try to keep calm, though impossible, and predict one another’s reactions towards meeting the muses of all muses. I, for one, knew I was going to expel tears of happiness but that could wait when I get home. He comes in and the first thing we notice is his fiery new hair color, both pleasing and shocking to the eyes. He brings with him his collection of clothing, both from international and local designers. He greets us with a smile, shakes our hands and apologizes for his absolutely forgivable tardiness. We all melt. He looks away and we stare at one another in disbelief and start to giggle, promising one another never to wash our hands for it has already come in contact with our icon, our muse and our idol. The fabulous, red-haired photography prodigy—BJ Pascual. At the exceptionally young age of twenty-three, BJ Pascual is already one of, if not the most, in demand photographers in the country. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Cavite, he studied in Parsons School of Design and International Center for Photography in New York after discovering he was not meant to be a Computer Science major in De La Salle University in Manila, his alma mater. At his unbelievably young age, he already has a mountain load of accomplishments, having shot covers for Preview, MEGA, Chalk and other magazines plus his first international cover for Surface Asia Magazine, which was recently released. He has shot countless fashion editorials and advertisements.

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He started experimenting with fashion photography as a college student having started a very successful shirt business, Animoism, with his friends. He would borrow his friends’ DSLRs and shoot their catalogues for collections. After a few features, he bought his own DSLR after college then started shooting for teen magazines like Chalk and Meg Magazine. He even published an editorial before heading to New York for further professional training. BJ describes his photographic style as either very dark or very sweet. He finds inspiration in everything, as cliché as it may sound, from documentaries to picture books of wars and other random things. Locally, he looks up to fashion photographer extraordinaire Mark Nicdao and art director Vince Uy and now he also got the opportunity and honor of working with them. And, he believes that vision is the most important thing every photographer should have. An inspiration to young photographers all over the country, he has the rare talent to create different worlds. For every photograph he shoots, he has the ability to lure viewers into it, getting them lost in its beauty and magnificence. Amidst all the apparent fame and success he has been receiving in the short time he has been shooting, he remains humble and grateful. Believing that he, for one, hasn’t gotten there yet, but he is where he wants to be. We do believe that he has and he will continuously be going places with his camera in hand, his vision and his extraordinary eye for beauty. And don’t forget his red hair, yes.

When did you start with photography? I started when I was very young. The first time I probably brought a camera to school was when I was in fourth grade.

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Did you already know by that time that you wanted to pursue photography or was interested in it? Not at all! It was simply an inconsistent

(on and off) hobby of mine during my grade school and high school years. During college, not so much, because I was adjusting with life in (the city) Manila since I am originally from Cavite. After college, that was the first time I bought myself a camera. I remember when I was in grade school, I was using a point and shoot and during high school, I always borrowed my uncle’s film SLR.

Which high school did you go to? I went to St. John in Cavite.

I know you went to La Salle, what course did you take up? Did you finish it? International Stud-

ies. Yeah, I finished it. The story behind that is, I was actually in Computer Sciences originally but then I realized that it wasn’t for me. I wanted to shift to Communication Arts, which I’ve wanted to do ever since (have an arts-related course). When I shifted to Communication Arts, my CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) was insufficient so I went to another Liberal Arts course as a buffer. When I was about to shift to Communication Arts, my grandmother said that I should just finish my course and after I finish my degree then I can do anything I want. After La Salle, I worked here in Manila for a bit and had a few published works and features in “bagets”/teen magazines (in Chalk, Meg, etc.) and an editorial for Chalk and Meg before I left for New York.

So you were already shooting when you were in college? Yes! I was just borrowing my friends’

cameras because we had a t-shirt business (Animoism) and we shot the catalogues/lookbooks in studios. We earned from the business so we bought lights and other equipment and that’s how we got to practice photography. We got featured in some magazines which is also how I was able to meet some magazine editors and other people from the fashion industry.

Out of all the types of photography, why fashion? Well, ever since I was in college, I already loved

fashion (in general). I already liked to dress up back then thus the shirt business. It was already my practice when I was young, shooting clothes, and I was already a fan of magazines back then.

What do you think are the characteristics of a good photographer? Well, I think a photographer

should have a good eye for whatever he or she wants. You must have vision on whatever image you want to be translated into your photographs. You also have to have good work ethics because the people you work with will always be the people you will see and meet all the time. You should build a good working relationship with them. Also, you have to continuously promote

yourself. And you have to be cautious of your work.

What advice can you give aspiring photographers who want to and are already pursuing photography? Keep practicing! We all need practice

and you should always have a vision. Vision is very important. Before shooting, you must already think of what you want to see in your images.

What was your childhood dream? When I was

young, it was never an option to be a photographer. My family was very traditional. Of course they wanted us to become doctors and lawyers. I also didn’t think that I could actually make a living andearn through photography. I only realized it after college. I tried it out and the response was okay. My childhood dream, like other children, was to be a doctor.

Do you ever compare yourself with other artists? Of course when you’re just beginning as a photog-

rapher, you’d want your style and your work, in general, to be similar to theirs. But, in time, as you go on, you’ll discover what you want to do. My idol when I was beginning was Mark Nicdao. He was my most favorite photographer and when I was in high school, he was just starting out. When I met him, oh my god, the first thing he told me was, “I love your work.”

Are there any other artists that you want to collaborate with in the future? Here in the Philippines, there are a lot of talented people! For photographers, my favorites are Charles Buenconsejo and Roy Macam. They’re really, really good!

Do you have favorite models for shoots? Of

course! Pauline Prieto and my favorite now would be Manuela Basilio. She’s the runner up of Ford Models search. Also, Danica Magpantay.

Can you call yourself successful now? I think it’s

too early to tell. I really feel that those who are successful are those with longevity (in their careers). I haven’t been around for too long.

But it’s undeniable that you’re already famous, are you used to it? Aren’t there people who approach for you and ask for your autograph… etc. I’m usually very shy and I feel like I look silly whenever these things occur but I really am happy when people do that. Our culture today is very celebrity-oriented so when they approach me, I realize that celebrities aren’t the only people they recognize. I find it heartwarming when people come up to me, telling me that they like my work. It really makes up a bad day.

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So, what’s next for BJ Pascual? Do you think you’ve already attained all your goals/dreams? My first international

cover was published (Surface Asia). I would like to do more of those.

What was your most memorable shoot? A lot! There were a lot of memorable

ones because they were really good and others, because they were really bad. Some of my favorites would incude my first shoot with Pauline (Prieto), the Apocalypto-themed one. It was my first time shooting her and her second time modeling for an editorial but she really impressed me! In a shoot, everything’s supposed to jive: the hair stylist, stylist, clothes, location and the model. Everything needs to be okay. When we were shooting, I already loved the first photo. I was thinking, “This is it!” I couldn’t believe that she was only a newbie. Ever since then, we’ve already been such good friends.

What’s the most memorable shoot because it was your worst one? It wasn’t really the worst but the events were amusing. It recently happened during the day when Typhoon Pedring struck Manila. That was a

Tuesday. I had a shoot for a campaign and when the others arrived, the electricity went off. I made my driver go back to Cavite to retrieve the generator but he was taking so long! Later on, I heard the news about the typhoon already in such terrible state and I was thinking maybe he was already getting lost. Anyway, the electricity went on again and we started the shoot. After one layout, he came and then the electricity went off again. Apparently, generators need to be plugged in houses so we just plugged the extension to the generator so what we had plugged in were only the studio lights. We were shooting in the dark and we were using a flashlight so I could focus. We did that for 10 layouts! It was so difficult.

Who and what are your inspirations?

Inspiration can come from anything! It depends but as cliché as it may sound, everything inspires me. For every shoot, it’s different but in general, anything. This is the only country where pegs are popular. In other countries, they don’t know what it is. Usually in shoots, I just create a mood board. I just put whatever pictures I could get from anything, like documentaries, picture books of wars, it really depends.You really can find a lot of inspiration everywhere, not only from fashion.

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I think that to create a good story for my editorial, I shouldn’t just get a single shoot for my peg and just copy the whole shoot. Of course when I was a beginner, that was exactly what I did but in time you would be able to exercise creating stories in your shoots. That’s why I keep saying that it’s important for photographers to have great vision so that your ideas would translate into photographs. You can’t just copy someone else’s style or depend on another person’s editorial for the success of yours.

Are there certain times of day when you get your inspiration? Usually before I sleep since I usu-

ally have a lot of thought running through my mind duuring those times. What time do you sleep? Actually, I don’t! Kidding! That’s why my eye bags are like this. Uy, pa-retouch ah [glances over to the photographers]! Since other than shooting, I also edit the photos.

How long do you edit one picture? It really de-

pends on the whole team’s job. It usually takes me an average of 40 minutes to an hour.

So what is your creative process? Well, that

really depends on the assignment. Usually, in a perfect, ideal world we do pre-production first with the stylist and we talk about what we want to do. As much as possible, we meet up then we create a mood board and then when that’s done, we shoot. When you’re shooting, of course a lot of things can change and differ from your original plans. When that happens, just go with the flow…and let your creative juices flow [laughs]. You just have to make it work. That would depend on how you would make it work. What is important is that you have to make it cohesive so just adjust. Music is also important in shoots but I’m more focused on what’s happening to the shoot itself. After the shoot, we review the pictures and we pick the best. I usually just do that by myself but when I’m working with Patrick, we do it both that’s why I love working with him. We bring out the best in one another. Editing is also very important. It doesn’t need to be super edited.

something to say. On the other hand, sometimes when people criticize, you’ll realize that they make sense and that you should just do better next time. Of course there are days when you really like your work and other people won’t since you really can’t please everyone. It really just depends on you if you’ll follow their opinion or yours. What’s important is what really want since it’s your work. It’s okay to criticize other people’s works, just make it constructive.

Do you still get excited when you receive calls/e-mails/messages regarding job offers/ shoots? Or are you used to it now? Of course there are times when I feel like it’s work but for others, like in Rogue and Preview, I get really happy and excited because I know the shoot with turn out really great.

Do you say yes to all of them? Not really. I

learned to say no to some. There are times when I get really tired so if I shoot in that state, the turn out is really bad. You just have to prioritize which ones you really want to do.

What’s your artist statement? I really like to

imagine and fashion photography allows me to do just that and to create different worlds. Everyday you get to create a different world, especially when you do an editorial.

Are you going to stay in this industry forever? Yes, feel ko ito na yun eh. This is it.

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How do you feel/deal with criticism? You should also know where criticism comes from and take everything people say with a grain of salt since there are a lot of people who criticize just so they could have

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Valerie Chua

Words by Maine Manalansan Photos by Tricia Gosingtian and Valerie Chua

Painting is one of the most tedious art form there is and Valerie Chua seems to have mastered it. She is a BA Humanities graduate from University of Asia and the Pacific and currently working as a freelance illustrator and painter. Her artworks, which are showcased on her blog Quiet Girl, have gained praises and recognition from people all over the world. Armed with her love for fashion, her illustrations (with usual subjects of women) are nothing short of stylish. With the soft tones and style of her paintings, it’s undeniable that her work is reminiscent of national artist, Botong Francisco.

hatred for art and the activity several times. I only realized that I really want it when I was in 2nd year college and that’s the time I started exploring different mediums. It’s hatable because it’s tough but I think I was only able to accept the difficulty this year.

Why ‘Quiet Girl’? I am a quiet person in real life. Most

How did your works evolve to fashion illustration? I’m actually not a fashion illustrator! Haha! Although

of the time I opt to listen to other people’s stories than tell things about myself. I’m not a good communicator so what I hope is that my feelings will come across visually to compensate for my lack of verbal eloquence.

When did you first realize that you have a talent in drawing? Until now I still believe that I’m not a

talented person. I firmly believe that things such as these are sought out for. A professional classical singer once told me (on tone-deafness), “all the notes is inside you, it’s up to you how to let them out” and I think this idea applies to a lot of things. I think everyone has potential to do anything although this potential is unlocked depending on how you treat it, how obsessed you are and how hard you work on it. So many times in life, I’ve rejected drawing, I’ve aired my

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What are you tools of trade? I use watercolors,

acrylic and gouache. I like painting on paper. Sometimes I make digital collages out of my works though I haven’t been doing that recently. Whenever I want to play around, I paint on my Moleskine.

a lot of my works are derived from fashion and clothing. A lot of times I make clothing the focal point of the work. I often want my works to tell stories and I make sure that the subject’s clothes are coordinated with the environment/feel of the work.

Does your fashion style affect your drawings?

Yes, I think so! I’m very much attracted to Japan’s Mori Girl (Forest Girl) subculture so I put a lot ruffles, lace and drapes on my work. I paint on cotton paper to make the overall look soft. I also have a small penchance for folk and tribal patterns so some of my works have that sort of feel.

Being an illustrator, you get to create clothes for your drawings. Do you have any plans on pursuing fashion design? No, I have no plans in pursuing fashion

design. In reality, I don’t have that much initiative to create clothes from scratch. I think it takes a different level of interest to acquire that skill. My paintings are pegged from pre-existing clothes and I combine a couple of pieces together and I reinterpret them through painting. There are actually majors in other countries dedicated to fashion illustration and its purpose is perhaps entirely different from illustrating for fashion. For my work, I want to focus on the essence of the clothing and how it communicates with its environment rather than emphasizing the clothing itself. So in reality when you look at the clothes of my subjects, some of them are almost nonfunctional. I think that’s what separates a fashion illustration from fashion itself. As of now, I’m genuinely interested in merging reality and fantasy. I get a lot of my ideas from magical realism literature and I think my work is pretty much the same. There’s a little suspension of disbelief involved and I think that’s the beauty of illustration or art. It loses its functionality to make you see more.

What are your inspirations? Apart from fashion, I love

nature and animals. I’m crazy about animals in all shapes and sizes. I also get inspiration from found objects; things lying around the house. I also look up to a lot of illustrators and I really get motivated to work everytime I come across good art.

“As I Sit In My Backyard”

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“If you really want something to happen, you really have to work for it. Knowing that you have talent or potential is never enough. Keep doing what’s best for you, be kind and be open minded. Remember that the goal is to be happy but for you to reach that, you have to go through the hard parts first, so never stop!�

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Stache October 2011 // Issue 06  

Year-ender issue with the theme 'photography in fashion' featuring BJ Pascual

Stache October 2011 // Issue 06  

Year-ender issue with the theme 'photography in fashion' featuring BJ Pascual