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STIG MAGAZINE

Edition3: REBORN

by: Mardy Co


DESIRE. ACHIEVE. INSPIRE. Individuals from across the globe who are breaking barriers by sharing their story and works, to instigate change, fuel DESIRE, that we may dare to ACHIEVE our dreams, and in turn INSPIRE others to do the same. It’s a cycle. It’s infectious. It’s what STIG Magazines are made of.. page per page.


State of Mind

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State of Mind

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Looking beyond with no great expectation As the sun will rise & set before your eyes You’ll see that all is a gift of life That every turn & road leads to a discovery That every season is a different view of a journey & if by chance you’ll see a shoreline nearby Turn the wheel, set it aside & drop by Take that much desired walk and be calmed by each wave In life’s unconventional beauty be saved Nothing but your being simmering down through the ocean breeze Up to a soothing point of silence be seized Where there is nothing left but the sea & the sound of you breathing Lavish in it & feel your life unraveling & for the first time in a brink of innocence Open yourself up for something new...

- Mardy-

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Pack light for an endless road & horizon


Table of Contents

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Table of Contents

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The Truth Be Told p.11

ESSENCE OF THE HUMAN LENSE Photographers Speak Their Perspective p.15 Featuring: Ahleks Fusilero p.27 Diane Poinski p.17 Mary Anne Mitchelle p.41

STIG DIARY

Sequel 3: So What p.23

MODELS W/ SUBSTANCE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:

Cover Girl Kristine Akheeva p.61 Model, Mom, Entrepreneur: Valerie Bariou p.77

LOST IN PARADISE

Find Out The Mystery Place p.93

EXPERIENCE BEAUTY ANEW Lourd Ramos Projects Beauty The Way It Should Be Seen p.119

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STIG REVEALED


Truth be Told

Truth be Told You have every right to be here No matter where you are, what you’ve become and who you are You are born a part of and in perfect alignment with the universe You are made in the image and likeness of a creator And that makes you a creator yourself. You are gifted with free will in your life’s creative process … seize it You are made a little higher than angels You are without wings so you can walk the land and rule your own reality You are carving your way into a masterpiece You are a proof of heaven and hell on earth Because you are what you make of it Your purpose is what you say it is You call your own calling Your uniqueness exemplifies the greatest story ever told

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picture and instantly got captivated? May it be a

portrait of a person you don’t know, but somehow the conveyance of so

Photography

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ave you ever looked at a

got you mesmerized and emotionally drawn; A painting like picturesque of a place that brings a sense of calmness, you wonder, ‘where is this? I want to go there!’It’s not something typically people could explain or talk about, but it draws the line somewhere within an instant connection, where there’s so much soul in a still image… it just comes to life. They say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, that being said, the mere essence of the human lense is seeing beauty beyond what seems to be ordinary. Reflecting that from its simplest form, by capturing it, and turning it into something spectacular. That we may stop, look and appreciate such. Just like the need to stop and smell the flowers sporadically without picking it up from the ground. It’s necessary, yet naturally humane.

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much emotion in that stranger’s eyes


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Exclusive Interview w/

Dianne poinski

United States (California)

All images are © 2015, Diane Poinski.

They are released for reproduction in STIG, online magazine.

“Scenes that suggest mystery, serenity, & simplicity, have always inspired me.”

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How would you describe yourself as a photographer? My primary way of expressing myself through photography is by hand-coloring black and white photographs. In the last couple of years I started teaching that technique. Sharing my passion with other people is something I love to do! I am not what I consider a “technical” photographer. Equipment is not as important to me as it is with some photographers. I only recently embraced (and now love) digital photography. “Photo Artist” seems a better way to describe me.

I started to take photography classes when my children were young. I fell in love with black and white photography, even going as far as to turn one of my bathrooms into a darkroom. This passion continued to surface when I went back to school to finish up my accounting degree so I could become a CPA. I took another photography class while at California State University Sacramento and made the decision to abandon the idea of ever becoming an accountant, quit school and took up photography full time. That was 17 years ago. How does photography define you? Photography is my passion and has helped get me through some difficult periods in my life. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I wasn’t a photographer. It brings me joy. Continuation On The Next Page >

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I am somewhat of an introvert. I don’t really enjoy parties or large gatherings and would rather spend my time with my family, really good friends or by myself.

What led you to become a photographer? What is the story behind it?

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“With my camera focused to capture the image, I allow myself to slow down and reflect on the quiet beauty before me.�

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“Any scene that has the potential to evoke curiousity, and leave the viewer feeling calm and peaceful.” Who are the photographers that you admire? Can you name a few of their works and why their works inspire you? When I first started hand-coloring, I found the work of Jill Enfield and Thea Schrack very inspiring. There is an image that Jill Enfield made that I can’t find the name of - it’s an old building with open windows and curtains flowing out. She hand-colored the building using blues and oranges and I just loved the effect. I love Thea Schrack’s images of San Francisco and again, her use of hand-coloring really excited me and made me want to learn as much as I could about the process. Favorite subject to shoot. Any scene that has the potential to evoke curiosity, and leave the viewer feeling calm and peaceful. Your dream project as a photographer I am working on it right now - a book of floral images. If you can capture something that cannot be seen by the naked eye, what would it be? Hope End > Page 19


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Sequel 3:

So What

Sequel 4: Breakdown ( STIG Magazine Edition 4)


just as all people who face adversity at times.

of mastery in life or to become an authority

It also affected their marriage. They ended

of some kind. I am not here to gain any

up separating when I was five. I was close to

sympathy, and for those who know me very well,

Mama, but she had to leave the country when

know that I’m a private person. But now, with a

I was six. In a typical family setting, my father

purpose, I’m sharing this in relativity, for what it

was the provider and disciplinarian, while

may serve. I am not to blame anyone in my past,

my mother was the nurturer. It was a sudden

present for the outcome of my future. I want to

switch of responsibility, where in we felt a

share how we take responsibility of our life no

little estranged from an unaffectionate father,

matter what or where we were brought into.

who was trying to be a mother, while being lost

I’ll make this as less dramatic as possible.

without our mother who was at that time, far

My father was raised in a Chinese tradition, he was

and trying to work as a provider. On top of that,

the eldest, and being the eldest meant having most

the rife between my grandfather and father

of the responsibilities, including managing the

caused us to feel excluded from the rest of our

family business. Also, another part of a Chinese

relatives. It had been cold in a tropical country

tradition is fix marriages. He was supposed to

for a very long time because of this. But then

marry a daughter of a business tycoon. Well, my

again.. SO WHAT.

father, being the rebel that he is, has followed

The scars run deep, but these scars are like

every passion his heart desired. He ended up

landmarks on a map. It defines and directs you

with my mom instead, who is not of full Chinese

to what and who you are becoming, and where

origin. They made five of us kids. He also ended

you are going.

up pursuing his career of architecture. But I guess when pursuing a dream, there always comes a time of failure. He has sold all of his seven cars or more in doing so, all his properties and luxury items sold below market value. Funds eventually ran out, it took a toll on him and compromised his character,

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ahleks fusilero

Philippines

All images are © 2015, Ahleks Fusilero They are released for reproduction in STIG, online magazine.

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, a life is worth a million images. And like all other lives, mine is a complex tapestry of images weaved together from threads, from fabrics of my existence.”

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I’m a good friend, fun-loving person, spontaneous, adventurous, frank and passionate; and dedicated in everything that I do. How would you describe yourself as a photographer? I don’t just capture images, I create images. I believe that photography is an eternal art. I see things differently and eager to make ordinary things extraordinary. I always try to discover new ways of doing things, and believe in empowering the people around me to help me reach my goals. If you can capture something that cannot be seen by the naked eye, what would it be? LOVE! I wanna see how it really looks like. Hahaha! If you can travel anywhere in the world, where would you like to go and why? I wanna travel to Europe. Europe is full of historical places and great sceneries. What do you think is the important role of a photographer? To capture and preserve memories.

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images, I create images,. I believe that photography is an eternal art. I see things differently and eager to make ordinary things extraordinary.”

How would you describe yourself personally?

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“I don’t just capture


What led you to become a photographer? What is the story behind it? I started to work as an Art Director in a small advertising agency and dealt with different types of clientele where marketing collaterals are met which required a certain amount of photoshoots. There were times that I voluntarily manned the shoots since photography was a part of my curriculum. I resorted to do it as a challenge to develop my skills. To my surprise, I found it relaxing and gratifying. I was doing food and lifestyle photography for restaurants and real estate companies then. Fortunately, the results of my works were welcomed with flattering appreciation. I became acquainted and was able to build good relations with our clients. Apparently, those opportunities paved the way for me to take photography seriously. I resigned from work to become a full time freelance Art Director/ Graphic Designer / Photographer. Luckily, I was able to get the referrals from our clients and some of them became my very own clients. It seemed like I was off to a good start. I then ventured to do fashion photography, I got inspired by fashion magazines and tried to come up with interesting ideas that can make something out of nothing or to make ordinary extraordinary. I believe that my previous job was a good training ground for me. I am still doing food and lifestyle photography and have been making good progress in doing fashion photography. How does photography define you? My photography is my way of self expression and a big part of my life. Through it, I was able to live my fantasies and imagination.

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inhibitions. You are welcome to send us your story and open up about your journey. We would love to get to know you more. Write to us by sending us an email, and we guarantee that we will respond to you on a personal note.

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In The World


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Maryanne mitchell

U.S.A (Atlanta)

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“To present their vision and to tell a story or invite the viewer to wonder about the story behind the image.”

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Artistic, flexible, sympathetic and up for adventure!

Photography

How would you describe yourself personally?

Have a knack for finding a slightly different take on what might be mundane shots. I love black and white for my personal work. What led you to become a photographer? What is the story behind it? I was in college and bought a 35mm camera and took a photography class to learn how to use it fell in love and never looked back! Most memorable project / assignment. Shooting and printing traditionally 200+ 16x20 b/w sepia toned images for the walls of a luxury hotel in South Carolina, the Sanctuary. Favorite subject to shoot. People Your dream project as a photographer More jobs like the job mentioned above except that would involve using people in the images. And still having the creative freedom I had on that one.

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If you can capture something that cannot be seen by the naked eye, what would it be? Pure emotion. What do you think is the important role of a photographer? To present their vision and to tell a story or invite the viewer to wonder about the story behind the image.

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What is your camera of choice? Nikons...still shoot film and also have a digital Nikon. Best advice you have gotten as a photographer. Stay true to your visions

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I love what I do.

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What are the perks or what is the best part of being a photographer?


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Models

Models with substance

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Most people believe that models have it all – a pampered life; being able to buy what you want, getting exclusive invites, dating the hottest celebrities, being surrounded by the rich, famous and powerful and being able to work with fabulous people in the industry of fashion and beauty. While all these may be true, there is also a downside of this very glamorous and lavish lifestyle.

Models like Tyra Banks, Cindy Crawford and Heidi Klum prove that there is more to modeling than having a pretty face and a gorgeous body – they have brains, passion and substance that cannot be denied and have become ambassadors in their own right. Models such as themselves took charge of their career and took it to the next level. Modeling was a stepping stone for bigger and better things in their life. Here in STIG, we feature models that have something more to show than just their beautiful faces and chiseled bodies.

These near perfect creatures who seem to be bigger than life itself, lives in a very demanding and cut throat industry which is why very few really make it to the top. We read about them in the tabloids; how some models abuse drugs, alcohol and their bodies while having this feeling of superiority when it comes to the law and to other people that they feel is beneath them.

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But there is another side of modeling – the professional side. There are many models who have come a long way – and we can say that they have become more than just another prominent face in the catwalk, magazine and on the tube.

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he desire of becoming a top model is highly coveted especially among the young and beautiful. Who can blame them!? After all, if you make it big in the world of modeling, the perception is that you get to live luxuriously and in style – not to mention getting paid big bucks. Is it any wonder why millions watch and try out for America’s Next Top Model and other reality-based model search shows?


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Kristina akheeva

Australia

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ur Cover Girl Kristina Akheeva has led an interesting life that many desire - and it doesn’t stop there. She continues her quest in becoming bigger and better in her craft particularly in the world of modeling. Now YOU have the chance to get to know the “Look Behind the Face that can Break All Barriers” and whose essence is the epitome of what models should aspire to be. Kristina Akheeva who migrated in Australia at the age of 7 was born in Khabarovsk, Russia. Her humble beginnings of moving from one place to another paved the way for her passion and love for traveling the world. At 17, she moved to Melbourne to become an

actress. She was approached by several photographers while studying acting in Australia. She soon received a call from Singapore to try out modeling. After her successful modeling stint in Singapore, she got back to Australia and decided to commit herself to the world of modeling To date, Kristina has been contracted all across Asia where she jet sets between Singapore, India, Philippines, China, and Korea. Her work has allowed her to be photographed by some of Asia’s best photographers as well as starring in several high profile commercials. This has helped solidified her position in the world of modeling - not just in Asia but globally.


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Exclusive Interview Kristina Akheeva Best Assignment: Too many to mention. I like different assignments for different reason. A recent one that I’m proud of is the Sunsilk shampoo TV commercial. However I’ve also recently shot a music video in GOA where I got to ride jet skis, relax on a yacht, and laze around by a pool while eating deliciously beautiful food right on the beach...this was all part of the shot so it definitely gets the ‘best’ tag. Also a few years ago I shot at Bintan island Indonesia. I got spoilt rotten, definitely didn’t feel like work (grins).

TVC for Sunsilk Shampoo, Wildstone deodorant, Dish TV, Ajmal perfume, ESPN, Datu Puti, Xplode energy drink. Campaigns for Palmolive, Bwaree, Holii, Sunsilk, Maria Clara, RRJ Jeans, Parks Avenue, Memo, Avon, Mega world, Lipice Lip balm, Purple Couture. Ramp : Vanita, Penshoppe, Freshgear, Milk & Co., F&H, Wrangler.

Favorite Photographer: Mario Testino

Editorials for Cosmopolitan magazine (Philippines), Mode Magasinet (Denmark) Fudge Magazine (Philippines), Highlife Magazine, Sea Air Magazine (both Philippines) Metro weddings, Wedding planner, (both Philippines) Verve magazine (india).

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How would you describe yourself as a person? I am a true Scorpion. With new people I can be quiet, shy and reserved; but once I’m comfortable - and only with a select few, I really open up and appreciate deeper and more meaningful relationships. I prefer one or two really close friends than big groups of friends. I can get very passionate and I always have a strong determination to achieve; whether it is in for my profession or personal growth. It’s impossible for me not to be doing, planning, organizing, and contemplating.

Who are you as a model? I have a clear vision of where I want to be and what I want to achieve. Because I am considered quite short in the modeling world (5’7”) I’ve had to work extra hard to prove myself. I have taught myself to become a performer rather then just a model. Knowing how to act and move your body is very important. I don’t want to limit myself in the work that I do.

Aside from modeling…. I’m really into health and natural healing. I have researched naturopathy and did a reiki course; spent time in a meditation ashram. I am also in the process of launching my own fashion label which is very exciting for me.

What keeps you busy? Mostly work. In my spare time I’m busy organizing and planning future business ventures, travelling, reading, spending time with my friends and loved ones and of course shopping! (Smiles)

As a model, what image do you like projecting to your public? Being quite short for a model (5’7”) means I still rub my eyes when I see myself in magazines, billboards or on television. It’s nice to show people that you don’t have to be a 6 foot Glamazon to succeed in this industry. With enough passion and determination anything is possible.

What are your thoughts when it comes to describing a model with substance? A model who doesn’t get completely caught up in the material side of it all especially when shooting beautiful clothes, jet setting around the world and getting invited to glamorous parties - it is very easy to get caught up. But if you can do all that and still stay grounded, humble and balanced then that shows real substance. End >

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Fun Facts

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Piece of clothing you simply cannot live without

If you can be any musician, artist or celebrity, who would you want to be?

Jeans! Everybody loves their Jeans!

What is your personal style when you are not modeling? I like comfortable clothes that are still stylish. Even if your clothes are amazing, you cannot feel confident if you are not comfortable in them.

What beauty product best describes you?

I would not be satisfied following anyone else’s path except for my own. There are many artists that I respect and look up to, but I wouldn’t want to be them. I just want to learn from them.

Do you have any tattoos? If so, what are these and what does it mean to you? What about piercings? How many and where? No tattoos, only ears pierced.

Toner. As I live in Asia now, I am constantly in humid conditions. During the day I only use a toner to keep myself shine free. At night I moisturize.

What song best describes your life now?

What is your most memorable moment? Backpacking around Asia for 3 months in 2007 with only $3000 in my pocket! That was an experience!

“When I Need You” by Celine Dion.

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valerie bariou

France / Philippines

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alerie Bariou is a FrenchFilipina model whose works include TV commercials and print ads for HSBC, Red Ribbon, Penshoppe, Maybeline, Sara Lee, Red Bull light, Ayala Land, SM Mall of Asia, Oxygen, Century Tuna, and Naf Naf - to name a few. She has also appeared in magazines such as Tatler, Speed, Wedding Essentials, Meg, Cosmo, Chalk, Bare, FHM, Preview, People Asia, and Metro.

This sought after model is not only focused on her career in the beauty and fashion industry, but is also an entrepreneur and a mother to Armelle – hence, the title “Modern Model Mom” perfectly fits this Face which has Launched a Thousand Ships! Being a wife and mother was not a cause for concern nor has it dampen Valerie’s determination to still follow her dreams which includes modeling as well as appearing on TV as a host and fulfilling her dreams of becoming a businesswoman.

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Models Now prepare to get a better glimpse of Valerie and how she manages to make things work as a mother and as a model. Agencies: ELite Management Manila, Cosmo, Modelshop, Elan, etc. Height: 5’7 Weight:57kg

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High Fashion/Editorial - cover story editorial for Metro Weddings and Wedding Essentials, cover and editorial Ms CLAVeL, ASiAN TraVeLer mag and also beauty/ fashion editorials for Meg, Mega, Luxe and Asian Dragon

Favorite Photographer: For portrait, fashion, or wedding pictorials - Pat Dy, Frank Hoefsmith, Doc Marlon, edward de la cuesta, Francis Rivera, Francis Abraham, Stanley Ong, Filbert, Jervy Santiago, Krusty Galsim,Lilen Uy, Milos sogueco, Raymond Isaac, Sara Black, Toto Labrador, Xander Angeles

Herve Leger, Jerry Ocampo, Pia Gladys Perey, Carie Santiago, Jun Escario, Rajo Laurel, Frederic Peralta, Paul Cabral, Veejay Floresca, Julius Tarog, Oscar Peralta

To start off, how are you able to juggle being a mother, wife and model/host/actress/business woman all at the same? Do you have a specific schedule? Are you good when it comes to managing your time? Actually, I adjust my schedule as it comes on a weekly basis. I have priorities. I do what the most urgent one is and follow it up with whatever is the next most important on the list. My work is seasonal. In the Philippines we are lucky to have people helping us on our daily chores like a driver, maid etc. Our daughter Armelle goes to Nursery at noon for 2 hours. So if I have a shoot I ask my husband or my in-laws to take her home. Sometimes I take her with me to shoots Continuation On The Next Page >

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Print - billboard for Herbana, Redbull Light, Palmolive Soap Commercial – HSBC, Red Master Card, Creamsilk Ramp - Wedding Essential Mag, Dickies Fashion Week 2010, and Jerry OcampoUK

Favorite Designer:

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When I was a VJ we used to tape once a week only for QTV Channel 11; sometimes for GMA 7 and TV guestings. As we live far from Makati where all d castings agencies are, I usually do 3-4 castings to maximize my day, my gas and makeup. So if I didn’t see much my daughter that day, I make it a point that the next day I take her to the zoo; the mall or we do handicrafts at home after her class. I enrolled her before in a dancing school a few months as I observed she had good rhythm. She loves to sing and dance like Lady Gaga – the schedule for that is Saturday and Sunday 9 - 12nn with breaks in between. Movie offers don’t come that often so it’s quite exceptional that I was in 4 indie films. There are different shooting schedules for each time (once a week or twice for a month or 2). I can’t accept lead roles, it is more on heavy acting, and is very time consuming, which means less time for my family. I also shot for Discovery Channel twice.

As a wife w/ my husband and I spend a lot of time together watching movies in the theaters/at home at night and on a week day. Then on weekends we go to Tagaytay or in the mall; eat out or go out of town. Before we had Armelle we were addicted to scuba diving in Anilao every weekend.

How can you be a good mother despite having a hectic schedule? Set priorities. Money can never buy back the growing stages of your kid. I missed a lot of work when we left one month for our USA and Canada holiday. I just tell myself, it’s just work - I have to enjoy my family too. Work will always be there when I get back. Continuation On The Next Page >

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I usually concentrate on my perfume and jewelry business especially before Christmas and before Valentine’s Day which is the peak season a good alternative when I’m not busy with modeling.

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when I know the client for the magazines. I used to breastfeed for 6 months too and joined LATCH campaign promoting breastfeeding.


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Exclusive Interview w/ Valerie Bariou What do you love doing with Armelle? Do you plan on having more children soon? What do you normally do as a family? One is good for the meantime. We want to have one more - hopefully a boy this time. We just want to give Armelle all the attention she needs as she is growing up. We also love stimulating, motivating and challenging her. She is also the first grand daughter in the family. I was surprised one evening when she wanted to surprise me by counting in French. Every night before sleeping I teach her French like “goodnight…sleep tight… wake up bright in the morning light” as well as singing in French.

What do you think is the greatest gift you can give your children? Love is very important. I believe it will give her all the confidence she needs to overcome all the challenges she will face in her life even if we are not here anymore. We want her to become an independent and strong little girl. We are very blessed to have a loving, healthy and very entertaining daughter. She likes to choose her clothes and explain her thoughts, frustrations and needs. People often tell us that she’s mature for her age. She can also distinguish what’s good from bad.

My husband and I work hard for her future (studies, travel etc.) and also for her inheritance. So she will be left with something when we pass on. We want to make sure that she is safe and financially secure.

What is the best thing about being a mother, wife and a model? When I was a new mom, I felt so insecure and very vulnerable mentally. This was because I was very thin before my body changed. My hips became wider and I was heavier. Being surrounded by skinny models I felt so conscious - but breastfeeding helped a lot. I really recommend new moms to breastfeed for as long as they can. They can also pump and store the milk and even freeze it. Armelle had good immunity. Being a mom makes you feel complete. I always look forward going home to my daughter and my husband of course. We were leaving that Saturday when I was just offered to shoot for a magazine. Too bad this situation happens so many times like for fashion week, TVC shoots, etc. Continuation On The Next Page >

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Mdoels BACK TO TABLE OF CONTENTS (Tap Here) I make time even if I’m tired. Armelle and I read story books together and I also download some educational games on our iPad so she can play and learn. We do homework together. Even if we have help (maids) at home, I make sure I bathe her. It’s a strong bonding moment playing with water. We are also planning to enroll her to swimming classes. Continuation On The Next Page >

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Exclusive Interview w/ Valerie Bariou Being a model helped a lot in keeping me fit since I am always on the go. It also helped me mentally especially when it came to my self esteem. People around you would always give you lots of compliments during shoots. As a model, one of the best perks is getting to meet a lot of creative people and celebrities; as well as being able to go to the best places.

You look really good. How did you get back in-shape and lose all the baby fat? Any tips or secrets that you can share? Honestly, I am not the gym kind of person. I think that by being a hands-on-mom helped a lot - as well as breastfeeding, and maybe the lack of sleep (laughs). After eating healthy during my pregnancy, I was drawn to eating junk food right after. I kinda cheated a bit by trying out mesotherapy; radio frequency and home hard massages twice a week to at least to burn the fats. It took me about a year to get back in shape.

What was the biggest change that happened to your career once you got married and had a kid? When I met Onemig (husband), he wanted to have a baby right away. We felt we were meant for each other. I was quite hesitant at first as I was worried that I wouldn’t get booked anymore after giving birth. We went against the tradition by getting married after (having a baby). We just wanted to make sure we were good parents and that it would work out fine. It was only last Christmas that we got civilly married. It doesn’t change anything. I think it was better. It made us independent just in case our relationship didn’t work out. When I was a few months pregnant, I was still shooting for magazines, catalogs and TVCs. The photographer or stylist would either ask me to do stomach in although I was already sucking everything in (laughs). They would ask me why there Continuation On The Next Page >

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Exclusive Interview w/ Valerie Bariou was an abrupt change in my sizes from project to project (the period of time change in dress size was a month). I just told them I ate a lot. Haha. Since my husband is a local celebrity, people quickly found out that we got married. Every time I went to a casting, I use his last name so I was asked if I was related to Onemig. I answer yes – he’s my hubby (smiles). The only challenge is that it is more difficult to get roles as a yuppy now that I’m married and a mom.

What advice can you give to young mothers who are juggling to have a career and still be a good mom? Everyone’s different but I think what’s important is to know your priorities in life and to know your goals – whether it’s being a full time model/mom or a part time model/mom/ entrepreneur. I know I’m a better mom when I have a career. I don’t think that I would have as much quality time with Armelle being a fulltime mom.

I’m not as patient as I should be, but I learn and improve every day. I listen a lot to my instincts and also note down the needs of my husband and daughter. I make sure I explain every thing such as the reasons why I’m working, etc. Both my husband and daughter are very understanding.

Apart from being an actress, host and model, you are also an entrepreneur. How did you get into designing jewelry? Since you sell online, maybe you can give us your website so we can check it out. I got my creative side from my mom. As she does “ekebana” flower arrangements; painting on stones/plates, cooking, writing, sewing, African beadwork designs for the house, etc. At first, I studied business management and then switched to fashion and pattern design in Paris. When I was a little girl, I would draw dresses, shoes and princess jewelry – and then when I made my own money, I decided to make those jewelries. It was quite expensive and very addicting. One day, I was wearing some earrings Continuation On The Next Page >

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Exclusive Interview w/ Valerie Bariou I made, and then some friends of my mom wanted to buy them from me. So that’s how I made it into a business.

Aside from that, you are a perfume maker? How did you get into that one? There was point in my life that I was temporarily given some free time, so I decided to venture into another type of career. Some models turn into photographers, others become stylists, makeup artists, etc. I on the other hand tried investing in a Spa and then tried to have a TV production house, and then a casting agency. I also tried to market my grandma’s organic fruit vinegar. In the end, I ended up developing my own jewelry design, as well as making a perfume line – since I am, after all half French and my hometown is where all the perfumes come from. (grins widely).

““Carpe Diem” - Enjoy each day as if it were the last. Don’t take people and things for granted.”

Aside from your mom, where else do you think did your creativity stem from? From travelling and being exposed to different culture – especially since I am half Asian and half European.

What motto do you live by? “Carpe Diem” - Enjoy each day as if it were the last. Don’t take people and things for granted. Always be thankful and appreciate what you already have. Don’t go with the flow – instead, follow your dreams in a reasonable way. Respect yourself before respecting others. Follow your instincts.

What are the greatest lessons in life that you would love to share or teach to your children? It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. We are all human beings. Material things are temporary even if we enjoy them a lot. I have rich and poor friends, and I learn from both. I lived 6 years in Africa, 2 years in Shanghai, Oman and Dubai; a couple of years in France and in the Philippines. I was able to understand different cultures and I hope our daughter will also have this opportunity. Continuation On The Next Page >

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Relationships are more important. If you are rich, you can also become poor and vice versa. Independence is key. I can’t stand the passiveness of some people waiting for their overworked relatives to send them hard earned money back home.

How would you describe yourself as a person? Open minded, flexible, patient, hardworking, passionate, independent

Aside from modeling…. Jewelry designer (I sell online, I had some featured in magazines) and perfume maker (available in Rockwell at wisdom and online)

What keeps you busy? I used to b a VJ on qtv11. I also do indie films (“I love u virus” as a glam secretary starring Dean Cain, Briana Evigan nd Jericho ; Xenoa 2 as Paige ; The Red Shoes as Olivia starring Marvin Agustin and Nikki Gil ; EMIR as Sheika directed by Chito Roño)

Are you a part of any organization? I used to b part of OPTA promoting the Organic lifestyle and also Breastfeeding w/ LATCH

Do you do any volunteer work? I helped w/ the telethon on GMA during the disaster floods, I also distribute food to the homeless and toys to street kids during Christmas holidays

What are your passions? Travelling (Brunei, France, Nigeria, Dubai, Oman, Myanmar, Shanghai etc), Food/ Dining, Fashion, Design, Photography (travel)..

What are your achievements in life? I’m a very unsatisfied person but I have achieved most of the goals I had in modeling and experience a little bit of acting & hosting... I’m glad to have been given those opportunities. So its hard for me to say what achievements. Continuation On The Next Page >

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Exclusive Interview w/ Valerie Bariou What are things that make you What is your snack of choice? come alive as a person and as a model? Buko Juice, Oatmeal/Banana and Hehe sorry I don’t understand your question my english is not that perfect yet. I love shoots I get to meet new people all the time ,new concepts, new clothes, new makeup...it’s fun nd exciting.

As a model, what image do you like projecting to your public? Being a model we portray different roles but I try to portray as much as possible a wholesome image and being an inspiration to others. I’m like a cameleon when it comes to shoots, I can do Fierce for high fashion.. happy for ads etc.

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If you can be any musician, artist or celebrity, who would you want to be? Tyra Banks she’s amazing! Model turned host nd successfull producer/ entrepreneur =)

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Scuba diving, horseback ridding, shopping, jewelry designing, travelling, cooking

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What is your personal style when Chocolate, panacotta, ube hopia, hazelnut mochi, after eight ice cream you are not modeling? Eclectic I just follow my mood.. usually Im very casual during the day and sophisticated in d evening

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As a model I would wish :eat all you want and never gain a pound ; stop aging ; be taller hehe as a woman: stop poverty, free education for all, stop corruption

A model w/ substance is a model who is respectful to her image (as being watched by younger girls and also of course endorsing products..) w/ strength (to not be afraid of rejection, follows her dreams), confident (it shows in your eyes) who is passionnate about fashion and modelling (delivers and exceeds what client wants), graceful and charming.

What beauty product best describes you? Different lip balm flavors (cherry, mint etc)

If you can jet-set to any place right Continuation On The Next Page > now‌.where would you want to go? Just came back from a month touring the USA nd Canada (Palmsprings, LA, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Vancouver island..) I wanna go To Palau to go swimming & diving =) or India to see the Taj Mahal (hopefully next year)

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LOST IN PARADISE MYSTERY PLACE NO.3

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ever lose your sense of adventure. You are a given an opportunity to learn and experience all fragments of moments in its ultimate state. The world is meant to be explored. Life is spectacular, it is meant to be seen and felt by you. Live it, like it’s the only way to be.

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Bantayan Island, Cebu (Philippines) Title: The Sky & It’s Reflection Photo by: Mardy Co


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Creations by Lourd Ramos

experience beauty anew Philippines

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escribed as one of the most talented and warmest people to work with, Lourd Ramos is a renowned make-up artist who has finally made one of his dreams come true – having his own business which he calls Creations Salon.

With an aspiration to create beautifully inspired looks that are achievable, his full salon service has become a haven for beauty and wellness. His gift of creativity has garnered him several accolades which includes winning international competitions such as Hair Asia and The Davines World Style Competition as well as bagging the 2010 Hair Make-up Artist of the Year courtesy of Studio 23.

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Creations salon overflows with talent which is evident with the staff that Lourd has employed. His team of makeup artists has trained under international brands such as Davines, Wella, and L’Oreal and is headed by Jim Ryan Ros, Maybelline Color Artist of the Year.

A man with ambitions and dreams who had the guts to pursue it and succeed is admirable indeed. With hard work, perseverance, professionalism and armed with great personality, it is no wonder Lourd reigns supreme.

“That has been my lifelong dream…to continually raise the standard until everyone sees beauty the way it should be seen.” – Lourd Ramos

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His sanctuary which is filled with individuals situated in a fashionable metropolis living a fast-paced lifestyle can now experience a deluxe service executed by the highly professional and skilled staff of Creations Salon.

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To date, he is currently the Ambassador to Davines Italian Colour and Smashbox cosmetics. Moreover, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the beauty industry namely Smashbox Cosmetics in LA; MAC Cosmetics, Bodyshop and YSL.


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We woul like to end this edition with a beautiful poem by our Ghost Poet


Thank You I am a ball of words. Rolling downhill. Away from the cracks of past roads. Hitting the right letters along the way. Minding the kern between us. Stumbling on meaningful glances. Or spaces. Putting myself together. Until I learn to say it right. Right in front of you.

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