The Lantern Parade is a yearly celebration and competition where UP students parade around the acad oval with the lantern that represents their respective colleges. It starts in front of Quezon Hall and ends at the amphitheatre (also of Quezon Hall) where it is then judged. From what I’ve been hearing, College of Fine Arts isn’t part of the competition anymore since they always produce the best and winning lantern, but they still make a lantern (of course a beautiful one) for the sake of the parade.

This year, our org, UP ACTS, made the white & gold-themed costume for the muses of our college, College of Home Economics, and the Budget CUTtoure muses. The work was divided per batch: the first and second years each made a costume for the CHE muse and 2 BC pieces (though the second year batch had to make the BC dress), and the third-fourth years made 3 dresses for the CHE muses. We were asked to use recycled materials for this year’s costumes since our lantern was also made from that.

Here are some of the pictures during the parade:

My blockmates, Boo and Bea, working on the skirt (photo credit: Mai Manoloto)

Blockmates working on the top (photo credit: Mai Manoloto)

That's me, before the make-up was put on and before the parade

Since it was a Gold & White theme, we sprayed/prettified the garbage bags with gold spray paint (photo credit: Mai Manoloto)

Here's a post-make-up, pre-parade photo; pre-nuptial photoshoot ang peg hahaha! There's something wrong with that photo, I won't mention what it is, but if you do see it, just laugh along with me. (No, it's not my underarm.) (photo credit: Kim Quiñola)

The Budget CUTtoure muses; yes, that's Alma Conception in the center--she's an Interior Design student (photo credit: Kiim Quiñola)

All smiles during the parade! (photo credit: Kim Quiñola)

My photographer friend saw me walking around and stopped me to take this photo. SO KILEGZ AT HOW PRETTY IT TURNED OUT!!! (photo credit: Justin Baniqued)

That's Claire and I with our light sticks (since we don't have any piece of clothing that glows huhu) and the CHE angels being extra fierce (spot the glowing wings!) (photo credit: UP System Information Office)

This year's winning lantern ♥ GO CHE! (photo credit: Kim Quiñola)

This is how I spent my first day of my Christmas break: walked around the 2.2 km acad oval in high heels with 9 beautiful ladies who were walking in pain as much I was, but it was all for the love of CHE ♥ HIHI (I’m such a pa-cute forevs.)

Thank you again to Mai, Kim, Justin Baniqued and UP System Information Office for the photos :)


I’m a big sucker for get-togethers, especially if it’s with really important people like my high school barkada. Last December 19, we had a potluck dinner party at Mica’s place. We’ve been doing it for two years now, trying to make it a tradition `til we’re old and gray. It was really fun because a lot of the MIA Bros showed up and WITH FOOD!!! It was such a great night with great food and a great company.

This night got me in so much trouble since I got home at 4AM. The main reason why the parentals were mad was because I told them I’ll be home 12MN, and I didn’t text them that I’ll be home later than that. LESSON LEARNED. I think that means I can stay as late as I want as long as I text them my plans……? HAHAHA JUST KIDDING!

Since we’re all in college, it’s actually hard to find time to sit us all together in one place, so the party planners, Kat and Leah, made us save the 19th for the dinner. When the plan for the dinner was finalized, it was already near the date so weren’t able to plan a Kris Kringle. Instead, we played Monopoly Deal, imbento drinking games and the most dreaded King’s Cup to make the night extra fun.

It was funny how the long table was divided into two drinking games. I was playing King’s Cup (the nearer side) with the Bros + Kat & Mica, while the other side was playing Bobo Lasing (loosely translated as Stupid Drunk). I seriously dread King’s Cup; it’s a game that will seriously get you drunk since you’re relying your “chance” in the deck of cards. Bobo Laisng naman is a thinking game, and I think it’s a better game if you want to stay sober. Hahahaha

That’s me with my other-half, Kat. She usually takes care of me when I’m drunk, but I got to (kind of) take care of her that night. She claims that she wasn’t drunk that night, just “hit” by the alcohol. Uhh, yeah right. Hahaha love you! We were kinda sad at how most of the Bros are all grown-up bringing a plus one and how none of the girls have a plus one to bring :( But it’s ayyyyt, we will have our moment; pera muna aatupagin. HAHAHA CHOS.

It was actually my first time to stay and be one the last ones to leave. We were seriously just talking about ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING `TIL EARLY MORNING! It was seriously full of laughter! Usapang walang hangganan ♥

A very happy Holidays from my (growing) barkada :)

(Credits to Mica for some of the pictures. Thanks, love!)

This October 19, which also happens to be the day I turn 19, my Clothing Technology block will be hosting the fashion show for the UP Circle of Entrepreneurs’s event, Calle 4: Release the Intesity Within.

The fashion show will feature the black shirts that the org is selling, plus our works that will go with the shirt. Kind of like Budget CUTtoure, but with more twists. :D One of it being our final exam for CT 11. We actually had a choice between a magazine or a fashion show at the start of the semester for our class project/finals, and lucky enough, one of our blockmate is part of UP Circle of Entrepreneurs and suggested that we take part in The Black Shirt Project.

These are the shirts that the models will be wearing on the 19th. Since there are 21 of us in our block and each of us have one model each, the models are divided into 3 groups of 7: the Rule Breakers, the VIPs and the Rich Kids. My model (and good friend YIEEE), Roi, is part of the Rich Kids, so don’t forget to cheer hard when he walks down the runway (tip: he’ll be the last of his group) :>

Our block was actually in charge of the last 4 pubs. We held a shoot last Friday, and I was lucky enough to take most of the photos and do the make-up (well, more of contouring, except for Tina, the VIP model, whose make-up I did with Zoe) for the shoot. A huge thank you to my sexy borj, Zoe Sandejas, for lending us her awesome dSLR that night!!! :)

This will be such a haggard and stressful birthday for me, but it doesn’t really matter because I’m in love with what I’m doing kahit nasisiraan ako ng ulo—which I surely think is normal when you’re in love with something….or someone. ♥ (HAHAHA)

See you all in Katips Bar on Wednesday! ;)

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If you haven’t heard, the government is planning to cut the budget for SUCs (State Universities and Colleges) down by P146.6-million from last year’s budget which is P23.7billion. The original proposed budget used to be P62 billion, and P23.6 billion is not enough for 110 SUCs in our country. (source: Philippine Collegian)

There was a 3-day strike last week here in UP against the budget cut. On the first day, my organization, UP ACTS, along with UP Kilos Na and the College of Home Economics rallied fashionably against the budget cut through a fashion show. Budget CUTtoure was all about the deconstruction of clothes; we had plain shirts printed with the anti-budget cut logo, and we cut-up the shirts.

Budget CUTtoure Poster

The anti-budget cut logo

I actually wanted to submit a shirt, but there was more than enough anyway, so I just helped with the make-up team on the day of the fashion show. It was actually my first time to do the make-up for the models in a fashion show, AND I WAS SO NERVOUS!!!! Mainly because it was my first time, and I’m kinda scared of the uperclass men. TT-TT Good thing my gorgeous borj, Zoe, was there to help me (she’s took classes and can be considered a legit make-up artist :> ). My bebe, Boo, was also there, but she really didn’t need much help from me and was independent in doing the make-up of the models (nohks naman! :> ).

I watched the fashion show in front of AS with my borjes Zoe, Pat and Cams, then we had dinner in Ersao after! MISSED A LOT OF BORJES THAT NIGHT, but oh well `twas fun still. :]

I cut-up 2 shirts for that night, actually. One for the model (supposedly) and the other one was for me. I deconstructed mine at the last minute (HEHEHE), but it turned out really well :)

With my other sexy borj, Pat

This is my favorite part of the shirt :3

How the back of my shirt looks like

[Photos with Pat are from Zoe. Thank you, borj :* ]

The (free) printing of shirts is still ongoing until October 5, so have your shirts printed and deconstructed, and join us as we rally for a higher budget for our University and all other state universities and colleges in our country!

For our CT 14: Fashion Illustration class a few weeks ago, we learned how to draw faces. Since we didn’t have class during the UPCAT weekend, our teacher, ma’am Ash, gave us homework in drawing the front, side and 3/4 view of a male, a female and a toddler face. Don’t expect too much from my faces. I will say it now that I suck at drawing faces!

Want proof? Here’s part of my homework:

Berto, Karding and half of Jun-jun

I posted that on Facebook, and my sister named them that. My parents teased me all weekend about the faces I sketched, like how I can work for PNP instead! HAHAHAHA! (Yes, my family is crazy, which I take after hihi)

One particular joke went like this:
ME: Dad! Look at the toddler. Mukhang criminal din!
DAD: Well, not so. Baka delinquent lang :)

I didn’t get offended with all the jokes since I made some of the jokes myself. I found most of them funny! Like my friend, Diego, told me that if I worked for PNP, the people I sketch will look more criminal than they should be. When I finished the plate, my sister said that the child looked like a tiyanak. Yes, I didn’t find them offensive! HAHA! But can I just say that before you make a conclusion that I can’t draw at all, I did improve….somehow.

Midterm Male Figure: gwapo ba? HAHA

Midterm Female Figure: she kind of looks like Alex Gonzaga, don't you think?

Midterm Kid Figure: doesn't she look cute? :)

Oo, medyo banlag sila, but at least they look hella better than Berto, Karding and Jun-jun! HAHAHAHA! The saying “practice makes perfect” now makes sense to me. Now, I can’t wait to improve on my drawing skills in the coming CT 14 meetings! ♥

I deleted my Singapore post since it’s kinda TLDR. I usually look back at my (not so many) previous posts and I almost always skip that one. ANG HABA EH :(

Had so many happenings that already happened, and I don’t understand why I haven’t been blogging. This is why I’m so angry at myself! Pagawa-gawa ng blog, di naman name-meynteyn (as superstarmarian says). This will all change soon! Got super inspired from the awesome ACLE (Alternative Classroom Learning Experience) my awesome org organized called “Fashion Edge-ucation” which had Kryz Uy, Camille Co, Karl Leuterio and Mike Magallanes as speakers.

Fashion Edge-ucation Poster

It was so inspiring and insightful since I’ve been blogging since grade 7, I think? Siyempre, ka-jologan ng buhay mga pinopost ko nun, but I kept on posting anyway. I’ve been moving from blog to blog like a vagabond, and here I am, trying so hard to maintain this one. From now on though, this will all change. Expect a better blogging experince–less TLDRs, more fun! I actually think TLDR posts are….madrama. Nahihiya ako whenever I think about all my looooooooong posts here and in my old blogs. THIS IS A BLOG, NOT A NOVEL! (I think that should be my blog motto… HAHAHA)

I’ll post more of what happened in the ACLE once Pam posts pictures! :) Para interesting, diba?

(Side note: wow I was inspired to blog after a month or two. HAHAHA)

I never thought of wearing stockings/pantyhose ever in my life. Parang may awkward feel kasi siya sa legs, but nonetheless, I (sneakily) placed a pair in the basket when my family and I went shopping a few weeks ago.

The only outfit I could imagine myself that would work with pantyhose was with dark-wash denim shorts; I didn’t think about wearing pantyhose with a dainty outfit. Anyway, I tried wearing it with, like I imagined, dark-wash denim shorts and my vintage-looking Transformers shirt, but there was just this weird feel about it, or in other words, hindi ko siya ma-carry!

A week later, I laid down on my bed this floral skirt I borrowed from my sister that I was supposed to wear for our CT 11’s White Day, and the new gray shirt I bought from Greenhills the weekend before. I liked how it looked so I decided to wear it last Friday since I was going to go out that night to watch UP PMHS’s block screening of Transformers 3. I just knew that the pantyhose would work well with the outfit, and so I did wear it with the shirt and skirt. I was pretty happy with the look I put together, but the whole me carrying the whole shirt-skirt-pantyhose part was a little hard for me, so I went with my usual approach: “When in doubt, just fxck it.”

Gray cat shirt from Greenhills; floral skirt borrowed from my sister; pantyhose from SM Dept. Store; pink ballet flats from Janilyn

Well, I was able to carry the look with my “fxck it” outlook (thank you, Skins, for teaching me that way of life. ♥) until it had the most horrible run I’ve seen in my whole entire life. :( On the bright side, I now know how I can rock pantyhose (and even tights!). ;)

Oh, and lesson learned: stick the stockings/pantyhose in the fridge before using them to reduce the chances of ugly runs like the one I had—something my grandmum used to do with her stockings. I’ll make sure to this next time, maybe you should too. :D

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