Attend: Echelon Asia Summit

EMOEMOJI

Singapore

Yay! Off to Singapore 2 days for Echelon. If you told me a year ago that I would be working for a tech company I would have laughed in disbelief. But then again, this ain’t no ordinary tech company…

Coz Emojis weren’t emo enough, The Digital Vandal came out with this app for digital stickers

Good to be reunited with them since Agenda. Can’t wait to see the team again.

Come at me Bro

Watch: The Real Hip-Hop

A girlfriend of mine sent over this video and I was instantly moved. It’s a short documentary by Nas and The Guardian on how hip-hop affects different cultures. They cover the countries of Cambodia, Yemen, Uganda and Colombia.

I could relate so much having grown up in the Philippines (and wished Nas/The Guardian included the PH in the documentary.) Seriously, if they’ve seen what I’ve seen growing up, where a lot of inspiration and influence comes from watching people in hip-hop, and how we translate the culture within our own communities, they would be impressed.

In my country, hip-hop LIVES. xx

Work: Calyxta Cover Shoot

Calyxta

Hello self-promotion! I normally feel shy and self-conscious when I talk about my work, but this time I don’t really feel that awkward. Maybe because this shoot isn’t about “me!” but more about my relationship with my older sister Teresa.

Manila-based beauty website Calyxta recently featured me and Teresa as their June cover girls. (Thanks Guys!) I don’t always get to shoot with Ter, especially now that we live in different cities. We are also on different paths, with me on my own solo journey, and Teresa, on becoming a mom.

What I loved about this shoot was that it explored our relationship as sisters in the industry, and revealed new layers about how it was for us growing up.

Click here to read the full article and check out the video we shot after the jump…

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Meet: Sofia Cope, Graphic Designer, Blogger, & Founder of Queencult and Viva La Manika

For some people, women who hold down a multitude of jobs at the same time (while killing it) is such a crazy concept. Gee, thanks. But from what I’ve seen the past couple of years, the limited perspectives of what one “can do” are currently being shattered. There is a surge of creative energy, and amazing next-gen tools, within the new generation that enables them to pursue whatever their hearts desire.

Sofia Cope is one of these women. The way she creates multiple platforms for her many voices renders me speechless. While I have never met her personally, we have so many mutual friends back home that it feels like she’s just that one girlfriend I’ve known forever but we never get to hang. I remember stumbling upon her Instagram feed and saying, “Damn she’s dope. I wanna work with her.” A few months later, I ended up doing a short Q&A on Sofia, and have decided to re-post it on my blog-with a few more Qs that never made it to the final cut.

Not into that Queen Bee nonsense, but more of creating with the power of a Queen… I’d like you to meet Sofia. Continue reading