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

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Meet: Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, Model, Author, & Founder of The Wholesome Table

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When I was growing up in Manila, I would always see Bianca Elizalde’s face everywhere. She was one of the girls whose face was visible in every type of media: commercials, TV shows, magazines & newspapers. While I never knew her personally, I knew of her… Everyone knew of her. And that’s the difference right? Knowing “of” someone isn’t the same as really “knowing” them.

It’s only recently when I walked into her restaurant, The Wholesome Table, that I was able to know her better. Her passion for organic food, healthy living, design and wellness was something I could connect with.

As I watched her daughters hug her legs and waist non-stop while she was speaking to me, I thought to myself, “Sometimes you really get to know someone by watching how the ones they love, love them.” Watching that made me want to interview her for this blog.

Ladies & Gentlemen, meet Bianca.
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Meet: Mari Jasmine, TV Presenter, Food Blogger & Model

mari-jasmine-squareMari Jasmine is a breath of fresh air. I was visiting Manila a few months ago where I ran into her and we started talking instantly- from our casting experiences in different countries, finding apartments in new cities, and what our personal visions are for our blogs.

Getting to know Mari better, I realized this girl is the epitome of global. Born in Tokyo, raised in Australia; this half-Japanese, half-English model worked in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India, France and now, the Philippines. Currently, she is in Manila working as a TV host and Food Blogger, with health and wellness being one of her true passions.

Mari’s experiences through traveling and working in so many cities has added so much depth to her- that anyone who crosses her path is instantly enthralled. I know I was, and now you’ll see why. It’s time to meet Mari Jasmine…

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Meet: Sheena Vera Cruz, Professional Dancer, Choreographer & Artist Development Coach

SheenaSheena Vera Cruz lives through movement. Whether it’s jet-setting from one country to the next, or expressing herself through dance, this free-spirited gypsy never stays still. Sheena has been a professional dancer, host, choreographer and artist for years, and now brings this experience to the next chapter of her career as a mentor & coach.

This year, she was one of the international judges for reality dance show Astro Battleground, which had her shuffling between shooting in Malaysia and pioneering her Sexy Heels Fitness Workshop in the Philippines. As this interview is about to be posted, Sheena is getting ready to fly once more for more teaching and training in NYC and Japan.

I admire Sheena’s determination to keep improving herself, and her desire to turn her art into a service. Get to know a very bubbly, energetic, and intelligent woman who moves to the rhythm of her own beat. Meet Sheena.

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Meet: Melissa Ladines, Global Publicist for Levi’s Women

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Melissa Ladines, or who we lovingly call Melsa, is one of my favorite power women. Power- not only in the sense that she is the Global Publicist for Levi’s Women, but also because she manages to hold down her household #likeaboss.

In today’s generation, there are so many talks on how women should ‘lean in‘ at work. Melsa is a true example of not only ‘leaning’, but more of leading. She handles her integral role with ease and composure and turns multi-tasking into an art form.

But more importantly, she keeps her family, friends, and personal time close to her heart. Her attention (no matter how many people will compete for it) will always lead her back to what is most important to her.

And while she makes it look easy, she reveals everything she learned during her journey to get here. It is my pleasure to have to you meet Melsa.

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Meet: Alli Sim, Aromatherapy Artisan and Founder of Mmerci Encore

AlliAlli Sim is a modern-day beauty alchemist, tinkering with the right essential oils and natural ingredients to create heavenly skincare products that benefit the skin and psyche.Passionate about the art of aromatherapy and DIY skincare since her days in Australia, she successfully finds a gentle way to caress the body and mind.

As a writer and former beauty editor of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, Alli has spent hours researching and testing different beauty products that helped shape her own product standards. The result of that experience is her bespoke, apothecary-style brand, Mmerci Encore, based out of Singapore. The purity of her hand-made products is subtle at first, but eventually their rich, potent aromas leave you with a deeper appreciation for your personal care rituals.

And while I always mention the importance of self-love on this blog, Alli actually creates tangible, natural products for the acts of self-love. Meet the woman who bridged these ideas and acts the right way… Meet Alli.

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Meet: Manuela Basilio, Model

ManuelaWhen a girl grows in her career, she either takes her success to her head, or to her heart. Manuela Basilio does the latter. As a fashion model, she holds a towering presence. Her strong, Filipina features and long, lean figure may rather intimidate the observer. But once you hear her speak, you are easily disarmed.

Manuela in reality, is a bright and joyful person. Her kindness radiates beyond her words, and when it’s your turn to speak, she listens with intent and understanding. It’s no wonder why she’s a favorite to work with among the creatives in the fashion industry.

And now you get to know her better. I’d like to you to meet our CalCarrie darling, currently represented by Wilhelmina Models in NY and LA, the always shining, always smiling, Manuela.

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Meet: Amanda Scully, FALSE Priestess

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The very first time I heard of Amanda, I heard of her through a song. It was Lupe Fiasco‘s “Paris Tokyo” hit playing on the radio with Lupe rapping, “Amanda and Le Messie wanna know when we going there…” And when you find yourself attempting to rap the verse in your head, you end up on Google asking, “Who is Amanda and Le Messie?”

In a nutshell, they are the duo behind FALSE, an independent, ‘anti-fashion’ clothing brand that comes out with the most highly conceptual and subversive imagery from Singapore. After launching this brand over 10 years ago, they have built a repertoire of rebellious brands under their online store Anti-Anti, where they produce up to 90% of the items in-house.

When I was still living in Singapore, I was fortunate enough to work part-time under their roof for one year, absorbing Le Messie’s philosophies and witnessing Amanda’s strong work ethic. Being around them has influenced me to think independently, strategically and most importantly, without limits.

I already interviewed Le Messie, the visionary behind FALSE, plenty of times in the past. Now, I’d like to you to meet it’s High Priestess, Amanda.

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Meet: Teresa Herrera, TV Presenter, Actress, & Art Consultant

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To the public, she is a famous model, TV presenter, actress and now, art consultant. To me, she is my big sister. She’s the person who tells us siblings what books to read, places to go, friends of hers we should meet, and most importantly…. the rules to break.

I wanted to interview Teresa because I often felt like some of the articles I would read about her don’t quite capture “her.” As her youngest sis, I have always had a different point of view when it came to her allure. That’s what I wanted to write here: a glimpse of our relationship, the usual way we speak to each other, and a bit of digging into her other sides that I witnessed growing up.

Excited for you all to meet my family… starting with Teresa.

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Meet: Pauline Hanuise, Holistic Health Coach

PaulineA few months ago, I met a vibrant young woman at an art gallery here in Singapore. What felt like a blind date (because I had only met her via an Instagram introduction) turned out to be one of the most memorable meet ups I’ve ever had.

Meet Pauline Hanuise, a remarkable holistic health coach, who not only teaches you how to care for your body, but also brings the mind and soul into the healing mix as well. Pauline also helps individuals recover from eating disorders that have plagued them for years; and she knows this well because she’s been there before and recovered successfully. This experience inspired her to help other individuals breakthrough as well.

When I decided to start interviewing people for my blog, Pauline was the first person I thought of because I really believe in her and her message. I often check out her blog for her insights, or her posts on Mind Body Green for quick recipe tips. But above all, I think of her for the courage and dedication it takes to turn your life around for the better.

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Pauline.

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