Photos: Mano Amiga’s New Campus

Finally paid a visit to the new campus of Mano Amiga Academy 🙌 It’s so amazing too see them grow. More photos after the jump…

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Attend: Global Mala Manila 2015

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Manila, Philippines

Another year goes by, and the Global Mala Project grows bigger and bigger in Manila. People always ask me if there’s a yoga community in the Philippines, and this event is something I tell them to check out.

This year’s event is lined up for September 26, 2015 at Whitespace. It’s going to be a full day of amazing yoga sessions and talks. I was so thrilled to see this come together last year and am really looking forward to being home for this. ❤

Tickets go on sale Aug 26. (P650 pesos for early bird rate, P750 pesos for regular tickets). 100% of the proceeds will go to this year’s beneficiary, Children’s International.

More details on @globalmalamanila

Watch: CalCarries Philippines

My mother agency (in Manila) launched their Instagram account.

CalCarries Philippines is like my second family. I don’t get to see the other girls/guys so much because we are all bouncing around right now and evolving into new careers, but when we do catch up, it’s always filled with huge hugs and jumping screams of excitement.

I love these people so much and am grateful to have a strong home base that taught me a lot. Shoutout to Joey Espino, Audie Espino, Allan, Rose, and the rest of the fam.

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Work: Calyxta Cover Shoot

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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

Photos: In the Mountains….

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Last December, I went to Benguet to participate in a shoe-giving trip with TOMS Philippines. (Photos of the shoe-giving trip will be up in another post!)

My mom and I decided to take the bus from Makati to Baguio City where we would meet the TOMS team. The road trip takes around 4-5 hours depending on the traffic (ugh) but it was quite a sweet experience chilling with my mom on a bus for that long. We haven’t really had a bonding trip like that in a while, and while I would roll my eyes and be like, “This is taking forever!” She would just say “Enjoy the adventure!” #ilovemoms

Anyway, here I decided to post some pics I took on the way to Baguio City and a few snaps of what I saw when I was #feelingartsy…

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Photos: Love Is In The Air

Part deux of my Boracay photo album- because I wanted to put up a special post for my good friends who got married last month on that island of white-sand heaven. #rolandoandsabrina

Boracay is my favorite island in the world. There’s something about the vibe that makes you slow down and just enjoy the present. The sun… the water… the people… the 7 dollar massages on the beach… the fresh mango shakes… the sunsets… It’s always been my personal paradise when I was growing up in the Philippines. No wonder so many people declare their love on that island.

More of my photos after the Jump…

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