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#Balikbayan Diaries: Revisiting History

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Why Fashion?

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Art and The Order of Nature: The Mercedes Zobel Collection of Indigenous Philippine Textiles book with words by Patricia Araneta and Amihan Roldan Lim. All is not lost.

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nAbout, say NZ$10 (for locals, double for non Philippine residents) I was able to come close to the gold of pre-Spanish settlers and the colorful clothes of Philippine indigenous tribes. A collection I’ve had only browsed through photographs on the Internet. With it up close, I was able to zoom in on the details I choose to see, almost literally as some of the golden collection were paired with a magnifying glass. Then, I spent what must have been an entire afternoon scanning through the indigenous textiles exhibit, the very reason for our 2 hour travel to Makati. Huge scrolls of fabrics within glass walls, its motifs of flowers, mountains and rice in colors of all sort made fully available. Clothes of the past were stretched and fluffed to its best glory preserved within glass panels. Itu2019s size, tiny and slender, as though worn by 16 year olds of today. A reflection of a time when n
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nMcDonalds and KFC finger lickin’ goodness haven’t blown people up to obesity. On one side had a large scale sketch of a naked man and woman waiting to be dressed, like a huge paper doll in glass cases. Next to it, a collection of Chinese ceramics. nnnnDown stairs was the changing exhibit. Old school pages and drawings of Komiks by F.V. Cochin. A modern icon of the past. It was a glimpse of Philippine historical pop culture, where women were still depicted as damsels and beautiful meant white. Sigh. Next door, Philippine lifestyle through the eyes and hands of Francisco Zobel and other artists on display. His art (unfortunately no pictures. Here’s a website of his work), actually, was the first time I had been inspired by art for my fashion designs. I would love to use his art techniques on fabrics one day. n
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nnnn nnnnFinally, the last floor depicts the countryu2019s history through minuscule clay portraits from the time of Spanish arrival through the death of Jose Rizal and declaration of independence from Spain, to the settling of the Americans and the suffering of people in the hands of Japanese military. About 60 frames I believe, more or less. I was too engaged in the miniature frozen plays to look at the numbers. Dated and described, just like my school teachers taught me. I wish, though, there where more whys than whats and whens of history were told, more people would have learned from it. nnnnSuch exhibits are vital to the story telling of the past that made our present. Iu2019m very excited that as folks like me, and those whou2019ve spent their developing years abroad, are more in tune with our adopted homeu2019s history, have places to go like Ayala Museum. It teaches us and ignites us to seek and know more about about our ancestors and how they lived and fought for their home so that can shape our future. Local, immigrant, foreigner alike, itu2019s a recommended way of condensed learning experience of how the Philippines became from before it was settled by the Spaniards through to its modern icons. nnnn
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nThis post is purely of my own thoughts based on my personal experience. Entrance was paid with my own pocket money and not sponsored by the Ayala group. Just purely a recommendation by one balikbayan to another and beyond. n
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nnnnDressing for the wedding, however, wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be (except menswear. I have styled both my husband and brother for this wedding). My family would disagree if I ever denied complaining about the wedding attire requirements. Guests were asked to wear certain colors that were not the shades of pink and blue, and not to wear a black and white ensemble. These were basically the colors I do not own: green, yellow, orange, purple and everything in between. Even through gritted teeth unnecessary complaints, I had been planning for this wedding for months including my husband’s. Potentially designing my own dress to wear (which I did and sorta failed). My creativity to style myself that is different from the usual wedding guest outfits were pushed to the maximum. nnnnFor about a month or so, I have been working on this wedding guest dress project as part of my challenge of making clothes for myself as a practice to enhance my skills. I did the whole process: design and iteration, creating blocks, practice toiles and final toiles. But I failed miserably in fit. My imagination and skill level did not meet, resulting in a half decent dress. Everything was working well, until I had to finish it off with a facing, and the fit changed. My anxiety about design got the best of me that I did not feel proud about the design. At the last minute (almost literally), because as always, I did not have a back up, I had to buy an entire outfit that is unique and cheap. Usually not the adjectives to put together when it comes to clothing. nnnn
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nnnnAn hour scouring through four shops at Bayfair Shopping Center in Tauranga later, I found a skirt and top combination from Dotti that is fresh and different from the usual wedding guest outfit. The sheen of the pleated skirt and the lacy black crop top added a more formal feel to an otherwise casual look. The color was a cool green tone, made primary by the ever generous black shade. I almost had it paired with a gold thin strapped crop top, but the shade against my skin made me look as though I was wearing nothing. As always, my very trusty Aldo shoes. nnnnFor my husband though, his is easy. Choices simply presented themselves almost everyday at work. His entire outfit, besides shoes (which were from Onesimus, I think), were from Barkers. I had him choose between three choices and this was the best choice for his skin and his personality. A khaki blazer and pants combo, (which, I know, I know. Still needs a lot of alterations to do), paired with a floral Cuban collar linen blend shirt. While I prefer a long sleeve shirt for such an occasion, Barkers didn’t have this particular fabric made in long sleeves and it was the best choice for the blazer that fit Mico’s style. nnnn
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nnnnWhile the ideal dress did not become a reality with my still novice skill set, I still felt amazing and unique in my final sartorial choices. All while keeping the bridal request in mind (well, sorta) and matching with the husband. Not just a wedding to remember, but a couple of outfits I have fallen in love with. nnnn
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nAurea’s: Top & Skirt: Dotti Shoes: Aldo Mico’s: Outfit: Barkers Shoes: Onesimus Shades: Unknown n
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Photo taken by husband

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nnnnThe trick to making something comfortable chic are the details that elevates what could have been a simple shirt and shorts to something more. I went for this light denim shorts with a paper bag top with a baggier legs. The bunching fabrics on my waist allowed for a slimming look, while the wider leg made my legs appear thinner that it actually is. On top, I went for a black button up shirt, but the sheerness of the fabric added an interesting detail to a classic piece. It gave it an edgier more daring look to a classic piece. And I paired it all with a comfortable flat slip-ons for ease of walking (and possibly running, in case the need arises, which we actually did!). nnnnAdd to that a bag that has plenty of room to store travel essentials. I bought this Laura Jones bag for the stuff I need to have with me all the time: passports, documents, money, laptop, phone and respective chargers, water bottle, tissues and the lot. The bag is huge, but the space is limited that it only allows me to carry what I need to carry. Prevents for a heavy load. nnnn
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nnnnClothing should help you in your life endeavours instead of oppressing it so you can enjoy the little things you do. I believe that clothing should complement your activities and not create burden to the simple things in life. nnnn
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Top: Thrifted Shorts: Cotton On Shoes: Philippine Ukay Bag: Laura Jones via Strandbags

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nnnnAs a teenager, I have always found inspiring women to imitate their self-expressing ensemble. The interest in fashion has always been there. From the Givenchy’s classic little black dress Audrey Hepburn wore as she ate bagel in front of Tiffany’s, to the oddly shaped creations at the Comme de Garu00e7on fashion shows. From the practical styling of those on the streets to the unbearable high stilettos worn on special events; I’m not afraid to like anything wearable. Even more so when I finally took the plunge into fashion designing in 2015. It was an eye opening experience and everything I thought I knew about fashion were unlearned and I was introduced to a whole different world. nnnnStudying fashion opened my eyes more into the world beyond the seams and fabrics. I used to have thoughts on how fashion was just to make everyone looked good. However, with the countless readings and research I was required to complete an essay, my mind opened to the idea that fashion could speak. Just as photographs speak a thousand words, as the saying usually goes, fashion provide an insight into the thoughts, social life and being of a person. Of course, not easily and directly and a deep analysis goes into itu2026 But what I came to understand is that fashion is more than just clothing one’s self. It’s a reflection of one’s personality and the things happening around them. nnnn
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nnnnSo why fashion, you might ask? Do people really need more clothes? Do people really need more people to tell them what to purchase because it’s the thing of the season? Actually, yes. People need more people not to tell them of what’s trending (other blogs can do that for you) but to show them how to ethically invest on clothes one can enjoy in a long run. Yes, in some cases, people need higher quality clothing to add into their wardrobe, but the cost-per-wear saves more money by doing so. And yes, people still need to understand what goes behind the retail end of fashion. Finally, fashion is a form of visualizing a message. Just as Leisl’s costume in the scene, it portrayed the innocence of a 16 year old in her romantic, soft chiffon dress, but it did show her entrance to adulthood in the dress’s form fitting shape and the hint of lavender color as oppose to pure white, which often is depicted innocent and virginity. nnnnFashion speaks. And I chose to make a speech. nnnn

Top: Glassons Skirt: Aurelia & Andrea Original Shoes: Philippine Ukay (iMall)

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nnnnEvery year, without fail, Iu2019d be spending hours on the computer reading different articles about effective ways of productivity. While very inspiring indeed, and I’m sure it all had been effective to the person sharing it (or they wouldn’t even share it at all), I, however, fail to take action. Organization and idea generation was never a difficult task for me. However, so does procrastination and making excuses. Iu2019ve heard and read it all, all the quotes and blog posts. But without any action, those words of wisdom remain words. nnnn
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nnnnRenewing a blog lease, even after almost a year of non-existent content, seemed like an idiotic move. Especially since I never set out to do the task of writing, taking photos and publishing content after the excitement phase has vanished. Heck! Even right now I’m far from being ready to relaunch this blog. I’ve recycled old photos, no new content ready. Nothing. However, giving up because procrastination and excuses won me over seemed more idiotic to me than forever trying. So I’ve got to try, again. nnnnThis year, there is only one word to live by. I chose to be consistent this year. There are no new goals this year except to consistently focus on the past goals I’ve never succeeded in achieving. Because setting up the same goal year after year is not a sign of moving forward in life. nnnn
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nIt is definitely part of my job to spark curiosity to these future kids to know more about their ancestral home. I hope to, one day, do it through clothing. Even I sometimes can forget of our history as I learn more about New Zealand. Just like pages of old manuscripts, the pages of my high school learning turn crisp and fragile. Without proper maintenance, those stories will fade. It was through my fashion history class that reignited my knowledge of Philippines history as materials, fabrics, accessories and how they come by won’t be possible without talking about trading and colonialism. However, being so far away from primary sources, the internet was my only source of knowledge. Moving forward to my fashion learning, I needed to learn more beyond what’s published online. Coming back this year to the Philippines, it is part of the goal to research about the fashion, textiles of history and today. Especially history, as more and more are being discovered about the people before Spain took over almost half the pages of our history books. n
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It was exciting taking those memories out from their dusty archives as I stroll through historical exhibits at Ayala Museum last Friday. Back in my high school days, there werenu2019t any museums I know of that was as informative as my time spent there. As a Filipino, I was thrilled to see first hand the gold of my ancestors and the clothes of the past still in a condition well enough to study closely and scan its details. As a fashion design student, it was overwhelmingly stimulating. I was so gutted my pen was not in my bag. As photographs were forbidden, my next best chance to record all my discoveries would have been pen on paper. Unfortunately, I had to try and draw (quite unsuccessfully) on my phone and type what I could. Thank God for published pages of the exhibit, I was able to purchase the Art and The Order of Nature: The Mercedes Zobel Collection of Indigenous Philippine Textiles book with words by Patricia Araneta and Amihan Roldan Lim. All is not lost.

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nAbout, say NZ$10 (for locals, double for non Philippine residents) I was able to come close to the gold of pre-Spanish settlers and the colorful clothes of Philippine indigenous tribes. A collection I’ve had only browsed through photographs on the Internet. With it up close, I was able to zoom in on the details I choose to see, almost literally as some of the golden collection were paired with a magnifying glass. Then, I spent what must have been an entire afternoon scanning through the indigenous textiles exhibit, the very reason for our 2 hour travel to Makati. Huge scrolls of fabrics within glass walls, its motifs of flowers, mountains and rice in colors of all sort made fully available. Clothes of the past were stretched and fluffed to its best glory preserved within glass panels. Itu2019s size, tiny and slender, as though worn by 16 year olds of today. A reflection of a time when n
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nMcDonalds and KFC finger lickin’ goodness haven’t blown people up to obesity. On one side had a large scale sketch of a naked man and woman waiting to be dressed, like a huge paper doll in glass cases. Next to it, a collection of Chinese ceramics. nnnnDown stairs was the changing exhibit. Old school pages and drawings of Komiks by F.V. Cochin. A modern icon of the past. It was a glimpse of Philippine historical pop culture, where women were still depicted as damsels and beautiful meant white. Sigh. Next door, Philippine lifestyle through the eyes and hands of Francisco Zobel and other artists on display. His art (unfortunately no pictures. Here’s a website of his work), actually, was the first time I had been inspired by art for my fashion designs. I would love to use his art techniques on fabrics one day. n
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nnnn nnnnFinally, the last floor depicts the countryu2019s history through minuscule clay portraits from the time of Spanish arrival through the death of Jose Rizal and declaration of independence from Spain, to the settling of the Americans and the suffering of people in the hands of Japanese military. About 60 frames I believe, more or less. I was too engaged in the miniature frozen plays to look at the numbers. Dated and described, just like my school teachers taught me. I wish, though, there where more whys than whats and whens of history were told, more people would have learned from it. nnnnSuch exhibits are vital to the story telling of the past that made our present. Iu2019m very excited that as folks like me, and those whou2019ve spent their developing years abroad, are more in tune with our adopted homeu2019s history, have places to go like Ayala Museum. It teaches us and ignites us to seek and know more about about our ancestors and how they lived and fought for their home so that can shape our future. Local, immigrant, foreigner alike, itu2019s a recommended way of condensed learning experience of how the Philippines became from before it was settled by the Spaniards through to its modern icons. nnnn
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nThis post is purely of my own thoughts based on my personal experience. Entrance was paid with my own pocket money and not sponsored by the Ayala group. Just purely a recommendation by one balikbayan to another and beyond. n
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