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February 24, 2014

Manila, Manila

I keep coming back to Manila, as the song goes, and not just because it’s where I’m from.  Every time I’m there, I see my notoriously unprogressive hometown flickering with inspiration, new talent, and wonderful things to do.  It is catching up with the rest of the world in art, music, and in this Internet-only age, well, all the cool kids dress just as cute as their counterparts around the world.  I often get asked what it’s like back there, and it is indeed Crazytown–a place best explored with a trusted local, food is cheap and good, gems can be found all over the cacophonously slow-moving city, and it’s a stone’s throw away from Hong Kong, should the shopping disappoint.  But the people–impossibly talented, pleasant, and naturally beautiful, we Filipinos, well, we are just fucking awesome.

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Orange is not the new black.

the Greenhills cellphone bazaar

the Greenhills cellphone bazaar

rabbit hole

rabbit hole

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Reformation and black-tie vintage Yohji Yamamoto

Reformation and black-tie vintage Yohji Yamamoto

society sea-princess Tessa Prieto-Valdes

society sea-princess Tessa Prieto-Valdes

a backwards pajama concoction on the inimitable Jo Ann Bitagcol

a backwards men’s pajama concoction on the inimitable Jo Ann Bitagcol

Rajo, Ruffa, and other masked menaces

Rajo, Ruffa, and other masked menaces

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rings by Lanero

champagne supernova

Champagne Supernova

"Signs of the Times," a piece made of cut-out newsprint, at architect Sarah Canlas' abode

“Signs of the Times,” a piece made of cut-out newsprint, at architect Sarah Canlas’ abode

“One Day I’ll Be Everything," by Mich Dulce

“One Day I’ll Be Everything,” by Mich Dulce

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sheer shirt of my own design, Damir Doma pants, Birkenstocks, Givenchy clutch

fiesta at Black Market

fiesta at Black Market

Kimono from EPCOT Center, AG Jeans, Nike Air Max sneakers

Kimono from EPCOT Center, AG Jeans, Nike Air Max sneakers

shoesday

shoesday

BJ

BJ

chasing pavements

chasing pavements

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tag team

Team Manila

fashion family portrait

fashion family

To a Queens-themed party we threw, I came as the Queens Botanical Garden and she came as Fran Fine.  Little did we know, they wore the same print.

To a Queens-themed party we threw, I came as the Queens Botanical Garden and she came as Fran Fine. Little did we know, they wore the same print.

Anna and Diego

Anna and Diego

periwinkle

periwinkle

talented new designer Carl Jan Cruz in the most beautiful light pique top–to be worn with silver shorts in the summer

stylist Patrick Galang can dance

stylist Patrick Galang can dance

elevator pitch

elevator pitch

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patron of the props

patron of the props

Aracama

Aracama

4 Comments

  • Harry Simon
    February 24th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Seems fun! I would like to visit some day. Great shots and very nice outfits.

  • Giuliano
    February 25th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I love this whole post! it’s all so otherworldly indeed but everyone looks so chic!

  • Izzy
    February 25th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    <33

  • Danny
    February 25th, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Amazing photos! Seems fun.


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