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Portraits, Stories, Lessons | Capturing Faces of Cebu with Huawei P9

8/25/2016
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Cebu, being the gateway to the south, is home to a diverse group of people with different backgrounds and ethnic traits, with shared or different dialects.  They're here either for work, for permanent relocation or simply for leisure.

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In my 3 years of Nursing school, I have met more individuals belonging to different groups and social classes than in all of my years living in Cebu combined.  This is so because we were made to immerse ourselves in different far-flung corners of the province, staying 1-2 weeks at the most, giving us just enough time to get to know the locals.  And in these 3 years, I have come to appreciate those that do blue-collar jobs, the ones who put in hours of work under the blistering heat or the chilling cold rain.  The people who earn just enough to feed a family or even just themselves.

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In an attempt to recognise these hardworking individuals, the husband and I embarked on a short photowalk in one of the busiest and most visited place in Cebu-- the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño.  Armed with just my Huawei P9 and the guts to ask people for a photo, we started at midday right in the heart of the basilica and worked our way into the busy streets of Colon.

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With Huawei P9 dual lens camera co-engineered with Leica, capturing portraits of people working hard to earn a living is made easy with its 12MP, 27mm Leica optics camera.  Touch focus option and shallow depth of field effect add more drama and character to my photos.  In a sea of people, capturing your subject will not disappoint with its soft, dreamy bokeh effect.  For someone who loves bokeh, the Huawei P9 is my perfect companion without the weight and bulk of a regular camera. 

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I talked to some of my subjects (given that some photos were stolen shots) and they gave me a lot of insight and inspiration-- be it for work, love, or life in general.  They are optimism, resilience and patience personified-- or maybe even more.  Truly, you can never judge a person just by how they relate to you, how they look, and even with just their facial expressions.  They may be all smiles for the camera, but behind that are life stories that are thought-provoking, heart-rending and even life-changing.

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Ended this endeavor with a photoshoot of my own (gotta take OOTD photos, too, you know) which I will be sharing on a separate post.

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If there is one thing that this little project has taught me, it's that, resilience has got to be one admirable trait that we all possess.  Our ability to find joy in the ordinary, our ability to smile despite tribulations, and our unwavering faith and undying optimism truly makes us unique in our own little ways.  And in Cebu, you will find all that and more-- challenging you to change the way you see the world one hardworking soul at a time.


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Experience the beauty of bokeh shots in a smartphone with Huawei P9.  Find out more about this groundbreaking Leica dual-lens camera on their official website and Facebook account.  Find photos taken with Huawei P9 on Instagram using the hashtag #OO.

Primer Bodega Sale 2016

8/20/2016
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 Always on the look-out for good buys? Get your money’s worth at the biggest and most exciting sale of premium brands of shoes, bags, luggage and apparel. 

Primer Group of Companies, a leading company carrying international brands mostly lifestyle products, will hold a Bodega Sale on August 25 to 28 at Waterfront Cebu City and Casinos in Lahug
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You can come as early as 10 AM and enjoy shopping until 7 PM. There is no entrance fee so bring your family and friends and catch great discounts up to 80% from brands – Fitlfop, Flossy, Delsey, Tumi, JanSport, Columbia, Herschel, DC, The North Face, Hedgren, Quiksilver, Roxy, O’neill, Volcom and a lot more! Everything’s a steal.
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Remember, this doesn’t happen every year. Last Bodega Sale happened 6 years ago and who knows when will be the next?

You may follow hashtags - #PrimerBodegaSale and #BodegaSale2016 on Instagram and Facebook for more details. For inquiries, please call 412-3747.

Colorful Mr. Men Little Miss characters on your favorite FLOSSY plimsolls!

8/19/2016
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Cebu is fast becoming known as a premier destination not only locally, but internationally as well. The beautiful beaches, the thriving city life, the festive vibe—it’s no wonder why Ibiza-born plimsoll brand, Flossy Style, has found its way here.

Embodying a relentless spirit of travel, the brand continues to be made in Spain but has found a second home in London.  It’s no wonder then that Flossy has launched its latest collaboration with UK franchise, Mr. Men Little Miss. Little Miss Sunshine, Mr. Tickle, Little Miss Princess; do these characters ring a bell? These colorful illustrations are now digitally printed (they won’t fade even after tons of washing) on those easy breezy Flossy plimsolls!  The collection is available in 8 characters for kids and 3 for adults.  As with all Flossy prints, the collection is on a limited run so go ahead and check them out at Flossy’s SM Cebu branch.
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Mr. Men is a series of children’s books by British author Roger Hargreaves. The simple stories, coupled with the brightly colored character illustrations made the book such a hit.  Nowadays, you can find various Little Men Mr Miss collectors’ items, as well as everyday products printed with those lovable characters. 
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You can find yourself a pair of Mr Men Little Miss plimsolls at Flossy’s SM Cebu store (Upper Ground Floor, Northwing) or at ResToeRun Ayala Cebu and ResToeRun Robinsons Galleria Cebu. For more news and updates, check out their Facebook page Flossy Footwear PH, or follow them on Instagram at @flossyfootwearph. Flossy is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by the Primer Group of Companies.

All White But Not The Bride

8/17/2016
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White, being a perennial favorite, has become my go-to color for special occasions, events and even everyday casual dressing.  It has dominated my closet and with today's minimalism pegs and capsule wardrobe ideas sprouting like mushrooms, I wouldn't have it any other way.  Besides, what's not to love about this fresh, clean and universally flattering color, right?


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White mock neck top, white palazzo pants, pastel purse and animal print heels to a friend's wedding because these were the only decent ones my groggy brain could process.  This was my first out of town wedding experience and the idea of having to pack for myself, my husband and my little girl has somewhat short-circuited my already aging brain cells.


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Some say not to wear white to a wedding, I would agree on that only if your outfit looks overtly bridal, if it upstages the bride or if you look like you're going to a nightclub instead of a wedding. But if it's nothing like the three previously mentioned, and if the invitation did not specify not to wear white, then I don't see why you can't wear it to a wedding. After all, it's not about what color the guests wear, it is about how you celebrate the couple's union and happiness that really matters. 


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Zara top | F&F Palazzo pants | River Island purse | Nine West heels.

Achieve that Flawless Glow with Palmolive Naturals

8/03/2016
City life for any twenty-something fresh out of college independent gal is both exciting and nerve-wracking.  It holds unlimited possibilities and endless opportunities for anyone coming to terms with living on their own and going after that dream career. I remember preparing for that first job interview feeling anxious but excited, ready but vulnerable. At the same time, I was sure of what I wanted, feeling secure in this city where I’ll be building my career and life at. 

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But living in the city has its downsides too.  With Cebu’s very busy lifestyle, bipolar weather and crazy traffic, dirt, pollution and the unforgiving heat often take a toll on one’s skin. City dirt and pollution makes my skin look dull, and it needs to be addressed with a sold beauty arsenal. I am very particular about what I use for my skin because not all products out in the market work for me.  I’ve used a soap before that left me squeaky clean after shower but almost instantly left me feeling tight all over (tightness is a sign of dry skin).  A complete and reliable cleansing regimen starts with a soap that cleans thoroughly without leaving my skin dry— and Palmolive does exactly just that.  

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Palmolive Naturals Flawless Clean is the first charcoal-infused soap from Palmolive in the Philippines. It helps cleanse the skin and eliminate everyday dirt after every shower, giving me a youthful, flawless glow. 

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Now I am more confident to go about my daily routine without worrying about dryness and flaunting my clean and glowing skin!

You too can achieve flawlessly glowing skin with Palmolive Naturals Flawless Clean Soap and win an exciting staycation package at the same time!

All you have to do is submit a glowfie or a glowing selfie taken in your favorite part of the city wearing your favorite black outfit and tell us how Palmolive Natural Flawless Clean helped you glow in your city.

Submit your glowfie with your name, age, address and contact number and send it via the following:

• palmolive_promo@colpal.com

Once your entry is validated, your #PalmoliveGlowfie will be posted on www.palmoliveglowfie.com where a glow will be added to your location.  The more glowfies submitted, the brighter the map glows to show a city full of flawlessly glowing women!

Five (5) girls with the best entries will be chosen to receive a staycation package for two (2) in their own city or locale worth Php 20,000! 

Visit www.palmoliveglowfie.com for details and prizes!
I can’t wait to see your Palmolive Glowfies girls!

PLDT HOME Regine Series Nationwide Tour in Cebu

7/28/2016
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Aspiring singers can take center stage at the PLDT HOME Regine Series Nationwide Tour-Cebu leg. 

OPM icon and PLDT HOME ambassador Regine Velasquez is coming to Cebu to perform live via the widely popular Regine Concert Series. 

If you can sing like Asia’s Songbird, join the Sing Like Regine Contest and get the chance to meet the great singer. Submit your voice-video demo, personal information and contact details to pldthomeregineseries@gmail.com.

Powered by PLDT HOME, the musical extravaganza is a show of gratitude from the country’s number one digital and multimedia services provider for the massive support throughout the years and  is finally on its way to the Queen City of the South for its much-awaited VisMin debut. 

It kicked off last April 10 at SM Bacoor in Cavite, followed by another full house gig at SM City Pampanga. From one jam packed mall to another and in response to insistent public demand, the Cebu leg will feature a 10-piece band helmed by award-winning musical director Raul Mitra, with a special performance by Your Face Sounds Familiar first runner-up Michael Pangilinan. Fans will be in for a free world-class musical treat on July 30 as the Asia’s Songbird performs well-loved hits at the SM Northwing Atrium, SM City-Cebu, July 30, Saturday, 3:00 PM. 

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The concert series, which was extended for a second year due to its unstoppable success, aims to help promote the titular Regine Telset Series—a set of limited edition landline phones available for only P99 per month—launched last year to great acclaim, with stocks running out fast as soon as it was made available to the public.

PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali said, “The Regine Telsets, when bundled with PLDT HOME DSL, form the foundation of a digitally connected and smart home. PLDT HOME has been making it big in the hearts of Cebuano families, and we look forward to helping them forge the strongest connections with their families through powerful connections and world-class music.”

The Regine Concert Series is also scheduled for a Davao stopover on August 6. 

For more information on the Regine Telset Series, visit pldthome.com/landline

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Shirt Dress

6/24/2016
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What's not to love about a shirt dress? This is fast becoming a wardrobe staple and a mommy uniform. I've said it before but I will say it again-- a shirt dress is versatile, comfortable and easy-to-wear. Something that you can wear as a casual day look and take it to cocktails with friends after by switching accessories and shoes. However you want to style it, no matter where you want to wear it to, a shirt dress is anything but boring.

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For a weekend at my Uncle's place and my lola's ancestral place, opted to wear this striped shirt dress for ease and paired it with my Flossy plimsolls for maximum comfort. Nothing spells easy-wear styling than with all things comfortable. Finished off the look with my favorite hat and voila! Casual everyday mommy uniform with just three items.

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Sometimes, you don't need a whole lot of clothes for layering (tropical heat = sweaty armpits. eek! ) to look like a "legit" blogger. All you need is the right kind of attitude and your personal style to pull off any look. And by attitude I mean genuine and unpretentious, not overbearing and arrogant. 

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Happy Weekend!

Wardrobe Switch shirt dress | H&M hat | Flossy Plimsolls | Pandora bangle | Michael Kors watch

Fashion Curator Manila Cebu Trunk Show

6/05/2016
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Shopping for luxury items in Cebu means ordering online and dealing with customs and shipping fees that almost equals the amount of the item you're buying. It is a luxury in and of itself and that makes the buying experience a wee bit more troublesome. With all the unnecessary fees and the waiting game, the excitement in buying your first or second or 10th luxury bag, would've died down by the time it is finally in your hands. So wouldn't it be nice if we had luxury shops in Cebu that are not only accessible but has items that are made affordable as well? 

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Fashion Curator Manila is your one-stop shop for authentic luxury merchandise. Founded in May 2013, they've been providing their clientele with luxury items that are guaranteed authentic and sourced from legit stores abroad. Brand new and preloved items are made affordable with their flexible payment terms-- Cash, Credit card, Paypal and Lay-away. However you want to pay for your most coveted item, you are sure to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle.

And because they understand the worry that comes with purchasing a luxury item online, Fashion Curator Manila will have a pop-up booth here in Cebu this June!

Below are just some of the items that are up for grabs during this 2-day pop-up shop.

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This year's IT bag: Céline bag

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The very classic Prada tote

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Who doesn't love luxe designer shoes?

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YSL Tribute heels and classic pumps

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VALENTINO over a valentine any day. haha!

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Preloved luxury bags that are in excellent used condition

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FASHION CURATOR MANILA Cebu Trunk Show
June 24 - 25, 2016
The Orchard Hotel Cebu
A.S. Fortuna St. Mandaue City

A 2-day event that I'm sure most of us wouldn't want to miss out on!

For more details, follow Fashion Curator Manila on Facebook
@fashioncuratormanila on Instagram for brandnew items
@preownedbyfcm for preloved luxury items

Forever 21 Introduces Style Insider in Cebu

6/01/2016

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This June 8, Forever 21 is launching Style Insider in Cebu, a styling service that is the first of its kind from any high street brand in the Philippines. The launch, happening in the Forever 21 store in the Northwing at SM City Cebu, is to be hosted by model and TV host Mia Ali and will feature the styling prowess of Cebuano social media influencers, Kym Maitland-Smith, Lance de Ocampo, Jean Yu, Toni Pino-Oca, and stylists Blaq Mafia.

Fashion blogger Kym Maitland-Smith and styling team, Blaq Mafia, are each styling a 10-piece capsule collection that will be on display in the store. A collective comprised of Edward James Castro, Ching Villar, and Axel Que, Blaq Mafia has done styling for numerous magazine covers and fashion editorials.

Bloggers Lance de Ocampo of LanceDeOcampo.com and the duo, Jean Yu of LifeOnAFlavoredRunway.com and Toni Pino-Oca of PerfumedRedShoes.com will be doing on-the-spot styling for guests at the event. 

Exciting gifts are also up for grabs courtesy of MasterCard. Shoppers can expect a free golf umbrella or USB flash drive if they present a P2,000 single receipt purchase with their BDO F21 MasterCard or a free power bank for a P5,000 single receipt purchase with their BDO F21 MasterCard. During the launch, Forever 21 is also giving out one P21,000 shopping spree to be awarded to a raffle winner and Forever 21 gift cards worth P5,000 each to be awarded to two best-dressed guests. Customers who try the Forever 21 Style Insider service from June 8-11, 2016 will receive a 10% discount on a minimum purchase of P5,000 on regular-priced items. 

Forever 21’s Style Insider is an all-inclusive personal styling and shopping service, offered for free and with no purchase requirement at all Forever 21 stores in the Philippines including its two stores in Cebu in SM City Cebu and SM Seaside Cebu. The service aims to make shopping an easier and more intuitive experience, with a unique touch from Forever 21’s in-house stylists.

The Style Insider service begins with a personalized consultation. The Forever 21 stylist then creates a Style Prescription outlining the customer’s body type and flattering fits and cuts for their shape. The Forever 21 stylist proceeds to curate pieces from Forever 21’s expansive collections to suit the prescription.

No more hunting for the right size, or searching for the perfect color, or being unsure if the latest trend is appropriate – Forever 21’s stylists do the hard work so you can enjoy a fuss-free and fun shopping experience.

Now, everybody can not only shop at Forever 21, they can be #StyledByForever21


Bobbi Brown Extra Treatment Lotion: How to Use and Mini Review

5/29/2016
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When your skin begs for a little more hydration, and your moisturizers just don't make the cut, you turn to treatment lotions that do exactly just that-- boost your skin's hydration for a more supple and better-looking skin.

A few months ago, I attended a one-on-one Bobbi Brown lesson by Bobbi-trained Tamara Pineda and she demonstrated how to achieve a fresh no make-up look with just the basics. This of course covered the how-to's in applying your concealer and foundation. The very highlight of this workshop that stuck with me was the pre-makeup preparation which included the Bobbi Brown Extra Treatment Lotion.

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I went home with a full-size bottle of this treatment lotion for me to incorporate in my everyday makeup routine and nightly regimen. I've been using this lotion for 3 months now and I'm happy to report that I finally found a product that addresses my skin concern regarding hydration.

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Bobbi Brown Extra Treatment Lotion is a preparative lotion that you apply first before your skincare routine to maximize skin's moisture. It is a water-based lotion perfect for anyone who needs an extra moisture boost and who likes their skin soothed, calm and more even looking.

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For someone who grew up with a lot of skin issues ( I started using moisturizer when I was in 3rd grade ), it is imperative for me to find a product that targets all my problem areas without prominent downsides i.e. heavy feeling, stickiness, excess oil that leads to clogged pores. With the Bobbi Brown Extra Treatment Lotion, I have noticed significant change in my skin's suppleness in just 3 weeks of use but because I wanted to make sure that it wan't just a temporary result, I used it for the next 3 months hoping to see optimum results. 

So this is me after shower- no moisturizer, no concealer, no sunblock, NO KILAY!
Just the treatment lotion.

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I use the treatment lotion in the morning after applying my toner and before makeup, and at night after my toner and before my serum and moisturizer. While it does not promise acne-free and clearer skin ( you will need a different product to address these concerns ), it however promotes hydration making your skin more supple, more plump and better looking with that youthful glow. And because it is water-based, it is easily absorbed by the skin without giving you a heavy sticky feeling. 

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Typically, this is how I use my BB Extra Treatment Lotion in the morning and at night:

MORNING: Cleansing • Toner • BB Extra Treatment Lotion • Moisturizer • Makeup

AT NIGHT: Cleanse/Exfoliate • Toner • BB Extra Treatment Lotion • Serum • Moisturizer

I normally use 2 drops of the lotion but on days when I feel like my skin needs more boost and at night when the AC gives your face that drying feeling, I use 3 drops and massage it slowly and evenly on my face using my fingers.Cebu Beauty Blogger, Cebu Fashion Blogger, Cebu Bloggers, Beauty, Philippines, Blog, Bobbi Brown Extra Treatment Lotion, Reviews, Beauty Reviews, Asian, Filipina Blogger, Beauty Regimen, Nightly beauty ritual, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Beauty Blogs, Tamara Pineda
While it looks complicated and takes a whole lot of time, trust me, your skin will actually thank you for it.

Bobbi Brown Extra Treatment Lotion has Glycerin and Hyaluronate that binds moisture to skin for a plumped, more radiant appearance. Finally, Trelahose, a sugar-derived ingredient, promotes long term hydration without the sticky feeling.


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This treatment lotion is one of my highly recommended buys if you're looking for a product to help you boost skin hydration. Expect better skin texture, lesser fine lines and a more youthful glow with continued use.

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What products are you using to address hydration issues? Would love to hear your thoughts!