one of the perks of my job is being able to attend events on billable hours. last saturday, on the sinulog weekend, our company Drawingboard Creative Studios sponsored an event at the CICC featuring Hed Kandi. we created their promotional designs and printed their posters and streamers. it’s been a while since we’ve sponsored an event and it was actually the first time i attended one for our company.
unfortunately though, the only other perks i can say about that night was having spent it with harry and having been able to wear this outfit. honestly, the event was mediocre to say the least. upon mentioning Hed Kandi, people initially got excited as his music brought us amazing memories and is still continuing to do so. i think the event might not have been well-promoted. the initial hype was there but nearing the event, it lacked the much-needed push for people to attend it. the place itself didn’t have enough spunk that would get the people excited when they arrive at the venue. the heavy rain may be blamed for the significantly low attendance but certainly not the absence of eye-catching decorations, identifiers upon entering that the event is featuring Hed Kandi or even lights on the photo wall. in three words, the event was ‘awkward like prom’.
oh i didn’t say i didn’t have fun that night though. i did as i do always manage to make the most out of the situation. mimicking the dancers’ moves, getting free beer and eating at what we call ‘the cholesterol center’ with harry, sister and her husband after the event was fun enough for me.
printed mini-dress – pratunam, bangkok
tulle ruffled shorts (underneath) – props
black studded wedge booties – ebay find
studded bucket bag – parisian, sm dept store
necklaces: round imprinted – gifted from gelie | dogtags – custom-made
silver bangles – carbon finds
skull ring – carbon find
purchasing this pair of studded boots despite living in a tropical country is probably one of the best shoe decisions i’ve made in 2009. this pair has gone through two Sinulog festivals and has freed my feet from mud, being stepped on and believe it or not, blisters. Sinulog is always the best excuse to go over the top with the outfit and don as many accessories as you can. as i didn’t have enough time to make my American-Indian head dress, my mom’s floral boho top is the next best thing plus my favorite head dress, the turban. next year for sure, i’ll be donning feather on my head.
Sinulog is also always the perfect excuse to go wild out on the streets even with the heavy rain, paint our bodies with anything that we’ll probably regret when we get to the office on Monday, drink even in the early afternoon, blow on a whistle till’ our friends go deaf and shout to our hearts desire. you don’t believe me? i’ll let the photos do the talking…
i don’t know how i got home but i owe Harry for getting me there safely. next year, i’m not drinking on an empty stomach nor am i stealing any cups of beer from unknowing friends. LOL.
floral bohemian top – thrifted
denim shorts – beads and blooms
studded boots – mongkok, hong kong
purple printed turban – thrifted
brass alligator and scorpion connector ring – carbon find
huge black oval ring – gifted from sweet of pensandlens
elephant necklace – carbon find
elephant tusk – bangkok
brass bangles – carbon finds
wooded bangle – raw materials store, cebu
disclaimer: pardon the puppy face on the last photo. i meant to show you my peacock feather earrings and my owl connector ring. can you believe each accessory are just below PHP 50.00?
as if it was intently scheduled by the heavens above, after raining for 2 weeks due to the la niña, the clouds cleared up and the sun came out to get ready for the festivities this weekend.
we will be celebrating the feast of the sto. niño this weekend. (sto. niño, meaning the child jesus). the feast celebrates how us, filipinos who had Islamic and Pagan origins, were Christianized and accepted Roman Catholicism. the celebration is called the Sinulog
and is celebrated with nine days of novena before the feast, a procession for the child jesus and the street dancing with the dancers and participants in bright and extravagant costumes, giant mascots and colorful parade floats. literally everyone able to walk will be out on the streets celebrating during the parade. it is chaotic, what with the traffic and huge flux of people dancing, drinking and just having an awesome time but the celebration is definitely still something we look forward to every year as it is always a reason to get together with family and friends.
white top – thrifted
green suede electro-pleated skirt – thrifted
camel faux leather bag – parisian, sm dept store
peacock earrings – platinum mall, bangkok
owl connector ring – carbon find
camel braided belt – pratunam, bangkok
brown sunnies – bazaar find
it’s the 30th sinulog in cebu! to know more about this festival — click here
it’s grander than new year’s here in our place and i swear, every year more and more people flock to cebu! it’s not a mob but a tidal wave of people and all you can do is let the waves take you… even the rain this year couldn’t stop the people from partying…
the family and i had our annual lunch at my tita’s (aunt’s) house in talamban and the above photos were taken on their steps. i couldn’t eat much because i was sick the whole night and had painful stomach spasms — almost had myself hospitalized if it weren’t for the thoughts of sinulog motivating me to get through it. i mean, i don’t want to miss the fun on the streets and stay couped up in a hospital room…after lunch, my friends and i hung out at a bar on the streets of mango, right near the actual sinulog parade… we did our own body painting (as seen below: my own painting of our group name right on my arm)… i took a few photos of the parade and the people (as much as i could manage since it’s very crowded)… then we walked to ayala cebu to have a picnic on the terraces grounds and watch the fireworks…i’m very proud to say that i got through this year’s festival SOBER…haha!
printed top – roxy
boho skirt – thrifted
flip-flips – havaianas (make your own)
black studded boots – mongkok ladies market
black bag – lil’ sister’s
dog tag necklace – custom made
reindeer in gun metal (necklace) – bubble bee gift shop
rings – props
gun metal cuff – props
pink sunnies – thrifted
when confused about what to wear, we can’t go wrong with neutrals. as much as a love colors with punch, i always go back to shades of brown. it’s my go to palette.
i’ve been losing some sleep because of the band practice at the back of our apartment. here in cebu, celebrations start with christmas season and end by valentines. some people even don’t take down christmas decorations until february..haha! and why is this? well, cebuanos celebrate ‘the sinulog’ — the feast of the baby jesus. it’s a city wide celebration with a big procession on 3rd saturday of the month and a huge mardigra on the sunday after that. there’s street dancing from different contingents and schools (all sacrifices and offerings to the baby jesus)..and there’s a lot of parties on the streets…the mardigra ends with fireworks…and before we know it, we’re waking up with a really bad hangover…it’s really crazy!
anyway, my ‘a-te’ (big sister) told me i need to get better backdrops for my photos. i wish! i don’t have much time or chances to go around and find good scenery as i take my photos right when i get home from work. i wish i can have denise’s
backgrounds. she always has really good and interesting ones.
cropped pants – mom’s closet
white tank top – metro kid’s dept
cropped jacket – thrifted
brown suede shoes with rhinestones – celine (a gift from mom)
long necklace – a gift from ivy
bejewelled cuffs – custom made by sis
rings – props
sunnies – thrifted