When Miguel Polido and Pia Ymas began dating some four years ago, I remember a lot of people saying, “What a gorgeous couple! They’re gonna make beautiful babies one day!” Apparently that’s how most people make a judgment call on whether a couple is a perfect match—they imagine the resulting offspring! I, however, am not […]Read more "Bisou Bisou (or, Kiss Me in French): Miguel and Pia"
Not a lot of people know this, but early this year (in February) I was invited by the University of San Carlos Technological Center’s College of Architecture and Fine Arts (USC-TC CAFA) to be stylist mentor to a couple of their graduating Fashion Design students during their Line Development course endeavors. The premise: work with […]Read more "A Different Kind of High: Charmaine Tara Chua’s Senior Collection"
I was swimming in delight the whole time I was working on this couple’s engagement session. Cindy and Anthony here both worked for a cruise liner (the Norwegian Pearl, if I am not mistaken; her as guest service representative, him as stateroom steward), and that’s how they met, in August of 2010, and then fell […]Read more "Cruisin’ is Made for Love: Anthony and Cindy"
Wasn’t it only a little over a year ago that designer Mark Tenchavez launched a shoe line under his Shandar brand? I mean, to me it feels like only yesterday that I photographed his muses (models Marjay Ramirez and Cielo Ramirez, pastry chef Gayle Urgello, and lawyer Christina Garcia-Frasco) for the catalog of his premiere […]Read more "The Heels Meet the Hills: Shandar Goes to L.A."
There are those who let their so-called achievements, however insignificant, get to their heads. And then there are those who, no matter the high places their career has taken them, keep their feet firmly planted in the ground. Go ahead and count the model Fretzel Buenconsejo in the latter category. Modest to a fault—i.e., to […]Read more "Trust Me, It’s Paradise: Fretzel Buenconsejo x Gracie Q"
How popular are Oyo Sotto and Kristine Hermosa’s engagement photos (by the great Nelwin Uy) to the just-got-engaged/to-be-hitched set these days? I swear, I must have had four or five couples come up to me and gush about them. And who can blame them, really? I myself (and I am not getting engaged or married […]Read more "If You’re Young at Heart: Chito and Tuesday"
“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” So wrote the celebrated American travel writer and fictionist Paul Theroux in The Washington Post (date unknown), in an effort to debunk the myth that the act of traveling was a sophisticated one—having journeyed through Asia by train for four or so months, and having lived to tell of […]Read more "The Great Escape: Rey and Sheryl"