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The Glad Hatter

24 Sep

Ask any of my relatives what food item I resembled as a baby, and you’re likely to get this common answer: a siopao. I owe this largely to my complexion and round, bald head.

This baldness at birth is a staple in my father’s lineage – an heirloom propensity where even the girls are not exempt.

My mother happily took to dressing me in dresses and hats, perhaps in an effort to make me look less of a baby boy.

Me on my first birthday

This tradition continued until I was about two, when my head was shaved for the last time.

Angel at age 2

Angel at age 2

When the hems of my dresses grew longer, my hair too grew out as I outgrew my hats. 

But my affinity for them couldn’t be capped so easily, and this outfit pays homage to that fondness.

Sometimes I come across pictures from the 1930’s and older, and muse over how sharply people used to dress. Besides providing protection from the elements, hats indicated social status and functioned as confidence boosters. 

Today, one would be hard-pressed to find occasions to wear hats, especially in a tropical country like the Philippines. But I subscribe to the notion that non-occasions can be occasions in themselves — hence my sporting a hat and a dress to school one Tuesday in August. 

For an even more vintage feel, my wuvly photographer and I headed to the art deco-inspired Aldaba Hall for this shoot.

The printed yellow dress is a P35 ukay find from Ayala. My gray hat (P269) is from Landmark, worn with shoes by Comfit and a quaint mustache ring. 

30 Jul

Designed by Guel Karaan for UPJC

Prof. Mikee Inton at the UPJC IF

Org buddy Flo and I doing a Charmee ad

With Alex, my baby shark Ate >:)

Because vintage

Because still vintage

Out and About

Among the most unique facets of studying in a liberal institution is the diversity of learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. It’s only in UP, for example, where one would find courses like Queer Theory, Philosophy of Love and Sex and LGBT Psychology.

I took the latter subject in 2010 under Prof. Eric Manalastas. One lesson I will never forget is his comparison of the LGBT community to other minorities, particularly those based on race and economic status.

The key difference, he said, was that if someone were African-American or poor, at least one of their parents would belong to the same minority group. The same can very rarely be said for LGBTs – even within one’s own family, support systems can be hard to come by.

As a minority, and especially in the context of a dominantly Catholic country like thePhilippines, there is propensity for the LGBT movement to be sensationalized, misrepresented, or worst, underrepresented in the media.

Last July 26, the UP Journalism Club launched the Issue Forum (IF), a series of monthly dialogues anchored on the most pressing issues in Philippine media and society. This July’s IF delved on the current dynamics between the LGBT community and media. Talk points included media coverage and treatment of LGBT-related stories, LGBT media practitioners and the media consumption habits of LGBT individuals.

The University Student Council’s Vice Chairperson Alex Castro, Reverend Ceejay Agbayani of the Metropolitan Community Church-Q.C., Prof. Mikee Inton of theCollegeofMass Communication, and TV5’s Research Head Danton Remoto facilitated the discussion.

After the forum, we JCers feasted on palabok, pichi-pichi, communal Coke and Chupa Chups for my pre-birthday treat.

Today’s look was inspired by the white trapo (cloth rag) used by drivers to clean up their taxis, jeepneys and what-have-you.

Of course I kid. But admit it, the resemblance is uncanny. Haha!

I couldn’t resist playing around with filters for a few vintage-esque shots (last photos in the set), because the hie-thee-hither hem of the dress reminds me of playful swimsuits from the 1950s.

This ruffled, floral and flitty little number cost P130 from a thrift store in Buendia. The gold ribbon is recycled from last year’s birthday gift, and the gold ribboned shoes are from Landmark.

Photo credits to Jodesz Gavilan, whose prodding and encouragement propelled this blog’s creation.

26 Jul

Squarepants and Goody Blue Shoes

A week shy of my first year in college, I bought a pencil case with SpongeBob’s googly eyes as its design. That first purchase launched a humble collection of anything yellow, square, buck-toothed and porous.

We moved to a new home when I was a sophomore. After 16 years, I could finally enjoy the independence that came with having my own room. When I opened the door for the first time, I beheld my mother’s thoughtful little surprise — a fluffy comforter featuring numerous pajama-clad SpongeBobs. So much for feeling like a grown-up. 

I haven’t watched a single episode of SpongeBob since 2009, and it’s been ages since I’ve added any new memorabilia. In fact, I’ve given away some of the items as gifts to fellow enthusiasts, mostly kids. But there are some things in my erstwhile collection that I simply cannot dispense with.

This bright yellow jacket is one of them. We’ve been together three years; it’s among those articles of clothing I’m unlikely to give up, unless it gives up on me first. 

I love how the jacket adds instant cheer to any outfit, especially during the rainy season. It also makes the more formal pieces in my wardrobe, like this Vera Wang dress (P350) from an export overruns store, a little more dressed down for a school day. 

The fresh take on the Mary Jane is from one of my favorite shoemakers, the Marikina-based Landi & Nuti. 

Ribbons of all colors and sizes are a staple in my wardrobe. The one featured here was a birthday gift from last year, along with the teal bangle.