Last Thursday, the Manila Kid Team took on the challenge of Chictopia Style Icon and interior design student, Aivan Magno. "I'll be asking Filipino bloggers to wear one (or more) of my Igorot Pieces and give them the challenge to make it contemporary without losing their personal styles."
Together with Nicole Santos, MK's Fashion Editor
and Jonard Palteng, MK's Creative Director
we invaded Ortigas in our Igurot-inspired outfits and had one of the most awesome collaboration shoots ever!
It wouldn't be a surprise to say that we got stares from people around the area of Ortigas. From Mega Mall, we had to walk all the way to Podium to change clothes. Aivan led us to this shortcut where we had to pass a carinderia area - and it was lunch time. These people might be thinking that we came from some cultural show or something!
It's weird that people find Korean fashion in the streets more acceptable than something as Filipino as Ifugao fashion. This shouldn't be the case. Why do we have to look for inspiration in Tokyo, Milan or Paris when there's so much that our country has to offer? :(
And here is the amazing Aivan Magno. He told us that he had to dye his hair purple before meeting us (last week it was red). You may check out our feature article with him in Manila Kid here.
For the record, we're all "Chictopia babies." We've met each other online years ago when Chictopia hasn't been that famous and people would post their outfits mainly to share and express themselves - not to gain popularity.
After the shoot, we had to cool down in a coffee shop because walking under the scorching sun under three layers of clothes can be lethal.
We talked about a lot of things - from high school memories to plans after graduation. Of course we wouldn't miss talking about the blogging world - the issues revolving other bloggers (gossips!) and the power of media. It was a very insightful conversation because we shared our personal vision for our country. We dream of having a distinct/dominant Philippine fashion, because right now I think there is none. Our country has always been a melting pot of cultures.
Those who say that fashion bloggers are narrow and superficial cannot be farther from the truth. I've talked to a lot of them, and lahat sila ay may ipinaglalaban - from homosexuality acceptance in society to being true to yourself through your clothes.
Why use media to create pain and contempt if you can use it to spread love and positivity?:) In our case, it's our love for our country!:)