Wednesday, March 4, 2015

DIY: Ombré Spiked Shorts

This blog may not be your usual fashion blog, or what it used to be two years ago, but this is my life now. Activism is not just a hobby, or something you do during your free time. It is a way of life. There's no turning back now. I cannot unlearn or unsee anything I have experienced inside the movement. Yet blogging is a way that calms and relaxes me. I am a person that wants to pursue many interests, and I still have to strike a balance between those interests. Unlike commendable comrades who give their whole life to the revolution. 

Again, this won't be a tutorial on how to make a spiked ombré shorts, but i'll tell you something about it, this shorts used to be a white one, and I dipped it in water with jobos dye. And then I distressed it using tweezers and manually incised holes for the spikes. It was laborious and time consuming, but the end product is worth it. What do you think?




Weird angle with my photographer

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Airy

Sometimes, dressing up is a special way to cheer yourself up when you're feeling down. I was never the one to depend on anyone for my happiness, I often relied on books and fashion, and now on activism even more so. There's an indescribable fulfillment you get when you're out in the streets serving the masses, that have spent all their lives exploited and oppressed by this cruel system. I don't want ephemeral happiness, I want to feel ecstatic achieving genuine social change and seeing the people enjoying free basic social services that we have all fought for. Especially if those services are one of our rights as citizens of this country, and it is the government's mandate to provide them.







Thursday, February 19, 2015

DIY: Aztec Ombré Shorts

I love do-it-yourself projects. There's myriad of possibilities, you can create something you'll purchase at shops for much less, and you have your imagination and creativity as your guide. Unfortunately, this won't be a how-to guide, for you can get manuals in the vast expanse of the internet. And I didn't make this, so I want to thank my fashion designer friend, Jolina Santos, for making my dream come true.

This outfit is actually what I normally wear during school days. I am always sporting rubber shoes for I love walking in UP. And it balances the overall girly vibe of my ensemble. What can you say?





Monday, February 16, 2015

Stress Relief

It's crucial to find balance between your circle of friends, when we get to keep only some of them. So, a few weeks ago, I went out with my sister, Faye, and my high school friend, Khyncer. It was exactly what I needed.

The Old Spaghetti House's Alfredo

Pesto with grilled chicken for me!




Kids.





Friday, February 13, 2015

Down with Imperialism

This is a very late post, but last November 2014, GABRIELA Youth UP Diliman with Justice for Jennifer-Junk EDCA alliance organized a night of performances for the 40 day commemoration of the death of Jennifer Laude, a transgender who was slaughtered by an American marine. It is incredibly frustrating  because we cannot seek justice because our government signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement last April 2014, which basically gives jurisdiction over the American troops in the country to the US. Even if they commit heinous crimes to Filipino people, the US government can absolve them and the Philippines can't do anything about it. The highest form of justice that can be achieved is to evict all US forces in the Philippines for this to never happen again.

I joined a band!



Here's what I wore:






Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Portraits of Balacbacan

Last day in Balacbacan. At 2am, we joined the fisher folks at the pangulong, the process of catching fish aboard a medium scale fishing vessel. It was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience, one you wouldn't experience if you don't try grassroots organizing, or joining an exposure trip. You will witness how the sea yields these riches, the nets brimming with fishes of various species, and other marine life. You will feel the hardships of fisher folks, the lack of sleep, the frigidity of the sea, the danger of the waves and the weight of the nets. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos because I want to focus on the experience, not the documentation. 

At about 10am, KARAPATAN, and MADRE came to give relief goods to the community and that is when I took these photos. We will never lose hope because we have the support of the masses.

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Ate Elsie speaking about the injustice of the demolition

My group! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Balacbacan Exposure Trip 2015

I'm doing my thesis on solidarity travel, the kind of traveling to seek justice and equity, and it is another term for transnational activism. I went to Sitio Balacbacan in Laiya-Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas for the weekend for my data collection. Sitio Balacbacan used to be a striving fishing community but on July 2014, 22 buses of demolition trucks and hundreds of PNP and AFP forces were deployed to evict the 600 families living along the coastline for the development of resorts by Federico Campos III, the business man and a friend of the political entities in San Juan. It was overkill. The demolition was very inhumane. You take away local people's livelihood and home for tourism and the state is the number 1 proponent of this. The congressman of Batangas owns a 7 storey hotel in the coastline, which you actually cannot do because the buildings in coastal areas should be just the same height as the tallest coconut tree. But it is not followed, naturally, because whoever yields economic powers possess political powers as well so no one ever gets prosecuted.


Seafood trade at 5am



Spectacular sunrise on the beach


The people used to live here. They weren't rich, but it they were sufficient. They have concrete houses before, with all the amenities, now they live in houses made of tarpaulins and spare woods. They are living in the streets as a sign of protest, for they are far from the shore and their livelihood. Haligi ng Batangenyong Anakdagat (HABAGAT) and Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas  (PAMALAKAYA – Pilipinas) and other national democratic organizations are one with their struggle. 






The displaced families put red flags on their homes as a symbol for fighting for their rights








Simple yet sumptuous lunch
We then went hiking and discussed the local issues at the summit 
With all these outright human rights violations, it is only justifiable that the people are fighting for what is truly theirs. It is the government's mandate to provide shelter and livelihood for its own citizens yet they are doing the exact opposite, committing violent acts of oppresion and exploitation to the people of Balacbacan. Support them! You can contact me for more details on how you can help.