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Fly through the air… on silk?!

Fly through the air… on silk?!

Get suspended from the ceiling and move with grace with nothing but a piece of cloth.

What is aerial silk?

A quick demo on what it is.

It’s a performance art where you move in mid-air using only your body and a piece of special fabric. You climb the fabric as if you’re using ropes and use it to wrap, suspend, swing, and spiral your body into and out of various positions.

Gear up. You need

You don’t need to go full-on diva with your clothes.

– Comfy workout clothes, with leggings that cover the back of your knees and any tight-fitting top
– Short nails
– Go barefoot, jewelry-free, and moisturizer-free
– Water bottle to stay highdrated
– Have a light snack at least an hour before your training
– Keep an open your mind and be ready to learn

Day 1 of class.

Everything will be taught on the ground first before taking it off the floor once you’re ready.

– Meet greet between teacher and students
– Do warm-up exercises such as dynamic stretching, core excercises, warm-up climbs with the fabric)
– You’ll be taught how to mount and dismount the fabric, do’s and dont’s, safety precautions, and other essential information
– First things first. You’ll be first be made familiar with the fabric along with how to develop strength and condition

Basic moves to learn

– Basic climb
– Simple knots (single foot lock)
– Beginner moves such as standing hip lean, sitting hip lean, and figurehead

Worry not. Can’t do a pull-up? Feel like you’re not flexible? Worry not for you’ll develop those as you train.

The basics
Where to go to learn aerial silk. Elite Aerial Arts143 Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City.

All photos courtesy of Elite Aerial Arts

Festive events for December 2019

Festive events for December 2019

Here are shows, trade fairs and more to squeeze in in between countless get togethers in the merriest month of the year

Ayala Land’s Festival of Lights

Until January 12, 2020

A yearly highlight for the people of Makati, the Ayala Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens features the creativity of lighting director Voltaire De Jesus expressed in a lights and sounds show that will give you a smile after a long day of work.
Ayala Triangle Gardens, 6pm – 10pm

San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival

December 15 – Jan 1, 2020

Photo by Nestor Gonzales, taken from fb.com/GiantLantern

Loads of people will only see 12 gigantic Christmas lanterns or parol from the 12 baranggays of San Fernando, Pampanga at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga, but the people of San Fernando see more than just the lanterns. Join them as they celebrate their annual Giant Lantern Festival and see how the people of San Fernando both pay homage to tradition and innovate the humble parol.
Robinsons Starmills Pampanga, San Fernando, Pampanga | Giantlanterns.com

The Royal Affair at Solaire

December 31

They’ll be holding down the fort at Solaire this year. Poster taken from ticketworld.com.ph

Join Philippine concert royalty Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez, the Concert King and Queen, as they take to the stage at The Tent in Solaire and ring in the new year with a bang. It’s going to be a night of beautiful music, free-flowing wine and fine dining that you won’t soon forget.
The Tent, Solaire Resort and Casino | ticketworld.com.ph

We’ve also found a list of fairs and bazaars that you’ll surely love:

Green House Fair

December 14 – 15

It’s not exactly a Christmas bazaar, but it is something that people from the South should look into. The Green House Fair looks to be the go-to weekend market for sustainable clothing, plant-based grub, all-natural bathroom essentials, and even accessories for your pets!
Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City | greenhousefairph.com

Noel Bazaar

December 19 – 22, 2019

No list of bazaars would be complete without one of the longest-running (and quite possibly the largest) Christmas Bazaars in Manila: the Noel Bazaar. It’s gotten so big that it’s already split into three, with this one being their final run at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The best part: a portion of the proceeds goes to select charities, including the GMA Kapuso Foundation!
SMX Convention Center Manila, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City | fb.com/noel.bazaar

World Bazaar Festival

December 14 – 23

If the Noel Bazaar isn’t enough for you to complete your shopping list, then here’s another bazaar for you: the annual World Bazaar Festival. Happening at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, this one runs for 10 (yes, TEN) days, with a portion of the procbeeds also going to charity, this time to the ABS-CBN Kapamilyw Foundation.
World Trade Center, Pasay Extension corner, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Pasay City | fb.com/worldbazaarfestival

#WeShopAsOne: Filipino celebs who shop local

#WeShopAsOne: Filipino celebs who shop local

All the more we look up to these stars for their support of local makers, from bag crafters to fashion designers.

Homegrown designers having their creations shown abroad is nothing new; Filipinos are, after all, quite creative when it comes to design.

But what’s worth celebrating more is the growing patronage of our very own celebrities for local brands. The upside? Since these stars are most people’s fashion inspirations, then the geniuses in our fashion industry get the limelight they very well deserve. Here are a few of these local-loving personalities who we are giving our nods to.

Marian Rivera-Dantes (@marianrivera)

The Hispanic showbiz royalty that is Marian Rivera is known to rock local threads, specifically local weaves, which she pairs with classic pieces. A search for #kaTribuYan on Instagram yields local designers like Ivara Seron (@ivaraseron), Yong Davalos (@yong.studio), and Jor-El Espina (@jorel.espina).

Heart Evangelista (@iamhearte)

A person who’s no stranger to the world of fashion is Heart Evangelista. Yes, people know her for wearing some of the most popular fashion brands in the world, but she’s also known to #wearlocal (not an official hashtag, but we would like it to be) particularly by designers such as Bea Valdes (@beavaldesdesign) and Mark Bumgarner (@markbumgarner). Oh, and did we mention she’s the creative director of local fashion brand Kamiseta?

Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina)

A lady who’s no stranger to the catwalk (model, designer, former Bb. Pilipinas-Universe), Maxine Medina has been seen in clothes that one might recognize without being in the fashion industry. But did you know that one of her favorites as far as jewelry is (at least according to her IG) concerned are by local designer Marcy Lim‘s (@marcysjewelry)?

Cat Arambulo-Antonio (@catarambulo)

This lady went from being in PR and brand management to a beauty columnist, a brand ambassador, and an interior designer. She’s also one proud momma, but we’re here for her sense of fashion, especially in carrying local creations from the likes of Lally Dizon (@lallydizon_mnla) and her collaboration with up-and-coming Mindanaoan label KAAYO Modern Mindanao (@kaayo.ph).

Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila)

Anthony Ramirez (@anthonyramirezdesigner). Jewelmer (@jewelmer, top-of-the-line South Sea Pearls, in case you’re wondering). Mark Bumgarner. Filip+inna (@filipinna). This fashionable journalist has worn them either on air or in events she hosts/attends. She’s no stranger to the spotlight, what with hosting a show on ANC and all, so why not use it as a showcase for local designers?

Lyn Ching-Pascual (@lynching7)

Morning shows at GMA 7 were always pleasant, especially when this lady was on screen. The morning show host has been a part of Unang Hirit ever since it aired in December 1999, and she’s brighten up her fair share of mornings not only with her wit but also with her fashion sense, especially with her Katre (@katrehq) bags.

Any notable brands and celebs we missed? Hit us up in the comments section below!

Glamp in style at Nacpan Beach Glamping, El Nido

Glamp in style at Nacpan Beach Glamping, El Nido

Top tier camping facility Nacpan Beach Glamping opened its doors in one of El Nido’s quieter areas, Nacpan, about an hour’s ride from the main town—a thumbs up to those wanting to camp but with creature comforts at bay.

Isn’t it grand?

In a one-hectare land now sits nine luxe tents surrounded by palm trees and shrubbery, mere steps away from what The Telegraph has described as one of the “29 dreamiest beaches on Earth.” Nine more tents are set to open in October.

Here’s how it looks from the outside.

The tents made from canvas with heavy-duty cotton built to withstand the El Nido weather, come with a zipped mesh and PVC windows, and view of either the beach or the mountains. The interiors are set in earthen tones furnished with queen bed set on top of a native-style sisal rug, has thoughtful touches like a Japanese pendant light, and airconditioning, which you don’t really need if you’re breathing pristine sea breeze.

This is how it looks inside.

Food at Nacpan Beach Glamping is part of the stay you pay for and you get it from the Nacpan Sunmai Restaurant located right beside the campsite. It features an international menu with local favorites like sisig and grilled tanigue mixed with Japanese katsu, Italian pizza, and smoothie bowls. Other exciting stay inclusions guests get to experience are a one-hour sunset sail, and origami classes using coconut leaves.

Visit between December and May and you may get the chance to see turtle hatchlings being released.

The basics
Php7,500 per night for two; however, a tent can fit up to four
Nacpanbeachglamping.com
Tel: +63956 234 0162

Get there. SkyJet Airlines (skyjetairlines.com) has regular flights from San Vicente, Palawan where a van can take you to El Nido. Get off at Discover El Nido office on Amboy Street in El Nido town and hop on the Nacpan Shuttle Service.

Stars for Christmas: the Philippine parol

Stars for Christmas: the Philippine parol

Christmas maybe from the West, but the parol is truly Filipino.

The West may have developed the idea of Christmas, but the Filipinos have embraced it possibly more than the rest of the world. Case in point: the Philippines having the “longest Christmas” in the world, with decor and the holiday spirit kicking in as early as September.

A quintessential part and perhaps the most unique symbol of Christmas in the Philippines is the ever-present parol, a five-point-star-shaped lantern usually made of bamboo sticks and colored paper.

Taken from the Spanish word farol (meaning lantern or street light), its origins are said to date back to the early 1900s in Pampanga. First made by Francisco Estanislao, its base design, a five-point star pretty much stay unchanged since its inception.

Materials used vary from simple—bamboo sticks for the frame covered by papel de hapon or colored cellophane—to complex—steel, white or stained capiz shells, and a bunch of wires and circuitry. You can find at least one parol by the façade of Filipino home, or as part of the holiday decor beautifying streets of busier metropolises like Makati.

If you’re looking for the best designs, look no further than San Fernando City in the province of Pampanga. Lantern making in this city is an art and a livelihood, and is best embodied in the annual Giant Lantern Festival, held a couple of weeks before Christmas in December annually.

The basics
Get there. Take a Partas or a Victory Liner bus from these transport companies’ terminal in Cubao to get to San Fernando, Pampanga. Travel time is about one hour.

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