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!

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.

Musicals and Christmas bazaars: Events in November

Musicals and Christmas bazaars: Events in November

It’s like Christmas came in a month earlier.

Cats the Musical

It’s on a limited run for a reason. Poster from Lunchbox Theatrical Productions

November 6 onwards
The Theatre at Solaire
Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City
Paranaque City

Based on T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats the Musical” makes a stop in the Philippines for a limited season run at The Theatre at Solaire this November 6. It tells the tale of how all Jellicle cats gather for their annual Jellicle Ball just to hear who Old Deuteronomy, their benevolent leader, will pick as the Jellicle cat to be reborn into a new life. It features a cast headlined by world-renowned theatre star and the country’s own Joanna Ampil reprising her role as Grizabella.
Ticketworld.com.ph

Noel Bazaar 2019

November 15 to 24
World Trade Center, Pasay

Nineteen years on and no other Christmas bazaar in the country has yet to match the largest Christmas shopping bonanza that is the Noel Bazaar, with its first leg happening on November 15 to 24 at the World Trade Center. The bazaar is where you find the latest crafts and merch from some of the country’s best entrepreneurs, and GMA 7’s top celebrities auctioning off their pre-loved items. The best part: it’s all for charity.
Facebook.com/noel.bazaar/

VegFest Pilipinas 2019

November 16 to 17
BGC Arts Center, 26th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Head for the BGC Arts Center on November 16 and 17 and join the Vegans of Manila at VegFest Pilipinas 2019, an event meant to showcase of all things vegan—from food and non- food products and services, to talks about vegan lifestyle. If there’s ever a place and time to know more about veganism or find the latest vegan products in the country, it’s this.
Facebook.com/VegFestPilipinas/

Earth Run 2019

November 24

The fourth and final leg of this year’s Takbo Para sa Kalikasan, Earth Run gives you a reason not just to stay in shape but also be more aware of what is happening to our environment. Take part in the 3km, 5km, 10km run or go all out for the environment and join them in plogging, or picking up litter while jogging.
Facebook.com/takboparsakalikasan/

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