Bargain digging at Divisoria

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Julio 2nd, 2010

Last time, I wrote about the Sunday Legaspi market, where you can find all sorts of things and even unexpected surprises. It is a very accessible place to find trinkets and sundries, since it’s near the mall, offices, and villages. But if you want to hunt for the best bargains and are not afraid of an adventure, you should get ready to push and jostle your way through the oftentimes messy and disorderly streets and stalls of Divisoria, Manila. (more…)


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 Philippines voices

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Junio 29th, 2010

I never expected to chat with so many wonderful people across the globe, and to meet the lovely winners and bloggers in New York last April, together with the people from Benetton. As many have already said, this has been something truly memorable.

But that was not the end. Take these quotes from some Philippines guys and gals, who have joined the contest and have created new profiles even after the winners were announced. That’s the art of enjoying.

Sara Camille
I like to draw people I know as dinosaurs and monsters… I’m not good at goodbyes, but I really like cheese… Shine on, rock on, and love, love, love! :)

Yes, my hair is natural. (And what hair!)

In a time where men and women have no boundaries to what they can or can’t do, I think IT’S TIME for something new, someone less gender-specific. Someone like me, who the general public seem to look at differently, can actually be recognized for a change.

Mike Grageda
I’m mixed race. I’m mostly Filipino, a little Chinese and a little Spanish in me. Just shows how the world is getting more diverse and diverse.

It’s always been my dream to become a model.

Mauie Sanchez
I’m a dreamer, my dreams bring me to places I’ve never been to and to dreams I never thought I could have…My innate ability to make others laugh is what keeps me going, and my heart (en)joys in the continuous unfolding of the wonders of this world.

Pretty eyed, pirate smile, she’ll marry a music man. :)

I never, ever, eeeeever (I needed to stress that) in my life thought I would have had the GUTS to take a strike at my dream of becoming a Benetton model, considering the proximity and lack of opportunities! Thus, when I found out about this competition seven days ago, despite others already thousands of votes ahead of me, I just told myself, GO FOR IT! You never know when an opportunity like this may arise again, so just do it! and I DID! I am not afraid to be different. Life is too short to blend in…Bad day? Good day? It don’t matter, you gonna see me smiling like no other.

Arito Lara
Goodbye people! This was a fun experience! :) Life goes on!

El Bosquejo


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 Style in Manila

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Marzo 19th, 2010

At first I thought it was impossible to even think about it. A streetstyle blog that documents style in Manila. My apprehensions included my perception that there just weren’t enough stylish people, that it’s impossible to dress up well in a tropical country since we couldn’t use many layers, and that, well, the Philippines is a third-world country and one needs money to dress well.

Guess what? I was proven wrong time and again.

The pictures I have taken for my other blog, La Folie Douce, show that people with different personalities have their own way of showing them through their clothing, which even in a single layer are more than enough. I have found stylish people not just in fashion shows and amongst the fashion crowd; I have also spotted them in the numerous malls scattered across Manila, bumping into them while walking in the business district or finding my way in the dirty, littered streets of the old capital. Of course, not all of them were wearing designer clothing. I have found that the more creative and sophisticated are the most well-versed in flea-market bargaining.

Indeed, style is everywhere. One need only to pay attention and look close enough.

Someone asked me what I looked for when I took pictures. I said that no matter what they were wearing, every piece should be them, a part of their identity, like an unmistakable badge. I know it’s very abstract, but you’ll know it when you see it.

I find that such stylish people find it easier to smile and laugh at themselves while staying confident. This I’m sure is true not just for Manila, much less, just for the ‘third-world’.

El Bosquejo


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