Moda MindaNow 2015

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Moda MindaNow is a fashion designing competition of different regions in Mindanao. It happens every year during Kadayawan Festival in Davao City. Last August 16, 2015 I was invited by Davao Bloggers Society to attend this event. I’ve heard about this since last year and I’m excited about it. As the event started all the designers and models are preparing back stage to walk the ramp. When the ethnic music stars to beat all camera are pointing directly to the ramp. There are three categories during the contest.

Pret-A-Porter – It’s a ready to wear fashion inspired from the different tribes in Mindanao.
Winner with this category received P 15,000 for 1st runner-up, P 10,000 for the 2nd runner-up and 3rd runner-up P 5,000

Couture – It’s a high fashion formal wear that shows the creativity of the designers.
Winner with this category received P 15,000 for 1st runner-up, P 10,000 for the 2nd runner-up and 3rd runner-up P 5,000

Innovative Passion – It’s a fashion where designers use different types of fabric materials.
Winner with this category received P 20,000 for 1st runner-up, P 15,000 for the 2nd runner-up and 3rd runner-up P 10,000

The non-winners also received P3,000 as consolation prize.

Winners from Koronadal City








All of the designers did a good job. They are very creative especially the winners who came from Koronadal City Mr. Sherwin Tiongson, Duhata and Archie Castillo . Their works really surprised me. I can’t wait for next year!

Mr. Jared SercaƱo, the finalist in the reality TV show Runway Philippines showcase his B'laan-inspired collection who also happens to be Moda Mindanow 2014 top choice for the long gown competition. 




To all Mindanao designers, keep on inspiring young designers! 

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Asset

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Off shoulder top: Yahoo
Printed leggings: Yahoo
Bag: Michaela
Shoes: CNL



Somebody ask me if I’m a swimmer, then I told her I’m not. Why you ask? I said. She thought I ‘am because of my broad shoulders. People ask me this question every time I wore sleeveless outfit.  At first I don’t know if it is a good complement or if I will take it positively. I find women with broad shoulders very masculine kasi. Then a guy asks me the same question again, so I told him I’m not. I just have this wide shoulder that looks like a man.  But I was surprised by his answer. No, it looks sexy and sporty too me. PAK! Gusto ko yang hirit mo friend! (Insert blushed face here). Sometime we have a tendency to disown our own beauty. If there is something that we don’t like about our body parts, the next option will be have it surgery which is I’m guilty about it. And I’m not against it at all. What I’m trying to point here is we have to appreciate what we have. God gave it not to make you look ugly but to make you feel beautiful inside and out. Look for your asset. You just have to accept it whole heatedly and be contented about it. Hindi bale there are many ways to enhance it naman. Just choose what to wear and enhance your asset. 

About my outfit, I wore black off shoulder to emphasis my broad shoulder and comfy printed legging to shape my butt and legs during MindaNow event last Aug. 16, 2015 at SM City Davao. I also bring my trusted tote bag to carry all my things and a black sandal to match it up. I saw this snake print fold over tab purse and bow clip top purse by River Island that also looks good to pair with my outfit. River Island is available online at ZALORA Philippines.

So what is your asset?

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Blessed at 32

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Romper: Gaisano Grand Dept. Store
Shoes: Solemate








August is my birthday month and this year I turned 32 years old. They said I’m already out from the dates at the calendar.  #sadface But hey! There is still lottery at 42 and bingo at 75. These are just numbers, right?!  What matters most is how you spend and value your life. At this age I would say I’ve been to a lot of trials from heart breaks to empty pockets up to failures and these three experiences are my best teachers. Thanks God I still survived! #blessed I know I will still have a lot of bridges’ to cross especially this year that I will be facing the new chapter of my life. Thanks to my family who’s always been there to guide me. For my friends who continue to cherish their crazy moments with me and to my new family who openly welcomes me. Maraming Salamat po! (Thank you very much!) #happykidhere

About my outfit, every year I always buy new cloths for my birthday but this time I choose not to wear red. I saw this romper short with sleeve and fell in love with its printed leaves design. 
What you think of my outfit?

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Food Trip at Red'z Sinugba, Davao City

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Sunday is a day for family. After going to church, we make sure to fill-in our tummy with sumptuous food.  The usual scenario is heading to the mall and look for fast food chain. It’s the easiest and fastest way to order a food. However eating at the same food chain and ordering the same food makes you feel “umay” (fed-up). Good thing there is a new restaurant that offers sinugba (roasted food) and seafoods. Check out  Red’z Sinugba and Seafoods Restaurant. It is located at Km. 5 Buhangin , Davao City (former Ey’s Tuna). They served not just seafood but also pork, chicken and vegetable meals.



Crispy Buttered Chicken P165.00
Japanese Maki
Halaan Soap (Imbao shell) P125.00
Fried Tuna Belly with Garlic and Butter
Red'z Fried Rice P145.00

Sweet and Sour Lapu-Lapu
Sizzling Bagaybay P155.00
Me together with Sarah Gavile and Jimmer Ariate of Davao Bloggers.
Thanks to Mr. Red Abuzo and Mrs. Malou Abuzo (owner) for the sumptuous dinner.



Red'z Sinugba is open from 9am-2:00pm and 5:00pm-10:00pm daily
For reservation call Tel. no. (082) 305-0727 / 0925-785-5897
or like their FB page here Red'z Sinugba

And Oh! Don't forget to order their very refreshing Four Season's Juice. *wink!

Thanks for dropping by Lovelies!

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What to consider when buying a Condo?

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There are many things to consider when buying a condo, but the bottom line for many homebuyers would be the price of the property.  They believe that the price ultimately determines whether the condo unit is a good or a bad buy.

When buying a condo unit, cheaper does not always mean a better buy. That’s because buying cheap is relative. If you can get a good quality pair of shoes at rock bottom prices, it may be your lucky day. Sadly, it does not follow when it comes to real estate, because when you get it for cheap, you almost always end up getting what you paid for.

For one, the location could be less than attractive. There’s a big chance the condominium community you’re eyeing for its affordability is situated in a neighborhood that is less than ideal for a comfortable, safe, and convenient living.

It could be located in a busy but rough part of town, where safety can be a constant concern.  The condominium might be in the middle of the city, but if the neighborhood has a reputation for petty crimes, would you sacrifice your peace of mind for a cheaper condo home?

On the other hand, it could be located away from downtown, in a safe and peaceful part of the city, but far from modern amenities and daily essentials.  This will entail a longer commute, thereby exposing you to more traffic and higher expense for fuel or fare for transportation. 

Soon you will find it too much of an effort to go downtown to buy groceries or pay bills or run errands.  It will dawn on you that it totally negates the whole concept of condo living, where its central location makes everyday living easy, convenient, and hassle free. 

There's another catch when the condominium's location is in a sleepy and uneventful part of town where there’s simply nothing going on. For one, it does nothing to your goal of living an exciting urban lifestyle.  More importantly, it negatively impacts your investment because a good condo investment requires a promising location with a good potential for growth and progress.

Another thing to look into is the condominium's facilities.  Does it have the full range of amenities or is it very spartan to the point of being non-existent. Facilities and amenities that are poor in quality and quantity should be a deal-breaker by itself. So when you find a condo unit priced so low it sounds too good to be true, it almost always is.

The other side of the coin, however, does not usually mean the opposite.  When a condominium property is priced within the high-end range, many believe it automatically means it offers the best options. While it could be true in a few cases, it is not always the case.

Some condominium developments are pricey simply because the cost of construction is very high.  If a condominium is built on wet or marshy land, the developer invests heavily on building a strong foundation.  This bloats the cost of the development and in turn makes the condo units pricier than most.  

Typically, those looking for a condo usually want it located in a “nice" neighbourhood, meaning the community is safe, convenient, and promising. That is why the best condominium communities are located at the heart of the city’s growth area, such as Northpoint, the landmark development of Vista Residences in Davao.

Northpoint is built on solid bedrock within the elevated land at the junction of Buhangin Road and JP Laurel Avenue, Bajada, two major thoroughfares plied by public transportation and lead to both the northern and southern part of the city. 

It is nestled within the heart of north Davao's growth area, where the real estate development is flourishing and the business district, BPO parks, and commercial and shopping centers are thriving.  Its central location makes it near to almost everything, giving its unit owners a convenient lifestyle.

As a masterplanned development, it has world-class amenities such as the majestic clubhouse called Wakefield Manor, a fitness gym, an adult wellness pool with salinated water, kiddie pool, cabanas, grill pits, and a multi-purpose hall.  There are pocket gardens, nature park, jogging track, and shuttle service to the main gate.


More on Northpoint is available at the Camella Offices at Delgar Bldg, JP Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City, with telephone number 226-3100.


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