12:54 PM

A week ago, I went to Chiaroscuro, a summer party and fashion show held at Republiq Club in Resorts World Manila. Because I only knew about the event from a text invite, my only goal of attending at first is simply to show my all-out support for my blogger friends Karl Leuterio of Inkarlcerating and Mike Magallanes of Toxicdiscoboy, who both own the avant garde retail brand Paradigm Shift. It was their first-ever runway showcase after becoming a part of Fashion Designers Alliance Manila (FaDAL) and so, I really wanted to be there to witness it and cheer for them.

As I eagerly wait for the fashion show to start, there was a short segment first introducing the event's beneficiary, MyShelter Foundation; a non-stock non-profit organization which aims to create a system of sustainability and reliability through its capability-building and employment-generating projects. Its founder Illac Diaz presented their latest campaign, Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.

To further understand this promising project, watch this video.
It's really a mix of emotions for me. You see, I easily get affected by social realities like this. While it's great to know that another awesome and innovative project like Isang Litrong Liwanag exists, it also breaks my heart to see how destitute most of our fellow Filipinos are. Poverty deprives them of even the most basic needs of all like electricity when on the other hand, we are so privileged enough to be able to use our laptops for hours and just leave the lights open for almost the whole day. It can get frustrating as well because after living for about 20 years, nothing has really changed in the country's poverty situation if you take a closer look at it. Really sad isn't?

Anyway, before I show you the photos that I've taken, here's a quick trivia for those who may be wondering what chiaroscuro (pronounced as kē-är'ə-skʊr ō) means in connection to the event. The word has something to do with of course, "light". In art, it refers to a manner of using strong contrasts between light and dark to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects. Meanwhile, in cinematography, it indicates extreme low-key lighting to create distinct areas of light and darkness in films, especially in black and white movies. So there!

Enough talk, now let's move on to the photos!

MyShelter Foundation executive director Illac Diaz looking as dashing as ever.

Sam Oh hosted the event. A part of me wants to be a successful TV/events host like her.

Admit it Tim Yap, I made you look incredible in this photo. Haha.

Now here's Paradigm Shift's latest collection inspired by Power Rangers!

Love these pants!

Karl specialty shredded tees.

More creations from FaDAL designers.

Love this white couture wedding/ball gown by Gershwin Cua.

Another Gershwin Cua emerald beaded gown.

Feisty Ornusa Cadness in a sexy Jaz Cerezo cocktail dress.

I super liked this Mark Tamayo detailed cream blazer.

Jilla Sara's cut-out vest.

One of Ulysses King's oriental themed designs. May dahon-dahon pa, taray!

I'm not a big fan of Lizanne Cua's designs. *Sorry*

And now, let's all congratulate Karl and Mike for a job well done!

Wooh! Go Karl!

We are sooo proud of you guys!

Overall, it was a great show for a worthy cause. Medyo bitin lang because only three sets per designer were showcased on the runway. I wished there were more. But I had fun nevertheless and I enjoyed myself in the company of bakla blogger friends Aisa, her partner Mich and Aie! I happen to bump into Tin Iglesias as well but she was busy with her backstage work. Eunicena was around din daw according to Aisa but I didn't see her anywhere because it was dark and crowded at Republiq. I even tried to look for her because I really wanted to meet her since I'm a big fan of her blog and eclectic style. Oh well, next time!

My portraits: Aisa of Drowning Equilibriums and Aie of Aie Corpuz blog.

Of course we wouldn't miss the chance to take photos with a creative team of blogger-designers!
L-R: Aisa, Karl, Paul Jatayna, Mike, me and Aie.
(Photos from Aisa)
Congratulations again guys!

Thanks Aie for taking my outfit shot! :)
Fur cardigan Thrifted | Bodycon dress c/o Oxygen | Leopard booties F-STOP (Fashion Stop) SHOP ASIAN
Leopard bag Thrifted
| Body necklace Saint Rebel Street


You Might Also Like


  1. I love it when you post artsy-fartsy stuff with geeky explanations. Hehe. Looks like you had a lot of fun. :D

  2. @skysenshi: Aaaw thanks bea! I appreciate that you like it when I go geeky :) And you're one of those who really read my lengthy blog entries even those with more serious topics. Thank you tlga! :)

  3. Hi Melai! I saw you yesterday at Rockwell Tent. You were at the entrance when I arrived and I wanted to say hi but I got too shy haha! :-)

  4. @Tricia: Hi, you know you could've said hi to me, haha. But it's okay. I totally understand. I'm like that too most of the time, I recognize a lot of people during events but I'm too shy to greet din nman. Haha. Next time! :)

    Melai of Style and Soul

  5. Wow, such talented people <3


I appreciate anything you have to say. Thanks for dropping by. It means so much to me. Love, Melai

Like us on Facebook

Flickr Images