Getting there

winning poster, Poster Making Contest (Theme: Forest for Water and Wetlands), S.K.I.L.L.S. League

Expressing my appreciation and thanks to the organizers of the 1st Provincial Tourism and Hospitality Management Inter-School Competition 2011, held at the Teatro Ilocandia, Mariano Marcos State University-Batac Campus, for giving me the wonderful opportunity of judging the poster making contest and fashion show/contest with an ecology theme.

I am impressed with the students’ good grasp of environmental issues. Celebrating Tourism Month with activities focusing on knowledge and skills enhancement as a way to promote environmental awareness is praise-worthy, insomuch as keeping tourism sustainable is a challenge of the real world.

[Awesome recycled fashion creations. Read: Very. Fashion-Forward.][Winner, Best Model and Best Designer (Oliver Ramos, NWU). Very wearable recycled tutu skirt made of used  juice packs.]

NWU group

MMSU-Batac group

MMSU-Batac group

[I am amazed that there are electric jeepneys servicing the campus.][Ericke, who came with me, was an accidental judge in the fashion competition.]
[We stopped by the Paoay Church on our way home. Couldn’t resist being shot.]

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Model Behavior


I was able to take a photo of Ericke after school before she ran to moonlight as a runway model 🙂 at Jaynny Lao’s first fashion show ever. She couldn’t refuse the pretty as a model Jaynny, fresh talent in the Ilocos fashion scene. Not accustomed to strut in high heels, more so strut the catwalk, Ericke managed to finish the show (Congrats!!) not tripping or falling on her ass — her worst nightmare.

Fashion Notes

Not to forget, this Ilocana’s little fashion blog was featured in another blog with a wider Asian following. On Ericke’s fashion savvy and flair, Tongue-in-Chic’s  Tin Iglesias has this to say, “Ericke Tan of Surprisingly Kitsch is the perfect breed of young, modern Filipina. She is incredibly stylish and her ensembles always have an edge that makes her stand out from the crowd… Whether she hits a party or a beach, she always looks fabulous. Without a doubt, her blog has quickly become a lens through which to follow her fashion adventures.”

Crux of the matter

As a self-taught amateur photographer, she is one of my most favorite subjects. It’s easy working with her because she quickly gets what I want, perhaps, because she is also into photography herself. She never looks staid nor stiff — my photography peeve.

Here are some of my memorable photos of her…

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