Sean and Teresa’s Wedding Part 2!

It was one of those days withe clear blue skies and absolute sunshine.  The kind of day where you would think, what a perfect day to get married.  We were at one of the most beautiful islands in the world about to celebrate the union  of my friends Teresa and Sean.  I spent the morning taking the gorgeous sunshine and right after lunch went to the ASYA resort to help Teresa get ready.

We had absolutely the most perfect beach weather. Look at the blue of the water and sky!!!!

 

I love ASYA as it is one of the most beautifully designed resorts in Boracay.  It is located on a quieter part of the island and is blessed with the most fantastic views of Boracay.  It’s a really gorgeous place to get married!  Check out their website for more information.  http://www.asyapremier-boracay.com

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Sean and Teresa’s Wedding Part 1!

My friends Sean and Teresa recently got married in the beautiful island of Boracay!  I have known Teresa for almost my entire career in fashion.  I was starting out as a young designer 18 years ago and we did our very first bridal cover shoot together.  I remember this so vividly as she had very short hair then and she had this allure about her that to this very day leaves me quite captivated.

This is beautiful Boracay!

 

Our friendship is deep and filled with glorious memories and I was so honoured and privileged to have been asked to do her wedding dress.  On a trip to Venice beach while I was visiting Teresa I dreamt about her wedding.  She was already seeing Sean at the time but I did not know how serious it was.  I told her that I dreamt she was getting married on a beach and she was wearing this diaphanous dress that was made from tiny little pieces of beautiful memories.

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The Beautiful FEU Campus!

I was recently invited to speak at the Far Eatern University.  Getting there was a bit of a nightmare as the campus is in the heart of busy Manila with severe traffic, closed off streets and several demonstrations going on.  However the minute I walked in the campus all that chaos of Manila disappeared and I was left inside this spacious quadrangle with gorgeous trees surrounded by beautiful art-deco architecture.

At the centre of the campus is this impressive MANANSALA sculpture.

I was intrigued by the sculpture at the centre of the quadrangle and was impressed that it was done by MANANSALA!  I have only seen smaller sculptures of MANANSALA but not as big as this.  After my talk with the students my friend Martin Lopez who works in FEU gave me a short ( I will definitely be back for a longer and in depth tour) around the campus and I found it really interesting and beautiful.   I was quite in awe of the Botong Francisco mural in their chapel. The painting depicted the stations of the cross and it was so very vivid and dramatic.

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Our S/S 2014 Palawan Presentation!

We recently launched our Spring/Summer 2014 collection called PALAWAN to our friends in the press and to our friends and family.  We decided to do it in a very intimate manner as we wanted everyone to get a closer feel of the collection. I also wanted to do it in a very relax and chill pace as this was what I wanted to express in the collection.

The night before the launch we were setting up our store for the new collection.

 

It was quite challenging to take photos during the event as my mind was on a million little details that warranted my attention.  However I was able to take a few photos to share and to be able to capture for my blog and ultimately my memories.

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My TED x ADMU Talk!

I just wanted to share with all of you my TedX ADMU talk taken last Dec 14, 2014.  It was really great experience being able to share my journey with everyone.  Thank you to everyone at Tedx ADMU for inviting me and having me over.  I am honoured and grateful.

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What a special privilege it is to be able to be part of such an impressive line of speakers all over the world.  After my talk I began researching more on the Ted talks and with each video that I watch I am more and more inspired and felt extremely blessed to be part of this special project.  Do enjoy the video and my journey.
HUGS,
RAJO!

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Palawan S/S 2014 Store Construction!

Creating the perfect environment to fully express the story of our collection is very important to me.  We take great thought and preparation so that our clients can get the full retail experience. For our Spring/Summer 2014 collection I wanted to recreate the feel of being in Palawan with the clear blues of the skies and the pristine waters.

 

I also wanted the feeling of being inside a hut being able to still see the sun and the water.  I found these matchstick curtain supplier that knew exactly what I need and I loved the fact that it smelled like the tropics as we were doing the contraction.

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BTS from Palawan S/S 2014 Shoot!

I am so excited  to share with all of you some behind the scene photos from our latest look book and campaign shoot for S/S 2014.  I was inspired by the beauty of the Palawan island.  I was fortunate enough to visit this paradise and each time I would visit I would be so inspired. I wanted to translate that sense of serenity and ease to our summer collection and I think we were quite successful in doing so.

Transformed my space into a make shift studio.

 

I am grateful to everyone who lent me their time and talents to this shoot. Capturing the essence and energy of the shoot was the very talented photographer BJ Pascual who was such a trooper the whole time as he came from a riotous birthday celebration the night before.

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PALAWAN S/S 2014 Mood Board.

Like with every collection of The House of Laurel  it begins with a story and for this Spring and Summer 2014 collection I was inspired by one of the most beautiful places in our planet!   Where I can really say where PARADISE is found!  That is our very own PALAWAN!

I have been to Palawan only a handful of times but each time I visit I am only left inspired and in awe of the beauty of this place.  The collection is a story about global citizens exploring and discovering Palawan.  I wanted to explore that feeling of excitement and sense of wonder.

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My Guesting at the Ryzza Mae Show!

I was invited to guest at the TV show of the famous child star Ryzza Mae.  I first met this precocious and extremely intelligent little girl a few months back when I was asked to judge the finals of  Super Sereyna on Eat Bulaga.  I had a chance to speak to her and I loved instantly.

This is Ryzza Mae showing her sign which means "Bawal ang sad"

 

Here she is showing me her fashion design sketch.

 

I did not hesitate one bit when I was asked to join her again on her show. This time though I had more time to talk to her and spend time with her.  I found her extremely polite and “Magalang” apart from the fact that she is really very very cute.  We spent a few hours together where we drew and coloured together and she even modelled my children’s line called RAJITO.

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My Wedding Gown is in Town & Country Weddings!

I am so excited to share with you some bit of good news!  Last year I collaborated with my friend Rafe Totengco on a gown for his niece Denise Kreft.  It was a dream collaboration and the dress was really beautiful.  I was so proud that if fitted Denise so well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

She just emailed me to let me know that her wedding was in the latest Town & Country Weddings!  The photos really express the love and the joy of the moment.  I am deeply grateful to be part of her wedding and so happy that our dress was published in an international magazine!  Enjoy the photos!

HUGS,

RAJO!

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