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Zee Lifestyle and custom mobile case printer InstaCasePH team up to bring you a slew of bright young artists to watch out for by setting their artwork on this generation’s new canvas of choice: the phone case.

Zee Lifestyle and custom mobile case printer InstaCasePH team up to bring you a slew of bright young artists to watch out for by setting their artwork on this generation’s new canvas of choice: the phone case.

63. 917 727 4166, whoiscarlgraham.com, carl@whoiscarlgraham.com

There’s more to typography than just letters, and 21-year old multimedia artist Carl David Graham makes art out of it. From cartooning when he was in elementary school to traditional and illustrative art in high school, he found interest in digital output and fonts when a friend asked him about the difference between Arial and Helvetica.

Now on his senior year of multimedia studies at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Carl identifies as more of a designer than an artist. “I’d choose to draw letters over people, but the occasional figurative painting or drawing always gives me a really great feeling,” he admits. But in truth, he does his best with letters—which come to life as he digitally renders calligraphy or sketches out his versions of fonts on paper. “For lettering, sometimes I’ll use a technical pen or paint.”

Carl’s graphic designs are on his website, showcasing his ability to transform 26 letters into various forms of literal art. His latest project Pancy Letter is a documentary website on Philippine hand-lettering in Metro Manila. “I hope to expand the coverage to the rest of the country and keep adding to the picture bank.” Pancy—a play on how locals say fancy—Letter showcases signage on jeepneys, taxis, pedicabs and ice cream vendors, all of which feature colorful letterings on their “wheels.”

With his design portfolio, Carl hopes to work with international clients and establish his own studio in the future. He also plans to give talks on design. “I’ll make sure that I’m talking about design somehow, even if that means teaching high school students.” He sees himself sticking to commercial design, but also promoting an awareness for typography in his own way. “The letterloving community I’m trying to start, Taypograpiya, will be an organization that people can go to learn about type and meet people who love letters.”

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Chrisley Dawn Durooya, a student of fine arts at the University of San Carlos-Technological Center, discovered her passion for art when she was in first grade. “Throughout my younger years, I would sketch on the back of my notebook and practice drawing when I had free time,” she recalls.

With the rising technology, though, Dawn refined her art with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. “I fell in love with it, sometimes it gets addictive when I start illustrating. Majoring in advertising arts, Dawn hopes to work in Singapore someday before establishing her own advertising agency in Cebu.

Like most artists, one of her prized possessions is a folder where she keeps photos that fascinate her. “I usually sketch or doodle first and ask my friends or teachers for their opinion, just because I’m so fickle sometimes with what I’m working on that I want to do it right,” she shares. “When I have everything in place, that’s when I start to transfer the sketch to Illustrator.”

Despite her youth, Dawn matches her creativity with an entrepreneurial spirit, selling handmade notebooks that feature her illustrations in Origamic—a word she came up with when combining origami and geometric. “It’s doing really well,” she beams.

When asked about her definition of an artist, she says that it is someone who expresses unexplainable emotions through their creative work. “Never lose that special ability, because it’s the only thing that keeps us going.”

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Dubbed the Photoshop Guy, Ean Dacay has been playing around with the software since he was in the sixth grade. Although he didn’t have any formal training in fine arts, he liked the idea of creating something visual from his imagination. “As I grew older, I went into photography, but I’ve seen concept artwork or game illustrations that impressed me. I’m only recently trying this style out, and there are so many things for me to learn,” says the 22-year old artist.

For him, art is born with the use of his gadgets—namely a camera and his tablet, before Photoshop comes into the picture. His passion has earned him the “nerdy” title from his friends, but Ean is quick to defend the stereotype and says dating an artist would be cool. “They’re creative in many ways, and can give you meaningful and personalized gifts. Isn’t that sweet?”

Like many, Ean considers the internet a tool in discovering inspiration and uses it to juice up the creative side of his brain. Once inspiration strikes, he uses his imagination and sketching skills to continue on the creative process before transferring his sketches to the computer and render coloring, a task that he admits can be tiring. “Sometimes, I quickly move on to another illustration because coloring takes a while. But when I have to do the details, it’s still challenging but more fun.”

Ean describes his work as fantastical and surreal, and hopes to work in a gaming, movie or production company someday. “Marvel, DC, Pixar, Square Enix, Blizzard, anything from the big names,” he dreams, confident of his own talent. “If I could recreate myself, I would never trade away the artistic skills for something else. Be grateful that you’re artistic in your own way.”

63. 927 224 7051, jade_hoksbergen@yahoo.com

Although her pretty face would make a great subject for portraits, 17-year old Jade Hoksbergen goes for art that goes beyond just physical appearance. With over 80 works of art, Jade Hoksbergen values her artwork so much that she hasn’t sold any of them.

“It’s always been very difficult for me to let go of my paintings, because they mean so much more than what you see at a physical level,” she explains. “They contain so much more emotion, emotions that I’m not I’m ready to let go of just yet, but recently I’ve been considering the option to sell after exhibiting my work in Tymad Bistro.”

Behind the paint brush and the canvas is a beauty from mixed races—“My dad is half French and half Dutch. My mother is Taiwanese, but I have been living here in Cebu for 10 years.” A few years ago, Jade recalls going through a difficult period. “My weak health didn’t allow me to attend school—I couldn’t even stand up anymore. During that time, my parents dedicated most of their time to me.”

At the hospital, a friend who visited brought a copy of Discovering Art: Picasso. The painting Guernica— where the horse represents the people —touched Jade and stirred up her desire to express herself through art. “I started to sketch intensively. I had my sketchbook at hand at all times as I got spontaneous bursts of a need to sketch.” At the time, painting was a necessity for Jade and became a form of release. “My work became an exploration of my own mind, a channeling of emotions onto paper or canvas. It is a portrayal of emotions in angular lines. In every painting, there are different characters, each one is actually an auto-portrait of myself and they had played an important role in my life—both in awareness and the healing process.”

Although she’s interested in commercial design, she considers art a very personal endeavor. “An artist should not alter their style to feel more welcomed by the public eye. Art is supposed to bring an artist in contact with emotions and ideas that are important and meaningful to them.”

  • by Rhea Ruth Rosell
  • creative direction David Jones Cua
  • photography Christine Cueto
  • collated by Kay Busgano


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Awesome Online-Exclusive Deals and Free Shipping Await Shoppers at the Newly-Launched Old Navy PH Digital Store


By Danica Ronquillo

Nothing screams “Americana” like Old Navy!

From trendy denims and soft cotton Ts to statement graphics and fleecy pajamas, Old Navy has been the first name in fun, classic fashion staples for the whole family since 1994. Known for high-quality pieces that fit every size, shape, and budget, this heritage brand has found a way to reach even more hangers in the digital age: OldNavy.com.ph.

While no stranger to the digital sphere, OldNavy.com.ph is the brands’s first standalone e-commerce, making Old Navy’s vast array of on trend apparel and accessories available to customers 24/7. The launch of OldNavy.com.ph will not only feature styles that can be found in their brick- and-mortar locations, but also seasonal essentials and online exclusives, like Old Navy’s activewear line.

OldNavy.com.ph customers can enjoy free shipping with a minimum order spend of Php 4000, as well as various deals and e-payment options to ensure everyone can be a part of the Old Navy experience.

Shoppers will still be able to find new arrivals in all Old Navy Philippines stores, including Bonifacio High Street, SM Megamall, and Shangri-La Plaza, as well as in Old Navy’s Viber community.

With this launch, Old Navy Philippines continues to be the pioneer of making comfort, quality, and style accessible to all. There’s something for everyone at Old Navy!

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37 Years of High Fashion; Arcy Gayatin leaves a Legacy of Edginess and Elegance

Arcy Gayatin: A Legacy of Luxury in Fabrication


By:  Allain Dumon Fonte 


The brand Arcy Gayatin gave the Queen City of the South a distinct reputation in the fashion industry.  The fashion line of Arcy Gayatin sets the bar higher each year for clothing luxury and fabrication techniques.


April Duenas, Nikki Gayatin and Arielle Gayatin for Arcy Gayatin—Photos by John Paul Autor from Lifestyle Inquirer.net


Araceli “Arcy” Ancajas Gayatin is the daughter Galileo Ancajas and Remedios Zanoria Ancajas who founded Cebu’s home brand, Gal’s Bakery.  Arcy went to the University of San Carlos and studied Political Science.  And just like Dr. Muccia Prada, who completed her Ph.D. in Political Science and established the luxury line of Prada, Arcy also got in touch with her artistic side and started her own fashion line.  However, it was not Prada that influenced Arcy.  Arcy was introduced to fashion and tailoring at a very young age by her mother, Madame Remedios Anacajas whom they dearly call Mama Eme.  Mama Eme was running a tailoring business back then.  It was called Arabel; named after Arcy and her sister Belma.  Ara from Araceli and Bel from Belma.  In those years, Arcy was fascinated by fabrics and was intrigued by how to manipulate the fabrics to come up with fashion-forward designs without compromising comfort and taste.


Arcy Gayatin (photo grabbed from Space Philippines Blog Spot)


After 37 years of creating haute couture pieces for the most fashionable personalities in the Philippines, Arcy Gayatin is now laying down her sketchpads and pens to rest.  As she enjoys her retirement, may be on a cruise to the Bahamas or a holiday to the Swiss Alps, Arcy Gayatin has left the fashion industry a legacy of elegant and edgy clothing ensembles that understand and define the shape of women; without compromising comfort and good taste.


Arcy Gayatin’s Pink Flamingo collection                                               Arcy Gayatin’s Sketch on a Terno


To salute the lady who brought Cebu fashion to the world, a retrospective exhibition of Arcy’s incomparable masterpieces can be seen today at Ayala Center Cebu’s The Gallery; curated by fashion editor and writer, Clint Holton Potestas, and interior and fashion designer, Jul Oliva.


BALANCE.  Arcy Gayatin is known for her perfect symmetrical lines when fabricating.  She knows how to balance edginess and class; understanding well the strength and the finesse of a woman.


RHYTHM.  Arcy’s expertise in draping and fabric manipulation can be seen in how she achieves rhythm between architectural lines and soft fabrics like silk and cashmere.


TEXTURE.  With her thorough knowledge on fabrics, Arcy Gayatin has achieved the perfection of fabrication by working on different types of fabrics and creating a single piece of art out of them. 


HARMONY.  The simplicity of the silhouette plus the intricacy of the details create a wonderful harmony, making Arcy Gayatin’s design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.


The photos below show an up-close look at the intricacy and the exquisite craftsmanship of Arcy Gayatin’s fabrication techniques:


THE SPIDER WEB:  one of Arcy’s genius fabrication techniques.


MATCH and PATCH:  Arcy’s unique fabrication craft by patching layers of different types of lace and lace patterns


PLEATS: The perfection of symmetry in pleats on silk.


LA ROSE BLEUE:  U.P. student, Danielle Alessandra Deutsch, inspired by the artistry of Arcy Gayatin, designed this midnight blue dress.   The cabbage rose made from layers of silk organdy gave this evening ensemble a romantic appeal.

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Cebuano Haute Couture Shines at 2021 Cebu Wedding Expo

Photography by Rene Amodia

Forever at Soltana

by Allain Dumon Fonte

Soltana Nature Residences host the grandest wedding destination expo for 2021. In their grandiose Events at Soltana venue, wedding suppliers, event coordinators, events stylists, fashion designers, and exhibitors gathered to showcase their best to excited couples and clients.  The grand expo was opened by the Chairperson of Lapu Lapu City’s Tourism Commission and first lady of this historic resort city, Madam Cynthia Cindy King Chan; she was with city counselor, Hon.  Queenie Malingin Amman; Taft Properties COO and Vice President, Myra Lynn Gilig; Taft Properties CFO, Feliz Tiukenhoy; and Mr. Justin Gaisano of Taft Properties. 

Philip Rodriguez

To set the event’s mood, AD models Kevin Lahousse and Gingie Alducente acted as newlyweds joining the expo and leading the guests to the exhibitors’ booths.  Yet, the highlight of the event was the glamorous fashion show set in the world’s most visited wedding destinations, as the mannequins of AD models paraded the haute couture creations of Cebu’s A-list fashion designers.

Dexter Alazas

The show was opened by Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry-Amman, wearing a bridal gown designed by Hanz Coquilla.  Her wedding mood was the historic streets and sceneries of Vigan, Philippines.  Coquilla created a Filipiniana-inspired bridal dress with perfectly constructed butterfly sleeves, exquisitely clean lines, and masterfully crafted bias skirt of balanced cones and flows.  Valerie Alvez showcased a bridal dress made of vintage Chantilly lace.  Alvez proved her skills in manipulating laces to be impeccable; the bow detail at the back added glamour to the dress, exuding luxury to the bride wearing Alvez’s masterpiece.  Wendell Quisido set her wedding theme to the dreamy beaches of Ipanema; and as her model glided on the runway, everyone in the audience dropped their jaws to the intricately detailed bridal dress that Quisido made. Quisido designed a bustier dress with well-balanced panels that wonderfully fitted the model’s figure; but what made Quisido’s dress jaw-dropping are the countless Swarovski crystals that covered the dress.  Dexter Alazas joined the fashion show with a 1920’s inspired wedding dress of vintage tulle and embroidered in the decade’s popular baroque patterns.  Alazas has shown the wonders of working with delicate fabrics and the opulence of vintage embroidery patterns.

Wendell Quisido

Valerie Alvez

The fashions show also brought us to the rich sceneries of Mallorca, Spain with Ren Manabat’s three-tiered wedding dress.  The labor-intensive layers upon layers of soft English tulle made Manabat’s artwork stand out, among others.  Another head turner is a dress that was carefully planned and architecturally constructed, the bridal gown designed by Protacio.  Protacio has obviously studied well which fabrics to use and how each fabric is sewn to the other to create an illusion of nudeness under layers of vintage Italian mesh. The dress was architecturally constructed like the Burj Khalifa where every piece sits perfectly with each other in harmony and balance.  Fashion connoisseur Marichu Tan-Geson created an extremely detailed bodice lined with Swarovski crystals, and a skirt made from layers of dotted soft English tulle.  Tan-Geson’s manipulation techniques on the soft tulle and how she delicately draped every layer of the tulle upon the other is interesting and intriguing.  With a work of art as beautiful as that, I could say that Tan-Geson is the Madame Gres of Cebu fashion.  The show ended with a groom and a bride wearing a 19th century English-inspired wedding ensemble by master couturier, Philip Rodriguez.  Rodriguez has proven once again his artistry and expertise in fashion by creating an empire-waist gown with ruffled sleeves made from dotted Italian mesh of 100% silk and vintage silk taffeta.  Rodriguez presented a truly elegant wedding dress; lesser on the intricacy but more on the richness of the materials being used.  The rarity of Rodriguez’s fabrics already makes his dress worthy to a MET gala exhibition. 

Ren Manabat

Protacio Empaces

Philip Rodriguez

The models wore the timeless and recherche jewelry collections from Royal Gem to match the bridal dresses of the featured designers.  Every jewelry piece is made to complement a woman who loves fashion and whose self-awareness dictates her own style.  From green sapphires to yellow diamonds, every jewelry piece is stunning.  No wonder why socialite and fashion icon, Heart Evangelista, loves and promotes Royal Gem. All models are wearing Shandar bridal footwear.

Philip Rodriguez

Marichu Tan-Geson

Hanz Coquilla

The Grand Wedding Destination Expo at the Events at Soltana will run until the 24th of May 2021 with exciting activities:  a maquillage session with Jessie Glova, a bridal make-up competition and show, a financial literacy session for new couples, a talk on real estate investments, a session  with Rod Bautista and Eddie Jamin from the Centerpiece Weddings and Events about wedding destinations in Cebu and the new norms in wedding celebrations, and a whole lot more of raffle prizes from Plantation Bar Resort and Spa, Solea Mactan Resort, Savoy Hotel Mactan, and others.

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