Wardrobe Diary #15: Truly Lovely! (Guest Fashionista)

To make me feel even older (and better, because I KNOW I still look fab after all these years!), I am featuring Lovely Angelica Nagpala, another fashionable lass who has been my BRAIN TRAIN student twice (both in high school entrance and college entrance reviews) like Christmas Astronomo.  Both reviews seemed to have worked really well, as she got into the Philippine Science High School and UP Manila.  And take note, she did not just pass the UPCAT–she was an Oblation Scholar (Top 50 out of about 70,000 examinees) and an INTARMED Qualifier.

As if her reviewing at BRAIN TRAIN twice (plus summer enrichment workshops) was not enough, she furthered her loyalty by becoming a BRAIN TRAIN UPCAT Review teacher herself!  And because she learned from the best (ehem, ehem), she was an A-1 teacher!  Despite teaching for the first time this summer, she taught excellently.  Well, I kinda expected that from her.  With  her sheer, natural intelligence; amiable personality (nope, she’s not nerdy); and excellent work ethics, she is really a BRAIN TRAIN teacher material.  But what surprised me is her flair for fashion!  When we taught together, I always praise her choice of clothes (which she said is a real compliment coming from me)! [Read more…]

Wardrobe Diary #14: Summer-y Christmas by the Beach (Guest Fashionista)

Nope, not the actual “Christmas” as in December 25!  I’m talking about my gorgeous former student (not just once, but twice!) Christmas Astronomo!

I first met Christmas when she was just a petite, quiet sixth grader with puppy dog eyes, reviewing at BRAIN TRAIN to get into the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) and/or UP Rural High School (UPRHS), and had written her name as “Christmas Astromo”. I remember my husband telling me, “Ano kayang nangyari dito kay Tuesday (she used to go by the name Tuesday then, haha!), ang tali-talinong bata nagkamali pa ng spelling sa pangalan!”  Harhar.

I also remember being fond of how she sweet and innocent she looked…little did I know that fast forward to just a few years, I’ll be asking her about her clothes and hair.  Why?  Take a look at her now:

Ano’ng say ni Julia Montes kay Christmas?

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MomsterTeacher’s Prom Belles 2012 Part 3

Continued from MomsterTeacher’s Prom Belles 2012 Part 2!

Pardon my long blogging hiatus!  It’s just that, with everything that happened in Los Banos, it just felt wrong for me to dabble in my usual shallowness.  I am glad to say that my posts about Rochel “Cesil” Geronda reached so many people who did/are doing/are going to do something.   Aside from that, notice to that I have transferred to my new home!  I am currently communicating with an awesome blog designer–after about two weeks, the customized design of this blog is going to be awesome!

Anyway, weeks have passed and I guess I could return to being, well, the usual MomsterTeacher…this time, here’s the anticipated Part 3 of our Prom Belles (my first post here on my new home!!!)

Let’s begin with Bea Abello:

Bea Abello

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MomsterTeacher’s Prom Belles 2012 Part 2!

And here’s the anticipated second installment of the prom belles:

First, we have Paula Villaranda:

Paula Villaranda

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MomsterTeacher’s Prom Belles 2012 Part 1!

Whenever I check my Facebook these days, I always see my former student-friends posting their prom pictures.  Honestly, I feel envious!  I feel happy stalking their prom pictures…takes me back in time.  Gusto ko uli mag-prom!   I want an excuse to wear a beautiful prom dress!  By the way, I have a story about my prom dress.  You see, in my sophomore year, I was a bride’s maid in the wedding of a family friend.  The gown was really gorgeous.  So in my junior year, when I was looking for a prom dress, my relatives suggested that I use my bride’s maid gown.  Of course I did not want to, because I wanted a new gown.   I saw a stunning dress on my classmate’s  YM Prom Edition magazine, and I wanted it copied.  I went to a dressmaker and instructed her to copy it.  When it was done, it looked horrendous!  As in.  And when the dressmaker saw my disappointed face, she even had the gall to be annoyed, telling me that if I wanted to really have the dress copied I should have had a bigger budget.  If I were bitchy back then, I would have told her that it was not the budget but rather her lack of talent and her cheap taste.  Hello, she named the price kaya!  She should have told me that copying the dress would cost a lot.  Even my Mom, who’s far from being clothes conscious, did not want me to wear the dress because it was really..unworthy of me (hehe).  But since we were running out of time, she borrowed dresses of her friends, designer and couture pa at that.  Come prom night, I had plenty of dresses.  But in the end, I chose to wear the one I used as a bride’s maid.  And know what,  I ended up being awarded as the Best Dressed Lady that night.  I kinda expected it, because I was often approached by the faculty of my school complimenting my gown.  Then after four months, on the Acquaintance Party in my senior year, I got the Lady of the Night award.  Kwento lang :)  Made me feel ecstatic both times.  And so I decided, in my own little way, acknowledge those who seriously looked for THE prom dress they wore on their proms.

Last night, I posted this on my Facebook:

Junior and senior ladies and gentlemen, please tag me in your prom photos. I’m looking for the best dressed prom girl for my blog.  Please please!

And then I was tagged in some pictures–some on their own pictures, some by their friends/relatives.  Some sent me private messages and links to their own proms dresses.  Here they are:

Yen Chua at Hotel Rembrandt

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Wardrobe Diary #7: Verannie Alcantara at Tagaytay Highlands (Guest Fashionista)

When I saw this photo of Verannie on Facebook, I knew it has to be featured here!

Who is Verannie, btw?  She was my student twice:  first for the high school entrance review when she was a pretty, smart little sixth grader girl, and then last summer for UPCAT/College Entrance Tests Review when she blossomed into a gorgeous, fashion savvy, still smart and still little (hehe, joke!) incoming high school senior.

When I told her I wanted to put her here, she messaged me this:

Hi Ma’am Dewmaine! Wooooow! Thank you po  It’s really overwhelming to be a guest in your blog. I really adore your blog po. Anyway, this was taken in Tagaytay Highlands po pero I forgot the date na. Nakakahiya naman po but these clothes are not that ‘branded branded’ pero okay lang po. I’m really not that brand conscious naman po.

Hija, OK lang ‘yun, nasa nagdadala yan!

Without further ado, let me present to you Verannie:

Photo courtesy of Shy Alcantara, Verannie’s not-so-older sister (who was my dormmate in college)

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