Photos by Mark Clemente
Growing up, I’ve always thought I’d go to law school. Up until college, even my family was convinced I’d make a great lawyer. I mean, I loved books since I was a kid, and I learned to read and write ahead of everyone else in my class during preschool. But looking at where I am today, I’d have to say I’m nowhere near a courtroom. Haha!
Can’t say I imagined myself long ago that fashion will be my bread and butter, styling and writing about it. I grew up in the province, and back when my nursery teacher asked me what I wanted to become in the future, it seemed silly to answer anything fashion-related. The more practical choices would have been a doctor, or a lawyer, or a business woman.
Anyhow, fate has a really strange way of taking twists and turns. When I entered San Beda to pursue my pre-law, I happened to also go after one thing I’ve always wanted but never really dared to practice, which was journalism. I joined in the school publication and there was this pang of joy I’d feel each and every time I see my name on print. Writing has always been my first love, but it wasn’t until then that I convinced myself I’m actually good enough for it. Suddenly writing wasn’t just a hobby anymore. It’s become a burning passion, so addicting and so fulfilling. And then I became The Bedan‘s news editor, and then the editor-in-chief, and then I finally dropped the idea of pursuing law, and I guess that’s when I decided to take a leap of faith. After that, I started walking towards a completely different direction.
To be honest, I don’t think I’m living an ideal life that’s full of glitz and glamour and roses and champagne. In fact, I don’t even think it can make me very rich, or at least rich enough to build myself a room full of Louboutins and Jimmy Choos. But I’m pursuing two of the things I am most passionate about in this world- fashion and journalism. And if I may say, it means a great deal to me that I’m chasing after my dreams- most of the time, in heels. ;)