How did you celebrate Halloween? My godchild went trick-or-treating at our place, dressed as a sailor girl.
She really enjoyed her first Halloween, though she couldn't eat most of the treats. I heard our neighbours even enjoyed her impromptu dancing and candid posing for the camera.
If I went to a party this year, I would've dressed as Jack Skelington (for obvious reasons).
Anyway, I thought of painting something for the occasion. So here's my work-in-progress. :)
As I was browsing the Internet, primarily watching Anna Wintour interviews, I stumbled upon an American documentary entitled “The September Issue”. It is a 2009 film that revolves on the production of Vogue’s, fashion world's bible, September 2007 issue or the so-called “January” of the industry. It goes deep into the drama, creative process and the players like Anna (Vogue US Editor-in-Chief), Grace Coddington (former model turned Creative Director), André Leon Talley (Editor at Large), Thakoon Panichgul (designer) and others.
The 10 things that we can learn from watching the movie:
1. Anna means serious business. She’s just doing her job.
2. The leader must have a clear vision where the team is going, and firm in making his / her team see it through.
3. A good leader knows the strengths of his / her team members and brings out the best in them, even if it means being tough with them.
4. Your boss answers to his / her boss. Help him / her help you.
5. Everyone must be passionate in what they do. Give it your all or don’t do it at all.
6. Fight for what you know is right. Sometimes, you have to trust your gut.
7. Artists don’t always get what they want. Products must meet the needs and exceed the expectations of clients; the validations of the craftsmanship that have been exerted.
8. An artist’s best will only last until his / her next creation. Learn to let go.
9. There is greatness in young blood.
10. Fashion, just like any other industry, needs to look for lessons from the past, but must always move forward.
By Proclamation No. 798, the Philippine Government has declared October as Museum and Galleries month. With this in mind, and all these new exhibits happening, our group has decided to quench our thirst for culture.
ManilART, now in their 6th year celebration, is an annual event organised by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), with their partners and sponsors, that promotes the best of Philippine creative artistry. It is an opportunity given to galleries and their artists to showcase world-class talent not only for their stakeholders but for the community at large.
Last September 18 to 21, my friends and I went to Siem Reap, Cambodia. A much awaited trip for all of us; one could say that we needed the break from the monotony of our daily activities, and usual get-togethers. Growing up in the metro, I felt joyful after seeing and walking through their forests and temples. Everything was very magical for me. I can still remember how the butterflies flew around us as we were walking through Angkor Thom (Great City), which connects the Kingdom of Cambodia to the other states.
What struck me the most was the serious efforts being carried by their government and concerned institutions to restore their heritage sites. With such beautifully carved pillars and walls, incredible structures and rich history, how could you not do it, right? The trip became more educational because of our friendly tour guide, Vicheth Chan.
Niguel is an experienced creative and marketing professional pursuing his dreams while growing with infinite possibilities.