Ballet Manila: A Magical Take on Cinderella

If my being a girly-girl wasn’t indication enough, I had a childhood with plenty of Disney Princesses in it. My top three would have to be Snow White, Cinderella, and Mulan. On VHS tapes, no less. So you can guess that I will always have an appreciation for those catchy songs and that magic-is-in-the-air vibe. And I can’t think of a more magical way to spend a pre-holiday weekend than in catching Ballet Manila’s take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella.

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Ballet Manila: Revenge of the Classics

Let’s go to the ballet… It’s a sentence that holds many different meanings to me. Before I went to my first Ballet Manila performance, the prospect of watching the age-old dance was somewhat intimidating. Would it be too formal? Would I even understand what was going on? But M, whose grandparents are long-time Ballet Manila subscribers, assured me that it would be a fun way to spend my evening.

And fun, it was. The show I went to was the 20th anniversary concert of Ballet Manila, and I was wowed by the way the company was able to showcase a variety of performances. Some were set to classical music, while others grooved to the contemporary. Above all, I found the dance itself to be entrancing. Not only is it something that only a select few can do, but the gracefulness and passion were plain to see. And of course, pointe dancing is AMAZING to watch live. Since then, the prospect of a night at the ballet gives me a rush of excitement.

I even got this photo at the end of the night:

Starstruck, naturally, by Lisa Macuja-Elizalde

So when I was invited to check out a preview of Ballet Manila’s 21st Season: Revenge of the Classics, I was beyond thrilled to see what they’ve prepared this time around.

Ballet Manila Revenge of the Classics

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MUNI Market Day

Now on its 3rd run, MUNI Market Day continues to bring together mindful merchants and conscious consumers, this time on March 28, 2015, 9AM-5PM at Capitol Commons. True to its mission of providing not just an avenue for sellers, MUNI Market Day continues with its goals to educate guests on how to introduce healthier, more sustainable options into their lifestyle.

Apart from feasting on wholesome food and buying local or eco-friendly products, interested attendees can sign up for workshops on Urban Farming by Bahay Kubo Organics, Plant-based Nutrition by The Superfood Grocer, Vegan / Gluten-Free Cooking by Jertie’s Kitchen, and Indoor Planting by The Green House Project. Also, one of the unique draws or highlights of MUNI Market Day is the selection of musicians who bring a lot of good vibes throughout the event.

MUNI Market Day is brought to you by MUNI, a collaborative community that has been working to promote mindful living through events like this, meetups, forums, or other workshops, design collaborations, and content, which can be found on, or their Muni PH Facebook page.

For more inquiries or possible collaborations, e-mail the Muni team at, or for interested merchants. For more information visit

What’s In My Bag: UVLA Edition

I’ve been seeing a lot of ‘What’s in My Purse?’ blog entries, so I thought I’d do it a little differently today…

Eva of UVLA store is a childhood friend who never fails to make me laugh, even when she’s being completely serious. She is one of those genuinely quirky people who live that artistic/hipster lifestyle even before it became a big movement, but she still enjoys the perks of being mainstream. (Guess that’s why our group of high school friends can still “reach” her.) Since I’m always pestering people to tell me what beauty products they have on them, I’ve gotten Eva to share what’s in her homemade bags. Not much for beauty stuff, but still totally interesting.

The Utilitarian Pouch

The zippered rice sack pouch is an UVLA Store handmade. Let’s start the bag tour with a patch depicting cartoon poop that’s there for no apparent reason. (It’s kinda cute, so maybe a good luck charm?) There’s a pen that says “Hardworking, Goodlooking” and a tiny broken-off eraser. Then there’s the totally fake (but totally useful) Dove wet wipes in “Fresh Red” and a planner that says “2015 three hundred sixty-five eggs”, because 365 New Beginnings is too mainstream.

We move on to an itsy-bitsy pillow with a four-legged cartoon on it that I was told used to be a keychain. Again, just another quirky item she carries around with her. There’s a box cutter to “cut them bitches in a street fight” or just, you know, loose thread on the wallets she’s making. As a throwback to the 90’s, she’s wielding an old-school, wind-up camera. (There’s a roll of film somewhere…)

Next up, there’s a cable organizer she also made herself as part of her Vachuca collaboration, a Maped pencil sharpener, and an expired passport that belongs to her uncle. Clue: She’s in the process of making passport holders right now!

The Carryall

The much bigger tote she’s been lugging around the past few months can occasionally equate to checked luggage. This unique bingo-themed shoulder-bag is long enough to let her join a sack race on a whim.

Vinyl Peanuts Pencil Case

Also in Eva’s bag is a journal she uses for sketching, a mini perfume spritzer, a pack of painted seashells, and a strap for her fanny pack. (The fanny pack in question was nowhere to be found at the time, but we were able to use the strap for an impromptu airline safety demonstration on seat belt adjustment.)

Finally, I was able to unearth this heavy box from the bottom of the tote that actually contains a Philips iPhone 5 dock, because iPhone/iPad docks are the new boomboxes.

Alsa Balutan

In case I’ve gotten you all curious about my artist friend, she’s part of an upcoming pop-up bazaar called Alsa Balutan happening on March 7, 2015 at Cubao X. Do pay her a visit, as well as her other collaborators, and perhaps she’ll let you take a peek into her magical tote.

It’s Vachuca, Baby

Meeting with my friend, Eva, is always a blast. She’s probably the craziest in our group of friends, but I mean that in the highest of compliments. I’ve taken to calling her “The Original Hipster” because she was already that long before we even knew that there existed a term for it. Her uniqueness/non-mainstream-ness has lead to equally non-mainstream ventures such as opening her own shop in Cubao X and extending that into an atelier to boot.

In our most recent convening, I was asked to “model” a canvas bag she has for sale in the shop. It’s by Vachuca, a collaboration Eva has with two other designers. The peg? Class picture day, I think.

Her magical iPhone 5 also has the ability to make me look slimmer, just like a Mango mirror

If I’ve gotten you nice and intrigued by this post, do drop by Cubao X to check out UVLA store or click HERE for Vachuca’s Tumblr account.