Thursday, February 25, 2010

let's support Pinoy fashion designer!


Go to:
Click on box: Oscars Designer Challenge 2010
Select Oliver Tolentino gown and VOTE
Join/Register email address for vote to be counted

Winning gown will be worn on the stage at the 82nd Academy Awards. It would be first time that pina was worn on the Oscars stage!

(1 vote per email address per day so vote every day through MARCH 1)


Monday, February 22, 2010

StarStruck 5 Final Judgment

I am ultimately happy to be part of this project. I have so many reasons why..

- i met a lot of new friends.. miko, pops, popoy, dennis, ms peng, ms grace, ms reily, all the finalists, mentors: nay lolit, ms iza, direk floy, ang dami!!!!!.. grabe... u know who u are guys! im so happy to know all of u ;-)

- i was also a product of a reality show and this kind of project is close to my heart! its very emotional for me to see someone leave.. but like what i said in prp.. "its not just winning.. is how u play the game!" just be fair.. play it well and stay humble.. do ur best! u will achieve ur dreams!

- i met Carla! Guys, she is really beautiful.. but one thing i have realized was, she's also beautiful inside! humble, very professional and very sweet and thoughtful! :-)

to the Team Carla: Leo, Rowena, Ms Peng, Ofie!!! grabe!! we did a great job! kudos to us!

to the Team Dennis: Odie, Pops, Arnil, Joey, Popoy, super saya nyo kasama!!! :-) and kudos also for a job well done!

to the Council: Iza.. Nay Lolit.. Direk Floy.. HUGS!!! :-) thank u for the kindness.. support, chikahan and words of encouragements :-) mwah mwah!! Nay lolit.. salamat sa food!! every sunday lagi ako may food from you! thank u!!! :-)

to the staff and crew and production! salamat! :-) super SUCCESSFUL!!!

enjoy the photos! :-)

fresh lang at the backstage.. di pa ngarag! haha :-)

the super cute and fabulous TEAM BEHIND!!!! ;-)

Ultimate Male Survivor: Steven
1st Prince: Enzo
2nd Prince: Rocco
*Suits by my dear friend, Avel Bacudio

Ultimate Female Survivor: Sarah
1st Princess: Diva
*Gowns by my favorite, Ito Curata

the opening dress: red silk chiffon gown

the finale dress: blush pink tulle gown

super puno! full house! dami nila fans! :-)

bodice made of strips, handsewn!

awwww.. the Council!! :-)
(i also designed all the outfits Nay Lolit and Iza used for the entire season)

carla and me at the dressing room

red is my personal choice for her!

leo doing his magic! :-)

team carla fight! haha

Other credits:
Dennis Trillo: Suits by Odie Simpao
Dingdong Dantes: Suits by Randy Ortiz
Raymond Gutierrez: Suits by Joey Samson, Avel Bacuido and Francis Libiran
Nancy Castilogne: Gown by Patrick Galang, dresses by Puey Quinones and Mich Dulce

Saturday, February 20, 2010

random photos

me and cutie mav

at north park.. dinner with friends

alone at the office.. waiting for a client

playing with uen

with thea napa, my interior designer..

at seattle's greenbelt

with uen, yaya and mav

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I am extremely blessed!

First, I would like to thank God for all the blessings He gave me.

I am just a young designer, dreaming that someday, i will have my own atelier for my dearest clients.. And last night, I just dedicated my new atelier to God. Thank you to our dear Pastora Beng for coming to share God's words and lead the dedication/blessing of my business to our Heavenly Father. Thank u also to my bible study/connect groupmates for coming to celebrate with me.. ;-) I have learned that we are all stewards of God. Everything is his property.. It's from him.. we just need to take good care of all the things he gave us and share it to other people.. Praise God!

I can still remember the days when I started meeting clients at starbucks, coffee shops, malls.. Then, i worked for my friend and he was so generous to share his office with me.. then i rented an apartment and transformed the sala set into an office.. And now, I have a separate space for my valued clients ;-)

I am very happy for all the inquiries that I have been getting from future brides and clients.. debuts, weddings, special events, and most especially, kind and sweet messages that inspire me more.. Thank you so much for showing interest and for trusting me :-)

Special thank you to W@W! :-) and to my past brides and friends for all the recommendations.. I am truly blessed! Thank you so much.. More than the luxurious fabrics, laborious treatments, beautiful embellishments.. its the relationship and experience working with all of you that made everything worth-remembering..

I would also like to acknowledge my favorite Ms Veluz for recommending clients. Thank you for your generosity.. Im truly inspired by you. You are someone that I really look up to.. Very humble, talented, creative, successful and blessed! Im so happy to know you..

To my friends.. thank u for all the support.. :-) You always make me happy.. thank you..

And to my dear family.. I am doing this because of you.. You are the source of my strength :-)

God is good...
... all the time!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I will never ever forget Grace.

She came to my apartment (old shop) longggggg time ago to inquire.. I think 1 or 2 years before her wedding..

Veejay: do u have any pegs?

she showed me one photo of a wedding gown she liked.

Veejay: What do u like about this gown?

Grace: Its simple lang..

*sabay smile*

Veejay: aaahhhhh.. yeah.. simple nga lang.. ok :-)

pero may pahabol..

Grace: Pero gusto ko bongga ang back!

Veejay: YEY!!!! Sige! Let's make it simple and elegant but super bongga at the back.. Ako na bahala.. :-)

She said yes!

Hi Veejay!

Here are some of our official wedding photos where your gorgeous creation takes center stage! I received nothing but praises for my dress. And a lot of my friends who weren't at the wedding, but saw our photos, were in awe of the dress. It was a beautiful wedding gown, Veejay, I really couldn't be happier. It wasn't over the top, it displayed just the right amount of oomph, I would say. Thank you for making me feel like a million bucks on my wedding day. It was hard to maneuver, I can tell you that haha, but with all the oohs and aahs it merited, I'd say it was definitely worth it.

Also thank you for being a part of my wedding, thank you for driving all the way to Tagaytay to make sure I look my damnedest in that dress. It was a pleasure working with you. You've been very gracious, warm and open to me and fiance (now my husband) Mart. I look forward to working with you again I hope. :)

Grabe Grace!!! Super naiyak ako when I got this! i love u sis! u know that :-) everything is worth it! thank u for the trust!!! SEE YOU IN MY GALA SHOW!!! :-)

Photos by: Jeff and Lisa