Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2014: Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako

Entry highlight: “Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako”
Words and music by Joven Tan
Interpreted by Michael Pangilinan
Music video by University of the Philippines

The biggest songwriting competition in the country is back with 15 entries interpreted by 19 artists. Most of the songs are about *surprise* heartache, including my bet, “Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako.” The song might initially remind one of another Himig Handog entry some years ago (“This Guy’s In Love with You, Pare”), but upon reading the lyrics and listening to the track itself, that’s when you realize that it’s far from being a novelty track. It’s serious, captivating, and bold. While the title implies that it’s addressed to another male (since the performer is male), the message of the song is still universal and applicable to any gender. Friendzone, parezone, what have you. It’s all the same, it hurts the same.

Fifty Shades of Blue

flatlay, Giordano Concepts, oxfords, Pantone, pens, LEGO

Blue Invasion

Hooray for flatlays!

My latest project (more like obsession), given that I like taking photos of products and that I need to practice my styling skills, are flatlays. Coming up with this proved to be a challenge since I had to go through some of my stuff to find a common theme. As it turns out, I have a bunch of new stuff lying around, like this lovely pair of oxfords from Korea (thanks, uncle!) and this Giordano Concepts top that I got for a good price. It’s a basic piece and it seems to be made of good quality, so even if it doesn’t normally fall under my usual budget for tops, I still decided to make the big purchase. I think I found my new Uniqlo with this brand because I went back weeks later to buy a couple more shirts (which only has a branch at Mega Fashion Hall as of this writing).

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