5 things I’ve realized at 25

1. Everyone is as lost as you are.

Sometimes, we get envious of people in our news feed posting photos and following their dreams. What we don’t know is that they are as lost as we are, they are just better at hiding it. What people post in social media are just the ‘tip of the iceberg‘. Life crisis happens at any age.

2. It’s okay to say ‘No’.

I’ve always been a ‘Yes’ person because I wanted to avoid conflicts and I hated to upset anyone. There were many times I’ve tolerated other people’s actions (and mine’s) because I was too afraid to reject people. I had this turning point in my life when I said ‘No’ to someone I care about because I know it will hurt more if I stayed. It was sad, but it was also a relief.

3. People come and go.

People whom you hold dear to your heart will leave. People you thought you’ll have for the rest of your life won’t have second thoughts letting you go. It will hurt at first but you will be fine. People are temporary. People grow apart.

4. It’s okay to be selfish.

Giving can be tiring, especially when you feel empty. Giving to others isn’t always the solution. Sometimes, you have to give some to yourself, too. Which in turn, will let you give more to others. Remember, ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup.’

5. Family is important.

Your family will always be there for you no matter what. They will stay through your ups and downs and will always support you. I wouldn’t have survived without mine. Love you, Fam!

One last note:

Don’t try to make everything perfect. You’re still young. It’s okay to make mistakes, but learn from them. Don’t compare your life to others because you’ll always be disappointed. Follow your own vibe and your own pace. You’re doing okay. 🙂

#BELLEssima18 in the Land Down Under

As we now all know, Presidential granddaughter, Isabelle Duterte, is celebrating her debut in a few days. Her Malacañang palace pre-debut shoot has been published last month.

But unbeknownst to many, she had her first shoot early December.

So as everyone were in awe with the beautiful ensemble she wore in her palace shoot, here’s another set to amaze us.

Isabelle had three gown changes for this shoot: Another two of Garimon Roferos couture gowns and an Edgar Buyan couture terno; all a perfect fit for the theme: “Belle of the Ball.”

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Isabelle in Garimon Roferos © Gianne Carlo Chua
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Isabelle in Edgar Buyan at Martin’s Place © Jp Velarde
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Isabelle in Garimon Roferos at Sydney Opera House © Gianne Carlo Chua

And yes! That’s the iconic Opera House in the background as the two-day shoot was set in Sydney, Australia and the beautiful South Coast as her family were here on vacation.

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L to R: Gianne Carlo, Angel, Isabelle and Shen
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The team at Westfield Sydney

Her production team are friends of the family who are originally from Davao: Sydney-based photographers, JP Velarde and Gianne Carlo Chua, together with camera assistants, Angel Go, Icon Jen Chua and yours truly, Shen Sabater, and stylist Ivan Jeric Digamon. Make-ups were done by Isabelle herself and by Julio Caro at Chanel’s make up studio.

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Isabelle in Garimon Roferos at Cronulla Sand Dunes © Jp Velarde
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Isabelle in Garimon Roferos at Coolangatta Estate © Gianne Carlo Chua

It was a light, fun and easy shoot as the debutante looked effortlessly gorgeous and was a natural in front of the camera.

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Isabelle in Garimon Roferos at Kiama Blowhole © Gianne Carlo Chua
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Isabelle in Garimon Roferos at Kiama Blowhole © Gianne Carlo Chua

We’re all lucky and honored to be a part of this team!

Some of the official pre-debut photos are already out in the respective photographers Facebook and Instagram accounts.

All our thanks to Wows Sangkola-Magno and Ate Lovelie Sangkola-Rumera!

Isabelle’s official debut hashtag: #BELLEssima18

LOOK: Isabelle’s Save the Date by GCC Visuals (Australia):

 

P.S. No taxes of any people from any country were spent on the production of this pre-debut shoot. 


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