What is the most courageous thing you've done in your life and how has it brought about change in your life and the lives of others?
Two instances. First is moving to NYC without asking for much support from my mom and stepdad. I wanted to study fashion. I wanted to live on my own. They weren't too keen on the idea at first. So I wanted to prove to them and to myself that I could do it and be self-sufficient. My 8 years in NYC were the most formative when it comes to how I work today. Second is every time I choose to speak the truth. It's not easy to be truthful, it takes a lot of courage to do so, especially to friends or family who don't want to or are not ready to hear it. It involves a lot of risk, but I've always believed healthy relationships ought to be based on honesty.
What’s your biggest dream or goal in life? Have you achieved it?
My biggest dream or goal in life is to invest in my children's health, well-being, and happiness. I just want them to feel truly loved, and it would also be great if they thought I was a funny and fun mom. Have I achieved it? It's a work in progress.
What are you most passionate about?
I'm most passionate about fashion design, the environment, films, travel, human rights, animal rights, and child protection.
What motivates or inspires you in your field of work daily?
Rephrasing what I heard Elon Musk say: If you need inspirational words for your line of work, then you're doing the wrong thing. I don't need the motivation for my work. I am grateful that I've found a business completely aligned with my values, so it all flows.
What advice can you give other women to find and pursue their own passions and dreams?
Over planning kills magic. Leave space for your cosmic essence to manifest in our life, rather than to plan every little detail. When you are in this flow of openness, you'll be amazed how your dreams are achieved with more ease and your dream even becomes bigger than what you originally imagined it to be.
In your opinion, what does the future hold for women?
Women have more possibilities than ever, but there will always be forces that will try to limit us and every gender that is marginalized. We just have to keep going, moving, and creating.
Who is the most significant woman in your life and how has she inspired you?
My mom and I couldn't be more different from each other but I learn so much from her with how she handles the highs and lows of life. Style-wise, she's the ultimate 60's flower child. Her friends called her the Twiggy of the Philippines and her free spirit and devil-may-care 'tude is palpable to this day.
Makeup by Bea Colet and Alex Lisbona
Hair by Anton Toa
Photography by Shaira Luna
Creative Direction by Erin Torrejon and Tris Flores
Written by Erin Torrejon