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After college (also: after resigning from my then corporate life), I took a certificate course at SoFA Design Institute. During my short time there I’ve come across a whole lot of talented people and have always been in awe of the limitless potential housed in that campus. The kids I’ve come across were always brimming with ideas, always executing amazing designs easily translating illustrations to actual garments. I’ve always felt that these were people that I should help somehow- in any capacity. My involvement in Platform Show Manila, an event that showcased different independent brands, was born out of that desire to lend a helping hand to young designers – people who needed business experience, a nudge in the right and introductions to the press and consequently a bigger audience.

Years later, it’s my blog (or more accurately, my body) that I use to showcase talent. One friend from SoFA is Eunice Sason who has since ventured into her own eponymous RTW line – one I have supported and wrote about prior. I recently came across her reversible coat and have gotten good mileage out of it. It’s grey on one side and gold on the other and it’s one of the easier pieces to throw on when your look is a little too revealing (like when you head to church) or when you just need to pack a punch. Reversible pieces should be the next wave in intelligent design. Flexibility is so underrated and really much appreciated, at least by me. If you are also a firm believer of value for money and cost per wear, this reversible coat is a steal. It’s also currently on sale at Php 700 along with her other designs that go from Php 350-750. Check out her sale items here and a fun .GIF showcasing its reversibility below. Next time I’ll do more of a crazy dance to keep things interesting.


Speaking of SoFA, I have amazing news. I’ll be TEACHING a blogging workshop that starts next Tuesday, March 10. It’s 4 sessions, 3 hours each. This isn’t your typical “do what you love” talk. It’s about branding, being different, micro-blogging and so much more. The course is an amazing deal at Php 2,500. Trust that I’ll do my best and impart whatever information I believe you’ll need to carve your own space in the blogosphere and turn your site into a brand. Especially since this is the first time I’ll be considered part of “faculty.” I really hope to see you there. Spread the word if you can too – it’ll be much appreciated.

For inquiries, enrollment and reservation, contact SoFA’s Admissions Office at 09175018136 or 4784611/22 local 115/117 or email [email protected] Reserve now!

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Edit: GOOD NEWS! I’m giving away 2 slots to this Blogging 101 workshop worth P2,500. Schedule is 6-9PM T/TH starting March 10-March 19. All you need to do is:

1. Regram this SoFA poster OR post your own photo that answers the question: Why should you be chosen to attend the blogging workshop for free? (Remember to include your answer in the caption.)

2. Hashtag #SoFABlogging101 and #WeLiveDesign 

3. Follow both @alyssalapid and @sofadesigninstitute on Instagram and TAG both accounts 

See you there!