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CURATED MANILA: Behind The Scenes


Hello there!!


I’m back! Before I left, I had to go stylist mode even if I’m not really a stylist or a fashion blogger! I took up the challenge for my baby, Curated Manila! My other half is no other than DARYL MIKO CHAN, whom I first met when we played badminton! I saw her again in school, our chika powers proved us to be a match made in heaven! <3  We wanted to promote Filipino pride in our own way and decided to design and create bags that are 100% made in the Philippines!


Anyway, back to my post! :)) The shoot was super last minute and Daryl and I are so happy to be able to get makeup blogger and singer, Ericka Villongco to be our very first model! I was able to get a super talented student photographer, Jonas Tamayo of 11:11 Productions. Ericka and I were able to drag fashion blogger Kally Araneta last minute to co-style as well! The night before the shoot, our photographer told me he wanted to shoot at Ayala Hillside so I stressed my dad out and got him to find someone to let us in! teehee!


Photog Jonas Tamayo hard at work!

Curated Manila’s first ever model, Ericka Villongco

Some of my accessories! I think this speaks for my love for accessories. haha!

Stylist and peg! I swear I neatly arranged everything before I left my house!

meet my super supportive dad who accompanied us all day! <3 Love you, dad!

Ericka’s equally talented and gorgeous sister Krissy helping Ericka pick out bags!

Group photo!

With Kally before she left. :)


I just HAD to take advantage of having a photographer around since I ALWAYS struggle taking outfit photos! I know, I look summery. haha I just wanted to feel bright and happy and productive so I tried to incorporate neons into my look. :) Well,  kinda based my outfit on my shoes, which I LALALOVE!


Top from Nava || pants from HNM || vest from taiwan 

Spike bracelets from an online shop! I forgot wheree. || gold casio watch from Vintage Casio Watches || orange insect repellant from my dad || belt from Nava

                  Yes, kailangan tiptoe! Shoes from Chili Margarita Shoes.

Didn’t put on too much makeup because i was on poser stylist mode and I wanted to focus on the shoot! :)

That’s it for now! Like Curated Manila on facebook!

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  • Reply Jem

    Great BTS post, Max! :) Loving your new bag business!

    10/25/2012 at 6:51 PM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      THANKS SO MUCH JEM!! :) It encourages us more when we hear affirmation! hahaha!

      10/26/2012 at 3:14 AM
  • Reply anonymous

    where did you get your sandals from? :)

    10/25/2012 at 8:07 PM
  • Reply lau

    hi maxine! i found your blog while googling reviews on cosmetics. and you know what? i’m a fan! i would love to see more of fashion posts (ootd) ’cause i adore your style. i have yet someone who’s fashion forward but is “wearable” on a daily basis and i’m glad i found ya! ;)

    more power! xoxo

    09/04/2013 at 5:45 PM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      hi lau! :)

      Aww, thanks so much!! That’s really nice to hear because I really don’t intend to be a fashion blogger. I worry that my outfits aren’t stylish enough. :)) I’ll work on posting more of my “wearable” outfit posts from now on! :)

      I’m glad I found ya too! <3

      Maxie <3

      09/08/2013 at 3:25 PM

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