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    Seize the Moment with Camp Courage PH


    Most of us went through that dreaded awkward teenage phase called puberty. Yes, a select few people from the population were blessed with good genes and were thus able to transition into adulthood smoothly. But for the rest of us, it’s a stage we’d all rather forget. Thankfully, I had my mom to give me the right information and tools to help me go on daily activities without any worries of experiencing any unfortunate “accidents”.

    Times have passed and I’m proud to say that I’ve successfully gone through that wretched time in my life. However, there are still a lot of Filipina teens today who feel helpless and insecure because of the bodily changes they go through. And these insecurities tend to hold them back from seizing opportunities in life.  But, I have good news for today’s modern day Filipina teens! Johnson and Johnson Philippines has launched a campaign to address the needs of Filipina teens called Camp Courage. 

    DSCF3404 With brands such Clean and & Clear, Carefree, and Modess on board the Camp Courage campaign, teenagers will be provided the right tools and information to face their fears, live in the moment and make a move. Camp Courage will go around the Philippines and visit 500 schools nationwide in order to spread the news to about 400,000 Filipina teens.

    They will also be launching a website, http://www.ourcampcourage.ph where teens can interact with each other and share stories and information to help them continue on making shining moments in their life, worry free!

    I personally think that this is a beautiful and empowering campaign. Aside from providing teens with the right tools to overcome their insecurities, Camp Courage will be bringing inspirational speakers to speak to Filipina teenagers nationwide. One of them is Mary Clare Prosperity Pineda, with whom I share the same alma mater. Another one of them is Isabel Maria Flores Garcia of http://www.everydayisa.worpress.com whose advocacy is geared towards teen empowerment. They are just some of the brave, beautiful and talented speakers that will be reaching out to Filipina teens all nationwide. Even if I had my mom to guide me through puberty, I wish I had the opportunity to listen to such inspiring women like them. xoxo,

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    Lifestyle, Random

    Instagram Update: 1


    Hello guys!

    How has your week been going? I just wanna share what I’ve been up to during the past week via the photos from my instagram! This new section of my blog is one of the things that I decided to commit to posting on my blog every week. I think it’s a great way to show you guys a part of my life without over sharing. :)


    definitely the coolest burger I’ve tried in a long time! Putting up a review on this soon. :)


    This photo came with my comeback post!


    When josh gave me the prettiest sun flower to cheer me up because last week was a very tiring school week. <3


    couple OOTD!

    Josh: Ralph Lauren polo, Topman pants, Sebago shoes; Max: Warehouse Top, HnM pants, f21 shoes <#


    tried our project pie for the first time!! it was really good, AAHH :)


    my mom bought tickets for the whole fam + J to try out the burgers from the burger cook out at Rockwell! I think it’s an amazing way to be able to use your resources to and contribute to the rebuilding of Visayas. Mine was a double patty with poached pears and truffled aioli. It’s P500 per burger + drink and fries!

    That’s all for now guys! :)

    Leave your usernames below so that I can know what you guys have been doing! :)



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    Lifestyle, Random, Uncategorized

    Hey Reader


    Hi guys!

    I haven’t posted a blog entry in the past two months or so. I would like to apologize for that but I’d just like to quickly explain why I stopped blogging for a while. As you all know, I’ve always complained about my photography skills and I have been feeling extra insecure about how I take my blog photos recently. I’m very critical about the blogs I read and one of the things I look for in a blog that I want to read is beautiful photos. Because of this, I’ve become very critical of my blog photos and kind of kept delaying myself when it comes to posting entries.

    My boyfriend, Josh knows how much I used to enjoy blogging and encouraged me to get back into it so here I am! :) To make sure I get to blog more this 2014, I’ve decided to commit myself to “scheduling” my entries. I promise to post 2 makeup related entries, one date night entry (restaurant reviews), and one instagram-update entry eevry week!  This is a huge challenge for me so wish me luck!

    Here’s to a new year, a more confident Maxie, and lots of rambles on beauty, food, and adventures!





    Lifestyle, Random

    Paperplanes Manila


    Hi everyone!

    I’m back with my first ever lifestyles related post! I really want to try to incorporate lifestyle posts into my blog so that those who aren’t really into beauty can still find something interesting to read. My friend Gila Salvador from Paperplanes Manila asked me if she could send me some stuff from her new online shop that sells CUSTOMIZED (amazing right omg) hardbound notebooks! She didn’t ask me to write up a review of any sort like that in exchange for the goodies but since I really feel like the products are worth blogging about, I decided to dedicate a blog post to review my goodies! <3

    She sent me the following: a 5 subject customizable notebook, a customizable binder, and a laptop decal. She asked me to pick out the design I wanted. Paperplanes Manila has a wide array of designs to choose from! You can even send in your own design if you want. :) It’s fully customizable!

    5 Subject Notebook

    The notebook is neatly wrapped in plastic to ensure its durability. I also really like the fact that the notebook is quite heavy which just shows how STURDY it is! I feel like it will last me more than a semester. :) The design I chose came out so nicely that I already had classmates asking about it when I started using it in school!  The 5 subject notebook has 175-200 unruled pages to “stimulate creativity”. I like that I can use it for up to 5 subjects (or even more) because I have more or less 5 subjects for school.  

    I forgot to choose a design for the back so Gila took my blog header and put in on the back. It was so sweet of her; she placed it there without telling me. :)

    The first page comes with this useful page that can help people locate me in case I lose my notebook or in case something happens to me.

    They have 3 kinds of paper to choose from: class A bond paper, scrap book (brown) paper and cream paper. I opted for the classic bond paper.

    Customized Binder

    The customized binder is the size of a long bond paper but they also offer binders for short bond 
    papers. I went for the one that accommodates long bond papers to maximize the use of my binder. :) The binder is neatly covered with plastic like my notebook.

    Gila took it upon herself to add my full name at the back of my binder too. <3 I can’t believe I forgot to tell her what I wanted. It’s a good thing she put my name because it would have looked so bare without my name. :)

     It has a packet for random pieces of paper, 10 clear sheet protectors, a paper envelope, and also 4 colored sheets of hard paper to act as dividers. This is super useful for all my readings and what not! I bought 20 pieces of extra sheet protectors but I feel like the binder can fit in more. The design I chose came out so prettily as well!

    Laptop Decal

    The shop offers various laptop decal designs. The laptop decal I chose says “dreamer” in a super cutesey font! AHHH <3. It came in with instructions that were super easy to follow. The decals do not leave marks on laptops which is a PLUS for me. :)

    Final Thoughts

    Paperplanes Manila is such a fun and original concept. They’re all 100% made in the Philippines. The products are of high quality, sturdy, durable, and too pretty for words! The best thing about their notebooks is that no notebook comes out the same because they are all FULL CUSTOMIZABLE. These pretty items from Paperplanes Manila make studying seem fun and colorful! They are gorgeous alternatives for the expensive notebooks that you find in fullybooked. haha!  They also offer custom car plates and custom phone cases. :) Check out their page for more info! <3

    I wanna thank Gila Salvador of Paperplanes Manila again for sending me these goodies! :)

    What do you guys think about my first lifestyle post?? :) <3 



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    Lifestyle, Random, Uncategorized

    Debut Highlights Video


    “Cinderella, It’s not midnight……”


    This will be my last post about my debut! :) It’s a three minute highlights video shot by 11:11 Productions and edited by Miko Ancheta of 11:11 productions. I think they captured the highlights of my special day wonderfully! I have nothing more to say so I’ll just let the video speak for itself. ;)

    The photo on the cover of this post was taken by Kara Chung! :)

    Max @ 18 (Highlights) from Miko Ancheta on Vimeo.

    Max @ 18 (Highlights)

    © 11:11 Productions

    Videography by Miko Ancheta, Lyka Gonzalez, Klint Saribong
    Edited by Miko Ancheta

    Gown by Amir Sali

    Event styling by Scenta Flora

    Catering by Carlito’s Catering

    Hair, Make-up, and Styling by Pong and Bang Niu Fashion Styling (facebook.com/pongandbangniu)

    Music: Cinderella – Steve Moakler



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    Events, FOTD, Lifestyle, Random

    Cinderella Part 2


    Here is the second part of the photos from my debut taken by Migs Santiago. :)

    The theme for my debut was inspired by a Modern Marie Antoinette! My stylist suggested to place umbrellas in the ceiling instead of the usual lanterns to connect it to Marie Antoinette. My centerpieces were mostly pink flowers with accents of gold ornaments and pearls! I also had an all pink dessert buffet inspired my Marie antoinette’s love for sweets!

    The program for my debut was very short and fast paced!

    I entered with a dance number and then went out to change into my gown so I had to enter two times! I didn’t have the traditional 18 candles and just asked 10 of my closest girl friends to speak for me!

    For the usual 18 roses, I called my 18 roses segment “Dancing with Maxie” and i basically grouped my guy friends into categories and made them dance to all sorts of genres (mostly ballroom)! We danced the waltz, salsa, kpop, cha cha cha, lyrical, and more. :)

    Each boy who took part in my 18 roses segment was part of a video wherein each of them had to answer really unique questions about me! I also had a “Silly thing Max says” video where my guy friends tried to imitate the way I act and speak!

    I also included two games to spice things up and to get my HS and college friends acquainted!

    Daryl my bakla friend

    Le Polar bear on a diet, Biondi Te

    lol my friend Nathan trying to semi carry me!

    My super cute uncle who looks like Jollibee when dancing. :)

    I made sure my dad got to do the most lifts! hahaha!

    Blockmate love!

    This photos deserves a special place in this post because my fab friend Daryl forced Dean to buy a bow tie just because it was part of my dress code! HEHE

    The Ericka and Krissy Villongco with James Reid

    Friends from ADMU! <3

    My brother taking advantage of the fact that he can do almost anything to me on stage. HA HA.

    He has two left feet but he still danced with me. HEHE Love you, Shots!

    Semi-mortified at the “Silly Things Max Says” video that my 18 roses friends prepared for me!

    My two blockmates who tried to dance a super short contemporary dance number with me!

    Ray and Peepoy

    My 2 guy batch mates who I Lalalala looove! I made them dance SALSA with me! :)

    My girlies. <3

    MGC friends!

    My sneaky little brother teases and bickers with me for a living surprised me with THE BEST birthday gift EVER. He upgraded his little brother status to BEST LITTLE BROTHER EVER!!!!! He got me VIP tickets to my ultimate fave KPOP band, BIG BANG. <333333

    My talented media coverage team, 11:11 productions. :)

    HI NEIL!

    My competitice, up-for-anything college friends!


    This is late but I want to thank everyone who took part in making my special day memorable. :)


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    Cinderella Part 1


    I posted a question a few days back in my facebook page and asked if people wanted to see photos from my debut even if I’m 5 months late. A lot of people responded and wanted me to post them so here they are! :)

    I wanna thank my brilliant photographers Kara Chung, Migs Santiago and Jonas Tamayo for capturing these priceless memories! They’re all fellow students from the same university I go to and I don’t think I could have found people who are more perfect for the job. :)

    Since I had 3 photographers and I have a LOOOOT of photos, I’ve decided to split the post into 3 parts. This first post will feature Kara and Jonas’ Photos while the second post will contain Mig’s photos. Finally the last part will feature my 3 minute debut video. :D

    Yes my dress was SEE THROUGH! It just wasn’t so obvious when I wore it because my skin matched the cloth of the dress. hehe


    My handsome lil brother with his introductory speech!

    My sisters for life!

    My late Taima. <3

    le Fam Bam!

    My young and hip grandpa AKA “pops”. :)

    11:11 Crew Hard at work!

    Suck and Blow.

    I love how my college friends are so game for anything!

    MGC Batchmates!

    HAPPY. :)

    my gorge becky friend, Martin!


    Love these boys!

    En/lit block!

    sarap lang ng feather hahaha!

    I chose the title “Cinderella” because I really felt like a princess on my debut. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had the generic wish just like most girls and it was to be a princess when I grew up. Cinderella has always been my favorite Disney princess and I remember watching my VHS of the movie over and over again ! Thanks to my parents and to the people who attended, I was able to live that dream even just for a night and it’s something I won’t ever forget. :)


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    Food, Lifestyle, Random

    What I’ve Been Up To


    I was on a very short hiatus until recently because I’ve relocated my mini Panini Stall to Mezza Norte (near UP technohub). My panini stall was conceptualized around July this year! I went to New York for the first time this summer and I wanted to incorporate a New York theme into the conceptualization of my items and menu. All the items in my menu are inspired by different elements of New York and my friend Justine helped me with naming some my menu items! :)

    We were active for a week until I decided to wait and look for better location for my panini stall. About three weeks ago, God has proven to me once again how faithful and amazing He is by allowing me to finally have a stall in Mezza Norte! I waited roughly three months just to get my application processed and by His grace I am now finally able to let people taste the delicious paninis that I truly BELIEVE in (drama much? ha ha ha.)!

    Ever since we got in, I’ve been attending to my stall every night, meeting wonderful people and being inspired by the people I meet. I was also reminded by how supportive my friends and family are. I’ve been selling paninis every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6pm-3am and it’s really tiring especially since I have class on Friday and Saturday. What’s been encouraging me to keep pushing for this is the never-ending support of my friends, family, and of course the customers who have been giving me good feedback on the paninis. Nothing satisfies me more than seeing customers go back to my stall even a week after they buy from my stall.

    Here are some photos of some of my memorable moments from these past few weeks!

    Jeff with his Empire Steak Panini!

    Josh and I with the one and only Ramon Bautista! I look stressed out here but I’m with Ramon Bautista so… KEBS.

    My best friend in Mezza Norte, Paul who is also the owner of Wrap Battle.

    With Lourd Veyra from the band Radio Active Sago Project.

    My fabulous friends, Justine (justeen) and Justin (as in justin bieber) Hahaha.

    Me holding a snake from a group of exotic animal enthusiasts! They told me that they’d buy from me if I touched their pet snake. lol.

    Customer-turned-friend, Lance!

    With my talented and supportive friend Aj. He created the graphic design for my menu in one night! Check out his works here.

    Selling to customers! :)

    Arguably the prettiest becky in the Ateneo, Martin Tuanquin! <3

    Josh working his charm in selling to this lovely customer! hehe.

    Model turned singer for a night, Anton! HEEHEE. (He sang Yellow :> )

    With one fo the cutest barkadas I’ve ever met! Andre, Monnik (who recently celebrated her birthday) and of course the driver/wingman/bodyguard/amazing friend, Anton. :)

    With the whole group! hehe

    With a leaner Miggy :> He’s sporting a new look which I don’t love but I’m still supporting it cuz he’s such an amazing friend. ;)


    Food, Lifestyle, Tips

    What I’m Currently Loving


    Hello my dear readers!

    Here’s a list of beauty products, trends, and random stuff that I’m currently loving this month!

    1. Cetaphil Face Wash

    I’ve been using my Shisheido facial wash until got curious and purchased this! I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it and I wanted to try it out for myself. I think it’s a really nice facial wash especially for those with sensitive skin because it’s unscented and it does feel mild on my skin! I use day in the morning and at night. :)

     2. Lancome Bifacil Makeup Remover

    I’ve always loved this because it takes off even the most stubborn of mascaras! I use my Nivea Makeup wipes on a daily basis while I use this when my face is fully made up.  I previously reviewed this is my tumblr blog. I might transfer my previews posts when I’m not so busy!

    3. Shu Ueura Concealer

    In the past, I have been using my Skin Food salmon concealer. When I ran out, I went back to using this Shu Uemura concealer. I’ve forgotten how nice it is! I love concealers in general and during days when I don’t feel like wearing makeup, I just conceal my eyebags, do my brows, and apply lip balm! :)

    4. Black Beauty Fix!

    I always apply this after I flat iron my hair! I love how I only need to use a REALLLYYY small amount of product to make my hair look shiny! TIP: Do not apply this from the roots of your hair to keep your hair feeling light. Pump the bottle once and spread the product on your palms. Start at the middle portion of your hair strands and comb through them.

    5. Insect Repellant Band

    I’m super paranoid about getting dengue! My dad got this cute insect repellant band for me and forces me to wear it everyday. I asked him to get the other colors for me so that I can match it with my outfits. ha ha ha. I wear it almost everyday on my own will just because I don’t ever want to experience getting dengue!

    6. RED album

    I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!! :) Among my faves from the album are: Stay Stay Stay, Holy Ground, Red, I Almost Do, and I Knew You  Were Trouble. Hahaha! I like almost all of the songs I had to stop enumerating! It’s such a nice album I’ve been listening the the album non-stop. :)


    MY ultimate fave song of the album of the moment is Everything Has ChangedMy friend Kally to listen to it and couldn’t stop listening to it ever since. :) heehee.


    I’ve been craving for anything that’s salted caramel! Salted caramel cupcakes, macarons and ice cream! AAAAHHH LOVE LOVE LOVE. I used to love anything red velvet but salted caramel is quickly catching up with my red velvet obsession. <3

     8. BAZAARS!!!!

    I JUST LOOOOOOVE BAZAARS! I love bazaars because most of the items in bazaars and Filipino made! I recently went to the Global Pinoy Bazaar in the Rockwell tent and I was so impressed with all the Filipino brands! A lot of items are not only cheap but are also of superb quality. Would you believe that I spent less than PHP2500 for all the items in the photo above?! I especially love the corset because of the super pretty back!! I didn’t take a photo of the back just in case I take an outfit photo wearing it in the near future. ;) I think we should shop at bazaars more and patronize our own products!

    What have you guys been loving? :)