It is definitely a small world.
And friends? They do wonders. Having acknowledged each other through mutual friends, Lyka Orhel, Lorenz Namalata, Esme Palaganas and Bjorn Bedayo discovered each other's works through their respective blogs. Come then 2010, these four met in De La Salle - College of St. Benilde, two taking up Fashion Design & Merchandising the other two taking up Multimedia Arts. The same interests, their love for photography, design and all things related to art, these four young bloggers' paths connected instantly.
BJORN BEDAYO. He lives by his maxim “carpe diem” – living life to the fullest. Bjorn Bedayo is a young fashion and avant-garde photographer of Versa-Vise Productions, a well-known blogger, a style enthusiast, and a life lover. At a young age he has been exposed in the local fashion industry through modeling. He grew passion being behind the lens rather than being in front of it. Fashion and photography became his outlet of expression. Prominent personalities have acclaimed him for his distinct style. He has been featured in different print and online publications such as Manila Bulletin and Style Anywhere. Having collaborated with Lasalle College International students, Onin Lorente of Style Anywhere, The Editions, Bespoke de Levenson Rodriguez, and Fashion Designers Alliance Manila honed this young fashion photographer's skills. Recently, he was nominated in a Malaysia-based website Tongue In Chic’s Style Awards: The Face To Watch Out For 2010. He continues to learn and master the skills in photography and dreams that one day, he’ll be one of the most successful fashion photographers in the country.
ESME PALAGANAS. Quotes Peaches Geldof: "I'd rather see a woman dressed in clothes from the Salvation Army than in head to toe Chanel and Dolce."; ironic though, she's planning to have her own label herself in the future. Once just a young style enthusiast inspired by Edie Sedgwick, Mary Kate Olsen and the band Gossip, this 16 year old is now trying to make her way into the industry by taking up AB-Fashion Design and Merchandising in De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. Blogging for almost 2 years, this young fashion blogger has been featured in the online publication of Candy Magazine; Candymag.com, featured in What A Girl Wants' Weekly Newsletter, street snapped by Onin Lorente of StyleAnywhere. Lately, she interned for Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010 under Runway Productions, collaborated with NY designer Kimberly Taylor, Philippine-based store What A Girl Wants and is working on a collaboration with Teammanila Lifestyle, the lifestyle label of design studio, Team Manila. Lastly, she wants everyone to believe that your age isn't equal to what you're capable of doing. She wants to change how Filipinos view fashion and do something good to the world.
LORENZ NAMALATA. He started drawing just for fun , and has been drawing, doodling, painting and illustrating as early as he can remember. But little did he know that something he does just for fun would eventually be something he'd be serious about. Currently a Freshman pursuing Fashion Design and Merchandising at De La Salle- College of Saint Benilde, his interest for a career in the fashion industry is just but natural, as he considers himself a creative and very hands-on person. : He has spent summers interning at a local website, learning the ropes on advertising, and has recently spent time being an intern for prominent local fashion designer, Ms. Sassa Jimenez. Also, he has illustrated for Philippine-based fashion blogger Rosanna of Little Miss Dress Up, been featured on eatsleepdraw-- an online art community, and lately, has been working on illustrations for makeup artists, fellow fashion bloggers, and the like. Based from his own experiences, he now believes and stands that men shouldn't be stereotyped in the field of fashion. He plans to have his own local version of Topman because everyone and anyone shouldn't be afraid to show their own style, everyone should be given a chance to feel and look good, regardless of the gender and/or age.
LYKA ORHEL. A young blooded Filipina who paints with pixels and light to create an image of passion. She is an eighteen year old photographer who has been in love with photography for almost 4 years. Photography, for her, is a work of art. She aims to freeze a moment of time and tries to capture it with just one click just before it disappears. It was in year 2009, just before graduating high school, when Lyka started working with fashion designers, creative professional team, and international magazines. She has already shot for Philippine-based fashion labels such as Poisonberry and Vanilla Label, organizations like Fashion Designers Alliance Manila, School of Fashion and Arts and Philippine Institute of Interior Design, and with fashion designers like Happy Andrada and Anna Leah Salvador. Lyka also won Candy Magazine's Teen Blog Awards 2009 under Best Use of Photography. She has been featured by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as one of the Philippines' 5 young creative lensmen and has been recognized as a young promising fashion photographer of 2010. She is currently building her career and repertoire in the industry while studying in one of the premier art school in the Philippines. Above all, she wants to be an inspiration to all the young people to pursue their dreams and never stop believing in themselves.