July 2, 2010

Queen B.

BIANCA YUZON is no ordinary girl. You will see her walk the corridors of SDA with a personality you can't help but admire. No wonder she's the SDA Representative at the College of St. Benilde's Student Council. She is currently a sophomore taking up a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising. She's also the lead vocalist of a band called the Oneiros. Here is our personal interview with our dearest Bianca.

TSP: What inspired you to become a representative of the School of Design and Arts?
BIANCA: When I was signing up to run with KA-ISA PARTY, I saw the position for SDA representative was still vacant. Something just clicked and felt right. I was really just pining to represent my course as a frosh student before that but this was definitely worth the wait. It honestly felt like a calling. We have a great school with a uniquely structured building equipped with the latest technology required for each course, but despite all of that, there will always be room for improvement: academically, internally and externally; and I know that working together, we can achieve the positive change we want to see. Before me was the opportunity to serve my fellow artists, and to give back to what I had grown to call "home" over the past year. How could I refuse? REPRESENT.

TSP: What are some of the best experiences you’ve had while serving in the Student Council?
BIANCA: Every project is special not just because it serves its own purpose, but because you never really know what to expect, especially when working with a council so full of life. It almost seems like some of us never run out of energy - do not be fooled though, sometimes part of the sacrifice is being the last to fall asleep and the first to get up. Hustlin' from dusk 'till dawn, and you never hear a word of complaint, which is why I really look up to my peers. I'll never forget Star Week: the heat in Plaza Villarosa was just ridiculous (global warming people!), but it was definitely worth it, especially when we were united with our newest members at our first general assembly. Frosh Solidarity Night is also at the top in my book. We're barely halfway through our first term - the fun has just begun!

TSP: How would you describe the students in the School of Design and Arts?
BIANCA: Definitely one of a kind, passionate about our craft, a distinct fashion sense (whatever the dress code throws at us, we manage to make it work somehow) and not to be messed with because we've got the internal fire. SDA students are the future (and even present for most) of the creative industry, restless to express within those white walls.

TSP: What is something that most people don’t know about you?
BIANCA: I learned how to read and write properly at the age of six (that's a bit late, isn't it?) but by seven, I published a book of poems entitled "Love On the Doorstep". Before that I used to write in hieroglyphics which were strangely accurate when compared to the egyptian manuscripts in books. My family was quite freaked out. Over the years those poems turned into songs, and in the future I hope they transform into epic fashion or worldly articles and novels. I have come to the conclusion that I was Cleopatra in a past life. C'est fini.

TSP: Where do you get your daily inspiration?
BIANCA: Music, my surroundings, emotions (not just my own), conversations, reading materials, my personal muses, and MUSIC. Because it takes you places... the most random things actually. A tea cup can trigger something in a person - it's all a matter of perspective.

TSP: Being a student taking up AB in Fashion Design and Merchandising, how would you describe the fashion seen in the SDA?
BIANCA: A play on dualities. Vintage mixed with modern: from tight leggings to flowy tops to oxfords or the latest high tops. We make drab work but were also not afraid of color.

TSP: Who are your favorite designers both locally and internationally?
BIANCA: Lulu Tan Gan, Monique Lhuillier, Kaye Olfindo, Vera Wang, Giorgo Armani, Coco Chanel, Pierre Balmain, Kenzo, Ralph Lauren, Anna Sui, Cristobal Balenciaga.. the list goes on. At the end of the day we will always return to the classics, it is inevitable.

TSP: What are some of your favorite brands both locally and internationally?
BIANCA: River Island, Accessorize, Zara, Forever 21, Billabong, Aldo, Nine West, Vans, People are People, Pacsun, Topshop, Burberry, H&M, Folded &Hung, Rustans, Carrion, Six, Cotton On, and random vintage flea markets (favorite ones are in HK and Paris) or bazaars.

"She who does not mix it up will forever have a parched wardrobe."

TSP: What’s next for Bianca Yuzon?
BIANCA: Student Council projects, songs to record (found at http://www.myspace.com/oneiros), runways and streets to cross safely, rain forest and animals to save and model townships to be established (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=157033287836), auditions, manual driving lessons, countries to visit, friends to make, salad and frozen yogurt, Grammy nominations, etc. -- the usual.

TSP: Any message to the SDA students?
BIANCA: Mes amis,

You are all beautiful, so wax on, wax off and rock awnn.

I know it may be a challenge most of the time to get out of bed (especially for those who have long breaks and end up staying in school from 8am to 8pm), meet deadlines, finish plates, buy an endless list of materials..but remember, you are only given what you are capable enough to handle; and hot damn you are capable.

I'm sure we all know someone who can sketch, shoot, shade or edit to save their lives. It could be you and you may not know it yet, but hang in there and from the basics you are taught, you will begin to develop your own distinct style with your work. Dream big and believe in your dreams, attracting positive energy along the way.

For the graduating students, your memories will be forever etched within the hallways, computer labs, etc. You will take the world by storm and it won't know what hit it. Congratulations in advance.

Be thankful and use your God-given gifts well, uplifting your nation in your own way. You are all talented and ahh-mazing.
infinite x's and o's,
Bianca Y.

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