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Style Files: Jamila Castillo

Get to know this week's It Girl and her love for pastels, Verniece Enciso, and more by checking out her top outfits!
PHOTOS and CAPTIONS Jamila Castillo

Name: Jamila Joyce S. Castillo
Age: 19
City: Sta. Mesa manila
School: Centro Escolar University Manila

My style. It's sometimes unpredictable, but I prefer to always be girlywhile making a statement using different pieces. I do love experimenting, most especially with trends because I want an interesting but wearable outfit as well.
Shopping fave. I love to drop by and shop in Forever21 because you can see all the trends and styles you're looking for–from preppy, punk, sporty,  edgy, boho-chic, casual, casual, and formal.
Style icon. Fashion blogger and ice skating princess, Verniece Enciso She inspires me every single day. I really love her dedication to fashion and how creative she is.
Style influence. Fashion bloggers like the Enciso Sisters have influenced me to become better and be confident with what I'm wearing. Because of their blogs, I became more into the world of fashion.
Closet colors. I've always loved pastel colors because it's it's not a hard time to match and accessorize pieces in those shades.
Fave accessories. I'm into bracelets and bangles because it adds details to any look. It also makes your outfit more fun.
Never wearing. I will never wear a swimsuit that is too revealing.
Trendy return. I want the fashion from the '80s to be on trend again because of all the bright colors and prints.
Best bargain. A trench coat which I got from Forever21 in Franklin Mills, New Jersey. I just got that trench coat for 75% off that day.
Vintage love. I have a pair of vintage Rayban shades for men which I got from my grandpa. Another one I love is my mom's collection of maxi skirts from her teenage years.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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