Style Files: Lia Carmela Delfin

Find out who this stylish girl from Iloilo gets her fashion inspiration and influence from by going through some of her best looks!
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Name: Lia Carmela Delfin
Age: 22
City: Iloilo
School: West Visayas State University

Bright style. It will always be fun, quirky, and full of patterns. I cannot NOT be colorful. I feel incomplete without bursts of colors.
Online shopping. Because there's not much outlet stores here in our province, I usually shop online. I prefer local boutiques as well, to spare myself from shipping fees. For shoes, I consider Asian Vogue as my number one shoe authority.
Style icons. I especially love Laureen Uy and Kookie Buhain's adventurous style. They always achieve the perfect balance between girly-ness, edge, and punk. My international style icon is Flavia Desgranges Van Der Linden of Her style is very achievable and I love her hair!
Maternal influence. My mom influences my style a lot! I grew up watching her dress up and change outfits from day-to-day. It's interesting though that at present, it's already me who influences her style. I love borrowing and trading outfits with her.
Colorful closet. There's no dominant color in my closet. I adore bright colors and prints. Brown, black, and white are the colors I own the least.
Must-have. Thick, vintage bangles - they go along with any outfit and give me that instant bohemian feel. For colorful accessories, Bubbles necklaces are my favorite.
Never ever. Tops with plunging necklines! I have been exploring various trends but I always try my best to be as wholesome as I can. I believe that being sexy doesn't always mean showing too much skin.
Trendy rebirth. Balloon skirts with petticoats underneath! I would love to make a little twist by wearing them with bright pieces.
Steal purchase. Leather pants for P50 from a thrift shop! I've been eyeing an almost similar pair from People are People a week before that, so I was very grateful that I didn't buy them on impulse. Imagine how much I have saved!
Grandma's vintage. A black, knitted cardigan from my grandma. I never fail to receive compliments whenever I wear it. It's more than 20 years old and it's handmade!

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Katherine Go 2 days ago

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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