Girls in Alternative Colleges

It's not a regular school, it's a cool school.
by Chinggay Labrador   |  Jun 23, 2015
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Actress Kathryn Bernardo knows that show business isn't something that lasts forever—and having an education to back you up is essential to a stable, secure life. Last year, Kathryn was enrolled at Enderun Colleges' home school program as a fashion marketing sophomore. Just goes to show that even if you've got a business or a big career starting up even while you’re still in school, that doesn't mean you need to give up that diploma.


You're way behind in your fashion news if designer Vania Romoff hasn't at least once popped up in your Instagram feed. Only in her early 20s, she’s gained a big following for her modern cuts, new classics, and fresh take on elegance. Her solid education has given her the means to fuel unique creations plus mass market collaborations with AVA, Ensembles, Mosaic, and The Ramp.

The One School

Going with an out-of-the-box school is a great way to jump-start an out-of-the-box career, business, or creative idea. Designer and stylist Stacy Rodriguez behind street and runway inspired clothing line Glasnost stands as proof that this school's individual-based style helped her leap over her weaknesses, and improve on her strengths to create her online apparel brand.

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CCA Manila

Model, host, actress and yogi Bianca King signed up for a short course at CCA as a precursor to starting up her own restaurant with a group of partners. This culinary school has been a landmark along university-lined Katipunan avenue for many years, and has spurred many a cook to put up their own business. Her affinity for health and her own passion for food helped set the tone for a place that's backed up by her cooking knowhow.

Mint College

If you've been trolling the plethora of calligraphers and hand letterers that are multiplying by the minute in Manila, you may have come across Seed Bunye's work. A scholar at MINT College, she puts pretty into perspective, backed up by her degree in graphic design.

Are you considering going to an alternative college, too? Leave a message to talk with other girls who have the same plan or tweet us @candymagdotcom.

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Chinggay Labrador
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Chinggay Labrador is a freelance writer for several publications in Manila and overseas. An architect by profession, she loves to travel, dabble in design, bake brownies, bike, surf, practice yoga, and contribute to her family's blog, She has released three novels, and her latest fictional short story will be published this month under Buqo Bookstore. She is currently working on a collaborative novel. Chinggay is also a yoga instructor teaching vinyasa yoga, foundations and restoratives. 
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