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5 Places for Your Photo Shoots That Are Absolutely Free

Who says you can't save your money and save the date at the same time?
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If you're having a birthday party soon, then chances are you'll want to take some great pics before your birthday bash. Save-the-date photos and videos are all the rage now—and with good reason, too. Not only do they serve as reminders or countdowns for your guests, but they also capture you at your best and prettiest. So if you're planning on having a shoot soon, here are some location ideas that are budget-friendly and breathtaking!

  1. UP Sunken Gardens

 

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Having a boho or fairytale-themed party? Then this place is for you! UP Sunken Gardens features a wide expanse of grassy green land edged with a bunch of beautiful and picturesque trees. Bring some homemade props if you can—be it floral swings or gold figurines—or don't. After all, the place is amazing enough. Don your flower crowns and your flowiest gowns, and let the cool breeze run through your hair as you walk the grounds.

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  1. Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

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If you're thinking of a Hollywood or high fashion-themed debut, then hit the streets of BGC. The tall buildings and paved grounds provide an air of cosmopolitan elegance that will be perfect for your photos. Sashay down the New York-esque roads à la The Devil Wears Prada like it's your personal catwalk. Dress in your most stylish, editorial-worthy outfits—minidresses, high heels, leather boots, and gold accessories—and strut your stuff!

  1. Venice Grand Canal

 

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Note: The place may be free, but take note of security and parking rates!

For a travel-themed debut, look no further to this exquisite mall. You may have to get there early to avoid crowds, but it will be worth it. Strike a pose in stately gowns and structured coats, or ride through the gondola against a background of colorful European façades. And if you want to satisfy your wanderlust a bit more, you can intersperse your shoot with  more pictures at Luneta's Chinese Garden for just a P10 entrance fee!

  1. Manila Bay

 

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In order to achieve a beachy, tropical-formal theme, Manila Bay is perfect. It's a pity that it's much more polluted than it was before, but luckily, some areas still have the right amount of clean white sand and clear blue waters. As the wind rushes through your hair, you'll truly be a vision clad in draping, colorful clothes—whether amidst a background of yachts and bright skies in the morning or against a backdrop of a beautiful sunset at dusk.

  1. Your room!

 

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Yes, you read that right—home is truly where the heart is. And what place represents you better than your own bedroom? You can start off with a simple shot of you waking up, or just reading in bed. Show off your talents in the video—be it writing, singing, dancing, acting—even playing musical instruments! Next, have some fun by trying on different outfits in the mirror. Don't be afraid to get a little wacky! After all, showing off the different facets of your unique personality is perhaps the most stunning option of all.

What do you think of these ideas, Candy Girls? Save this for some debut inspo, or share it with a friend who’s celebrating her 18th soon!

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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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