Monthly Archives: May 2011

Los Angeles: Photo Diary

Sorry for the delay on this but I’m still wondering what happened to all of the other photos I have taken.

Totally loving the weather when I was there. We were really blessed when we arrived because the weather wasn’t too hot and too cold. I want to thank one of the best Tita and Tito (Aunt & Uncle) in the whole world, Tita Carol and Tito Efren who made this trip one of the most memorable for welcoming us to their beautiful home with loving Corgis, Brian and Courage who of which left their mark in our of balikbayan boxes. hahaha

There were a lot of places to see. One of them was this famous church which I totally forgot the name because I can’t seem to find my travel journal. Anyway, we went there to ask that our trip will be blessed and that we will all be fine. We went to Carlsbad which had these amazing field of flowers but they were not in total bloom because Spring was still arriving. People have always told me that the two seasons that you must visit the States is Spring because of all the flowers and Fall because of leaves changing to warm shades of orange and red. We went to a couple of farmers’ market. I had this picture where I was holding this huge garlic that is almost the size of my hand and another photo where I place the garlic right beside an apple just to show the comparison. Apparently, garlic was one of their best produce in that area to point that they would have a festival just for that produce and you can even find GARLIC ICE CREAM. If ever you are in the city, ask the folks around where is the nearest farmers’ market because during weekends, farmers would gather mostly in a parking area to sells some of their produce and sometimes, you can find interesting food and finds. You can kind of compare it to our own Salcedo Market in Manila. During my trip to the market, we brought the Corgis for a walk. Just a little added info, Corgis are the official dogs of the Queen. The people were loving them because they look like big fluffy pillows with legs. And since it was timing that it was Mother’s day, we bought some flowers for the ladies in the house. I love the vivid array of colors coming from the flowers.

Went to Griffith Observatory, I think some of you already know that this observatory has been used in so many films. Actually, when we arrived here. There was an Indian film that was ongoing because that would have explained the long black Hummers. You can actually enter the observatory for free except for certain areas. It was a very informative observatory showing the heavenly bodies above and how everything works. As you enter, you are welcomed by this huge pendulum counting the time of the day.

It was really great timing because we were able to witness a beautiful sunset over looking Los Angeles City and Beverly hills.

Still more to come.

Yours Truly,

N.

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GO Negosyo

I got this as a gift from Tatay (grandfatther). Thank You, tatay.

I heard about this book for quite some time already through my dad who has one of the first issues where the color was still green. The Go Negosyo talks about these entrepreneurs and their inspiring stories to success. And you would be amazed at how some of them started out with 500 philippine peso capital (12 US dollars). But the one thing that I found common with all of them is that they all had passion for what they are doing.

It has a lot of tips that are extremely helpful when you are starting a business which is why I highly recommend everyone to get a copy. It is very affordable and accessible to be purchased. Just go to the nearest National Bookstore.

You can even visit the official Go Negosyo Website.

Yours Truly,

N.

P.S I know that a lot of you have been waiting for my photo diary in my trip to the US but don’t worry, patience is a virtue.

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Freedom to Love

I was tagged by one of my friends in this video. I hope one day I can participate in an event like these or even someday, I can organize one if no one will.

But anyway guys, if you see a gay couple whatever it may be, don’t ridicule them. Let go of the hatred and see the love that these two people have found with one another.

By letting go of our hatred and living with love, we make the world a better place for you and me.

Yours Truly,

N.

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Mejia Summer Campaign 2011 Collab – Psyche Rings

Hey shoe lovers, there is a new shoe line now in Cebu, Mejia. And I’m really honored that they used some of my pieces, the Psyche Rings through the immense help of my personal friend and stylist, Eloise Daniot. These little dainty origami inspired rings comes in various colors and sizes and these are just one them. You can get one huge and get some little ones and let them cluster around your fingers. It all depends on you how you play with them. If you are interested in purchasing, you can email me at nfblogs.wordpress@gmail.com.

If you want to know more about Mejia, visit their facebook page through the link below:

Mejia

And of course, I want to acknowledge the following for the beautiful photos,

Anne Lorraine Uy

And everyone else who made this campaign possible for Mejia. More power. And do watch out for them in Philippine Fashion Week because their shoes are being used by notable fashion designers for their collections. Amazing.

Yours Truly,

Neil Felipp

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Features: SunStar’s Shopping Bag

My Statement Rings recently got featured in SunStar’s Shopping Bag and it is one whole page! I want to thank Kara Mae Noveda for the feature! Thank you! Thank you, Kar! And the best part is one of  my closest friends not only in business but personal too, Meme Dakay with her shiny and shimmering pieces are being featured right next to my page.

And of course, I want acknowledge HOMER ANTHONY MEDICI for the beautiful photos! And the rest of the team, Eloise Daniot, Paolo Marco, Jessie Glova for MUA and Tiana Ng.

Watch out dear readers, there is definitely more to come.

Yours Truly,

Neil Felipp

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Sunny Philippines

Finally back home here in sunny Philippines. Hurriedly watched Thor fearing that the cinemas will be changing their movie list. Apparently, Thor was shown earlier here in the Philippines than in the United States.

The trip was really amazing and I will soon be sharing with all of you from the City of Angels, to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Sin City, and the ever beautiful San Francisco. And I am so dead when I come back to the gym because I gained a few pounds from all the good food that I have eaten.

I personally want to thank Tita Carol and Tito Efren whom without, this trip would have never have been memorable, and fun. Thank you! Thank you! ❤ ❤ ❤

Yours Truly,

N.

P.S If you are wondering where this photo was taken, it was taken in SeaWorld Orlando. I was thinking of getting one of  the flamingos and turning them into a miniature golf club. hahaha

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Equality

Ignorance is a disease and information is the cure especially now that information is readily available with just a click away.

This is via kingdomofc.blogspot.com. I’ve asked Carlos Concepcion if I can repost this because I wanted to share this with everyone. It is an inspiring and eye-opening article concerning about Sexual Equality.

This is an article of the Philippine Daily Inquirer featuring one of the Philippines’ power couple, Victor Basa and Divine Lee.

But this time you will see them in a more different role.

For more photos, just click on the link.

kingdomofc.blogspot.com

1.) Do you think in this day and age it is still important to place a label upon ourselves? (Gay, straight, bi etc.) Why or why not?
D: Male, female, gay, straight, bi, transgender, your nationality, religion, age, race, and occupation are all labels. Labels by themselves are harmless, it is what we do with them and how we
use them that matters. We must be careful and responsible enough to know what the labels mean. Labels can be empowering or demeaning. I think labelling yourself matters in instances
when you want to let people understand the version of humanity that God has given you. Diversity is one of the characteristics of humanity. We are all different from each other and the
varied labels we have highlight those differences.  I think we should use labels as our bridge between ignorance and understanding. We must be careful not to substitute the label for the
person for doing so is to substitute words for worth.  When I genuinely and deeply interact with other people, I realize that what really matters is the quality of our relationships with people
and not the labels of those people we are interacting with. Hence, I realized that the only label that should matter is HUMAN.
V: Sure, this may be stated or adhered to for clarification purposes to lessen confusion.  Most I think is case to case, but I also believe that the more we specify and button down things the
less we unriddle and the more myopic our microgenres or classifications become, which in turn alienate people who don’t understand the topic even further.
2.) What do you love most about the LGBT community?
D: What I like about the LGBT community is their courage.  The LGBT community has suffered so much discrimination and violence because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and
gender expression.  They have suffered family rejection, bullying in schools, and employment discrimination among other things. Yet they remain beautiful, fabulous, and wonderful despite
all of this. They have shown me nothing but laughter and joy. They are a living testament of the strength of the human spirit.
3.) What is the biggest misconception about the homosexual community? 
D: That they are too carefree. Gay people are just very expressive of their happiness but we should not translate this as being too unbothered without a care for the world. Most of the gay
 people I know are breadwinners (taking care of their whole family), sensitive (my gay friends are always the first to call and console even without you asking for company or advice),
responsible (I know a gay guy who brings and picks up his siblings to school everyday, and goes back every lunch to cook for a sick mom while working a 9-5 job), and most caring (letting
go of a career dream to be able to take care of a sick parent.)
The LGBT community is actually my biggest inspiration to a more positive and happy outlook in life.
4.) There is still a large debate about homosexuality being considered a third sex or simply a condition- please share your thoughts on this.
D: I think this is a conceptual error. Homosexuality, just like heterosexuality and bisexuality, is not a gender but a sexual orientation and an innate aspect of being human. Being a lesbian
woman is one of the myriad ways of being female and being a gay man is one of the varied ways of being male. Being a lesbian doesn’t make you less of a woman and being a gay man
doesn’t make you less of a man. I don’t think we need people to be classified as first, second or third sexes.  What we need is for ALL kinds of humans to be afforded the same right to life,
dignity, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
V: A condition? I wouldn’t be too sure about that because don’t some children show signs early on? And from the word itself, it’s not about being a gender either. Its about the sexual
orientation and not if the subject is male or female
5.) The suicide rate in the homosexual community (especially among teens) has been growing -What message can you send to these young individuals to tell them its alright? 
D: Lady Gaga said it perfectly :”I’m beautiful in my way, because God makes no mistakes. I’m on the right track baby I was born this way. Don’t hide yourself in regret, just love yourself
and you’re set”
We all have the power to transform this negative energy. What’s important for these kids to remember are not the words that people throw at us but what we know when we see ourselves
in the mirror. In the end, there is still more love than hate in this world, and that is worth living for.
V: Life is too precious to let it go to waste. Think of all the people who care for you and the plethora of unlived experiences that will enrich your life. Think of your family, your friends,
and hold on to your faith.
6.) What role can the straight community take to help in the acceptance of all these different individuals? 
D: As a straight and non-transgender woman I know that I wouldn’t suffer violence and discrimination because of my sexual orientation. I can experience the peace
of being in a consensual, healthy, loving, and caring relationship with a man, dress as I wish, or strive for success in my chosen field because there will be no people telling me that being me
is wrong. I want my lesbian, gay, bisexual, and  transgender friends to experience the same freedom from fear of discrimination and violence and the same social acceptance. Because we all
deserve to live in dignity and happiness. You don’t need to be in the LGBT in order to know that the discrimination and violence they are experiencing is wrong. You just have to be a human
with a sane mind, lucid heart, and compassionate soul in order to know that this is wrong.
We often use alot of reasons as an excuse for us to exercise our prejudice, bigotry, and ignorance. So perhaps we should ask ourselves these things are really making us closer to God.  I
believe that God is a God of love, compassion, and justice. Not of hate, exclusion, and injustice.
V: To help individuals, one must think like an individual.  Question your own intentions, acting on morals rather than justification, peer pressure, or personal grudges.  Education and
information goes a long way, which should start in your immediate circle.  Intolerance and bigotry runs rampant if ignorance is left alone.
7.) How does the Philippines compare to the rest of the world in accepting the homosexual community?
D: It all depends. In the circles I move in, no doubt that love, respect and acceptance are a given- we treat everyone with an open mind and open heart whatever preference or sexual orientation.
I have heard stories of LGBT community experiencing violence from their family, being discriminated in schools, and some are being rejected or fired by companies because of who they are.
I have also witnessed how people ridicule them in the streets and on television. But I think it is evident everywhere ,even in countries that have anti-discrimination and hate crime laws. I
think the biggest difference is that we don’t have explicit laws that address the discrimination and violence being experienced by LGBT pinoys. Hopefully, more information will help in
establishing proper laws against discrimination. Hence, that’s why WE are doing this article. I believe that Pinoys are loving and understanding. We just need to voice it out and remind
everyone that we are all God’s children.
V: At the very least, the Philippines doesn’t persecute homosexuals like a number of other countries. But neither do we have written laws that prevent discrimination against them. There’s
certainly room for huge improvements. It would be possible to be put into action depending on whom you vote for, because your politicians make the laws and if you do not vote, it would be
foolhardy to think that there can be a lasting solution to this relentless topic
8.) What is the state of equality in your respective work forces? (Div from an office standpoint and Vic in your tapings etc.)
D: Women’s rights have come far and we are able to hold ground to this day and age. Thankfully, because of people who fought hard and are continuously fighting for womens rights.
Also because through time women have already proven success in different fields. This is a fact that no one can deny. And that’s what I want people to see. By giving people the chance to
excel, it reap results that can be beneficial to all. People in their respective fields should be assessed on their merits and results, and not based on sexuality, preference
or what is in between their legs.
As for LGBT rights in my workplace, we have guidelines against discrimination and that includes both straight or LBGT. And we are used to practicing equality in our work environment.
9.) Divine, why do you think (gay men in particular) are so attracted to you? And Vic, how do you feel that your girlfriend is considered a gay icon? 
D: I am honestly still wondering when this started and who started it, but regardless i am very, very flattered. Being an icon gives me the opportunity and venue to help others, communicate
information and inspire people. And I am very very grateful. I don’t think this is for me to answer, I can assume so many different things but I would love to hear the reason behind it too so
I decided to call a few friends to answer the question for me.
Elmer Lapena (Director)- You are our Gay Icon because you are the epitome of every gay guy’s fantasy, you’re fun, liberated, successful and true to yourself. But most of all, it is because
you do not discriminate. You accept each individual for who they are. And you make every person comfortable regardless of their sexual orientation and preference.Acceptance (by others)
is something that gays continously strive for. And you give it without a question. AND…. baklang bakla ang taste mo. Clothes, shoes, bags, friends, language, boyfriend, hairstyle, name it!
Veejay Floresca (Designer)- You’re a gay icon because you have important qualities a gay would dream of.. Physical attributes, attitude, body, and success from hard work. But more than
all the eyes can see, gays love you because you have a genuine heart. You are one of the best persons I have met. You don’t discriminate.
Rajo Laurel (Designer): Just your name itself is so gay already! DIVINE LEE! LOL! You are gorgeous with a killer body and killer fashion sense. You are a walking, living, breathing gay
dream.. But above all that, you have a beautiful soul- genuine, caring and thoughtful. Exactly what a gay icon should be-that’s why you have my vote a Queen of Vahs!
Martin Bautista (Designer): Divine is a gay icon because she embodies what every gay men fantasizes to be yet she herself embodies embodies the characteristic of a real Gay- colorful
personality, drag, all out, witty, smart outspoken and brave enough to fight for people and voice her opinions.
Dennis Torrepalma (Operations Manager-SAGA EVENTS): You live, breathe, talk all things gay. You are one of us. You always make our dreams/wishes come true. We can relate to you.
Nix Alanon (Interior Designer): Some people were raised by wolves, and some, well by gay men. Enter Divine Lee. Underneath that flash is a true friend that will always be there no matter
what, through the good and the bad!
V: I think it’s great to become a positive influence on people is a responsibility as much as it is a privilege.  Divine is one of the most genuine persons I know, and she has always felt a need
to help others.  It doesn’t matter to her whether they are gay, straight or bi.
Photography: Frank Hoefsmit
Styling and writing: Carlos Concepcion (www.kingdomofthec.blogspot.com)
Makeup: Joyce Platon (Makeup forever)
Hair: Eddie mar Cabiltes (Loreal)

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