People

Alem Garcia is All In

It was almost like a movie moment, the first time I met Alem Garcia.

Manila, November 2017: She had just come from doing Gugmang Giatay the Musical at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater and was surrounded by guests offering their congratulations.

Through her crowd of admirers, we caught each other’s eye. I remember congratulating her as well, and she responded with a very soft-spoken and polite thank you—a stark contrast to her loud and energetic performance not even an hour ago.

Fashion, People

Susanne Verallo: State of the Artesana

Susanne Verallo

Susanne Verallo made the first move.

The first time we met each other, just a little over two years to this day, was at the opening of Go Lokal in Ayala Center Cebu, a concept store for up-and-coming Filipino entrepreneurs to showcase their products. I was looking at a display of minaudières and was fascinated with their iridescent detail under the harsh shop lights when someone approached me.

“Hello,” her voice was soft-spoken and polite. “I’m Susanne Verallo.”

The name immediately rang a bell—after all, it was proudly displayed next to the statement bags that had so caught my attention.

We shook hands and made small talk about her products, particularly about how the minaudières on display were among her last. She explained that they take too much effort and generate a lot of waste to make, and will be shifting her focus to jewelry instead.