26 Apr Cora’s Island
At the peak of summer in the islands of my mother country, the travel bug has stung me with yet another exciting adventure. I recently took the plunge and decided to move and live closer to the indigenous people I work with in preparation for our next project together. I have to say, I know Palawan’s natural beauty is breathtaking having visited her quite a number of times, and yet, what blew me away was the vibrancy of its streets and the warmth of its locals.
Dragging my luggage with one hand, Cora bag on another, I strut the pavements of Puerto Princesa and marvel at the exquisite murals from every corner. A young teen has just finished his masterpiece and it resonated with me so much that my team and I committed instantaneously to do a photo session with it. The locals were gracious in accommodating our need for space in this busy street. Needless to say, my first day back on the island was awe-inspiring and heartfelt.
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Next pit stop was a secluded beach where we rode some waves and filled our bellies with scrumptious, healthy food prepared and shared with pride by the locals. Of course, the trip won’t be complete without saying hello to the locals underwater. I was stunned by the corals’ delicateness and beauty while we snorkeled our way to Chicken Island. It was a moment of validation for me; something that seems like a fairytale has been weaved and reflected on what was clinging onto my hand. The Cora bag, with its quiet refinement and grace, was crafted by the subtle hands of a local tribe and with it are their personal stories and traditional culture of their tribe. No wonder it is a crowd favorite and hopefully, will continue to be so as I now commercially release it before my next collection.
This past few weeks has been an amazing journey while we progress unto my upcoming collection in the heart of Palawan Island. I’ll be sharing more of my encounters and exciting moments while I visit more of the indigenous peoples in different parts of the country. I hope that the love and light that I have and will experience in these beautiful islands will come across to all of you. Let me know what else would you like me to share in my travels!
Photographer: Andrea Garofalo
Designer/ Stylist: Angela Chavez
Outfit: Cora BeachCrazy Bag, ZARA dress and belt, Halogen tank top & shorts, Skechers Gowalk lite shoes
April 27, 2019