Printed Top: Zara | Trousers: Massimo Dutti | Necklace: Love Diva | Bag: Saint Laurent | Bangles: Cartier, Marc by Marc Jacobs | Watch: Charriol | Heels: Valentino (same as here) | Belt: Miss Selfridge (same as here)
Forgive the photo quality of this set, my helpers are still getting the hang of my camera’s lenses and it’s been quite a challenge instructing them especially when I’m almost running late for work. I’m not that good with my camera either so bulk of the time shooting (which is a whopping total of 15 minutes) is spent on configuring certain settings. It’s a steep learning curve! If you can as well, please also forgive the close-up pose… truth be told, I wasn’t doing it for the camera (but it was one of the sharpest photos so I used it), I think I was scratching my head in frustration hence the apparent scowl. It was very humid that day and the issues with my camera was testing my patience. All is good still, I mean, I love my outfit here… would you believe this was what I actually wore to the first day of work a month ago? It is yet another spin on corporate dressing!
Anyway, I’m not going to delve into corporate dressing as I’ve talked it previously here. I just wanted to discuss our recent “call to action” process given the recent entry and exit of Typhoon Glenda. As an employee of a privately owned firm, I pay due taxes to the government and in the past 5 years of my working life, I’ve come to experience a full-blown calamity thrice starting with Ondoy, followed by Yolanda, and then most recently: Glenda/Rammasun. The former 2 struck such a huge blow for our country and it took months of reparations to recover. I’ve come to realize that prevention is tenfolds better than a cure/solution… wreckage, of course, is inevitable but when you are prepared, you can at least minimize calamity.
Thankfully, this time around, the Filipinos were better prepared! I think evacuation processes were strictly implemented and news alerts and even suspensions were handed out early. I’m pretty happy that the government has taken necessary measures to equip their officials and their citizens. It can be done! Despite the strong winds, the power shortages, and the damaged infrastructures, I think the most recent typhoon management was definitely something to be proud of as it boasted the combined efforts of everyone. You can see competing networks teaming together to create “Libreng Tawag” stations, and essentially just everyone over various social media news-feeds offering temporary shelter for people who are stranded.
Being part of a corporate environment opened my eyes to how seemingly big consumer conglomerates are doing their parts and contributing. Yesterday, I spent the whole day utilizing a corporate account over at Facebook (this was Social Media’s task but since our Social Media point person was experiencing difficulties, I needed to step in) to constantly update everyone with necessary information for damage control such as: provide hotline numbers, safety kits, PSAs on flooded roads and school suspensions, and disaster relief initiatives. It was very heartwarming!
Yes, big companies have all the resources to help but a lot of people are under the impression that these big companies focus merely on their revenues. We fail to see that behind every big company is a slew of people working hard for a higher purpose. I wasn’t that aware myself actually, but yesterday I was able to experience first hand, clients who were expressing their desire to keep the public posted and to conduct a lot of relief efforts or even help in whatever ways they can–they even allowed a lot of approval processes to be waived and bypassed just so we can get everyone prepared for the typhoon.
In the same way that yes, we have so much complaints about the governance of our country–I think I do so at least once a day but for the first time yesterday, I felt that with this strict implementation… though long overdue, and people being disciplined enough to follow through, made me believe that all the small nuisances our country is experiencing can be remedied by better governance and a sense of urgency.
So with that, I’m proud to say that I am a working class Filipino–representing a country with so much strength despite challenges, and working with companies that have so much heart. Now, we’re expecting Typhoon Henry to enter the country within 24-48 hours (depending on the news you’re reading)… now that we’re all strong, united, we just have to continue to pray and be prepared. Here are some relevant infographics I’ve amassed yesterday that can also better prepare everyone:
Anyway, here are some more sub-par photos of my outfit! Bear with me, I haven’t taken outfit shots this week due to the weather and the strewn foliage around the village so I will be posting backlogs only.