Blazer: Mango | Coordinates (Top & Bottom): Forever 21 | Snakeskin Heels: Zara (gift from the Boyfriend last year) | Bag: Chanel | Necklce: Pretty Little Blings | Earrings: Bvlgari | Bangles: Tory Burch, Hermes, Cartier | Watch: Daniel Wellington (same as here)
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Apologies for the lack of entries this week, I was extremely busy on all days leading up to Valentine’s (a mere coincidence, not in any way an effect of the Holiday) and didn’t have time to edit any of my photos. Anyway, I hope you all had a good celebration–be it with your boyfriend, your husband, your best friend, your parents, or yourself. Not to kill your Valentine’s Day High, I’m going to keep this post short and sweet (at least, it’s still appropriate for the season).
I’ve always been ambivalent towards Valentine’s Day–if only because I feel like Love should be celebrated and expressed every single day. Regardless, it’s still nice to dedicate 1 out of the 365 days in a year for that sole purpose. Granted, I’m not the sappy touchy-feely sort (I never was) but there are so many ways to show your love to the people who matter–ones that encompass saying it vocally. Like everyone, I believe in Love–I believe in all kinds of Love.
As I was driving along Edsa today to visit my boyfriend’s dad in the National Kidney Institute, I was surprised to see a huge black obstruction on the linked hands of the gay couple featured in the Bench billboard by Guadalupe bridge. It was an eyesore magnified tenfold–the vandalism, of course… what was once a beautiful piece of art, is now a mockery of the so-called open and accepting mindset of the Filipino people.
As a person working in the ad industry, I was appalled. I’m well aware that most ads released via traditional media undergo a stringent approval process–to protect the interests of the market by ensuring the “claims” are authentic, and to protect brands by ensuring healthy competition. I never would have thought, in my wildest dreams, that they would violate an ad that simply featured an unconventional couple… it seemed hypocritical. Don’t get me wrong, my feelings are not solely attributed to championing LGBT rights though I’m a staunch supporter, I just feel that the society is taking a step back by placing judgment on things that do not fit the mold. Yes, I may seem like a cookie-cutter heterosexual 26-year-old woman living in the Philippines earning my wage, but like most people, I’ve unconventional roots as well given my family set-up; I’ve had my fair share of discrimination by society in general because of it, but I did grow up with a very loving family and that was the heart and soul of my person.
Maybe there are only a few select things that the Filipinos are ready for in the 21st Century, it’s always a steep learning curve to embrace things that go against the norm. People’s opinions are never merely black and white but what’s important is to keep prejudices to ourselves and to broaden our scope. What’s worst than not conforming to archaic practices is to judge people who don’t conform. There are many concrete evil things you see but embracing love of all kinds is not one of them.