Unconventional learning, dynamic instructors, and multi-faceted approaches. These are the three things you could expect when you sign up for The Silver Linings Academy. Throwing handouts right out the window, the classes are filled with exercises that would perfect your skills for day to day application.
The courses are designed based on the very foundation that each individual is has their own unique identity and skill set, deviating from the usual tendency for conventional strategies to fit their students in a template. The syllabus covers the following: Performance Skills Enhancement, Culture and Art Appreciation, Runway, Personal Branding, Impromptu Speech, Debate and Public Speaking.
Get to know the instructors
Carlos Buendia Jr. and Nicole Cordoves are the ‘dynamic duo’ that Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray personally refers to as her dream team. Working in a multinational architectural firm in the day, Carlos, more often called ‘Kuya Caloy’, is the mind behind the now-iconic and internationally-recognized ‘Lava Walk’ and slow-mo turn that caught the attention of supermodel and TV host Tyra Banks. With his wide knowledge in Philippine history and the arts that comes with the territory of serving as President/Artistic Director of Teatro Tomasino (university-wide theater guild of UST), Head Production Designer of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Production Design Center-Summer Arts Workshop and President of the UST Arki Dance Troupe, he has given substantial inputs into telling a story through the details of the national costume as well as the symbolic dances coupled with it.
Nicole Cordoves was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Grand International back in 2016. Since then, she has continued to fulfill her position at The Manila Bulletin as a Digital Strategist and a writer. She has also furthered her career on television as a judge on the noontime show ‘It’s Showtime’ for the Miss Q&A segment that has already made a two-year run. With her critical and constructive comments to the candidates, netizens have named her ‘Miss On-Point’. Unbeknownst to all, Nicole used to write the speeches of the country’s former Finance Secretary, which gave her an edge in besting candidates from all over the world. Her speech for the Miss Grand International pageant has close to a million views today. Nicole played a role in helping our current Miss Universe prepare for the question and answer portion as well as training on how to prepare for speeches.
How the academy was brought to life
After Catriona’s win, people flocked to urge Caloy and Nicole to train more girls by setting up a camp. With Catriona herself giving Caloy the extra push to train more people, Caloy teamed up with Nicole to plan a workshop that goes beyond pageantry. Seeing how pageant training could boost self-confidence and greatly improve interpersonal skills, the workshop is set to accommodate anyone, whether you’re an aspiring performer, a corporate individual who wants to improve their presence and presentation skills, or an aspiring beauty queen. As for everything else, the perfect partnership was found with Cornerstone Entertainment, where all workshops will be held from April 22-30, May 2, 6, 7, from 3-9pm. Students are highly encouraged to attend all sessions.
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Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea leads the launching of the Philippine Quincentennial Commemorations at the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) in Ermita, Manila on December 21, 2018.
In order to strengthen the Filipino people’s love of country and national unity, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the Executive Order (EO) No. 55, s. of 2018, on May 08, 2018, indicating the constitution of a “steering committee for the commemoration of the quincentennial of the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines, the victory of Lapu-Lapu in the Battle of Mactan, and other historic events that happened from 1519 to 1522”.
With this, the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) was created to prepare the comprehensive plan for today’s launching. Among the highlights of the program include the unveiling of the commemorative logo and the exhibition of the national costume worn by newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.
The NQC expressed its interest in the beauty queen’s national costume as it features motifs that signify the country’s long history, including 16th century tattoos adorned by Visayan warriors.
Pintados bodysuit & tboli accessories : Jearson Demavivas
Parol: Eric B. Quiwa
Brass: Mak Tumang
Shoes: Jojo Bragais
Styling: Andrea Justine Aliman
Vision: Carlos Buendia Jr
Congratulations to the team and for the PHILIPPINES ✨
#PHILIPPINES #NationalCostume #CatrionaGray #MissUniverse2018
And she’s off to the Land of Smiles!
Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray at the VIP Lounge of NAIA Terminal 2 before boarding her PAL flight PR730 to Bangkok, Thailand to join the other delegates competing for Miss Universe 2018.
Our Queen should be arriving in Suvarnabhumi Airport at around 12 noon.
Have an excellent flight! 🇵🇭👑👸
Our Queen with some members of Team Catriona
Our Queen wearing an Anthony Ramirez outfit
Ok guys, above are JUST nine (9) of the many pieces of luggage that Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray will be bringing to Bangkok, Thailand for Miss Universe 2018.
Talk about a Queen’s baggage allowance. I definitely would want to be booked with her on a flight! 😊 Keep in mind that each piece is not necessarily maxed out in terms of space because she has some gowns, cocktail dresses and daily outfits that need to be packed in a less crowded way so as not to spoil the texture and material of each.
Anyways, let me introduce you to some of the unsung individuals who helped train Queen Cat in parts of the preparation – the impact of which you would easily spot the minute she is set into motion in Bangkok. Heading the team is Arch. Carlos Buendia Jr. who some may remember as the individual who trained and polished Miss World 2013 Megan Young during her “Dances of the World” routine in Bali. He is in-charge of pasarela, dance and personality development.
With him is a trio of colleagues from Teatro Tomasino – Iris Agcaoilli, Natalie Estrada and Lyn Carol Garcia – who facilitated the Basic Theatre Workshops, Movement Workshops and Dance Workshops for Queen Cat.
Let the discussion begin now, dear readers. 😉
Photographer Dix Perez took charge of shooting the successful group that brought us the Philippines’ 3rd Miss Universe and 1st Miss World crowns
As far back as I can remember, Aces & Queens has never had a pictorial of the whole team that was as properly set up as this. So when the lovely photographs taken by Dix Perez started showing up in the Facebook accounts of both Jonas Gaffud and Arnold Mercado, I said “Finally!” It could perhaps be the best time to do so after the camp has successfully helped in getting the 3rd Miss Universe crown (via Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
) for the country that matched well with our 1st Miss World victory (courtesy of Megan Young
) for which they also got significant credits for.
So without further ado, let me just give you a quick rundown of the members in their grouped and family portraits.
The starting pillars of Aces&Queens (left-to-right): Arnold Mercado, Jonas Gaffud and Atty. Nad Bronce
From wardrobe to styling to fitness to scheduling (left-to-right): Bessie Besana, John Cuay and Pao Baysa
The Wisdom of the Senior Advisers (left-to-right): Cesar Evangelista, Boyet Blas and Gerry Diaz
The hair and makeup artists/stylists (left-to-right): Gery Penaso, Carissa Cielo Medved, Jim Ryan Ros and Raymond Galang
Note: There were four important members who missed the photoshoot so let me just cite the following individuals as well: Carlos Buendia, Jr. (for wardrobe/dancing/choreography), Yuventus Albert Kurniawan (for make-up), Dave Grona (for hair) and Film Director Jeffrey Jeturian (Senior Adviser)
An almost complete family portrait for Aces&Queens
I doff my hat to all of you! 🙂
The costume above is a final sketch of what MWP2014 Valerie Weigmann will wear for Dances of the World. It is co-designed by Koronadal Couturier Ivan Raborar and Jakarta-based Jesson Capuchino
Kadal Heroyon - The Dance of Flirtation
” is the national dance that will be contributed by the Philippines to Dances of the World in Miss World 2014, and to be performed by our bet, Valerie Weigmann.
But just to familiarize everyone, what is “Kadal Heroyon“? According to the Hiyas Philippine Folk Dance Company, ” Kadal Heroyon (Lake Sebu, South Cotabato) translates to “dance of flirtation.” It is commonly performed by young adolescent T’boli girls eligible for marriage proposal. Gestures imitate high flying birds along with acts of beautification, which is of high importance to the T’boli.”
Below is a video showing a short sample dance demo of the “Kadal Heroyon“.
courtesy of Sayysa31
As for the costume, handler Caloy Buendia stated that “Valerie Weigmann of the Philippines will be wearing a modernized T’boli inspired national costume that is worn by the regal T’boli women from the Land of the Dreamweavers which represents the vibrant culture that can be found in this cultural paradise. The graphic and vibrant patterns that are hand embroidered by the T’boli women represents a culture where images and abstraction tell the stories of life.”
So can you already visualize Valerie dancing something similar to what the video above is showing? Given that it is a dance of flirtation, there should be elements in the performance that would make it stand out and be short-listed for the finals night. Did you notice the strategic winking that is part of the routine? What do you think, dear readers? 😀
Singkil: the Royal Muslim Dance
Megan (R) with Carlos Buendia Jr. who trained her in Singkil.
Dances of the World is a unique portion of Miss World. And this year won’t be any different.
Our Megan was given a crash course in Singkil (a Muslim Royal Dance) which she will perform during the auditions for the ladies who will be given solo spots during the live presentation of this segment come finals night.
At the same time, the National Costume should also be inspired by the dance, so expect her to wear something close to the drawn image above, complete with huge fans and an elaborate headdress for the final look. I’m just not certain with the color yet.
Do you like it? 😉