A Wonderful World of Amazing

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
William W. Purkey

Approximately 350 guests had the most delightful evening of enchantment and glamour at Astoria World Manor, host venue for red carpet event, themed “Fashion Night Party,” just last Saturday on March 14 at 8 pm. The banquet hall in its glorious magnificence featured state-of-the-art ostentatious chandeliers, delicately adorned with hundreds of splendid Swarovski crystals, with every cascading teardrop glistening in star-like sheer elegance, reflecting stunning dazzles of rainbow hues.

Thanks to the genius collaborative forces of C. Ayroso Productions, AbcdEntertainment and VYNZ-NY Entertainment, it was a whole world of amazing and perfect luxury.

Not just because of the attentive servers, amazing dj and organizers, or the delicious food, and the excellent open-bar service which everybody loved, but also because of the impressive socially diverse niche where creativity and talent were celebrated and performed for everyone to see. It was indeed an honor to be a part of this rare opportunity, to feel proud of my fellow Filipinos whenever they thrived in their craft.

The sultry voice of world-class balladeer, Geo Ed Rebucas, filled the night with magic and romance.

The dancers pulsating with exhilarating movements, dynamic rhythm and powerful emotions captivated the audience, leaving them in awe. As I watched completely mesmerized by the silent poetry that their bodies spoke, I remembered this beautiful quote:

While I dance I can not judge, I can not hate, I can not separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance. – Hans Bos

Dennis Sy and Mae Lozada
Jungie Zamora and Sheena Daminar
Cecil Go and Edna Ledesma locked in a passionate Tango embrace
John Derick Co and Edna Ledesma
Christopher Corro and Hanna Diluvio
Jerswin Poloyapoy and Anne Poloyapoy

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
Osho

With all this beauty and creativity, the guests were definitely left with new found inspiration and motivation.

Ending with a special note from yours truly…
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Special Acknowledgment to YetBo/Loverita Photography and Michael Reyes for capturing the beautiful moments of the evening.

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The Glass Ceiling Is Not The Limit!

I echo the resounding voice of Maya Hu-Chan by saying that the “glass ceiling” still exists. It existed long before the Age of Google. This concept was originally introduced by Katherine Lawrence and Marianne Schreiber of Hewlett Packard in July 1979. Later on in the 90’s, Lynne Morley Martin, well known for the establishment of a Glass Ceiling Commission, defined this term as “those artificial barriers based on attitudinal or organizational bias that prevent qualified individuals from advancing upward in their organization into management-level positions.” Without the insightful contributions of our wonderful predecessors, in actively promoting awareness and creating initiatives to counter the undermining social stigma that hinders productivity, any millennial of today regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, would not have the privilege of enjoying a widely supportive niche of empowerment.

We can all learn that one’s success should not be undermined by attitudinal or organizational bias, and more importantly we can all choose to rise above it by recognizing that the required changes will involve personal re-evaluations.

Alan C. Fox, author of People Tools for Business, points out that while it is important to remain aware of the glass ceiling, we should also start thinking about the “glass staircase.” He introduces a refreshing and encouraging approach that empowers one to succeed. Fox says that there are five stairs to the top: 1) Confidence; 2) Home; 3) Education; 4) Assertiveness; and 5) Passion. Each step is significantly related to our identities and adds value to a person. Not only are these embedded in our core beliefs, but these five stairs redefine our way of thinking.

Alternatively, you can have a fabulous mentor. Sherry Strothers, famously known as The Lipstick Leader, is an amazing training and development consultant whom I recently discovered through CNN iReport in an article written by the #brethdavid duo. There is nothing more incredible than a powerful woman to mentor other women to prepare them for the realities of corporate life. She has 25 years of leadership development experience and she is one of 30 international coaches selected to co-author: “How to Break the Glass Ceiling without a Hammer – Career Strategies for Women.”

Mind Tools – Essential Tools For An Excellent Career” is also an excellent source of information for breaking the glass ceiling. This article encourages us to evaluate the key competencies within the organization. These are “the common skills and attributes of the people in your company’s upper levels.” The article states that understanding what sets the leaders apart from the rest, will help you position yourself in a leadership role. It also talks about important factors such as setting objectives to align your competencies with top management, building network, building your reputation and knowing your rights.

Hopefully, the three sources above helped. I’ve certainly learned that the glass ceiling is not the limit.

Accessorize & Mesmerize

Tired of the drab and boring plain Jane look? Does your outfit need a colorful update? Well, I have the perfect solution. Accessorize and mesmerize with jewelry hand-crafted by yours truly, Crisckaa, Founder and CEO of Crisckaa Fashion. Her accessories evoke intrigue and personality, which is much attributed to her creativity. She has re-imagined accessories and successfully transformed these into “wearable art.” The exquisite complex combination and design of vibrant Ghanaian Ankara and Kente fabric, glossy faux gold and silver metal and charming stones and beads, altogether gives her jewelry a playful and tantalizing appeal.

With her unique signature style that imbues vivid colors, intricately braided fabric necklaces, stunning bead work and flirty earrings, it is no surprise that Crisckaa is this month’s Savvy Millennial.

Brianna Statement Necklace    Gorgeous Ladylike Lecklace

Pixiie Necklace Set  ( 3 piece set ) FREE DELIVERY    Chique Green  necklace set ( ankara style)  FREE DELIVERY   Fan Earrings (African Print/ ankara fabric)  Red mix: A, B,  D or , E

Crisckaa’s sense of style is greatly influenced by her Ghanaian heritage as well as her mother, who happens to be a talented and skilled dress maker. The clothes she makes is made of luscious African fabric. These fabrics are also very prominent in Crisckaa’s accessory designs.

At a young age during her school days, she had seen a piece of jewelry and wondered how it was made. This curiosity in turn enticed her to create her own jewelry. She envisioned how she would design her own earrings and necklaces and she thought of different ways to make these unique and stand out. She also feels that her hand-crafted jewelry is a way for her to share her passion with others.

“Seeing my finished product, my jewelry, worn by lovely people, puts a smile on my face,” Crisckaa.

With Spring just around the corner, here’s a few tricks to spiff up that dull wardrobe.

The best way to give your white collar shirt an instant whimsical fix is by pairing it with a brooch made of dazzling fabric in royal blue and canary yellow accentuated with vintage pearls and a sassy hint of romantic pink. This is the modern feminine version of the masculine bow-tie. This look is perfect for the working millennial lady who has a chic sense of style and at the same time she means business.


For a more sensual and glamorous appeal, be the statement itself by wearing

this delightfully lipstick-red bead necklace enhanced with a bejeweled rose brooch.

Ladylike Necklace & brooch( Red or Brown)

Update your daytime weekend look and change it up with these fun exquisitely charming hoop-earrings.

                             African hoop bow Earrings

Pair up this lime yellow crew-neck dress with a fabulous braided Ankara necklace.

 

Be the center of attraction in this show-stopping hypnotic red jumpsuit, with an ethnic twist by complimenting the look with a bead necklace wrapped with African fabric in sun-kissed lemon and ruby rouge.

  

Real Rap – Poetry in Motion

Today, I would like to give special credit to DIY Artists in the music world. I’ve been fortunate enough to witness an amazing work of art come to life. Most of us, myself included, are not aware that creating the perfect mixtape requires real dedication and commitment. It’s not just a hobby, it is a vocation. I have respect and admiration for the real raw talents and their ability to share the gift of music to their audience. A good friend of mine, Jay Valentin, had just released his new mixtape entitled Pain & Heartbreak #LoveKillsOrPainWill .

Prior to the launch date February 14, 2015, he discussed with me the intricacies involved in the compilation process of lyrics, beats, voice and melody. There were so many aspects to consider: 1) what is the theme of the mixtape?; 2) what is the right mood and tone, consistent & relevant to the theme?; 3) how does an artist get his message across to his audience through his lyrics?; 4) how should one use the variations of voice, beats, and melody to make music sound very engaging?; 5) what technical approach should be done to create a new & unique sound?; 6) what designs and lay-outs should be used for the front and back covers of a mixtape?; 7) how should the mixtape be presented?

Jay Valentin is more than just a rapper. He is an artist. An expert in his craft. One who has the holistic vision and the ability to make his visions come to life. There is so much beauty in crafting a song, making every musical and technical element fit together perfectly like a jig-saw puzzle. We can all learn through him, that real rap is so much more than just a genre. Real rap is poetry in motion.

The end product speaks for itself. Genius work of art! You can listen to his music below or simply go to http://www.rawdiamondmusic.com to download his songs. Enjoy!

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A Note from Savvy Filipina

Hello Readers!

I am Savvy Filipina. I am from the Philippines. I will do my best as a first time blogger to keep this site current and up to date. Please be patient with me as wordpress.com is also an on-going learning process for me.

Moving forward, I am excited and pleased to have my first blog site which I’ve entitled “Savvy.” I selected this title for two reasons. The first reason is that I have chosen to write about real life “Savvy” people. My intention is to share their experiences: their road to success, the obstacles that they faced and how they overcame these obstacles. My goal is to positively empower and inspire you all through the success stories and testimonials of real life “Savvy” individuals.

The second reason is that, its meaning perfectly describes the wonderful inspirational people that I intend to write about. According to http://www.urbandictionary.com, savvy technically means, “well-informed, perceptive, or shrewd.” This word may often describe one with the acumen and expertise in a particular trade or describe one who is knowledgeable in the realities of life.

Without further ado, fly away with me on this new and exciting blog journey!