s i a r g a o
A n I s l a n d o f L e t t i n g G o
n intangible phenomenon of feeling oneself
being removed from heartbreak leaving one
to feel vulnerable, exposed, and scared to
delve into the great unknown. The natural
beauty invokes inner peace whilst paying homage to the
island of Siargao that help bring this to life.
The concept takes on a personal experience and brings to life
the emotions I once felt during what is a significant moment in
my life. More importantly, the collection puts to light the
importance of the space by which the sequence of
transformative events took place. As such, the collection
appeals to sight and emotion.
What this defining moment is, as trivial as it may sound, is one I am sure most, if not all of us have dealt with in varying forms and
degrees. Here I am referring to the familiar experience of being heartbroken. This experience was all the more inflamed with the fact that my
past relationship had encompassed five years of my life; a long-term relationship that all too quickly, dissipated into a feeling of emptiness.
That being said, however, the point of my collection is not to evoke the sadness and emptiness I once felt. Rather, the collection aims to
embrace the feeling of coming to terms with the trauma. The moment of accepting the situation and learning of the invaluable concept that life
certainly has more in store, and that beauty is not just located in a person or people we love or used to love, but that it is around us constantly,
in objects, nature, art, and most importantly, ourselves.
he collection also highlights the space
by which this change in my mindset
took place. This place is called Siargao.
A small gem in my home country, the Philippines.
The island of Siargao looks nothing short of
breathtaking. It is surrounded by beautiful blues,
crystal, aquamarine, and deep alike. The island of
Siargao is known for its raw surroundings where
both local culture and the environment are well
preserved. This is largely due to its isolation from
the rest of the Philippine islands. The aquamarine,
warm Pacific waters also generate powerfully
currents that make the island the surf capital of the
country. With that, the general isolation of the island
and its stillness, which oftentimes felt
uncomfortable, had allowed me to ponder and think
through my emotions. It frightened me to think of
how much I had lost, not just of the other person, but
also of myself. However, the tranquillity of Siargao
generated in me a feeling of calmness, which then
precipitated into an ability to see myself beyond the
failed relationship and beyond my heartbreak.
I noticed everything at this time, the undying sounds
of the waves crashing from all directions, the stark
and gleaming sunlight that filled everything and
everyone, the tropic greens that ventilated my chest
with new, fresh air.
During the times in the water, the loudest
problems could not be heard in the wake of the
waves that beat in a rhythmic chorus which
sincerely revived me, and brought back my senses
and appreciation for the beauty evidently around and
Soon enough, I adopted the ways of the
the environment around me—the energy of being raw
and myself. I was sincerely thankful for the beauty
that lay before.
All that said, the collection thus seeks to
portray this intangible phenomenon of feeling, whilst
paying homage to the place that helped bring this to
light. To conclude, I met Siargao in a state of
heartbreak but left the place in love—with myself
and with life.
c o l o u r
Siargao S/S 2020 colour palette transcends the
idea, vision, and emotion that the Island has to offer.
It is a heaven kind of a place as nature is
everywhere. It is a mixture of light tan colours
representing the sand of the beach, various shades
of green symbolize the countless trees and exotic
tropical plants and diverse tones of aquamarine blue
representing the undying beauty of crystal clear
water and tranquillity behaviour of the sky. Blending
these tones together deliver serenity, calmness
and mimics the stillness of the island that inevitably
adapts into our emotion from the rhythm of the
environment that inevitably adapts into our