National Museum

Better than going to the movies or spending time in malls around the city, this adventure was truly a breath of fresh air for me. Since we’re on sembreak and have time to kill, my friends and I decided to take advantage of National Museum’s free admission month. My friend, Mawi, also had to shoot photos for this article on Katipunan Magazine, so the visit was well worth the trip.

There’s nothing like revisiting my country’s heritage with a few close friends and my trusty camera–I’d definitely want to do this again soon! All photos taken by Kara Santiago; October 30, 2012 (Manila, Philippines)


I’m glad that I was able to shoot during our trip to the museum. Since my PCP plans have failed (the workshop’s apparently going to clash with three school days), I better brush up on photography by practicing as often as I can. Since I still don’t have the means to go on another wave of formal training, I will just have to make do with online tutorials and photo walks in my free time. Since the last official class I took was over a year ago with Sir Jimmy Domingo, I hope I find another workshop / class that will fit my schedule soon. I really, really, really need to work on my skills because I want to x-out ‘frustrated’ from ‘frustrated photographer’ very soon–or at least before this year ends.

Part 2: A girl’s guide to (not) painting the town red

Continued from this entry: Part 1: A girl’s guide… 

MOST COMFORTABLE ★★★ Modess Cottony Soft All-Night with Wings (36.50php for a pack of four)

 A pad needs not only to be absorbent and have a great coverage, because comfort is a very important factor, too. Modess boasts a raised center that allows a more body-fit design and a soft outer layer that feels good to the touch. It is not intrusive and allows itself to hug your body naturally, making you feel that you’re protected without the feeling of having an unfamiliar object that stays with you all day.

However, the quality that is expected for a big brand like Modess doesn’t quite reflect in this product. The absorbent material in the pad is not compact, giving off the impression that an attempt to lessen production costs took place. This, in turn, affected the absorbency of Modess.

Although fluids were easily captured by the pad and leaks are the least of concerns especially with its perfect fit, the amount it could handle before the fibers separate is not so much. After every use, the noticeable change in shape of the pad is proof of its lack of absorbent fiber compactness. Pads are first and foremost there to absorb a period. It is in this light that Modess should take note that their ergonomic design is not enough to keep consumers satisfied with their product – their napkins must do their jobs.

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Part 1: A girl’s guide to (not) painting the town red

MONTHLY PERIODS choose no one. If you think women are the only ones burdened by this unwanted visitor, I suggest you think again. It will stress out husbands, boyfriends, co-workers, and classmates. Heck, it might even affect the pets. Whoever or whatever comes within close range to a woman on her period must be wary – for she is literally a bomb waiting to explode.

During the duration of approximately three days that may also last until a week, the least a woman could do is provide one’s self with protection that won’t let her down. With the growing industry of sanitary napkins booming in the market today, the choices made available to the average Filipina have become too wide. As a result, decisions get harder and harder to make.

Given that I stand 5’7” and weigh 150 lbs., finding the perfect napkin was quite a hard endeavor. With the market producing napkins suited for the typical petite Filipina frame, I would always opt to purchase the overnight variant of most brands just to ensure myself of reliable coverage.

Have a happy period!

However, even overnight variants (also called: maxi, ultra, plus, and the like) have been produced on a wider scale. The choices are limitless to some extent and choosing the right brand could be a tricky feat.

So, to eliminate the stress of having to deal with the age-old problem of tagos, read along and find out how five different overnight sanitary napkin brands live up to their promise of giving women of the world a manageable and stress-free period.

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