Jan. 28, 2017
This episode takes place smack in the middle of the hustle & bustle of the South with two oldtime friends meeting again to share yet again another honest conversations after months of being apart. Noah is still the same living library with one story to tell after another while our founder/creative director Chiara is as amused with him as ever. As a storyteller, artist & filmmaker, Noah is well-loved and respected wherever his work takes him. We gotta say, we’re one of the first few fans of his films back in college and proud! That was way before his other films were recognized by many others – his latest short “Bugtaw” for example was one of the finalists for Cinemalaya last 2016 and if you’ve had the privilege to view it yourself, we’re positive you’d agree that his films are one of the greatest proofs that our local creatives are on fire. This guy is unbelievable, but it isn’t his multi-talents that had us rooting for him from the get-go – it’s his heart to use storytelling as a medium for God’s goodness to reach many. For our very last episode, Noah shares about the typical post-graduation struggles and the rest of the time expounds about the beginnings of his love for storytelling. He brought us to take a look behind the big screen and witness all the people coming from different creative fields working together to make one piece of magic. For aspiring filmmakers & storytellers, better keep yourself snug cause this guy will give you the best insider tips to get you started. Wow – we can’t believe it’s time to say goodbye for now. You guys have sat through so many conversations with us, each one different and beautiful in their own way. But it’s time to move forward and make way for new things. We’ll constantly be sharing online so keep in touch, okay? But for now, enjoy our very last Frankly gift to you ♡ Find Noah Elsewhere  Youtube | Vimeo Get to know Frankly Radio some more over here & subscribe to Frankly Radio on iTunes Favorite parts: 04:06 – Noah shares about life after graduating from college and his thoughts on everyone having their own clock 07:06 – He shares about his experience working in Pabrika and how he is appreciating the art of making commercials 11:04 – Noah brings us back to the beginnings of his love for storytelling and his journey…
Jan. 22, 2017
We’d like to believe that photography isn’t just a pretty picture. Always we find ourselves looking for a story behind its still images, and here it dawns on us how distances no longer stop us from connecting to anyone and anywhere our heart desires. Raniel is living proof of that. He’s a lifestyle & travel photographer on the side while he works full time for AirAsia – a match made in heaven we think. We’ve always been a fan of Raniel’s ever since and it was a delight to learn about the budding Instagram community we have locally, all with one common interest: to capture life. Raniel was one of the people that kickstarted our local meet-ups, and just like with all other stories, we wondered about the origins of well-loved hashtags he founded #AsIWondered and #SinoPinas. Raniel shares how the latter was just an interesting idea between like-minded friends that spread like wildfire over the net. By personifying the Philippines, they were able to encourage people to do the same and explore her beauty. Social media does wonders on it’s own, no? Our conversation brought back the itch to go out there as we delved deeper into our conversation about traveling, seeking uncharted places, and how being proactive can lead one thing to another. We remember our own bucket list when we think of all that Raniel has fulfilled, and we’re blown away at how he could do it all while juggling his 9-5 responsibilities. We can all relate to his struggles, no doubt. But here comes Raniel, shrugging as he simply says how he loves what he does. Proves yet again that perspective can make all the difference. We hope this episode inspires you to be little adventurers as well. Tell us all about where your feet take you if you must ♡ Find Raniel Elsewhere  Instagram | Facebook | Website Get to know Frankly Radio some more over here & subscribe to Frankly Radio on iTunes Favorite parts: 03:30 – Raniel shares about what he’s been up to lately – from working full-time for AirAsia alongside his freelance photography work & travels 06:00 – We travel back in time to revisit how Raniel discovered photography and art in general 07:52 – Raniel also talks about the time he finally took photography seriously, and how he kickstarted his personal projects & built his portfolio 10:22 – We find out that he originally aimed for commercial & lifestyle photography…
Jan. 15, 2017
Fashion is quite an unfamiliar ground for us to be honest, but there are a few words that come into our minds when we think of OOTDs and style – one of them is beefy. It seems a bit irrelevant, but only until you realize we’re talking about the cheeky girl that’s steadily been a part of the growth of casual style in the sprightly streets of Manila. She is a full-time businesswoman working alongside her parents, and on the side she continues to spread her girl power on social media as a blogger and vlogger. But more than just a modern-day go-getter woman, she still makes sure to place God at the center of all things in her life. With all those clues at hand, we’re sure you’ve guessed that we’re talking about Gela Muñoz aka The Gela Beef. She says that fashion is one of the loves of her life. You see it blooming through her collections in her online shop EFFY Clothing and her works as a freelance stylist. We’re shaking our heads in disbelief at how she keeps her priorities in check, and wonder how she could balance it all – her responsibilities, passions and all the crazy things in between. But she answers simply, to let go and let God. This episode is all about having a fun and light conversation as we muse about trends as well as our own little journey into discovering our own style. We share some laughter as we go back to our past fashion mishaps, but also through that, Gela was able to broaden our vocabulary in the world of fashion and highlighted one particular word – change. Now we know that our personal style through the years is a visual proof of our growth. How beautiful. Our conversation is best paired with a cup of hot choco or coffee in this beautiful Monday morning (start this week right guys), and we hope you can giggle along with us ’til the end ♡ Find Gela Elsewhere  Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Youtube Get to know Frankly Radio some more over here & subscribe to Frankly Radio on iTunes Favorite parts: 05:31 – Gela shares what she’s been busy with nowadays, as well as her clothing brand EFFY Clothing 09:00 – Gela introduces us to street-wear and we learn a lot from her own perspective on the how’s and why’s it captured her eye 13:07 –…
Jan. 8, 2017
We’d like to start this off with a tale about Nikki and her love for the sea, so much so that today she goes by the name of Nikki Ocean. She’s an artist with overflowing light inside her, she allows it to burst into many art forms: painting, writing, make-up, graphic design and even interior design some months back. But she heard a call to go home, and felt the need to be closer to where she gathered all her inspiration: the moon, animals, nature and of course, the ocean. And like the mermaid that she is, she danced with the crashing waves of change, lived by the seaside and fell in love so deeply, she ends up marrying it. It all connects with everything from there – The Salty Studio, which used to be a run-down, tight space near the shore, turned into an interior design collaboration with her friend and a mission to rearrange the place into something where they could nurture art and let the magic run free. By the beach she spends most days creating art, calling it her DIY Artist Residency. This episode we share with Nikki is a groundswell of intuition and heart. We talk about the theme of her most recent collection and exhibit ‘Ghost’ and how important it is for us to learn how to be alone and enjoy the company of ourselves before all else. As a breaker of stereotypes, she teaches us to expand into more than just one label or medium of art. And as we talk about the struggles that come along with pursuing what we love, earning a living for ourselves included, be prepared to be encouraged by Nikki’s genuine love for her art and how she chooses to keep it untouched by the pressure that money brings. We hope you’ll be just as inspired after listening to this one ♡ Find Nikki Elsewhere  Personal | Illustration & Design | Fine Art Studio Get to know Frankly Radio some more over here & subscribe to Frankly Radio on iTunes Favorite parts: 05:15 – Nikki gives us an update on how life has been treating her lately 08:28 – Nikki shares the inspiring story behind her theme in her last exhibit “Ghost” and how important it is for us to learn how to be alone before anything else 11:00 – She talks about The Salty Studio and how she saw potential in its humble, tiny space. She also discovers how…
Dec. 20, 2016
Roma is a provider of sorts – on top of being her family’s breadwinner, she is as a doll-maker blessed with a knack for seeing purpose in old scraps and breathing new life into long-forgotten things. The best we could liken her to is a mother – wise in her fruitful years of experience and selfless in all of her intentions, so beautiful in the way she spurs on and peps us her creative, passionate partners and her resolve to sustain a space for them to grow. More than a year back, Roma along with her sister and earlier partners opened up a home called Common Room – a community and space built for artists and makers to nurture their crafting pursuits. This is more than just a place where they sell their works (whether it’s dolls, notebooks, paintings, temporary tattoos, ceramics, flowers, scents, all sorts of pretty really) – there is spirit in their collaboration, and in here, everyone belongs to a kin. Our founder and creative director Chiara felt very humbled to listen to Roma share her story as well as the behind the scenes growth of what we know now as Common Room – the first of many more conversations they will be sharing no doubt. And so it is our privilege to share our 10th Frankly episode with you today. You’ll be feeling all warm and fuzzy in this episode as Roma reassures and encourages all of us to tweak our perspective on pursuing a career that works for us, the importance of failure in our growth and the magic that comes from genuine intentions. This episode’s for those who find themselves at a dead-end in their journey, or maybe feeling thrilled to make their creative dreams come true. Don’t miss out on this heartwarming episode and as always, we’d love to hear what you guys think ♡ Find Common Room (Roma’s brainchild) Elsewhere  Instagram | Facebook Get to know Frankly Radio some more over here & subscribe to Frankly Radio on iTunes Favorite parts: 04:27 – Roma recalls the nitty-gritty realities of quitting her first job way back 2011 as she pursued her crafting business which eventually led to the birth of her brainchild, Common Room 08:58 – She explains where her courage came from, and how aspiring entrepreneurs can confidently let go of their 9-5 jobs to pursue their creative dreams 11:26 – We find out about the hardships Roma…
Dec. 5, 2016
Imagine a room bursting with unique individuals, voices crashing onto one another, each one intent on making their ideas and dreams and stories heard amongst the noise. But here comes AJ doing great things without the desire to be loud about it, outspoken but reserved, hardworking but humble. It may be her full grasp on her purpose that sets her apart or her unreserved love for what she does but her work, especially her baby Sunday Paper Co. speaks right through to us, bias aside. If you’re familiar with her creative biz, we’re sure you’re nodding in agreement right now. As a brand crafter who grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, risk-taking in her genes from the onset, she left her corporate job back in 2013 to build a business of her own – creating beautiful yet handy paper goods that people could use in their day-to-day lives. At 25 today, she’s grateful that she gets to do what she loves every single day and feels contentment in knowing she’s exactly where she’s supposed to be. This episode with AJ is packed with so much insight, and it was very humbling to listen to her talk about the value of staying small in a world that constantly hustles and grapples to be big. She also shares some refreshing BTS realities of her freelance life along with so many other things. Pretty much AJ has been the most frank on Frankly Radio (you’ll get why when you listen, just make sure you have earphones on) and we loved every bit of it. If you’re feeling a little lost through your creative journey and looking for valuable directions, this episode’s going to help you find your way somehow. There’s a catch though: there are no set of rules, just pure guts and a real desire to fulfill your life’s purpose, and AJ is here to spell it out for us. We hope you enjoy this week’s Frankly episode, we can’t wait to listen to what your inner voice has to say ♡ Find AJ Elsewhere Website  | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Get to know Frankly Radio some more over here & subscribe to Frankly Radio on iTunes Favorite parts: 03:13 – It’s AJ’s season of hustle, and she reveals what she’s up to with Sunday Paper 04:18 – AJ talks about how she prefers to be quiet with her successes and not overshare on social media 08:32 – She shares about what she…
Nov. 27, 2016
Phoebe is one of those go-getters who just makes things happen. She lives her life the way a surfer girl would ride ocean waves (she looks like one too, sun kissed skin, ombre hair and all – although she isn’t just yet) – bold in the way she constantly looks ahead for a new break, yet firm in her promise to live in the moment. She is freedom, adventure and creativity rolled into one, a living proof that it’s okay to let the current carry you through it all, because someway somehow it can lead you to new, unexpected passions. That pretty much sums up how she started her business, Hello & Co. Cinema. It kind of just found her, and what was once a distant dream turned into an exciting platform for couples to capture their story, all because she set her heart into making it work. You’ll see it in the videos she produces, undeniably unique and heartwarmingly honest. In this week’s show, Phoebe shares about the never-ending discoveries and growth she’s experienced throughout her creative journey. She expounds on her greatest learnings – on how important it is to do your best in whatever you are doing because it leads to more opportunities and how she keeps the love going despite the typical trying moments behind the scenes. If you want to build a business of your own or want to find a career that will make you truly fulfilled, she’s got some really good advice for you to take note of. We hope you enjoy the smooth flow of this week’s Frankly episode, tell us where it took you? ♡ Find Phoebe Elsewhere Website  | Instagram | Facebook Get to know Frankly Radio some more over here & subscribe to Frankly Radio on iTunes Favorite parts: 04:07 – Phoebe discusses how work has been at Hello & Co. Cinema the past months, the importance of finding a job that we love (or at least learning how to love our job) and most importantly, never settling for anything that we feel doesn’t add value to our lives 06:53 – Phoebe shares about how videography unexpectedly found her and how she managed to make it a success because of her wholehearted effort into doing her best in whatever she does 08:49 – The secret to having a fulfilling career/business: finding a question that needs to be answered or a problem that needs to be solved 09:44 –…
Nov. 20, 2016
Pauline is something else. We’d call her a ray of sunshine if we can but if you want the typical, she’s a painter, blogger, host and a purpose-driven creative who channels her passion into everything that she does. She faces life head-on with such undeniable energy, going beyond the borders society has established and never settling with just one label. And we admire that she’s set on holding onto everything that is good in this world to keep her childlike wonder alive. Can you believe that she was able to balance her time with her artistic pursuits and city-adventures, yet still become Cum Laude? This girl can practically be made out of fairy dust – where else could she get so much zest in life? In our conversation, you will hear about Pau’s creative journey through the years and how she looks at life in ways that we can all imitate. We also talk about the importance of surrounding yourself with understanding and supportive people to keep you going, and taking a ‘detox’ from the internet to rest from all the craziness social media brings. You’re in for one heck of a ride because this week’s episode is just brimming with so much silliness and heart-warming moments, it perfectly reflects Pauline’s joyful nature in the most inspiring ways. Tell us how much you enjoyed, yes? ♡ Find Pauline Elsewhere Website  | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Get to know Frankly Radio some more over here & subscribe to Frankly Radio on iTunes Favorite parts: 03:28 – Pau shares about her life currently as she works for Vans Philippines and juggles her other creative pursuits 05:57 – She brings us back to her hilarious childhood adventures and self-discoveries as a quirky young girl 07:30 – She also shares her belief on going beyond labels, exploring your dreams, and how she has always been a mix of everything even while growing up. Her life-hack? Just stay curious! 09:20 – Pau gives some inspiring tips for pressured adults: learn to love the process (mistakes and all) and don’t forget to have fun along the way. She was just 12 years old when she decided to let her worries go, how adorable is that? 14:28 – We talk about learning how to balance the good and bad in this world, and how our purpose always circles back to love 16:40 – Pau shares about how her love translates to her art and how people’s…
Nov. 13, 2016
Aryann’s like a quiet summer afternoon – she’s warm, soft-spoken and have eyes that look at the world with a wellspring of positivity. You’ll see it in the way she finds even the smallest gleam of light and captures it through her photographs, each one speaking of the fleeting yet wistful moments of her everyday life. Our conversation with her reminds us that we all have our own balance and reasons for doing things. We talk mostly about working from home, what it’s like to launch a small business from nothing, and her intent to feel good inside and out through exercise. The business she founded with her boyfriend Marlon, Comrade Leather Goods also celebrates their first anniversary this month, and we’re excited to find out what products they’re launching soon! We wanted to wait until you finished this week’s entire show, but we thought it’d be nice to tell you now: Aryann’s secret to happiness is taking pleasure in the small things and finding beauty in the mundane. All of us should do the same, agree? Stay with us till the end, we promise it’ll leave you in a hopeful tune ♡ Find Aryann Elsewhere Website  | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Get to know Frankly Radio some more over here & subscribe to Frankly Radio on iTunes Favorite parts: 4:58 – Can you imagine Aryann head-banging like a rock star? Chiara discovers Aryann’s childhood dreams and it’s seriously adorable! 7:26 – Aryann recalls how she discovered her passion for photography and her love for capturing things that we often find ordinary 11:24 – We chat about a day in the life of Aryann, and the joys of working from home 12:27 – Aryann shares about her take on balance and what it means for her to have a productive day 14:10 – She shares about her fitness journey so far, what really motivates her to strive for a healthy lifestyle and how she overcomes her own personal struggles along with other people’s unsupportive nature at times 23:33 – She talks about how social media has affected her in the past – how she used to compare her art’s worth with the amount of likes they’d get, why she realized this is wrong and what she did to overcome it 27:17 – We talk about the positive side of social media and how this opens doors to many opportunities and allows us to build friendships and collaborations 34:06 – Aryann gives some…
Oct. 30, 2016
When you look at someone like Maine working on one project after another – from shoots, to graphics, to whatever randomness she ends up doing, really – your jaws just kinda drop and in you’re head, one word stands out: how? Think of millenials and Maine is on the VIP list. She’s got the skills alright, but it’s really her commitment to get the work done that makes her thrive in this industry, Stache years onward. We’re pretty sure that’s why Raymond, then editor of YoungStar, took her in to take care of art directing. This year Maine will celebrate her third year by becoming editor to YoungStar online, going live November 24th. Mark your calendars friends! This episode is loaded with so much value, and coming from a person who knows what she’s doing. We learned so much from Maine, just some being – how simply creating and sharing your work attracts bigger opportunities and the importance of knowing you’re worth especially when making a sustainable career out of your creative urges. We’re telling you right now, you’ll be missing out if you don’t listen to this from start to finish ♡ Find Maine Elsewhere Website  | Instagram | Twitter Get to know Frankly Radio some more over here & subscribe to Frankly Radio on iTunes Favorite parts: 4:44 – We talk about millennials and how the world wide web has changed us in both universal and personal ways – opening up new knowledge, skills and opportunities for us to grab easily 7:32 – We discuss about previous generations, our parents’ lifestyle and career choices compared to ours 10:08 – Maine shares about the beginnings of her creative journey, starting Stache with friends at age seventeen just for fun 18:00 – Maine talks about personal projects being as important as projects we do for work, sharing about her most recent one where she creates little films to show gratitude to some individuals who contributed to her growth through the year (attach link from Insta) 20:34 – She gives 3 important tips to budding creatives who want to do their own thing 23:00 – Maine shares about her thoughts on collaboration, its advantages and usual struggles and how to overcome setbacks 25:10 – Maine shares about the progression of her whys through the years when it comes to her creativity – from self-expression six years back, fast forward to today, wanting to create something that can be valuable so that it can sustain…