Fashion has always had its leaders, from style icons like
Twiggy in the 1960s to Kate Moss of the 1990s. These icons have shaped the
tastes of a decade, sometimes a generation, showing consumers what’s in and
what’s not. But as the Internet became more of a daily presence and the advent
of social media led to shifts in consumer habits, fashion has begun to change.
Social media has become an almost inescapable part of our
daily lives. Ever since the emergence of social media platforms in the late
90s, modern society has learned to connect and communicate in ways that would
have almost seemed impossible decades before. Social media influences the way
we speak, the music we listen to, where we travel, what we eat, and what we
wear— and at the forefront of that are the influencers.
The Philippines is home to a long and rich history of
excellence in visual arts. This tradition started as early as the 19th
century with Damian Domingo, also known as the Father of Filipino Painting, who
was the first Filipino to paint a self-portrait. He was followed by greats such
as Juan Luna, who painted the world-renowned Spoliarium, andFabián de
la Rosa, uncle and mentor to Fernando Amorsolo.
Mastery of the visual arts has been passed down through the decades, and the Philippine government has sought to reward that through the Order of National Artists. The Order of National Artists, also known as Orden ng mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining, is the highest national recognition given to Filipinos who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of arts in the Philippines. Jointly administered by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), it’s an honor conferred by the President of the Republic based on recommendations by both institutions. Here’s a list of the greatest names in Philippine visual arts who have been given this honor.
The representation of Asian Americans in popular media has only been getting better with this generation of movers and shakers in Hollywood. After an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences for the world premiere of Crazy Rich Asians, more and more creators have been looking for ways to focus the spotlight on Asian communities in pop culture.
Even Filipino artists with talent and charisma in the showbiz industry have been finding themselves getting more roles then ever. Hawaii native Jacob Batalon, whose parents are Filipino, recently made news as one of the few Filipino actors to appear in a Marvel film. Jacob Batalon starred in both Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) as Ned Leeds, Peter Parker’s best friend.
Even before the premiere of the Spider-Man movie series, Filipino actors, musicians, entertainers, and the like have been working hard in Hollywood, building their craft and make a name for themselves. Here are 10 other Filipino celebrities who’ve made it in the United States.
The migration of Filipinos to other countries has a long history. An article from the Pulitzer Center notes that the Philippines is one of the major sources around the world for migrant workers in the seafaring, domestic work, and nursing sectors. Although many Filipino families are sustained by temporary labor migration, plenty of Filipinos have also made their homes in countries around the world, including the United States.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are currently 1,942,000 Filipinos in the immigrant population in the United States as of 2016. Some of them have found a home overseas, making names for themselves as entrepreneurs. Here’s a list of Filipinos who successfully established businesses in America.
According to National Geographic, sports climbing is finally making its debut as one of the new sports to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Since the announcement, the global sports climbing community has bustled with excitement. Top athletes have begun training for Olympic spots and the sport itself has started gaining significant media traction. National climbing events all over the world are now shown on television and streamed across different platforms, in the hope that global support for sports climbing continues to grow.
Fortune Magazine reports that nine out of ten startups fail, and this is a truly staggering number. One of the main reasons why some startups don’t work out is because their concept just isn’t something that has a target market. But suppose you have an excellent idea and a market— how else do you ensure that you’re not doomed for failure?
Techcrunch reports that companies all across the globe are looking for the next best startup to invest a good few million dollars in. In a fast-paced industry, startups adapt different business systems in order to get themselves up and running. This is where networking comes in.
more than a quarter of Americans aged 25-34 saying they are either vegan or vegetarian. More and more people are now going for alternative choices that are free of animal byproducts, which means business is booming for vegan products retailers.
Beyond food, for many, veganism is a lifestyle. The majority of vegans avoid things that are produced through exploitation or cruelty to animals. This means reading up on how everyday products, such as soap, cosmetics, fabrics, and the like are made, and making sure that no animal has been harmed in the process.
Luckily, to put some ease into making that choice, plenty of women entrepreneurs saw the lack of vegan products in the market and started businesses of their own. Here are some notably powerful women who transformed their passion for the earth and for animals into thriving businesses.