My 'Sablay' #OOTD: Wearing Local Brands From Head to Toe!

Sa dinami-daming beses kong sumablay sa buhay, eto na ata ang pinaka-matamis! :)

Like any Isko and Iska, it took me sleepless nights, a couple of shower-free mornings (don't judge me may Math DepEx kami nun OK!), over 150 blue books, around 300 cups of coffee, and 587 hours of ugly crying in bed in fetal position, until I finally reached the end of my undergrad journey.

(READ) My Sablay Story: A Victor, Not a Victim

Kidding aside, I'm just ecstatic we all made it out alive (congrats to us, Class 2017!!), and I'm still so grateful for all the lessons our alma mater taught us—nakaka-inlove ka talaga, UP!

When you're an Isko or an Iska, graduating also means one thing: you finally get to wear the university's official academic costume—the Sablay. The beautiful, heart-stopping, I'm-getting-butterflies-in-my-stomach-just-by-looking-at-it Sablay.



Translated literally, 'to sablay' means 'to fail'— but in UP, it means 'to succeed'. As opposed to wearing togas and caps in graduation ceremonies, Iskos and Iskas wear the Sablay to commemorate the occasion. It is a symbol of Philippine nationalism and the importance we put upon our indigenous culture.

To keep the spirit of nationalism alive, I wore local brands from top to bottom during both my college and university graduation. This was the outfit I wore during our college recognition day.

Top: Apartment 8 Clothing

Skirt: Apartment 8 Clothing

Earrings: Pearls from Palawan

Lipstick: Kiss and Tell PH

Shoes: Parisian

I waited for this day to come for YEARS, so of course I didn't miss out on the chance to go on a photoshoot wearing one of the best #OOTDs I will ever get to wear. Since the call time for the ceremony was at 6AM, I hired a photographer, Pauline Disuanco, to go around UP DIliman with me at 5:30AM. Can you believe this shoot just took us 30 minutes? (But the real question here is 'Can you believe I actually got to wake up before sunrise??' LOL.)

I'm really grateful I have these beautiful photos to keep with me. Thank you for agreeing to do this with me, Pauline!

A tip for the next class of Iskas and Iskos graduating: If you want a picture with Oble (YES, we can finally have our photos taken with him without getting "cursed"! LOL), I suggest you go there before 6AM to avoid long lines and photo bombers.

Congratulations to us, mga kapwa Isko at Iska ng Bayan! Serve the people, always and in all ways.

All photos taken by Pauline Disuanco