Listening to a voice that’s real and raw, you’d be filled with wonder and awe. It takes you on a path away from pretensions and shams; away from visuals that seemingly mocks real life, real people. Having your thoughts of style and society shaped by one so easygoing, unconcerned by what most may consider norm, is invigorating. The voice reminds you that you’re free; suggests that you should embrace your unique self; urges you to march to the beat of your own drum.
Tell us a little bit about you. How old are you and where do you live? Where and what did you study? Type of work, interests, etc.
I’m a 28 year-old marketing drone for a boutique IT office developer in Bonifacio Global City. I spent most of my life in the south side of Metro Manila. I took up Graphic Arts in Mapua Institute of Technology.
I love photos! Not that I’m a good photographer, but I do like looking at random black and white photos that depict life and reality. I love looking at photos of people — how real expressions, mannerisms and moments are captured and kept frozen in time.
I like reading quotes and short phrases from different writers or even just random people. How you get a piece of wisdom in a short phrase is just beautiful.
I enjoy quick getaways when Manila, and all that’s in it, becomes too overwhelming for me. I love to escape somewhere unfamiliar.
Real conversations, real people and awesome music!
Pick 1 word that best describes you. Why?
Flexible. I can easily adjust to circumstances, people or to change, but not entirely compromising who I am, essentially.
What keeps you busy these days? Name 3 most important people/things in your life right now.
1) Work. I’m preparing for a huge event next month, there’s a photo shoot happening as we “speak” for our buildings for the entire month of October, coordinating for meeting schedules and satellite events for the rest of the year. Yep! my plate is kind of full these days.
2) Business. I don’t want to work for the rest of my life so I’m currently talking to a few friends about a possible business we can put up. I’m hoping it’ll push through.
3) Travel. I booked a couple of trips for the end of this year. I have some local trips booked already and I actually just got back from Singapore. I’m also already planning some trips for early next year, hehe.
What do you love about fashion? What is it that inspires you?
I love the evolution of it. Most of the fashion today is a combination of ideas from the past.
The past is taken and reinvented to it’s future. You can take anything that has been and reinvent it to be your own.
Music, a good read, good photography and meeting and seeing REAL people inspires me.
What is style to you?
Style is not something you can just grab off the rack. It’s something natural. It’s innate. It’s a reflection of yourself. That’s why as you grow older and mature, your style also changes. There are a lot of people who wears the same style of clothes but you will always find that ONE who truly “owns it.”
Which of your interests/hobbies influence your personal style? Describe your personal style.
I was born in the eighties, grew up during the nineties, being in a family dominated by men and a girl who’s always on the go. Let’s just say my style is definitely not a girlie-girl kind. Since I’m from the south I’m very laid back. I like the basics; nothing way too flashy. I like simple and classy clothes and androgyny.
Give us your favourite undiscovered designer/shop.
Hmm.. there are a lot of online shops out there that has awesome stuff. You just really have to take time and check them out.
Favourite Fashion designers?
Are you a shoe, clothes, or accessory person? Why?
Shoes. I’m always on the go. Good comfy shoes are hard to find.
Say hello to Hannah Maypa, an inviolable soul with a lust for an unbounded life. Her lean perspective on behavioral symmetry, and unencumbered visuals and assessments are truly something to behold. .
What are your thoughts on the Manila fashion scene?
Manila fashion scene has so much potential and it’s really developing. Filipinos are naturally stylish and we have many awesome local designers so let’s support and recognize them, people!
If there’s one thing you’d want people to remember you by, as a fashion blogger, what is it? What sort of legacy would you want to leave behind on StyleManila.com?
Haha. It really hasn’t sink in yet, this “fashion blogger” title. Seeing it makes me ask myself “is this real?” Yes it is! It’s as real as it gets. That’s also how I want people to see and read in my posts.
What can people expect from you as one of its bloggers? Give us an idea of the what’s and the how’s
I want to capture and share real people, raw fashion, and awesome finds that people could relate to, be inspired or find interest in.
I know it took more than a year to convince this lady to come on board but I’m glad that she finally agreed. I can’t wait to read what this free-spirited will share here in Style Manila. If I am to base it on what we talked about, the rest of you folks ought to be excited, too! And, yea, do make Hannah feel welcome and say hello! You can also find her on Twitter: @bananuhmaypz and on Tumblr: warwithglitter.
Welcome to Style Manila, Han!