Danica Salazar

One Life Contest + Giveaway

During the summer, Chad and I visited the Smokey Mountain, a garbage dump found in Manila, for a special project which we kept under wraps. And now we can finally reveal what the project was for.

Chad recently joined the One Life Contest on See.Me and we need as much votes as we can get. In exchange for your help, I will be giving away one piece from my Vintage Summer Collection to one lucky winner:

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To join, here’s what you have to do:

1. Register at See.Me. Click “Click Here To Sign Up”. Then three rectangular boxes will appear at the bottom. Fill out the boxes.

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2. Click Continue, and it will redirect you to a short form. Please fill out the form.

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4. Click Continue, and return to Chad’s See.Me profile (http://cverzosa.see.me/onelife2013)

5. Click Vote, and a number will appear. Take note of that number.

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6. Scroll down to the comments section of Chad’s See.Me page, post a comment including your vote number, and check “Post to Facebook” box.

Example: Voted #85! Vote for Chad Verzosa’s awesome pictures here: http://cverzosa.see.me/onelife2013

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And that’s it! This contest ends on August 26 at exactly 11pm. Entries will be checked on the comments section of Chad’s See.Me page. Good luck!

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Congratulations, entry #4 Rangel Gan!

Please choose one item from Metamorphosis Clothing‘s Vintage Summer Collection for your prize (sold out items are no longer available). PM me your choice, complete name, shipping address, and contact info via Metamorphosis Clothing Facebook page.

Thanks to everyone who voted for Chad! 🙂

Unforeseen

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as frequently, but Chad and I have started a project and we’re concentrating a lot of our efforts on it. I’m still going to post updates here though  at least once or twice a week (and on my Twitter of course). Like I said earlier, I will never abandon blogging and the small group of people who read my blog (and who I love dearly).

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Before I share my usual narrative, let me skip to the outfit first. I won’t necessarily call it stylish, but it’s my lazy day look. Chad and I had to interview some people and do a photoshoot on the same day so I chose the most comfortable ensemble I could wear—that is an oversized hipster shirt and my trusty maxi and wedges. I was going for a functional, modern-day hippie look so I “forced” myself to wear some earrings, which I kinda abhor. But hey it worked. Lol. That’s about it really.

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So what’s the project going to be about? I can’t reveal the whole thing yet, but it does involve documentary photography and a bit of social work. No complaints though, I’m even more excited to see where this project is going. Chad will be leaving for the States in two months (*teardrop*) and we won’t be seeing each other for a year or two, so we’re making good use of his remaining days in the country. Yesterday was no doubt a very good experience for both of us.

We went to Smokey Mountain to document our friend and the place while also helping out the kids with their costumes for their upcoming festival presentation. No, I’m not pertaining to the band nor the mountain range, but we did see heaps and heaps of trash. Smokey Mountain is the term used to identify a large landfill in Manila. Decades ago, the area was surrounded by slums. Later on, the government provided public tenements to the people, most of whom pick trash for a living, and they stayed there since then. We visited them yesterday and made their costumes for the parade. 🙂

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I got to talk to a lot of kids and asked them about their life in Smokey Mountain.  Oblivious of their brutal surroundings, they told me about the death of their brother (gunshot), their sister’s incarceration, and other horrible things. I even saw one child with his forehead bleeding because his parents couldn’t attend to him. Chad saw a kid using drugs. Outside the tenements are stores selling pagpag, leftover food scavenged from garbage dumps. There was trash everywhere. I felt and am still feeling very sad for the children for living in such an atrocious environment. What’s worse is, there’s a big possibility they’ll never rise above their situations—unless they are assisted by the right people.

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Nevertheless, I’m happy I experienced it. I would have not known their lives and stories if we didn’t go there. I came from a poor family as well, which made me more determined to help out. So I decided to use my blog and my influence to encourage you, the person reading this blog, to help impoverished kids have a better future.

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 Any kind of assistance will suffice. We are young and we can do a lot. If you’re reading this, you know you’re lucky to be in a safe home, with healthy food and nice environment. These kids don’t. We have to remember that when small good deeds come together, they make one big impact. Gawad Kalinga is helping Smokey Mountain, now named as Paradise Heights, rebuild the community. Click THIS LINK to know how you can help out. 🙂

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