MAKATI CITY, Philippines – Come Monday, March 2 at Glorietta Activity Center, Ulysses King, a Filipino fashion designer who specializes in Menswear, a Certified Public Accountant, a brand consultant and active member of Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines ( FDAP) will present his Dark Foliage spring-summer 2015 collection supported by Converse.
Converse is popularly known as sneakers. The footwear started on the court and got adopted on the streets. It all began as a rubber company that manufactures sneakers and boots, and then found basketball and reinvented the sport through their now worldwide popular brand. Its Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneaker became the court sneaker
King shares, “I was chosen by Converse as one of the 18 brand influencers from the fashion industry for their Converse Grand Campaign Launch. I will be presenting a four-piece all menswear collection.
“Also the launch of my spring summer collection for 2015 titled ‘Dark Foliage’ along with designers Melchor Guinto and Jeff Rogador. The street dapper theme of black, white and gray using Egyptian cotton as it mirrors the printed material with hand-painted graphics of dark foliage. The design collection will be blended with Converse Classic Mono low and high cut sneakers and other accessories.”
King as a designer admitted that he discovered his flair in designing clothes when he opened a shop at The Podium Mall in January 2008. He first joined Philippine Fashion Week via his collection titled ‘Swiss Guard of The Vatican City’ in May 2010 at MOA main atrium. Later, his fashion shop was named and recognized as ‘Vatican Fashion Museum’.
He earned his Certificate in Fashion Merchandising at University of the Arts in London College of Fashion with Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ateneo Graduate School. He was also a former designer of SM Menswear under the label Bo’ Athletics and men’s leather bags for OUR TRIBE. His designs were donned by celebrities like Jake Cuenca, Sam Milby, Enrique Gil, Gerard Anderson, Marlon Stockinger, John Spainhour, JC De Vera, Coco Martin, Rachel Ann Go, Vina Morales, et al.
On Sunday, February 22, the same day when one of the coaches celebrated her birthday—Lea Salonga—The Voice of the Philippines chose the Top Four artists that will battle against each other in the finale round slated next weekend. Alisah Bonaobra, Leah Patricio, Jason James Dy, and Rence Rapanot were all declared the top four artists representing the teams of Apl, Lea, Sarah, and Bamboo, respectively.
This year, I predict that it will be a battle against two female big voices and the two males would just be third and fourth placers. Bonaobra of Coach Apl will be another a dramatic story while Patricio of Coach Salonga will stay true to what a real world-class talent is made of; as they both will clash with their respective voices.
Kapuso actor Jake Vargas leads the cast of stars in a Neal Tan horror film titled ‘Bahay Ampunan’, opening on Wednesday, February 25 in selected theaters nationwide.
Vargas plays the role of Noel, a band member who got a break in working abroad along with his band members, but has the dilemma of leaving behind his adopted younger brother Eboy, who also became an orphan after their parents passed away from a vehicular accident. Leaving Eboy reminds Noel’s mother who left him in an orphanage and he doesn’t want to repeat that for the little boy. According to Tan, the story he wrote is inspired from a Manila orphanage that was destroyed by fire years back. In the story, Noel went back to the orphanage where he used to consider as his home and was considering of leaving Eboy to the take care of a nun and other loving and charitable workers, but only to find out that it was no longer a safe place to live in. Noel gets reunited with the people he used to live with including his childhood sweetheart named Diosa, but had to make a choice of pursuing the love he failed to nurture or run away the second time around. ‘Bahay Ampunan’ features Renz Michael, Martin Luigie Venegas, Elaver Pacatang, Maria Isabel Lopez, Isadora, Aleck Bovick and many more.