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The Lookbook:
Face the Cause

The Lookbook:
5 Easy Ways to Add a Vintage Flair

The Lookbook:
The Filipino Influence

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Articles Releases Prose Poetry

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A R T I C L E S

Blog posts and feature articles.

The Lookbook: The Filipino Influence
A look at how Philippine materials and techniques are used overseas, featuring Christian Louboutin, Viktoria Hayman, Mestiza New York, and even Black Panther!
The Lookbook: 5 Easy Ways to Add a Vintage Flair
Five ways to incorporate vintage clothing into your everyday style!
The Lookbook: Anatomy of an OOTD, Part I
I interviewed Instagram style bloggers AJ Dee, Kryz Uy, and Aria Clemente to dissect their OOTD process! Part the First: Pinpointing what goes on behind creating outfits that are perfectly on-point.
The Lookbook: Anatomy of an OOTD, Part II
I interviewed Instagram style bloggers AJ Dee, Kryz Uy, and Aria Clemente to dissect their OOTD process! Part the Second: Photography and post-processing that brings perfect outfits to life.
The Lookbook: Shade of It All
The Lookbook: Four sunglasses stores that have your eyes covered this season!
The Lookbook: Face the Cause
The Lookbook: Five beauty brand advocacies you should support!
Play Without Apology: 5 Fire Emblem: Awakening Strategies Based on The Art of War
How do I get by navigating Fire Emblem: Awakening as a newbie? I play by my strengths. And my strengths definitely include stock knowledge of the military classic, The Art of War by Sun-Tzu. Read to find out five ways I learned to apply The Art of War in Fire Emblem: Awakening!
Play Without Apology: Manila International Book Fair Survival Guide
If you’re new to the MIBF scene, or if you’re looking for tips to make your MIBF trips more high-yield and efficient, here are ten humble bits of wisdom that I dare to impart, drawn from 17 years of going to MIBF.


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R E L E A S E S

Press releases and reviews of products, books, films, shows, and other pop culture forms consumed.

First Look Club: Reina reviews Vox
"The true horror of Vox and the society it suggests isn’t the outrage when you think of the way things used to be, or the hopelessness of being unable to speak up and change anything. It’s the concept of a future generation who will experience neither hopelessness nor outrage because they’ve accepted voicelessness, inequality, and oppression as normal."
Play Without Apology:  2017 Favorite Reads...So Far
Review of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, included in a compilation of book recommendations for the 38th Manila International Book Fair by Girls Got Game.
The Lookbook: Murad Launches Newest Power Duo in Resurgence Collection
Rustan’s The Beauty Source hosted the launch of Murad’s newest retinol-based products, the Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum and Night Cream.


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P R O S E

Fiction, non-fiction, and personal essay prose pieces.

Date a Boy Who Draws
Date a boy who draws because a boy who draws will have an eye for beauty. A boy who draws will have good taste — and that is why a boy who draws will date you. Date him, because he will think you are beautiful, and will devote his time to making you feel so.
Dolor in Color
An exercise in 100-word challenges and psychiatric nursing.
Cuddle Weather
He called it reading weather, but I disagreed.
The Time Bomb
There's an alternate universe where a timer on your wrist counts down to the moment you meet your Soulmate. We don't have that in this world, but I knew just the same.


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P O E T R Y

Haiku, free verse, and rhyme poetry pieces.

Haikus by Reina
Five-seven-five lines
Preserve a moment within
A frame of phrases.
Short Poems by Reina
I hope in what I write for you,
I make you feel I’m right for you.
For in what you write for me,
I clearly see you’re right for me.
Care Instructions
What if everyone came with a laundry tag on their neck of care instructions? What would yours say? (Prompt from Iain S. Thomas' I Am Incomplete Without You.)
Lexical Gap (On the Day You Were Born)
A writer's lament over a hole in the language shaped like a well-beloved person.
The Weekend
For the prompt "Beyond Medicine"; submitted to the student publication of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Sulo.
The Anatomy of a Nurse
Submitted to the 2011 literary folio of The Nursing Journal, the student publication of the University of Santo Tomas College of Nursing.