Stunning Santacruzan Gowns by World-Famous Pinoy Fashion Designers

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In the Philippines, May is known to be the most colorful time of the year. It is the month of fiestas, signaling merry-making that lasts for several weeks on end. It is the month when rains begin to pour, relieving long dry spells, and allowing an abundance in harvest and flora. As a predominantly Catholic country, Filipinos show their gratitude for the beneficial rains by giving praises to the Virgin Mary. The Virgin Mary is venerated through a string of festivities commonly referred to as the Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May). During this time, church aisles and altars are decked by an array of beautiful, fragrant flowers. Townspeople, in their Sunday bests, gather in the afternoons to pray the rosary, and to share homemade snacks afterwards. During the Flores de Mayo, select maidens from every town participate in a week-long pageant called the Santacruzan.  The belles were chosen not for their looks alone, but for the way they embody the qualities of the quintessential … [Read more...]

Going to the Laboracay? Here are the Things You Need to Remember

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The Laboracay weekend is almost here! Laboracay happens every Labor Day weekend, where beach bums and adrenaline junkies hit the shores of Boracay to enjoy the white sand, turquoise waters, and majestic sunsets. This is the one weekend where all of Boracay’s three stations turn into amazing spots for non-stop partying. Locals and tourists alike swarm the island for a weekend of concerts, events, and sports. Laboracay is the one beach event even hardcore partyphiles swear by. To help you get the most out of your trip, PawnHero compiles a list of the things you need to bring as well as some reminders to help you party safely. Don’t forget to pack: ✓ (Waterproof) Tote – Lug your sunscreen, towel, sunnies, phone, camera and towel around in a cute canvas tote! This way you won’t have to worry about losing your stuff or getting anything wet. ✓ Power Bank – For sure, you’ll be taking plenty of pictures and videos. Having a power bank handy will help your phone stay on in case of … [Read more...]

5 Times Vanessa Hudgens Gave Us Coachella Goals

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It’s Coachella season again! Okay, while not all of us are fortunate enough to be jetting to the Coachella Valley to attend the music festival, that’s no reason to be blue. There are music festivals left and right here in the Philippines, and though it doesn't involve dancing in the middle of a faraway desert, you are bound to have just as much fun. If you’re looking for the latest fashion trends in Festival-land, there’s no better person to consult than the Festival Queen herself, Vanessa Hudgens! Here are five times V gave us Coachella goals: 2011 V Hudge looks super cute in a cropped crochet halter top and denim shorts. She completes her look with feather hair accessories, armbands, layered necklaces, and a leg chain. Here, she looks ultra-hip in a crochet maxi skirt, and a flowy chiffon top. 2012 Look how charming V looks in a black and white flowy spaghetti-strap number and sheer stockings. Donning a flowy, floral bandeau, denim shorts, a sheer crochet … [Read more...]

PawnHero MarketPlace: Discounted Brand-Name Items for Shoppers on the Go

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If you have ever taken one look at your old, trusty handbag and told yourself, “This old thing has to go,” visit the PawnHero MarketPlace. The MarketPlace is a favorite haunt for shoppers on the go that are looking for name-brand items at comparably lower prices. Plenty of Choices The MarketPlace carries fashion items like handbags, jewelry and diamonds, watches, sunglasses, and shoes. You can also find an extensive selection of gadgets plus myriad other items including musical instruments, home appliances, sports equipment, and art pieces.  All these name-brand items are sold for up to 80% off their original market value. The MarketPlace also boasts of some unique items such as antique daggers, a magnetometer, vintage cuff links, old dollar coins, a Japanese harp, and even a limited edition Sarimanok sculpture by National Artist Abdulmari Asia Ima. If you are a collector, an art enthusiast, or a person with a curious mind, you are bound to find something that will pique your … [Read more...]

Hottest Swimsuit Styles for Summer 2016

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  Going away on a tropical holiday is never complete without a good OOTD. It’s about time you throw away that teenybopper, cherry-printed, ruffled tankini, as 2016 is the year for bolder, sexier pieces! PawnHero compiles this year’s hottest swimsuit styles that will warrant you several double-takes on the beach: Racerfront Bikini We’re sure you’ve all heard of the racerback back in the early 2000s. That fashion trend is back, only, it now takes a different form. Folks, meet the racerfront bikini. Especially designed to flatter your toned built, this bikini looks perf with your favorite G Shock. Halter Bikini The halter bikini is one perfect way to show off your to-die-for shoulders.  It accentuates perfectly-toned arms, and flatters almost any body type. Chambray Bikini   The only chambray/ denim piece you can wear to the beach is a pair of shorts, right? Wrong. You can totally rock a denim or chambray bikini on the beach! Basic Bikini The … [Read more...]

Types of People You DON’T Want to Travel With

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It is always nice to travel on your own, but most times, what makes a trip even more worthwhile is the people we’re traveling with. Bringing the wrong people along, however, is an entirely different story. We list the types of people who can make you say “I wish I had just traveled alone.” 1. The Polar Opposite Don’t get us wrong, it’s not impossible for two people with different personalities to get along. It’s just that, you could both want irreconcilably different things out of the trip, and this may lead to arguments. For instance, you want to party ‘til dawn, but your travel buddy wants to hit the sheets early or when you’ll settle with a cheap inn to stay within the budget while the other person insists on splurging on a cozier accommodation. Another frustrating situation is when you’re someone who values personal space while the other person enjoys invading other people’s privacy. Once he starts tapping you on your shoulder while you’re trying to read a book or looking over … [Read more...]

20 Exciting Things to Add to Your Summer Bucketlist

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There is no better time than summer to hit the beach. It’s that time to feel the tingle from the sand between your toes, bask under the sun and get a nice tan, to sashay in your new bathing suit, and to watch a beautiful sunset. It’s the season to enjoy watermelons, fruity sorbets, barbecues, bonfires and S’mores with your favorite people. With all the time in your hands, summer is also the perfect time to create bucket lists. PawnHero lists 21 cool things to add to your summer bucketlist: Go to a slip and slide event. Slidefest Philippines brings in a giant slide the length of 3,000 donuts and 10 basketball courts, and that's longer than the Eiffel Tower. That’s 1,000 feet of sheer happiness for you! Explore Baguio City. Okay, we know. This probably isn’t the first time someone suggested that you visit Baguio in the summer, but seriously, you MUST visit Baguio at least once in this lifetime and summer is the perfect time to do so. After all it’s not called the Summer … [Read more...]

20 Songs to Fire Up Your Road Trip Playlist

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We all know that the hazy, lazy days of summer offer the perfect time to embark on an adventure, and so you’ve already got everything ready. All your travel buddies are game, the car tank’s full, and all your bags are packed. Except, you don’t have a destination yet. And a playlist. Without good music playing in the background, a road trip is just. Plain. Boring. So, with the help of the Wandering Weekend Warrior, PawnHero lists five destinations and the perfect songs to get you into the travel vibe: #TenFeetTAAL - AfroJack and Trabel Listening to AfroJack and Trabel’s Ten Feet Tall while traveling to Taal Volcano will make you feel invincible. Like you can conquer the world. Roll the windows down and feel the soft Batangas breeze and feel every inch the invincible person that you are. You may not be as tall as Taal, not even ten feet tall, but nothing in this world can bring you down. #WeHaveOnlyJustVIGAN – The Carpenters The Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun” is … [Read more...]

Cute Summer Outfits Inspired by Your Favorite Celebs

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Summer is a lot of things—it is the perfect time to hit the beach, bond with friends and family, and of course, update your wardrobe. Why, you want the perfect outfit to show off that gorgeous tan! You don’t need a chockfull of clothes to look stylish this season. You just need a few basic pieces that you can mix and match to create a new look. Take a lesson from your favorite stars and look stunning in the following closet staples: Maxi dress - Slip on a maxi dress to look chic from day to night! Choose a maxi in a bold print for a playful look, or one in a rich, solid color, for a sophisticated appeal. You can also pair a plain maxi skirt with a top with an interesting print, to add more oomph to your ensemble. Little White Dress Just as the little black dress is the belle of the evening ball, the little white dress is the star of summer fashion. White mini dresses look ultra-sweet when adorned with lace or crochet details. Pair your LWD with caramel-colored sandals and … [Read more...]