Why Don’t UP Students Often Wear Their ID?

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Case Study: Why Don’t UP Students Often Wear Their ID?


            Ever since pre-school, it is a given to wear the ID as part of the uniform. But in the University of the Philippines where college students are allowed to wear anything, it can be observed that almost everyone doesn’t include their ID in their outfit. This study aims to discover the reason for this trend, while putting in consideration three important things: comfort, function, and aesthetic.


  1. Conduct interviews about what “simple” and “fab” mean in terms of clothing.
  2. Observe for 20 minutes during class intervals.
  3. Classify the students entering Palma Hall’s main entrance into:
    • Simple, No ID
    • Simple, With ID
    • Fab, No ID
    • Fab, With ID
  4. Analyze the data.
  5. Form conclusion.
  6. Integrate the findings into a creative output.


Data (July 11-13, 2016)



Key Insights

  • Weather is a factor on how someone is dressed. For example, the number of fab people on July 11, 2016 (Monday) is much less, probably because it was a rainy day. It is not practical to dress up given that it may just be soaked later on.
  • “Panira lang ng porma ang ID” is not applicable to the majority because most UP students are not even “maporma” in the first place.
  • Most students prefer to just get their ID from their bag or wallet and then return it after passing the guard.



  • UP students prefer comfort over function and ID as an OOTD wrecker is proven to be subjective.


Creative Output


Components and Representations:

  • v neckline – ID lace
  • choker – comfort vs. style concept
  • white pocket – majority of the UP students who are simple
  • gold beads on the pocket – the few fab people
  • leopard print – gives empowerment in the same way that the ID gives prestige


Comfort over Function Concept:

  • leopard print – originally fur to be used during winter
  • cape sleeves – originally long sleeves to keep the wearer warm
  • chest pocket – doesn’t serve its function because it will be uncomfortable to put something inside it

Weekly Reflection: Week 13

Aqua et Igni.

That’s the new title of my concept that was inspired by The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. In class, we tackled about textures and patterns. We also had a mini-photography session. We were tasked to capture photos that describe the musical elements of a certain song. That song must be related to our concept, which in my case, was ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ by Adele.





I picked the picture of flowers above when we had a ‘Show and Tell’ within the group. The petals were like flames and there’s also a slow change in color, just like the tempo of the song Set Fire to the Rain.

Overall, I find the activity helpful in branching out ideas with the use of the five senses. Being an efficient designer means that you are not only fluent with visual art, right?

Weekly Reflection: Week 12

This week, we made paper dolls in CT 14 and we had a makeup class (literally) in CT 11. I was the model of our group and here comes the final product of my groupmates’ efforts!


The downside of me being the model was that I wasn’t able to practice the whole makeup thingy. But there’s still a next time! As far as I remember, this is the order of the things my groupmates did to my face:

  1. Apply cleanser, then toner, then moisturizer.
  2. Shave the eyebrows.
  3. Apply primer.
  4. Apply foundation.
  5. Put contour.
  6. Apply lip gloss to improve dry lips.
  7. Arrange eyebrows with eyebrow pencil.
  8. Put eyeshadow.
  9. Put mascara.
  10. Use curlash.
  11. Put eyeliner.
  12. Put fake eyelashes.
  13. Put blush on.
  14. Apply lipstick.
  15. Put powder finish.

I apologize if there’s a mistake in the chronological order. I wish I can master it some day. AJA!

Weekly Reflection: Week 11

October 12-16, 2015 was a fun week. We only had one meeting in CT 14 and CT 11 but it didn’t hinder our learning anyway. In CT 14 (Fashion Illustration), we had a short activity entitled Little Blue Riding Hood. One must recite a sentence about the subject, namely Rhoda, with strictly ten words and then the next student will give a continuation of it. At the end, our professor instructed us to make a stylized drawing of Rhoda based on the story we had come up. And guess what?


Meanwhile in CT 11 (Creative Clothing Design), our OOTD was our favorite color so I wore an all violet outfit. We discussed the types of colors, color schemes, etc. I learned many things such as ‘warm to warm color is more pleasing’ and ‘saturated colors make the wearer appear bigger’. Maybe I’ll write about styling soon.

On October 15, I and my classmate went to Manila Fame in SM Mall of Asia. The exhibits were really awesome especially the garments collection that we saw. Most are of indigenous material, thus showcasing the beauty of textiles made in the Philippines. This is a good start. I hope I can also encourage my fellow Filipinos to patronize our own textiles.

Weekly Reflection: Week 10

Plates. Plates. Plates. Plates.

Not that I’m complaining. I was just a bit overwhelmed with the fact that aside from CT14 (Fashion Illustration), we’re also gonna start making plates in CT11 (Creative Clothing Design). But for sure, I’ll get used to it in no time.

One of the activities we did this week was to make a sleeve using paper or fabric. The theme of our group was ‘aqua’ and we successfully achieved the flowy silhouette of the sleeve that we were aiming for.

I learned how to manipulate body shapes with design elements. For example, if the facial shape is round, one must avoid round necklines. I also learned that the body part where the hemline of the garment stops, tends to appear bigger. As application, I should never wear cap sleeves if I want to conceal my big arms!

Also, I’ve noticed that I’m slightly becoming style conscious lately. I can’t help but to criticize the outfits of people around me. The effects of being a fashion student, really.

Weekly Reflection: Week 9

Hell yeah, it’s October! What did we have this week? Well, there were two plates for CT 14 about knockoffs and there’s this one whole day of CT 11 when we discussed about design elements. I didn’t get the chance to sleep in class though. Haha! It was because there were many individual and group activities, and also probably because the reporters vary from time to time. It was not only our professor speaking but also my other classmates who were assigned to report a certain topic. It was a good teaching style, I must admit.

What I learned? To think out of the box. Not because the teacher said that the wearer should look slimmer and taller, we’re going to use only vertical lines as the garment’s design. There are a lot of possible combinations to achieve the objective and all we need to do is to explore our imagination. We need not to limit ourselves with what we see usually because there are so many design elements and principles just waiting out there.

On the other hand, I just can’t help but to mention this…


Details? Soon.

Weekly Reflection: Week 8

This entry is kinda delayed because it was supposedly posted on September 28 but nonetheless, here it goes. That week, we were tasked to create a mind map, rooting from the word dream or ‘panaginip’ in Filipino. Then we need to choose one idea and make a mood board out of that. I chose to explore ‘The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl’ so I came up with the concept of ‘opposites can be together in imagination’.


In making the mood board, I admit that I got less difficulty unlike my other classmates because my message can be easily conveyed through pictures.

The following meeting in CT11, our group was assigned to explain the highlighting design principles through a dance choreography. We were not that prepared but it still went well, I guess. After each group’s performance, we delved deeper into all design principles. We watched fashion-related videos and we practiced identifying the design principles used.

Overall, the whole week was awesome if not for the other subjects I have to worry about. I’m not the only one who was f*cked up though. I’m completely aware how most of my classmates looked like zombies that week. Haha!

Seriously speaking, I am now planning for my capsule collection and a lot of design principle combinations keep on popping in my head. I’m sure it will make everything more exciting and extraordinary. Wish me luck!

Weekly Reflection: Week 7

“Why are you so anesthetic?! Why can’t you notice my love for you?!”

LOL. So much for being dramatic. That line just happened to cross my mind when we discussed about aesthetic and anesthetic experiences.

There were two remarkable activities we did this week; the ‘Guess the Style Word’ and the ‘Guess Whose Collage Is That’. On the first one, we were asked to put on an OOTD that describes the style-related word that we have chosen. I had on my mind the word ‘boyish’ so I wore a pair of jogger pants, black shirt, rubber shoes and a cap. Fortunately, one of my classmates was able to correctly guess the word I wanted to convey. As a result, I got an extra one point on my score.

For the second activity, we were asked to make a collage that describes us. All works were placed on the table and it was our task to guess the owner of the collage that our professor picked.

Both activities were really fun and meaningful. Because of it, we were able to practice how to make…


Weekly Reflection: Week 6

I’m a mesomorph.

That’s what I discovered during our discussions this week. Aside from the body types, we also tackled the body and facial shapes.

At the end of the day, this was what I’ve realized: Ideals and standards of beauty always vary. Don’t be insecure if you saw someone with an hourglass body while yours is an apple-shaped one.

My professor in Comm 3 once said, “Beauty comes from two root words… BE U.”

And I agree with him.

Fashion Designers Who Truly Inspire Me

I’m a Barbie girl in a Barbie world
Life in plastic, it’s fantastic!

This song kept on playing in my head while I was scrolling through the Barbie Collection of my favorite designer, Bob Mackie. Actually, I’m not a girly person and I’m not fond of stuff toys and dolls especially Barbies. I don’t know how and why I became suddenly interested with the Bob Mackie dolls I saw on the net. The costume of the Barbies are very glamorous, unlike the usual outfit of a teen queen that has been etched in our minds.


Bob Mackie Gold Barbie


Bob Mackie Neptune Barbie

The dolls weren’t limited with Barbie only. There were also Cher and Diana Ross dolls which I find very realistic yet imaginative.




Diana Ross

Bob Mackie, often called the sultan of sequins and the rajah of rhinestones will always be my inspiration. His works are not just stunning but are also a reflection of both fantasy and reality.

I love pastel colors. They are very refreshing and pleasing to the eye. Maybe this was the main reason why I instantly loved the works of Filipino designer Sheiralyn Lim the moment my eyes fell upon her feed on Instagram.

Her works are very feminine and smooth flowing. She doesn’t only design gowns but also casual wears. Her clients are mostly celebrities, a proof that they trust the quality of the Sheiralyn gowns and dresses. Someday, I will start a clothing line featuring pastel colors and smooth flowing designs, with Sheiralyn Lim’s works as my forever inspiration.


Mika Dela Cruz


Kim Chiu