IN PHOTOS: Rising above the waves at BDJ Fair 2016


Rain or shine, people braved the storm at the Belle de Jour (BDJ) Fair 2016 last October 16 at SM Mall of Asia, Music Hall. Despite the inclement weather, Bellas (or BDJ planner users), were present at the annual BDJ event filled with fun activities and inspiring talks from various speakers.

On it’s 11th year, BDJ continued their mission to encourage and empower Filipino women with the theme “Rise Above the Waves” – inspiring people that they can overcome the waves or challenges in their lives as long as they have the heart and courage to go on. In line with that, the event was also a fundraiser for the Grace to Be Born Maternity Home and Nursery, which provides shelters to unwed pregnant mothers, and the LIPAD project of MKFI and USAID, which empowers non-literates in Muslim communities.

Kate Alvarez BDJ Talk
Kate Alvarez gives a talk on mental health and overcoming depression. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.

BDJ Fair 2016 featured speakers like Katrina Gumabao, Abbygale Arenas-De Leon, Nanette Medved-Po, Maxene Magalona, Kate Alvarez, and Bea Constantino who gave inspiring talks on how to overcome certain “waves” in our lives such as workout laziness, insecurities, self-indulgence, low self-esteem, depression, and beauty and fashion glitches respectively.

Here are some of the highlights of the BDJ Fair 2016:

BDJ Fair Mandala Plate Painting
Bellas get crafty at the Mandala Painting workshop. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair Mandala Plate Painting
Bellas get crafty at the Mandala Painting workshop. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair Mrs. Fields
Delicious treats await Bellas who took the wheel for a spin. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair customized planner
Discounted Belle de Jour planners were available during the fair. VIP Pass holders were also given the chance to customize their planners. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair Ikigai Workshop
Darlyn Sandra Ty, President of Viviamo Inc., talks about passion and purpose on the Ikigai Project, a goal setting workshop. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair Diode Laser Game
A quirky ring toss that simulates a diode laser procedure. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair Istorya Powerword Bracelet
BDJ and Istorya Creations collaborate in this Powerword DIY Bracelet making workshop. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair Istorya Powerword Bracelet
Materials used for the workshoP. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair Istorya Powerword Bracelet
Assembling the different parts of our DIY Powerword bracelet. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair Istorya Powerword Bracelet
Locking all the pieces of our DIY Powerword bracelet into place! KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair Lynelle
A Bella poses for a selfie as she tries on hair extensions. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair ball toss
A bucket toss challenge gives Bellas a chance to score free facial masks! KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair bungee jump
Literally rising above the waves in this fun indoor bungee jump. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair tarot card
Sneak a peek into your future at the tarot card reading area. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair matching game
This card matching game lets you win awesome grooming freebies from partner brands. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair surf riding
VIP Pass holders can have a go at this simulated surf ride. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.
BDJ Fair photobooth
VIP Pass holders can also strike a pose in this interactive photobooth. KRIZIA DELA CRUZ/INQUIRER.net.



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