Young ABS-CBN stars and their changing styles through the years

IMAGE Noel Orsal / @hashtag_r2a on Instagram / @r2_alonte on Twitter

Loisa Andalio keeps ker OOTDs conservative while Ronnie Alonte admits being "jologs" during his early days in showbiz.


The arbiters of style and fashion used to be so up there, they were reached only by the very few who can afford to fly to their swanky salons or leaf through pricey glossy magazines to see their newest collections or read their latest pronouncements.

Social media as a whole has changed all that. It has made every kind of style setters accessible to just about everyone, giving rise to OOTDs.

"Malaki yung impact ng social media, that's one thing," ABS-CBN Khalil Ramos told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portals) and other members of the press.

He continued, "You see all the trends every day and people, wala, they're always on their phones. And that's where they set the trends."

PEP.ph talked about style and fashion with Khalil and four other young Kapamilya stars-—Maris Racal, Ronnie Alonte, Loisa Andalio and Sofia Andres—in a round table interview before their shoot with Penshoppe at Golden ABC Building in Quezon City last May 29.


The 22-year-old actor-singer, however, noted that he has learned one important style tip after working with several experts and fashion stylists through the years.

Khalil told the press, "I guess, number one rule for me is I should be comfortable with what I'm wearing.

"Ako, when I go out or when I go to events or when I go to shoots, I always see to it na meron akong personal taste to whatever I'm wearing para meron pa ring distinction.

"Maaalala ng mga tao, 'Khalil wears this!' I really wear a lot of caps and I wear really funky sunglasses, so ayun, and shoes, so mas distinct.

"Dapat comfortable ka sa style na pinili mo. I like street wear and yung mga pegs ko A$AP Rocky, Kanye West.

"As long as you're comfortable, and you're happy with what you wear, you'll rock it."

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For his part, Ronnie reminded his peers to be authentic and confident when picking their OOTD.

Ronnie said, "Mas gusto ng mga tao, lalo na, yung totoo ka lang. Kahit ako, kahit ano naman yung suot ko, wala namang problema sa akin.

"Basta confident ka lang sa sarili mo, ganun."

The Kapamilya stars also shared how their personal style has changed from their early days in showbiz up to now.

MARIS RACAL

Former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Maris Racal admitted that she didn't really have any clue about what to wear every time she faced the camera.

The 20-year-old singer/actress entered showbiz via the reality show in 2014. She recalled, "Before talaga, sobrang naïve ko sa lahat na parang, 'Anong sinusuot nila? Ano ba dapat suot sa event na 'to?'

"So dine-depend ko lahat sa stylist ko, as in lagi. Parang kung ano yung ipapasuot niya, hindi ako yung opinionated, na parang sunod lang ako nang sunod.

"Parang ano lang ako, sobrang simple lang talaga—shirt, shorts or pants, sneakers, lagi akong naka-white sneakers."


Now, Maris has found her own style and learned to collaborate with stylists when picking her OOTDs.

"Nung nagma-mature na ako, parang mas gusto ko na yung office wear na type, like gusto ko may button.

"Gusto like yung high-wasited stuff, gusto ko naka-boots, parang pumoporma na rin ako sa influence na rin ng style icons, sa mga models.

"Ngayon pag pinapa-style ako o pag ito yung pinapasuot ng stylist ko, pag hindi talaga ako comfortable or hindi ako confident sa susuotin na yun, I wouldn’t wear it.

"Isa-suggest ko pa rin kung ano yung gusto."

What's her go-to look?

She answered, "Iba-iba kasi sa babae di ba parang pa-iba-iba yung mood.

"May time na gusto mo boyish look or meron iba na bigla na lang ako magma-maxi skirt.

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"So depende na lang, paiba-iba ako. Kung ano yung nakita ko sa IG ni Kendal Jenner."

RONNIE ALONTE

The Hashtags member who made his showbiz debut in 2015 admitted he had "jologs" moments when he was younger.

He said, "May iniidolo ako sa mga susuotin ko like si Justin Bieber. Kaso yung mga damit niya, wala naman akong pambili.

"So kung ano lang yung mga masuot ko—straight pants, elephant, kung ano pa. Basta lahat ng kajologsan, nasa akin na dati."

Ronnie added, "'Tapos yung yung sapatos ko, naka-ganun [clench] yung paa ko kasi masikip sa akin.

"Hindi ko alam yung tawag dun—baduy style, ganun."


Now, the It's Showtime talent keeps his style laid back and casual, something his fans can easily copy.

He shared, "Siguro dahil nanggaling ako sa ganung sitwasyon, mas pinili ko yung maging simple.

"Yung maraming makaka-relate para pag nakita nila, 'Ay si Ronnie, ganito lang pala manamit pero nasa ayos.'

"Ewan ko kung anong tawag pero minsan street wear din kasi sa It's Showtime magsasayaw.

"Pero kapag ako, T-shirt lang, jacket, simpleng sapatos, simpleng pantalon."

LOISA ANDALIO

Star Magic talent Loisa Andalio said her style has always been on the conservative side.

She said, "Nung bata kasi ako, naalala ko, sobrang conservative ako pagdating sa pananamit.

"Like kunyare gusto ko mag-shorts pero magle-leggings ako sa loob, parang ganun.

"'Tapos sa sapatos kasi uso yung jelly shoes, napakadali suotin."


Loisa, however, has learned to explore new styles through the help of her stylists now that she's older.

She said, "Akin naman yung pananamit ko noon at ngayon same pa din pero naayos lang yung kulay.

"Kasi dati kahit anong kulay okay na e, kung may ganito kang short, may ganito kang [kulay] ng damit.

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"So ngayon, sa akin, same pa din. Mahilig ako mag-sweater, mag-hoodie, ganyan.

"Pero naayos na yung color, nami-mix and match na siya nang maayos."

KHALIL RAMOS

Khalil Ramos said he wasn't really comfortable with what he wore when he was younger.

He told PEP.ph and other members of the press, "Before, I entered showbiz in 2011, hindi pa masyado, e.

"There was no Instagram yet, Facebook was big and there was Twitter, pero fashion sense ko nun, wala.

"Hindi ko na maalala, e, ano lang yun, kung anong bastang masuot, yun na."

Khalil added, "I would wear parang European style ng fashion before. There are a lot of long-sleeved polos and I didn't really like it.

"I mean it’s not me. I'd rather wear a shirt or jeans. So ayun, alam ko sa sarili na street wear talaga."


The former Pilipinas Got Talent contestant eventually found his own style—comfy and casual street wear.

He narrated, "Every-day wear ko, I want to keep it basic. Less is more for me pero I see to it that the quality is on point.

"For events, I spice it up a bit like ito, jackets. No matter what, my shoes should always be on point."

SOFIA ANDRES

Like most teens, Sofia Andres trusted her mom when choosing her clothes.

She recalled, "When I was young po, my mom would always buy clothes for me.

"So I just say, 'Yes, buy whatever.' I'll wear whatever.

"Nung nagka-edad na ako, sabi ko parang, 'I don't feel comfortable wearing these things.'

"So parang I feel I have to change kasi pag nasa labas ako, I feel like pang-mommy yung suot ko."


With social media, Sofia has found her own style and grown passionate about street wear.

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She said, "It really helped me a lot, sa taste din talaga lumalabas siguro kapag nagkaka-edad.

"Kung anong gusto mong suotin, I get comfortable na with joggers, denim jackets, a shirt, sneakers, that's it.

"Street wear lang talaga. It's very easy, not complicated kaya okay lang gayahin ng mga followers na hindi masyadong mahirap abutin."


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nikko Tuazon is a lifestyle writer with a strong interest in pop culture, fashion, beauty, and music. Connect with him on Instagram at @mrnikkotuazon.


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