Hella Ganda: ChiChai’s Art Travel to Baguio

– by ChiChai@Empire – Being high up in mountains, the Cordillera region of the Philippines was inaccessible to Spanish and American imperialists. And, because the Cordillera region is less exposed to the country’s colonized past, Cordillera cultures continue to thrive today. Despite being a major city, Baguio stays true to its Cordillera spirit.  For instance,…

Joshua Tree… or Jakku?

– by ChiChai@Empire – What’s great about living in California is that you don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away in order to explore. California alone has nine National Parks. Christopher and I  have a goal to see them all. Already in the first week of 2018, we pursued that goal by visiting…

Hella Sarap: ChiChai’s Foodie Travel to Baguio

– by ChiChai@Empire – When you think of the Philippines’ weather, you’re likely imagining humidity, heat, and ocean breezes. For this country of thousands of islands right above the equator, that is true. However, not entirely. Towns perched upon Philippines’ mountain ranges face a significantly cooler climate. My recent voyage to the homeland brought me…

TBT to a Streetwear Kid’s Dream: Takeshita Street

– by ChiChai@Empire – Throwback Thursday to ChiChai@Empire and Chris@Empire’s trip to Japan in May 2017 Our strongest memories are often transformative moments that affect us for the long run. One of my transformative moments was the first time I strolled down Upper Haight Street in San Francisco. My mom and I were visiting my…

Art of Us – Mini Documentary

Empire in the Air collaborated with the dance group The Company to create a dance summit for Project PEARLS titled “Art of Us.” After nearly a year of planning and fundraising, Ray@Empire, ChiChai@Empire, and Aiko@Empire headed to Manila with the Company choreographers Jolo Cabrera, Melissa Batesting, and KJ Estudillo.   Thank you to everyone who…

Pow! Wow! San Jose!

– by ChiChai@Empire – Going to Pow! Wow! Hawaii! was a dream-come-true for Chris@Empire and I. Written from a blog post on February 14, 2015 titled “A Stroll Down Pow! Wow!” :: I spent my last year in college saving all my tip money and putting money aside every paycheck for Pow! Wow! Hawaii! 2014, an annual…

Seoul City

– by ChiChai@Empire – photos by Ray and ChiChai After a year of planning and two weeks of executing, Aiko, Ray, and I decided to take a mini vacation after Art of Us. Where to? The beautiful Seoul! My mom and step dad recently moved to Seoul so we thought our mini vacation could be a…

Manila Chillin’

– by ChiChai@Empire – Photos by ChiChai@Empire and Ray@Empire We had a hella packed schedule while in the Philippines. But– to keep the spirits going and fresh– I made sure to schedule in some free time for exploring Metro Manila. When the opportunity came to dress-up dress-up, we were all over it. (Our Project PEARLS…

Beyond “Art of Us” pt. II: Medical Mission in Zambales

– written by ChiChai@Empire – photos by Ray@Empire and Sidney Snoeck (with PEARLS logo) Some of you may have heard of our project Art of Us in which we collaborated with The Company to create a  dance summit for Project PEARLS. (click here to learn more) Along with succeeding our mission to bring dance to the kids…

Beyond “Art of Us” pt. I: Cassie’s Bag of Dreams in Bulacan

– written by ChiChai@Empire – photos by Ray@Empire and Sidney Snoeck (with PEARLS logo) Some of you may have heard of our project Art of Us in which we collaborated with The Company to create a  dance summit for Project PEARLS. Along with succeeding our mission to bring dance to the kids of Helping Land in Tondo,…

“Art of Us 2017” Unfolded

– by ChiChai@Empire – Welcome to Art of Us A year-old idea recently came into fruition. This idea revolved around giving the children of Project PEARLS a positive “outlet” from their harsh environments. Project PEARLS is an NGO that aims to alleviate children from slum communities out of poverty through education and health. Its main community…

Off to the Philippines: Empire Team’s Travel Essentials

– by Ray@Empire, Aiko@Empire, and ChiChai@Empire – Remember our fundraiser show Art of Us? Back in February, we teamed up with the dance group The Company to create “Art of Us.” Together we fundraised to send three choreographers — Melissa Batesting, KJ Estudillo, and Jolo Cabrera– to Manila to create a dance summit for the Project PEARLS…