And I am a youth.
As said by Carlos Romulo, “I am born of a hardy race; interior of a glorious past, hostage to an uncertain future”.
More and more of our teenagers find their passion for something regardless of their age, height in our society and abilities. We may not know what’s ahead for us in the future but at least, we are given a buck of insight of what we should see and what we should yearn to look for.
Vain, blonde hair, a tremendous grin and shaggy eyebrows; Pangilinan is a born fashion designer. While most students his age (19) have difficulties in managing their time, Pangilinan is already practicing the art of living and it’s not sustained by the regular fast- food or call center work either. Nope, this person is currently doing what he does best… learning and making.
John Louie (JL): First of all, who is Renz Jeremy Pangilinan?
Renz Jeremy (RJ): RJ Pangilinan is someone who’s complicated, and over the top. He’s dreaming awake and never says never.
JL: When did you realize that you were good at this thing?
RJ: Well, my mom used to tell me that I mostly killed my childhood with my lola who was fond of knitting clothes. That’s when I think I found my interest with designing clothes.
JL: Why did you decide to continue this thing?
RJ: Because it makes me happy, and doing this makes me expresses more of myself.
JL: Tell us your experiences as a student and a designer at the same time.
RJ: At first, mahirap siya kasi kailangan mong sumabay sa oras dahil kung hindi, maiiwan ka sa byahe mo. So I made adjustments particularly with schedules. I don’t want to disappoint my clients so I see to it that everything’s properly organized.
JL: Are you pressured with your work?
RJ: No, actually, I’m just so happy with the outcome.
JL: Do people perceive you as gay since most of our male designers are one?
RJ: Yes, mostly but I try to ignore those issues which aren’t worth listening for. Besides, I’m enjoying this as much as they’re trying to pull me down. Because let me tell you dear, there’ll come a time, they will get tired of their stupidity.
JL: Who motivates you to be successful in your field?
RJ: If it weren’t for passion, then I wouldn’t be doing this. Simple as that. Nevertheless, I’m really thankful that my parents support me that greatly.
JL: Is there any inspiration for being collaborative and creative for your works?
RJ: Yes, yes, and a lot more. As they say, thinking is the opposite of creativity, and imagination.
JL: How do you want people to remember you?
RJ: I want to be remembered as me. As much as possible, I don’t limit my actions because I’m a true person but we just have to deal with the so- called paradigm shift.
JL: Your advice to our aspiring young designers.
RJ: Do what you’re good at. Practice and, have a sound sleep, because tomorrow’s always a new challenge for us.
Here are some of his works:
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