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A Wonderful Journey

Something special happens when women of different backgrounds, ages, and experiences come together to celebrate each other’s moments


By Maggie F. Francisco

A daughter, a sister, a career woman, a traveler, a practicing yogini. That’s me.

At 31, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of the accomplishments I have made over the years. But I have to admit—there have been a few times when I look at my life and think if I have actually done enough. And sometimes, I tend to overthink these things that I end up being negative about life.

It’s a challenge. Those moments you try to just be positive and happy, those times you want to celebrate life’s blessings no matter how big or small, when you get hit by the negativity, you lose sight of the things that matter the most.

  • Moments Silver Bracelet with charms

  • Cascading Glamour necklace and earrings

  • The Autumn 2017 collection includes new geometric and teardrop-shaped jewelry and charms

  • Blue Timeless Elegance ring

  • Silver Bracelet with charms

  • Blue Timeless Elegance stud earrings

  • At the Pandora event, we went from being strangers and acquaintances to having a new-found circle of friends

    This is what Pandora wants to change.

    In its latest campaign, the Danish jewelry brand invited a diverse group of women and introduced the “Do See the Wonderful” campaign, a movement that “encourages women to celebrate the ‘Everyday Wonderful’ in their lives,” according to the manifesto they presented.

    A few weeks ago, I joined women I’ve admired, such as model and PR maven Apples Aberin, photographer Sara Black, editor/stylist Tata Mapa, sculptor Grace Marie Katigbak, and visual artist Anina Rubio, for an afternoon of self-discovery and reflection at Raffi’s Way in Tagaytay. Surrounded by the lush greenery and with an unobstructed view of Taal Volcano, the Santorini-inspired villa was the perfect venue to let loose, forget about work, and focus on myself.

    Celebrating Women

    Led by life coach Cecilia Schrijver, the day consisted of reflections, talks, and activities that had each woman in attendance let their guard down and show their true selves to one another.

    A highlight of the day was when we partnered up with someone and stared at each other’s eyes for the duration of a song, without saying anything. I had the pleasure of being paired with The Misty Mom blogger Shari Macainag. By the end of the activity, we had to say what we think about the other just by looking into their eyes. While I told her that I saw a nurturing young mother of two who is passionate in her endeavors, she shared that I was a confident, headstrong, and creative woman who knows what she wants in life. It is a surprising and overwhelming feeling that someone I’ve met a few hours earlier could say something so nice and encouraging. And for that, Shari, I am truly grateful.

    Filled with laughter, tears, music, and cheers, that fateful day rewarded me with new friends who are both inspirational and wonderful.

    A Symbol of Everyday Achievements

    As part of the campaign launch, Pandora likewise introduced its autumn and winter 2017 collections as a way to inspire women to express their personality through their own unique style choices. In a press release, Pandora “wants women to celebrate all the wonderful things they and other women do each day because these moments represent important fragments of their multifaceted lives.” These jewelry pieces act as a symbol of the achievements of these women and the things they cherish.

    The autumn collection features the vintage-inspired Cascading Glamour Earrings with multiple shimmering stones, the Open Bangle with interchangeable end caps that let you mix and match charms, and the Hearts of Pandora Rings, sleek band rings available in sterling silver, Pandora Rose, 14k gold with an encircling bridge of cut-out hearts.

    Meanwhile, the winter collection—aptly called Facets of Winter—highlights celestial-inspired jewelry like the Bright Star Charms and the Royal Blue Galaxy Charms, made out of opalescent blue crystals, royal blue crystals, and clear cubic zirconia; and the Moments Silver Bracelet accessorized with a kaleidoscope of saturated jewel hues embellished with Danube-cut crystals.

    These collections truly let one’s inner radiance shine through.

    So as the day ended, and it was time to go back to city life, the mini-retreat allowed me to recall a beautiful lesson I learned a while back: “I have enough. I do enough. I am enough.” I hope these few words will inspire you to do see the wonderful.

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