I Learned Calligraphy at the BDJ Rendevous Women In Action


I've been a Belle de Jour Planner user for years but it was my first time to join the Bellas in the BDJ Rendezvous. The event is the community’s on-ground effort to connect and inspire Bellas through a series of inspiring talks and sessions. For this year, Women in Action aimed to help women to be productive, purposeful and active during summer and beyond. 

It was an afternoon of fun and learning at the 2nd level of The Podium. Bellas were treated to four engaging talks from distinct individuals who shared their knowledge and expertise about health, wellness, and creative hobbies that we can pursue. 

I am curious if I could do calligraphy. I don't write in cursive. Except of course when I was in elementary and I had to finish the workbook "Let Us Write This Way" year after year. Good thing, calligrapher Nicole Sanchez shared her humble beginnings, inspirations, and taught us the basics of Calligraphy. We were provided with starter brush pens and worksheets where we got to try calligraphy. 

The second talk is by Patricia Mirasol. She stressed the importance of changing one’s mindset to achieve his/her health and fitness goals. “It all starts with you,”shared Patricia Mirasol. “The first person that can help you feel and look good is yourself. When you look in the mirror, don’t pinpoint your flaws. Look at yourself and say I am beautiful.”

Business and fitness enthusiast Carla Piscoso related how she once battled with insecurities and low self-esteem back then. She then encouraged Bellas that in order to feel confident about how they look and feel, they should first start with themselves. 

Lastly, photographer and makeup artist Gorvachev Bernardo discussed about his tips and techniques about basic photography, photo editing and ways to achieve visually appealing photos using a smartphone. Bellas learned that in order to achieve feed goals, they should not overly edit their photos and refrain from zooming in to retain the photos’ quality. 

Apart from the series of talks, bellas also enjoyed games that challenged our creativity, collaboration and communication. We were also given a great deal of prizes from both the raffles and games.

BDJ Rendezvous was made possible by its generous sponsors, such as Biore, Browhaus, Cinnabon, Elle, Goldilocks, KitchenAid, MegRhythm, Mystery Manila, Strip Manila, Serenitea, Style Genie and Zenutrients.

Brand partners included Ace Water Spa, Californila, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Celeteque, Chef Tony, Coleman, Cupcakes by Sonja, Delicious Diet, Don Henricos, Fitness Gourmet, Flawless, Frankie’s, Happy Skin, Le Garb, Lipault, McDonald’s, Nono’s, Oster, Parisian, Potato Corners, RedBox, Revlon, Scribe, Subic Grand Seas, Wacoal and Wingstop.

Inquirer Pop, Woman.ph and Wheninmanila.com also served as the event’s media partners. 

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