The BackBeatRags founder on living abroad, taking pride in what you do, and the struggles of ethical fashion.
AS TOLD TO GOSSAMER
I come from a small island in the Philippines called Palawan, but I'm currently living in Los Angeles where it’s warm but the water is always cold.
Palawan is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. It’s got a lot of insane lagoons, waterfalls, underground rivers—stuff like that. My family, they're all still there. They think I'm crazy for living out here.
In Palawan, life is very different. It’s very relaxed. Everybody meets up for a drink almost every day. Here, it's like, “Sorry, I can't meet you. I have some other thing.” Everything needs to be an appointment, you know?