Halo Halo Collective: A Community of Filipino Bloggers and Creatives in San Francisco

Halo Halo Collective strives to empower and connect all generations of Filipino creatives. Through events and a growing online community, they aim to cultivate an empowering network of meaningful relationships and creative opportunities. They strive to recognize their cultural roots, celebrate their diversity, share their stories, and inspire collaborations with one another and within the Filipino-American community.

Founded by six Pinays – Abbie Fontanilla, Emily Santos-Farrales, Johanna Galang-Vizmanos, Kimiko De Pedro, Nerrissa Senores and Maica Sta. Ana – a strong community was built in the Bay Area. They launched Halo Halo Collective in October last year along with 12 other Filipino women bloggers, created meaningful and inspiring dialogue, and organized a tropical-inspired photoshoot.

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THANK YOU. Our first gathering proved that this is so much larger than ourselves, that this safe space for dialogue was needed in the Bay Area blogger + creative community and beyond. We may not represent the majority in the creative world, but we are present, using our platforms to tell our stories and empowering one another along the way. It’s a rising tide, to say the least. To all filipinx creatives that attended, to our creative team, to our amazing sponsors and to those sending love in spirit, we are so grateful for your time and support. If you weren’t able to join us, don’t worry. We’re just getting started! Follow us here and join our FB group (link in bio) to stay up to date on all things THHC, meet others in our community, and share events… until we get the chance to get together again. 🙏🏽 SALAMAT! 💛✨🌴 #halohalocollective

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Since then, Halo Halo has been growing as they organize community-based events. These aren’t just typical events, either. They collaborate, partner, and support Filipino-owned brands and businesses. Some of their past events were Friendsgiving, where they donated 3 big balikbayan boxes full of clothes to the Philippine Red Cross with the help of  Philippine Airlines; a Wellness event, where they had workout sessions, vocal meditation, and self-love confidence workshops; and a Galentine’s at the Spa event, where they supported a Filipinx entrepreneur and spoiled the guests with skincare goodies.

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We don't just slay with you, we FLOURISH.🌸 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you to the entire Halo Halo Collective Fam–from our workshop leaders, to our photographers and of course, to our members! Much gratitude for offering up your best foot forward and banding together toward self growth and self care. We hope this event reminds you that you are SO much more than just pixels on a screen, and may you continue to nourish your being first, always. So proud and honored to have reached a higher frequency with you and we aim to maintain this safe space where you feel you can be your best self at. Maraming salamat HHC fam! #NourishToFlourish #HHC #MySF photo: @shotbyjit @hencray

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Another amazing event for the books! A big thank you goes out to the pinay entrepreneur and boss lady herself— @karizzatatum! For new HHC readers, you might not know this, but part of our mission is to support Filipino-owned brands or businesses. When Karizza and @aribamedspa reached out for help, we were in awe of their drive and passion to make others feel beautiful. One idea became a cause, and the campaign for #GalentinesAtTheSpa was born! Swipe to catch up on all the fun.✨👉🏽 – As always, thank you so much to our guests (#AribaBFF) and special partners @alastinskincare, @skinceuticals, and @esthemax. Excited to see what beautiful partnerships await HHC next! 💛 cover 📸: @hencray

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Aside from community-based events, the co-founders also collaborated with Tanduay for the Golden State Warriors game and partnered with JC Events and Modeling and Neo Colors Production for the Philippine Independence Day celebration in New York City.

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JC Events and Modeling, in partnership with Neocolors Productions and Advertising International Inc., proudly present… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kasayahan at Kasuotang Pinoy sa Manhattan!🗽🇺🇸 Celebrate Philippine Independence Day in New York with  KIM CHIU, SAM MILBY and BELA PADILLA together with our featured designers, ALBERT ANDRADA and CHERRY VERIC! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Magkita-kita po tayo sa Skylight Modern, 157 27th Street, New York, New York sa June 1! Makikisaya rin sila sa Grand Parade sa Madison Avenue, New York sa June 2!!!🤗 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This event is Co-Presented by: TANDUAY, PHILIPPINE AIRLINES, PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK, AYALA LAND INC., ETON PROPERTIES INC. – #jceventsandmodeling #neocolorsproductions #philippineindependenceday2019 #proudpinoy #tanduayrhumph #flypal #ayalaetonph #philippinenationalbank

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Last October 12th, Halo Halo Collective celebrated their 1 Year Anniversary at Trademark and Copyright San Francisco, where more than 40 Filipinx creatives came together to celebrate, network, and embrace Filipino culture and mentality through a fruitful and inspiring panel discussion, a yummy food selection from partners like Seafood City and SF Chickenbox, and a lot of awesome goodies! Sounds like a fun event, right? As a safe space, the room was filled with so much love, acceptance, and positivity. You didn’t just take home a swag bag; you also took home some Filipino pride for sure!

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We are so very grateful for each and every one of you who joined us a few weekends ago to celebrate our First Anniversary. 🌿 All of you were present to show support in our mission of creating a safe space for Filipinx creatives. We can hardly believe a year has passed and that we have grown into quite the diverse community. 🌿 This epic event would not have been possible without all the amazing guests, people working behind the the scenes and of course our sponsors! 🌿 If this is just year one, we cannot wait to create more impactful and meaningful events in the future!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are truly grateful, Team HHC 🙏🏻🌿♥️ 📸 @shotbyjit

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And oh! How amazing is it that they celebrated their anniversary on the same month as Filipino American History Month? Halo Halo Collective will continue to create fun and meaningful events, as well as create more opportunities for the Filipinx-American community. So, if you know a Filipinx creative who lives in the SF Bay Area, tag them here! ;)

Halo Halo Collective

Website: http://www.halohalocollective.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HaloHaloCollective

Instagram: @halohalocollective

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