Regina Belmonte is a writer from Manila, Philippines who has been suffering from writer’s block for maybe two years now.
Once, like, maybe every five years, she writes a column called Lost in the World on Sundays for the Philippine STAR’s Lifestyle section.
Her history with the Philippine STAR technically began at birth, but really started in 2004 with her column Ashtray Girl (renamed We’re All Mad Here at some point) in Friday’s Young Star section. She also spent a year and a half as the editor of YStyle, Friday’s fashion and beauty section (where she still, on occasion, writes a column called Read My Lipstick).
Prior to YStyle, she was the beauty editor of Cosmopolitan Philippines, where she worked for four years (starting from the bottom as the sole staff writer of Cosmo.ph, and working her way up to editorship). She contributes to various publications upon request. She went on sabbatical from publishing right before magazines started to die in the Philippines, which is also around the same time that she and a few friends decided to begin an events company.
That events company is called UNKNWN, launched in early 2016, and organized by like-minded contemporaries who love dance music. They have since flown in a few of their favorite international DJs, who are featured at UNKNWN events alongside Manila’s forward-thinking talents. (Some of their previous guests: Answer Code Request, nd_baumecker, Hunee, Jamie xx, Tim Sweeney, and Kim Ann Foxman.) They continue to seek interesting new ways to present the genre beyond the standard club setting (Regina’s personal favorite venue so far has been the Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros), and new partners to collaborate with to do so.
After two years and 20 events under the UNKNWN banner, CC:Concepts was established by the original six founders to serve as a parent company, under which UNKNWN now falls as the electronic music arm. Expanding beyond their initial electronic roots, CC:Concepts aims to deliver more diverse live entertainment experiences to Metro Manila. Their first production was the world premiere of Call Me By Your Name In Concert with the Manila Symphony Orchestra. They plan to continue producing film concerts. The next one is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, in September 2019.
Regina is also a trained makeup artist, certified by the Make Up Designory Studio in Berlin, Germany. She claims to have taken the course to hone her technical skills so as to improve her beauty writing, but will admit that it was mostly an excuse to spend three months in Berlin, which remains her favorite city in the world. She intends to spend at least a month there every summer, losing herself on the city’s various dance floors, third world passport and Schengen visa application approvals permitting.
This is not so much a blog as it has been a collection of personal essays — a venue to publish the kind of writing she has always preferred doing in her spare time, which is the kind of writing that has also always gone unread for lack of a space among more traditional forms of publication. (Read: Shit she can’t get paid for.)
Essays, fiction, non-fiction, vignettes, journals, a little bit of all of that, and everything in between, plus some occasional photography — this space will be filled with the same feelings, the same heart, the same life, the same person. (If you’ve been reading her writing online and/or off since she went public at 17.) Just a little more grown up this time around (but not that much), with more stories to tell.