Fashion Revolution Week

Originally published by Selflessly Styled Blog

"Who made my clothes?" It's such a simple question, but the answer has major implications for people around the world. What an honor it is to be able to know the names and faces of the people that make our clothes. I reviewed Conrado clothes a few months ago and interviewed the founder as well. I'm beyond thrilled to introduce you to these six individuals who cut and stitch each item of Conrado clothing! 

ANNA LIZA MUEGO

CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL BACKGROUND?

I am from Quezon City and I’m 42 years old. I have been in the garment industry for 25 years.

WHAT IS YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION AT CONRADO?

I make sure to communicate production processes and changes for Conrado. I organize everything for a smooth production.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE.

I start my day by 8 am and end work by 5pm. I spend Sundays with my family.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?

My favorite part of my job is making sure I do everything right and in an organized way. I also like getting to make sure I get along with my coworkers by respecting each of them.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?

I thought of being a teacher or nurse.

WHEN YOU AREN'T WORKING, WHAT SORT OF THINGS DO YOU ENJOY DOING?

I think of owning my own sari-sari store (convenient store)

HAS YOUR TIME WORKING AT CONRADO IMPACTED YOU AT ALL? 

Conrado has brought a big positive cause to my work life. I have learned and gained a lot of knowledge about different kinds of fabrics and new designs to different kinds of garments.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO VISIT THE PHILIPPINES, WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU WISH THEY KNEW ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?

The Philippines is one of the places where there are so many different places and sceneries to see. I also want everyone to know how friendly and hospitable Filipinos are.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO THE WORLD?

Enjoy your life, Always be thankful and pray to God. I hope Conrado becomes more successful! Thank you and God Bless!

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CELSO RAMIL

CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL BACKGROUND? 

I am from Ilocos Norte and moved to Manila in the 90’s. I have been working in the garment industry for more than 20 years.

WHAT IS YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION AT CONRADO?

I handle sewing from sampling to production

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE.

I’m up and ready by 6am and relax by 7pm

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?

My favorite is when I’ve finished constructing a garment.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?

My dream is to become a pilot.

WHEN YOU AREN'T WORKING, WHAT SORT OF THINGS DO YOU ENJOY DOING?

I enjoy planting rice in the rice fields.

HAS YOUR TIME WORKING AT CONRADO IMPACTED YOU AT ALL?

Yes! I am gaining more knowledge and mastering my skills in creating clothes. I am happy when I get to construct different kinds of clothes.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO VISIT THE PHILIPPINES, WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU WISH THEY KNEW ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?

I wish for all to be able to come to the Philippines and see all the beautiful places our country has.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO THE WORLD?

To always be helpful, nice and happy.

CRESENCIA HERMEDILLA

CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL BACKGROUND? 

I’m Cresencia Hermadilla. I’m 59 years old. I’ve been working since 1975 up to now.

WHAT IS YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION AT CONRADO?

I do quality control and also help cut fabrics.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE.

I like to start my work early so that I can first check the quality of the finish product.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?

I really enjoy quality control. I already know the defects and how to repair the garments.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?

To be a teacher

WHEN YOU AREN'T WORKING, WHAT SORT OF THINGS DO YOU ENJOY DOING?

When I’m not working, I like to go to Pangasinan (province north of Manila) to visit my brother and sister.

HAS YOUR TIME WORKING AT CONRADO IMPACTED YOU AT ALL?

It has been enjoyable and everyone feels like family to me

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO VISIT THE PHILIPPINES, WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU WISH THEY KNEW ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?

The Filipino people are hospitable and loving people.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO THE WORLD?

Love god above all things. I’m thankful to the Lord that I belong to this company because they are kind to me.  

IMELDA ROMERO

CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL BACKGROUND? 

I’m Imelda Romero. I’m from Vigan, Ilocus Sur and I moved to Manila in the 90’s.

WHAT IS YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION AT CONRADO?

I handle garment packing for shipping.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE.

I start my day around 7am and end around 8pm.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?

All aspects are my favorite

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?

I dream of having my own business.

WHEN YOU AREN'T WORKING, WHAT SORT OF THINGS DO YOU ENJOY DOING?

I like to explore new places.

HAS YOUR TIME WORKING AT CONRADO IMPACTED YOU AT ALL?

I’m simply happy I get to do my job.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO VISIT THE PHILIPPINES, WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU WISH THEY KNEW ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?

My wish is for everyone to visit the Philippines so they can see all the beautiful places it has to offer. It’s more fun in the Philippines!

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO THE WORLD?

Enjoy your life!

JUN LAYUG

CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL BACKGROUND?

I am 44 years old and I’m from Valenzuela City.

WHAT IS YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION AT CONRADO?

I am a pattern maker.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE.

I love to work for my family for their future. I serve god Sunday to enhance my spiritual aspect.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB? 

How to make patterns from sketch and design to reality

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB? 

My dream is to own a business or be a contractor.

WHEN YOU AREN'T WORKING, WHAT SORT OF THINGS DO YOU ENJOY DOING? 

Bonding with my family, serving god and doing good.

HAS YOUR TIME WORKING AT CONRADO IMPACTED YOU AT ALL? 

Yes, I’ve learned a lot more about doing pattern not in just one kind of design but more. It challenges my knowledge about what I’m doing in Conrado.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO VISIT THE PHILIPPINES, WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU WISH THEY KNEW ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY? 

Beaches, weather, culture and especially to introduce how accommodating filipinos are!

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO THE WORLD? 

Love God above all. Always be helpful, nice and happy.

ROSALINDA AITTABACOR

CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL BACKGROUND?

I started working for Angela’s mother as a sewer in 1981. I’m now 68 years old!

WHAT IS YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION AT CONRADO?

I work as a sewer at Conrado. Sometimes I supervise the production for the company.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE.

I start my work earlier than others. I do sewing, cutting and sometimes I buy materials for our products.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?

I liked sewing ever since I was young, so that’s one of my most favorite part of the job. I like cutting too, it’s enjoyable to me!

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?

My dream is to do missionary work.

WHEN YOU AREN'T WORKING, WHAT SORT OF THINGS DO YOU ENJOY DOING?

When I’m not working, I like to go to my grandchildren and bond with them.

HAS YOUR TIME WORKING AT CONRADO IMPACTED YOU AT ALL? 

Aside from the income it has given me, my skills in sewing has improved a lot. Also the management and my coworkers have become like a family to me.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO VISIT THE PHILIPPINES, WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU WISH THEY KNEW ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?

I wish they know about how warm-hearted and hospitable the people here are.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO THE WORLD?

I would like to say to the world that the relationship with God is really really important.

I’m thankful that I've been given 68 years of life and I want to thank the Lord for his guidance everyday!


Thank you to Ellie of Selflessly Styled Blog for this blog post!