Sister team Arlene and Ardith have teamed up to develop various interdisciplinary projects since early 2003. Their first project was a collection of t-shirts honoring their Filipino-American heritage and Rosalina Santos Jacinto (aka “Nanay”), their late grandmother who helped to raise them.
Eventually, Arlene and Ardith plan to work on music videos and films. They also hope to design multimedia events and spaces to feature the talent of their DJ friends and bring the magic of music and dancing into the everyday lives of everyday people. IE: they want to throw the best parties legally possible.
They draw their inspiration from their family and friends throughout the world…
Barkada = “posse” (Tagalog)
Ko = “my” (Tagalog)
She’s not just a pretty face! She is to her sister as Gabbana is to Dolce. Arlene’s artistic vision makes a project or product uniquely “BARKADA(KO).” She knows the exact color or song or typeface or material or stylistic reference to make or break a concept. Nothing is final without her blessing.
An expert on film, television, music and American pop culture, Arlene has been working with Entertainment Tonight for over 20 years!!!
She’s the ate [AH-teh: (Tagalog) “big sister”]. Doesn’t mean much except that she enjoys her sister’s unconditional love and admiration. For someone who had no intention of getting into web design, Ardith’s best known for her web design and creative direction work from the past 25 years. Macromedia blah blah blah Akimbo Design blah blah The North Face, Beringer, and Sony Pictures, blah blah blah 3 web design books blah blah Attik blah blah other ad agencies blah blah blah Isaac Mizrahi, Mally Beauty and Belkin…
My mom does a great job on this!
Hi Arlene and Ardith!
I appreciate you promotion of Philippine culture in the American market. More design inspiration come from comics or “komiks”, one of the earliest entertainment in Philippine culture. There is “Kenkoy” by Tony Velasquez http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenkoy or Larry Alcala’s “Slice of Life” http://www.google.com.ph/webhp?source=search_app&gws_rd=cr#fp=1ba2bc20171ac25&q=larry+alcala+comics
You don’t probably know that as early as the seventies, American comics are done in the Philippines where cheap labor is but world class quality. I remember my dad working in our home studio, he is Nestor Redondo of “Palos” and “Gagamba” in the 60’s fame (made into fantaserye on ABS-CBN with Jake Cuenca). Drawn by him and story by my uncle Virgilio Redondo. There were projects from DC Comics and Marvel eg. Rima the Jungle Girl, Sgt. Rock, Swamp Thing. These were done in the Philippines them and sent back to New York
Of course one popular comic hero is Darna who my dad collaborated with Mars Ravelo.
Of course there are popular Filipino comic artists now doing digital and still traditional comic artists like Alex Nino, Tenny Henson,etc.
Reseda,Los Angeles, CA
You girls are awesome! Thanks for being such a huge source of inspiration in everyone’s life!
Great idea on the blog! I really enjoyed reading the April entries! Keep up the good work!