Model Anna Buquid shares the story behind the name
Model/lover of privacy Anna Buquid shares the story behind her exquisite social media handle
Most people usually accentuate their social media names with quirky monikers to set them apart, but for model Anna Buquid, hers was meant to keep strangers away. “I came up with it two years ago, when I joined a pageant. Joining a pageant means losing privacy, and I made a move to keep mine by changing my Facebook and Instagram name,” she shares. She chose Panthera Tigris as her social media handle, and gets a kick out of people making references to the metal band. Friends old and new grew a liking to the nickname and have called her Panthera since.
Panthera first modeled at 14 and soon found herself training under Inno Sotto and Ariel Lozada. She’s walked both locally and internationally for prestigious designers such as Rhett Eala, Cary Santiago, Jojie Lloren, and many others. When not modeling, Panthera loves to travel, create and appreciate art, and collaborate with friends. “I love collaborating with people whose skills I believe in. The best thing one can get from collaborating is the knowledge that photographers, filmmakers, digital artists, and musicians share. If more people would just collaborate, I bet this place would become even more beautiful and real,” she says. “I recently bought a Fujifilm X20, so my new hobby is to roam around and get my street photography on.”
She lives closely according to the attributes of her sun sign Sagittarius, which is the sign of the wanderer. “From time to time, I still go out and play Ultimate Frisbee and Airsoft for a good dose of adrenaline. I’m also on this self-assigned project to finish my scuba diving lessons and get that license!”
Like any other millennial, Anna has had her fair share of social media woes, and knows how influential social media is. “I went through this ‘social media anxiety’ phase. Social media makes people feel so insecure, trying to get more likes on every Instagram post to the point that they lie to themselves. It’s alarming to see how powerful it is to control facts that are being sent out to the world. People are now having a difficult time realizing that there is no need for that. Let’s open our eyes, shall we?”