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?”

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