Unique Salonga is definitely a man of few words. "Saan darating ang mga salita," as he would sing. While words may escape this young musician, he makes up with his music and style. Here, Unique never skimps on sharing himself; he bares his soul and wears his heart on his sleeve.
And with everybody busy copying what's cool on the internet, it is refreshing to find such a distinctive soul in the world of OPM. This goes both for his music genre and the way he dresses up. In fact, it's something that Unique finds easiness in figuring out. "Suotin mo kung ano 'yung komportable para sa'yo," (Wear whatever feels comfortable for you) he tells Preview in an interview.
If wearing thick, odd-shaped Gucci lenses works for you, then go ahead and wear 'em, Unique says. If comfort means wearing gray suits, comically exaggerated blazers, or even ebony frocks, then do it. Unique is too impatient and too stubborn to follow fashion fads. His style varies and can never be compartmentalized. "Di 'ko siya ma-describe dahil paiba-iba," he says when asked to summarize his personal style.
And it is with his loose regard for sartorial rules that lands him a spot on this year's Best Dressed List. The musician feels that there is no one or right way in interpreting fashion. All you need is to be yourself. You can pull inspiration from the vintage years all you want and even eccentrify it with accessories as Unique does, but if it feels like more of a costume than an actual attire, then you're probably doing it all wrong. For the young singer, fashion should clearly convey who you are, even without speaking.
Produced by Steph Sison
Photographed by Shaira Luna
Art Direction by Bacs Arcebal
Set Design by Aren Dale Santos of ADSET Production
Video Produced by Maura Rodriguez
Video Directed by Karlo Torio
Assistant Video Director JF Calimag
Videography by Sernne Dominia
Video Production Assistant Gerol Candelaria