Ala Paredes is an Australia-based Filipino environmental activist, commercial model and writer, who at various times in her career was also a TV host, vj, advice columnist, and vocalist for Filipino alternative band Hiraya.
In 2004, she did a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, at Ateneo De Manila University ; and in 2010, she has a Diploma in Design and Illustration, in Sydney Design Centre.
Since moving to Australia, she has become one of the correspondents covering Australia for the Philippines’ ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs.
Working mainly in watercolour, Ala Paredes examines her relationship with cultural tradition and inherited memory through portraiture. Her work explores themes of transplantation, utilising familiar elements from religious iconography, and her traditional Filipino upbringing.
Inspired by the radical spiritual disciplines of Japanese Buddhist monks, Paredes committed to completing a body of of work consisting of one self-portrait a day for 365 days with the aim of exploring repetition as a path to enlightenment, or a “beginner’s mind”.
In 2010, Ala received international publicity as a courtroom sketch artist for the high-profile Ampatuan Murder Trial in Manila. She is also an annual participant at the Chalk Pavement Art Festival and took home the prize for Best Novice in 2010.