Chem Torrente
& Thea Castro

Founders of LW&D Manila


Chem loves to sleep and helps in creating new expressions of the weaving tradition in the Philippines. She loves to celebrate women empowerment through various platforms. She is fond of traveling, listening to good music, and coming up with hit playlists, and she has a knack for taking photos. Chem believes in the power of the Filipina Spirit and a good cup of coffee.
Thea is a true multipotentialite and is an empowering crafter. She built the brxand Dreamweavers Studio that started out selling dreamcatchers and has evolved to supporting students in Tanza, Cavite. Her love for crafts has now led her to build Tahanan Furniture, a local source of contemporary and functional pieces for a photogenic home.

Thea is currently taking her Masters in Clinical Psychology in DLSU, works for a Maritime company, and runs multiple businesses in parallel. 


We are called to empower women & non-binary creatives in a safe community

We host intimate conversation series about creativity, business & life.

We have collaborative lectures through workshops to follow through and align people on goals.

Through Sonder Connection, we help shape and connect ideas and bring them to life.

Our Community Builders

Shannen Tabanao, Denise Dalusong, Alecs Ronquillo, Kaela Olindan
Shannen is a proud Cebuana now living in the hustle bustle life of Manila. She works for one of the country‚Äôs top telco companies. In her free time, she loves to get her little kitty fat, embodies a cool plant mom, loves to buy and support local farmers and spends her afternoon redecorating her place. 


Denise is a freelance marketer-slash-content creator and co-founder of vintage fashion brand New Town Vintage. She loves supporting women and the LGBT+ community, shopping small and local, and snacking on some good bread.


Alecs is a coffee & wine lovin' Tarot enthusiast who loves marketing for fashion brands and playing basketball when she can. She has a soft spot for local and ethical brands. She writes for an online magazine and enjoys sharing her coffee stories via her insta-blog.


Kaela is a college student casually learning the ropes of being a creative and an adult by constantly exploring it's glory through working and volunteering. In her spare time she does a lot of printing and enjoys drawing human anatomy and sensual subjects.

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