Arigato, Havaianas!

Metro-Iloilo bloggers and lifestyle writers had a jolly good time at All Flip Flops of SM City Iloilo for  the Make Your Own Havaianas (MYOH) 2016.

Amid the colorful choices of soles, straps and pins, they were assisted by good looking and hunky assemblers.

This year’s theme was Turning Japanese, Now on its 11th year, the biggest flip-flops customization event in the country was inspired by the spring blooms of cherry blossoms, rising sun and iconic rice patterns of Japan. We certainly had the eastern Zen and western joy experience!

When Havaianas, a Brazilian brand, came out in 1964, its first flip flops took inspirations from Zori, a type of Japanese sandal made of fabric straps and rice straw soles.

My choice of Havaianas flip flops was a combination of Shibori-inspired limited edition commemorative pair of soles, orange straps and Zori and Konichiwa pins.

Shibori is a Japanese-inspired fabric-dyeing technique.

Now I have all the reason to put my best foot forward with new pair of Havaianas flipflops when I hit the beach! (Written with Mark Hermano with photos by Ray Tabafunda)


Before and after

The trips to Roxas City are always worthwhile. Robinsons Place Roxas knows how to pamper its guests to its events.

One such event was Modes: Wedding Essentials 2016. Après a brief but comfortable stay at one of the suites of Hotel Veronica, we were treated to a sumptuous Filipino breakfast and a delicious fusion lunch at Festa.

Modes: Wedding Essentials 2016 fashion show was followed by another feast – dinner at the scenic garden of El Circulo Convention Center. The hilltop restaurant offered a good view of Roxas City.

The meals hosted by Robinsons Place Roxas marketing geniuses – ANTHONETTE CALDEO, STELLA MAE HEMBRA and STEPHEN VON JERUTA – gave credence to Roxas City’s tag as Seafood Capital of the Philippines!

Congratulations are in order for this hardworking team! Yours truly is definitely looking forward to our next leisure and business trip!

For art’s sake

Nine prolific Ilonggo artists showcased their masterpieces in an art exhibit called Tungod sa Gugma, Tungod sa Katahum at Casa Real Gallery in Old Iloilo Capitol. They were GINA GIGI APOSTOL, ALAN CABALFIN who was in the U.S., ED DEFENSOR, MARTIN GENODEPA, EDGAR GONZALES, HARRY MARK GONZALES, PIERRE PATRICIO, DODJIE TAN and PG ZOLUAGA.

The art exhibit kicked off with a short program at the atrium of Casa Real. It included a song number by PG ZOLUAGA, the introduction of the participating artists and an overview of the art exhibit.

It was followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony led by special guest NOEL GUEVARA. The exhibited artworks comprised of paintings, sculptures and mix-media pieces with varied themes in gamut of colors!

Seen hobnobbing during cocktails were art patrons, collector and connoisseurs, socialites, and critics.

The art sale was organized by Hubon Madiaas and Friends for the Visayas Islands Visual Artists Exhibition Conference 2016 (VIVA-EXCON 2016). It will run till May 18, 2016.