Colorful choices of Havaianas soles
A mad rush for the assembly of Havaianas flipflops
Mark Hermano and yours truly
Yours truly and Jason Maglasang
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)
My Havaianas flip flops for an Instagram post
My Havaianas flip flops with an Origato box
Nonoi Ybiernas and Peter Kirby
Yours truly with the good looking assemblers
Jess Abaldonado and Tisha Laraga-Azarraga were in the front row of Modes: Wedding Essential 2016 fashion show.
Marie Pozzah, Stella Mae Hembra, Stephen Von Jeruta and Anthonette Caldeo
Stella Mae Hembra, Bo Parcon, yours truly and Zedrick Señeres strike a pose.
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!
The table is ready for our dinner.
PG Zoluaga entertains the guests with a song.
Gina Apostol, Daisy Dormitorio and Olive Yap
Gaudelia Doromal with Martin Genopeda
Pierre Patricio, Marie Lou Arcelo and Beth Belgae
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.
Dial Jardeleza with couple Malou and Noel Guevara
Atty. Lorenz Defensor and Ed Defensor
Joe Marie Agriam, Susan Reyes, Nonoi Ybiernas and Au Palomar
The participating artists: Harry Mark Gonzales, Martin Genodepa, Gina Gigi Apostol, Pierre Patricio, Ed Defensor, Dodjie Tan (foreground), Edgar Gonzales and PG Zoluaga. (Not in the picture: Alan Cabalfin)
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!
By Gina Gigi Apostol
By Edward Defensor
By Edgar Gonzales
By Pierre Patricio
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.
By Harry Mark Gonzales
By PG Zoluaga
By Dodjie Tan
By Martin Genodepa