Make Your Own Havaianas Press Launch

Java Hotel

For the launch of the mini Make Your Own Havaianas this May, living up to the breezy culture of Hawaii and the serene, the inspiration behind the creation of the stylish Brazilian rubber flip-flops, Havaianas gathered an eclectic bunch in a fashionable luau at the befiiting Java Hotel poolside.

Make Your Own Havaianas (MYOH) allows you to customize your own Havaianas, which means you can fashion your soles and straps as you wish and embellish them with pins like the limited edition Ilocos pins in the photo below.

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A first in Northern Luzon. And a dream come true for Havaianaticos in Ilocos like myself!

Sunset Glow

– With blogger/book author Herdy La Yumul and Visionaire CEO and Red Dot owner, Mary Ann Cua Macaraeg.

Me-Ann was happy to announce that Ilocos consistently makes the three top-selling  Havaianas areas in the country. She thought of the Ilocos pins featuring the iconic tourism products of the North to highlight the always summer lifestyle and what’s there to see and do in Ilocos.

Havaianas Luau Press EventHerdy and Marianne

– Herdy and my fave photog Marianne.

The Ilocos Times Editor-In-Chief

– Looking cool and relaxed in Havaianas, the Ilocos Times editor-in-chief Jay Ramos.

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– With tourism expert Ms. Angel Lao. Loving her new do, btw!

Herdy and Aian

– Herdy and another tourism expert, Ian Raquel.

Jaynny and James

– Cuties fashion designer Jaynny Lao and the James Burn (Burnaman).

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– Kit Mandac (center) is the super creative cake/event expert of the couple behind Ava’s Cakes.

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– Brains and spunk, budding  journo Raine Mateo Calucag. (Congrats, girl, for graduating cum laude at the UP Diliman! Keep on writing… be good.)

Kebab and Pina Colada

Save the date, May 24-26,  Robinsons Ilocos.

I remember posting my first Havaianas feature story, The Age of Havaianas here🙂

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

The Polka Dot Launch

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Had a blast at the successful launch of Red Dot’s latest line — POLKA DOT! The three fab ambassadresses, Ericke Tan, Lovely Abadilla and Ivon Domingo were the personification of  uber-freshness in their Polka Dot dresses.

Congratulations to Mary Ann and Bernard Macaraeg and the creative team of Visionaire Inc. for coming up with the new online store,, exclusively carrying Polka Dot!

I seldom attend social gatherings… ’twas great seeing the couple, old friends, fellow bloggers and facebook friends:)

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On the left is beautiful beauty blogger Christine… you may want to check out her site here.

Mom and Daughter

Lovely Abadilla and her equally lovely mom.

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Moms and Daughters

Beautiful moms and daughters, Francine and Kristine Umali-Fariñas, and Ann and Ginger Ang. Btw, Ann is the owner of Red Dot, Tuguegarao, and Tutti Footie, Dagupan, both authorized Havaianas dealer.

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Alexa joins the Fariñases — Rachel, Kristine Fariñas-Tecson, Francine and Kristine, the kitchen wonder girl of Bistro 51, one of my fave restos in Laoag.


Spotted: Emilio Pucci! on Teenie!

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Catching up with my fashionable friend Marla and my former co-tourism officer Toni Carag.  Happy with their first dibs:)

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Alma Oida came all the way from Kapuluan in Pagudpud to witness the launch. And shop.

Polka Dot Launch 4Little MissesA bowl of fraise macaronsI Heart MacaronsRed Velvet Cupcakes

Being the ever meticulous hostess, Me-Ann had fraise macarons, red velvet cupcakes (all specially made in Laoag by a special baker, a secret as of now:)), kabobs, lasagna, veggies on pita bread and feta cheese on toasts. Yum!

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Blogger/restaurant co-owner Tricia Domingo, make-up artist Mara Manuel (third from left), Royalty Heels’ China Chua Miguel, Nerissa Madamba, fashion designer Joel Dul-loog and photographer/blogger Marianne Pasion.

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Isn’t that sweet? A stylized bakya, hahah, wooden clogs, also available at the Red Dot online store. How I wish I could run in them. It would look great with any of my outfits.

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Pastor Bryan Shah and the man behind Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant and Balay da Blas Pensionne House, Sammy Blas, in a rare photo over at BlauEarth:)

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Tintin Alcid Apostol and Jojami Tremor Alcid of Shop & Go convenience stores, Danda  Alcid and photographer Glenn Tumaneng.

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Flanked by two super interesting personalities Ivon Domingo and Visionaire’s Ajo Rumbaoa.

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Got 3 necklaces for my first Polka Dot purchase. Will post photos next time. Btw, got the very comfortable maxi dress I wore from the Red Dot Plains & Prints summer collection.  Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012