[Fashion] Happy Havaianaticos

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A rubber slipper brand makes waves big enough to create a strong cult following

MODEL'S CHOICE. Kelly Misa holds up her Havaianas. All photos by Joulo Visabella

MANILA, Philippines – May 10-14 saw rubber-slipper-lovers converge to Rockwell Tent near Power Plant Mall in Makati for the annual Make Your Own Havaianas event. 

This year, though, with the brand celebrating its 50th anniversary, they also donated Php 100 to Operation Smile for every Happiness pin that was purchased.

RAPPLER spotted and caught up with a few Havaianaticos (Havaianas fans) and asked them to tell us about their uniquely-designed pair.

Kelly Misa

Model and endorser Kelly Misa used summer as the inspiration for her customized flip-flops. “I love the color combination,” she says, referring to her funky pairing of pink and orange.


'ETCETERA' CO-HOST Kim Jones happily shows off her pair.

EDITORS' PICK. Preview editor-in-chief Pauline Juan and fashion editor Daryl Chang were a happy pair.

Preview‘s Pauline Juan and Daryl Chang

The two elegant ladies were giddy and giggly when explaining that their designs were made with their significant others in mind. Love, they said, was their inspiration, seeing as they plan to give their creations to their other halves.

TANGERINE'S THE COLOR of the year, believes Isaiah Bruce.

Isaiah Bruce

“Tangerine is the color of the year,” exclaims Isaiah Bruce when asked about his design inspiration. He explains that his flip-flops give off a casual and party vibe, emphasized by his bowtie embellishment. He adds that he chose the orange and black combination because “black goes with everything.”

SUMMER FOREVER. Always-beach-ready actress Mylene Dizon took time out for the Havaianas event.

PURPLE IS IT. Vanessa Caconico shows off her muted-yet-equally-cool pair.

Vanessa Caconico

Vanessa Caconico’s purple masterpiece shows her love for the color. “It’s my favorite,” she explains, adding she equally liked the crown embellishment she added to her design.

FOR THE BOYS, TOO. Model Victor Basa shows off his heavily-studded pair.

Victor Basa

The ocean’s majestic waters inspired model and actor Victor Basa’s turquoise Havaianas. True to his beach peg, letters spelling out the word ‘wavves’ are embellished on the strap. Spelled with two V’s, it refers to his favorite rock band.

HAVAIANAS FOR ALL. Model, fashion icon and socialite Divine Lee did not wait to wear her pair.

Divine Lee

Fashionista and TV host, Divine Lee, made a statement with her bright and embellishment-laden creation, claiming she has a penchant for “bling.” With summer in mind, she took inspiration from the lively feel of the season for her neon pair. –

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