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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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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. – Rappler.com