My weekends this September are all booked for events – and Kawaii in Manila 2 was just the start. I wasn’t able to take much photos ‘cause I was busy selling and teaching but but here’s a mini photodiary of the event, which was super duper fun!
Back story: I met Kaila last year when she was still starting to build Kawaii in Manila through the first ever Kawaii lifestyle workshop her team organized. One year later, here they are holding the first ever kawaii convention in Manila!
We got along pretty much instantly because we both have big dreams and we support each other always (it also is coincidental that she was an AdCreate officer too!). So here I am supporting her by teaching a workshop and selling my stuff at the event she headed. :)
Anyway, on to the photos –
My humble table was located in front of the workshop area. It’s been a while since I sold stuff so I was pretty stoked as well!
Tricie helped me out the whole day – from getting me coffee to listing down orders and doing the math, haha! (Best achi/manager in the world – thanks again!)
Got to design new stuff over the past weeks! Most of these were kawaii-inspired. See how I leaned towards colorful designs rather than my vintage-y dull ones.
Crazy how the foot traffic didn’t stop until around 6PM. I managed to make sale after sale during peak hours, but most of the time it was really packed, which was awesome.
There were so many activities lined up – fashion show, kawaii girl/boy contests, an art exhibit, live art and performances etc. I was in charge for teaching lettering at the kawaii workshop area.
Teaching duties at 3:30! Imagine my surprise that in less than 30 minutes, those 10 slots were already full :o
Kudos to my talented students for their outputs. I’m so proud! *tears*
This kawaii jeepney though!
I was super happy and proud of Kaila when she shared her Journey to Kawaii story onstage. Her determination and passion kept her going and her dreams (Kawaii in Manila is one of them) have definitely come true.
Got to visit a few stalls of friends such as Gel of Hodge Podge (who is forever generous enough to sponsor our workshops) –
Elle Poupee, owned by my best friend Tin and her sister Kayley (who are also my cousins!)
and Micah of Keybie Cafe, who willingly is going to sponsor for Share the Love this Saturday as well!
On another note, I wasn’t able to take pictures with all the online friends I got to meet – Reese, Celina, Guen, ChiChi, Ashley, and so much more! Huuu. Hope I get to see you all again soon!
Highlight of the day though was seeing Tricia Gosingtian – and having her actually recognize me! HUUUU. I want to cry :(
(she took this photo btw)
My awkwardness forever will apply to my fangirling ways, but but I can’t help it. Tricia’s blog and photography inspired me even before I created this blog. I attended a talk of hers three years ago and ever since, she has always been my life peg. Even if I am not a fashion blogger like her, seeing her passion and motivation to succeed pushed me at 17 to pursue my own life goals.
Four years later and I still owe most of my success to her. I would never have immersed myself this much in my craft if it weren’t for her. <3 I even wrote it in my amateur teenage bucket list that I’d be as successful as her when I get older haha. Obviously, I haven’t reached that level but I believe that baby steps will take me to opportunities that will help me grow and be better. :)
So yeah, that is probably why Kawaii in Manila 2 was extra amazing. Aside from getting to meet new people, my readers (HUHU they’re all so sweet) and teaching, there will never be anything worth more than meeting your idols (Tricia and Reese, both of whom I’ve been following for more than 3 years now huhu).
On another note, I think the highlight was definitely being able to unite the kawaii community here in Manila. It’s interesting how “kawaii” has become widespread here (all thanks to the Kawaii PH team) and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be bigger as the years go by.
Congratulations to the awesome hard working team of Kawaii Philippines for making this convention happen! Hopefully this will be a yearly thing. I’m so excited to see how it keeps growing soon. <3