Hello everyone, ohayou gozaimasu~!
Here's a quick post (loads of photos) of Kaila's craziest days in her life-- September 5 and September 6!
Had a quick brunch at Tutto Domani~ here's a photo of our kawaii primer! :D
We met up at around 11 AM at Hotel Celeste to prepare for the LucyPop rehearsal + fashion show!
All photos were taken by my brother.. I was too busy fixing everything.. doki doki
While waiting for everyone else. At first, the LucyPop models / volunteers were all shyyyyyyy! :)
After wearing the seifuku, kawaii friendships happened, haha!
You know why I love working with LucyPop Japan too? It is because we share the same vision towards the concept of "kawaii".
I met other companies / big people in Japan and most of them cared ONLY about how to make a huge money out of this "kawaii boom" alone.
For me, and the whole Kawaii PH team / community.. our approach with sharing the kawaii culture has always been different. :)
Kamiyama-san told me in our first meeting that by wearing LucyPop uniform.. and when you see another girl wearing the same / different uniform, you two can become instant friends because you can feel the "connection"!
I think that most girls who grew up under the huge influence of Japanese culture once dreamt about wearing an authentic one.
So it's really just more than "wearing" a seifuku like a costume.. it's also about feeling "kawaii"& realizing a kawaii dream we all girls had / have.
( Wowww so deeep haha~ but really, I think these are true since I did survey around randomly + I asked the kawaii girls about how / what they felt when they wore one, hehe~ )
And that.. my friends... is the power of Japanese schoolgirl uniforms, haha!
Big thanks to Justin for doing a great job with the whole Lucy Pop Japan in Kawaii in Manila 2 coverage!
Bringing Lucy Pop all the way from Japan required a lot of "team work".
When I first presented my idea (using an iPad that time, and I even crammed it because I was being half-hearted about presenting + a bit afraid) during the fitting session for our Lucy Pop x Rainbowholic uniform collaboration, I was really nervous...
Kamiyama-san, Yukie-san, Aya-san, and my brother were intently listening to me as I stuttered lololol. Honestly, my Nihongo is hopeless :)) and with broken Japanese and confident English (LOL), I did my best to present the idea of having a LucyPop Fashion Show in Kawaii in Manila 2.
Since KIM2 was the first ever convention and we didn't know if it would really be a success (we just believed that through best effort, it would turn out great!)... of course, sponsors and investors would require more convincing (and prayers, haha!!)
And that is why I also want to take my brother Eric a lot, for speaking on my behalf (while I was already in Manila) and negotiating with the whole LucyPop team. :-)
After a month, when we learned that they will participate in Kawaii in Manila 2... I immediately gathered all the models and booked a function room in our partner hotel, Hotel Celeste!
Thank you for the trust, Kamiyama-san and Yukie-san. :")
Thank you Kaye, Celina, and Jillie!
... and I'm super proud of these LucyPop KIM2 Babies <3
For me, they did not only model a seifuku brand from Japan.
They represented Philippines as they gave their best during the runway! :-) Filipina girls are ka-wa-ii~
<3 <3 <3
Before, it was only me (+ Kawaii.PH team) & those who were privileged to live in Tokyo / who had connections with LucyPop who could really try wearing the uniform for a few minutes..
.. and this is why after the very successful Kawaii in Manila 2 event / LucyPop Fitting Booth, I think that my heart almost burst into genuine happiness!
When I posted a photo of me in LucyPop uniform, Pinay girls expressed their interest like "I hope I can wear a LucyPop uniform someday"..!
.. and your wish has been granted, hehehe!
Building The Dream
During the eve of KIM2, Anne and my brother / Kuya Eric went to Whitespace to meet with the contractors and suppliers!
The night before, there was a wedding.. so it was a real challenge for everyone. Egress and ingress at the same time!
I applaud and commend Anne Kate so much for doing a great job with all her best efforts!
She wasn't able to sleep even for a wink!
Many thanks to CRAEN Manila (Raymund, Mikee and Jhoana) for realizing our dream kawaii convention!!!!
Food for everyone~
Thank you KNAP networks for all the help too!
We brought Takeshita Dori with us, hehe
Lolololol a big Chisa appears
I hope that in the next Kawaii in Manila (or Kawaii in Asia? lol), we can have a pathway of sakura trees!!!
Kawaii PH Booth
Handmade with love by Claire nee-chan!
Super talented artists (local and international)!
Our bouncers were kawaii too, haha!
Zeon, the music master, preparing~
With his bro
My little corner, Rainbowholic Cafe!
Free cotton candy, icecream!!!
Mommy Rainbowholic and the Ocampo Family's nanny / lola!
We were so surprised that people just came and came @_@
We did not expect that our 500-600 loot bags would run out FAST! :O :O :O
Ashley and Justin
Folks from Kudan PH
And Kawaii Workshop area~
Please watch out for the next parts!