Welcoming the season of flip flops

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Sunday, March 29, 2015


SUMMER is here once again and flip flops couldn’t be a more fitting choice for footwear. Interesting to note, the country celebrated National Flip-Flops Day last March 27 and Havaianas, kicked it off by recounting the wonderful stories from lovers of flip-flops and the summer. Check out these stories that are all about the heart and sole.

Christina and Sofia Frasco

Christina Garcia Frasco is Liloan’s first lady, being married to Mayor Duke Frasco. She is also a lawyer by profession and proud mother of two.

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“A weekend spent at Plantation Bay in Mactan in the summer of 2014 was quite memorable for me, Duke, and our daughter, Sofia. It was to be our last outing as a family of three before the imminent birth of our son, Liam. With our Havaianas flip-flops in tow, we explored the lagoon and the beach, did paddle boarding, and a bit of biking, archery, and wall climbing. To be more precise, Duke and Sofia did all that as I happily snapped photos of a truly memorable summer.”

Edward and Danessa Onglatco

It was love at first sight for this couple after fate brought them together in an airport due to an eight-hour delayed flight to Cebu. Edward Onglatco, a businessman who heads the dealerships of Hyundai Cebu Group and Global Star Motors, authorized dealer of Mercedes Benz, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM Trucks among others, and Danessa Onglatco, Yogahub co-owner, yogi and mother of three,
share how their favorite flip-flops was part of a milestone in their life.

“Our most special summer and one that is very close to our hearts was the summer of 2014 when we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in the magical island of Amanpulo. We all wore our Havaianas in every step of our family’s experience, even if the resort provided us with slippers. We explored the amazing island and enjoyed all the fun and leisurely activities in our trusty pair of comfortable flip-flops.”

Selina Selma-Romualdez

Having recently left a promising career in the retail industy to pursue her passion and dream of opening her own furniture company with her husband, Selina Selma Romualdez, entreprenuer and proprietor of Obra Cebuana Designs Inc., shares an incredible story of a time when she kicked off her stilletos to travel to her now favorite destination on the planet.

“I spent one of the best summers of my life in South Africa with my ever trusty “sole-mate”—my Havaianas. I strolled the shores of Bloubergstrand in Capetown fronting the magnificent sight of Table Mountain. Drove thru the charming wine lands of Franschhoek, explored the wild on a safari in search of Africa’s Big Five in one of the largest game reserves, Kruger National Park. My favorite of them all, I basked in the cultural interaction with local tribes such as Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele. It was magical and inspiring.

It was the kind of journey that changed me forever. I reminisce about it all the time and I plan to take my little family for an escapade we can only experience in South Africa. Whether at home or off to an adventure that life may take me, at the end of every day, I always find comfort in my trusty “sole-mate.”

Wherever your feet, heart and wanderlust take you this summer, be sure to usher in the warm sunshine and celebrate open toes by wearing your favorite buttery-soft flip flops. For more details about National Flip-Flops Day, check out Havaianas Philippines on Facebook, and @havaianasphils on Twitter and Instagram with the #nationalflipflopsdayph hashtag. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 30, 2015.

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