About Rose

Born and raised in MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Resides in Hawaii

Speaks English and Tagalog. I was lucky to have the opportunity to study in Japan. So I can speak some Japanese.

 Growing up in a working-class family, I used to think that art can only be pursued by rich people who have the money to invest in a seemingly non-practical vocation. Yet despite this, I’ve always believed that this talent was given to me for a reason, and so having met such wonderful people who have encouraged and continue believing in me, I’m very fortunate and grateful to have learned that Art is a fulfilling and worthy path to pursue.

In March 2013, the story that I illustrated, entitled “When the Music Stops”, was published in Issue 2 of Hachi Maru Hachi, a manga anthology, along with two other mangaka. This was a successful collaboration project between me and the writer, named Jordan Takemoto, and the manga anthology itself was very well-received.

I continue to aspire and achieve milestones by working on creative projects, and refining my skill by learning more about art.


Rose has been featured at:


Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai’i

Contributor (more info here)

Kawaii Kon

Collaboration project for the 2013 booklet cover art with fellow artist Brady Evans and Kawaii Kon

Honolulu Star Advertiser

“Renewed effort brings diverse manga anthology back to life” – interview article in ‘Today’ section featuring our group Hachi Maru Hachi (March 14, 2013)

Sacramento Anime Convention

Manga-drawing contest

Pen & Ink Works


Hachi Maru Hachi

“When the Music Stops” – collaboration manga with writer Jordan Takemoto; Illustrator