My Story



Kumusta! I was born and raised in the Philippines and currently based in Hawaii. As an artist I enjoy and do a lot of ink and watercolour art depicting human emotions and expressiveness.

I also enjoy listening to music, playing guitar, and eating pizza.

When I was a kid, I liked watching Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. I don’t recall anyone teaching me how to draw.

One day I was at home and I grabbed a piece of paper lying around and a pencil and doodled Goku.

Well it didn’t look EXACTLY like Goku but it was sorta close. At the time I couldn’t really grasp his fricking hairstyle. Later on I’d find that his super saiyajin hairstyle was easier and more fascinating so I drew a lot of that.

Unfortunately my mom didn’t think that drawing was a great idea. She’d say, “you’re only wasting paper!” which really hurt my feelings. But if there was an opportunity like a school project that involved drawing and I got a good grade from it, I felt proud to show off my work to her.

In 5th grade I drew my own comics in a notebook. It had no manuscript – I spun the story on the go. I shared it with my friends in class, and it was fun hearing their reactions about the characters and the story. Most times I’d draw it in math class because I could not, for the life of me, RELATE. TO. MATH!

Likes (apart from art):

Japanese food

Nature and animals




Moving forward, I want to live my life happy. Even if I wasn’t encouraged enough to create art I want to keep living my passion and learning what I can to hone my craft.

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