My Story



Kumusta! I was born and raised in the Philippines and currently based in Hawaii.

I mostly use English to communicate and speak Tagalog at home. I love my native language. I also studied Japanese for 2 years, so I can speak it quite a bit.

As an artist I enjoy and do a lot of ink and watercolour art depicting human emotions and expressiveness.

When I was in elementary school, I drew at the backpages of my notebooks during class. Especially during math class because I could not, for the life of me, RELATE. TO. MATH!

Unfortunately my mom would 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.


I wasn’t encouraged enough to create art as a kid, but that doesn’t matter to me now. So everyday I try to draw and learn how to paint and draw. I want to keep living my passion and improve my craft.

Likes (apart from art):

Japanese food

Nature and animals




Moving forward, I want to live my life happy and share that joy with others!

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 as illustrator