Around 2 weeks ago I received an invitation from Paulina Ortega the daughter of my very good friend Teresa Florida-Marbella (remember she was the one who had a beach wedding that I attended about 2-3 years ago in Cebu).

Paulina and I go along way (I always tell this story to everyone). Teresa gave birth to Pau (as I fondly call her) 2 days before I gave birth to Vinny. And we were in the same hospital (just doors away) and we had the same Pediatrician, Dr. Celdran.

Teresa and I go back a long way too. Her older sister Malou was my barkada in college (she would tag along with us wherever we go). We were very close that we became more like families. Especially when Teresa moved to Manila and Pau went to school here.

Fast forward…

Pau is already based in Sydney and has made a name for herself as an artist (here and abroad). Not just an ordinary artist but a very good one at that. She has been featured in all the magazines and newspaper here in Manila.

When I got the invitation I knew I had to go. I always support small businesses (that I believe in) more so if it’s a business of a friend. My original plan was to go show myself, say hi to Pau take pictures for my blog and leave.

The launching of her hand-painted scarves was hosted by Tropa Store and Àraw the Line (owned by Borgie Manotoc and his girlfriend Carla Sison). Carla and Pau also collaborated on some designs on the clothes.

When we got there Borgie met us and offered us drinks (wine). While I went straight to the clothes rack right away. And my day turned upside down when I saw the clothes.

I have never seen a local store on this level. Beautiful pieces, good linen material and well crafted. If I was only rich like Nana I would have already bought the whole store (lol). Believe me you.

I ended up buying a few pieces. Nabutas ang bulsa ko.

Pau took a course in New York in fabric painting a few years ago. Pau’s scarves were just as beautiful. Made of pure silk that she painstakingly painted each one. I know I will surely get one. But I need to bring Claudia with me so she can choose which ones she likes.


People behind Tropa Store

Carla Sison with Paulina Ortega and Borgie Monotoc

Paulina’s hand-painted scarves were scattered all over the store

some of the clothes racks that I wanted to bring home! lol!

some really cute accessories

the crowd

this was still so early cos we were there at 2:00 pm. People started coming much later

You can find the Tropa Store at:

unit 115, 117 Aguirre St. cor Salcedo St.

Legaspi Village, 129 Makati City