Jessica Bautista Wins Havaianas & Operation Smile Design-a-Smile Competition


Besting entries from Havaianas fans of all ages across the nation, 13-year-old Jessica Bautista won the brand’s Design-a-Smile competition, a project with partner organization Operation Smile Philippines. We got to sit down with this talented young lady to chat about her winning design and what art means to her.

(L-R): TSA Brand Development Group Director Ammiel de Leon, Operation Smile Asia Regional's Country Director of Development (Philippines) Robert Manzano, winner Jessica Bautista, Operation Smile Philippines Executive Director Agerico Melgar, Havaianas Marketing Manager Manisha Khemlani

(L-R): TSA Brand Development Group Director Ammiel de Leon, Operation Smile Asia Regional’s Country Director of Development (Philippines) Robert Manzano, winner Jessica Bautista, Operation Smile Philippines Executive Director Agerico Melgar, Havaianas Marketing Manager Manisha Khemlani

On how she felt after finding out she won the nationwide competition:

“Hindi ako makapaniwala nung una kasi nationwide – tanong ako ng tanong kay Mama: ‘Ako talaga yung nanalo?!’ Ang laki ng opportunity at achievement. Worth it lahat ng effort.”

 

On what art means to her:

Art is meant to express and to impress. Express kasi ikaw mismo na nag-draw nagbebenefit and to impress – na at this age kaya kong magdesign [kapantay nung] mataas ang antas sa society. In my own little way, I can make people smile – rich or poor, old or young, lahat.

 

On what this project means to her:

This project aims to help Operation Smile and a smile is a way to communicate [kung saan] nagkakaintindihan tayong lahat. A smile is all positive, no[thing] negative.

 

Jessica was kind enough to share with us some of her other works (we were so curious!) Enjoy!

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