Jojo Bragais (right) with one of his most successful shoe muses, Miss World Philippines 2014 Valerie Weigmann
I am always open to giving shout-outs for new talents. If they have what it takes to succeed in the particular industry they want to penetrate, then count me in for support.
One such individual is young Albay-based shoe designer and manufacturer Jojo Bragais who is starting to create a noticeable impact in local pageantry. Starting with Bb. Pilipinas last summer all the way to Miss World Philippines last month, his fab pairs have been worn by eventual winners Yvethe Marie Santiago and Valerie Weigmann. And even prior to the same, Bb. Pilipinas 2013 1st Runner-Up Pia Wurtzbach has also thrown in her support.
Some of the shoe creations of Jojo Bragais in pageant action
Pia Wurtzbach is another one of the shoe muses of Jojo Bragais
Just recently as well, Jojo’s works have found its way Down Under when Miss Philippines-Australia 2013 Melanie Balagtas and 2014 Princess Arianne Tan started wearing his platform heels in all areas of competition. And in just a little over a month from now, he will have some of his custom-made designs getting featured in a Canadian fashion magazine. Other notable appearances of his outputs were during the Philippine Fashion Week, the Masskara Queen Festival 2014 and in the reality pageant program “Pinay Beauty Queen Academy” on GMA News TV.
FYI, Jojo does not limit himself to beauty contests/fashion shows. He also creates for weddings and fantasy ensembles.
Jojo Bragais can do custom-made wedding and fantasy pairs as well.
For now, this talented shoemaker still has a long way to go before he even comes within striking distance of his much-heralded counterparts. But Jojo Bragais has already started the climb. And at the rate he is performing, the wait may not be that far-off. He is looking at opening his first shop in Albay very soon.
For those interested, you can get in touch with him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his business mobile number at 09127289387. 😉