Originally born on Bohol Island of the Philippines, “Malou” moved to the US in 1992 and established residence in California, later moving to Charlotte in the spring of 1999 with her husband and two daughters. She immediately became involved with the Filipino American Community of Charlotte (FACC), where she has been a performer and choreographer for many years.
Her love for fashion and the arts began when she was 10 years of age, spending a few weeks of her summer vacation with her relatives in Cebu City. She observed her great aunt Marion making an outfit with yarn and a silver needle. She learned the basic patterns of crochet, and used her imagination to create her own designs.
Malou’s artistic side emerged in designing and making clothes, hats, dolls, shawls, Christmas ornaments and blankets for her daughters and friends. As she and her daughters became involved in community outreach and in performing classical Filipino folk dances, she began making her daughters traditional and modern Filipino dresses and costumes, and developed her skills as a seamstress and designer.
She is thrilled to be part of the Charlotte Seen Fashion Week 2012.