By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia
KRIS Catequista Traviña, 32, of La Paz, Iloilo City, the owner of Kim & Kris Dress Shop at Barangay San Vicente, Jaro, Iloilo City, inspires people not only with his booming business but also his meaningful poetry.
Aside from being a prominent businessman, he is a dynamic event organizer and a gracious poet.
His dress shop, which was named after him and his sister, was established in 1985 and was passed on to him by his mother in 2013. It specializes in bridal and entourage gowns, gowns for all occasions, school and office uniforms, casual and formal wears, and linens and curtains.
He manages his business with the power of prayers and with the guaranteed quality of his products, as his mother said, “Do the best, God will take the rest.”
Kris, a child of Manuel and Diana Traviña, was born with Apert syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones (craniosynostosis).
But his condition only encouraged him to celebrate his individuality and uniqueness.
He attended Montserrat Day Care Center during his nursery years. He entered Angelicum School until he reached Grade Three. Afterwards, he transferred to Colegio de San Jose where he graduated high school.
In college, he earned his degree Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at AMA Computer College.
Very Reverend Monsignor Sinforoso S. Padilla Jr. played a great role in Kris’ life – he trained him as a Knight of the Altar at Our Lady of Montserrat Parish where Kris learned to enjoy life.
Later on, Kris became a member of various religious groups until he formed a choral group, the Symphony Chorus.
At the age of 13, he wrote his first Tagalog poem, Ang Buhay ng Isang Sakristan, which was published at The Our Lady of Montserrat Gazette. Since then, he wrote poems in English, Tagalog, and Hiligaynon.
In 2013, he launched his first book, “There Is Nothing Impossible To Do With These Hands; Expressing Emotions Through Poetry,” which is a collection of poems he wrote since he was in high school.
Kris was also inspired by Og Mandino’s words: “I will win for I am unique… I am nature’s greatest miracle.”