Rosarian alum Waverley Lim, Class of 2014, and her mother Cecelia Lim have started Kwento Comics, a company aimed at bringing female and Asian-American representation to Hollywood. The company published its first graphic novel, “The Mask of Haliya,” which draws on both Philippine mythology and experiences from Waverley Lim’s life. “The Mask of Haliya” marks the new company’s debut, of which Ms. Lim is a producer.
Lim, a senior theater major at UCLA, was recently profiled for her new venture in The Daily Bruin. In addition to her role with Kwento Comics, Lim is an aspiring actress, who was first inspired to pursue a life in the arts as a middle school student at Rosarian Academy. She recalls eagerly auditioning for her first middle school musical in the fifth grade and recounts her role as the wicked witch as among the favorite parts she has ever played.
“Rosarian provided me with the environment to learn and grow, not only as an artist, but as an individual as well, which has allowed me throughout the years to have faith, strength, perseverance, and to continue dreaming for that little girl who flew across that stage,” Waverley Lim said.
Her Rosarian Academy experience and her Adrian Dominican education have influenced Ms. Lim’s goals with Kwento Comics, which she hopes will pave the way for more female and Philippine roles in Hollywood and inspire girls who read her comics to feel confident and comfortable with who they are.
“Rosarian has and always will be a very special part of my journey,” Lim said.