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Monday, August 29, 2011

1st Philippine Fashion Ball lived up to its Name!

Inspired by the Metropolitan Ball, the 1st Philippine Fashion Ball celebrated the movers and shakers of Philippine Fashion, from make-up artists to stylists, models, fashion designers, fashion editors and everybody connected to fashion.

Phoemela Baranda, current president of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines, the event's gracious host, put it as "It's one big celebration of all the individuals who embrace and steer the fashion industry. It's time we recognize the years of hard work and passion these people have been putting out to keep Philippine Fashion continually striving with Pizzaz."

The event was held at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Peninsula Hotel and it was truly one big party. The fashionistas all came in black and white, which was the motif of the Ball. I wore a ball gown by Dennis Lustico. Yards of black tulle made the voluminous skirt gorgeous. There were so many eye catching gowns, the evening was truly a showcase of Filipino designers' creativity and ingenuity.

Inside the ballroom, an enormous bottle cellar ice sculpture welcomed the guests. Silver trees covered the black-masked walls, reaching toward the ceiling. The hip music of DJ Mars Miranda plus the delicious concoctions of Belvedere Vodka, and the beverage of the "wild at heart, fit in body," Coke Zero, set the high mood of the evening.

Awards were given to exceptional individuals whose visions and talents have revolutionized the industry. With the success of this year's ball, there is no stopping the organizers to looking forward to a bigger, much exciting Fashion ball for years to come.


I enjoyed Belvedere's Lychee and Vodka Martini concoctions




Ms. Universe 1st runner up Venus Raj in Eric de los Santos' creation




Awardee Marina Benipayo shone as one of Manila's seasoned models




Phoemela Baranda in a gorgeous gown by Dubai based designer Ezra




Bosom buddy Kerren Pascual and I




What a stunner of a gown! Jan Garcia did it again. His muse this time is Eya Abesamis.




Cebu's pride Philip Rodriguez and admirable wellness advocate Tetta Matera




Rhett Eala and his muse, bag designer Amina Aranaz-Alunan




Linda Ley in Max Azaria and me in Dennis Lustico with movie star and Habitat for Humanity endorser Piolo Pascual




Her avant-garde fashion style sets her apart from everyone! Tessa Prieto Valdes in Rajo Laurel




Event and accessory designer Jun Jun Ablaza with fashion designer Michel Sison, wearing her own collection




Cosmetic dentist who keeps my sparkling whites impeccable at all times, Cecile Infantado in Cary Santiago and knit queen Lulu Tan Gan in Jojie Lloren




Movie star Anne Curtis in Rajo Laurel




Mons Romulo, Awardee Patrice Rosas, Gretchen Barretto in Inno Sotto and awardee Jojie Lloren


My Twitter-mate Jessy Tan Gan and mom Lulu, both in Jojie Lloren




One of the evening's most eye catching gowns- Liz Uy swathed in pearls in an Ezra creation



Front view of Liz Uy's gown


Engaged couple Hayden Kho, Dr. Vicky Belo in Herve Leger and myself strike one last pose at the Peninsula lobby before calling it a night!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Joint Birthday Celebration Part 2

More and more beautiful photos came in of the party.  Years from now, these photos will refresh our memory of the FUN time we had that night at FEVER Lounge at Sofitel.  Not only did we enjoy the event but most importantly, we gave a few poor families in the AF/KLM Village at Gawad Kalinga a roof over their heads.  

It is always an AHA moment for me every time I visit this village and see the joy in the poor children's faces because they are not out in the streets begging for their existence.  

It is so worth my time and effort to fund raise for the poor and in behalf of my co celebrants Rupert Jacinto and Manny Lopez, I once again thank all our generous donors. 


I am still drooling over this delicious mousse au chocolat birthday cake. Yummy! 


Having a Blast! Cristina del Carmen, Chenelle Grevary, Mitch Garcia of Marriott, Grace Glory Go, Senior VP of Phil Star, Co celebrant Rupert Jacinto, Business lady Ruby Tiong Tan, and Cecile Infantado foreground!



Lady H Tina Jacinto and Jeweller Suzette Ayson


How they've grown! my niece Naisa Carmona and Marco Carmona


Richard Saul -GM of Marriott, Cory Quirino Director of Ms. World, CEO of  Advent Marine Technologies  Marc Geriene


Manny Lopez with his father Mel Lopez, ex Mayor of Manila 




Dance to Life! 


My BFF Atty. Rene Puno, Grace Tiongco, wellness advocate Jeannie Goulbourn, ice cream man Ariel Arce


Jun Valenton, Isa Valenton, Henry Zabarte, dance Diva Gina Jane Grey and Herman Gray


Red and Black Duet- Business man Armand Raquel Santos and glamourous philanthropist Len Olbes 








Oriental delights- Sunny Vergara, Aida Cobanquiat, Ruby Chua and Linda Ley



with Vicky Preysler Tuason, freelance writer/blogger Trixie Torralba and Suzette Lopez



Sofitel's PR Lady, lovely ingenue Maria Cristina del Carmen

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Fun-Filled Charity Birthday Bash at Fever Lounge, Sofitel!

It was undoubtedly the party of the month! When Maria Cristina del Carmen, the lovely PR of Sofitel Manila offered to host my birthday party for 250 people, I thought it would be more fun if I invited two other LEOS to join me as my co-celebrants. I chose Rupert Jacinto and Manny Lopez to co-celebrate with me and VOILA, the evening turned out to be the party to beat, in terms of attendance and FUN! It was the kind of high energy party, where the guests just couldn't get off the dance floor!

The theme of the evening was Moulin Rouge and guests were asked to come only in black or red to match the color scheme of Fever Lounge.

Together with my co-celebrants, Rupert Jacinto and Manny Lopez, I wish to thank all our sponsors- Manny Osmena for the generous supply of wines and bubbly that kept the guests giddy all throughout the evening, raffle sponsors Khristine Gabrielle of Ever BilenaSuzette Ayson, Michiko Graf, Cecile Infantado, Suzette Lopez, Mario Katigbak of Hermes, Richard Saul of Marriott, and lastly but most importantly the Executives of Sofitel Manila for sponsoring our celebration at their elegant Fever Lounge, the perfect party place! Thank you too to Meyen Baguio, Fever's stylish manager for her tireless efforts in working out the details of the party with us.

We thank all our guests who generously donated to our cause, housing for the poorest of the poor, at the AF/KLM Village in Gawad Kalinga.


Happy Birthday to us! More power!




Mayenne & Suzette Lopez appreciative of Manny O sponsorship




Mademoiselle Moulin Rouge, the gorgeous Nikki Hahn




Happy gals Hera Gerienne, Cecile Infantado, Suzette Ayson, Mayenne, Mitch Garcia, and Tina Jacinto




We are family - adopted sister singer Stephanie Reese, Annie Carmona, Leanna Carmona, Moi, Marisa Carmona-Chan, Loudette Carmona-Corcellut, and Ruby Jacob




Statuesque and lovely Bea Soriano with Rickki Dee Jr.




Trio las Guapas - Jojo Zabarte, Cecile Infantado, Michiko Graf




Freelance Writer/Blogger Trixie Torralba with her sister Bubot and brother-in-law Ronnie Lao




Marissa Carmona-Chan, Loudette Carmona-Corcellut and French brother-in-law Jean Pierre Corcellut






Manny Lopez dancing with daughter Gabby




Rupert Jacinto, Len Olbes, Ito Curata, Bob Miller, and Tina Jacinto




WHAT FUN! Manny leading the pack




High energy party



Feeling Moulin Rouge Linda Ley with Designer Ito Curata

and the winners are... Herman Grey, Henry Zabarte, Joseph Calata, Ambassador Fornari, Jean Pierre Corcellut, Richard Saul



AF/KLM Gawad Kalinga ladies, Christa Martinez, Malyn Sarino, and Tess Zulueta pose with the celebrants. They kindheartedly manned the front desk and accepted the donations.


John Gaddi, Stephanie Reese, Mayenne, Annie Carmona, Tina Jacinto, Sonny Tanchanco, Erly Gamboa, and Rupert Jacinto

Loving couple jewelers Suzette and Arnold Ayson

Flamenco divas Donna Miles, Yu Kari, Tereret Liboro, Vicky Assad


David Lim, Manny Lopez, Mela Bengson and Cris Badiola