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!


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