When I recieved the invitation for the first Philippine Fashion Ball, I got really excited! I really loved the idea of having an event specifically to celebrate my beloved Fashion industry. It was for me, a truly historical event that only could have come from the mind of the brilliant Keren Pascual.
Went to the ballroom early for rehearsals and it was already starting to look like a chic club!
The stage with one of our major sponsors: COKE ZERO!
That's Tessa reading the script.
Went home to change! Nix wearing one of RAJOMAN'S prototype for the upcoming holiday collection! Sneak peek! LOL!
Nix with Ivar and James
Love the back detail of Ivar's jacket! I want one!
Imagine an evening where everyone from the industry gathered together to just have fun. It was really a magical evening, it felt like a reunion of sorts. We people in the business rarely have the chance to see everyone. We do have our “pockets” of friends but it was just wonderful to see everyone together. Just one big happy group regardless of design group affiliations, publications or agency.
Sorry for the busted shot! My only shot of the genius that is Marlon Rivera! I am in awe of him! Super talented lensman and my friend Raymund Isaac. Who, by the way, never ages!
The FDAP designers and presidents with Raymond Villanueva.
A virtual wall of photographers welcomed the guests.
Saw my dearest Marina Benipayo with my Tatang Aureo Alonzo! He is such a wonderful man!
The Manila Peninsula ballroom was literally filled with the most important and not to mention, the most beautiful people in Philippine Fashion! It was wonderful to see models from all generations getting together all dressed up in the evening’s black and white theme. The evening also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP), together with fashion designers, stylists, hair and beauty experts as well as fashion show directors and the top photographers in the land. Everyone was represented: a virtual alphabet soup of presidents and members of all the major design groups like the FDCP, YDG and FDAP. Although for me, it felt like really just one happy family!
More beautiful friends. Katrina, Daffy and Jae!
Spotted Candy with the GM of Manila Peninsula: the elegant Sonja Vodusek and Mike Kilayko fresh from Guam.
Black and white gals! Angellette and Marissa.
The gorgeous couple Marco and Jackie Antonio.
This is how you embrace style and bravura! I LOVE IT!!!! Ms. Tetta Ortiz! We all love you Tetta! So chic!!!!!
Cutie Patooties!!!!! LOL!
Spotted my fave model now, Irish Ong! Wearing me! LOL!
The men of SAGA! Dennis and Robby!
OMG!!!! Piolo spotting! LOL! Together with Phoemela Baranda who is now the PMAP president and the Antonio's.
Tetta and her gorgeous daughter.
Beautiful people alert!
Pepito Albert is going to kill me for posing this! But I am digging his new do! He is so healthy and skinny now he looks like Ozzie Osborne, the rocker! LOL!
I was deeply honored to have been asked to host the evening’s program. Although I was a bit anxious at first because I wanted to make sure I had time to take photos for my blog and take down notes, not to mention, dress up a few friends and my beloved muses. Good thing, Nix was there to take most of the photos for my blog. I was also so happy that my Sea Princess Tessa Valdes was there to hold my hand as my co-host. Tessa is getting to be a real professional and because of her, I really enjoyed my very first hosting Job. Although I don’t see this as career alternative any time soon. ( Ballroom instruction is my next gig! LOL!)
Tessa makes her entrance at the ball!
I really love her energy!
Me and Irish Ong!
Lover of fashion Kaye Tinga with Tessa.
Mons Romulo looking like a goddess!
Nix with Apples! These two really love each other!
Apples in one of my original insect dresses.
My high school chum Anton Barretto.
Looking so slim is my friend Bernice Palanca.
My High School barkada in the house! Anton and Bernice!
This is how Chelsea Yabut does it!
Charina and Robert make a really special couple!
We love JOYCE MAKITALO! She is so talented and super nice!
Raymond and Georgina! King and queen of the prom!
WOW! HIgh fashion princess, the LIZ UY!
Tim Yap! Rock star looks chanelling KPOP! Wearing RAJOMAN!
One of my favorite couples. Anne and Erwan.
When Anne tweeted this dress that I made, it kinda made my twitter go nuts! OMG! She was just absolutely stunning! I LOVE IT! I swear i got around a gazillion hits.
The beauty doctors to the fashion crew!
The new skinny mini! Candy Dizon!
Fierce Dong with Liz and Tim!
We were all there to celebrate and give recognition to our colleagues who in many ways, inspired us. These were our ICONS, our friends who have really paved the way for everyone and has remained a real inspiration to all of us. The list of honorees are as follows:
1. Beauty/ Make up- Partrick Rosas
2. Beauty/Hair design- Henri Calayag
3. Modelling – Marina Benipayo
4. Photography- Jun de Leon
5. Mentorship and for giving us Philippine Fashion Week- Joey Espino Jr.
6. Fashion Direction- Jackie Aquino
7. Fashion Design- Inno Sotto
8. Lifetime Achievement Award- Josie Cruz Natori
Mother Henri gets the due recognition that he deserves.
The modelling award goes to Marina Benipayo! We all love her!
Jackie Aquino in the center is one of the best fashion show directors in the land!
It was really touching and heartfelt to see all of these amazing awardees in one room. In many many ways, they have touched not only my life but the life of everyone in the local fashion business. It has been a true privilege knowing all these men and women. Again, I must have around 300 photos to share with all of you and I have to admit some of them are crappy because my settings were all messed up. However I still think it worth to share.
Everyone with that pink glow!
The super talented Juan Sarte III!
Daryl Chang declares that the cape is IN!
Preview's Vince Uy, rocking the white dinner jacket!
The sultry Pam Q! Wearing one of my "commando" dresses!
Ms. Wilma absolutely DOES!!!!
Love how Raymond lost so much weight! Keep it up Mond! Let's all get healthy together!
One of the best young designers out there! Martin Bautista in RAJOMAN!!!!!
Anton San Dieogo with the gorgeous Georgina!
To all those responsible for making the evening possible: Robby Carmona, Phoemela Baranda, Noel Manapat and Keren Pascual, thank you to all of you! My final thought for the evening is that, we are in ONE industry, we should be ONE and move as ONE! I believe that only if we do this can we truly attain that desire for global recognition. I believe in my industry and I know that last night is the start of something really significant! MABUHAY ang ating Industriya!!!! MABUHAY tayong Lahat!
Preview's EIC, Pauline Juan and I!
Anne Curtis and I in what I call, the Black Widow dress.
Liz's amazing back detail! Are those pearls for real? OMG!
Liz and Tweetie!
Philippine Project Runway season 3! LET'S GO!!!!
LOVE is in the AIR!!!!
Bianca Valerio! Loving the details of her gown! Check out Kingdom of C in the back! Carlos Conception is really one to watch in the local fashion biz! I bet he has lots of surprises up his sleeve.
Editors unite! Love
My Muses rocking my new collection! This is a bit of sneak peek of what's to come! It's quite dangerous! LOL!
Loving my girls!
Fashion print and texture all in a row!
BFF! Jing and Robby!
Back in each other's arms! Christian and Randy! Joke only!
The most skinny gal in Manila! NAKS!!!! MIch Dulce! Bravo Mich! So proud of your weight loss! May it never find you again!
This is Victor! He is the guy in the Fire video of Sollenne. I am so flattered that people think I look like him! HE IS SO BEAUTIFUL KAYA?!!!! OMG! I had to take a photo with him.
The SNOW Queens! Daryl, Tessa and Liz!
My fave DJ Mars Miranda made everyone dance and swing till the wee hours of the morning!
Lotho as the Mad Hatter!
I LOVE THESE WOMEN!!!!
Apples with LIZ!
Tweetie and Bianca! Like sisters!
The new crew!
Nix with Pauline!