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Priscilla Queen of the Party

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Stars from left: Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista
Leo Valdez is Mitzi. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Leo Valdez is Mitzi. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Unlike other musicals or theatrical performances, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL did not have a standing ovation on opening night. Instead what they had was even better, a dancing ovation where audience members were boogying in the aisles to Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”, the Village People’s “Go West”, Alicia Bridges’s “I Love The Nightlife”, Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”, Dionne Warwick’s “I Say A Little Prayer”.

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sel Yulo, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Walang Tulugan’s German Moreno and John Nite. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sel Yulo, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Walang Tulugan’s German Moreno and John Nite. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The disco beat is irresistible in any generation; the flamboyant and colorful clothes all make it easy to party. The ecstatic mood spilled over to the atrium of Resort’s World Manila where the post party was held. People dining in Mr. Kurosawa, Johnny Chow, Crisostomo, Tao Yuan Restaurant, Murray’s New Orleans Fine Steaks And Ribs and Beurre Blanc were craning their necks trying to see what the fuss was about.

foreground: Jon Santos (Bernadette) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Jon Santos (Bernadette) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The FLINSTONES is a rocking retro band. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The FLINSTONES is a rocking retro band. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Retro band The FLINTSTONES played the same party hits from 70s and 80s. The long lines going in REPUBLIQ and OPUS were treated to a dance floor right in the middle of the atrium. For once the action was outside these hot nightspots. The people inside Ginzadon Japanese & Korean Restaurant, Parmigiana Italian Kitchen, Krazy Garlik, Passion, Cafe Republiq, Passion Chinese Restaurant, Red Crab Alimango House and Starbucks Coffee couldn’t resist joining in.

The Party was not just inside REPUBLIQ and OPUS but also at the Atrium. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Party was not just inside REPUBLIQ and OPUS but also at the Atrium. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes was mistook for a cast member because of her afro and 70’s look. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes was mistook for a cast member because of her afro and 70’s look. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes was one of many celebrity faces that attended opening night. She was also in 70’s fashion and could have been part of the cast. In an interview with NEWS CAFÉ host Mitzi Borromeo she said, “I look like I’m part of the production! I came in late they thought I would walk to my seat and go straight to the stage! I could have I loved it. Wonderful it was such an entertaining production.”

from right: News Café Host Mitzi of SOLAR News and PDI Columnist Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: News Café Host Mitzi of SOLAR News and PDI Columnist Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of Café REPUBLIQ A fan takes Android pic w Jeff Flores. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of Café REPUBLIQ A fan takes Android pic w Jeff Flores. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tessa noticed the shift in themes from previous RWM shows, “It’s so edgy and different from all the other fairy tales, musical. Its wonderful they’ve gone to this edgy side of entertainment. It was so warmly received. The audience was so involved, engaging and game.  In the end people were just dancing. It’s such a feel good production”

from left: Pinky Marquez, Micah Muñoz and Cara Barredo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Pinky Marquez, Micah Muñoz and Cara Barredo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Priscilla the Bus changes colors foreground: Lani Ligot (Diva)Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Leo Valdez (Mitzi). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Priscilla the Bus changes colors foreground: Lani Ligot (Diva)Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Leo Valdez (Mitzi). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: RWM Dir. for Sponsorship Anna Chua shoots selfie with Pinky Amador and Red Concepcion (Felicia) THEN parties! PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: RWM Dir. for Sponsorship Anna Chua shoots selfie with Pinky Amador and Red Concepcion (Felicia) THEN parties! PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

When asked if the local market was ready for Priscilla, Tessa said, “I think it’s the right time. The gay world is welcome in the Philippines. It has nothing to do with a gender thing. It’s about family and engaging people in different lifestyles. I just love that people are expressing themselves in costumes. I was asking myself before I got here, what afro color should I wear?  All of them they just jumped out of my closet! I have that color and that wig too!”

foreground from left: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Leo Valdez (Mitzi), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Leo Valdez (Mitzi), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr was also able to share why they chose Priscilla, “We wanted to make a change. We’ve done all the Roger’s and Hammerstein. We didn’t want to be identified with just one theme, Sound of Music, Cinderella. We wanted something radically different, modern, catchy songs but still everyone knew. There’s tangibility. There’s still that connectivity with people. Of course I’m a Priscilla fan. Our artistic director Menchu Lauchengco Yulo talked about it and it just grew. Everyone came on board.”

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos Cast standing from left: Noel Rayos, Henry Strzalkowski, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos
Cast standing from left: Noel Rayos, Henry Strzalkowski, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

right pic: Cara Barredo and Red Nuestro. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

right pic: Cara Barredo and Red Nuestro. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast members had impromptu performances with the FLINTSTONES. Red Nuestro had a powerful rendition of September by Earth Wind and Fire. The whole cast was such natural singers that most of them have their own groups and individual gigs. Timmy Canlas and Jasmine Fitzgerald for example have a new duo SINGING SENSATIONS. Their former group TRIA performed regularly at Bar 360 also in Resort’s World Manila. Bituin Escalante, Jon Santos, Leo Valdez and many more in the cast are powerful solo musicians with countless concerts and shows to their credit.

Cast members from left: Timmy Canlas and Jasmine Gitzgerald are also the duo SINGING SENSATIONS that perform in BAR 360 at Resort’s World Manila. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast members from left: Timmy Canlas and Jasmine Gitzgerald are also the duo SINGING SENSATIONS that perform in BAR 360 at Resort’s World Manila. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The list of cast members include: Bituin Escalante , Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Noel Rayos, Inday Echevarria, OJ Mariano, Henry Strzalkowski, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Concepcion, Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, Wendell John Frando, Jonathan Santos, Mako Alonso, Jill Peña, Guido P. Gatmaytan, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Michael Stuart Williams, Cara Barredo, Ring Antonio, Timmy Canlas, Red Nuestro, Chesko Rodriguez, Lani Mabilangan Ligot, Victor Bernardino Sy, Pinky Marquez Cancio, Jeri David, Dindo Divinagracia, Niel Murat and Leo Tavarro Valdez.

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and RWM President Kingson Sian. Cast standing from left: Henry Strzalkowski, Noel Rayos, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn, Leo Tavarro Valdez, Jaime Del Mundo, Pinky Marquez Cancio, Inday Echevarria, Wendell John Frando, Bituin Escalante  and Nancy Crowe. [NOT in photo: Guido P. Gatmaytan, Cara Barredo, Ring Antonio, Chesko Rodriguez, Lani Mabilangan Ligot, Jeri David and Niel Murat.] PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and RWM President Kingson Sian.
Cast standing from left: Henry Strzalkowski, Noel Rayos, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn, Leo Tavarro Valdez, Jaime Del Mundo, Pinky Marquez Cancio, Inday Echevarria, Wendell John Frando, Bituin Escalante and Nancy Crowe. [NOT in photo: Guido P. Gatmaytan, Cara Barredo, Ring Antonio, Chesko Rodriguez, Lani Mabilangan Ligot, Jeri David and Niel Murat.] PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Just when things were winding down a talented singer grabbed the mic but not from the ranks of the cast but RWM execs. When she sang an emotional I WILL SURVIVE by Glroia Gaynor it prompted Red Concepcion to join her on stage to shake it. NOT to be out done Jon Santos went into a very special swing dance sequence with cast member Dindo Divinagracia. The complex yet impromptu choreography included Jon rolling on the floor seemingly remote controlled by Dindo’s gestures.

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dindo gestures towards and away as Jon rolls on the ground… then a dip. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dindo gestures towards and away as Jon rolls on the ground… then a dip. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos receive much-deserved applause. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos receive much-deserved applause. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

When Mitzi Borromeo asked Tessa which part of Priscilla was her favorite she replied, “I love everything. But I loved that scene where they had those gigantic afros and neon colors. Each of them had their own entourage. I’m gonna have myself and my entourage and come in party and show them how to rock Priscilla style!”

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes and RWM Pres. Kingson Sian. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes and RWM Pres. Kingson Sian. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from right: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from right: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Alissa Martinez and Liezl Martinez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Alissa Martinez and Liezl Martinez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reg Claravall hugs Leo Valdez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reg Claravall hugs Leo Valdez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mako Alonso & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mako Alonso & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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OJ Mariano shoots selfie with cast and friends. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

OJ Mariano shoots selfie with cast and friends. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Neil Murat lifts Japs Camantigue Treopaldo in the air and shocks cast mates—like a HANGOVER moment. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Neil Murat lifts Japs Camantigue Treopaldo in the air and shocks cast mates—like a HANGOVER moment. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japs didn’t realize she could extend her foot that high. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japs didn’t realize she could extend her foot that high. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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From left: Ballet Manila founder Lisa Macuja with Elizabeth Rae an esteemed guest instructor from the UK. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: Ballet Manila founder Lisa Macuja with Elizabeth Rae an esteemed guest instructor from the UK. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

lovely faces from left: Timmy Canlas, Choreographer Nancy Crowe and Jasmine Fitzgerald. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

lovely faces from left: Timmy Canlas, Choreographer Nancy Crowe and Jasmine Fitzgerald. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of REPUBLIQ Café from left: Leo Valdez (Mitzi), PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Jeff Flores (ensemble). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of REPUBLIQ Café from left: Leo Valdez (Mitzi), PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Jeff Flores (ensemble). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: MB Entertainment Columnist Crispina Belen with grand daughters Mariella, Agatha and filmmaker Nardz Belen. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: MB Entertainment Columnist Crispina Belen with grand daughters Mariella, Agatha and filmmaker Nardz Belen. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The atrium was in full Priscilla. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The atrium was in full Priscilla. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Jeff Flores, Micah Muñoz and Fanny Serrano. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jeff Flores, Micah Muñoz and Fanny Serrano. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from right: Mitzi Borromeo and the SOLAR NEWS Team. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from right: Mitzi Borromeo and the SOLAR NEWS Team. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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In front of Café REPUBLIQ from left: Leo Valdez, PDI Entertainment Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Thou Reyes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of Café REPUBLIQ from left: Leo Valdez, PDI Entertainment Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Thou Reyes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast from left: Raymond Concepcion II, Mako Alonso, Chesko Rodriguez & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast from left: Raymond Concepcion II, Mako Alonso, Chesko Rodriguez & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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bottom left pic: Leo Valdez is hugged by Henry Strzalkowski. Bottom right pic from left: Red Nuestro, Ring Antonio, Nancy Crowe, Neil Murat and Japs Camantigue Treopaldo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

bottom left pic: Leo Valdez is hugged by Henry Strzalkowski. Bottom right pic from left: Red Nuestro, Ring Antonio, Nancy Crowe, Neil Murat and Japs Camantigue Treopaldo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RW Sentosa Asst Dir. Ent Technical Andrew Davies, Jon Santos (Bernadette) and RW Sentosa Sr Costume Mgr Sara Munday, Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RW Sentosa Asst Dir. Ent Technical Andrew Davies, Jon Santos (Bernadette) and RW Sentosa Sr Costume Mgr Sara Munday, Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Left pic : Jill Peña  / right pic : from left: Pinky Amador, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse and Noel Rayos. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Left pic : Jill Peña / right pic : from left: Pinky Amador, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse and Noel Rayos. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cast from left: Red Nuestro, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Ring Antonio, Mako Alonso, Chesko Rodriguez, Cara Barredo and Raymond Concepcion II. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast from left: Red Nuestro, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Ring Antonio, Mako Alonso, Chesko Rodriguez, Cara Barredo and Raymond Concepcion II. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left pic: Janeena and Jessika Chan, / right pic: from left: PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal, Leo Valdez (Mitzi), and Ultimate Productions Managing Dir. Mark Manalang. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left pic: Janeena and Jessika Chan, / right pic: from left: PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal, Leo Valdez (Mitzi), and Ultimate Productions Managing Dir. Mark Manalang. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Mako Alonso and Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mako Alonso and Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Jeff Flores and Micah Muñoz. / right pic from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Jeff Flores and Micah Muñoz. / right pic from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

A fan takes a selfie with Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Pinky Amador. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

A fan takes a selfie with Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Pinky Amador. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Red Nuestro, Ring Antonio, Nancy Crowe, Neil Murat and Japs Camantigue Treopaldo . PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert Stars from left: Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Stars from left: Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Reyna Ng Aliwan 2014

Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista
Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant

 

Reyna Ng Aliwan

P 100,000, FUKUDA LED TV+Tablet, Coca Cola Gift Pack

—No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

Center: Reyna Ng Aliwan 2014 no. 6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City with her court from left 2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City, 1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival, No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental and Miss Star of the Night / Miss Phil Star No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Reyna Ng Aliwan 2014 no. 6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City with her court from left 2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City, 1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival, No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental and Miss Star of the Night / Miss Phil Star No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival got P 50,000 and a Coca Cola Gift Pack. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival got P 50,000 and a Coca Cola Gift Pack. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

1st Runner Up

P 50,000, Coca Cola Gift Pack

—No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival, Bulacan

Miss Star of the Night / Miss Phil Star No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Star of the Night / Miss Phil Star No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up (3 winners)

—No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu

—No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental

—No. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City

from right: no. 4 Lovely Gemma Abdul - Tuna Festival, General Santos City , 2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City & No. 5 Ivy Capili – Boling Boling Festival, Catanauan, Quezon. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: no. 4 Lovely Gemma Abdul – Tuna Festival, General Santos City
, 2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City & No. 5 Ivy Capili – Boling Boling Festival, Catanauan, Quezon. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best in Festival Costume

—No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

Boling Boling Festival of Catanauan Quezon. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Boling Boling Festival of Catanauan Quezon. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, 1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival,  No. 5 Ivy Capili – Boling Boling Festival, Catanauan, Quezon, 2nd R. Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, No. 4 Lovely Gemma Abdul - Tuna Festival, General Santos City and No. 15 Ma. Ahriana Lovely Hubayan – Paraw Regatta, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, 1st R. Up No.13 Shaira Lenn Roberto – Singkaban Festival, No. 5 Ivy Capili – Boling Boling Festival, Catanauan, Quezon, 2nd R. Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, No. 4 Lovely Gemma Abdul – Tuna Festival, General Santos City and No. 15 Ma. Ahriana Lovely Hubayan – Paraw Regatta, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Special Awards Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant

Miss Unique Smile

P 5,000

—No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

 

Miss Star of the Night / Philippine Star

P5,000

—No. 8 Maria Gigante – Palawod Festival, Bantayan Island Cebu

Miss Photogenic No. 10 Lulette Jane Ramilo – Bambanti Festival. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Photogenic No. 10 Lulette Jane Ramilo – Bambanti Festival. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Photogenic

Nikon Coolpix camera from Columbia Digital

—No. 10 Lulette Jane Ramilo – Bambanti Festival, Isabela

 

Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body

P 5,000

—No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

 

Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty

P 5,000

—No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City

Caragan Festival of Mabalacat, Pampanga. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Caragan Festival of Mabalacat, Pampanga. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The colors of Aliwan attracts the best photographers like Eddie Boy Escudero. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

The colors of Aliwan attracts the best photographers like Eddie Boy Escudero. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Inikadatu Float from Cotabato City. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Inikadatu Float from Cotabato City. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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No. 7 Lady Ann Alquizar – Masskara Festival, Bacolod City Ann is from Bacolod City and represents the Masskara festival held in October and features masked participants amid Latin inspired dance music.

No. 7 Lady Ann Alquizar – Masskara Festival, Bacolod City
Ann is from Bacolod City and represents the Masskara festival held in October and features masked participants amid Latin inspired dance music.

Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

SPONSORS Include: Cultural Center of the Philippines, The cities of Manila & Pasay, National Parks Development Committee, GLOBE TM, Tanduay Rhum, Coca Cola, Pride, Unique Toothpaste, Shell, Dazz, Alaska Milk, Tiger Biscuits, My Juiz, M Lhuiller, Cherry Mobile, Republic Chemicals, Fukuda, Mr Donut, GES Lights, Bayview Park Hotel, Cacao Talk, V Fresh, Modess, Fisher Mall, Columbia Digital and the Philippine Star.

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2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bato Art Festival of Luna, Isabela. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bato Art Festival of Luna, Isabela. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Miss Universe 3rd Runner Up Ariella Arida was a judge for Reyna Ng Aliwan. The pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Universe 3rd Runner Up Ariella Arida was a judge for Reyna Ng Aliwan. The pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Photogenic No. 10 Lulette Jane Ramilo atop the Best Float from the Bambanti Festival, Isabela. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Miss Photogenic No. 10 Lulette Jane Ramilo atop the Best Float from the Bambanti Festival, Isabela. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

SPONSORS Include: Cultural Center of the Philippines, The cities of Manila & Pasay, National Parks Development Committee, GLOBE TM, Tanduay Rhum, Coca Cola, Pride, Unique Toothpaste, Shell, Dazz, Alaska Milk, Tiger Biscuits, My Juiz, M Lhuiller, Cherry Mobile, Republic Chemicals, Fukuda, Mr Donut, GES Lights, Bayview Park Hotel, Cacao Talk, V Fresh, Modess, Fisher Mall, Columbia Digital and the Philippine Star.

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2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up no. 16 Michelle Marie Monte –Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Folkloric Performance awardee Adivay Festival, Benguet.  Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Best Folkloric Performance awardee Adivay Festival, Benguet. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

No. 5 Ivy Capili – Boling Boling Festival, Catanauan, Quezon Ivy hails from Catanauan, Quezon and is the muse of the Boling Boling Festival. It is a unique fest which is celebrated during Ash Wednesday with merrymaking.

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Caragan Festival of Mabalacat, Pampanga. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Caragan Festival of Mabalacat, Pampanga. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

The colors of Aliwan attracts the best photographers like Eddie Boy Escudero. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

The colors of Aliwan attracts the best photographers like Eddie Boy Escudero. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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2nd Runner Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd Runner Up No.14 Hazel Mae Trasmonte – Sinulog De Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Float Competition 2nd Prize Utanon Festival, Dalaguete, Cebu got P 250,000. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float.  It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Float Competition 2nd Prize Utanon Festival, Dalaguete, Cebu got P 250,000. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions also includes a competition for the best float. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Best Folkloric Performance awardee Adivay Festival, Benguet. Now on its 12th year the Aliwan Festival of Grand Champions is where Street dancers from various fiestas around the country compete. It was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2014 winner No.6 Steffi Rose Aberasturi – Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, also garnered Best in Festival Costume, Miss Unique Smile, Best in Swimsuit / Coca Cola Body, Best in Evening Gown / Miss Dazzling Beauty. Reyna Ng Aliwan pageant was held last April 26, 2014 at the Aliwan Theater grounds, CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista

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We Kiss Deeply

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.
At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S1We Kissed

A poem by

Jude Bautista

We kiss deeply like never before

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S2Your Lips Your lips are incredible

And I lose myself in them

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S3 Tongues

Tongues swirling, searching

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S4 Loins

 Loins burning, yearning

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

 S5 The Taste

The taste of you is hot

Like a fruit freshly plucked

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S6 Flowing

Flowing juices, orgasmic faces

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S7 I love

 I love and lust for you

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S8 More More than you feel for me

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

At Shangrila Boracay: Photography by Sara Black, creative direction and styling by Luis Espiritu Jr., makeup by Bobby Carlos, associate styling by Donna Gonzales Lim and Rudolph Leonor, modeled by Jo Ann Bitagcol for METRO WEDDINGS January 2013.

S9 For u

  For you are My Passion.


Cherie Gil: A Woman That Inspires

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista
Photographed by Jo ann Bitagcol--Cherie Gil is style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza.

Photographed by Jo ann Bitagcol–Cherie Gil is style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza.

 

Photographed by

Jo Ann Bitagcol & Jude Bautista

Interviewed by

Giselle Tongi

Salon De Ning of the Manila Peninsula was the perfect setting for the press conference of FULL GALLOP, a play about the life of style doyenne Diana Vreeland as portrayed by the one and only Cherie Gil. The play opens on March 14, 2014 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. March 14, 15, 21 performances will start at 7pm, March 16 & 23 (Sundays) will start 3pm.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila as style doyenne Diana Vreeland. FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod will run from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila as style doyenne Diana Vreeland. FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod will run from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Cherie Gil and Bizworld Mktg Mgr Denise Calnea are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Cherie Gil and Bizworld Mktg Mgr Denise Calnea are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

FULL GALLOP by My Own Mann Productions is co-presented by Inquirer Lifestyle, Look Magazine, and The Peninsula Manila in cooperation with Antonio’s Tagaytay, Facial Care Center, The Love Garden, Businessworld, HerWord.com, WhenInManila.com, and Rappler.com.

Cherie Gil and G Tongi w the MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil and G Tongi w the MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written by Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton, FULL GALLOP focuses on the life of Diana Vreeland, who stood at the center of American style for five decades. As editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines, and as a member of the International Cafe Society, Diana chronicled the extraordinary people and events of her time. FULL GALLOP is a portrait of this remarkable woman at a turning point in her life.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

FULL GALLOP will have the special participation of Ms. Giselle Tongi. The creative team of  FULL GALLOP is composed of Bart Guingona (Director), Joey Mendoza (Set Designer), John Batalla (Lighting Designer),  Rajo Laurel (Costume Designer), and Ruben Nazareth (Hair and Make-up).

The creative team for the FULL GALLOP photoshoot are  Joan Bitagcol (Photo), Sandy, Higgins, Mark Higgins, Michael Salientes (Styling), Mark and Sandy Higgins (art direction), and Fanny Serrano (Hair and Make-up).

from left: Theater PR Guru Toots Tolentino, Cherie Gil and G Tongi are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Theater PR Guru Toots Tolentino, Cherie Gil and G Tongi are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

I was there when Giselle Tongi was about to interview one of the most respected and admired actresses in the country. Both were very welcoming in letting me listen and shoot their interview. Since both write for website Rappler, they already have a rapport that other interviews may not have. Cherie Gil is the most articulate and intelligent interview I have been blessed to witness, as G Tongi was the one who drew the best responses from her. 

AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY’s Hans Eckstein with FULL GALLOP’s Giselle Tongi photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie Gil plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY’s Hans Eckstein with FULL GALLOP’s Giselle Tongi photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie Gil plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Their friendship, the wine, the ambience of Salon De Ning allowed Cherie to be herself. G who also makes an appearance in the play, drew out Cherie’s most candid and vulnerable thoughts on work and her personal life. The woman that we see and hear in this interview is perhaps even more inspiring than the style icon she is portraying.

Cherie Gil is interviewed by G Tongi in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is interviewed by G Tongi in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

–What is it about your devotion to the stage that you keep coming back?

The process, G you know, the camaraderie right? The family that you end up creating after that, the discipline you have to obligate yourself with.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

–What is it about Diana Vreeland that fascinates you?

Everything that she sees. How she sees things that is beyond fashion. Her visions of color and art and music and everything else that she sees around her. Her managing her life in her downfalls, how she coped. How she fell and stood up again. Kept going til the day she died. When she was at the last days of her life she looked at pictures maybe thousands of them that at the end she was almost going blind. That’s probably when she said time to go. She dictated her destiny.

My OWN MANN PRODUCTION family w MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

My OWN MANN PRODUCTION family w MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

–What is it about her that scares you?

Her strength, lets not get so abstract. Her dialogues. (laughs) The words she creates her sentences in such a thorough way. That you cannot miss out a word in the way she structures her sentences. You can normally say her thoughts. If you were to do it, you can summarize her sentence into 4-5 words. But she will go around until she gets to the point. And its very precise. That’s what scares me because grammatically her words don’t come correct. She makes her own. She has a penchant for, a vernacular, which is only hers. That’s what scares me because I don’t want to be unfaithful to that material. That’s what makes her so amazing.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

—Bart (Guingona) brought this to you 10 years ago why did you feel on your 50th birthday it was time to do FULL GALLOP?

That was the closest thing to being reminded of what I could have done after master class. I’m sure there are many other plays that I can discover about women like this one woman plays as challenging. But FULL GALLOP was something I needed to revisit.  I wanted to know why Bart really wanted ME to DO it. I wanted to understand why he could think I could even be capable. So part of it is an ego trip. (laughs)

Second it’s a challenge, I needed something to hold on to that would awaken again my discipline, awaken the drive to move forward in my love for acting. I needed another woman to inspire me, put words into me. Hopefully inspire other people, other women as well that’s about more like it. Maybe keep my brain intact for whatever reason, whatever purpose it may serve by continuously memorizing difficult work. Diana talks about it in the play; apparently it’s a disease of the present! Meaning, loss of memory because there are too many cross currents and things like that. You have to keep the brain working.

Manila Bulletin sub editor Ronald Lim and Cherie Gil are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Manila Bulletin sub editor Ronald Lim and Cherie Gil are photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

—How’s your collaboration with Bart? What is it about Bart that you trust so heavily in?

He’s an amazing actor. He did RED. He did other obscure plays. That’s what I like about him he’s always not scared to be brave and stepping beyond the boundaries of what is the norm. Not just commercial musicals these are one act plays HEDDA GABLER. He did ART with my brother and so he’s amazing.  I want to know how he dabble the work in this kind of a medium, especially one woman plays how he approaches the process. He’s making me understand that to memorize in the first place is the wrong way to start.

I was quite skeptical because I was worried that there was nothing to work on unless I memorized. ‘Bart I can’t start rehearsing unless I memorize while I was in New York.’ ‘Hindi the words will come to you. You gotta know first once you’re seated in the character, the words will come.’ Then if you miss one word here and there that’s the time he’s more technical about it. You have to be loyal to the material yadada. So yeah, I wana be directed by an actor’s director.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

—What experience in your personal life can you relate to most in FULL GALLOP?

Many, you want to go to the profound places? There are a lot of common things between Diana and I like tango! We like to TALK! (laughs) We don’t remember names. But she stayed on track when she discovered her identity. That she could do good and well in what she was asked to do. She never even thought she could be Editor In Chief.

I never thought I was gonna be an actor. Once she was plunged into it she loved it, gave it her best and never stopped doing it. In fact she never studied about it. It was just her innate quality in how she understood people and how she saw things. She gave what she knew to fashion and I through my art, through my acting. Also she gave up a lot of things family, children. But she never deviated from her being a devoted wife. At the same time she also never lost track of who and what she wanted to keep on doing.

from left: FULL GALLOP cast mates Cherie Gil and Giselle Tongi photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: FULL GALLOP cast mates Cherie Gil and Giselle Tongi photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

—One woman play is all you very challenging material. Are you trying to prove something to yourself?

Yeah of course only to myself. I can still grow make or break according to my standards. And I’m scared shit. Did I say shit?

–Does Cherie Gil doubt herself?

G! Kungyari ka pa! That’s because she knows more about me. Duh! And all the viewers and readers of Rappler. I’m just human G! Maybe that’s why we want to do these things. You’re one of them people who just wana keep on going. I told you many times G. Rubbing shoulders with you keeps me inspired because you keep going.  You wana keep n learning.

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila toasting interviewer and cast mate Giselle Tongi. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila toasting interviewer and cast mate Giselle Tongi. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

— This is about YOU

That means that’s also where I’m at I wana keep learning I wana keep growing. I wana keep testing myself I wana do thater work all the time, makes me feel alive. We talked about this. It obligates me to be disciplined.

–Fake it til you make it.

Diana says that I think I understand it. Only you can decide what is true and what is real. And what is believable. You dominate when you’re on stage. You have to dominate. You should never let anyone know how freaked out you are. That adrenaline rush is what gets you out there. There’s this exercise we know right? The magic pocket; I am the actor I am the deliverer. I am the one bringing out the story and I AM right. No one else knows what I’m doing. No one else knows my script.

And Maria said that. Dominate your audience in a most harsh way. I like these people e. Because I feel that I have the ability to make people believe my world even if it’s just for a moment of pretend. Fake it til you Make it.

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from right Events Coordinator Ayam Eckstein, Cherie Gil, AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY’S Hans Eckstein photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila as style doyenne Diana Vreeland. FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod will run from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right Events Coordinator Ayam Eckstein, Cherie Gil, AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY’S Hans Eckstein photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila as style doyenne Diana Vreeland. FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod will run from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

–You’re always drawn to these kinds of women what about these empowered women that you’re really drawn to?

Maybe in fact I am probably it takes a lot of balls for a girl to say I need. Imagine the paradox of that I said it takes a lot of balls for a girl to say I need. I got separated 5 years. Maybe it’s also a personal journey. I’ve been alone, I’m not gonna cry. We do that on the side behind closed doors. Maybe I’m convincing myself there’s another way to find joy in being alone. These women struggled til the day they died…alone.

And so maybe I’m imbibing women who can teach me how to do that. I’m tired I’ll cry na. (laughs) No self pity, no self pity but I’m still a girl. A lot of people have a misconception that a woman may not be vulnerable that’s why I have friends, good friends. I’m not gonna lie. I am using this part of my journey to be able to invite at least a little bit of that strength. Only with you I’m honest, you got that out of me G! (laughs)

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil is photographed in Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil and G Tongi w the MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil and G Tongi w the MEN of Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila. Cherie plays style doyenne Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP by MY OWN MANN Prod. running from March 14-23, 2014 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista


RAK F AEGIS’ Watery World

Poppert Bernadas (Kenny) woos Aicelle Santos (Aileen) with his digital camera. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista
top left: Aicelle Santos (Aileen), bottom: Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) sing above the flooded waters. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

top left: Aicelle Santos (Aileen), bottom: Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) sing above the flooded waters. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Fernan (Juliene Mendoza) comes in a boat wearing shades, hat, goatee and white sport jacket. He distributes relief goods to the flooded town and commands their attention. The whole town dances to the obscene bass dance/rap music. His moves and sounds are almost ripped off from another character popular with the downtrodden: Willie Revillame.

Juliene Mendoza (Fernan) enters via boat in RAK OF AEGIS, a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Juliene Mendoza (Fernan) enters via boat in RAK OF AEGIS, a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

He blares into a megaphone a rap version of Aegis NANANGINIP NG GISING: “Mahal na mahal ko kayo…GO! GO! GO! Dito sa aking puso GO! GO! GO! Hindi kayo nag-iisa sa pagmamahal. Bumaha bumagyo nandito lang ako! Maasahan niyo dahil love ko kayo handang handa tumulong sa inyo! Mother, father, brother, sister don’t you worry just stay happy, hap-hap-py-py…Break it down.”

Sexy Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) in RAK OF AEGIS, a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sexy Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) in RAK OF AEGIS, a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

AEGIS selfie from left: Mercy, Juliet and Ken Sunot. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

AEGIS selfie from left: Mercy, Juliet and Ken Sunot. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

NO ONE would ever think that AEGIS music could be more camp, but because it is so out of this world and wild that the music, lyrics it all fits. That fantastic world is created on stage. Creating that flooded area on stage as a musical seems like a daunting task but PETA, the whole cast both creative and technical have achieved the impossible. A river runs through several levels of barong barong and splits into a ‘Y’ formation, which on occasion rises and falls.

the multilayered set shows a neighborhood in a small space. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

the multilayered set shows a neighborhood in a small space. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jerald Napoles (Tolits) and Gian Magdangal, NEXT PIC from right: GMA News’ Cata Inocencio with Patricia Ismael and daughter Cleona. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jerald Napoles (Tolits) and Gian Magdangal, NEXT PIC from right: GMA News’ Cata Inocencio with Patricia Ismael and daughter Cleona. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

As far as the story goes, it could have done with far less elements. Sometimes the morality or right and wrong become blurred. Needless details and complication sometimes gets in the way. But AEGIS music is SO moving, popular and relatable that audiences can’t help but enjoy themselves.

Rak f AEGIS’ set is a watery world. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rak f AEGIS’ set is a watery world. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast with AEGIS (center). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Standing from right: Carlon Matobato (ensemble), Juliene Mendoza (Fernan) Set Designer Mio Infante, Shoe Designer Maco Custodio, Costume Designer Carlo Villafuerte Pagunaling, Seated from right: Robert Seña (Kiel), Ken Sunot AEGIS (vocalist), Juliet Sunot AEGIS (vocalist), Nor Domingo (Fernan), Mercy Sunot-Borjal AEGIS (vocalist), Aicelle Santos (Aileen), Phi Palmos (Jewel), foreground from right w i-phone5: Neomi Gonzales (Mercy), Kakai Bautista (Mercy), and Poppert Bernadas (Ken). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Easily RAK F AEGIS is the most ingenious set ever built by a local production. As much as Mio Infante, the set designer has been credited for it, the lighting designer Jonjon Villareal should also be praised. The flooded area is also lit from beneath or inside the waters. The murky water glows from within, the whole set is also a character, a statement to the pollution, the dangers that we as people have created and which results in our destruction.

Only too realistic close up of flood and trash lit from beneath the surface of the  water. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Only too realistic close up of flood and trash lit from beneath the surface of the water. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

left Aicelle Santos (Aileen) and Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) in RAK OF AEGIS a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

left Aicelle Santos (Aileen) and Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) in RAK OF AEGIS a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Aicelle Santos’ Riveting Voice

Singing the toughest parts of Aegis on stage fell into the capable ‘pipes’ of Aicelle Santos playing Aileen. The lead role is also alternated by Joan Bugcat. In spite of being in the pop/slow rock genre, the scale and notes are particularly high. Anyone who has ever sung and been ridiculed in a Videoke bar for singing an AEGIS song will testify to it. Their hits are particularly high, taxing and straining on the vocal chords.

Poppert Bernadas (Kenny) woos Aicelle Santos (Aileen) with his digital camera. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Poppert Bernadas (Kenny) woos Aicelle Santos (Aileen) with his digital camera. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

AEGIS vocalists also Rocked on stage from left: Ken, Juliet and Mercy Sunot. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

AEGIS vocalists also Rocked on stage from left: Ken, Juliet and Mercy Sunot. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

This could not have been more apparent when the real AEGIS vocalists: Juliet Sunot, Mercy Sunot-Borjal and Kris (aka Ken) Sunot got on stage the opening night. There was a direct comparison and Aicelle more than held her own in the impossibly tough songs. Aicelle was also able to lend her mellower, more emotional style to the familiar slow rock anthems.

AEGIS from left: Mercy Sunot, Ken Sunot, RAK OF AEGIS lead star Aicelle Santos (Aileen) and Juliet Sunot. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on their hits. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

AEGIS from left: Mercy Sunot, Ken Sunot, RAK OF AEGIS lead star Aicelle Santos (Aileen) and Juliet Sunot. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on their hits. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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TOP from left: Jamie Rivera, PETA PR Supervisor Leloi Arcete, Writer Jude Cartalaba and GMA News Reporter Cata Inocencio. Bottom from left: GMA Balitanghali Anchor Raffy Tima and INTERAKSYON ace reporter Edwin Sallan. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) & Robert Seña (Kiel). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) & Robert Seña (Kiel). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

ALL STAR CAST

Isay Alvarez is the conflicted barangay captain Mary Jane alternating with the sexy and talented Kalila Aguilos.  It takes someone like Isay to play the subtle emotional conflicts of a politician who has to choose between personal gain and that of her community. She is the mother of Ken played by Poppert Bernadas, his singing has always been more heralded as a member of the RYAN CAYABYAB SINGERS. For this role Poppert shows more of his acting skills. His character Ken is both arrogant and sensitive.

left: Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) and Poppert Bernadas (Kenny). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) and Poppert Bernadas (Kenny). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Poppert Bernadas (Kenny) woos Aicelle Santos (Aileen) with his digital camera. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Poppert Bernadas (Kenny) woos Aicelle Santos (Aileen) with his digital camera. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

right: Poppert Bernadas (Kenny) tries to win back Aicelle Santos (Aileen) via their theme song played from his phone. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

right: Poppert Bernadas (Kenny) tries to win back Aicelle Santos (Aileen) via their theme song played from his phone. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Robert Seña (Kiel) & Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Robert Seña (Kiel) & Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Robert Seña is the brooding father Kiel. Kakai Bautista’s comedic skills are tailor made for the lighthearted Mercy who alternates with Neomi Gonzales. Both Kiel and Mercy are parents to Aileen. The cast is a combination of established stars and young fresh talent. Jet Barrun of PILIPINAS GOT TALENT makes her theater debut as part of the ensemble.

Kakai Bautista (Mercy) and Robert Seña (Kiel). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kakai Bautista (Mercy) and Robert Seña (Kiel). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast surrounds AEGIS band (center) on opening night. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on their hits. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Standing from right: Robert Seña (Kiel), Jerald Napoles (Tolits), Weng Pinpin-Adriano AEGIS (Bass), Rey Abenoja AEGIS (Lead Guitar), Vilma Goloviogo AEGIS (Drums), Stella Maries Galindo-Pabico AEGIS (Keyboards), Juliene Mendoza (Fernan) Set Designer Mio Infante, Shoe Designer Maco Custodio, Gold Villar (Ensemble) Seated from right: Aicelle Santos (Aileen), Isay Alvarez (Mary Jane), Ken Sunot AEGIS (vocalist), Juliet Sunot AEGIS (vocalist), Nor Domingo (Fernan), Mercy Sunot-Borjal AEGIS (vocalist), Director Maribel Legarda, Musical Director Myke Salomon (Ken), Playwright Liza Magtoto foreground from right: Nor Domingo (Fernan), Gimbey Delacruz (Ensemble), Carlon Matobato (Ensemble) Phi Palmos (Jewel), John Emmanoel Moran (Ensemble), Kakai Bautista (Mercy) and Poppert Bernadas (Kenny). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

on stilts, on water: Gold Villar (ensemble) as– from left: Aicelle Santos (Aileen) and Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) look on. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

on stilts, on water: Gold Villar (ensemble) as– from left: Aicelle Santos (Aileen) and Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane) look on. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Talented performers such as Carlon Matobato, John Moran, Gimbey Dela Cruz, Nor Domingo, Ron Alfonso, Pepe Herrera and Paeng Sundayan round out the cast. In fact Gold Villar has a precarious stunt with stilts while crossing a bridge on the ‘water’. Phi Palmos also has his moments as the Aileen’s gay bff Jewel.

Aicelle Santos (Aileen) and Phi Palmos (Jewel) check out her vid on YouTube via a tablet. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Aicelle Santos (Aileen) and Phi Palmos (Jewel) check out her vid on YouTube via a tablet. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phi Palmos (Jewel) shows off his boots he made himself and Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane). TOP from left: Aaron Ching and Gian Magdangal, MIDDLE from left: GMA News’ Cata Inocencio & For Here Segment SOLAR NEWS’ Janina Sanchez, BOTTOM from left: PETA Exec. Dir Beng Santos-Cabangon, Juliene Mendoza (Fernan) and Noel Cabangon. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Phi Palmos (Jewel) shows off his boots he made himself and Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane). TOP from left: Aaron Ching and Gian Magdangal, MIDDLE from left: GMA News’ Cata Inocencio & For Here Segment SOLAR NEWS’ Janina Sanchez, BOTTOM from left: PETA Exec. Dir Beng Santos-Cabangon, Juliene Mendoza (Fernan) and Noel Cabangon. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rak f AEGIS’ set is a watery world. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rak f AEGIS’ set is a watery world. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jerald Napoles (Tolits) in RAK OF AEGIS, a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jerald Napoles (Tolits) in RAK OF AEGIS, a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jerald Napoles has had numerous roles on stage in PETA, Tanghalang Pilipino and other top productions way before Janet Lim Napoles was exposed. Jerald swears by his bank account that he is NOT related to Janet. Jerald’s role as Tolits is far more hardworking and honest too.

Juliene Mendoza (Fernan) in RAK OF AEGIS, a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Juliene Mendoza (Fernan) in RAK OF AEGIS, a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

fans grab a shot with their idol Aicelle Santos (Aileen). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

fans grab a shot with their idol Aicelle Santos (Aileen). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Gian Magdangal, Aicelle Santos (Aileen), Ehra Madrigal and Rak f Aegis Musical dir. Myke Salomon. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Gian Magdangal, Aicelle Santos (Aileen), Ehra Madrigal and Rak f Aegis Musical dir. Myke Salomon. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Musical Direction & Choreography

Both the musical director Myke Salomon and choreographer Gio Gahol are also performers themselves. Most audiences still have Myke’s performance in Tanghalang Pilipino’s IBALONG fresh in their minds and is also one of our country’s top beat boxers. Myke alternates as Kenny while managing the music side of the production. Their talents have also made RAK F AEGIS the success that it is.

As we have heard and seen WICKED from Australia has a mind-boggling set. RAK F AEGIS is proudly right there with it. Our Filipino performers have never been inferior so go and see this once in a lifetime musical for yourself.

top: Robert Seña (Kiel) sings to Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

top: Robert Seña (Kiel) sings to Isay Alvarez Seña (Mary Jane). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast surrounds AEGIS band (center) on opening night. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on their hits. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Standing from right: Jerald Napoles (Tolits), Weng Pinpin-Adriano AEGIS (Bass), Rey Abenoja AEGIS (Lead Guitar), Vilma Goloviogo AEGIS (Drums), Stella Maries Galindo-Pabico AEGIS (Keyboards), Juliene Mendoza (Fernan) Set Designer Mio Infante, Shoe Designer Maco Custodio, Gold Villar (Ensemble) Seated from right: Robert Seña (Kiel), Aicelle Santos (Aileen), Isay Alvarez (Mary Jane), Ken Sunot AEGIS (vocalist), Juliet Sunot AEGIS (vocalist), Nor Domingo (Fernan), Mercy Sunot-Borjal AEGIS (vocalist), Director Maribel Legarda, Musical Director Myke Salomon (Ken), Playwright Liza Magtoto foreground from right: Nor Domingo (Fernan), Gimbey Delacruz (Ensemble), Carlon Matobato (Ensemble) Phi Palmos (Jewel), John Emmanoel Moran (Ensemble), Kakai Bautista (Mercy) and Poppert Bernadas (Kenny). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Kakai Bautista (Mercy) and Robert Seña (Kiel). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Kakai Bautista (Mercy) and Robert Seña (Kiel). RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Poppert Bernadas (Kenny) and Aicelle Santos (Aileen) sing above flooded waters. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Poppert Bernadas (Kenny) and Aicelle Santos (Aileen) sing above flooded waters. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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AEGIS from left: Ken, Juliet and Mercy Sunot during RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on their hits. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

AEGIS from left: Ken, Juliet and Mercy Sunot during RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on their hits. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

the multilayered set shows the neighborhood in a small space. RAK OF AEGIS is a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Phi Palmos (Jewel) in RAK OF AEGIS a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Phi Palmos (Jewel) in RAK OF AEGIS a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

A river runs through the set in RAK F AEGIS a musical based on the hits of 90’s band AEGIS. It will run from January 31 to March 9, 2014 at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

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THE RAMP & MICO’s Milestone at Shang

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Top fashion companies The RAMP/CROSSINGS Dept Store and MICO were recognized with a 20-year milestone at Shangri La Plaza. The partnership with these retailers has been long established since the beginning of the mall. A ceremony was held during the Retailer’s ball, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Ballroom last December 12, 2013.

: From right: Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, THE RAMP Gen Mgr. Xandra Ramos-Padilla and Shang Properties Exec. Dir. Wilfred Woo. MICO received a 20th year recognition from SHANGRI LA PLAZA at the Retailer’s Ball, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Ballroom last December 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

: From right: Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, THE RAMP Gen Mgr. Xandra Ramos-Padilla and Shang Properties Exec. Dir. Wilfred Woo. MICO received a 20th year recognition from SHANGRI LA PLAZA at the Retailer’s Ball, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Ballroom last December 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shangrila EVP and General Manager Lala Fojas and Shang Rila Properties Executive Director Wilfred Woo were there to hand out special gifts to THE RAMP Gen Manager Xandra Ramos-Padilla and MICO Owner/Pres. Mia Urquico-Malixi.

From right: Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, MICO Owner/Pres. Mia Urquico-Malixi and Shang Properties Exec. Dir. Wilfred Woo. MICO received a 20th year recognition from SHANGRI LA PLAZA at the Retailer’s Ball, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Ballroom last December 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

From right: Shangri La Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, MICO Owner/Pres. Mia Urquico-Malixi and Shang Properties Exec. Dir. Wilfred Woo. MICO received a 20th year recognition from SHANGRI LA PLAZA at the Retailer’s Ball, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Ballroom last December 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

It was a winter wonderland during the SHANGRI LA PLAZA Retailer’s Ball, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Ballroom last December 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

It was a winter wonderland during the SHANGRI LA PLAZA Retailer’s Ball, EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Ballroom last December 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Last November 23, both THE RAMP and MICO were also part of the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, which was held at the mall’s Grand Atrium.

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

With runway-ready ensembles put together by renowned stylist Luis Espiritu, Shang presented holiday must-haves for style-setters featuring key pieces from the mall’s top brands—from glam casuals for Christmas parties during the day, to dressier options for holiday dinners and reunions. Set against a backdrop of heavenly voices by The Nightingales and live accompaniment by Klassika, Shang’s holiday fashion show was truly a rhapsody to remember.

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parading their key looks for the season were popular and well-known local and international fashion authorities , including Arrow, A/X, Bauhaus, Bebe, Ben Sherman, Celine, Crossings Department Store, Daniel Hechter, Debenhams, Escada/Escada Sport, Gant, Gap, K&Co, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Mico Boutique, Nautica, Onitsuka Tiger, Rustan’s Department Store, The Original Penguin, Topshop and Warehouse.

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Featuring day-to-night dressing for every holiday occasion, the show began with casual, laid-back looks that were later on transformed into dressier outfits for more formal, evening events.

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Comfort was key for the men’s collection, as basic tees and piqué shirts were made cozy and preppy with lightweight knits and pullovers layered over, and paired with khaki and cargo shorts and dark-colored trousers to complete each look. Also featured were men’s button downs in classic checks and plaids, suit jackets in basic gray hues, and cozy outerwear in army green and navy blue, adding smarter and more tailored ensembles to the repertoire.

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Capping off the night’s celebration of glamorous fashion and music are opulent evening dresses in elegant cuts and silhouettes, and chic frocks and shift dresses in modern prints and designs. Outerwear like trench coats and accessories such as scarves fit for the cooler weather also made appropriate holiday style statements.

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Indeed, with a vibrant line-up of style essentials guaranteed to make standout holiday dressing as effortless as can be, the Shang has once again undeniably proven that it is indeed every urbanite’s fashion haven and every trendsetter’s style destination.

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

For inquiries, contact 370-2500 loc. 301/597 or log on to http://www.shangrila-plaza.com. Add Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook: shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage.

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

MICO at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista


Sporty Holiday

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista
Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

by Jude Bautista

These days people are getting into a more active lifestyle. There’s a wide range of sports that have influenced casual wear. Brands like The Original Penguin, Onitsuka Tiger, ESCADA/ Escada Sport and NAUTICA during the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show have that comfortable active look. Bright colors a comfortable fit, sailing shoes, and sneakers are present in these brands.

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Shang Holiday fashion Show is annual fashion event held at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri La Plaza. Other brands that participated include: Arrow, A/X, Bauhaus, Bebe, Ben Sherman, Celine, Crossings Department Store, Daniel Hechter, Debenhams, Escada/Escada Sport, Gant, Gap, K&Co, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Mico Boutique, Nautica, Onitsuka Tiger, Rustan’s Department Store, The Original Penguin, Topshop and Warehouse. Renowned Stylist Luis Espiritu put together the many accessories and clothes together for the show.

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

For inquiries, contact 370-2500 loc. 301/597 or log on to www.shangrila-plaza.com. Add Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook: shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage.

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parading their key looks for the season were popular and well-known local and international fashion authorities, including Arrow, A/X, Bauhaus, Bebe, Ben Sherman, Celine, Crossings Department Store, Daniel Hechter, Debenhams, Escada/Escada Sport, Gant, Gap, K&Co, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Mico Boutique, Nautica, Onitsuka Tiger, Rustan’s Department Store, The Original Penguin, Topshop and Warehouse. 

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Original Penguin at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

For inquiries, contact 370-2500 loc. 301/597 or log on to www.shangrila-plaza.com. Add Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook: shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage.

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parading their key looks for the season were popular and well-known local and international fashion authorities, including Arrow, A/X, Bauhaus, Bebe, Ben Sherman, Celine, Crossings Department Store, Daniel Hechter, Debenhams, Escada/Escada Sport, Gant, Gap, K&Co, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Mico Boutique, Nautica, Onitsuka Tiger, Rustan’s Department Store, The Original Penguin, Topshop and Warehouse.

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

For inquiries, contact 370-2500 loc. 301/597 or log on to www.shangrila-plaza.com. Add Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook: shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage.

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parading their key looks for the season were popular and well-known local and international fashion authorities, including Arrow, A/X, Bauhaus, Bebe, Ben Sherman, Celine, Crossings Department Store, Daniel Hechter, Debenhams, Escada/Escada Sport, Gant, Gap, K&Co, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Mico Boutique, Nautica, Onitsuka Tiger, Rustan’s Department Store, The Original Penguin, Topshop and Warehouse.

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

For inquiries, contact 370-2500 loc. 301/597 or log on to www.shangrila-plaza.com. Add Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook: shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage.

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parading their key looks for the season were popular and well-known local and international fashion authorities, including Arrow, A/X, Bauhaus, Bebe, Ben Sherman, Celine, Crossings Department Store, Daniel Hechter, Debenhams, Escada/Escada Sport, Gant, Gap, K&Co, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Mico Boutique, Nautica, Onitsuka Tiger, Rustan’s Department Store, The Original Penguin, Topshop and Warehouse.

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

For inquiries, contact 370-2500 loc. 301/597 or log on to www.shangrila-plaza.com. Add Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook: shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage.

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parading their key looks for the season were popular and well-known local and international fashion authorities, including Arrow, A/X, Bauhaus, Bebe, Ben Sherman, Celine, Crossings Department Store, Daniel Hechter, Debenhams, Escada/Escada Sport, Gant, Gap, K&Co, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Mico Boutique, Nautica, Onitsuka Tiger, Rustan’s Department Store, The Original Penguin, Topshop and Warehouse.

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

For inquiries, contact 370-2500 loc. 301/597 or log on to www.shangrila-plaza.com. Add Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook: shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage.

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Escada Sport at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parading their key looks for the season were popular and well-known local and international fashion authorities, including Arrow, A/X, Bauhaus, Bebe, Ben Sherman, Celine, Crossings Department Store, Daniel Hechter, Debenhams, Escada/Escada Sport, Gant, Gap, K&Co, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Mico Boutique, Nautica, Onitsuka Tiger, Rustan’s Department Store, The Original Penguin, Topshop and Warehouse.


Classic Encounters

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista
Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Among the many brands during the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, three of them have that classic look for both men and women. NO wonder TOPSHOP, Celine CLN and Debenhams have a brand history that stretches decades and in the case of Debenhams centuries.

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop and Debenhams are signature British brands while Celine originated from Paris, France. These are the trademarks whose clothes don’t easily go out of style. They also have branches worldwide.

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

I tried to collate the brief origins and designers involved with those brands together with my photos from the Shang Plaza fashion show I photographed. One interesting note is that the TOPSHOP presence in the Philippines is greater than the U.S. and Hong Kong.

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Shang Holiday fashion Show is annual fashion event held at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri La Plaza. Other brands that participated include: Arrow, A/X, Bauhaus, Bebe, Ben Sherman, Celine, Crossings Department Store, Daniel Hechter, Debenhams, Escada/Escada Sport, Gant, Gap, K&Co, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Mico Boutique, Nautica, Onitsuka Tiger, Rustan’s Department Store, The Original Penguin, Topshop and Warehouse. Renowned Stylist Luis Espiritu put together the many accessories and clothes together for the show.

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

TOPSHOP Facts from Wikipedia

Topshop is a British multinational retailer which specializes in fashion clothing, shoes, make-up and accessories. It has around 440 shops across 37 countries and online operations in a number of its markets. Its current CEO is Katie Foster and it is part of the Arcadia Group, which is controlled by Sir Philip Green and owns a number of other retail outlets including Burton, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge.

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

History

Topshop was founded in 1964 as Peter Robinson’s Top Shop, a youth fashion brand within the Sheffield branch of Peter Robinson, a now-defunct British department store chain. The first stand-alone Topshop store was opened in 1970. In 1970, Topman was created as a spin-off brand to cater for male customers and is now run as a separate chain, although some stores are co-located.

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

There are more TOP SHOP Branches in the Philippines than there are in the U.S. and Hong Kong, The biggest of which is in Shang Plaza.The current Head of Design is Emma Farrow and Topshop Creative Director Kate Phelan.

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Topshop at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Céline origins from Wikipedia

Céline is a French luxury house founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana. Today, it is an international luxury goods brand owned by LVMH, purchased in July 1988 for 2.7 billion French francs ($540 million).

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Céline was originally created as a made-to-measure children’s shoe business that eventually grew into women’s shoes and accessories. The ready-to-wear line debuted in the 1960s. Celine Vipiana was the designer from 1945-1997.

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

American fashion designer Michael Kors was named the first ever women’s ready-to-wear designer and creative director for Celine in 1997. During his tenure at Céline, Kors turned the fashion house around with blockbuster accessories and a critically acclaimed ready-to-wear line. Kors designed for the label until 2004. Designers Ivana Omazic (2006–2009) and Roberto Menichetti (2005) followed after Kors. Phoebe Philo is the current head of design since 2009.

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Debenhams history from Wikipedia

The business was formed in 1778 by William Clark, who began trading at 44 Wigmore Street in London as a drapers’ store. In 1813, William Debenham became a partner and the corporate name changed to Clark & Debenham. In 1818 the company opened a second store in Cheltenham, and in 1851, Clement Freebody became a partner so the name changed again to Debenham & Freebody. The business was incorporated as Debenhams Limited in 1905.

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The modern Debenhams group grew from the acquisition of department stores in towns and cities throughout the UK, under the leadership of its chairman, Ernest Debenham. The first of these purchases, Marshall & Snelgrove at Oxford Street in London, was acquired in 1919. Later purchases included Harvey Nichols in London’s Knightsbridge in 1920. Most of the acquired stores retained their former identities until a unified corporate image was rolled out. The company was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1928.

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

In 1976 the company acquired Browns of Chester. It remains the only UK store to have retained an individual identity.

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

In October 2010, Debenhams announced the launch of four new designer names to its fashion range; Jonathan Saunders, Preen, Jonathan Kelsey, and Roksanda Ilincic, who will be working with the retailer on a new concept called Edition.

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Debenhams-MEET THE DESIGNERS

Debenhams are the pioneers of designers on the high street, with a current portfolio of over 21 designers, spanning fashion, accessories, men’s, children’s wear and home wares over 48 ranges. The list includes: Betty Jackson, Matthew Williamson, Jasper Conran, Ben De Lisi, John Rocha and many more.

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jasper Conran – His signature aesthetic mixes classic British elegance with a cheeky, irreverent attitude.

Be De lisi collection – 60′s inspired, featuring color blocking, sharp tunics and slim pants.

Betty Jackson joined the Designers at Debenhams portfolio in 2005, launching the highly successful Betty Jackson. Black range. The collection incorporated womens wear, accessories and home ware. 2009 saw the launch of Betty Jackson. Black Beauty. All ranges are perfect for women looking for Betty’s unique style and effortless chic at an affordable price. The Betty Jackson. Black collections are some of the most successful ranges at Debenhams.

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at the Fashion Rhapsody 2013: The Shang Holiday Fashion Show, Grand Atrium of Shangri La Plaza Mall last Nov. 23, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista


Jewelmer Gala Dedicated to Cebu

Fashion icon Apples Aberin at the Jewelmer Gala, NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista
from right: French Amb. Gilles Garachon, Jewelmer Manging Dir Jacques Branellec, Isabelle Garachon, Jewelmer Brand Mgr Jacques Christophe Branellec. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: French Amb. Gilles Garachon, Jewelmer Manging Dir Jacques Branellec, Isabelle Garachon, Jewelmer Brand Mgr Jacques Christophe Branellec. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Jewelmer Managing director Jacques Branellec asked for a moment silence before showing their 2014 collection at the Jewelmer Gala last October 15, 2013 at the NBC Tent. Branellec explained that a number of their employees are from Cebu, which was hit by a 7.2 earthquake along with Bohol and Negros earlier in the day. He spoke about nature’s wrath and more than anyone their business was dependent on the health of the seas and forests.

Fashion icon Apples Aberin at the Jewelmer Gala, NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fashion icon Apples Aberin at the Jewelmer Gala, NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Designers from left: Francis Libiran, Jun Escario, Randy Ortiz, Ivarluski Aseron, Albert Andrada, Rhett Eala, Patrice Ramos Diaz, JC Buendia and Jojie Lloren. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Designers from left: Francis Libiran, Jun Escario, Randy Ortiz, Ivarluski Aseron, Albert Andrada, Rhett Eala, Patrice Ramos Diaz, JC Buendia and Jojie Lloren. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

An indication of Jewelmer’s commitment to their people is the Employer of the year Award 2013 from Jewellery News Asia. Branellec added, “We would like to acknowledge the presence of Letitia Chao this is her work. She is the chair of the judging panel, founder of Jewellery News Asia. She is also the director of business development of the Jewellery Group of Asia, which organizes the Hong Kong Jewelry Fair with more than 4,000 exhibitors. Last year we won the Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award. This year we are the best Employer of the Year in our trade. This is something that makes us very, very proud. Thank you Jewellery News Asia, thank you Letitia.”

Jewelmer President Manuel Cojuangco presents the 2014 Joaillerie Collection at the Jewelmer Gala, NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jewelmer President Manuel Cojuangco presents the 2014 Joaillerie Collection at the Jewelmer Gala, NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lifestyle Asia EIC Anna Sobrepeña and Tweetie De Leon-Gonzalez at the Jewelmer Gala, NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lifestyle Asia EIC Anna Sobrepeña and Tweetie De Leon-Gonzalez at the Jewelmer Gala, NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Jewellerey News Asia awards states in their website, “Sustainability lies at the core of its business. As Jewelmer maintains a pristine and ecologically sound marine environment at its farms, fishing yield at nearby waters have increased from 3 kilos to 20 kilos daily… The company also operates the Save Palawan Seas Foundation Inc, which aims to provide coastal communities in Palawan with continuous assistance and environmentally sustainable livelihood alternatives to destructive fishing practices.”

from the ROSONE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jojie Lloren. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the ROSONE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jojie Lloren. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the ROSONE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jojie Lloren. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the ROSONE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jojie Lloren. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the ROSONE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jojie Lloren. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the ROSONE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jojie Lloren. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

In 2012 Chavelier Branellec was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French government. This year, Film Development Council of the Phil Chairman Briccio Santos will be receiving the same honor from Amb. Gilles Garachon.

from the MADAME POMPADOUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Francis Libiran. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the MADAME POMPADOUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Francis Libiran. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the MADAME POMPADOUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Francis Libiran. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the MADAME POMPADOUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Francis Libiran. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the MADAME POMPADOUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Francis Libiran. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the MADAME POMPADOUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Francis Libiran. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The 2014 Jewelmer Joallerie Collection was presented by Jewelmer President Manuel Cojuangco to an audience, which included guests coming from China, Hong Kong, Europe, South America and United States. He said, “Its grouped under the concept journey of the senses. Briefly, this collection takes its inspiration from the notable epochs of our time. That way mirrors progression of life through time. Speaking of time it’s been 34 years since Jewelmer began its own journey that started in Palawan. A lot of things have happened since our early beginnings.”

from the GUIMARD collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by JC Buendia. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the GUIMARD collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by JC Buendia. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the GUIMARD collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by JC Buendia. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the GUIMARD collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by JC Buendia. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the GUIMARD collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by JC Buendia. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the GUIMARD collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by JC Buendia. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Giving Pride to the Philippines has always inspired them, “We do try to share that golden Filipino spirit that you send out to us wherever we go. And I believe that our national gem encapsulates in its golden luster the many aspects of what is known to all and excellent in the Filipino. For behind its golden hued beauty is the steely commitment to hard work, perseverance and an aspiration to excellence. We enjoin you to celebrate that aspiration with us tonight.”

from the CHARLESTON collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jun Escario. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the CHARLESTON collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jun Escario. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the CHARLESTON collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jun Escario. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the CHARLESTON collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jun Escario. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the CHARLESTON collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jun Escario. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the CHARLESTON collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Jun Escario. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apart from the Jewelmer collection the work of esteemed Filipino fashion designers graced the models on the ramp: Jojie Lloren, Francis Libiran, JC Buendia, Jun Escario, Patrice Ramos Diaz, Randy Ortiz, Rhett Eala, Ivarluski Aseron, Albert Andrada.

from the PETIT FLEUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Patrice Ramos Diaz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the PETIT FLEUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Patrice Ramos Diaz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the PETIT FLEUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Patrice Ramos Diaz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the PETIT FLEUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Patrice Ramos Diaz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the PETIT FLEUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Patrice Ramos Diaz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the PETIT FLEUR collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Patrice Ramos Diaz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the DOLCE ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Randy Ortiz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the DOLCE ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Randy Ortiz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the DOLCE ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Randy Ortiz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the DOLCE ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Randy Ortiz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the DOLCE ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Randy Ortiz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the DOLCE ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Randy Ortiz. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the TROPICS collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Rhett Eala. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the TROPICS collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Rhett Eala. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the TROPICS collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Rhett Eala. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the TROPICS collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Rhett Eala. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the TROPICS collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Rhett Eala. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the TROPICS collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Rhett Eala. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the C’EST LA VIE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Ivarluski Aseron. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the C’EST LA VIE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Ivarluski Aseron. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the C’EST LA VIE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Ivarluski Aseron. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the C’EST LA VIE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Ivarluski Aseron. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the C’EST LA VIE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Ivarluski Aseron. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the C’EST LA VIE collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Ivarluski Aseron. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the VIA ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Albert Andrada. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the VIA ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Albert Andrada. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the VIA ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Albert Andrada. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the VIA ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Albert Andrada. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the VIA ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Albert Andrada. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

from the VIA ROSA collection by Jewelmer, clothes designed by Albert Andrada. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Finale was spectacular projection matting on supermodel Marina Benipayo. All collections/themes were projected on her white dress designed by Francis Libiran. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Finale was spectacular projection matting on supermodel Marina Benipayo. All collections/themes were projected on her white dress designed by Francis Libiran. Photo was taken during the Jewelmer Gala at the NBC tent last October 15, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista


Triumphs & Travails of Kristen Kish

Kristen is not just a Top Chef Winner but is an inspiring life story as well.
Kristen is not just a Top Chef Winner but is an inspiring life story as well.  Photo from http://chefkristenkish.com/

Kristen is not just a Top Chef Winner but is an inspiring life story as well. Photo from http://chefkristenkish.com/

My Angel, this is for you, for me, for honesty and learning from our mistakes.

Transcribed by

Jude Bautista

From her success in TOP CHEF SEATTLE (shown in Manila in ETC channel) Kristen Kish is a picture of talent, skill and composure. She got to Filipinos’ hearts not just with her Asian roots/looks but her culinary skills. In terms of looks she’s a shorthaired version of Filipina Beauty and movie star Kim Chiu. Beyond that there was never a real opportunity to learn and find out about the latest TOP CHEF winner.

In a speech she gave for the Women’s Leadership Forum last March she was able to reveal a lot of her own personal struggles. Because of her exceptional and sometimes brutal candor about herself, her mistakes as well as her successes, she becomes even more relatable. When she talks about finding her own identity as a Korean adopted by a Caucasian couple, all Asians, perhaps all immigrants identify with that. When she talks about her insecurities with her looks, everyone can identify with that.

One of the more surprising revelations was her struggle with cocaine. Who hasn’t had some form of substance abuse or addiction at some time in their lives? But even when you’ve never had similar experiences specifically we can all relate to that search for meaning and not having all the answers in our lives. Her humility, gratitude and courage in sharing the most trying times in her life are an inspiration to everyone who heard the speech.

Thank God, the Ad Club, which organizes the Women’s Leadership Forum, posted the video of the speech on You Tube. The link and video can be viewed on this page. Included below are the transcripts of Barbara Lynch’s introduction to Kristen. Lynch is a James Beard Award-winner and Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef and is regarded as one of Boston’s and the country’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. She’s also Kristen’s discoverer and most influential mentor. I took the time to transcribe the video because it was something we could all learn and benefit from. Reading the speech makes it easier to review the words and life lessons that Kristen so generously shared.

 

Introduction by Barbara Lynch

I hired Kristen Kish 3 years ago to cook at STIR. It’s my demonstration kitchen and cookbook store at the South End. It’s a very intimate spot. It only seats 10 people. So when I’m doing a class I’m really working closely with that chef. It’s completely different than being on a line in a restaurant.  The first time I worked with Kristen I noticed right away how enjoyable it was to cook with her. I would tell her once how to do something and she never forgot or asked a question and she did it perfectly.

She was clean organized and precise in her cooking all great attributes in a chef and a necessity in my kitchens. But she also had soul and she had passion. Those are also the two things you can’t teach somebody. Passion for what you do and let your soul come out. You can always teach them the mechanics of cooking but you can’t teach passion.

Kristen’s food is beautiful, its precise and the flavors reflect the love of food that she’s cooking. Her cooking makes you want to eat more of it. As I got to know Kristen the person, I got to know her as more than a talented chef. She’s beautiful; she’s a person of integrity and a fantastic sense of humor. We laughed a lot and we still do. And the fact that she can actually laugh at herself, I mean, that’s a great sign right there.

So I had no doubt she would bow them away in Top Chef recently. And whether Kristen stays with me for 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, I’m just so excited to see what the future holds for her.  I know she will continue to blow minds wherever she goes and does and that makes me so proud. Its an honor and pleasure to work with her and I’m pleased to introduce to you Kristen Kish.

Kristen had the looks for modeling but not the passion. This pic is from her modeling days

Kristen had the looks for modeling but not the passion. This pic is from her modeling days

Kristen’s struggle with identity and Self Esteem

Wow anyone else nervous? My stomach’s in knots, thank you Chef and thank you to the Ad Club for inviting me to be here, I’m truly honored. When I think about how I got to where I am today and everything that has happened to me, I go back to a singular event that happened when I was 4 months old, changed my life forever in many amazing ways and in some more challenging.

In 1983, I was born in Seoul Korea. Four months later, I was adopted by a couple and I was brought to Michigan where I grew up in a predominantly white middle class suburb. My parents are loving, supporting, generous, always very honest a bout the adoption, even before I could understand the concept. Despite being blessed with incredible parents I still grew up filled with insecurities. I had no real sense of who I was and therefore had no faith in myself.

I think many girls in their early years wonder, who am I? For me that seemed to be amplified because I really didn’t know. I don’t know my birth mother. I’d never seen her picture. There is a history, a culture, a language and a lineage that I was completely disconnected from. Because I struggled with my self-esteem I never trusted my feelings or my instincts. Instead I became focused on being perfect, on being the person I thought people wanted me to be. I remember as a kid wanting to meet my birth mother because I thought that’s how I was supposed to feel.

Kristen has the looks for modeling but not the passion. Left pic is from her modeling days.

Kristen has the looks for modeling but not the passion. Left pic is from her modeling days.

Scouted for Modeling

For a long time this fixation of fitting into this imagined mold guided all my decisions. For example at 13, a scout approached me in a mall and suggested I consider modeling. My parents were apprehensive and honestly I didn’t want to do it either. But I said ‘yes’ because I thought that was the right response. And if I became a model that would validate some of my insecurities about NOT looking like everyone else.

At the age of 18 I signed with ELITE, which seemed like a really big deal. Again this wasn’t about passion or excitement, it seemed impressive. My agent sent me to Chicago to do runway work with other models. To say I was intimidated was a huge understatement. On the first day I remember walking into the office. I just stared at the all the composite cards of beautiful faces that lined the walls wishing to be any of the girls up there. I was afraid to be myself. I was quickly escorted to a hallway to walk. I had no idea how or what that even meant. I showed up in flip-flops when every other girl knew to bring high heels. I was miserable and I was uncomfortable.

Kristen had the looks for modeling but not the passion. This pic is from her modeling days: http://www.schooloffashiondesign.org/sfdnewsvol3no4.htm

Kristen had the looks for modeling but not the passion. This pic is from her modeling days: http://www.schooloffashiondesign.org/sfdnewsvol3no4.htm

High school and College

Whatever positive feelings came from impressing others was immediately cancelled out by how out of place I felt. School wasn’t much easier. In high school I had a teacher ask what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. What a daunting question for a kid who didn’t even know who she was. I told him I wanted to be in business and finance. He paused and gave me a painful, painful look and said, “You? Are you sure? You know that’s really hard.”  And yes he said this in front of the rest of my classmates. I never forgot that moment or how it made me feel. And I suppose now I can tell him ‘Thank you’.

After high school I ended up going to college in Michigan to study just that: Business. My first year was horrible. I hated the traditional college life, zero interest in aspiring to date the football player or go to any Halloween frat parties dressed as a sexy kitten. It happened twice, same out fit repeated. In a few days into the semester I knew I made the wrong choice. I gained the dreaded freshman 15 and that coupled with the fear this was it. This was the kind of life I was apparently going to have. I began to hate myself. I felt like a failure. I became extremely depressed and didn’t want to admit it to people who could help me in fear of appearing weak.

Le Cordon Bleu School Chicago

Thankfully my mother saw how unhappy I was and suggested I go to culinary school in Chicago. She pointed out that I love to cook and I love Chicago. Seems so obvious when she suggested it but I had no idea, Stupid. I was a stupid kid. And I immediately put that plan into action and was so excited. I don’t think I could have done this without her encouragement or her approval. I needed those things to motivate and believe that I could do something. I was YEARS away from what I wanted, to identify and then going for it.

My time in Chicago turned out to be one of the best and one of the worst periods of my life. Culinary school was an outlet for me to be creative. I also quickly learned not everyone was there for the reasons I was. I sorted through the other students and tried to surround myself with others that were there to begin a serious career.

My first day included a knife skills class. I picked up my knife and started to cut a head of cabbage. My instructor came over, smiled and said, “You’ve done this before.” And that’s all I needed. I now knew this was where I was supposed to be. I really felt I had something to prove now. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I had to pull it all together and show everyone how successful I could be.

Kristen had the looks for modeling but not the passion. This pic is from her modeling days: http://www.bostonfashionweek.com/launchreddy4.htm

Kristen had the looks for modeling but not the passion. This pic is from her modeling days: http://www.bostonfashionweek.com/launchreddy4.htm

Unhappy Partying

Despite feeling I belonged in culinary school I still struggled with self-image, self-confidence and managing the pressures that I put on myself. Ultimately these struggles took a really unhealthy turn and spun out of control. I started staying out late using lots of drugs. I wanted to keep up with my friends. Go out and socialize, feeling good about myself, using cocaine was the only way I knew how to do this.

I finished culinary school and essentially partied all the time. Looking back I was an immature spoiled brat who had no idea how lucky she was. I was also 21, incredibly unhappy, petrified to be myself and to live an authentic life.

Despite all the fun I was pretending to have, I was still in search for that perfect chef job. I was only interested in Executive Chef titles, a position I was wildly unqualified for. No decent restaurant would have or should have hired me and I was turned down by many. However, I finally convinced a restaurant owner and give me this job and make me executive Chef when I was so high.

He had a new restaurant in downtown Chicago. And for a few months I’d go hang out at the bar every night. I had all this confidence thanks to the drugs, talked to the owner and told him, basically sold him in what an awesome job I can do. To be clear this confidence had nothing to do with the restaurant’s reputation, culture or level of execution. I saw a guy who’d give me the job I wanted.

For someone incredibly insecure and immature and desperately trying to prove herself, this is what mattered most to me. The ironic thing is that despite my delusions and all my insecurities there is this small authentic piece of me that knew somehow I could do it. Because the kitchen was the one place I had faith in my abilities and in my worth.

Kristen is not just a Top Chef Winner but is an inspiring life story as well.

Kristen is not just a Top Chef Winner but is an inspiring life story as well.

Ultimatum

Of course being an executive chef means more than just being a good cook.  I never worked in a kitchen or really worked on the line. Looking back I’m not sure I was good at any part of that job except thinking I was good at that job.

As you might imagine based on their hiring practices it wasn’t a well run operation. (Audience laughs) Obviously! Pretty soon my paychecks were bouncing and after 9 months I left. Now that I was unemployed my parents gave me an ultimatum. If I didn’t find a job they would stop paying my rent. But I didn’t get a job right away and they didn’t stop supporting me.

From the outside things looked good, really good which was really my goal. I lived for free in a beautiful high-rise apartment in Chicago. I went out all the time. I had no real worries or responsibilities but inside I was so twisted, so empty and miserable. And I didn’t care because my priority was how others perceived me and my life. I could not have been more detached from myself.

Kristen is not just a Top Chef Winner but is an inspiring life story as well.

Kristen is not just a Top Chef Winner but is an inspiring life story as well.

Starting over in Boston

One morning after 4 months of constant partying, the sun was coming up and I hadn’t gone to bed yet. I found myself alone.  I had no more drugs to keep me going and was forced to deal with myself and my thoughts in the harsh reality of daylight. I thought what am I doing with myself, with my life? Suddenly this sad reality of being perfect or how I defined perfect became brutally transparent. What did I have to show for this perfect life? And how happy did perfect make me?

In that moment I made the decision to pack up and start over.  I stopped using drugs. That was the easy part because I never really wanted that anyways. And I moved back to Michigan to gather my thoughts and construct a plan. Then I moved to Boston. I didn’t have a job or know a soul. So I’m not sure how I picked it. It just felt right. Thankfully my parents were stricter this time around and told me I had 3 months to get a job. This meant no big fancy apartments or ridiculous job searches for positions with inflated titles.

I lived in a room of a friend of a friend of a friend with 2 suitcases and 2 boxes. Of course old habits die-hard so I applied for Sous chef position at the TOP OF THE HUB. Starting at the top. I was turned down for that but they offered me a job on the line as a cook. I thought about it for 3 days and took the job. I was on my way to becoming a real chef. The line at TOP OF THE HUB was massive. While the food may not be my style I learned a lot about working in a professional kitchen. I also saw ways I could do things better and realized that if someone taught me something I could do it.

Learning from the Best

I really did have faith in myself. Not being good at a kitchen job simply was not and is not an option for me. After some time I was offered an executive chef title at another restaurant. Lured by the title, I took the job. It wasn’t a well-run restaurant but I felt more prepared than I did in Chicago.

Fortunately that experience was a wake up call. My next two career choices were based not on ego or superficiality but on opportunity and education. I got a position at Michelin star Chef Guy Martin’s BOSTON OUTPOST restaurant, his SENSING restaurant. Here I discovered this was the type of kitchen I wanted to be in. This was the level of cooking I wanted to learn and I wanted to master. Work required focus, dedication and skill that I knew I innately possessed. I also knew I could spend many years learning and refining.

Barbara Lynch is one of the best Chefs and American restaurateurs she also happens to be Kristen’s boss, discoverer and mentor. Photo from MENTON official site: http://mentonboston.com/talent/barbara-lynch/

Barbara Lynch is one of the best Chefs and American restaurateurs she also happens to be Kristen’s boss, discoverer and mentor. Photo from MENTON official site:
http://mentonboston.com/talent/barbara-lynch/

Meeting Barbara Lynch

After 2 years it was time for a change. I was persuaded by a good friend to work at STIR for Barbara Lynch. I actually met Barbara Lynch at STIR before I even considered applying for a job. I went over to help my friend Steph, the Sous Chef at the time prep.  I was really hoping I’d see or meet Barbara. Sure enough she was there sitting in the island reading a cookbook. I was working quietly beside Steph when Barbara asked for a snack: celery and peanut butter.

I found both and just as I started spreading the peanut butter on the celery, Steph leaned over and said, “Peel the celery first”. I said,“Shit! Of course”.  The first thing I thought was this was a woman who knew what she wants exactly how she wants it. And I loved it. I also immediately realized her commitment even obsession with a certain level of precision and attention to detail. That even the smallest, most seemingly basic tasks require that same discipline and detail required for prepping complicated dishes for guests. I admired this. I realized how much I could learn from a woman like this.

Later once I applied for the position at STIR and was hired, I had my first opportunity to really cook for Barbara and her Wine Director Cat Silirie. They were leading their class on a favorite topic of theirs: Birds and Burgundy.

Barbara gave me free reign with the menu, I was terrified.  But I did the menu and I did all the prep. That night with Cat and Barbara leading the class and doing their thing I cooked and they both approved. Later Barbara told me that after she saw the menu and tasted the food, she knew immediately I would be ok and do good.

Inspiration

Now it’s getting personal. Getting to know Barbara personally and professionally has been amazing. I’ve learned about passion not just to be excited about something but to become completely dedicated, always curious and truly connected to the cooking.

I’ve learned about warmth. First, talking fearless as Barbara is. I hope she doesn’t mind me saying this she talks about heart. And how there is always a place for the personal in cooking, for emotion in cooking. Without this heart, this emotion and this soul I’d still be riding the perfection wave and only be about technique and mechanics. A brilliant dining experience and amazing food memories need more from a chef than textbook execution. Barbara is the first mentor I’ve had and has made a profound difference. I’ve never been so proud to have someone so proud of me.

I used to sometimes wonder what it would be like to compete in TOP CHEF. But didn’t really think I had what it took to do something like that. I remember Guy Martin used to say, “There’s something special about you.” But at the time I didn’t see what he saw. I still don’t see what he saw.

When a real opportunity to try out for TOP CHEF Season 10, it was Barbara who encouraged me. The fact that she believed in me made me believe in myself. I had no idea what I was getting into. But I was afraid that if I didn’t go for it I might miss out on something great. SO I went in nervous and curious. In the first episode Emeril asked me if I think I can win TOP CHEF. I quickly reply, “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t THINK I could.” In truth I barely believed it. I was going dish-by-dish, competition-by-competition. But I thought that’s what a winner would say.

Photo from MENTON official site: http://mentonboston.com/talent/cat-silirie/

Photo from MENTON official site:
http://mentonboston.com/talent/cat-silirie/

Processing TOP CHEF

About halfway through the season after winning several challenges I got voted off. I obviously felt defeated like I had let myself down. But I was also OK. I was at peace with the person I was when I lost. I had been strong at the judges table and hadn’t thrown anybody under the bus. During a moment of high stakes and judgment I felt good about the person I was and that got me through my initial disappointment.

LAST CHANCE KITCHEN was a total surprise. I was psyched to still be in the game. Obviously I didn’t want to stop. My goal was to win it never went away. Winning TOP CHEF was and still is so surreal. I’m still kind of processing it. I wonder all the time, why all these amazing things are happening to me.

In my mind I am simply a person trying to do right by my family and my friends, trying to do a great job at work and trying to be truly happy. I still have the same old insecurities. They don’t magically go away. But what I’ve found is that experience and maturity have tempered them. Finding something I’m passionate about and willing to work hard at and make sacrifices for has made me a better, more grounded, happier person.

And I think these insecurities have helped me to take risks, work harder and push myself not at all bad things. I’ve been asked what I’d do after winning TOP CHEF. The first thing was to go back to work. The second was to plan a trip to Korea, my first visit back after 29 years. I will say I’m excited for the future. I’m still growing, learning and changing.

When I was younger I was incredibly impulsive and made decisions based on what I thought other people wanted me to do. Now, I am more deliberate in my actions. I examine each opportunity and ask myself questions before making a decision so that I am clear in what is exactly motivating me.

Many people who don’t know me expected me to leave my job immediately open up a restaurant or travel the world. And had I won TOP CHEF 5 years ago, I would’ve done that in a heartbeat. Not because I was ready but it would’ve satisfied my ego and seem like the thing to do. Thankfully, I’d like to think I’m more mature now and better at making these types of big decisions.

Now I’m thinking long term about relationships, about building a career and bettering one’s self. I want to be the best and that means learning. I think many in similar circumstances would opt to do their own thing some are truly a success. I fell really good about going a different direction. Not just because of the lessons I’ve learned from the last several years but because I realize the power and the value of having a great mentor in Barbara.

In June I will become the Chef de Cuisine and Menton, Boston’s only rated Chateau property. I see this as a huge opportunity to learn, to lead and to contribute. And I am confident about what I can do and what I can bring to the table. I know that if I didn’t take this position and learn as much as I can I would regret it the same way if I passed on TOP CHEF.

Kristen has decided to learn and share as the Chef de Cuisine at MENTON. Photo from MENTON official site: http://mentonboston.com/talent/kristen-kish/

Kristen has decided to learn and share as the Chef de Cuisine at MENTON. Photo from MENTON official site: http://mentonboston.com/talent/kristen-kish/

Where I Came From

So the other thing I’d like to do following the TOP CHEF win, is to go to Korea. I don’t think I was ready to embrace my past and go back to Korea before now. I’m very happy with where I am professionally and first my time in Chicago, I feel I have made my family proud.

Going back to Korea is not necessarily about who I came from but where I came from. I don’t need to find my birth mother to be complete. But I do want to experience the culture. I want to see the village and the clinic where I was born. And know exactly where I came from. For years I’ve ignored that void I felt because I knew how good I had it. I was blessed with an incredible family and friends and a career that I love. And these things in my life count for so much. But if I stop and I am quiet there’s still a void. I feel strong enough now to acknowledge it and pursue it. I think it will make me feel more complete. But really who knows?

Maybe it will make me want to meet my birth mother? Maybe it will make me feel angry or more lost?  I don’t know, but I know I can handle it and I know I have to find out. I spent many years having absolutely no idea who I was and trying incredibly hard to be the person I thought I should be. Thanks to a career that is endlessly rewarding and mentors who saw things in me before I was capable of seeing them in myself and growing in self awareness. I feel like I’m right where I should be.

For me life is about having no regrets and having the strength to go after things even if you’re not sure how they’re going to pan out. I realize I always said yes to a lot of things for all the wrong reasons. Now when I say yes it comes from a truer more personal, more authentic place. And there is a power and peace in that knowledge. Thank you.

Kristen is not just a Top Chef Winner but is an inspiring life story as well.

Kristen is not just a Top Chef Winner but is an inspiring life story as well.


Jo Ann Bitagcol for Dennis Lustico

Dennis Lustico is one of the most revered designers we have today, in and out of the Philippines. As his recent SALON shows with Lulu Tan Gan, Jojie Lloren and Cesar Gaupo last September 12, 2013 proved they are among the most creative and enduring designers. Jo Ann Bitagcol however, as a model has become one of the most sought after faces in the runway. She is in the elite class that is why she modeled the finale piece in Dennis’ collection. Lustico’s style is quite wearable and sexy at the same time.  Clean classic colors of white and beige are accented by revealing small linear cuts on the skirt.
Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Dennis Lustico is one of the most revered designers we have today, in and out of the Philippines. As his recent SALON show with Lulu Tan Gan, Jojie Lloren and Cesar Gaupo last September 12, 2013 proved they are among the most creative and enduring designers. Jo Ann Bitagcol however, as a model has become one of the most sought after faces in the runway. She is in the elite class that is why she modeled the finale piece in Dennis’ collection. Lustico’s style is quite wearable and sexy at the same time.  Clean classic colors of white and beige are accented by revealing small linear cuts on the skirt.

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Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

In the documentary EDITOR’S EYE, Vogue proudly proclaims it launched the era of the supermodels. Models have become true collaborators on fashion shows and just as much focus of attention as the designer. Jo Ann is a talent and beauty that has earned that right as a supermodel herself. Apart from her skills and presence on he ramp she is an established fashion photographer and upcoming cinematographer. More than any words I can write, here she is in pictures:  Jo Ann Bitagcol for Dennis Lustico.

Dennis Lustico is one of the most revered designers we have today, in and out of the Philippines. As his recent SALON shows with Lulu Tan Gan, Jojie Lloren and Cesar Gaupo last September 12, 2013 proved they are among the most creative and enduring designers. Jo Ann Bitagcol however, as a model has become one of the most sought after faces in the runway. She is in the elite class that is why she modeled the finale piece in Dennis’ collection. Lustico’s style is quite wearable and sexy at the same time.  Clean classic colors of white and beige are accented by revealing small linear cuts on the skirt.

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dennis Lustico again proved his creativity in the SALON show with co fashion stalwarts Lulu Tan Gan, Jojie Lloren and Cesar Gaupo last September 12, 2013.  Photo by Jude Bautista

Dennis Lustico again proved his creativity in the SALON show with co fashion stalwarts Lulu Tan Gan, Jojie Lloren and Cesar Gaupo last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jo Ann Bitagcol models the piece de resistance for Dennis Lustico in the SALON show last September 12, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sharon, Dawn, Lani Hug Kuya Germs in NPAT

Sharon Cuneta gives Kuya Germ a mega hug at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.
from left: Dawn Zulueta, Jackie Lou Blanco, Sharon Cuneta nearly tackle Kuya Germs at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Dawn Zulueta, Jackie Lou Blanco, Sharon Cuneta nearly tackle Kuya Germs at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Catch German Moreno’s 50th year in Showbiz celebration tonight at GMA 7 Saturday April 27, 13.  It was the biggest collection of stars at the Newport Performing Arts Theater (better known as NPAT) at the Resort’s World Manila last April 24.

Kuya Germs is touched by the many stars who came out to honor him at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Kuya Germs is touched by the many stars who came out to honor him at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Sharon Cuneta gives Kuya Germ a mega hug at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Sharon Cuneta gives Kuya Germs a mega hug at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

German Moreno or Kuya Germs as he is fondly called has discovered the biggest names in showbiz throughout his 50-year career. Sharon Cuneta who is currently with TV5, crossed network barriers along with Billy Crawford and others to honor the man who gave them their first break.

Kuya Germs is touched by the many stars who came out to honor him at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Kuya Germs is touched by the many stars who came out to honor him at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Maricel Laxa, Lani Mercado and Dawn Zulueta love Kuya Germs at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Maricel Laxa, Lani Mercado and Dawn Zulueta love Kuya Germs at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Watch the tearful reunion on stage along with Dawn Zulueta, Lani Mercado, Senator Bong Revilla, Gloria Romero, Susan Roces, Nora Aunor, Sharon Cuneta, Janno Gibbs, Manilyn Reynes, Raymond Lauchengco, Jackielou Blanco, Rachel Alejandro, Pilita Corrales, Carmen Soriano, Elizabeth Ramsey, Jean Garcia, John Nite, Glaiza De Castro, Tina Paner, Sheryl Cruz, Keempee De Leon, Dulce, Jessa Zaragosa, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, Jaya, Vina Morales, and David Pomeranz are only some of the names who will surely surprise viewers not only with their performances but also with their memorable moments with Kuya Germs.

Watch out for many more pics and stories from that historic night on this site.

from right: Raymond Lauchengco, Tina Paner and Glaiza de Castro. They honored the Master showman on his 50th year in showbiz at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: Raymond Lauchengco, Tina Paner and Glaiza de Castro. They honored the Master showman on his 50th year in showbiz at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Senator Bong Revilla, Lani Mercado, Dawn Zulueta,(behind her is Dulce), Jessa Zaragosa, Benjamin Alves, Philip Salvador, Pancho Magno, Polo Ravales and Carla Abellana. They honored the Master showman on his 50th year in showbiz at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Senator Bong Revilla, Lani Mercado, Dawn Zulueta,(behind her is Dulce), Jessa Zaragosa, Benjamin Alves, Philip Salvador, Pancho Magno, Polo Ravales and Carla Abellana. They honored the Master showman on his 50th year in showbiz at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resort’s World Manila last April 24, 2013. Photo by Jude Bautista.


Filipina Beauty in ALIWAN 2013

#17 Emily Vicotria Oke of Ilo ilo City (Dinagyang Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.
#17 Emily Vicotria Oke of Ilo ilo City (Dinagyang Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#17 Emily Vicotria Oke of Ilo ilo City (Dinagyang Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Morena or olive skinned exquisiteness stood out in this year’s Reyna ng ALIWAN pageant that opened April 11, 2013. Everyone can still catch the Reyna or Queen of each festival and see the best celebrations or fiestas from around the country by watching ALIWAN FIESTA 2013.

They beat their drums underneath the golden sunset of Manila Bay. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

They beat their drums underneath the golden sunset of Manila Bay. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

April 12 is a continuation of pageant competition at Sotto Street and CCP Complex. While April 13 Saturday is the grand coronation night at the Aliw Theater. The grand Parade will also happen in the afternoon, this is where the drummers and dancers show their street dancing skills with their Reyna candidate aloft elaborate floats.

from left: #17 Emily Vicotria Oke of Ilo ilo City (Dinagyang Festival), # 18 Rose Ann Turla of Pasay City (Dayang dayang Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: #17 Emily Vicotria Oke of Ilo ilo City (Dinagyang Festival), # 18 Rose Ann Turla of Pasay City (Dayang dayang Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Candidates may have been inspired by the success of Binibinig Pilipinas 2010 winner Venus Raj who is herself a Morena Beauty. #17 Emily Vicotria Oke of Ilo ilo City (Dinagyang Festival) , #16 Halimatu Yushawu of Bacong Negros Oriental (Bacon Festival), and #11 Fe Mavella Cadungong Tano of Dumaguete City (Sandurot Festival) stood out not just because of their magnetic facial features but also because of their ability to project. Cebu’s #5 Jamie Herrel (Sinulog Festival), also captured the imagination of the crowd by incorporating  the Sinulog’s spinning movements during her walk.

#16 Halimatu Yushawu of Bacong Negros Oriental (Bacon Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#16 Halimatu Yushawu of Bacong Negros Oriental (Bacon Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

One thing that makes this pageant unique is the strong emphasis on their hometown and festivals. The candidates truly represent the dance, costumes and traditions of their birthplace. There’s also no denying the fact that their physical beauty is at par with the most prestigious beauty pageant such as the Binibining Pilipinas which will have its coronation night this coming April 14 at the SMART ARANETA COLISEUM.

#11 Fe Mavella Cadungong Tano of Dumaguete City (Sandurot Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#11 Fe Mavella Cadungong Tano of Dumaguete City (Sandurot Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#5 Jamie Herrel of Cebu city (Sinulog Festival), also captured the imagination of the crowd by incorporating  the Sinulog’s spinning movements during her walk. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#5 Jamie Herrel of Cebu city (Sinulog Festival), also captured the imagination of the crowd by incorporating the Sinulog’s spinning movements during her walk. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The list of participating festivals is by no means complete; there are quite a few more that have not participated. But a relatively high number among them are from the southern part of the Philippines. Which in my opinion is very good because the Mindanao region is not as promoted as much as the tourist spots in Luzon and Visayas. Iloilo has several fests that participated. General Santos has two and Maguindanao also has several representatives as well as Zamboanga and Cotabato which are all from the Mindanao area.

#3 Gaile Anne Surriga of General Santos City (Kalilangan Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#3 Gaile Anne Surriga of General Santos City (Kalilangan Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The event was organized in cooperation with: MANILA BROADCASTING COMPANY, STAR CITY, CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHIL, NATIONAL PARKS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, CITY OF PASAY, CITY OF MANILA, DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM.

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Sponsors include: SMART communications, TALK N’TEXT, SMART UNLI social Plan 349, TANDUAY, ALASKA, MY JUIZ, CHEVROLET, CHERRY MOBILE, HANABISHI, COCA COLA, PIONEER ADHESIVE, UNIQUE TOOTHPASTE, PRIDE, M.LHUILLER, sulit.com.ph, MANILA Ocean Park, Phil STAR, Manila Bulletin

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Street dancers go down the storied CCP ramp heralding the start of the pageant. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Street dancers go down the storied CCP ramp heralding the start of the pageant. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Participating Festivals include:

Dalaksagaw Festival of Baseco Manila, Dinagsa Festival of Muntinlupa City, Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City, Adivay Festival of Benguet, Mango Festival of Zambales, Ang Tipulo Festival of Antipolo City, Mahaguyog Festival of Sto. Tomas Batangas, Pandang Gitab of Oriental Mindoro, Boling Boling Festival of Catanauan Quezon, Iloilo Dinagyang of Iloilo City, Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival, Sinulog Festival of Cebu City, Pasaka Festival of Tanauan Leyte, Zamboanga Hermosa Festival of Zamboanga City, Kalivungan Festival of Midsayap North Cotabato, Kalilangan Festival of General Santos City, Padang-padang of Parang Maguindanao, Sagayan Festival of Bululan Maguindanao, Meguyaya Festival of Upi Maguindanao, Dayang dayang Festival of Pasay City, Pintados De Passi of Passi City Iloilo,Langub festival of Mabinay Negros Oriental, Lingganay Festival of Alang-Alang Leyte, Bacon Festival of Bacong Negros Oriental, Sandurot Festival of Dumaguete City, Tuna Festival of General Santos City, Sinulog De Kabankalan of Kabankalan City Negros Occidental, Panimbang sa Tarakuku Festival of Kabuntalan Maguindanao

#17 Emily Vicotria Oke of Ilo ilo City (Dinagyang Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#17 Emily Vicotria Oke of Ilo ilo City (Dinagyang Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Costumes by candidate, descriptions from ALIWAN 2013 script:

#17 Emily Vicotria Oke of Ilo ilo City (Dinagyang Festival)

A warrior and a queen, this work of art symbolizes the strength, versatility, substance and the firm beief of the Ilonnga inone true God. She is a leader, paving the way for her people in the midst of circumstances that have tested them through time. With authentic materials that showcase the craftsmanship inherent to the Illonggos inspired by their pride for their roots and their spiritual journey that has molded them into unity. This warrior Queen represents the ATI tribe, thepeople who have contuosly given color and meaning to the Dinagyang Festival. Striking colors emphasize the boldness and honor that is being a woman, an ATI warrior and queen. (from ALIWAN 2013 script).

#17 Emily Vicotria Oke of Ilo ilo City (Dinagyang Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#17 Emily Vicotria Oke of Ilo ilo City (Dinagyang Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#11 Fe Mavella Cadungong Tano of Dumaguete City (Sandurot Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#11 Fe Mavella Cadungong Tano of Dumaguete City (Sandurot Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#11 Fe Mavella Cadungong Tano of Dumaguete City (Sandurot Festival).

She wears a Maria Clara inspired mestizo dress that features a combination of indigenous and foreign influences. The main parts of the costume are the baro, saya, tapis or sobrefalda and panuelo. An embroidered lace umbrella and fan serve as embellishments to bring out her grace and beauty. (from ALIWAN 2013 script).

#5 Jamie Herrel of Cebu city (Sinulog Festival), also captured the imagination of the crowd by incorporating  the Sinulog’s spinning movements during her walk. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#5 Jamie Herrel of Cebu city (Sinulog Festival), also captured the imagination of the crowd by incorporating the Sinulog’s spinning movements during her walk. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#5 Jamie Herrel of Cebu city (Sinulog Festival)

Jamie wears a pre-Spanish colonial inspired costume twist with modern touches. It features an authentic blend of immaculate white, accentuated with gold rattan twigs that symbolize the diverse city of Cebu as the Queen city of the South. (from ALIWAN 2013 script).

#5 Jamie Herrel of Cebu city (Sinulog Festival), also captured the imagination of the crowd by incorporating  the Sinulog’s spinning movements during her walk. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#5 Jamie Herrel of Cebu city (Sinulog Festival), also captured the imagination of the crowd by incorporating the Sinulog’s spinning movements during her walk. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#6 Nerrisa Lopera Modesto of Tanauan Leyte (Pasaka Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#6 Nerrisa Lopera Modesto of Tanauan Leyte (Pasaka Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#6 Nerrisa Lopera Modesto of Tanauan Leyte (Pasaka Festival).

Following the tradition of neo Filpino designers, DANIEL GUARINO wanted to blend traditional fabric with that of ticog and romblon, buri mats to create a costume worthy of haute couture. The bodice layered leaves is lavishly embroidered with abaca rope, corn skin, coco and wood beads, gold pearls and teardrops. The skirt is made up of Romblon fiber beaded with bariw , coco shell and buri trimmings. To complete the effect are matching necklace, cape and headpiece.

#14 Brenalyn Cuevas of Kabuntalan Maguindanao (Panimbang sa Tarakuku Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#14 Brenalyn Cuevas of Kabuntalan Maguindanao (Panimbang sa Tarakuku Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#14 Brenalyn Cuevas of Kabuntalan Maguindanao (Panimbang sa Tarakuku Festival).

Her costume is called Binandusan nu Turakuko—Binandusan is the oldest textle in Tarakuko, the original name of Kabuntalan town. Which legends say was a young and brave snake. Binandusan is made of smooth and shiny cotton which represents the young beauty of the municipality. It is a combination of inaul or hand woven malong called Madiandi combined with the yllow morodress which represents royalty.  The color combination stands for youth beauty, hope and power. She wears this headdress called Inusipan. The dress features a brass and gold neckline with accessories called Unsita, Tinibekan, Kandit and Patungan. The Original Siniban a gandi are used to symbolize the prosperous lives of Tarakuko.

#19 Shella May Las Piñas Kumarasammy of Mabinay Negros Oriental (Langub Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#19 Shella May Las Piñas Kumarasammy of Mabinay Negros Oriental (Langub Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#19 Shella May Las Piñas Kumarasammy of Mabinay Negros Oriental (Langub Festival).

Shella dons a modern tribal inspired costume that depicts and shows the exotic side of a woman.  The intricate emsemble features a midriff top made of earth toned patches, tribal print breastplate with golden and feathered embellishments. As adornment  she wears a waist attached bead fringe, feathere bangles and elaborate golden long dripped fabric headpiece. A tru Pinay modern and emowered, celebrating life, culture norms and tradition of the Langub Festival. (from ALIWAN 2013 script).

#12 Joahnna Carla Luzuriaga Saad of Kabankalan City Negros Occidental (Kabankalan Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#12 Joahnna Carla Luzuriaga Saad of Kabankalan City Negros Occidental (Kabankalan Festival). Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#4 Andrea Mae Lim of Catanauan Quezon (Boling-boling Festival) has the CCP façade in the background with the famous Manila sunset. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.

#4 Andrea Mae Lim of Catanauan Quezon (Boling-boling Festival) has the CCP façade in the background with the famous Manila sunset. Catch the ALIWAN Fiesta from April 11-13, 2013 at the CCP Complex. Photo by Jude Bautista.


Her Face Shines Through

Apples Aberin wears a design by Rhett Eala who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista
Apples Aberin (Center) wears a design by Rhett Eala who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apples Aberin (Center) wears a design by Rhett Eala who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Her face 1

Apples Aberin (Center) wears a design by Rhett Eala who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apples Aberin (Center) wears a design by Rhett Eala who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Models wear a Rajo Laurel creation inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Models wear a Rajo Laurel creation inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Love

Apples Aberin wears a design by Rhett Eala (left) who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apples Aberin wears a design by Rhett Eala (left) who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Floral inspired lighting at FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Floral inspired lighting at FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

When

from right: Apples Aberin, Digzy Umali, Best Dressed King and Queen Tim Yap and Tessa Prieto Valdes during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Apples Aberin, Digzy Umali, Best Dressed King and Queen Tim Yap and Tessa Prieto Valdes during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

The best of modern Italian furniture design can be found in FURNitalia showroom at Bonifacio Global City, 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

The best of modern Italian furniture design can be found in FURNitalia showroom at Bonifacio Global City, 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Th Multitides

The best of modern Italian furniture design can be found in FURNitalia showroom at Bonifacio Global City, 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

The best of modern Italian furniture design can be found in FURNitalia showroom at Bonifacio Global City, 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

I conjure

Apples Aberin wears a design by Rhett Eala who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apples Aberin wears a design by Rhett Eala who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

For Her

The best of modern Italian furniture design can be found in FURNitalia showroom at Bonifacio Global City, 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

The best of modern Italian furniture design can be found in FURNitalia showroom at Bonifacio Global City, 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Are We

Wowowille’s Willie Revillame is flanked by supermodels from left: Tweetie de Leon and Apples Aberin. Photo was taken during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Wowowille’s Willie Revillame is flanked by supermodels from left: Tweetie de Leon and Apples Aberin. Photo was taken during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Loneliness

Apples Aberin wears a design by Rhett Eala who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apples Aberin wears a design by Rhett Eala who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Her face 2

Apples Aberin wears a design by Rhett Eala who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apples Aberin wears a design by Rhett Eala who created an original fashion ensemble inspired by FURNITALIA’s leather furniture. The fashion show/ exhibit was during the FURNitalia Pelle Leather ball at the Bonifacio Global City showroom 30th cor Rizal Drive. Photo by Jude Bautista


Passion and Judgment in Anna Karenina

Keira Knightley is ANNA KARENINA, exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.
Keira Knightley (Anna) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Count Vronsky) could not deny their burning desire. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Keira Knightley (Anna) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Count Vronsky) could not deny their burning desire. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

For My Angel, My Beloved, My Passion, My Delicate Rose,

Written by

Jude Bautista

Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson): Are you glad to see me alone? Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley): This must stop. You make me feel as if I was guilty of something. Vronsky: What do you want me to do? Anna: I want you to go to Moscow and beg Kitty to forgive you. Vronsky: No that’s not what you want. Moscow? You can do better than that. Tonight I refused a posting to Tashkent. I can change my mind and you’ll never see me again. Anna: If you have any thought for me you will give me back my peace. Vronsky: I have no peace to give. There is no peace for us, in misery our greatest happiness.

ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

ANNA KARENINA starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law is currently exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ruth Wilson (Princess Betsy Tverskoy) Center in blue. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ruth Wilson (Princess Betsy Tverskoy) Center in blue. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

There have been many adaptations of Leo Tolstoy’s novel put to screen, radio, TV, stage and even opera. Vivien Leigh was cast in 1948. Jacqueline Bisset and the late Christopher Reeve were in a TV movie version in 1985. Sophie Marceau and Sean Bean were in the 1997 version. Yes Sean Bean, who is known as Boromir in LORD OF THE RINGS and the reluctant king Eddard Stark in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES.

Keira Knightley is ANNA KARENINA, exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Keira Knightley is ANNA KARENINA, exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kelly Macdonald who plays Anna Karenina’s sister in law is also in another HBO hit BOARDWALK EMPIRE. In that role she’s the one who has an adulterous affair while being married to mobster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi).

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Count Vronsky) sees Keira Knightley (Anna) for the first time on the train. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Count Vronsky) sees Keira Knightley (Anna) for the first time on the train. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The story of love, lust, scandal and societal judgment has fascinated audiences for decades. This version by director Joe Wright may be the most visually stunning among all of them. Recreating the grandeur of 19th century Russia was perhaps one of the big challenges in making the film. It has been nominated for 4 Oscars: Original Score, Cinematography, Production Design and Costume. The British Academy Film awards (BAFTA) has already given ANNA KARENINA the Best Costume award (Jacqueline Durran) while nominating it in similar categories and Most Outstanding British film as well.

The Russian nobility had servants to help them dress. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The Russian nobility had servants to help them dress. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Anna’s son Oskar Mcnamara (Serhoza) has a mural of ships in his bedroom. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Anna’s son Oskar Mcnamara (Serhoza) has a mural of ships in his bedroom. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The other categories that should’ve been added by award giving bodies were Best Direction and Best Editing. Wright was able to eloquently visualize the sensation of being in love especially in the extravagant ball scene.

The lavish ball where Keira Knightley (Anna) unintentionally upstaged Alicia Vikander (Kitty Scherbatsky). ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The lavish ball where Keira Knightley (Anna) unintentionally upstaged Alicia Vikander (Kitty Scherbatsky). ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Anna (Keira Knightley) couldn’t take her eyes off Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) but also did not want to be seen staring as she is already married to Karenin (Jude Law). She avoids his gaze turning away for a few seconds, when she looks back he’s gone. Suddenly she hears his voice behind her asking her to dance. The Waltz is hardly romantic with its formal movements, but the minimal physical contact and the person she was dancing with made it so thrilling. The hundreds of other pairs literally froze while Anna and the Count waltzed to the middle of the ballroom. Lights around them darkened and they were the only two people in the universe.

Keira Knightley (Anna) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Count Vronsky) are the only two people in the world when they dance the waltz. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Keira Knightley (Anna) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Count Vronsky) are the only two people in the world when they dance the waltz. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

All the world’s a stage, Alicia Vikander (Kitty Scherbatsky) sits in her parlor. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

All the world’s a stage, Alicia Vikander (Kitty Scherbatsky) sits in her parlor. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Wright masterfully used a theater stage as a metaphor for his character’s lives. All the world is a stage, in this sense shows that society will eventually know of or judge people in a particular scene.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Count Vronsky) on horseback. Even a horse race is shot in the theater. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Count Vronsky) on horseback. Even a horse race is shot in the theater. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Apart from Cinematography, Editing also enhanced the sets and detail that showed the decadence of Russian aristocracy. The camera would dolly into a scene with an elaborate golden wall divider in the background and cut where the background ends.  A servant would close a black door also with ornate golden relief ending a particular scene. Everything is so smooth and well thought out; sometimes you hardly notice the change in location or ‘transition’ until you’re already there.

Keira Knightley (Anna) plays with her niece in an ornate playhouse. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Keira Knightley (Anna) plays with her niece in an ornate playhouse. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Spellbinding fireworks during (Ruth Wilson) Princess Betsy’s soiree. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Spellbinding fireworks during (Ruth Wilson) Princess Betsy’s soiree. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

ANNA KARENINA reveals much more than just the joy, pain and tragedies of love. While showing the decadence of the aristocracy it also deals with the disparity between classes and the prejudices that existed. There’s a personal evolution in the characters as the story goes along that people go through in real life.

Could their lust turn to love? ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Could their lust turn to love? ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Alicia Vikander (Kitty Scherbatsky) out grew her aristocratic upbringing to realize what was truly important in life. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Alicia Vikander (Kitty Scherbatsky) out grew her aristocratic upbringing to realize what was truly important in life. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The film illustrates how stratified and segregated Russian society was in the 19th century. It was a violation of decorum to have gypsies or any other race to stay in the same roof as an aristocrat. Kostya Levin’s (Domhnall Gleeson) brother Nikolai (David Wilmot) had kept an Indian woman, Masha (Tannishtha Chatterjee) as a companion who was taking care of him through his grave illness.

Alicia Vikander (Kitty Scherbatsky) who has lived a life of privilege chose to serve David Wilmot (Nikolai) in his last days. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Alicia Vikander (Kitty Scherbatsky) who has lived a life of privilege chose to serve David Wilmot (Nikolai) in his last days. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The young, blonde, princess-like Kitty (Alicia Vikander) went into Nikolai’s room to give him a sponge bath and saw the Indian companion. Kostya apologized to Kitty for having her there and insisted that she leave. Instead Kitty gave a towel to Masha and asked her to wash Nikolai together.

Alicia Vikander (Kitty Scherbatsky) nurses David Wilmot (Nikolai) with Tannishtha Chatterjee (Masha). ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Alicia Vikander (Kitty Scherbatsky) nurses David Wilmot (Nikolai) with Tannishtha Chatterjee (Masha). ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kitty had always been in the bosom of wealth and decadence, that frame of mind. Because of her own loss and pain, it made her grow as a person and learn what was truly important in life. Kostya is himself a landowner who worked with farmers. He had found peace in a simpler life that made him ask, “Is it living simply that I’m looking for?”

Although he is a landowner Domhnall Gleeson (Kostya Levin) was mocked by Russian nobility in Moscow for being too rural. He has found his peace in a simpler life. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Although he is a landowner Domhnall Gleeson (Kostya Levin) was mocked by Russian nobility in Moscow for being too rural. He has found his peace in a simpler life. ANNA KARENINA is exclusively shown in Resort’s World Manila, Megaworld Lifestyle malls such as Eastwood City and Lucky Chinatown Mall.


Real Filipino-Italian Exchange in Moviemov

Actress Vanessa Gravina, The Godmother of Moviemov and Xian Lim. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Actress Vanessa Gravina, The Godmother of Moviemov and Xian Lim. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Now on its second year the Moviemov film festival shows the growing cooperation between the Philippines and Italy. It ran from December 4-9, 2012 at Greenbelt 3. Italian actors flew in along with their films that screened in the fest: Andrea Bosca (Magnifica Presenza ), Salvatore Striano (Cesare Deve Morire- Caesar Must Die!), Alessio Gallo (L’Intervallo-The Interval) and Davide Iacopini (Diaz). Vanessa Gravina was touted as The Godmother of Moviemov by Artistic Director Senator Goffredo Bettini.

Piolo Pascual at the The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest. They rolled out the red carpet for the stars at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Piolo Pascual at the The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest. They rolled out the red carpet for the stars at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Salvatore Striano (Cesare Deve Morire) gives Natl Artist for Literature Virgie Moreno a kiss. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Salvatore Striano (Cesare Deve Morire) gives Chevalier Virgie Moreno a kiss. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Not to be out done Pinoy Heart throbs were also in attendance: Piolo Pascual, Maja Salvador, Matteo Guidicelli, Sam Milby, Xian Lim, Denise Laurel, Maricar Reyes, Kuya Manzano, Maxine Mamba of TV5’s ‘Moneydrop’, Tessa Prieto Valdes, Gwendolyn Ruais, Priscilla Meirelles, Ginger Conejero, Director Arnel Mardoquio, Fe Gingging Hyde and many more.

from left: Maricar Reyes, Gerald Anderson, Maja Salvador, Denise Laurel and Sam Milby. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Maricar Reyes, Gerald Anderson, Maja Salvador, Denise Laurel and Sam Milby. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

FDCP Chair Briccio Santos and Moviemov Godmother Vanessa Gravina. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

FDCP Chair Briccio Santos and Moviemov Godmother Vanessa Gravina. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

FDCP (Film Development Council of the Phil) Chairman Briccio Santos was able to talk about the exchange of films in his speech, “The festival features some of the best films in contemporary Italian cinema from Giuliano Montaldo’s emotionally chilling “The Entreprenuer” to the intimate adolescence felt in Leonardo di Costanzo’s “The Interval” and from Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s moving tragedy “Qiyamah” to the revolutionary “Deakda 70”, this festival promises the most engaging works by Italian and Filipino filmmakers today. And tonight we are graced by some of these fine filmmakers, actors and actresses from both shores.”

2nd from right:  Senator Goffredo Bettini Moviemov Artistic Dir with Sheika actors from left: Perry Dizon, Arnel Mardoquio (director), Fe Gingging Hyde (actor/producer), and Natl Artist for Literature Virgie Moreno. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

2nd from right: Senator Goffredo Bettini Moviemov Artistic Dir with Sheika actors from left: Perry Dizon, Arnel Mardoquio (director), Fe Gingging Hyde (actor/producer), and Chevalier Virgie Moreno. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Sam Milby and Denise Laurel. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Sam Milby and Denise Laurel. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari said that the fest is not just for viewing but a learning experience where people exchange ideas, “If you’ve never heard of the Spaghetti Western this is the best opportunity to deepen your knowledge on that. For young filmmakers, it may start a new Filipino movie genre like Adobo Horror? In other words we want to show you not only nice Italian movies but also the way we Italians conceive cinema. Not just as a pleasure or entertainment but above all as another way to reflect on our time and our society.”

(Center) Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari (white tux) sitting on a fully restored Vespa PX150 with Vespa Club of the Philippines Members L-R Mark Laccay, 2012 Club President Dax Morfe, Patrick Pulumbarit, Cesar Dizon, 2012 Club P.R.O. Jason Tobillo. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

(Center) Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari (white tux) sitting on a fully restored Vespa PX150 with Vespa Club of the Philippines Members L-R Mark Laccay, 2012 Club President Dax Morfe, Patrick Pulumbarit, Cesar Dizon, 2012 Club P.R.O. Jason Tobillo. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Andrea Bosca (Magnifica Presenza), PIA Cultural Officer Cristina Moricca and Davide Iacopini (Diaz). The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Andrea Bosca (Magnifica Presenza), PIA Cultural Officer Cristina Moricca and Davide Iacopini (Diaz). The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The different genres help show a wider picture of Italian cinema. Fornari also explained the process for the Filipino selection, “That is why we’re screening both comedies and dramas. Some show the best of Italian regions. This year we also feature more Filipino filmmakers. The 5 films are a perfect mix or independent and commercial films for everyone to enjoy. Including the winner of the Filipino national film festival just held in Davao.”

There were so many stars Denise Laurel also took pics of her own from her i-phone. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

There were so many stars Denise Laurel also took pics of her own from her i-phone. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: Cinemalaya Foundation Pres. Nes Jardin, Maricar Reyes and Sam Milby. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: Cinemalaya Foundation Pres. Nes Jardin, Maricar Reyes and Sam Milby. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The educational component was also improved on for this year, “After the screening the students have the chance to interact with Italian and Filipino celebrities. I want to underline the master class for university students of Sergio Leone which will be conducted by Piera Detassis, the (former) artistic Director of the International Film Festival in Rome. There you will understand how niche low budget movies have become internationally famous.”

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes poses with a fully restored Vespa PX150. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes poses with a fully restored Vespa PX150. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Venice Film fest awardee Pepe Diokno (Engkwentro) and Line Producer Bianca Balbuena. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Venice Film fest awardee Pepe Diokno (Engkwentro) and Line Producer Bianca Balbuena. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Italy has always been one of the strongest supporters of Filipino cinema. Fornari explains why, “The Filipinos today are facing a great booming of creativity in cinema as the recent awards in Venice film festival and various international fests have shown. We encourage the local film community to further deepen its analysis on the unique complexity and charm of Filipino culture and society. Now is the right time.”

Actor Kuya Manzano and Maxine Mamba of TV5’s ‘Moneydrop’. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Actor Kuya Manzano and Maxine Mamba of TV5’s ‘Moneydrop’. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Star Magic Chairman Emeritus Johnny Manahan and Piolo Pascual beside a fully restored Vespa PX150. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from left: Star Magic Chairman Emeritus Johnny Manahan and Piolo Pascual beside a fully restored Vespa PX150. The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Center: Salvatorre Striano (Cesare Deve Morire)- blue tie with ASIATICA Film Medial participants from left: Madeleine Nicolas, Judith Bueno, Carlo Obispo (1,2,3), Sheenly Gener, Max Celada (Pasahero) , Richard Legaspi (Manenaya) Seymour Barros Sanchez and Noel Taylo (Kwarto) . The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: Salvatorre Striano (Cesare Deve Morire)- blue tie with ASIATICA Film Medial participants from left: Madeleine Nicolas, Judith Bueno, Carlo Obispo (1,2,3), Sheenly Gener, Max Celada (Pasahero) , Richard Legaspi (Manenaya) Seymour Barros Sanchez and Noel Taylo (Kwarto) . The Moviemov: Italian Film Fest rolled out the red carpet at the Ayala Museum and GB3 cinema. Photo by Jude Bautista


Exciting Xmas at RWM

#8 Jade Dy; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista
#8 Jade Dy; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

#8 Jade Dy; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Heavenly bodies went down the ramp in a sizzling beach scene paving the way for GRAND FIESTA in Resort’s World Manila. The GRAND FIESTA is a six-week Christmas celebration featuring huge sales and countless events like: Von Trapp Family Concert (December 5), Christmas with Chris Botti  (December 6), Pinoy Ultimate Jeepney (December 10 to 31) – Artists from all over the country pay tribute to the King of Philippine roads, Loyal RW Members with points can get to watch The Hobbit absolutely FREE (December 13), Grand Fashion Show Manila (December 13). Log on to the official Resort’s World Manila site  for a complete calendar of events.

#8 Jade Dy; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

#8 Jade Dy; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Miss Resort’s World Pageant had one of the hottest swimsuit competitions. The biggest LCD screen in Southeast Asia, had the perfect background of a white sand beach and a lone palm tree with powder blue skies.

#8 Jade Dy; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

#8 Jade Dy; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: #6 Roxane Jesalva, #8 Jade Dy, #7 Michelle Gavagan and #5 Julian Flores; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: #6 Roxane Jesalva, #8 Jade Dy, #7 Michelle Gavagan and #5 Julian Flores; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

All candidates had swimsuit worthy figures, to say the least. #8 Jade Dy however, was able to use her ramp modeling experience to the hilt. At age 18 (she’s now 22) she was already modeling for the Fashion Watch Quartet at Makati Shang Rila Hotel. It’s the series where the best designers of the country show their collections from Lulu Tan Gan, Alex Bitong, James Reyes, Rhett Eala, , Patrice Diaz, Gian Romano , Cary Santiago, OJ Hofer, Avel Bacudio, Jojie Lloren , Rajo Laurel , Dennis Lustico, Ito Curata and Hindy Weber Tantoco.

#12 Zahara Soriano won Best Swimsuit. Candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

#12 Zahara Soriano won Best Swimsuit. Candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: #12 Zahara Soriano and #11 Jillean Orbina; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: #12 Zahara Soriano and #11 Jillean Orbina; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Partnering with Miss Resorts World 2012, the Fashion Council of Cebu designed both the swimwear and evening gowns of the candidates. They are: Hajji Godinez, Anthony Romoff, Vania Romoff, Arci Gayatin, OJ Hofer, Yvonne Quisumbing, Philip Tampus, Albert Arriba, Jun Escario, Cary Santiago and their Pesident Philip Y. Rodriguez. For the swimsuit competition there were 5 designers also from this group: Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. PRIMO sang Cant Take My Eyes during swimwear segment.

From left: #12 Zahara Soriano and #11 Jillean Orbina; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: #12 Zahara Soriano and #11 Jillean Orbina; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: #12 Zahara Soriano and #11 Jillean Orbina; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: #12 Zahara Soriano and #11 Jillean Orbina; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

For the swimsuit competition it was # 12 Zahara Soriano who won the special award BEST in Swimwear. Other special award winners include–Best in Talent: #15 Jo Anne Dagohoy, Ms. Photogenic: #1 Karen Gallman, Darling of the Press: #5 Julian Flores, Social Media Fan Favorite: # 16 Ferina de Paz and Amazing Race Winner: # 7 Michelle Gavagan. No, Michelle Gavagan did not join the actual Amazing Race Phil currently on TV5. There is a special Amazing Race challenge where candidates had to go through the Marriot Hotel, The Remington, Genting Club completing various tasks with the fastest time. Michelle Gavagan who became 1st Runner Up over all won the Amazing Race challenge.  Ferina de Paz earned the most votes from Miss Resort’s World Manila facebook fan page as Social Media fan favorite.

Borgy Manotoc was part of the prestigious panel of judges. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Borgy Manotoc was part of the prestigious panel of judges. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Ms Resort’s World 2012 Alexandra Salmeron and #15 Jo Anne Dagohoy (Best in Talent) ; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Ms Resort’s World 2012 Alexandra Salmeron and #15 Jo Anne Dagohoy (Best in Talent) ; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Alexandra Salmeron was crowned Miss Resort’s World 2012, needless to say she also looked great in a swimsuit. Followed by 1st Runner Up Michelle Gavagan (Amazing Race Winner), 2nd Runner Up Karen Gallman (Ms. Photogenic), 3rd Runner Up Jillean Orbina, 4th Runner Up Angeli Gomez.

From left: #4 Kaara Tan and #1 Karen Gallman ; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: #4 Kaara Tan and #1 Karen Gallman ; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: RWM VP of Casino Operations Hakan Dagtas, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, 1st Runner Up Michelle Gavagan (Amazing Race Winner), Miss Resorts World 2012 Alexandra Salmeron, 2nd Runner Up Karen Gallman (Ms. Photogenic) and Scribble Works Prods Mng Dir. Tati Fortuna. The top 3 were given their Chanel bags from Milan Station along with getting Genting Star Tourism Academy Scholarships and Resort’s World Entertainment card with P25,000 load. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: RWM VP of Casino Operations Hakan Dagtas, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, 1st Runner Up Michelle Gavagan (Amazing Race Winner), Miss Resorts World 2012 Alexandra Salmeron, 2nd Runner Up Karen Gallman (Ms. Photogenic) and Scribble Works Prods Mng Dir. Tati Fortuna. The top 3 were given their Chanel bags from Milan Station along with getting Genting Star Tourism Academy Scholarships and Resort’s World Entertainment card with P25,000 load. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The top 3 won the perfect vacation: Miss Resort’s World 2012  P500,000 in cash, 4 days 3 nights on Star Cruise’s Superstar Virgo, 1st Runner Up gets  P300,000 in cash, 4 days 3 nights  on Star Cruise’s Superstar Libra and 2nd Runner up gets P150,000 in cash, One night Cruise Experience in Star Cruise’s Star Pisces. Top 3 will be getting Genting Star Tourism Academy Scholarships, luxurious Chanel bags from Milan Station and Resort’s World Entertainment card with P25,000 load.

#1 Karen Gallman; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

#1 Karen Gallman; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

King and I’s Bo Cerrudo serenade the crowd during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

King and I’s Bo Cerrudo serenade the crowd during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Practically all candidates got surprise bonus prizes: Top 5 will be getting an additional all expense paid trip to Resorts World Sentosa. Top 12 will get an all expense paid trip to Resorts World Genting. All candidates received a Resorts World Manila entertainment card with P 10,000 load. All contestants went to Hong Kong for Star Cruise shoot and got to see Hong Kong Disneyland. Everyone can go to Resort’s world and discover something that they’d enjoy doing especially this Christmas season. Log on to the official Resort’s World Manila site for complete list of special events.

#4 Kaara Tan ; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

#4 Kaara Tan ; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

EVENT Sponsors include: VISA, Resort’s World Sentosa, Resort’s World Genting, Star Cruises, Cathy Valencia Skin Care Center, Galderama, Cetaphil, Jing Monis Salon Velvet, STI

All candidates received a Resorts World Manila entertainment card with P10,000 load which they can use for shopping, REPUBLIQ and all establishments at the premiere leisure center in the city. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

All candidates received a Resorts World Manila entertainment card with P10,000 load which they can use for shopping, REPUBLIQ and all establishments at the premiere leisure center in the city. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

#3 Gabrielle Runnstrom; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

#3 Gabrielle Runnstrom; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

PRIMO sang Cant Take My Eyes during swimwear segment in Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

PRIMO sang Cant Take My Eyes during swimwear segment in Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: #18 Angeli Gomez   #19 Phoebe Pataytay; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: #18 Angeli Gomez #19 Phoebe Pataytay; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: #10 Eleonor Valderrama,  #9 Katarina Maria Casem Martinez; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: #10 Eleonor Valderrama, #9 Katarina Maria Casem Martinez; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

#2 Nina Ronda ; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

#2 Nina Ronda ; candidates wore swimwear designed by Yvonne Quisumbing, Hajji Godinez for SALMALTO, Philip Tampus, Vania Romoff and OJ Hofer. Photo was taken during Miss Resort’s World Final Runway competition at the New Port Performing Arts Theater Resort’s World Manila last Nov 23, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

 


Gentlemen of THE RAMP

The RAMP at CROSSINGS in Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The RAMP at CROSSINGS in Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Takes more than combat gear to make a man

Takes more than a license for a gun

Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can

A gentleman will walk but never run

–Sting

A male model strides across the ramp wearing a coat, an umbrella in hand. While shooting, a different soundtrack in my head starts: “Englishman in New York” by Sting.  THE RAMP at Crossings, Daniel Hechter, DEBENHAMS even Marks and Spencer will do that to you even if it’s just clothes other men are wearing. Also Sting really IS set to invade our fair city on December 9, 2012. The venue was moved to SMART Araneta because of the previous venues’ policy on pine trees. It really does take more than combat gear to make a man. Sting takes a real stand for the environment.

Marks & Spencer at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Daniel Hechter at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fortunately looking more gentlemanly this holiday season is a lot easier. Brands like Ben Sherman, Mossimo Dutti, ZARA, Debenhams, Topshop, Mango, Warehouse, Gap, K & Co, Mico Boutique, Celine, Celio, Onitsuka Tiger, Bauhaus, Nautica, Ben Sherman, Original Penguin, and Anthem all came together for a fashion show entitled Season of Opulence held at the Shangri La Plaza Grand Atrium last November 18.

Daniel Hechter at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Daniel Hechter has the classic jacket in greys and blue shirts. The cut and fit seems to be slimming and comfortable at the same time. For someone always on his feet like me, the more comfortable sneakers paired with them also in grey are ideal. Thank you to French Audio Visual Attaché Martin Makalintal who explained that the brand is pronounced as: heshtehh. Martin also took some commendable pictures of the fashion show.

Daniel Hechter at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The RAMP at CROSSINGS in Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE RAMP at Crossings has more contrasty color palette with black jackets and white shirts. The cuts are more reminiscent of an Italian style. It’s not all about the suits however, there’s also the casual shirt with vest, which looks great for a date night. There are also the tan shimmering jackets, which reminds me of places like Monaco or some high end resort in the Mediterranean.

The RAMP at CROSSINGS in Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

ZARA at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

ZARA definitely caught my eye with strong 70’s influence but still very much up to date. The vibe is very Lenny Kravitz, a rock star known for his retro style. The green plaid suit with a bow tie seems like a misfit on paper. Seeing the model wear it with a fedora hat also in green plaid is just plain cool, everything works. This is also the same brand that had the model pair an umbrella with a dark pea coat.

ZARA at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mossimo Dutti at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Hats are not the only interesting accessory, satchels can also be seen in several brands. In the comedy blockbuster The Hangover, Alan Garner is a special child who describes himself as a ‘stay at home son.’ He was able to justify the satchel to men across the world in a way high-end designers were not. Actor Zach Galifianakis uttered his famous line to Bradley Cooper, “It’s where I keep all my things. I get a lot of compliments on this. Plus it’s not a purse it’s a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one.”

Mossimo Dutti at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ben Sherman at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ben Sherman may have the most wearable clothes for Phil. weather, in spite of being a British brand. According to Wikipedia, founder Arthur Sugarman based the brand on what “1960s London based modern jazz fans were eagerly buying: the Oxford-cloth American button down shirt brands.” This was because they were worn by visiting American jazz artists (who later on became legends) like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. To this day you can still see the 60’s shapes, colors and that ‘jazz’ influence in the current Ben Sherman collection.

Ben Sherman at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celio* at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Interestingly enough Sting came from a punk and reggae based sound in his POLICE days. When he started his solo career in the late 80’s he also developed a very strong jazz influence, which he combined with hip-hop, electronica. Now I understand that line. When you look good in these clothes, “A gentleman will walk but never run.”

For inquiries, contact 633-7851 loc.113 or log on to http://www.shangrila-plaza.com. Add Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook: shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage.

Celio* at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

DEBENHAMS at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bauhaus at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bauhaus at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista


Tis the Season of Opulence

The RAMP at CROSSINGS in Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

The RAMP at CROSSINGS in Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Photographed by

Jude Bautista

Premier lifestyle hub Shangri-La Plaza proved itself once more as one of the metro’s preferred style sources as it unveiled the hottest picks of the season with Season of Opulence, its 2012 Holiday Fashion Show.

GAP is modeled by (from left): Jessica Yang, Aya Abesamis and Jasmine Maierhofer at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

GAP at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Fashionistas capture the latest trends with tablets this year along with cellphones and digital cameras. Photo by Jude Bautista

Held at the lifestyle destination’s Grand Atrium, the highly anticipated fashion event offered Manila’s most discerning style setters a coveted preview of what to expect this holiday season from select top clothing brands; while also parading the impressive diversity of Shang’s merchandise mix.

Celio* at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Original Penguin at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Fashionistas capture the latest trends with tablets this year along with cellphones and digital cameras. Photo by Jude Bautista

Popular high street labels Marks & Spencer, Zara, Debenhams, Topshop, Mango, and Warehouse wowed audiences with noteworthy runway revelations that showcased key trends for the celebrated fashion season.

Celine at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Premium brands Gap, K & Co, Mico Boutique, Celine, Celio, Daniel Hechter, Onitsuka Tiger, Massimo Dutti, Bauhaus, Nautica, Ben Sherman, Original Penguin, and Anthem likewise reigned on the catwalk, presenting their own distinct interpretations of how to stand out in style during the holidays.

The RAMP at CROSSINGS in Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Onitsuka Tiger at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Of course, also not to miss were laudable anthologies from Rustan’s Department Store and Crossings Department Store, turning some of the season’s most wanted looks into wearable creations fit for stylish urbanites to don during the  much awaited iconic series of gatherings and special affairs the most wonderful time of year often brings.

Mico Boutique at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mico Boutique at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Taking to the stage through Season of Opulence and its participating brands were two key style dictations for the Yuletide season.  Dressy evening wear still remained in fashion’s Top 2 for holiday must-haves, with participating brands launching a dreamy parade of glamorous and luxurious pieces fit for stylish men and women.

TOP SHOP at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

WAREHOUSE at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Also proving to be worthy alternatives to special occasion pieces were sportswear-infused street wear, offering a different take on holiday dressing by ingeniously incorporating sporty elements into contemporary styles and masterfully conjuring eye-catching utilitarian pieces with their own unique fashion flavor –turning basics and wardrobe staples into occasion-ready ensembles.

BB Dakota Anthem at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Fashionistas capture the latest trends with tablets this year along with cellphones and digital cameras. Photo by Jude Bautista

BB Dakota Anthem at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Fashionistas capture the latest trends with tablets this year along with cellphones and digital cameras. Photo by Jude Bautista

Successfully peppering the runways with looks that take their cues from the global style scene, Season of Opulence was the perfect prelude to what mall goers and avid shoppers can look forward to from the Shang this holiday season.

For inquiries, contact 633-7851 loc.113 or log on to http://www.shangrila-plaza.com. Add Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook: shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage.

NAUTICA at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Fashionistas capture the latest trends with tablets this year along with cellphones and digital cameras. Photo by Jude Bautista

NAUTICA at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celine at Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Fashionistas capture the latest trends with tablets this year along with cellphones and digital cameras. Photo by Jude Bautista

The RAMP at CROSSINGS in Shangri La Plaza’s Season of Opulence Fashion show last Nov 18, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista


Guestlist.ph Ranks REPUBLIQ as No.1

Tessa Prieto Valdes became a SMART Infinity endorser this year. She was partying at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

REPUBLIQ’s plush ambience attracts people to Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Guestlist.ph founder and CEO Ron Baetiong recently got the nod to pitch to Silicon Valley execs through the ON3 Competition last July. His website allows users to choose the party they want and gain entrance through their mobile phones.

Tessa Prieto Valdes became a SMART Infinity endorser this year. She was partying at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Guestlist.ph founder and CEO Ron Baetiong with Guestlist.ph co founder and COO Chris Fong at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

He believes that REPUBLIQ is the top dance club in the country, “REPUBLIQ is the best club because they bring in the best talent. They bring in topnotch talents like AVICI, the top 50 DJs in the world, LMFAO and Far East Movement. The Bassjackers is one of the up and coming DJ Duos.” The ambience and attention to detail is what has made REPUBLIQ and it’s home in Resort’s World a regular place for party people like Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Tim Yap.

Far East Movement performed at REPUBLIQ in Resorts World Manila. Members from left: J Splif (Jae Chong), Kev Nish (Kevin Nishima), Prohgress (James Roh), DJ Virman (Virman Coquia). Photo by Jude Bautista

Tessa Prieto Valdes with Tweebiz / Party Pilipinas Host Tim Yap at Café Republic in Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Bassjackers were also guest DJ’s for the launch sponsored by SMART last week announcing the partnership between Guestlist.ph and REPUBLIQ. The top club is now the first to use a new technology called eRSVP. Earlier this year, Tessa Prieto Valdes also became the official endorser of SMART Infinity.

DJ Marlon Flohr of Bassjackers pumps up the party at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Contributed Photo.

From right: SMART event officer Rizza Diaz, Guestlist.ph CEO and founder Ron Baetiong, SMART Buisness Dev Head and IdeaSpace Pres. Earl Valencia, Patty Valencia and Carla Marie Cainoy at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

SMART Communications has been one of the consistent partners for Guestlist.ph; “They’re basically supporting us not just on the sponsor side, since they know we can scale this they’ve been there for us. SMART has this program called IdeaSpace which is a start up funding incubator since they support us they want to help us out in giving business.”

REPUBLIQ’s plush ambience attracts people to Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sunday Inquirer Mag Publisher Leica Carpo shoots pics with a Canon IXUS at Café REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Guestlist.ph and eRSVP have a unique marketing advantage, “They also know in their events they throw tons of money in advertising. But there’s no recall. There’s no call to action. You spend 2 million in one night, but can you engage that 2 million after the event? Can you actually talk to them and text to them? How many came and can you reward them? With our app you can because there’s a scan. Everything is recorded online.”

With Top Designers from left: Sunday Inquirer Mag Publisher Leica Carpo, Ivarluski Aseron, Dennis Lustico, Tessa Prieto Valdes, Patrice Ramos Diaz and James Reyes at Café REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Guestlist.ph Co founder and COO Chris Fong explained, “The technology is a facebook app where you register to join Republiq’s party. It requires the user’s name, gender and mobile number. We will then send an alpha numeric code to the mobile number the user entered which becomes their VIP pass to skip the normal guest line.”

Tessa Prieto Valdes became a SMART Infinity endorser this year. She was partying at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: WILBROS Live Managing Dir Winston Llamas, Lactacyd Woman Team mates Bea Locsin, Amanda Carpo and WILBROS Live COO Glenn Llamas partying at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Baetiong insists that there are also safeguards against minors getting in the club and identity theft, “At the end of the day you still have to show your ID. And your ID will show your birthdate. If you don’t look 18 sorry you can’t go in the club. The management has the right to refuse entry. It’s part of the system.  We’ve covered all the bases”.

from left: “King and I” Director Freddie Santos and Tweetbiz / Party Pilipinas host Tim Yap at Café Republiq, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

REPUBLIQ’s plush ambience attracts people to Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

According to him, the choice of partnering with REPUBLIQ was made easier with the fact that it was in Resort’s World Manila, “Resort’s World is all about the experience. I’m just talking as a frequent goer. They’re harnessing the experience of the visitor. They have all the entertainment methods you can think of. You’ve got shopping, you’ve got casinos, you got a club, you got a bar, great food everywhere.”

REPUBLIQ’s plush ambience attracts people to Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Tessa Prieto Valdes, Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho at Café Republiq, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The venue is perfect for tourists but you don’t have to be from out of town to stay there, “Plus if you stay in for too long they have hotels. You don’t have to go anywhere else.  You got too drunk? You know what just get a room.”

Tweetbiz / Party Pilipinas host Tim Yap rips the ledge at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

JR Isaac shoots buddies w his cell at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

There is a range of hotels at Resort’s World that allows for different budgets. It starts from Maxim, which is known for luxurious suites to Marriot, which is targeted for the business traveler. Then there is the brand spanking new Remington, which gives great value for money.

from left: Rachel Alejandro, Tessa Prieto Valdes and Tim Yap at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess with PSY (lookalike) no they were not doing the Gangnam style. They were partying at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Interaksyon website reported that the ON3 competition “began in the Philippines in 2011 with an aim to provide a venue where people can work together and collaborate across different kinds of technology projects.”

Amanda Carpo and Dennis Valdes at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Tessa Prieto Valdes, Tweetbiz / Party Pilipinas host Tim Yap, Joey Mead King and Caludine Trillo partying at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Two new technology incubation firms support the competition: Kickstart Ventures and IdeaSpace Foundation. The Science and Technology Advisory Council –Silicon Valley (STAC-SV), organized the ON3 to help foster innovation and economic development in the Phil.

The incredible energy at REPUBLIQ’s dance floor attracts people to Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Guestlist.ph, eRSVP and REPUBLIQ altogether is an example of how technology develops to show the world the best of Filipino hospitality, “If there’s something that Filipinos love to do it’s celebrate and party. It’s in our DNA. Work is hard, partying should be easy.”

Tessa Prieto Valdes became a SMART Infinity endorser this year. She was partying at REPUBLIQ, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista


KARDA-SHANG!

Hollywood Tv reality Stars: Rob Kardashian and Kylie Jenner at the HUMAN press con held in Makati Shangri La Hotel, Oct. 26, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Hollywood Tv reality Stars: Rob Kardashian and Kylie Jenner at the HUMAN press con held in Makati Shangri La Hotel, Oct. 26, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Hollywood TV reality stars Rob Kardashian and Kylie Jenner were at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel for their press launch for HUMAN last October 26, 2012. The two were chosen as brand ambassadors for the jeans line. They also walked the ramp for the HUMAN segment in Philippine Fashion Week.

Kylie Jenner liked her official residence so much she tweeted a photo from the view of her Shangri-La Hotel room. She also captioned the photo, “home for the next few days.” http://kendallandkylie.celebuzz.com/home-for-the-next-few-days-10-2012

View from Kylie Jenner’s Makati Shangri La Hotel room which she tweeted.

“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is one of the more popular reality shows being aired in 150 countries across the world. Kylie Jenner is the youngest of their family at 15 years old Rob is 25.

Their mom Kris was married 1978 to lawyer Robert Kardashian they later got divorced on 1990.  Older sisters Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and bother Robert were from Kris’ first husband who passed away in 2003.  Kris remarried in 1991 to Olympian Bruce Jenner and had Kendall and Kylie.

Kylie Jenner at the HUMAN press con held in Makati Shangri La Hotel, Oct. 26, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Both Kylie and Rob were asked about their fame and are excited with the prospects of endorsing HUMAN, “I would never have expected this. 5 years ago and now we’re here and it’s a really amazing experience. When we got the offer to come here, I jumped right on it. I was like YES!”

Rob has a strong Pinoy connection, “I have a lot of Filipino friends in L.A. and its pretty amazing to be here. We’re helping out HUMAN Jean and endorsing this company its pretty cool.”

Rob Kardashian at the HUMAN press con held in Makati Shangri La Hotel, Oct. 26, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista.

The media was also curious as to why they thought the show was so popular. Rob said, “I just feel like we’re a very relatable family. We’re very real. We’re very honest, open. We don’t regret anything we do on or off camera. We’re just ourselves. That’s why we’ve been around for so long and people just relate to us. We’re a normal real family.”

Each of the six siblings now have their own admirers according to Kylie, “What I’ve noticed also is that people have favorites. My sister Khloe is a lot of people’s favorite. Other people relate to Kim others to Kourtney or my sister and I who are younger. People just relate we don’t hold back.  We’re comfortable with the crew because we’ve known them for 5 years going on 6 years now. That’s why we’re so comfortable.”

Rob was also pleasantly surprised with how fashionable Filipinos are, “Obviously the fashion world is crazy here. Definitely fashion forward here.”

from left: Su Yen Corp. Chairman Ben Chan, Spot.ph EIC Myrza Sison, Bench Architect Miguel Pastor and Phil Star Columnist Philip Cu-Unjieng. Photo taken at the Rob Kardashian / Kylie Jenner HUMAN press con held in Makati Shangri La Hotel, Oct. 26, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista.

His involvement with fashion has deepened with his own brands, “I started my own sock line (with Arthur George). And I’m also working with Neiman Marcus everywhere. I’m also working with my own clothing line right now.  I’m opening up a few of my own clothing stores in the U .S. and London. It’s pretty cool. It feels like we’re all getting into the fashion world right now.”

For Rob HUMAN came at a great time. His sisters are known to be admirers of high end fashion brands. And while he appreciates the quality of more expensive items he saw his own opportunity, “Obviously they’re not affordable for everybody. And I don’t agree with that. So I’m creating something I feel like HUMAN is exactly the same.”

Events 100 Mkt Mgr Lejandra Matias with Su Yen Corp. Chairman Ben Chan. Photo taken at the Rob Kardashian / Kylie Jenner HUMAN press con held in Makati Shangri La Hotel, Oct. 26, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Rob and Kylie fit very well with the Human DNA: young and stylish. At such a young age, they already gained fame. This is not just for their family name but also because of their own individuality especially when it comes to style, a value the brand is also known for.

For their launch, Human channels the fashion sense of the Japanese pop culture. Expect a lot of colors, a lot of layers, and a lot of texture when it comes to the fashion, the experience and the overall feel of the show. On the contrary, Human Black will have a mix of black and white optical-lined backdrop during its segment. Set at the Mall of Asia Atrium, the venue will have the J-pop feel with colorful blocks, lighting and props to fill the stage. Other than this, the two will be the newest endorsers for Human genes.

Hollywood TV reality Stars: Rob Kardashian and Kylie Jenner at the HUMAN press con held in Makati Shangri La Hotel, Oct. 26, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista.


Don’t Leave My Dreams

Sunday Inquirer Magazine Publisher Leica Carpo recently hosted “Women In Love” Photo exhibit series by Pond’s Gold Radiance. The photo exhibit also had a Limited Edition VESPA LX 150 IE worth P350,000 for auction until February 14, 2012 at Rockwell Power plant mall. Proceeds will go to Sendong victims through the efforts of Phil. Red Cross Mkti / Gifts & Graces. Both the Vespa and the photo exhibit of Women In Love are on display until Feb 14. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Sunday Inquirer Magazine Publisher Leica Carpo recently hosted “Women In Love” Photo exhibit series by Pond’s Gold Radiance. The photo exhibit also had a Limited Edition VESPA LX 150 IE worth P350,000 for auction until February 14, 2012 at Rockwell Power plant mall. Proceeds will go to Sendong victims through the efforts of Phil. Red Cross Mkti / Gifts & Graces. Both the Vespa and the photo exhibit of Women In Love are on display until Feb 14. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Written and photographed

By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Sponsors include: Canon, Pond’s Gold Radiance, Power plant Mall, Vespa, Phil. Daily Inquirer, Jamba Juice, McDonalds, National Bookstore, SM Accessories and Swatch.

Sunday Inquirer Magazine Publisher Leica Carpo recently hosted “Women In Love” Photo exhibit series by Pond’s Gold Radiance. The photo exhibit also had a Limited Edition VESPA LX 150 IE worth P350,000 for auction until February 14, 2012 at Rockwell Power plant mall. Proceeds will go to Sendong victims through the efforts of Phil. Red Cross Mkti / Gifts & Graces. Both the Vespa and the photo exhibit of Women In Love are on display until Feb 14. Photo by Jude Bautista.

 

Sunday Inquirer Magazine Publisher Leica Carpo recently hosted “Women In Love” Photo exhibit series by Pond’s Gold Radiance. The photo exhibit also had a Limited Edition VESPA LX 150 IE worth P350,000 for auction until February 14, 2012 at Rockwell Power plant mall. Proceeds will go to Sendong victims through the efforts of Phil. Red Cross Mkti / Gifts & Graces. Both the Vespa and the photo exhibit of Women In Love are on display until Feb 14. Photo by Jude Bautista.

Sunday Inquirer Magazine Publisher Leica Carpo recently hosted “Women In Love” Photo exhibit series by Pond’s Gold Radiance. The photo exhibit also had a Limited Edition VESPA LX 150 IE worth P350,000 for auction until February 14, 2012 at Rockwell Power plant mall. Proceeds will go to Sendong victims through the efforts of Phil. Red Cross Mkti / Gifts & Graces. Both the Vespa and the photo exhibit of Women In Love are on display until Feb 14. Photo by Jude Bautista.


Being Marina Benipayo

Marina Benipayo, Michael Cinco,  Red Cross,  Makati Shangri La , PLDT, PMAP, Jude Bautista

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

The moment she walks in all eyes are on her. Marina Benipayo isn’t a model walking down the ramp, she’s a bride made flesh from the fertile mind of the designer. In this case it is Michael Cinco. She walks slowly, almost floating. She takes the time to look at different directions. When she makes eye contact, it feels like she’s looking at you, knowing you, through you.

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

At the end of the ramp she leans back almost like a dancer. But instead of moving at a dizzying speed, she allows us all to soak it all in, seeing the dress, the details, the ruffles, and the shapes. Marina becomes the personification of the dress. She uses her hands to highlight her face and frame her torso towering the long bridal train.

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

In a rare interview with Michael Cinco, he concedes that Marina was the only one who could pull off the finale. Without the interview I already knew that Marina Benipayo is definitely a peerless model elevating her craft to an ever higher level. She is also a PDI columnist, PLDT endorser and one of the leading members of the PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Phil.). Everything came together at the plush Rizal ball room of Makati Shangri-La. The crowd was mesmerized with the creations of Cinco personified by Marina Benipayo.

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista


Patrice’ Sporty Innovation at FWQ

Model Grendel Alvarado wears a Patrice Ramos Diaz with accessories by designer Joyce Oreña. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Model Grendel Alvarado wears a Patrice Ramos Diaz with accessories by designer Joyce Oreña. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Patrice Ramos-Diaz showed her innovative streak when she used materials like dry fit and lycra for extremely feminine evening wear. Both materials are used for sportswear ranging from Azkals’ uniforms to running shorts even swim wear. The result is stylish dresses that allow women to move and work reflecting their active lifestyles.

Models sport designs by Patrice Ramos Diaz and Joyce Oreña (accessories) while wearing sneakers. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

center (in black dress) Patrice Ramos Diaz and accessory designer Joyce Oreña (in grey). I like Ria Bolivar’s bright smile (in lime green beside Patrice). Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Patrice showed her collection at the Fashion Watch Quartet series at the Lobby Lounge Makati Shang Rila last September 22, 2011. Fashion fanatics can get a preview of the best Filipino designer’s works by attending high tea for P810 every Thursday from 3-6pm. This year’s series began last April 14 and will run until November. The companies involved have shown their support for Filipino designers: Makati Shang Rila, Metro Pacific Investments and BMW. Media partners include:  The Phil Star, Star World, Preview and Stylebible.ph.

 

Models sport designs by Patrice Ramos Diaz and Joyce Oreña (accessories) while wearing sneakers. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Models sport designs by Patrice Ramos Diaz and Joyce Oreña (accessories) while wearing sneakers. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Although the materials are usually made for sports, her collection isn’t. She said, “A lot of the pieces take off from T-shirts with a play on the silhouette, made into more stylish pieces. They’re actually leisure wear for active women like me.”

Ces Drilon couldn’t resist shooting a few pics with her cell. She’s lending support to her talented sister, accessories designer Joyce Oreña who created her own brand “Jo”. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Models sport designs by Patrice Ramos Diaz and Joyce Oreña (accessories) while wearing sneakers. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

 

Models sport designs by Patrice Ramos Diaz and Joyce Oreña (accessories) while wearing sneakers. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

In order to bring out the best in the fabrics she used different techniques, “All the materials are dry fit including the more elegant pieces. So it was experimentation on the material trying to push it in a different direction. Normally the material is used for sportswear. Using a very casual material like dry fit I played with draping.  The silhouettes were slouchy because I wanted a relaxed feel. If you noticed the range of the material can go from very casual all the way to very elegant evening wear. That’s my attempt in trying to offer something fresh and something new.”

Models sport designs by Patrice Ramos Diaz and Joyce Oreña (accessories) while wearing sneakers. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ladies in sneakers: from left designer Patrice Ramos Diaz with accessories designer Joyce Oreña. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

For this collection Patrice collaborated with Joyce Oreña for the accessories. Patrice relates, “When I tell Joyce, ‘this is what I want to make, this is what I have in mind’ she comes up with something that is the perfect color, the perfect mix, the perfect treatment and materials. In fact for this one we were just communicating through text or phone calls. By the time we met. She had her accessories and I had my clothes, everything matched.”

 

I surprised designer, musician Kate Torralba using her Canon G12. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Model Owen Rebosano wears a Patrice Ramos Diaz with accessories by designer Joyce Oreña. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

A model sport designs by Patrice Ramos Diaz and Joyce Oreña (accessories). Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Patrice also explained that the dresses can be worn with sneakers or heels. There’s a certain amount of versatility. Tretorns and Melissa were worn by models for the show. “I wanted something dressy but not too dressy. Something that looks fashionable in terms of shape and style. But I didn’t want it to look like the red carpet type shoes. With this collection it’s not your usual type of clothes. It was very difficult to find the right shoe. When Melissa emailed me the style, everything was perfect too.”

Model Ria Bolivar wears a Patrice Ramos Diaz creation in the finale that accessories designer Joyce Oreña also wore to the Fashion Ball. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Model Ria Bolivar wears a Patrice Ramos Diaz creation in the finale that accessories designer Joyce Oreña also wore to the Fashion Ball. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

far right: (in black dress) Patrice Ramos Diaz and accessory designer Joyce Oreña (in grey). Ria Bolivar is in lime green beside Patrice. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Producers of Fashion Watch Quartet have gotten the best people which include Patrick Rosas for Hair and make up, Grace Molina as Project Coordinator and Director and Inno Sotto as Creative Director. Patrice added, “Fashion Watch Quartet is a very good platform to show the market what you’re into, what you’re creating for the season. Clients come because it’s High Tea. And it’s actually a good venue to sell your collections.” FWQ will also stage special shows as several internationally known ASEAN designers will be flown in to display their collections to the Filipino public.

Model Ria Bolivar wears a Patrice Ramos Diaz creation in the finale that accessories designer Joyce Oreña also wore to the Fashion Ball. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jo Anne Mira, Joyce Oreña, Dr. Rajesh Vyas Regional Medical officer and Medical Attaché of the U.S. Embassy, ABS CBN broadcaster Ces Oreña-Drilon, Kshama Vyas and Anthony Mira Attaché, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. Photo was taken during Fashion Watch Quartet at the Lobby Lounge of Makati Shang Rila Hotel last September 22, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista


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