From charity to celebrations

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Becky Garcia

Becky Garcia

Renowned fashion designer Jesus “Jojie” Lloren will unveil a 40-piece collection of architectural and flowing aesthetics on October 18 at the Red Charity Gala happening at the Makati Shangri-La.

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Before the much-awaited fashion show, organizers Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tiñga, both society icons and philanthropist first mounted a media preview on September 9 at the hotel’s Sage Restaurant.

Besides showcasing some of the designer’s creations, Valdes and Tiñga also revealed that beneficiaries of the event are the Philippine Red Cross and Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation.

Lloren had his big break in 1998 when he won the Philippine Young Designers competition and Concours International des Jeunes Createurs in Paris. His winning piece was an abaca bodice that resembled a refined shiny armor. Besides the recognition, he also earned a scholarship at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de La Couture Parisienne, touted as the alma mater of leading fashion designers such as Yves Henri  Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, Issey Miyake, and Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani.

Returning in the Philippines, he then headed the Young Designers Guild and the Fashion Design Council of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, no can replace popular event host Johhny Litton who recently turned a year “younger” in August.

At his birthday celebration held at the Mayuree Ballroom of Dusit Thani Manila, the quintessential master of ceremonies had diplomats, captains of industry, and close friends—both personal and business—in stitches with his trademark sense of humor.

Seen at Johnny’s big bash were Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and wife Gretchen, former Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe, German Ambassador Thomas Ossowski, Indian Ambassador L.D. Ralte with wife Ziki, and Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena with wife Ana Maria.

Other guests who graced the celebration included Dr. Elenita Binay, Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. Chairman Tessie Sy-Coson, Ambassador Chuching Tambunting and wife Marge, Philippine Hoteliers Inc. (Dusit Thani Manila’s holding company) president Evelyn Singson, Dusit Thani Manila General Manager Alex Willats, and SGV & Co. founder Washington SyCip, among others.

The highlight of the party was a two-part fashion show that featured the beauty of parenthood and women at their prime. Johnny’s grandchildren participated in the show with a romp, much to the surprise and delight of their loving grandfather.

Guests shared in the merriment of the evening with a sumptuous cocktail buffet specially prepared by Dusit Thani’s seasoned chefs and exquisite Titania wines while music played through the night kicked off by the New Minstrels Divos, promising Chad Angeles and Vanya Castor, and the four-man Pasamba Strings playing all of the favorites of the man of the hour.
Guests went home with tokens from L’Occitane, Aficionado, Beabi, Laneige, and Van Laack to remember the evening by.

Emcee par excellence, society columnist, man about town—that is Johnny Litton as we know him best.

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