It was an evening of beauty and glamour as people from various charities gathered to witness the 2015 Best Dressed Women of the Philippines Annual Awards Ball (BDWP).
Staged by the Philippine Cancer Society (PCS), the gathering was held on September 30 at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La Hotel. Established in 2004 under the guidance of event chairperson Imelda Ongsiako Cojuangco, PCS is the leading institution in the country that helps and supports cancer patients nationwide.
For 2015, the fashionable Best Dressed gala was spearheaded by PCS chairperson Dr. Roberto Paterno, event chairperson and Angola Consul Helen Ong. Selection and organizing committee members were Mabel Abaño, Tanzania consul Betty Chua, Roy Gonzales, Gambia consul Agnes Huibonhoa, Marian Ong, Sandie Poblador, Jayelles’ Roselle Rebano, Elaine Rojas Villar and adviser Johnny Litton.
The night’s biggest and brightest stars were 14 ladies chosen for leading lives worthy of praise on the personal, professional and civic fronts. Taking the stage and leaving everyone in awe with their radiating beauty and stunning gowns were 2015 Style Icons businesswoman and cancer survivor Grace Ong Gobing and The Catalog Shopper co-founder Joy Wambangco-Rustia.
On the other hand, the 2015 Best Dressed Awardees were businesswoman and certified public accountant Eni Alba, Procter & Gamble Financial Shared Services division quality management head Natalie Diane Lim-Ang, Rex Bookstore director Danda Crimelda Buhain-Garcia, businesswoman and MTG Educational Program founder Maika Garcia, Reimagine Global Health Fellowship founding fellow Jarelle Palabay Gonzales, Bloomwoods Flowershop owner Mia Cabawatan-Lozada, currency trader and licensed stockbroker Anna Moncupa, fashion accessory designer and advocate of Filipino craftsmanship Ann Ong, St. Luke’s Medical Center’s top obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Elsie Badillo-Pascua, businesswoman Anna Sia, Vigan Plaza Hotel general manager and socio-civic leader Patch Savellano-Singson and well-known neurologist Dr. Hazel Paragua-Zuellig.
The Philippine Cancer Society also recognized seven men of honor as the 2015 Men of Extraordinary Influence namely First Life Financial Co. Inc.’s president and CEO Peter Coyiuto, Del Rosario and Del Rosario Law Offices co-founder lawyer Arturo “Johnny” Del Rosario Jr., Divina Law founder and managing partner lawyer Nilo Divina, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Millward Brown Philippines vice president for operations and director for project management Mario “Bo” Muralla, MVP Group of Companies media bureau head lawyer Michael Toledo and JGYU Enterprises and Team Network Emergency and Crisis Management owner Johnny Yu.
The funds generated from the event has helped the PCS to provide the disadvantaged sector of our society with their programs such as pap smear, mammography and biopsy, free chemotherapy drugs and cancer hospice care and Patient Navigation Program, which directly benefits cancer patients particularly in the successful treatment of their disease among others.
Recently, a milestone marked the Best Dressed unmatched efforts as the first ever PCS Mobile Clinic has been launched. Donated by Victory Liner, it was fitted with a cryotherapy machine, a cryotank and an autoclave, the first of its kind in the country that can go to low-resource communities and screen for breast and cervical cancers, two of the most common cancers among Filipino women.
To the organizers of this noteworthy event, may you this cause for the Filipina cancer patients under the care of Philippine Cancer Society.