A fashion ball with a heart

Becky Garcia

Becky Garcia

8th Red Charity Gala gathers glamor, fashion and giving back in one night

I was one of the excited attendees of a glamorous event where Manila’s crème dela crème—along with a bevy of celebrities and famous personalities—gathered at the Shangri-La The Fort in what was certainly a fabulous event to remember, the 8th Red Charity Gala.

Ever since hardworking style and society mavens Tessa Prieto–Valdes and Kaye Tinga conceived the Red Charity Gala in 2009, the annual event for a cause has consistently turned the spotlight on the best Filipino creative talents in fashion while raising funds and building awareness for two significant endeavors, the Philippine Red Cross and the Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation.

Kaye Tinga, Ivo Buchta, Chito Vijandre, Tessa Valdez, and Ben Chan

Kaye Tinga, Ivo Buchta, Chito Vijandre, Tessa Valdez, and Ben Chan

Indeed, glamour, high fashion, and the desire to give back was the order of the evening as the grand ballroom began to fill with elegantly dressed ladies and gentlemen. They came in support of a worthwhile cause and to pay homage to the fearless Chito Vijandre, this year’s designer in focus.

Preceding the much-awaited fashion show that evening —the affair’s pièce de résistance —Tessa Valdez and Tim Yap conducted a charity auction where guests enthusiastically bid for an exciting array of items, which sponsors generously provided.

Then, the moment that everyone had been waiting for.

The presentation of Chito’s 40-piece Filipinana Haute Couture collection was a mélange that traced the richness of Philippine history and culture—reimagined and reconfigured.

Chito featured six suites—an “ethnic suite,” a “revolt suite,” and segments dedicated to Hollywood Glam, flapper girls, and carnival queens. The decidedly maximalist collection was redolent of rich colors, lush textures, and fine embellishments—all expertly sewn by hand.

And as the man of the hour Chito Vijandre sashayed down the runway in the grand finale — where he was joined by Tessa, Kaye, international model Ivo Buchta, and Ben Chan of Bench, Red Charity Gala’s main presenter —a warm, celebratory round of applause greeted the designer.

The most heartfelt tribute and fitting conclusion would undoubtedly be one of the most memorable events with a heart of 2016.

To Kaye and Tessa, congratulations and may you continue to give your heart and effort for a good cause!!!


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