THE Red Charity Gala 2014, spearheaded by society icon Tessa Prieto-Valdes and philanthropist Kaye Tinga, proved once again that glitz and glamour could also help make a difference in the country. It was an evening of celebration and goodwill on October 18, as personalities and special guests gathered at the Makati Shangri-La to honor Filipino artistry and resilience.
In the wake of the first anniversary of the Super Typhoon Yolanda, the gala started off with a successful auction to raise funds for the benefit of the Samar communities that were heavily devastated by the storm.
Following the auction, Jesus “Jojie” Lloren presented his 40-piece collection, which centered on the “National Artists as muses” theme as one of the event highlights.
It was indeed one of those wonderful occasions when A-listers and personalities filled the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-La to celebrate for a cause. More than elegance and prestige, generosity truly permeated the atmosphere of the venue.
“The overwhelming support from our friends made us reach our main vision for this event, and that is to touch more lives as we align our efforts with the Philippine Red Cross and Assumption High School Batch 1981,” said Valdes, who hosted the auction together with her good friend, Tim Yap.
“Also, we’re very proud to feature a world-class Filipino talent like Jesus Lloren,” she added.
All eyes were on the catwalk when models started to flaunt Lloren’s designs that clearly translate the paintings of the masters Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna, Victorio Edades, Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, and Vicente Manansala into fabric. His magnum opus shows the immaculate combination of minimalism, symmetry, structure, and timeless elegance.
“There was a lot of pressure at first, but to let these clothes speak of a very rich culture and history like ours is one of my greatest accomplishments as a designer,” shared Lloren.
To Tessa and Kaye, may your tribe increase tenfold!