• Pink for a cause

    Becky Garcia

    Becky Garcia

    The Peninsula Manila’s annual campaign in support of breast cancer charities in the Philippines concluded with a fundraising gala that transformed its Rigodon Ballroom into a sea of pink—the color associated with the fight against the deadly disease.

    Stepping out for the cause were some of the Philippines’ most prominent visual artists like National Artist for Visual Arts Ben Cabrera, glass sculpture Ramon Orlina, and painter Betsy Westendorp who gave their artworks for a charity auction hosted by the Christie’s the Auction House.

    Besides the artworks, also auctioned were specially arranged VIP experiences in Peninsula hotels worldwide, and other enticing lots donated by generous sponsors.

    Arsi Baltazar and Francis Libiran

    Arsi Baltazar and Francis Libiran

    A total of P7,400,000 were raised for the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care Inc., the main beneficiary of the Peninsula in Pink campaign for years now.

    Themed “The Art of Pink,” the gala held on October 24 also gathered Manila’s influential society figures and best-known personalities, all giving their share in raising awareness about the breast cancer.

    Representatives from Estee Lauder once again came to show the company’s support for the yearly fundraising event.


    Meanwhile, students from the University of Santo Tomas growled loud and proud as Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines named the university’s representatives as local winners of the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award 2015, a regional competition across 12 Asia Pacific countries.

    National Artist  Ben Cabrera

    National Artist
    Ben Cabrera

    Following this year’s platform “Design with Heart,” Jose Augustine Ricarte was declared the Gold winner for the Architecture category with his entry “Marikina Link,” while Martha Joyce Tomas—who also bagged the Best Green Innovation award—won the Gold award for the Interior Design category with her entry “Biojet.” Both winners come from the University of Santo Tomas UST.

    The theme challenged the participants to further push the boundaries for future living by creating spaces that can connect people from all walks of life.

    Each of the Gold winners received P50,000 cash prize, a six-month internship at Lor Calma & Partners (for Interior Design) / CASAS + Architects (for Architecture).

    On top of the internship is an all-expense paid overseas trip for a once in a lifetime learning program—an exclusive workshop for the winners featuring internationally renowned speakers in the fields of Architecture and Interior Design.

    Other awardees for Architecture category were: Marko Alab Adviento-UST (Silver-Architecture); Ruben Felizarte-FEU (Best Color Choice); and Kae Ann Aguila-UST (Best Green Innovation).

    For the Interior Design category, the other awardees were Courtney Gatus-UP (Silver and Best Color Choice).

    The University of Santo Tomas was hailed as the Best Supporting College/University for both Architecture and Interior Design categories.


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