• When ‘Art Meets Fashion’

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    Becky Garcia

    Becky Garcia

    One enchanted evening, masters of art and fashion came together at The Makati Shangri-La Hotel. On June 25, paintings by Amorsolo, Luna, Asuncion and Zobel, and works by fashion designers Cabral, Curata, Escario and Sali were put together under one roof.

    Dubbed “Art Meets Fashion,” the show was organized by the Society for Cultural Enrichment Inc. (SCEI) together with the Ayala Museum. The presentation proved that art—Philippine paintings in particular—inspires our designers to make Makisig and Maganda even more charming, more striking, more alluring.

    It also showcases Ayala Museum’s maxim, “Art Inspires Everyday.” And indeed, the themes, colors, subjects, lines of masterpieces hanging on Museum walls stimulated the designers to outdo themselves, bringing out the best.

    Helen Ong, chairman of SCEI, shared in her welcome remarks that her group was organized to develop greater public awareness of our artists’ achievements, and to foster appreciation of the arts in general. Also, the society seeks to encourage the already talented Filipinos to outdo the best they can be.

    The organizing committee of the well-attended affair led by Ong was composed of Vice Chairman Jaime Laya, Mimi Valerio, Tess Castro, Nonie Basilio, Consul Agnes Hui–bonhoa, Consul Betty Chua, Roy Gonzales, Chacha Camacho and Marian Ong. The Ayala Museum team was headed by Mariles Gustilo and Kenneth Esguerra. The show was choreographed by fashion director Raymond Villanueva with Mari Hilario as technical director.

    The proceeds of the event are earmarked for cultural literacy improvement and art appreciation among public school teachers and schoolchildren and for tangible cultural heritage conservation, which are ongoing and continuing advocacies of the SCEI.

    Meanwhile, the leading 5-star hotel in the Queen City of the South, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu (MPPC), under the brilliant leadership of general manager and Marco Polo Hotels, Philippines area general manager Hans Hauri, commemorated the country’s 116 Independence Day in a unique and delectable way with its very own Comida de Independencia.

    This culinary journey, held at the hotel signature outlet café Marco, featured an array of sumptuous dishes that were served during the first Independence Day celebration held at General Emilio Aguinaldo’s residence in Kawit, Cavite.

    MPPC’s team of expert chefs under the guidance of culinary guru Jessica Avila prepared mouthwatering dishes like Bringhe, Chicken Adobo Terrine, Native Chicken Karahay and Gorgoria that was served aside from Café Marco’s regular buffet spread.

    Guests also had the opportunity to witness the authentic hand rolling technique in making the Philippine cigars at the Los Primos Cigar exhibit at the hotel’s Grand Lobby.

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