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Wives and daughters in bejeweled Filipiniana

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BRIDAL finale by Lulu Tan Gan

The Upper Berth of the Manila Polo Club was darkened and transformed into a magical Mt. Makiling forest for the Friends for Cultural Concern of the Philippines (FCCP) annual fashion show and merienda last Tuesday.

The members and supporters of the FCCP arrived promptly at 3 p.m. in full Filipiniana, some with modern twists and turns. It was a fun fundraising afternoon of elegant, coiffed and corseted grand dames wearing serious jewelry, yes, Cartier, Bulgari, Buccellati and Van Cleef and Arpels.

Nini Licaros dripping in estate jewelry

This event was also a feast to fete Mellie Ablaza who was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. She wore a beautiful, vintage Steve de Leon. Nene Leonor was the other important recipient of a humanitarian award.

On the ramp were fashions by Tippi Ocampo, Patrice Ramos Diaz and innovative and sexy Lulu Tan Gan who blended piña with her trademark knits. The models were the doyennes of high society—matriarchs and wives of captains of industry with their equally empowered daughters who took to the ramp like seasoned mannequins.

Here are their portraits of poise and pulchritude taken at 3 p.m., the hour of greatest mercy.

PHOTOS BY ANDREW TADALAN


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    Speaking as an everyday wage slave who is crushed by high taxes and forced to buy overpriced necessities sold by these captains of industries, I hope you all choke on those jewelries and that your husbands get Alzheimer’s.

  • antdr111

    the hour of great mercy!!!!!! indeed, for a lot of  Filipino people who can barely have 3 meals a day!!!



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