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Without Batting An Eyelash

Fashion a valuable tool in raising funds for education

By: - Columnist
/ 03:25 AM November 20, 2013

GRAND raffle winners Emily Carlos Roque and Sanya Lopez with Josie Natori and HSBC senior VP and head of retail banking and wealth management Gigi Pio de Roda

RUSTAN’S president Nedy Tantoco and Josie Natori

The synergy of fashion and philanthropy was at work when high-end retail giant Rustan’s teamed up with global banking institution HSBC for a benefit show. The event, maverick fashion designer Josie Natori’s Fall/Winter Collection, held recently at Buddha Bar in Makati City, raised funds for Assumption Transformative School in Passi, Iloilo.

Cosmo Manille’s prominent personalities turned up to show their support for the project.


For her show, the Manila-born-and-bred Josefina Cruz-Natori explored the exotic theme of Chinoiserie in fabrics—a merging of Eastern and Western textures within a Chinese context. The glistening and opulent drama of red and black, blending with the richness of orange, blue, yellow and purple, made Natori’s creations a gorgeous sight to behold, palangga.

HSBC’S Anya Katigbak-Cajucom and Bulgari’s Mario Katigbak

The funds raised from the show would go to the construction of additional classrooms in the Assumption school in Iloilo.


Leading the donors was Rustan’s president Zenaida “Nedy” R. Tantoco, who contributed P500,000, while Ambassador Bienvenido R. Tantoco wrote a personal check of P100,000.

HSBC senior vice president and head of retail banking and wealth management Gigi Pio de Roda contributed P300,000 and Natori herself gave $5,000.

Receiving the money onstage were Assumption Sisters Mary Fidelis and Bernadette Casas.

While the fashion show was in progress, some women were overheard saying, “I’ll buy that one and the other one…”

Après the crowd’s applause and expressions of gratitude to Natori and the organizers, a grand raffle draw was held. Three lucky ladies each won a Natori gift certificate worth P20,000.

JOSIE Natori F/W2013 collection

Leading the A-list guests were Ambassador Jorge Domecq, Criselda Lontok and Katrina Ponce Enrile, among others. Spotted at the sidelines was designer Ian Giron of the Natori team. Buddha Bar was filled to the brim, proof that this fashion-for-a-cause event was a rousing success, palangga.

Post-‘Velada’ party


Speaking of Assumption, the still vivacious Marieliese Saldaña Evaristo couldn’t allow the 50th anniversary of her high school class from passing without gathering her batchmates for a post-“Velada” celebration at her home.

Everyone showed up, dahlings, all pumped up with energy as they danced to the hit songs of their teenage years.

ROSA Domecq, DJ Lopez, Edna Camcam, Cristina Ponce Enrile

Classmates like Assumption Sisters Amcie, Bernie and Stella flew in from the motherhouse in Paris to join the fun.

Marieliese served a divine spread of Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine, plus the must-have food of a Pinoy celebration, lechon.

“The years have taught us many lessons that have served us in good stead. Let us be grateful for friends who have remained steadfast, true and reassuring. If we’re still standing, we will celebrate far into the future,” chuckled Marieliese. Yes, gal, I’ll drink to that!

Special guests at the Golden Velada Jubilee dinner were Dr. Elenita Binay, Ambassador Tonette and Linda Lagdameo, Nini Licaros, Baby Serrano Araneta, Armita Rufino, Marfina Teodoro, Rosa Francisco, Cristy Zialcita and Lilibeth Gomez.

ANTON Huang and former Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari

Needless to say, dahlings, the gals all had a blast way past their going-home time.

Jollibee honors families

Leading fast-food chain Jollibee honored a new batch of outstanding Filipino families who have made a difference in the lives of others at the 3rd Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA).

The affair, also dubbed Gabi ng Parangal Para sa Pamilyang Pilipino, was held at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Ortigas Center.

From more than 1,500 nominations worldwide, hailed as this year’s most exemplary families were: the Rayo family of Sta. Ana, Manila, who champion children’s education; the Bernardo family of Camarines Norte, who advocate the rights of people with disability; the Supanga family of Camarines Sur, whose projects benefit underprivileged kids and the environment; the Elio family of Antique, who bring the gift of healing to the poor and the sick; and the Lim family of Zamboanga City, whose advocacy brings loads of hope to impoverished children.

JENNI Epperson andmoi

The Duque family of London was the first recipient of the Jollibee Coca-Cola Global Pinoy Family of the Year award, “for their remarkable commitment to help their fellow Filipinos overseas.”

JOLLIBEE with Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Jollibee Group Foundation president Grace Tan Caktiong, Jollibee Philippines president Joseph Tanbuntiong

A special citation went to the Carmona family, whose members are based in Spain, Bahrain and the US. This fab famillie works together to help their needy kababayan in their hometown, Oriental Mindoro.

The JFVA winners each received P100,000 cash tax-free; a trophy designed by renowned brass sculptor Michael Cacnio; a 32-inch Sony Bravia LED TV, and  Jollibee gift certificates and Jollibee Padala Vouchers.

The special citation came with a plaque of recognition plus P35,000 in cash, and Jollibee Padala vouchers worth P5,000.

Hats off to Jollibee and the awardees. May your tribe increase!

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