Candles and pink flowers were on the dining table as friends gathered at the Maxims Resort World to greet Small Laude on her birthday.
Dressed in a Rajo Laurel, Small welcomed her well-wishers and her sisters, Alice Eduardo and Melba Solidum, helped her entertain the guests.
Small’s hubby, businessman Philip Laude, was beside her. Guests included Ormoc Rep. Lucy Torres Gomez with her husband, actor Richard Gomez; Mons Romulo ; retail master Ben Chan architect Miguel Pastor; energetic Tessa Prieto Valdes; Tacloban first lady Cristina Gonzales Romualdez; my palangga, elegant Vivian Tan; Mannix and Nicole Ortega; Wildflour’s Ana de Ocampo; Miguel and Audrey Zubiri; and businesswoman Cris Albert, no less, who serenaded the guests with the birthday celebrator’s favorite songs.
Très visible was another birthday girl, actress Ruffa Gutierrez , in a Valentino. She was with her boyfriend, businessman Jordan Mouyal.
Guests sang with the band, making the evening even livelier, even if some of them sounded very out of tune. Ouch!
The thing is everyone had a great time! It was a most perfect night to celebrate the birthday a fantastic woman— Small Laude—no less.
Color Manila Run in Cebu
The Queen City of the South put its best foot forward during the Cebu leg of Color Manila Run.
More than 2,000 men and women, including local and international tourists, eagerly braved the downpour in the early morning to take part in the run.
The gorgeous eco-friendly seaside view of South Road Properties served as the backdrop as runners got their running gear color-bombed with the happiest colors—yellow, orange, blue, green and purple, at different designated stations around the Southroad, palangga.
Aside from the standard dri-fit shirts, race bibs and bags, all participants were also given colorful reflectorized sunglasses that added a funky, hip fashionable touch to the runners.
The race was divided into 10K, 6K and 3K running categories, but there were no clocks, checkered flags or victory lanes.
Everyone ran at his or her own pace and those who completed the race each received a specially designed finisher’s medal for all the effort they put into the run.
That night après the race was a fab bash like no other, where the participants were showered with more colors as the event climaxed into a beautiful, colorful mess of well-fit bodies.
Supported by the Tourism Promotions Board, Color Manila Run was a friendly, noncompetitive run and color festival rolled into one.
Aside from Manila and Cebu, Color Manila Run will also be held in Bacolod, Davao and Dagupan, said Tourism Promotions Board’s Edwin Vincent V. Ortiz.
For more events and festivities that are happening in the Philippines this year, visit www.visitph2015.com.
SM fashion spectacle
SM Woman’s double celebration—Dare to Denim, A Fashion Campaign on a Mission, and Ladies’ Night with SM Woman and GTW by SM—was held at Mega Fashion Hall.
Flocking to the gig of SM were a curious throng of fashion editors, bloggers, society personalities and regular shoppers.
The event commemorated the end of the supremely successful Ladies’ Night, and the launch of the Dare to Denim campaign.
Models dressed in black and white were joined by the denim ambassadors for a fashion show.
For Ladies’ Night, it was the end of a shopping spree like no other, palangga. Happy shoppers walked away with numerous bags of fashion finds at great discounts. For Dare to Denim, SM Woman led the body-positive charge to impress on women regardless of shape, age, size or background, that denim fits all, embraces all, and suits all.
Eleven ambassadors were chosen to reflect the powerful statement behind this campaign: that denim knows no labels.
The music was upbeat, the lights were bright, and the venue was full of excitement.
Women from different walks of life, moms, professionals, models and athletes, each with distinct backgrounds and lifestyles, were united by a versatile piece of blue fabric. And lastly, ice-skating champion Emee Dy showed that a petite frame could pack some attitude and confidence, dahlings.
Aside from watching the fashion spectacle, attendees were amazed by the precision of world hip-hop champions the Philippine All Stars, and enthralled by the artistry of the Seven Contemporary Dance Company.
Capping off this great cast of characters were hosts Issa Litton, theater actress and mother, who led the shopping cry for Team Ladies’ Night, and Joey Mead-King, model mentor of “Asia’s Next Top Model,” who rallied the Dare to Denim troops.
Among the eye-catchers were model and writer Isabel Roces and celebrated mom Denisse Oca, fashion icon Rorie Manzano and her daughter Max Mendiola and businesswoman Loralee Baron-Soong.
It was clearly a celebration of women and diversity. As gorgeous hosts Joey and Issa declared, “Whether you’re classic and stylish or daring and bold, SM Woman has a style for you.” Amen, dahlings.