The second edition of Ting-ting Cojuangco’s Elegant Filipinas Awards at the Diamond Hotel ballroom was a celebration of beauty and charity.
Aside from Tingting herself, who wore a piña gown by Christian Espiritu, other women who exuded elegance with a sense of compassion were Doris Magsaysay Ho, Mandy de la Rama, Olga Martel, Nene Leonor, Tina Maristela Ocampo, Vicky Zubiri, Maribeth Lopez and daughter Nikki Teodoro, and Diana Jean Lopez.
Tingting’s guests included Bing Carrion, Chit Lijauco, Raul Sunico, Mitzi Piad, and
Inquirer health and fitness columnist Cory Quirino.
The fabulous fashion show—featuring the creations of designers Albert Andrada and Rene Santos, handpicked by Tingting herself—presented the 10 best dressed Elegant Filipinas: Felicia Atienza, Marilu Batchelor, Marissa Concepcion, Karen Davila, Stephanie Gonzales, Pamela Huang, Vanessa Suatengco, Michelle Tan, Mariquita Yeung and Dawn Zulueta.
A gastronomic feast was tastefully mounted at the foyer of the ballroom, with free-flowing wine for the well-heeled crowd.
The theater-style ballroom gave the 300 guests a good view of the fashion show.
Monaco honorary consul Fortune Ledesma and handbag designer Tina Maristela Ocampo presented the awardees the Silver Token designed by Arnel Papa.
“Elegance is precision,” Tingting summed up in her closing remarks. “It is wearing the right dress for the right occasion, with a modulated voice and proper vocabulary, shoulders squared and a tilt of the humble chin.”
Superbly spoken, dahlings, by one who knows elegance inside out.
Proceeds from the event were donated to the SAF 44 widows represented by Lhea Tabdi, Adelina Bedua, Kristine Clemencia, Merlyn Gadmutan and Erica Pabalinas.
Original ‘extra-old’ cognac
Hennessy X.O. is the original “extra-old” cognac, first bottled in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy for family and friends. It is darker and much more complex than the VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale), with appealing leather and tobacco notes and a touch of spice.
“Each drop of Hennessy X.O. is an invitation to an ‘organoleptic’ odyssey that awakens the senses,” said Olga Azarcon, managing director of Moët Hennessy Philippines. “It is the endless discovery of a rare ‘tastescape’ containing layered flavors such as sweet notes, rising heat, spicy edge, flowing flames, chocolate lull and wood crunches.”
Gio Robles, Hennessy marketing manager, added: “Whether tasted neat, on ice, or with a splash of water, this crafted cognac offers an unparalleled experience that leaves a lasting impression, an infinite echo. With every sip of Hennessy X.O., a new place is discovered, a distinct sensation felt and an extraordinary story shared.”