Auctioneering is all about relationships, plus some performance art thrown in. On Oct. 12 at the Red Charity Gala, Tim Yap and I will be auctioning off a limited yet exciting bunch of auction packages. Expect us to use every trick in the book to extract the highest bids from guests. And as always, proceeds go to entirely to our charities, the Philippine Red Cross and Assumption HS ’81 Foundation.
The 11th Red Charity Gala will feature all 10 of our past designers, presented in chronological order, on one giant stage at the ballroom of the Shangri-La at the Fort. The show is presented by Bench and IAM Worldwide; we are grateful to all our major sponsors and auction sponsors.
Here are some of the exciting auction packages. Globe Platinum will be giving a one-year subscription to their new “The Platinum Plan” with the iPhone 11 Pro Max 64 GB. We are bundling this awesome package with a stunning jewelry piece from Chow Tai Fook.
The 2019 Royal Gem x Love Marie Jewelry Collection is inspired by the different facets of the modern woman. Designed by Heart Evangelista, the five pieces to be auctioned off are the Tres Marias conch shell pendant/brooch, Ponder conch shell pendant/brooch, five-pendant Beatriz charm bracelet, golden Italian gold vintage pendant, and In Full Bloom Italian gold round pendant.
To complete this package, we are including a two-night stay in a Premier Suite at The Bellevue Manila and a two-night stay in a Bellevue Suite at The Bellevue Resort in Bohol.
For those looking for travel packages, we are auctioning off several Japan trips. We have eight Air Asia trip tickets to Osaka, Japan. Also up is a Hokkaido vacation package from Hokkaido Tracks for a five- to seven-day stay, on Feb. 21-27, 2020, for the best powder skiing.
Bernhardt, the luxury furniture company, once again joins the auction with the crisp, elegant and modern Somerset dining table, Tahlia leather chairs and Althea round chairside table by Bernhardt Furniture, valued at over P1.2 million. The Somerset dining table features a cast aluminum base, plated metal leaves in silver leaf finish, and a clear glass top. The Tahlia upholstered side chairs have black, Italian-leather upholstered seats. Additionally, Bernhardt is offering another table for silent auction at their new shop.
For the second year, Merz Philippines is supporting us with Ultherapy packages. Ultherapy is the only US FDA-cleared, noninvasive lift that truly works on the brow, chin, neck and décolleté and this year they are giving away the Ultherapy for Two, a treatment to be enjoyed by a couple.
At the Merz Awards recently, Belo Medical Group received five Golden Record Awards for Ultherapy. Owner Dr. Vicki Belo told me how proud she was to be recognized not only locally, but also throughout the Asia Pacific as the best, and to be No. 1 in the Philippines as well.
The Ultherapy package will be auctioned with a pair of Diagold’s dangling teardrop earrings with 3.63 carats diamonds in an 18k white gold setting. Also for the ladies at the Gala is an exquisite Jewelmer strand of masterfully matched 11-13 mm South Sea pearls held together by an 18K gold clasp. The stunning 30-inch opera strand features semi-baroque champagne pearls.
For the gentlemen, Emirates Airlines will provide the lucky bidder with two round-trip business class tickets to any European destination, paired with a bottle of Remy Martin’s Louis XIII.
For worthy programs
Another exciting package is from A2A Safaris, three nights for two persons at the Royal Chundu lodge on the Zambezi River in Zambia, near Victoria Falls, and two nights each at Athol Place, the best boutique hotel in Johannesburg, Ellerman House in Cape Town, the city’s most exclusive address, and Delaire Graff, the jewel of the Cape Winelands in Stellenbosch, all in South Africa.
We also have Tessera Jewelry, and stays in Club Paradise in Coron and JPark Island Resorts in Cebu for auction.
Apart from our beneficiaries, we support other worthy programs like Sisters of Mary Girlstown. Canadian Bed & Bath has supported this school by hiring over 400 of their graduates to date. Celebrating their 60th year, New Creation Manufacturing began Canadian in 1959. They held a grand celebration during their annual trade show at the Solaire Tent last month.
Canadian’s founder and president Hiro Asandas Daryanani began the company upon his arrival here from India, selling bed sheets, pillowcases and towels. New Creation has since expanded into apparel with Hello Dolly Infants’ Wear, spearheaded by managing director Ravi Daryanani. Both Canadian and Hello Dolly have been a staple for linens and infants’ wear for six decades, and are available in all leading department stores nationwide.
RCG is also supporting Erwin Piedad Cabanag Adult Leukemia Ministries, better known as Epcalm. They celebrated World Leukemia Awareness Month last week at Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall. Founded by Dr. Erlyn Cabanag Demerre, the program helps to spread awareness about leukemia. Top host Boy Abunda hosted the live forum attended by celebrity supporters like Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez.
The event launched the book “Color of Hope,” and a photo exhibit by top photographer Mark Nicdao. “Color of Hope” tells the stories of Filipino leukemia patients who have overcome the disease, and those who are still struggling. The book was printed by ABS-CBN Publishing, with the support of SM Malls’ COO Steven Tan, and Kingson Sian, president and COO of Resorts World Manila.