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Fashion and the Philippine Cancer Society

The Best Dressed Women of the Philippines 2016, from left: Judy Abalos, Alta Lyttle, Buena Sarmiento, Jerianne Peña, Cecilia Bernad, Judith Tan; 2016 Style Icon Carolyn Tan, Richelle Michael, Sheila Carlos, Charisse Tinio, Sheila Tiongco, Ingga Chua, and Imelda Pechera (Manila Bulletin)

The Best Dressed Women of the Philippines 2016, from left: Judy Abalos, Alta Lyttle, Buena Sarmiento, Jerianne Peña, Cecilia Bernad, Judith Tan; 2016 Style Icon Carolyn Tan, Richelle Michael, Sheila Carlos, Charisse Tinio, Sheila Tiongco, Ingga Chua, and Imelda Pechera (Manila Bulletin)

The ‘Best Dressed Women of the Philippines’ gave a toast to the beauty and elegance of the Filipina in its 13th annual awards ball held recently at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-la. This highly anticipated yearly event of the Philippine Cancer Society is the country’s longest running fashion for a cause. Angola Consul and event chairperson Helen Ong’s drive, enthusiasm, and hard work has elevated the Best Dressed Women of the Philippines to stand out from its contemporaries.

The festivities commenced with a call for a moment of silence as a tribute to honorary chairperson Imelda Cojuangco, a philanthropist, recognized as the ultimate fashion icon, who recently passed away. Tita Meldy has always been my fashion idol, and has always looked so impeccably glamorous in our family gatherings when I was growing up; and I am proud to own some of her gowns, one of which I wore to this Best Dressed event. Tita Meldy gave generously to the church, and to people in need. With her thoughtfulness, compassion, humility, and gratitude, this elegant lady not only gave thanks to God but generously gave back to others.

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  • Awardees David Zuellig, Jorge Allan Tengco, Rosario Salientes, Ed Romualdez III, Juan Rivadeneira, Chong Pal Kim with Roberto Paterno chairman Board of Trustees, and the Philippine Cancer Society (Manila Bulletin)
  • Ambassador Rodrigo Souza and Mme Lais Souza (Manila Bulletin)
  • Olga Martel and Gerry Lane (Manila Bulletin)
  • George Sison, DJ Lopez, and Ambassador Rolando Alvarado (Manila Bulletin)
  • Agile Zamora and Connie Haw (Manila Bulletin)
  • Marian Ong, Consul Helen Ong, and Lydia Reyes (Manila Bulletin)
  • Duday Tuason, Ruby Chua  and Aida Cobankiat (Manila Bulletin)
  • Aziza Mondoñedo and Shelly Lazaro (Manila Bulletin)
  • Consul Mellie Ablaza, Consul Louie Ablaza, and Consul Evie Costa (Manila Bulletin)
  • Rosemarie Basa and Serla Russell (Manila Bulletin)
  • Naty Pappas and Ping Valencia (Manila Bulletin)
  • Jeffrey Taylor, Manolyne Taylor, and Crystal Jacinto (Manila Bulletin)
  • Michael Huang, Kathy Huang, and the author (Manila Bulletin)
  • AA Patawaran, Nel Calata, and Joseph Calata (Manila Bulletin)
  • Mags Cue and Carminia Pavia (Manila Bulletin)

In his welcome speech, Philippine Cancer Society chairman of the board Roberto Paterno said, “Indeed, for 13 years the Philippine Cancer Society‘s Best Dressed Women has seen some of the most exquisite-looking Filipinas who ever walked the Best Dressed stage, and with the most noble of intentions—to help poor cancer patients with their expensive diagnostic tests and treatment. ”

Respected master of ceremonies and ‘Best Dressed of The Philippines’ adviser Johnny Litton, in his usual witty self, spiced up the glam evening. Theater artist singer Arman Ferrer, Gawad Buhay 2016 awardee, rendered stirring songs. The director was talented Raymond Villanueva.  The ball’s theme was metallic colors—gold, silver, rust, and copper; and the awardees’ stunning looks illuminated the night. Colors represented modernity and the future. The show projected energy with new aesthetic and social values. To raise money for BDWP charity, which funds the Philippine Cancer Society, Johnny opened the auction with the assistance of some of the Ambassadors for Life:Anna Sia, Agile Zamora, Nikki Tang, Jennifer Weigel, Rosemarie Basa, Joel Cruz, Sheree Chua, who helped facilitate the bids for the auction. Marian Ong, Sandie Poblador, Agnes Huibonhua, Elaine Roxas Villar, Roy Gonzales, Betty Chua, Roselle Rebano were responsible for the raffle.

Opening the fashion show was style icon Carolyn Tan. The awardees this year were Judy Abalos, Cecilia Bernad, Sheila Carlos, Ingga Cabangon-Chua, Alta Lyttle, Richelle Michael, Imelda Pechera, Jerianne Pena, Buena Sarmiento, Judith Tan, Charisse Tinio, and Sheila Tiongco who modeled clothes of their favorite designers. Women of Influence and Style were Beng Dee and Rosario Salientes.

Joining the roster of awardees were the Men of Extraordinary Influence–Martin Andanar, Januario Atencio, Ben Chan, Charlie Gorayeb, Chong Pal Kim, Juan Pena, Ed Romualdez III, Allan Tengco, William Uy, Henry Villarica, Oscar Violago, and David Zuellig.

One of the highlights of the Best Dressed charity is the first PCS Mobile Clinic Bus, a complete facility for cervical cancer screening and breast examination that goes around the barangays. Among the many medical missions and fellowship activities for cancer patients are the Bandana Festival, storytelling sessions, distribution of goodies to children with cancer, cancer information flyers, hospice and palliative care and education, and information drives and cancer awareness programs.

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