mega magazine pinoy pride comes out in wander woman, sun star newspaper
IT ALL started last year at the historic Manila Hotel. Mega Publishing group held the first ever Pinoy Pride at the fabled Champagne Room and guests were encouraged to come in their best Filipino terno. This year, Mega once again pulled off an event to remember showcasing Filipino talent, homegrown cuisine, and enchanting original Pilipino Music in a night of Filipino revelry.
The country’s crème de la crème got together at the chi chi Makati Shangri-la Rizal ballroom in their best garb hobnobbing with world class Pinoy fashion designers, businessmen, and well dressed showbiz personalities. There was an overflowing of Moet champagne, one of my personal favorites, and hors d’oeuvres with tinges of Filipino flavors.
Sari Yap, Tim Yap and Angel Aquino
Pinay supermodels welcomed the guests in their Frederick Peralta ternos. Frederick has an immense talent and has one of the nicest personalities in the fashion circle.
Models also worn our country’s unofficial national gem — south sea pearls from Jewelmer. One part of the grand ballroom was lined with timeless ternos by designers such as Eric delos Santos, Paul Cabral, young, vivacious and my current favorite Veejay Floresca, THE Inno Sotto, Russel Villafuerte, Pepito Albert and uber talented and another favorite, Rajo Laurel.
Senators Pia Cayetano, philanthropist Kaye Tinga, and Senator Zubiri’s wife Audrey lent their very dresses for the exhibit.
Actress Angel Aquino, in her luminous morena skin, shone that night as she hosted the event with Tim Yap. It was the ultimate Shangri-La touch in the five course meal created by Chef Gene del Prado that sent ooohs and ahhhs around the ballroom with his creation of a five-course meal inspired by the rich heritage of our cuisine. It was a modern version of the French’s degustacion – a tasting of cornucopia of flavors from kesong puti, kangkong, lapulapu.
The kare-kare that Chef Gene served was with sweet potato mash and caramelized pumpkin. Dessert was a platter of sweet Philippine mango pudding, ube macaroon and kasuy sans rival.
The guests were serenaded by the Musikito String Orchestra with a medley of Original Pilipino Music, a group of young musicians very close to Mega president Sari Yap’s heart.
Young heartthrob Dingdong Dantes went up the stage to lead the Panatang Makabago, a pledge to modern nationalism, which was led last year by actor Cesar Montano.
Mega Publishing continues to be a staunch avenue of Filipino talent as they search for talented Filipino photographers, designers, writers to showcase the best of Philippine fashion.
It was so nice to see everyone donning the Philippine terno, or their own version of Philippine design. It is time to be proud to be Pinoy!
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