Thursday, September 19, 2013

US Embassy Manila Presents Its First-Ever Eco-Fashion Show

Glitzy, glamorous, and green. The first-ever eco-fashion show hosted by U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. at his Forbes Park residence was an earth-friendly, star-studded occasion to remember. 
Aptly titled  "Forward Fashion: A September Evening to Remember," the event was a celebration of U.S.-Filipino collaboration in eco-fashion and design, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable development under the creative direction of Aristeo Tengco and showcasing Philippine Fashion designs of Dita Sandico-Ong and Paul Cabral.

The Ambassador’s residence became the venue for a full-ramp fashion show, where famous faces from show business, fashion modeling, "beauties with a cause" from the Miss Philippines Earth Foundation, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010 Venus  Raj and several Embassy staffers donned the designers’ creations. Princess of all media Anne Curtis walked the runway, as stunning as ever in Dita Sandico-Ong’s sculptural wraps.

Paul Cabral’s style creations were modeled by Dennis Trillo, Matteo Gudicelli, Daniel Matsunaga, Victor Aliwalas, James Blanco and Fred Payawan. Fashion Forward’s glamour even converted a few of the Embassy’s own diplomats into models for sustainable designs by Levi’s, Timberland, Lumago, and Rags2Riches. Guests from the worlds of arts and culture, education, and the international community graced the occasion. In what may be the last big event he will host as U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador Harry K. Thomas expressed his pride “that the United States is a leader in sustainable development and environmental protection, not just at home, but around the world."  

Noting two projects of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) featured during the occasion – Eco-Fish and CEnergy – the Ambassador praised these joint efforts by the U.S. government and the Philippine government to promote sustainable fisheries, address energy security and combat climate change. "Our governments’ cooperation via the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation is helping preserve the biodiversity of the Philippines’ forests.  And our bilateral Science and Technology Agreement ensures that the best science and technology will be available to meet the challenges of sustainability," Thomas added.

The Philippines' Secretary of Tourism Ramon Jimenez Jr. joined Ambassador Thomas in noting the natural and creative riches of the Philippines and the role both can play in fueling a resurgent economy. As part of the event on sustainable style, one exhibit showcased compelling stories of how the U.S. and the Philippines are working together towards a more sustainable future. Another exhibit space featured American companies and their stories of successfully supporting sustainable development through U.S.-Filipino partnerships. 
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