More than just another night of fashion and glamour, the annual Red Charity Gala is an event that highlights talented minds and their shared commitment towards a greater cause. In celebration of its 8th anniversary last October 8, the Red Charity Gala brought together renowned designers and models at the Shangri-la Hotel, The Fort, to raise awareness and funds for two deserving beneficiaries: the Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation and the Philippine Red Cross.

My dear friends and organizers Tessa Prieto–Valdes and Kaye Tinga featured the works and artistic vision of several Filipino designers, as well as known local brands.


A Night of Style and Generosity

Guests were greeted at the entrance hall of the Grand Ballroom by Bench models showcasing the brand’s latest underwear designs. Beautifully crafted Zalora bags made by the event’s past designers also took center stage in a silent auction, while selected ladies were given beautiful bouquets, courtesy of Te Amo Floristeria.

The evening was filled with exceptional performances from young opera singer Lara Maigue and the Ballet Philippines dancers. Several luxurious packages, including a coveted Omega 007 James Bond watch and a getaway trip to London, were auctioned off to guests.

The creations of fashion and interior design genius Chito Vijandre brought the special event to a climax with a runway show that featured his Filipiniana haute couture assembly, which perfectly embodies Philippine art and history.


Enriching Lives with Charity

The Red Charity Gala was a great success – thanks to the efforts of the organizers and the endless support of Manila’s most distinguished personalities in fashion, business, and politics. Not only was it a great evening of fashion, the raised funds will also be of huge help to the chosen beneficiaries.


And speaking of supporting causes that enrich lives, another group that’s making a difference is my Angels to Street Kids (ASK) family. The group was founded a few years ago and is focused on organizing feeding programs in orphanages and depressed areas around the metro. Recently, we visited the Fort Bonifacio tenement in Taguig. The feeding program was in time for my birthday and what a great day it was.

We all have our ways of supporting causes we love. Some people design gowns and organize charity galas, others cook and bring food for street kids. But whatever way you express your kindness, keep on doing it. Do it no matter how small you think the impact will be. Do it even if it’s difficult. Sometimes, our small gestures mean the world to others. It is indeed more blessed to give than to receive.