Saturday night (June 8, 2019) became a one-of-a-kind celebration at PRIDE: The Don Cristobal Runway Show 8. Kicking off the festivities this June at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, the runway show was able to bring together different occasions that make us beam with pride – Independence Day for Filipino pride, support for Pride Month, women empowerment, and the men in our lives for Father’s Day. The show also benefits LoveYourself, Inc’s advocacies and HIV awareness projects.
The show was hosted by Ms. Earth Philippines 2013 Angelee Delos Reyes and directed by Jed Velasco.
Designer and entrepreneur Don Cristobal dedicates his show’s eight year to the creative forces and visionaries of Philippine fashion as well as Filipino achievers and exemplary individuals who became paragons of success and inspiration for the benefit of LoveYourself, Inc.’s HIV awareness activities and projects.
In case you missed it, here are the segments and some of the looks served on the runway:
FIERY RED ROSES
By Karu Villanueva
The color of passion, primal life forces, as well as seductive glamour, red surely evokes power and vitality that is softened in delicate roses. Karu is also the CEO of Oshare Fashion and Lifestyle magazine and Co-founder of the Fashion Association of Baguio.
By Roberth Gallardo
This collection of Roberth Gallardo, COO of the newly-established Filipino Fashion Designers and Organizers Association, aims to deliver the message of a group called Modela Icons – Desire, Aspire, and Inspire. This collection showcases empowered millennial Pinoy looks in cosmopolitan Manila.
By Miguel Lagasca David
Inspired by a woman who became a great influence in his life, this three-piece pret-a-porter collection from the brand MIGO by Miguel David celebrates the beauty of the female body in all its glorious diversity in shape and form.
BUGAL SANG ISLA
By Anna Salovino
Ilocana Designer and Body Paint Artist Anna Salovino, hand painted maxi-dresses, beach wraps, harem pants, tropical and ethnic chic outfits, and accessories for her collection “Bugal Sang Isla” which means “Pride of the Island”.
By Adrian Stephen Cabuhat and Lau Fernandez of Shopawhowlique
Our feline and canine friends can also be as fashionable as we are. Shopawhowlique’s collection has everything for your beloved pets, inspired by Philippine mythology, tales, folklore, superstitions, and legends. That explains all the agimat that we’re seeing!
UN NUEVO COMIENZO
By Don Cristobal
Don Cristobal created a very unique interpretation of what a person with HIV goes through in his life – from despair, to hope, and eventually bouncing back from the effects of the virus. LoveYourself, Inc. Founder Vin Pagtakhan was present at the event and has given a lovely message about how people can break the stigma of HIV.
His famous platform heels made him a celebrated name in the beauty pageant world. Armed with a vision, hardwork, and exceptional entrepreneurial skill, this Bicolandia pride expanded his brand to create stylistic clothes and accessories showcased at the Pride runway.
By Red Zurbano
Taking cues from the old world, inspired by the luxurious art of the Byzantine era, this menswear collection in black and white with metallic touches and sparkling details reflect a so-called “masculine power” and contemporary elegance.
By Maricris Dela Pena
A stunning collection that is fit for a beauty queen, worn as crowning glories at extravaganzas of pomp and pageantry.
By Cathy Mora Capistrano
The Lady Ethereal collection is about luxurious white evening wear and cocktail dresses with an indulgence of embellishments and delicate laces that are fit for a lady of glamour and refinement.
By Frederick Berches
Be enthralled with the artistry and craftsmanship of this remarkable Lumban Laguna virtuoso, Frederick Berches. His dazzling world-class masterpieces in painstaking details are definitely a labor of love.
By Don Cristobal
Known for his trailblazing ideas and experimental creations, Don Cristobal’s collection inspired by timeless and classic Filipiniana pieces is spiced up with unconventional fabrics such as upholstery materials, mesh, and polypropylene to create a look that is undoubtedly modern but feminine and sophisticated.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s iconic LuzViMinda costume for the Miss Universe pageant, a tribute to the Philippines’ three major island groups, was also on display at the lobby of the Grand Ballroom. Guests had the chance to see the bodysuit up-close and take photos.