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Fashion and Conscience.


Society doyenne Helen Ong, ardent chairman and president of the Society for Cultural Enrichment, makes things happen, proving her stamina and her staunch dedication to the several causes and advocacies she heads.

At the recent annual charity fashion event held at the Rizal ballroom of the Makati Shangri-la, Helen along with vice chairman Dr. Jimmy Laya and event chairperson Ofie Wadle presented their successful fund-raising show with fashion, fun, and glam.

Host Johnny Litton announced the start of the program with an awards ceremony, and the awardees were presented with trophies in recognition of their contribution to art and culture.

The 15 Cultural Enrichment awardees were Betty Ang, Cecille Asprec, Danda Buhain, Joy Ejercito, Marissa Fenton, Maru Go, Lynette Guzman, Crystal Jacinto, Malou Martinez, Anna Moncupa, Merci Padolina, Imelda Pechera, Shirley Sobremonte, Ma. Francesca Tan, and Prescy Yulo.

The SCEI members, fashion plates themselves, expressed their excitement to model the beautiful and exceptional creations of haute couture designer Jun Escario, who commanded the center stage with his "Season's" fashion show. The Paris-educated Jun received a standing ovation with his dramatic lines and silhouettes that caught the eye of the well-heeled crowd. Always a crowd pleaser was Lord of the Scents Joel Cruz who modeled with his children.

The other members of the committee were vice president Agnes Huibonhoa, Len Olbes, Bo Muralla, Marian Ong, Eni Alba, and Sheree Chua. Beneficiaries were the Sayaw Foundation's dance scholars as well as a program to expose culture and art to public school teachers, and the Philippine Cancer Society for the purchase of the cryotherapy machine.


The Society for Cultural Enrichment Inc. presented 'Seasons' by Jun Escario; In photo are: Buena Sarmiento, Merci Padolina, Carolyn Tan, Miles Antipuesto, and Anna Campbell

Consul Helen Ong (fourth from left) with Rupert Jacinto, the author, Consul Agnes Huibonhoa, Dr. Jaime Laya, and Dr. Elton Tan

Joel Cruz with his children

Joy Ejercito, Cecille Asprec, Consul Betty Ang, Eni Alba, and Ofelia Wadle

Nympha Valencia, Jun Jun Ablaza, Czarina Ablaza Syquia, Mimi Tan, and Carlo Rojas

Prescy Yulo, Francesca Tan, Shirley Sobremonte, and Danny Dolor

Baby Ramos, Joyce Pilarsky, Buena Sarmiento, and Rose Basa

Mhel Pechera, Tess Castro, Cecille Twitt, and Lina Castillo

Bo Muralla, Margaux Cobarrubias, Merci Padolina, and Dr. Joni Dizon

Marian Ong, Roselle Rebano, Milo Bondoc, and Veronica Ho

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Title Annotation:Leisure
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Apr 28, 2019
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