An Evening of ‘Moda Italia’


Italy deservedly sits among the world’s greats in haute couture. It carries such stalwarts in the industry, as: Bvlgari, Armani, Prada, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, and Ferragamo to name a few. Recently, Rustan’s Department Store, Stores Specialists, Inc. and Metrobank Card Corporation staged the “Moda Italia” show at Greenbelt 4, a showcase of the very best of things Italian.

The models captivated the guests with the latest creations of Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna, Bvlgari, Prada, Fendi, A/X Armani Exchange, Furla, Tod’s, Emilio Pucci, Marlboro Classics, Diesel and Coccinelle, On the make-up note, they wore the latest palette from Dior.

Crowd-pleasing hors d’oeuvres of cold cuts and cheeses were prepared by the Makati Shangri-la, Manila, coupled with red and white wine selections from Ralph’s Wines & Spirits and Santa Vittoria Mineral Water from Wine Depot.

Members of the illustrious Tantoco family who attended included Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr., Hon. Bienvenido Tantoco, Jr., Catherine Huang, Michael and Kathy Huang, Dina Tantoco, Chris Tantoco and Christian Tantoco. This special occasion drew the likes of other notables, among them: Metrobank Card Corporation President Riko Abdurrahman, Finland Ambassador Heikki Hannikainen and his wife Eleonora de Strobel-Hannikainen, Franch Ambassador Polyxeni Stefanidou, Consul Mellie Ablaza, Consul Helen Ong, Betsy Westendorp, Italian Embassy’s 1st Secretary Alfonso Tagliaferri, Italian Chamber of Commerce
in the Philippines President Armando di Rossi and Alessandro Abbate.