THE Elegant Filipina

THE Elegant Filipina

 Ti n g T i n g ’ s List: The Ele­gant Filipina” represents ad­mirable figures of womanhood where elegance is keynote. It is headed by two women of beauty and refinement t h e m s e l v e s — Consul Gen­eral Fortune Ledesma and TingTing Co­juangco. It was an epic moment for my hubby Rupert when one of Harper’s Bazaar’s “100 Most Beautiful Women in the World,” TingTing de los Reyes Cojuangco, made headlines and his portrait of her won an international award in Japan at the UNES­CO-sponsored “Women of Asia” photographic exposi­tion of the Asian Cultural Center in 1979.

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Celebrating its fourth year, The Elegant Filipina was held at the Diamond Hotel ballroom with a stel­lar lineup. In her welcome speech, chairperson Fortune said, “When we started this work in 2015, we determined that a model of elegance builds and leaves behind a legacy of grace, wisdom and compassion and, above all, their goal is to make a posi­tive contribution in their re­spective communities.” The ladies were selected by a committee imbued with Coco Chanel’s belief that the inner self should be as beautiful as their appearance and that, through their examples, they en­courage others to take steps, how­ever small, to work for the betterment of our world.

The 10 women of elegance select­ed for their style, grace, compas­sion, wisdom, and intelligence were KC Concepcion, Stepha­nie Zubiri-Crespi, Apples Aberin, Jessica Kienle Max­well, Marga Montemayor Nograles, Mai Mai Co­juangco, Kai Lim, Carla Guevara Laforteza, Dr. Di­ane Cua, and Small Laude. The premier showcase of cutting-edge designer Albert Andrada introduced his ex­citing London and New York collection. His evening wear moved in a sophisticated new light, with updated twists on fashion classics.THE Elegant

The event raised funds for the benefit of PLDT-Smart Foundation’s Gabay Guro program, which organizes and facilitates training for over 20,000 teachers nation­wide. Manuel V. Pangilinan and Chaye Cabal-Revilla aim to add 10,000 more teach­er-scholars to their roster.