Ladies-about-town, it’s time to get glamorous with a not-to-be-missed exhibit and ball with the “The Fab Gala: Avant Garde in B&W” of bonafide fabulous photographer, Ru­pert Jacinto, dubbed “Photographer to the Fabulous” by The Washing­ton Post. Rupert’s fresh ideas and innovations integrate his portraits seamlessly with captivating digital backgrounds, which bring each por­trait to life in one’s living room. The Faaabvlous event is a long-standing partnership with The Peninsula Ma­nila and with the Advertising Foun­dation of the Philippines. Having made a name for himself in the world of portraiture, Jacinto possesses a visual allure, which draws people yearly to his Faaabvlous exhibits and book launches.

 Jacinto’s abiding fas­cination with beauty and elegance with a tinge of drama, pulls his time­less style with panache. His Faaabvlous series has been received with much adulation. Now on its ninth year, big plans are afoot for “Faaabv­lous, The Decade” next year. The guests of honor in this year’s Faaabvlous are: National Artist Al­ice Reyes; Senator Sherwin Gatchalian; Ambas­sador Harald Fries, Ambas­sador Jaideep Mazumdar and Mark Choon, GM of The Peninsula Manila. This year’s Faaabvlous icons are: National Artist for Dance Al­ice Reyes, Mercy Arrastia Tuason, Nene Tuason Quim­son, and Margie Floirendo. Rupert had photographed these ladies decades back. The exhibit will be held with cham­pagne cocktails at The Gallery of The Peninsula Manila. As the days draw near, there is a built up antici­pation on the gala, with the glitz, the glamour of the ladies dressed in red carpet gowns. This year, avant garde in black and white is the theme; and Hermes gift bags will be awarded to the Most Faaabvlous in Evening Gown—in black, in white, and in black and white.

Entertainment will be provided  by Rachelle Gerodias and Byeong- In Park. Carina Dignos will render Tina Turner songs with music by Danny Favis. A Ramon Orlina sculpture will be auctioned off by emcee Bea Escudero and raffle prizes include a Sal­vatore Ferragamo bag from Stores Specialists, Inc., Samsung Note 9 from Globe Platinum, GC from City of Dreams, Muebles Italiano, jewelry from Lilibeth Cam­pos of Elizaabeth C, GCs of an overnight stay from The Peninsula Manila, Mar­riott Manila, and Kandaya Resort. The Faaabvlous cover ladies are: Mache Torres Ackerman, Jac­queline Michelle Lim, Ruby Pacis and Shirley Sobremonte. The 2018 Women of Faaabvlous are Danda Buhain, Yamani Caliwara, Lina Castillo, Tiffany Copok, Charito Luna, Dana Silverio, Namrata Singh, Bingbing Singson, Sheilla Tiongco, Gina Ty, and Sistine Van Loan. The Faaabvlous Men of dis­tinction are Senator Sherwin Gatch­alian, Andres Barrioquinto. Ronald Pasamba, Amir Sali, Jerry Acuzar, Frank Evaristo, Cid Reyes, and Dr. Norman San Agustin.

Tickets to “The Fab Gala: Avant Garde in Black & White Ball” are available at the Advertising Founda­tion of the Philippines, courtesy of Liezl Rebullida and Lynn Vergeire. The event is in support of its advo­cacy programs, and in support of the Hydrocephalus Foundation of the Philippines.