Successful entrepreneurs, compa­ny-builders, and CEO’s are pas­sionate about their work, and the perfect case in point is Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI), the Philippines’ foremost and premier luxury retailer. A-Listers from the dip­lomatic, business, government, and the society world gath­ered together for SSI group’s incredible 30th anniversary to celebrate SSI #PassionFor­ward, an advocacy campaign that brought together over 30 passionate purveyors of vari­ous industries who inspire and empower this new, millennial generation. Held at the newest outpost in BGC, Grand Hyatt Manila Grand ballroom, its charismatic founders—Nedy Tantoco, chairman and CEO of Rustan’s Group of Companies, and Anton Huang, president of the SSI Group—are experts in turning a product idea into a consumer must-have.

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SSI started as a retail company and, for the past 30 years, has worked on bringing the best lifestyle to our country through its curated selection of brands from all over the world. Putting passion forward has been an SSI Group advocacy. It maintains partner­ships with industry leaders and trendset­ters, including passion-driven new talents for community, business, fashion, and the arts.

Celebrating a milestone, SSI earlier launched “The Curated Life” campaign with Manila Bul­letin Lifestyle editor and heavy­weight writer AA Patawaran’s “The Curated Life.”

DJ’s provided an upbeat music as the attendees weaved around the photo exhibit of photographers: Mark Nicdao, Cyrus Panganiban, Kai Huang, together with Kyla Ol­ives and film director Paul Soria­no. Among the roster of #PassionForward personalities are Mariana Zobel de Ayala, Sen. Sonny Angara and his wife Tootsy, Armie Bennett, Irene Martel Francisco, and Kenneth Cobonpue.