Avant Garde in Black and White
Opulent and powerful was the new mood at the recent Faaabvlous Fab Gala and photography exhibit, held recently at The Peninsula Manila’s Rigodon Ballroom and at the Gallery. International portrait photographer Rupert Jacinto’s Faaabvlous is always on the move, continuously evolving with his art and seeking new grounds. But what always stays constant is his intangible quality of elegance. The Faaabvlous fresh take on “The Fab Gala: Avant Garde in Black & White” was larger than life and was certainly an escape from the mundane humdrum of daily life. Presented in partnership with the Advertising Foundation of the Philippines (AdFoundation) and The Peninsula Manila, the Fab Gala was yet another showcase of artistic creativity for Rupert Jacinto, who has been dubbed “Photographer to the Faaabvlous” by The Washington Post. It has been the springboard for exciting and vibrant photographs that have defined his Faaabvlous exhibits for decades.
This not-to-be-missed event had overflowing champagne and wine from Titania Wine Cellar and Liquid Gold. The event was presented in support of the advocacies of the Adfoundation, as well as for the Hydrocephalus Foundation of the Philippines. The gold theme at The Gallery was lavishly executed by Jun Jun Ablaza, and the elegant white orchids that filled the Rigodon Ballroom was executed by Nina Halley of The Love Garden. Host of the evening was Bea Escudero.
Power packed entertainment followed, with Carina Dignos, who belted out Tina Turner songs, and operatic numbers from the country’s leading soprano Rachelle Gerodias and Byeong In Park, the distinguished baritone from South Korea. An auction of a Ramon Orlina sculpture was held with glamorous Lilibeth Campos winning the bid.
There was no holding back with display of glitz for Faaabvlous cover lady Jacqueline Michelle Lim who caught the attention of the Faaabvlous judges. Michelle won best dressed white with her sparkling tiara and fur cape. This time around, there was a catwalk extravaganza which presented a wide spectrum of Faaabvlous new faces, the ladies dressed in their avant-garde gowns. The Faaabvlous event was supported by Globe Platinum, Stores Specialists Inc., Elizabeth C. Jewelry, Museo Orlina, GA Printing, RJ 100, FILA, Rey Ortiz Digital Printing and Photography, and Noel Maximo of Maxi One.
The Faaabvlous book is available at the Advertising Foundation of the Philippines. Contact Lynn Vergeire at (+639) 17 841 2034 or Liezl Rebullida (+639) 15 643 6589.