Avant Garde in Black and White

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.