On September 16, fans, bargain hunters, and shoppers crowded the Rockwell tent for this year’s celebrity bazaar, organized by TV host-actress Ruffa Gutierrez and her brothers Raymond and Richard.
The year before, Ruffa also spearheaded the same event to help victims of typhoon that devastated Leyte and to help raise funds for the Philippine Red Cross. The bazaar collected a total of P1,000,000.
Because of the success of last year’s bazaar, Ruffa, along with her brothers Richard and Raymond, decided to do a repeat of the charity event, titled RRRampa for a Cause...Runway for Charity. This year, they chose World Vision, an organization that helps send kids to school, and Make-a-Wish Foundation, which gives hope to sick kids, as the event’s beneficiaries.
Aside from the bazaar, a fashion show was also included in the project. Top designers—Rajo Laurel, Ivarluski Aseron, Avel Bacudio, Joey Samson, Kate Torralba, Paul Cabral, Rhett Eala, Jun Escario, Randy Ortiz, Frederick Peralta, and Inno Sotto—donated some of their creations to be auctioned off. The designer clothes had a bidding price as low as P8,000 and as high as P40,000.
Celebrities from both TV giants ABS-CBN and GMA-7 strutted the catwalk: Alessandra de Rossi, Alfred Vargas, Bianca King, Diether Ocampo, Ehra Madrigal, Iya Villania, Margaret Wilson, Marian Rivera, Nancy Castiglione, Phoemela Baranda, Piolo Pascual, Polo Ravales, Rhian Ramos, Wendell Ramos, and Zanjoe Marudo.
Ruffa's close friends in showbiz Richard Gomez, Lucy Torres, Alessandra de Rossi, and Gretchen Barretto also helped out by modeling the clothes in a runway show, directed by Robbie Carmona.
Even the Gutierrez matriarch, Annabelle Rama, participated in the event by manning the entrance and supervising the collection of the entrance fees.
By closing time, the bazaar reportedly had a whopping collection of P1.5 million! The profit from the fashion show is yet to be announced. Kudos to RRRampa for a job well done!
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