"The show must go on," says a Gabriela member.
The militant women's group continued its satirical fashion show despite heavy rain last Friday, April 30. Everything was already set up on the vacant lot inside the Mowelfund compound in Quezon City when the rain fell. But Gabriela members did not lose hope. Instead they arranged the chairs at a nearby building and went on with the third installment of the fashion show dubbed "Project RunAway: The Election Season Collection."
Gabriela Representative and senatorial candidate Lisa Masa made sure that they would be able to convey their message to Pinoy voters through this program.
"This political fashion show is being staged in protest to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's rule and, at the same time, call for a cleaner and honest election. Also, [we want to tell] the people to vote for candidates who would offer change in our system, in our governance," she told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview after the show.
Rep. Masa says that "Project RunAway" is part of their group's tradition to show their stand on the current issues in the country
Popular Filipino designers like Gerry Katigbak, Dennis Cabalinan, Joelle Francisco, and Rei Raña offered their talents to Gabriela's advocacy. Joining them are visual artists like Boy Dominguez, Egai Fernandez, Lia Torralba, Mona dela Cruz-Gaston, and Ugat Lahi Artists Collective.
Donning their creations were entertainment personalities such as Bibeth Orteza, Malou de Guzman, Sharmaine Buencamino, Keanna Reeves, Rochelle Barrameda, and Angel Aquino.
People from the political arena also walked the ramp wearing clothes that represent different issues in the country. Rep. Masa was joined by fellow senatorial aspirant Bayan Muna party-list Representative Satur Ocampo, and ZTE scandal whistle-blower Jun Lozada.
"I hope it's going to be peaceful and clean. Although that's a long way to go kasi alam naman natin ang history ng ating eleksyon. And I hope marami sa ating mga kababayan na talagang magiging vigilant at babantayan nila ang election na ito," said Gabriela party-list Rep. Lisa Masa.