First Annual Philippine Fashion Ball is honored as fashion industry's best

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(L-R) Robby Carmona, Tessa Prieto-Valdez, Keren Pascual, Rajo Laurel, Phoemela Barranda and Noel Manapat all did a great job in mounting the first-ever Philippine Fashion Ball, which is touted to become one of the most anticipated annual fashion events in the country in the coming years.


If there was an award for the most fashionable evening of the year, then August 15, 2011 would have won it.

All the Who's Who in the Philippine fashion industry were dressed to the nines in black and white at the Manila Peninsula Hotel's Rigodon Ballroom for the First Annual Philippine Fashion Ball.

Organized by Robby Carmona of SAGA events, fashion stylist Noel Manapat and PR maven Keren Pascual, it was an evening that honored the industry's movers and shakers in grand style.

The awarding ceremony was hosted by top designer Rajo Laurel and social butterfly Tessa Prieto-Valdez.

The event recognized the talents who helped spark a revolution that inspired more people, especially the younger generation, to become engrossed with fashion and all its aspects.

Fashion designer Inno Sotto, photographer Jun de Leon, supermodel Marina Benipayo, makeup artist Patrick Rosas, hairstylist Henri Calayag and fashion director Jackie Aquino were among the men and women lauded for their major contribution to the industry.

Umagang Kay Ganda host Phoemela Barranda, who is the current president of the Professional Models of the Philippines Association (PMAP), was also presented to the audience along with her lovely predecessors, which included Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales, Apples Aberin and Rissa Mananquil.

Runway Philippines president and Philippine Fashion Week founder Joey Espino and internationally acclaimed Filipina designer Josie Natori were honored with the Lifetime Achievement awards.

Actress Gretchen Barretto, who jumpstarted her showbiz career through modeling back when she was 12 years old, came to the event garbed in a simple black dress by Inno Sotto.

She served as one of the award presenters, as well as Piolo Pascual, Enchong Dee, Joseph Marco, David Chua and Venus Raj.

Other showbiz celebrities in attendance were Bianca Gonzalez, Raymond Gutierrez, Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho.

The event is also best remembered as the night Anne Curtis stepped out in her controversial Rajo Laurel dress, which became the center of social networking buzz in the past week. (CLICK HERE to read related story)

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