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Feature: CPFW’s Evening Honouring Kol Hope Foundation For Children


 

Jeff Rustia (right) and Jon De Porter (middle)  with CPFW Spokesmodel, Kesiah Papasin  wearing a unique necklace from Jon De Porter's collection

Jeff Rustia (right) and Jon De Porter (middle) with CPFW Spokesmodel, Kesiah Papasin wearing a unique necklace from Jon De Porter's collection

 

 

Fashion With A Heart. 

 

By:  Hina P. Ansari

 

On Tuesday June 11, 2013, the uber sexy Thompson Hotel played host to a fabulous evening of charity, heart and Filipino couture as part of night two of PLDT Canada Philippine Fashion Week festivities.

 

The “Fashion With A Heart” event took place at the  hotel’s rooftop terrace which bustled with revellers, all graced by the picturesque backdrop of Toronto at dusk. They all came together to honour the Kol Hope Foundation for Children‘s collaboration with World Vision Canada.

 

A-listers from the Canadian and Filipino fashion scene came together to raise a champagne toast for CPFW’s Executive Director and Founder as well as Founder of the Kol Hope Foundation for Children, Jeff Rustia and his family.

 

Notables who were in attendance included renowned designers from Manila including Frances Libiran, Designer, Nat Manilag, Filipino supermodel Ria Bolivar, Miss Universe Canada Riza Santos (who also graced the stage for a riveting solo performance), CPFW Spokesmodel Kesiah Papasin, President of Kol Hope Foundation For Children, Melinda Rustia as well as Canadian jewellery designer, Jon De Porter.

 

Jon De Porter plans to donate his premiere piece, a fantastic floral pin hand crafted after the national flower of The Philippines, the Sampaguita which is anchored by a ravishing Golden South Sea Pearl (the most coveted pearl in the world) valued at $1100 CDN. He also created an exclusive line of eye-popping jewellery as part of Francis Libiran’s collection. A portion of sales, 25% from Jon De Porter’s collection will also be donated to the Kol Hope Foundation For Children.

 

The evening also celebrated a retrospective on the Filipino model scene with a special coffee table book, RampDiva: Filipina which was authored by designer, John Albaza, chronicling the fabulous fashionable contributions from the Philippine fashion world, dating from the 1970s through the 2000s.

 

Jeff Rustia graced the podium and graciously thanked his friends, supporters and all those who were in attendance for supporting the Kol Hope Foundation For Children.

 

Check out the photos below!

 

The bustling rooftop terrace at the Thompson Hotel, Toronto

The bustling rooftop terrace at the Thompson Hotel, Toronto

 

Designer, Jon De Porter wearing the South Sea Pearl Floral Pin

Designer, Jon De Porter wearing the South Sea Pearl Floral Pin

 

Closeup of the South Sea Pearl Floral Pin

Closeup of the South Sea Pearl Floral Pin

 

Friends and supporters arrive for an evening of Fashion With A Heart

Friends and supporters arrive for an evening of Fashion With A Heart

 

Some of the CPFW fashion show production team take in the summer's eve

Some of the CPFW fashion show production team take in the summer's eve

 

President of Kol Hope Foundation For Children, Melinda Rustia (second from right) with family

President of Kol Hope Foundation For Children, Melinda Rustia (second from right) with family

 

Setting the tunes for the night

Setting the tunes for the night

 

Man of the hour, Founder of Kol Hope Foundation For Children and CPFW Founder, Jeff Rustia

Man of the hour, Founder of Kol Hope Foundation For Children and CPFW Founder, Jeff Rustia

 

L-R: Arsi Baltazar of Advocate Fashion, Inc. and designer Frances Libiran

L-R: Arsi Baltazar of Advocate Fashion, Inc. and designer Frances Libiran

 

Filipina supermodel Ria Bolivar (centre) with designer John Albaza (right)

Filipina supermodel Ria Bolivar (centre) with designer John Albaza (right)

 

Miss Universe Canada 2013, Risa Santos

Miss Universe Canada 2013, Riza Santos

 

Designer, Nat Manilag

Designer, Nat Manilag

 

Bubbly!

Bubbly!

 

Filipino Fashion Force: L-R: Frances Libiran, Arsi Baltazar, Jon De Porter, Nat Malinga

Filipino Fashion Force: L-R: Frances Libiran, Arsi Baltazar, Jon De Porter, Nat Manilag

 

 

 

Photography courtesy of Candice Kaye / CPFW  

 

 

 

 

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