The 10th Tatler Ball: A Grand Time

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The Philippine Tatler Ball is THE most sophisticated event in Manila. More than being a bubbly and ballgown event, it aims to raise money and awareness for different charities. This year, the lavish fundraiser was for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity Foundation. Auctioneers, Tessa Valdes and Tim Yap were able to raise around P3 million in less than an hour! Bravo!

Congratulations to Ms. Irene Martel Francisco and Anton San Diego for helping so many causes and charities and for organizing the most fabulous formal event of the year!

I wish I took more photos but I was busy documenting my daughter’s first formal event. Thanks Anton for inviting Aryanna in place of Tom! We had a grand time!

Look who we first saw at the ball:

Aryanna with “Tito” Tim! The youngest couple at the ball! Haha!

The man of the hour, Philippine Tatler’s editor-in-chief Anton San Diego with Aryanna.

“Team JENNIration”. With my former assistants, Mau and Nins! So proud of these girls!

Former Philippine Tatler fashion editor turned designer Maureen Disini; Me; Tatler fashion editor Nina Estacio; and Aryanna

My BFF’s

Tim Yap and Marc Gueco

Metallica! Aryanna and I both wore Jun Escario and Aranaz bags that night! Thank you Jun and Amins!!!

Photo op!

Raymond Gutierrez in a stunning Avel Bacudio jacket, Aryanna, and Ms. Pops Fernandez

Elegant table setting prepared by Makati Shangri-la Hotel

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Aryanna with Ginggay Joven- Dela Merced. She witnessed how intense we were in taking pictures of each other! Haha!

Aryanna and Alex Escat in Rajo Laurel

Style icons, Ricky Toledo and Chito Vijandre

Inquirer Radio’s Paulo and his lovely wife, Ria Prieto, in Charina Sarte

My girl, Celine Lopez and HOTT beau Paul

And the best-dressed couple in our books goes to…

Dennis and Tessa Valdes! Tessa was literally glowing (read: LED lights sewn in her gown) in her megawatt Rajo Laurel couture! Ahmayzing!!!

I spotted my weight-loss doctors too at the ball! I can’t wait to blog about how effective their program is!

Dr. Z and Dra. Aivee Teo

The young and the restless:

Tim, Aryanna, and Tim’s nephew, Kevin Yang

Isabelle Daza in a stunning Jun Escario metallic evening dress, Aryanna, and the beautiful Heart Evangelista

Belle was so cute that night, when she saw Aryanna, she whispered to me, “sabihin mo sa kanya wag muna magboyfriend, ha!” Very, very ate lang s’ya! No worries Belle, she’s only 15 yrs. old, no plans in getting into a relationship yet.

The food:

Jamón Ibérico and cheese

Grilled fish in tomato soup

Sorbet on an ice sculpture

I skipped the main course as I don’t eat lamb but according to my seatmates, it was mouthwatering!

Churos and crème brûlée for dessert

I wore a platinum Jun Escario gown to the ball. It was comfortable and beautiful! The jersey fabric Jun used was the same as Halston’s. The evening jacket was made from leather and abaca! My mother of pearl and snakeskin clutch is from Aranaz.

I have to mention that the evening jacket I wore was an original fabric made by designer Jun Escario called “JEBU” (short for Jun Escario, Cebu). It is made from leather and abaca. Very ingenious! I wish I took a detailed shot of the jacket because the weave is just incredible! I’m honored to be the first to wear it!

Aryanna also wore a nude and gold Jun Escario gown, a Vero by Gladys Young bronze choker, and an Aranaz bag. My baby looks amazing! Thank you fashion godmothers!


Past her bedtime. LOL

Parting shot

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Congratulations again to the whole Tatler team! Happy 10th Anniversary! More power to you!

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