Brasilipinas: Rio in Manila

Last March 4, I was supposed to Attend the RISQ Fashion Competition, which I’ve been promoting on my blog. Unfortunately, a day before the event, I learned that it had been cancelled. There have been too much emotions expressed at this unprofessional incident, so I will not burden you with any more. Instead, below is an official press release of what happened.

Official Letter from Ideal Events


RISQ Grand Summer Fashion Show Cancelled.

The RISQ Grand Summer Fashion Show will not push through this March 4, 2011 at the World Trade Center. Indios Bravos Multimedia, the producers of the event, has finally pulled the plug on the project two days prior to the show.  Indios Bravos Multimedia President and CEO, Kristine Soguilon was not available for comment.


RISQ was indeed a grand plan to bring ten of the top fashion design students into the limelight with an extravagant fashion show. The show could have been the “Fashion Show of the Year” through the artful direction and management of the country’s top director and production team, not to mention the participation of the country’s top-notched artists. RISQ had a powerhouse cast and production team lined up.

Asked to comment on the cancellation, Cristina Guerrero, managing director of Ideal Events International, a 2010 Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur awardee said, “We designed a powerhouse production team for RISQ and were able to bring everything within the discussed budget. It was a surprise to us that the production team was having problems with the checks they received from the producer.”

Carlo Guerrero of Ideal Events International expressed his disappointment about the spate of bad checks and the runaround they were given when it came to keeping up with the payment schedule.  Guerrero said, “We are still trying to get in touch with the producer to find out how they intend to settle for damages.  Another concern we have right now is how to reward all the hard work the students have put into this event. We’re hoping that things will be resolved soon and that everyone involved will be duly compensated.”

Thank God for SOFA, who immediately took action. My friend, Dan, who was a RISQ participant, was given her own set at Brasilipinas, a fashion show happening that same night for the Brazilian Embassy. And as luck would have it, her collection perfectly fit the theme.

I attended the show to support Dan and the other SOFA designers presenting that night. There were so many familiar faces, but I only got to take a photo with my Korean classmate Christie and her Japanese friend. I super love hanging out with foreigners! They see your world with a new set of eyes!

Here are some of my favorites:

The dress above is by Nicole Aquino, and the bohemian set below is by the super talented Danika Navarro. Loving the knot details, hot platforms and amazing textile combinations!

Below, Patricia models for the last set of designers.

Congratulations to everyone for putting on a good show!


Inquirer, 2bU section, March 5, 2011.

Candy Magazine, March 2011

Day to Night Accessories

Quick and easy day to night tips for the busy fashionista!

As most of us know, accessories can make or break an outfit. The wrong accessory could take your look from fab to drab in an instant. Here are a few key pieces to easily take your look from day to night. Take your outfit to the next level with these cute combinations.

This summer, opt for bright colors in interesting patterns. This cute necklace from Extreme finds comes in a variety of colors. You can even get a bracelet to match!

Pair them with comfy flats in a muted color, like these cute patent brogues from So! F.A.B. in Pecan.

For night, add some edge and sophisticated spunk to your outfit with statement rings and necklaces in metals and silvers. Rings from Extreme Finds and Necklace from ClubCouture.

Pair with shiny peep toe pumps for some added sexy, like these cute ones from So F.A.B.

And there you go!  Your outfit easily flows from day appropriate to night appropriate in seconds!


Thanks to So Fab, Extreme finds and Club Couture for this sponsored post.


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