by U-Ned Algabre
Photos by Joey Robles

It was a chi chi afternoon right at the center of cosmopolitan Manille as the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines gave another class act at the Fab Restaurant of the Holiday Inn Manila Galleria at the swanky Ortigas business center with their High Fashion, High Tea soiree. Under the baton of its current President, fashion designer Gil Granado, the FDAP is a proverbial phoenix soaring with a series of interesting and exciting events worthy of its decades old stature. During the chic hours of the afternoon, we nibbled in hors d’ ouvres and sipped cabernet sauvignon until the early evening where our eyes feasted on glamorous frocks, dapper vestments, luscious lace appliques, and ethereal yards of chiffon during the fashion show under the direction of ageless beauty Miss Geena Zablan. Renowned designer Nardie Presa in an opulent couture neckpiece was seen flitting from table to table entertaining the glitterati guests of the evening. Among the fashionable crowd were Food and Beverage Director Gibeth Gloria of the Holiday Inn Manila Galleria, Audie Espino of the Philippine Fashion Week fame and Avant Garde international designer Rocky Gathercole, all hobnobbing with fashion enthusiasts and connoiseurs of beauty and style. During the runway show, all the guests gave a resounding applause to each of the impeccable collections of Nardie Presa, Gil Granado, Benedick Eroa, David Lee, Leonardo Dadivas, Mary Anne Casanova, Red Zurbano, North Ortiz, Russ Cuevas and Frederick Berches. The successful FDAP event in partnership with HIMG was truly a tres chic fusion of food, fashion and lovely people!

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Here are some highlights of the event:

NARDIE PRESA

GIL GRANADO

RUSS CUEVAS

LEONARDO DADIVAS

RED ZURBANO

MARY ANN CASANOVA

NORTH ORTIZ

BENEDICK EROA

DAVID LEE

FREDERICK BERCHES

FDAP DESIGNERS

COCKTAILS!!