Bears that care

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Rob Gon­za­les

MISSUni­verse2015Pi­aWurtzbach got one last year. Now, it’s the Di­vine Di­vaMis­sZsaZsaPadillawho­has acre­ation­bycel­e­brat­edCe­buano de­signer Cary San­ti­ago for this year’s “Say It with­aTed­dyBear”cam­paign. “We launched the project three years ago be­cause in ac­cor­dance with his­tory, a teddy bear pro­vides com­fort. Pro­ceeds of this ac­tiv­ity will go mostly to chil­dren liv­ing with HIV. I am so happy be­cause all de­sign­ers I ap­proached kay wala gyuy ni­bal­ibad. For one, I com­mu­ni­cated with Fran­cis Libi­ran only through Facebook Mes­sen­ger and he said yes,” says Adrian Diong­zon, event di­rec­tor.

The cam­paign is one of the high­lights of the World AIDS Day cel­e­bra­tion. Not only does it raise aware­ness about HIV, but it

also aims to raise funds for HIV-in­fected preg­nant women and chil­dren.

Now on its third year and par­tic­i­pated mostly by noted Ce­buano de­sign­ers as they share their ex­per­tise and artistry with teddy bears bear­ing their sig­na­ture de­signs. Prices range from P3,000 to P6,000 each.

“What’s new for this year is we col­lab­o­rated with Fash­ion As­so­ci­a­tion of Cebu's Elite Tal­ents (FACET), so aside from se­nior de­sign­ers we also have the young de­sign­ers. Look­ing back we have sold bears to Daniel Mat­sunaga and Bi­tuin Es­calante bought a bear cre­ated by Cary San­ti­ago. I am just so grate­ful with friends who sup­ported and shelled out their money be­cause they be­lieved that this ac­tiv­ity will go a long way,” Diong­zon added.

Re­cently crowned Binib­in­ing Cebu 2018 St­effi Aberas­turi graced the ex­hibit’s open­ing over the week­end along with some lo­cal de­sign­ers. De­signer Dex­ter Alazas, whose aim is to re­vive the Hablon in­dus­try in the town of Ar­gao, dolled up his bears in Filip­ini­ana with in­tri­cate flo­ral de­tails us­ing hand­wo­ven fab­ric.

“Well, it’s my se­cond year to be part of this and I am so happy be­cause part of my ad­vo­cacy is in sup­port­ing the Hablon in­dus­try here in Cebu. And the event is re­ally for a good cause be­cause it’s not just about fash­ion, be­hind this is the real ad­vo­cacy of AIDS aware­ness and we are here to sup­port it be­cause be­ing part of the in­dus­try, we have to put our­selves out there in rais­ing aware­ness,” Alazas said.

De­sign­ers who have shared their tal­ents for the ex­hibit are Ed­win Alba, Dex­ter Alazas, Cary San­ti­ago, Ed­win Ao, Fran­cis Libi­ran, Yves Camingue, Dino Lloren, Protacio, and Philip Ro­driguez. FACET de­sign­ers Paco Ser­afica, Ce­line Bor­romeo, Shayne Re­mor­eras, John Avel­lano, JP Cabigon, Clieza Mayol, Peewee Senin­ing, John Tiong, Eyla Erais, Stef Ti­cado, Diane Ty, Han­nah Noel, and Nino Ben­ito also shared their artistry.

The “Say It With a Teddy Bear” ex­hibit is open to the pub­lic un­til Dec. 10, 2018, at The Gallery of Ayala Cen­ter Cebu.

SHAYNE Re­mor­eras DIANE Ty CARY San­ti­ago PROTACIO CE­LINE Bor­romeo PHILIP Ro­driguez ED­WIN Ao FRAN­CIS Libi­ran

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