Fash­ion on a Mis­sion

On its 10th year, the Red Char­ity Gala and Ulther­apy cel­e­brate the evolv­ing por­trait of Filipino beauty and art

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Since 2008, Manila’s best dressed have gath­ered for a cel­e­bra­tion of Filipino cre­ativ­ity at the an­nual Red Char­ity Gala. It has been a decade since fash­ion en­thu­si­ast Tessa Pri­eto-Valdes and style icon Kaye Tinga be­gan build­ing the con­cept into a glam­orous av­enue to raise funds for the Philip­pine Red Cross and the As­sump­tion Foun­da­tion. Items auc­tioned off at the gala in­clude life­style pack­ages, travel op­tions, and well­ness reg­i­mens that the founders be­lieve in. One of these is from a com­pany that also cel­e­brates beauty: Ulther­apy. “Filip­inas are amongst the most beau­ti­ful in the world,” says Tinga. “While we’re lucky to have good skin, Ulther­apy en­hances what we al­ready have,” she adds, hav­ing in­cor­po­rated the US FDA-cleared treat­ment as part of her gala prepa­ra­tions months prior.

Tinga no­ticed a glow she had not seen in years. The most dra­matic ef­fects were in the con­tours of her chin and dé­col­letage. She and Pri­eto-Valdes have both un­der­gone the non­in­va­sive treat­ment un­der the care of Sk­inCell der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Issa Cel­lona.

“It’s a break­through treat­ment that utilises ul­tra­sound waves to gen­tly lift, tighten, and re­ju­ve­nate skin,” ex­plains Cel­lona. Ulther­apy is dubbed as a lunchtime pro­ce­dure for hav­ing lit­tle to no down­time. “It’s per­fect for busy peo­ple,” says Pri­eto-Valdes. Her yearly ses­sions takes less than an hour and boast in­creas­ingly vis­i­ble re­sults four to six months later.

“Ulther­apy am­pli­fies the mod­ern Filip­ina,” adds Cel­lona. “She is con­fi­dent and pow­er­ful in her own right. She bal­ances pro­fes­sional suc­cess with per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. By tak­ing care of her­self first, she is able to take care of oth­ers.” Adds Pri­eto-Valdes, “Ulther­apy is per­fect for busy peo­ple as it only takes one hour.”

The event ben­e­fits a va­ri­ety of causes in the arts, which in­clude bud­ding fash­ion de­sign­ers. With a vi­sion to spon­sor solid and con­crete out­puts, the char­ity’s ef­forts ex­tend into hous­ing pro­grams, schol­ar­ships, and dis­as­ter re­lief ini­tia­tives. “We have been for­tu­nate to do two things that mean so much to us,” ex­plains Tinga. “We pro­vide a place for peo­ple from dif­fer­ent sec­tors to help in a fun and cre­ative en­vi­ron­ment.”

An ad­vo­cate of Filipino fashon, Pri­etoValdes wore a cape by Ditta Sandico with a Hat Mamma head­piece. Tinga, on the other hand, donned an el­e­gant gown by this year’s fea­tured de­signer Rajo Lau­rel. Aligned with his sil­ver an­niver­sary in the in­dus­try, Lau­rel de­signs with the mod­ern, in­tel­li­gent, and pow­er­ful Filip­ina in mind. Cel­lona was stun­ning in a plum-coloured Al­bert An­drada orig­i­nal as the ball­room filled with elab­o­rate cre­ations by in­di­vid­u­als who pay homage to lo­cal tal­ent, in the spirit of gen­eros­ity and style.

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