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On the Scene – Chito VijandreXRedCharityGala

Chito Vijadre’s collection was larger than life and the guests were just as magnificent.

(images by Marty Ilagan)

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Red Charity Gala 2016 presents Chito Vijandre

chitoChito Vijandre’s artistry had its beginnings in drawing and painting during his childhood when he would create unusual works in art class, gaining school recognition, winning national art contests and participating in international art competitions and exhibits. He distinguished himself from his peers at an early stage, both in technique and style. While his peers were using light aquarelle brush strokes and pastel colors, Chito went a completely different way and applied paint directly from the pain tubes on to the canvas to create thick, rough textures in an expressionist vein with bright Fauvist colors. It was no surprise when he was eventually chosen to go to the Mexico Olympics to represent the Philippines in the prestigious international event’s art forum.

His talent continued to manifest but this time, in fashion, where he would gain acclaim for his highly original and refined designs favored by Manila’s most elegant women like Chona Recto Kasten and Tingting Cojuangco. At the age of 20, he was chosen as one of the designers for Chito Madrigal’s Bighabi International (Bighani means “to be in awe” in Filipino) and had his first one man show at the famed Hyatt La Concha which presented fashion shows by the country’s top fashion designers. His second show, “The Year of the Snake” further secured his fashion ranking and position in society.

His third and biggest show, “Vijandre”, mounted at the Philippine Plaza was the testament to his title as one of Manila’s master couturiers. Melding Africana and Victoriana in one spectacular pageant of haute couture creations, he treated Manila to a visual feast never seen before. With Chito, the pegs are never taken literally; tiny glass beads from a Masai necklace were turned into fully beaded flapper gown, one of which were worn to an international film festival at the Malacanan palace and was well received and applauded for its exquisite design and craftsmanship.

After renovating his home and expectedly receiving praises for his work, Chito started channeling his creative energies into interior designing. As expected, he won several awards and one of which was a platinum award for the production design and styling of the Bench commercial L’Amoureux.

Chito’s passion for everything artistic and beautiful provided him with an opportunity to open a landmark concept store that showcases a well curated selection of home accents, jewellery and object d’art. He also dabbled in designing the interiors of well known and loved restaurants and cafes.

After years away from fashion, his Alma mater, SLIM’S called upon him to create clothes again. His capsule collection for the fashion school’s anniversary show received raves from the fashion press, bloggers and the general public who wanted to see more from the designer, resulting in his selection as the designer for the next Red Cross Charity Gala fashion show.

Abitare Internazionale X Red Charity Gala

Abitare Internazionale, a leading modern and contemporary European furniture shop in Makati City, has been part of the auction sponsors of the Red Gala since the start. Their auction pieces are always highly bid for.

To celebrate their 19th year in the business, interior designing sisters Filaine Tan and Jeanne Wee recently teamed up with Chef Carlos Garcia of The Black Pig to host a thanksgiving lunch with a wonderful mix of architects, interiors designers, clients and representatives from the German and Spanish Embassies. Abitare will be auctioning off a furniture piece at the Red Gala this October.

On the Canton Road to Red Charity Gala 2016

October 8 seems so far away but with time passing by so quickly, the Red Charity Gala will be here before long. Co-chairs Kaye Tinga and I are full-steam ahead with the preparations for our annual charity event for the benefit of Red Cross and the Assumption HS 81 Foundation.

We met with Shangri-La at The Fort GM John Rice at their newly opened Canton Road Restaurant, and finalized our contract. With John were his director of events management Matthias Emperhoff and the entire marketing team, of whom director of communications Lesley Tan has been a part of the planning of the Red Gala since our first ball in 2008.

It was fun to talk about the event details while gingerly using our chopsticks to enjoy Canton Road’s rich assortment of regional specialties and signature roast barbequed meat. The cuisine is from Huaiyang, the most prestigious cuisine in the Jiangsu province.

Canton Road’s main dining seats up to 88 persons at a time, with guests having a choice of dining at the center tables or tucked in plush couches. There are also eight private dining rooms, the biggest of which can seat up to 28 guests at a time.

Joining our lunch was Anna Sobrepeña, Lifestyle Asia’s editor in chief. Lifestyle Asia has been our lifestyle magazine partner for several years now. The magazine covers the charity side of the Gala as well as the generous guests and corporations that give back to society.



We are proud to announce that the 2016 Red Charity Gala has a new partner and we couldn’t be more excited! Zalora PH, the brand that offers fabulous fashion finds to Filipinos all at the convenience of clicking a button is now part of the Red Charity Gala!

We are so excited and are getting ready for this year’s celebration!

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Zalora PH x Red Charity Gala team!