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Archipelago – Red Charity Gala X 2018 Designer, Rajo Laurel

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Red Charity Gala, co-chairs Kaye Tinga and Tessa Valdes are mounting their biggest charitable gala yet happening on October 27 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Featuring the 100-piece collection of fashion designer Rajo Laurel, the evening also celebrates his illustrious 25 years in the industry.

The collection is entitled ARCHIPELAGO which is an essay on defining contemporary Philippine style. Seeking to find the meaning of what the Filipino is, the collection is his meaningful exposition as he explores our textiles, our shape, our colors and our forms

The RCG beneficiaries include Philippine Red Cross, Assumption HS 81 Foundation and various charities throughout the country. Presented by BENCH, it is sponsored by Megaworld, Sun Life and Globe.

Red Charity Gala X – ARCHIPELAGO

Save the date!

This year we celebrate the tenth year of Red Charity Gala and celebrate the Filipino passion and creativity for fashion and charity. This year’s featured designer is also celebrating his 25th year in the fashion business, Rajo Laurel.

Red Charity Gala X will be on October 27th, 2018 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom!

Reserve your tables now. email for more information.

The PilgrimAge of Joey Samson and Red Charity Gala 2017

It has been a month since we had the most attended Red Charity Gala yet. We are still overwhelmed by all your support and love.

Thank you and see you next year for Red Charity Gala X!


Video by Tim & Co
Director: Mike Lavarez
Concept: Sheryl Songsong

The (Pilgrim)Age of Joey Samson

Pilgrimage is defined as any long journey, especially one undertaken as a quest or for a votive purpose, as to pay homage or a journey that has spiritual intent to a place or to an icon of faith. In the case of designer du jour, Joey Samson, it is a pilgrimage to his own identity.

This spiritual journey is translated into his exclusive Red Charity Gala Collection, which will be shown on October 14th at the Shangri-la at the Fort.

A striking collage of fine linen toile fabric accentuated by a contemporary pleated shirtdress for a totally modern look.

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PilgrimAge: Joey Samson for the Red Charity Gala 2017

The Red Charity Gala, without a doubt the most awaited fashion event for a cause in the country and the product of the passionate efforts of society figures Tessa Prieto–Valdes and Kaye Tinga, once again champions the best Filipino creative talents in fashion while fostering awareness and tirelessly raising funds for two worthwhile causes: the Philippine Red Cross and the Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation.

Now on its ninth year, the Red Charity Gala 2017, to be held on October 14, 2017, at the Shangri-La at the Fort with the support of BENCH as part of the brand’s 30th anniversary, brings to the runway the creative ingenuity of Joey Samson and his androgynous, gender fluid creations.

With the theme PilgrimAge, this year’s gala pertains to a journey, a religious devotion, a voyage to a sacred place. For Joey, it is a depiction of one man’s journey to nostalgia, recaptured via images best portrayed by a mood, a moment, a patina, a place, an individual, a feeling, rendering symbolisms represented by garments that evoke/ embody sentiments and souvenirs.  

Here, he melds old style glamour with hints of the romantic and lady-like form, harmonizing extravagant detailing with traditional silhouettes for a look that is contemporary yet beyond time.

“This collection will be a balancing act,” Joey says. “It will run the gamut from tradition to something a bit outre, remixing looks and reshuffling garment elements.” Further, he says,  “I want the clothes to be a revival of old wardrobe favorites, as if relics of a long passage, at the same time, something with a sense of familiarity with a contemporary feel transitioning from conventional, street to ceremonial”.

From his initial dreams of being a doctor, graduating with a pre-medicine degree in college, Joey took the plunge and pursued his true passion – fashion and doing clothes – by enrolling in the Slim’s Fashion and Art School. Subsequently, he apprenticed under the renowned Jojie Lloren for basic draping and pattern making and later, at CITEM, back when they would fly in professors from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Since then, he has bagged numerous awards and accolades such as the MTV Style Awards in 2004 and the Menswear Designer of the Year 2007 at the Mega Fashion Awards.

By officially being Red Charity Gala’s honoree for 2017, Joey Samson joins the league of world-renowned Filipino designers who have previously graced the event: Dennis Lustico, Furne One, Michael Cinco, Cary Santiago, Ezra Santos, Jojie Lloren, Lesley Mobo, and Chito Vijandre.

The Red Charity Gala 2017 is presented by Bench in cooperation with major sponsors Globe Platinum, Jewelmer, Megaworld, and SunLife Financial together with Creamsilk, Emperor Watch And Jewellery, Fuentes Manila, Leon Gallery, Lucerne, Moss Manila, Philippine Airlines, Remy Martin, and Robert Blancaflor, Royal Gem, Shangri-La At The Fort, and Volvo. With additional support from Abitare Internazionale, Adworks, Air Asia, Bluewater Sumilon Beach Resort, City of Dreams, Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay,  Dusit Thani Manila,  Linda Farrow,  The Manila Hotel, Viking Range, W/17, and World Travellers. With media sponsors Inquirer Red, Lifestyle Asia, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Philippine Star. Special thanks to AlcoPLUS Rubbing Alcohol, Auro Chocolates, Cova, Cupcakes By Sonja,  Ethan Allen,  Gardenia,  Goldilocks,  Louis XIII, Mcdonald’s,  Mint College,  Ryan Villamael,  The Botanist, and Zarah Juan.