On October 16 I had the opportunity
to go to “Passion…Revealed!”, an event featuring the diverse artistic talents
of the Filipino Community. Art,
Photography, Music, Dance and Fashion
mingled at the beautiful Vibiana Cathedral.
There was a large and diverse crowd in attendance at the event and a
spirit of excitement as we all gathered around the catwalk to view the collections.
The show featured designers Philip
Rodriguez, Alexis Monsanto and Furne One.
Each designer’s line was unique and exotic. Philip Rodriguez’s line was highly influenced
by the culture of the Philippines and featured many beautiful shawls and
traditional detailing. Alexis Monsanto’s
line featured extravagant resort wear for the ultimate lounging vacation. I loved the high-waisted pant and blouse
combos, oversized accessories and maxi length dresses. Finally was the extravagant Furne One whose
jewel encrusted, frothy creations looked like they were out of every single one
of my “I want to be a princess” fantasies.
Most impressive to me was the
fundraising aspect behind the event. Artists collaborated together in order to
raise support for such organizations as Trevor Project, FASGI (Filipino
American Service Group Inc.) and HOPE4Children.
Special attention and fundraising was given to the recent flood victims
of Manilla. One of my favorite things
about Los Angeles is the incredible diversity of the city. It was wonderful to be at an event which brought
together the art community for the cause of bringing residents of Los Angeles
more cultural and global awareness.
By Brittan Salisbury.