Kambal Gallery in partnership with award-winning jewelry designer Mila Imson, founder and director of Kit Silver Jewellery held “Sining, Disenyo, at Musika II,” a fashion, art, and musical extravaganza.
This show featured five well-known Pinoy fashion designers namely Ronaldo Arnaldo, Frankie de Leon, Petra Lim, Ditta Sandico, and Renee Salud together with 28 of the most talented visual artists in the Philippines.
The event showcased Spanish-American influence in Philippine fashion. Inspirations of the designs and colors of the gowns were the paintings and sculptures created by the visual artists.
Ronaldo Arnaldo is a seasoned and established Filipino fashion designer who has had several fashion shows locally and abroad.
Frankie de Leon is famous for doing celebrity weddings, clothes for famous personalities and celebrities.
Meanwhile Petra Lim specializes in creating bridal gowns, formal wear, cocktail dresses and corporate wear.
Versatile and talented designer Renee Salud always showcases the best of Philippine fashion using indigenous fabrics and materials.
Ditta Sandico, the “wrap artiste” of Philippine fashion, works on designing wraps made of Banaca, a fabric made of Banana and Abaca that she pioneered in developing.
“Sining, Disenyo, at Musika II” also paid tribute to fashion designer Eddie Baddeo who was known for his daring and avant-garde couture fashion. He was once branded the “bad boy” of fashion because of his outrageous and unconventional arts and designs. Baddeo died of cancer on Aug. 16, 2019.
Giving back to the community
Part of the proceeds of the show will be donated to Helping Hands Club, a foundation by Mila Imson. Imson is from Meycauayan, Bulacan, the jewellery making capital of the Philippines.
Although fairly young as an organization, Helping Hands Club has already reaped several awards such as Dugong Bayani Award Gabriela Silang in 2016, Andres Bonifacio in 2019, and Juan Luna in February 2020 from the Department of Health. To date, organization is supporting 2,500 less fortunate members living in the slums of Meycauayan, Bulacan. It has also been conducting feeding programs for adults and children for its members.
Aside from medical missions, Helping Hands Club provides livelihood projects and also operates Kiddie Centers in five barangays, which offer subsidized education to preschool children.
Through funds raised from “Sining, Disenyo, at Musika II,” Imson plans to put up a cooperative for Helping Hands Club members so they can access loans to start their own small enterprise from home or get additional money to finance the tuition fees of their children.
This event also recognized special awardees for their tremendous support to Helping Hands Club namely Jaqueline de Jesus, Agnes Miranda, Milo Bondoc, Helen Ong, and Rhodel Sermonia.
The amazing collection of gowns designed by the renowned fashion designers featured in the event were worn by women who are achievers in their own righ—beautifuk, smart, business savvy, empowered, and kind. The show had Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray as special guest.
There were a total of 28 paintings and nine sculptures that were showcased including the works of masters Lydia Velasco and Fil Dela Cruz. Also featured were highly established artists such as Salvador Ching, Buds Convocar, and Frank Caña, as well as Cezar Arro, Sam Panso, Aner Sebastian, Rishab Tibon, Eman Sia, and Alfred Galvez.
The event also featured the sculptures of Danny Rayos del Sol, Ram Mallari Jr., Jik Villanueva, Maria Magdamit, Jester Oani, Richard Buxani, James Dayrit, and Roen Capule, with works by Federico Elizalde, Lei Manto, Marissa Nombress, Marlon Magbanua, Melvin Guirhem, and Joseph Villamar.