(More than) A month ago, I was invited to attend the press conference for the very first Canada Philippines Fashion Week (CPFW) at SMDC Showroom in MOA Grounds.
The event introduced the concept of CPFW that was initiated by renowned Canada-based broadcaster, creative director, TV host, and executive producer Jeff Rustia.
CPFW aims to celebrate and showcase the best in haute couture, style, innovation, culture, and creativity of the Philippines. Its goal is to be the perfect platform to spotlight both the Filipino and Canadian cultures, by featuring the most innovative and pioneering Filipino designers from the Philippines and Canada. Everything will happen from June 10 - 16.
On June 12, in celebration of our Independence day, CPFW will present “A Fashionable Evening with Jose Rizal,” a tribute to our national hero through fashion, film, and exhibit at the Bell Tiff Lightbox Theater. This particular event will showcase the newest docu film on Rizal, titled “Jose Rizal, The First Hero.” It will also feature a Rizalian-inspired fashion show, spearheaded by John Ablaza.
Some of the designers to be given the spotlight on the weeklong event are John Ablaza, Francis Libiran, Noel Crisostomo, Roland Alzate, Norman Noriega, Leonardo Co, and Brian Maristela.
CPFW will be in aid of the Kol Hope Foundation for Children. Kol Hope Foundation for Children is a Canadian charitable organization that provides support to children born with Trisomy-related disabilities and chromosomal disorders. It is named after Jeff Rustia’s son, Kol who was born with Trisomy 13, a fatal genetic syndrome.
For more information about CPFW, visit canadaphilippinefashionweek.com.
Here are more photos from the press con: