Chito and Junith Bogayong presented their bunso, Eugeremi Justine EJ, to society on January 29, 2011 through a fabulous fashion show themed event. Through the creative collaboration of EJ’s elder sister, Ehlaiza, and Gensan’s premier event directors, Egai Cadiente and Bing Cariño, the guests witnessed the rituals and protocols of a traditional debut with a twist. A runway was constructed in Phela Grande Convention Center where the guests were honored to review the creation of Mindanao’s foremost fashion designer, the multi-awarded Emi Alexander Englis.
Six years ago, I was a masked contessa in the Viena Masquerade Ball themed debut of Ehlaiza. EJ was only 12 when her Ate Ehlaiza turned 18. Now that I am more than six kilos heavier and more than six inches bigger, I got to do the catwalk before giving my opening spiel. Wheeeew! Good thing Emi Englis made me look confident in this gray creation. Thanks a lot, Emi!
Before the 18 Roses, the Art Deco Collection of Emi Englis for the Philippine Fashion Week Design Fusion, featured in the editorial spread of Style Magazine, was presented in the runway.
Even after the release of the 18 lanterns, the guests stayed and enjoyed the aftershow dance party. What a blast!
The creative fusion of fashion and debut celebration was made possible through the collaboration of Ehlaiza and the Cadiente+Cariño Productions. This remarkable event is one of the reasons why I was not able to hit the keyboard and type a word for my weekend posts. And I must say, savoring such enriching experience offline is one great reason to be absent from the blogosphere for two days!
Photos, after that of Michael Chan‘s, were captured by my beloved husband, Mosler Paul Lapore.