Good news to all Fil-Canadians out there because this coming June 10-15, 2013, the first ever Philippine Canada Fashion Week will take place in Toronto, Canada. It will be a series of pure Pinoy events spread over five days intersecting culture, style, creativity, and artistry. Filipinos, Fil-Canadians and Canadians alike will all work together not only to show the world our culture and talent but also to enhance trade between the two countries. It will be a celebration of the best in haute couture, fashion, and innovation brought to us by esteemed designers such as John Ablaza, Francis Libiran, Noel Crisostomo, Leonard Co, Roland Alzate, and Fil-Canadian Brian Maristela.
The spotlight will not only be on the designers as different exciting events will be prepared for each day of the week. First of which is “Project Terno” wherein Canada’s top designers are set to put their own spin on the terno—considered to be the world’s most haute couture national costume.
Our national hero will also have a share in the limelight at “A Fashionable Evening with Jose Rizal." It will be a night of tribute to Jose Rizal through an exhibit of his personal belongings, a fashion show with designer John Ablaza, and a screening of the docu-film entitled Jose Rizal, The First Hero.
A night will also be allocated to pay homage to our various festivals like the Sinulog, Ati-atihan, Moriones, and more through a creative fashion show that will be called “Pistahan de Couture.”
Finally, there will be a variety of exhibits that will feature the fabrics, beadwork, and handiwork of the indigenous group Mangyans of Mindoro in the “Mangyan Tribes Exhibit,” artworks and paintings of the T’boli women and Ibong Adarna by artist Ging Relativo, and the Ramp Diva book which is a 40-year compilation of Filipina supermodels who have made their marks in the world of fashion.
And if that’s not enough to make us all proud, The Philippine Canadian Fashion Week can also be deemed a fashion event with a heart because the whole occasion is in partnership with Kol Hope Foundation for Children. Founder and Executive Director of PCFW, Jeff Rustia lost his son Kol last October 9, 2011 and has since been helping put up a charitable cause inspired by his late son. The Kol Hope Foundation is the first charitable institution that supports children born with disabilities both in Canada and the Philippines.
With all these exciting events lined-up for June, we’re definitely looking forward to hearing and delivering news of its success.