Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mukha, Likha, at Iba Pa

As the Master of Ceremonies of the “Mukha, Likha, At Iba Pa” charity fashion event, I was thrilled to present the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas USA (BPUSA) candidates, in their only Orange County, California appearance, hosted by the Rosario (Salinas) Association of Greater Los Angeles at the Embassy Suites – Anaheim South on July 11th, 2014. 

Mr. Bobby Sanchez, President of the Rosario (Salinas) Association of Greater Los Angeles
with some of the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas USA candidates
Photo credits AZE Media

My photo-op with some of the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas USA Candidates
Photo credits AZE Media

It was an exclusive glamorous Salinas affair like no other as cameras flashed nonstop while 16 beautiful pageant hopefuls did their catwalk in haute couture ensemble by featured art and fashion designer, Michelle Hebert.  The audience was captivated and literally off their seats and closer to the runway for a better look of Michelle’s 16-piece cocktail dress collection and 16-piece stunning avant-garde creation.  Here are some moments captured by Edwin Leviste, Jezt Castro and Andy Z. Edralin.

Binibini No.1 Rizzy Lombo

Binibini No.17 Krystal Neag

Binibini No.13 Gabbie Gonzales

Binibini No.15 Katy Pehrson

Binibini No.3 Brigid Hitalla

Binibini No.3 Brigid Hitalla

Binibini No.7 Jenelle Domaoal

Binibini No.4 Czarina Hermoso

Binibini No.4 Czarina Hermoso

Michelle Hebert

Perfect designer match with the BPUSA, Michelle is a virtuoso young fashion designer who believes in one thing:  having a dream and achieving it.  I was excited to catch up with the always refined and poised Michelle in the dressing area. 

Last minute check by Michelle's all about the details!

As a huge fan, I’ve followed Michelle's collections paraded in many fashion shows and seen her work published in major editorials. She is a fave of many prestigious photographers and stylists.

Her eveningwear have graced the Academy Awards, Grammy’s and BET Awards red carpets, Phoenix Fashion Week, The Music Center Performing Arts of Los Angeles, …there’s just too many to mention.  

Racquel Lee wearing Michelle Hebert at the BET Awards

Erica Bernhard wearing Michelle Hebert at The Oscars

MichelleHebert Art and Fashion is highly regarded for its aesthetic appeal, on the surface Michelle’s designs are elegant, flattering and romantic, but when one delves deeper they notice finer details in each work of art.  Each creation of meticulous quality and imaginative concept is simply a unique beauty. What I only use to admire from the runway front row, I did not only get to see and touch but actually wore her gown this time.  What an honor!

Styled by Fermin Alberto, Chey Buhain and the designer herself, Michelle Hebert
Feeling spoiled!

Master of Ceremonies, Sheila Vertuno in Michelle Hebert gown

With a 3-hour pre-show call time, it was nice to hang out backstage with these sweet, smart and beautiful young women.  Each with their own audacious goals they were excited to talk about their quest for the crown and the friendships they’ve built along the way. The succeeding week was full of anticipation, and the best of the best was crowned on July 19th.  All of my 3 picks made it to the top 10, and 2 walked away with tiaras.  Read about the eventful 2014 Binibining Pilipinas USA coronation night here.

Congratulations to the powerhouse behind this successful affair, starting with the unyielding collaborative efforts of the Insider Production, LLC, President and CEO, the lovely Mildred Deang and the Rosario (Salinas) Association of Greater L.A. President, the fearless Bobby Sanchez, to the behind the scenes volunteers who contributed their time and talent, and executed flawlessly on the night of: Fermin Alberto and John Jocson, Hair & Make up; Elna Buendia, Chey Buhain and Sacha Garcia, Designer Assistants.  ‘Twas definitely one of the best production team I’ve ever worked with!

Off-stage, other "goings on" are:

Behind-the-scenes action...

Angel Tecson completes the looks with accessories 

John Jocson tapes and pins everything in place for a perfect fit

In between touch-up break for John Jocson (behind), 
while Fermin Alberto preps me for the stage.

Beautiful bouquet arrangement by Fermin Alberto and Chey Buhain

Last minute choreography instructions from Fermin Alberto.  Wow, he does it all!

There's always time for fun and selfies...

Michelle Hebert and Caitlin San Diego

Elna Buendia and Chey Buhain

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Michelle Hebert and John Jocson

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Red carpet moments...

L-R: Sasha Garcia, Michelle Hebert, Sheila Vertuno and Fermin Alberto

L-R: Norberto Reyes, Sheila Vertuno, Michelle Hebert, Cherry Ordonez and Mary Ann

L-R: Cherry Ordonez, Michelle Hebert and Mary Ann

L-R: Anamaria Ferrer and Chachie Abundo

L-R: Michelle Hebert, Andy Z. Edralin and Sheila Vertuno

Peia Bocalan-Nguyen

Grace Ibanez Trias

L-R: Michelle Hebert and Edwin Leviste

L-R: Michelle Hebert and Jezt Castro

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