The Most Glamorous Filipino Ball in North America


I got an invite to The Most Glamorous Filipino Ball in North America on November 11, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. This is the brain child of Jeff Rustia, Vice President and Co-Chairperson of Kol Hope Foundation for Children. Jeff is the father of Kol Rustia whom the foundation is named after. Kol was born with Trisomy 13, a fatal genetic syndrome and was diagnosed to live three months. Kol is now 14 years old. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Kol when he was just a toddler. Jeff is a great old friend of mine.



Jeff Rustia, a BPM:TV VJ is the host of Club Fashion TV, 60 BPM News, and 50 Most Fashionable Music Videos. He was given the Philippine Presidential Pamana Ng Pilipino award in Malacanang in 2006. Jeff was recognized for being an “exemplary visionary and role model for Filipinos in Canada and around the world.” Jeff owns and leads a successful award winning, international, TV branding and Design agency, trusted by the world’s largest television networks. Check out Front TV.


Jeff is an old friend from school. We met at the University of Toronto. He just went up to me and said, “Are you Filipino?” He was my first Pinoy friend. We clicked right away. He recruited me to join the Filipino Club. I attended a few events. But in the end I was too involved in Pi Beta Phi and that became my world. Jeff moved to Asia (all over) after university, did the most amazing things in Channel V and MTV in the 90’s. By the time he moved back to Toronto, I had moved to the Philippines. We kept in touch. He created his own branding and production company. Next thing I hear, he’s a media mogul. Whenever he visits Manila, we get together. This was when I was pregnant and I took him to Chef Laudico, where he loved the “couture” Filipino dishes.


This was last year when he took me to lunch in Toronto and I fried under the sun in his convertible. He said he’d cook dinner for me. Turns out he arranged a dinner party inspired by our meal in Chef Laudico Manila.


This was the invite to the dinner he hosted at his house. It was in honour of the “Most Beautiful Women” in his life. Yes, Jeff loves getting people together. And he’s very good at it. The message read – “from a Broadway Star, A TV Host, to a Lobbyist, A Financial Whiz, an Entrepreneur to a Writer, an Actress, and even an Opera Singer and many more wonderful professions, the talents of some of the “Most Beautiful Women in my life” are unique and diverse.”


His beautiful dinner table. He asked each of us to bring a favourite quote from a book so we could share. In the end of dinner, that long space in his living room became a catwalk. We all ended up doing a fun fashion walk off and the real party began.


Jeff dreams of seeing Filipino cuisine being celebrated around the world. He says, it’s time for Couture Filipino food. He served stylized fried chicken adobo, laing and lumpia.


That “Most Beautiful Women in My Life” dinner. It was a lovely time… Unforgettable. I should do this for my amazing girl friends.


Me and Jeff towards the end of that fabulous dinner party in his apartment.


On November 11, Jeff is pushing his Filipino pride even further by hosting The Most Glamorous Filipino Ball in North America. I would be there if I could. Jeff’s such a great ambassador of Filipino cuisine and fashion. I love that he just took on this cause and merged it with raising funds for Kol Hope with just his vision and the support of his awesome friends. If you’re in Toronto at that time, I urge you to please try to support this cause. It’ll be fantastic! The Four Seasons’ head chef will cook adobo!


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Incredible life.

You changed the world.

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Do not miss this… tomorrow.



Stunning house. Stunning.


Urban Zone. Friday night, ABS-CBN, after SOCO.



Urban Zone: The upyard



A couple of weeks ago we featured this modern Asian styled house in Urban Zone. It belongs to Joel and Eloisa Buse. They didn’t work with an interior designer. Joel designed the house himself, with the help of a contractor and later-on, an architect. Lots of personal touches here…


The owner is a car enthusiast. He wanted his garage visible from the inside of the house, which explains the glass doors. In the foreground is the dining table, which is actually an old Tibetan door.


The living room housed their collection of Asian antiques and contemporary finds.


Neutral colours and warm light.


This house was unfortunately affected by Ondoy floods two years ago. They’ve recovered since then.


Because the property doesn’t have enough space for a back yard, the owner created his own “upyard” – a charming space with a 360 degree view of huge trees and the skyline in the horizon.


They had some serious furniture up in their roof top.


All photos, property of Joel & Eloisa Buse



This week in K&Company



I shot three sets of spiels for Urban Zone the other day. I wore the newest K&Company samples. These are in stores by now.


I love the texture of this blue tweed shift dress. The back panel is not of the same fabric, instead it used brown satin. Nice combo. And I’ve missed my happy shoes. I thought it was time to bring them out again.


I don’t have a clear shot of this dress. It has a very forgiving cut. Comes in reddish fuchsia and royal blue.


This is a preview of K&Company’s holiday collection. More to come in the coming weeks.


A comfy black and beige cotton jersey dress with a bold electric blue leather belt.


Wore them with brown rubber platforms.


K&Company is in Rockwell Power Plant Mall, Shangrila Plaza and Glorietta.