Fashion Can Serve

 

 

I Can Serve 2015

 

Every year, for as long as I can remember, I have participated and supported breast cancer awareness campaigns. Recently it has taken on a different meaning with me. This year, I lost seven friends to cancer. Four of them had battled breast cancer. The other three had other types of cancers.

The Philippines has the highest rate of breast cancer in the region. Highest. This means one in 9 Filipino women will get breast cancer. It is mind-boggling and very scary. But what I have learned from my friends at I Can Serve Foundation, is that not all breast cancers are deadly. If detected early, breast cancer is curable by surgery, radiation, and/or chemo.

The message is simple. Please be aware of your bodies. Do a monthly breast self-exam. And if you are over 40 years old, have a mammogram once a year. Monitor your own body. Be proactive. See a specialist, if you feel you are at risk.

For more information on early detection and risk factors for breast cancer, go to www.icanservefoundation.org

 

I Can Serve 2015
At I Can Serve Foundations first fashion fundraiser event, Fashion Can Serve, at the Raffles Hotel. My friend, Katherine Cheng of K & Company, accompanied me. I wore K & Company’s new collection – wide leg pants with a lace tunic top. Katherine is also wearing her dress from the new collection.

 

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With the founder of I Can Serve Foundation, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala. Like the other women at I Can Serve, Kara is a living testament that there is life after cancer — a beautiful and meaningful life. I am so blessed to have her as a friend.

 

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With Dr Eileen Cuajunco, Girlie Rodis, Kara and Katherine.

 

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Seated across from me – Larry Leviste, Philippine Daily Inquirer’s editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez Magsanoc, Girlie Rodis, and fashion designer Ito Curata.

 

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Auction host Tessa Valdes

 

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Lulu Tan Gan with muses including breast cancer survivor Patty Betita.

 

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I Can Serve ambassadors Agot Isidro and Rissa Mananquil Trillo, with breast cancer survivor Toni Abad

 

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Fashion designer Maureen Disini with survivors Leah Caringal and Maritoni Fernandez

 

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Rhett Eala with I Can Serve supporters Tweetie de Leon Gonzales and Dawn Zulueta and breast cancer survivor Alya Honasan.

 

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Fashion designer Kristel Yulo with breast cancer survivor Michelle Dayrit-Soliven and I Can Serve supporter Amina Aranaz.

 

For more information on www.ICanServeFoundation.org

 

 

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