Jewelmer Gala



Last Monday night I hosted the Jewelmer Gala. It was a huge night! Everything was in a grand scale and it all turned out so beautifully. Perfect celebration of the Philippines’ national gem!

The Jewelmer team had been working on this event for almost two months. Robbie Carmona of Saga Events directed the entire production. Rhett Eala, Patrice Ramos Diaz and Randy Ortiz showed their creations in white, cream, cobalt blue and black with top models wearing Jewelmer Joaillerie Spring Summer 2013. What made the night extra special was the live music by Manila Philharmonic Orchestra! It was just magical.

I was asked to go to the NBC Tent at 3PM. The Jewelmer team took care of picking my dress from one of the three designers. I didn’t have time to go for a fitting. They told me Patrick Rosas would do my make up. It was the most relaxed high profile event backstage ever. I loved the whole process of getting ready and rehearsing.

Unfortunately I don’t have many photos – just whatever I could take when I had my iPhone on me. During the show backstage, I held only the microphone. So this is my little diary of me, me, me. I hope I can borrow Eddieboy Escudero’s photos so I can post separately about the actual event. It was really something else!


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This was my first dress. It’s by Rhett Eala. Gorgeous. I wanted so badly to wear it. Unfortunately it didn’t fit me on the upper torso. Model size. So I waited to see what else they could find.


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During my blocking I had these huge curlers set on my hair. I met Jewelmer’s president Manuel Cojuangco and managing director Jacques Branellec while I had batteries on my head.


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Then the team found this gorgeous dress from Randy Ortiz. It was love at first sight. I prayed it would fit my waist.


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It fit like a glove. Randy’s seamstress just had to adjust the hem.


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Makeup check. Patrick Rosas is undeniably the Master. He always trips on my eyes and can make them look doll-like. It was perfect for the stage. My face was projected 100x bigger on screen. The thing about Patrick that sets him apart — his strokes are so light and so few, he uses the least amount of makeup and powder, no fancy gadgets, and yet he creates a flawless finish that never needs retouching! How does he do it?


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At the end of the show, I got to thank Randy Ortiz. He didn’t specifically make the dress for me. And it was a total surprise to both of us that I ended up wearing his work. It was really elegant. I wore the Margherita bracelet and earrings.


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Big me, looking at little me. Photo by another master, Eddieboy Escudero


Glad that I didn’t have to hold a script. Those things are really so hard to manipulate while trying to stand, speak, hold a mike and talk at the same time. Saga provided a tele promptersp; and now I want one for every event I host. Haha! Photo by Exie Razon.


Sorry for all the Me pics. I’m still waiting for the official event photos.

Congratulations Jewelmer! And thank you for making me a part of this.



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