Last February 27 at New World Hotel Makati, distinguished men and women of Metro Manila gathered to put on their finest suits and stunning cocktail dresses to attend The Best Dressed Women of the Philippines (BDWP) third coffee table book launch.
The people behind the BDWP led by Angola Consul Helen Ong believe it's even more important than ever to raise awareness and funds for fellow Filipinos who have been afflicted by cancer year after year.
The third installment of the coffee table book, which was put together by none other than renowned editor Chit Lijuaco, is dedicated to all the patients, young and old alike suffering from all and any form of cancer. Through this book, the organization aims to help open the eyes and minds of many to seek regular check-ups before the slightest symptoms arise.
“Each year intensifies our desire to continue raising awareness and funds to help our fellow Filipinos who have been gravely affected by this disease,” said Angola Consul and Best Dressed Women of the Philippines Chairperson Helen Ong. “After 18 years and millions raised, my goal remains the same: reach and help as many Filipinos as much as possible. Cancer does not discriminate. It hits the rich and the poor, the old and the young. It strikes anytime, anywhere, often discovered when help is too late”.
This year, the BDWP aims to surpass last year's achievement and aims to raise an even bigger amount for the Philippine Cancer Society (PCS). With the help of their incredible sponsors namely Pagcor, IPM Holdings, Hermès, Museo Orlina Foundation Inc., St. Peter Life Plan and Chapels, BA Securities, Inc., Flora Chua, Beging Soriano, Aspen Philippines Inc., Book Committee Chairwoman Ruby Chua, and San Miguel Corporation, they remain optimistic in reaching their objective.
Through this fundraising effort, the committee was able to reach its goal of giving back and doing what it can in order to shed light, awareness, and assistance to this important cause. Funds raised will directly go to the Philippine Cancer Society which will use the amount to help sustain its numerous existing programs as well as implement new ones to help save the lives of cancer patients.
Even through the pandemic, the PCS mobile clinic services were able to conduct countless outreach missions, and performed over 1,200 clinical breast examinations, and almost 800 cervical cancer screening. For the cancer awareness program, the PCS conducted webinars for several cancer patients and support groups, organizations, offices, and schools.
Since 2004, the Philippines' longest-running charity fashion show has continued its advocacy of raising funds to assist the Philippine Cancer Society with its programs that help underprivileged Filipinos who are fighting this disease.
The major highlight of the fundraising initiative is the annual staging of the selected Best Dressed Women of the Philippines. The final candidates all exemplify true elegance, sophistication, and style who all lead with a compassionate, giving heart.
Cover ladies of the coffee table book are Mache Ackerman (back cover), Ruby Chua, Mags Cue, Congresswoman Bernadette Herrera, Beging Soriano, Hemilyn Tamayo and Chuchi Villar.
One of Rupert Jacinto's fabulous cover girl Joyce Sacasas Dizon celebrated her birthday recently at two popular venues – Pardon My French and Blackbird attended by close friends led by Secretary Sal Panelo, Atty. Manette Agbayani, Lulu Boon, Cory Quirino, Che Tiongson, Ruby Chua, Philip Cruz, Jinky Rabano, Joy Fong, Malou Gamboa, Anna Sia, Olah Brady, actor Albert Martinez, Dr. George Sarakinis.
As usual guests enjoyed dancing to the band at Pardon.
To Joyce stay as lovely as you are. Happy birthday!
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