Wednesday, June 13, 2012


It was one of those rare Wednesday afternoons when a ladies’ night out starts at four o’clock.

Davao City’s own Jackie O., otherwise known as Ms. Mary Ann Montemayor, gathered female jewelry enthusiasts for a fashion encounter at the Villa Margarita Hotel. Dubbed as Le’ Mar Arts and Crafts, the cocktail event featured the creations of one of the country’s celebrated accessory designer, Oskar Atendido. Ms. Montemayor, fondly called by most as “Tita Baby,” has always been a strong supporter of Filipino brands and products, and has constantly trail blazed events that highlight the unique talent and artistry of Filipinos from all over the country.

This time around, she flew in Oskar Atendido to showcase his Philippine Filigree collection, a jewelry line of delicate and intricate ornamental work made from gold, silver, or other fine twisted wires. Most of his pieces are reminiscent of the Spanish jewelry style, translating the romantic look and feel of lace into jewelry. For his exhibit in Davao, he displayed his freshest rendition of the Filigree, a juxtaposition of the vintage and modern touch with the use of multi-colored glass beads and precious pearls and stones.

Classic black was the dress code for the models during the fashion show. Their black tank top and slacks became the modern fusion to the off-white piña and multi-colored Mindanaoan cover up’s  --- very nationalistic, just in time for the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day.

It was great to see fellow moms / friends, Marga Nograles and Dit-Dit Santos, on the runway, modelling Oskar’s collection of necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. These two successful momprenuers are the perfect models for these set of intricately-designed ornaments, as they ooze with the spirit of the elegant and fashionable modern woman. Both looked stunning and walked the ramp like pros.

The afternoon show and fan fare got good reviews from the audience, more so with the group of ladies who lined up to reserve pieces from Oskar’s limited collection.

Story published in my newspaper column, Metro Mom.
A1 of INdulge section, Edge Davao newspaper, Vol. 5 Issue 72, 13 June 2012.


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