Fashionistas, performers in California raise money for Yolanda

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Dec. 27, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Filipinos in the fashion world united for a luxury silent auction in Los Angeles; all for a good cause.

“LA Hearts PI” held a fundraising event in Los Angeles, raising some $25,000 (approximately P1.1 million) for victims of typhoon Yolanda.

“Tonight is a big success and I’m so happy everyone came out to support the Philippines,” designer Monique Lhuillier said. “It’s so nice to see this whole community coming together to help the Philippines — the country I was born in and the one that I love.”

All of the silent auction items were donated to LA Hearts PI.

“We put this together in literally less than three weeks and everybody — designers from Chanel to Dior and Levi’s and Burberry, Armani, Ferragamo and Prada, — just really came right up to the plate and donated amazing products,” fashion writer Missy Magsaysay said.

Lhuillier put some of her items up for auction. She will also have a chance to see how well the donations, which will be given to Doctors Without Borders, are being used when she visits the Visayas.

“When I go to Cebu we’re going to assess which areas I’m going to visit but we plan to go on the ground and help and bring as much supplies as we can,” she said. “That’s the plan, to join the team and my family is also on the ground and already helping the community.”

“We chose Doctors Without Borders for the sole reason that they’re going directly to the people in need,” Rembrandt Flores, a Hollywood Publicist, said. “So it will go directly to Leyte and Tacloban and to those areas that were severely affected by the typhoon and we don’t have to deal with any of the red tape and that kind of stuff.”

Meanwhile, in Santa Clara, Calif., headlining acts Kevin Lettau, Dennis Lambert, Joey Albert, Ray Ann Fuentes, Miriam Pantig, Fe de los Reyes, New Minstrels and Bambi Arambulo performed in a fund-raising concert called “US for ‘Pinas” recently.;

The group raised about $130,000 for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Funds were given to ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya program.

-With additional reporting from Balitang America Staff

For more information, you may contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com

With a report from Henni Espinosa.

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