Inaugural Unity Gala promotes Philippine fashion, music and tourism

NEW YORK — It was a night of Filipino songs and dances, a showcase of the rich and elegant Filipino culture, held at the luxurious Cipriani on 42nd Street.

Organized by “The Friends of the Philippines Society” – the first ever “Unity Gala” aims to celebrate diversity in the multicultural city of New York.

Organizer Jerry Sibal says it’s also a way to bring the Filipino-American community closer, especially in these times of great political divide.

It was also a night to show off national Filipiniana wear fit for royalty.

Her royal highness princess Katarina de Silva of Yugoslovia and Serbia donned her own terno, created by fashion icon Rene Salud.

Philippine fashion ambassador Salud’s handpicked beauty queens and supermodels took to the catwalk to showcase his modern Filipiniana collection.

Meanwhile, international designer to royalties and celebrities Rocky Gathercole showcased his avant-garde collection with a message.

“Tonight is more on the Christian stained glass, but the opening yung mga body painted, the animals, yung mga endangered species sa Pilipinas.”

The Philippine Department of Tourism’s exhibit at the Grand Central station, “Explore Island Philippines” and its Unity Gala’s ultimate goal was to invite people to explore the 7,641 islands of the Philippines very soon.


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