Tessa Valdes is a rare gem, one who always lends her celebrity for a good cause, she's a moving force to most of our country's charity events. Cheerful and sincere, it's always a joy to see her. Bumping into each other at the Muji fashion show, she asked me if I could dress up with my pet dog and walk the ramp for the CARA Welfare Philippines Benefit Dinner, without hesitation, I said yes.
My family has three furry housemates, Diesel a ten year old Labrador, an English Bulldog named Kojak, and Birkin. I always brag about Birkin's Dachshund lineage as she's my friend Rey Lanada's daughter, Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski's granddaughter and a sister of Miguel Pastor's Patchi. Kojak and I were suppose to go in matching kilts, in honor of Queen Elizabeth's jubilee year, but a day before the benefit dinner, he developed rashes on his right chest. My atelier had to rush a plaid skirt for Birkin, it was her time to shine.
It was a night for pets in their Oscar best, Chow Chows in tutus, Chihuahuas in diamonds and bulldogs in hunky black outfits. A delightful fashion parade and a celebration of our love for man's best friends.
|Many thanks to my friends who helped me fill up a table for the Dinner Benefit.|
|My nieces Cita and Sophia Buendia with my goddaughter Viana Lazo.|
|Love and support from Eleanor and Nancy Reyes.|
|Vittorio Barba and Rey Lanada|
|Xyza Montaner and Johann Abellaneda|
|PJ Endrinal and Monty|
|Lady with big heart earrings and a bigger heart, Tessa Prieto-Valdes.|
|Magician Lou Hilario and his cuckatoos.|
|Doggie bone bread sticks!|
|Birkin and I won a special award for our matching kilts!|
|CARE's President, Nancy Cu Unjieng|
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