Photos by Joy Arguil
THE La Union Vibrant Women Inc. (LUVWI) headed by ABONO Party-List Rep. Vini Nola Alviar Ortega, wife of incumbent La Union Gov. Francisco Emmanual “Pacoy” Ortega III, staged a charity ball at Thunderbird Resort in Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union recently, featuring the creations of noted and upcoming designers from northern Luzon as well as a special inabel collection of “Designer of the Stars” Anthony Ramirez.
The agri fashio creations, costumes that showcase the agricultural contributions of the 19 municipalities and component and capital city of San Gernando, La Union and worn by the contestants of Mutia Ti La Union 2020, wowed the audience including Gov. Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” Ortega III and his wife Vini Nola Ortega.
The participating designers are: Paul Sanglay, Tonee Chan, Shiva Rivera, Douglas Bautista, Aladin Lagao, Rex Vitales, Nelson Rillera and Alicia Mae Ocampo, Oyen Lopez Alcid, Ehra Fernandez, Mindrado Laron, Margareth Ancheta, Bhean Dangca, Voltaire Sagun, Alexis Jurabal Arellano, Ynan Padua Estrada, Gheia Cañero, Darell Jun Carpio, Virgilio Obilla Orfiano Jr., Richard Ladia Uychoco, and Alemar Abenes Patacsil.
Ramirez, meanwhile, showcased a special casual chic and resort wear collection featuring the Mutia Ti La Union candidates; and a glam collection worn by several international models.
Ramirez utilized abel iloko – the indigenous, sturdy and versatile hand-woven fabric for which Ilocandia is known for – for his collection that vividly reflected his unique flair in creating classy, sophisticated silhouettes that has made him a most sought after designer in the business, entertainment and political circles.
Showcasing the abel trade and industry by way of the fashion show, Ramirez pays tribute to the art of abel weaving, a golden thread entwined in the Iloko culture. Manually woven through a wooden loom and handed down from generation to generation, it symbolizes the Ilocanos’ choice to inter-weave their efforts for the good of the community, eventually producing a unique fabric that is also the source of warmth and protection.
Gov. Ortega and LUVWI chair Vini Ortega were also dressed in inabel and gamely took to the ramp to the delight of the guests.
Proceeds from the gala event will go to the funds of the various projects of LUVWI for the benefit of the women and children of La Union, including a sanctuary for women and children. Founded in 2005 by then San Fernando Mayor Mary Jane Ortega, LUVWI has since established chapters in San Fernando and the rest of La Union’s 19 municipalities.