By Gelyka Ruth Dumaraos
Photos By Ramir G. Cambiado
Sisters and brothers of Mu Sigma Phi once again walked the runway for a benefit gala and fashion show held at Marquis Event Places, Bonifacio Global City, last August 31.
A part of a series of events for the Mu Sigma Phi Sorority’s 85th founding anniversary which focuses on the promotion of healthy aging and longevity, the show Brilyante 2019: More Luminous Through Time is for the benefit of UP Manila National Institutes of Health, Institute of Aging.
It aimed to celebrate women empowerment and promote geriatric wellness, while bringing light to issue on self-image that concerns women, mostly especially geriatric patients. It also highlights the promotion of positive outlook and a pro-active stance in empowering one to face this inevitable phase of life with renewed vigor, hope and confidence.
Mariale Yasmin J. Salces, Most Exalted Sister said that Mu Sigma Phi Sorority has been guided by its pillars of Sisterhood, Service, Scholarship, and Leadership for 85 years.
“Today, we continue our commitment to create projects that are directed towards the needs of the community,” she said. “This year, as we recognize the growing number of elderly in our country, we aim to put a spotlight on our aging population, with particularly focusing on their healthcare.”
Categorized in four parts namely athleisure, artisanal, men’s formal wear and women’s formal wear, the benefit show featured masterpieces from different award-winning and internationallyacclaimed designers from the Philippines and abroad including Albert Andrada, Nina Corpuz, Edgard Madamba, Rajo Laurel, Micheal Leyva, and Mak Tumang. It also showed pieces from Rustans and Bergamo.
Brilyante 2019 muses Elvira “Tootsy” Echauz Angara, Binan, Laguna Representative Marlyn Alonte-Naguiat, and celebrity mom Angel Jones were also present to grace to show.
Brilyante benefit gala had its first edition in 2009 to support cervical cancer patients.