Eco-Couture Filipino Designer JOHN C. ABLAZA debuts his latest one-of-a-kind fashion show “Bow Tie Couture Fashion Collections” in Hollywood benefitting the underprivileged Mangyan Women in Mindoro, Philippines

Photo: Eco-Couture Designer John C. Ablaza with Fil-Swedish Hollywood Actor/model Devon Spence wearing a $1.3 Million dollar handmade bow-tie that has 18 pieces -- .50ct each carats of GIA certified diamonds, with 11.44 carats center diamond, H color, with internally flawless clarity) courtesy of Jules Barba of JB Diamonds located in Newport Beach.


Photos and text by Oliver Carnay


Hollywood, California (November 29, 2015) - A very enthusiastic crowd cheered for Filipino designer John C. Ablaza at last night’s eventful Hollywood debut of his latest collections entitled “Bow Tie Couture Fashion Collections,” held at the Celebrity Centre International where proceeds of the show benefits the Mangyan Women Tribes to sustain livelihood. Among major sponsors of the show include GMA Pinoy TV, MBeauty Clinic by Dr. Tess Mauricio, BlogTalk with MJ Racadio, iDance Studio, and Manny Pacquiao Foundation, in cooperation with 3gsWorld and MODXchange.

The one-of-a-kind fashion show featured models wearing limited edition of bow ties made by the women of the Iraya Mangyan tribes in Mindoro, Philippines. Each piece was hand embroidered to perfection using sustainable and organic materials such as coconut shells, wood beads, lumbang seeds, “salwag” and tree barks called “dalet.” The materials were hand processed and colored using vegetable dye.

In the evening’s finale, the cream-white suit worn by Fil-Swedish Hollywood-actor/model Devon Spence was complemented with a one-of-a-kind John Ablaza bow-tie, hand made by the tribal mangyan women, hand embroidered with bleached coco beads, and was embellished with a $1.3 million diamonds totaling 18 pieces (.50 carat each , D Color, Flawless Clarity) with centered diamond that has 11.44 carats, H Color with Internally Flawless Clarity, contributed by Jules Barba, CEO of JB Diamonds, Inc. in Newport Beach.

Among other highlights of the show include the auction of limited edition of John Ablaza’s bow ties. Also auctioned were boxing champ-Manny Pacquiao’s limited edition of Nike shoes, signed boxing gloves, unreleased limited edition of shorts and t-shirts, and Manny Pacquiao’s new fragrance "M8," which is only available at Fred Segal on Melrose Ave.

The John Ablaza Bow Tie Collections are not yet available in the market and will soon be available in stores and online in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation’s Livelihood program, who is also currently helping the underprivileged Mangyan women. (“Mangyan” is the generic name for the eight indigenous groups found on the island of Mindoro, southwest of island of Luzon, the Philippines). Aside from his quest to help the Mangyan tribe in their daily living, Ablaza also supports his other charity, the “St. Martin de Porres” in Cebu, which is an institution that helps children with autism and Down Syndrome.

Well-known in the Philippines as the first Eco-Couture designer and internationally when he started showcasing his Mangyan gown creations in museums in Europe and other parts of the world, Ablaza is an advocate of protecting Mother Nature. The soft-spoken couture designer and philanthropist, also just had another successful fashion show last week, November 22, at Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco during the Philippine International Aids (PIA) annual fund-raising event where he showcased his “Rizaliana Collections.”

Ablaza is an author of the fashion book “Ramp Diva Filipina,” a compilation of life story, work archives of 64 iconic Filipina models who made an indelible mark in the history of Fashion. His next project is a compilation of photographs from top Filipina beauty queens and top male models of Filipino descent which will be dressed-up by world-class Filipino designers from top photographers. The book will be entitled “Fashion Meets World” and is slated to be released in 2017. He is also scheduled to mount the John Ablaza Gala Tribute to Donya Bea Zobel de Ayala, the Grand Matriarch of the famous Ayala clan, featuring the Mangyan Gown Collections in September 2016 in Manila, Philippines.

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