(Excerpted from Manila Bulletin’s “The Elegant Filipinas”, originally posted on August 27, 2017, https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2017/08/27/the-elegant-filipinas/)
Elegance over beauty, substance over form, and gentility over self-importance—these are the true characteristics of a Filipina.
Two years ago, “TingTing’s List: The Elegant Filipinas” started to honor these gracious beauties. It has since become a major event. Today, preparations are underway for the selection and presentation of TingTing’s List 2017, which will be held at the Diamond Hotel Ballroom on Sept. 13.
TingTing’s List, with Consul General Fortune Ledesma and Zelda Kienle of Philux Company, has been envisioned to acknowledge these wonderful Filipina characteristics from all over the country. The two past editions of TingTing’s List have been widely accepted and shown that elegant Filpinas bound.
The event has also sought to raise funds to determined beneficiaries. The first edition had the typhoon victims of Tacloban. Last year was for the widows and orphans of the SAF Fallen 44.
This year, TingTing’s List chosen beneficiary is The Center of Possibilities Foundation, Inc. which caters to autistic individuals with special needs. The event will celebrate not only the elegance of the Filipina but the artistic potential of these special individuals. A major highlight of this year’s event is the sale of art pieces rendered by autistic children.
Albert Andrada will present his 20-piece collection. A silver leaf trophy of elegance mounted on a plexiglass for the elegant women will be made again by Arnel Papa.
As of now, sponsors are DMCI, ATZ Marketing, W groups, Organique Acai Berry, Magsaysay Shipping Lines, I Remit, Shoemart, Ralph’s wine and Philux Company, Oishi, Federal Land, Inc., and Calata Corporation.
ANA MARIE LORENZANA DE OCAMPO
Ana Marie Lorenzana de Ocampo is a graduate of Restaurant Administration from Cordon Bleu, London. Under her steadfast leadership, the Wildflour Group has grown to include Farmacy Ice Cream and Pink’s Hot Dogs Manila.