The live events division of Fil-Am Who’s Who, a community lifestyle magazine catering to Filipino-Americans in the New York tri-state area, is mounting Philippine Fashion Ambassador Renee Salud’s (pictured above) latest runway show, billed as “tataksaludnyc 2015,” whose featured design collections demonstrate contemporary, intricate ways to fuse Philippine indigenous fabrics together with embroidery, as well as new ways to wear the traditional Filipiniana.
Benefiting the “Feed the Children Program” of Catbalogan II Elementary School in Samar province in the Philippines, the fashion show is set Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m., at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Newark (128 Frontage Rd., Newark, N.J.).
Salud says, “I’ve been a staunch advocate for the Philippine fiber industry; its fabrics such as piña, abaca and the Magundanaons’ handwoven fabric, inaul, which have been ingrained in indigenous traditions dating back to the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines, have the strong potential to appeal to global markets.”
He adds, “With these fabrics, I want to continue to push for the boundaries of design, weaving and embroidery.
“My show in New York and New Jersey (N.Y./N.J.) will put the spotlight on these intricate masterpieces, which makes a fashion statement on the exotic, regional influences of indigenous tribes in the Philippines and their rich accessorizing.”
To substantiate that the traditional Filipiniana — usually mestiza gowns with beaded designs and butterfly sleeves for women and crisp Barong Tagalog for men — never gets old, Salud’s upcoming show will also introduce new ways to wear the traditional Filipiniana, which he describes as “culturally hip,” especially among the youth.
“I want young Filipino-Americans to be proud of their own culture by not forgetting the Filipiniana style of clothing, which is simple yet functional. Also made of materials from the Philippines, these innovative clothing ideas, co-created with modern-day Filipino fashion designers, can be worn in any formal occasion held anywhere in the world,” Salud further explains.
“It’s a new trend in fashion called fusion, where we combine both pop and classic designs.”
Raymundo Villanueva, Philippine-based fashion director, will direct the fashion show.
For tickets ($85), contact Ollie David at 732.499.7995 or Myrna Gutierrez 917.502.9887.
“tataksaludnyc 2015” is presented by Philippine Airlines, in cooperation with Kit Silver Jewellery, Robinsons Land Residential Division, and The Zen Institute, a medical spa. Exclusive media partners are GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV.
About Renee Salud
Philippine Fashion Ambassador Renee Salud, also a well-respected international pageant mentor, was born Renato Salud in Batangas, Philippines.
On GMA TV’s “Powerhouse,” Salud revealed, “He was once bullied and discriminated because of his sexuality. His father also took it hard to accept that his eldest son was gay. But worse was to follow, his family also lost its fortune because of his father’s gambling.
“Because of a difficult life, Salud was not able to finish college. After second year in college, he started working for a popular department store at that time, where he started in the ‘bodega’ as an inventory assistant. Although he would have wanted to work in the sewing department, he didn’t complain and instead took advantage of all the lessons to be learned such as familiarizing himself with the different types of cloths and linens. From there he worked his way through the store’s cutting and sewing department until he learned the ropes of the design and manufacturing business and decided to finally try it on his own...”
Throughout his charmed fashion career, Salud has showcased his creations, which consistently promote raw materials from the Philippines, in major fashion capitals of the world, as well as in Tokyo, Taipei, Seville and the Caribbean.
Besides his upcoming fashion show in N.Y./N.J., he’s also busy preparing for another fashion show in Canada in August; judging numerous beauty contests in the Philippines; and working on several TV projects on GMA News TV.
Salud, whose fashion showrooms are based in Manila, is also an events impresario.
He has mounted countless international pageants, fashion shows and cultural events.