From left, Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr., Joseph Aloysius Montelibano and Trade Representative Katrina Banzon cut the pina-jusi ribbon to formally open the exhibit to the public.
Fresh from its successful New York Fashion Week debut, luxury Filipiniana brand ALOYSIUS was featured in a solo exhibit at the Philippine Center New York Gallery Lobby which was launched on Oct. 3, showcasing a 15-piece collection of Calado Lace hand-embroidered pineapple fabric, translated into Creative Director Joseph Aloysius Montelibano’s fresh and modern designs and silhouettes.
Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr. lauded Montelibano’s successful re-introduction into the New York fashion scene, noting that the exhibit forms part of the community’s celebrations of Filipino American History Month.
He added, “As more and more kababayans are gaining prominence in the international fashion stage, we are happy that another kababayan is poised to makes waves (and weaves) in New York to increase the visibility of the Philippines in the American society through fashion.”
Joseph Aloysius thanked his partners, the Philippine Consulate General, Philippine Trade and Investment Center NY, Philippine Department of Tourism NY, his sponsors Philippine Airlines, and GMA TV, and remarked, “I hope that my work here will bring more pride to the Filipinos in New York, as we support the dying art of Calado lace, and give livelihood to the pina weavers.”
ALOYSIUS Calado-Pina Exhibit ran through Oct. 8.