27 Aug2007


The third night of the Samsung/Metrowear series of fashion shows in Cebu featured an array of Bridal gowns for ladies and suits for men. I didn’t take very many photos but The Kid did… So, based on several requests by email, I am doing this quick post on the evening, and most photos are fully credited to The Kid. The Bridal show was the best of the three consecutive evening shows. The clothes were far more refined and carefully executed for the most part, the designs ranged from outrageous to clever to downright stunning. The crowd on the third night was huge compared to earlier evenings, not to mention the guests seemed to dress better and there was a noticeable amount of bling on display…


Above, a bad photo of a stunning “gown” by Oj Hofer…


The first of two Monique Lhuillier creations…


…the second Lhuillier gown…


An off-shoulder(?) Jesus Lloren gown…


A gown by Philip Rodriguez, with skirt that kind of looked like a pahiyas rice leaf concoction…


A finale with 50 models on parade… Can you tell The Kid had a good seat? She really enjoyed the shows. All I can say is the gowns seem so much simpler and yet more elegant than those of say 15-20 years ago. Marketman shall return to regular food programming with the next post…



  1. nang says:

    i remember when wedding gowns looked no different from wedding cakes especially in the 80’s when it was in vogue for a bride to be all wrapped up in lace and ruffles. i’m so glad that, fashion-wise, we have come to our senses, although i doubt if i’d go as far as wearing a gray wedding dress like the one featured in the last picture.

    Aug 27, 2007 | 8:30 pm


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  3. Cumin says:

    What was Mrs MM’s wedding dress like? And your suit? :-)

    Aug 27, 2007 | 9:14 pm

  4. Marketman says:

    Cumin, Mrs. MM was in a heavily embroidered beaded gown, gorgeous but literally heavy, the embroidered fabric cut from a bolt that was hand made locally and destined for the workshops of Giorgio Armani in Milan, who was sourcing materials here at the time. I wore a charcoal grey double-breasted Armani suit. But we had a very small and simple wedding by Manila standards with just a small party of family and friends. The nuptials were held at the Basilica de San Sebastian in Quiapo, which we consider to be one of the most stunning churches in Manila to get married in…

    Aug 27, 2007 | 9:34 pm

  5. kitkathie says:

    Wow, The Kid is already a good photographer MM. She has talents… the wedding gowns are gorgeous! I especially liked Ms. Monique L gowns… brings back the old memories when my hubby & I tied the knot! Missed your regular food posts.. tried your blueberry muffin…taste great! will be baking it for my son’s upcoming birthday! Thanks.

    Aug 27, 2007 | 10:34 pm

  6. tulipfleurs says:

    Hello MM! Your daughter took some wonderful photos of the event. I second it by saying indeed she does have “talent” for photography. It shows that she enjoyed herself because of the photos she took! Maybe she’ll be the one to start taking food pix of your creation! :-) Take care . . .

    Aug 28, 2007 | 12:18 am

  7. annette says:

    I wonder how I would look like, wearing that off-shoulder gown?

    Aug 28, 2007 | 8:01 am

  8. Mila says:

    First, kudos to the Kid for a great sampling of fashion photos. Picked a lot of interesting dresses.
    I liked the look of the dress in the second photo, sort of a suit jacket, with an interesting texture on the long skirt. Not sure of that Philip Rodriguez dress, made me think of a poodle on the wrong end of the dress. Or a lampshade.
    But at least it shows our designers are slowly doing away with cupcake dresses for wedding gowns. I remember attending a relatives wedding in the late 80’s and literally, the colors of her gown and the colors of her cake, plus the shape, all matched! My sister and I can still remember that hilarious celebration. And it was at San Sebastian too!

    Aug 28, 2007 | 9:18 am

  9. ging says:

    the other philip rodriguez gown was stunning. you can see it behind the monique lhullier gown in the first photo. it had a peek-a-boo front and a plunging back. a pity there is no photo of the pearl encrusted jacket that would have been perfect for mother-of-the-bride.

    Aug 28, 2007 | 9:48 am

  10. Cumin says:

    Wow, MM, your wedding finery sounds very elegant! It must’ve been a lovely wedding.
    Mila, the poodle and the cupcake descriptions had me choking on my breakfast. Great to start the day with a laugh!

    Aug 28, 2007 | 10:17 am

  11. bluegirl says:

    A big “Thanks!” to The Kid for taking photos. Looking at all these made my day.

    Aug 28, 2007 | 12:02 pm


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