Thursday, October 14, 2010

Behind-the-Scenes of the GK Hope Ball

Over 370 guests filled the maximum-capacity ballroom of the Peninsula Manila on October 8 for the very first Gawad Kalinga (GK) Hope Ball sponsored by the Peninsula Manila, Rustan's Corporation and Travelife Magazine. The ball raised over PhP 10 million pesos that night for the GK communities in Mindanao. Everyone enjoyed the glamorous atmosphere, the amazing five-course dinner prepared by Glenda Barretto, Myrna Segismundo, Jessie Sincioco, Claude Tayag and Peninsula executive chef Freddy Schmidt, and the incredibly fun auction.

Many thanks to the companies and individuals who generously donated to this wonderful event.

Peninsula GM Jonathan Crook and
Beliz Balkir-Crook
, GK Hope Ball Chairman,
together with Venus Raj, Binibining Pilipinas Universe.
Top Philippine beauty queens, led by Venus Raj,
very graciously consented to act as ushers for the GK Hope Ball.

Christine Cunanan, Travelife Magazine publisher
and GK Hope Ball Vice-Chairman,
goes over the last-minute details of the auction
with the very efficient staff member of Rita Neri's auction team,
as Christina Appleton from Hong Kong looks on.

Johnny Litton, who gave the opening remarks at the GK Hope Ball,
helps entertain guests at the ballroom foyer, the venue for the silent auction.

Aurora Pijuan overseeing the secretariat team at the ball,
assisted by Lulu Casas and the Rustan's team, and the Travelife girls.

The venue of the silent auction of luxury goods and amazing travel experiences
set-up by the Rustan's team and managed by the team of Rita Neri Events

This was how the ballroom looked like at 530 PM,
ready and waiting for the first of its many VIP guests to arrive.

Rachel Ramos and Tonette Angeles of Travelife
await the Travelife guests at the ballroom.

The first course all ready to be served to 370 guests

Beliz Balkir-Crook making a speech about hope at the ball.

A beautiful sculpture donated by Daniel de la Cruz
for the GK Hope Ball Auctions.

Glass sculpture donated by Ramon Orlina for the GK Hope Ball Auctions.

Amazing headpieces donated by Tessa Prieto-Valdes
for the GK Hope Ball Auctions.

A variety of interesting luxury items for silent auction
amidst a backdrop of photo collages of GK communities
to remind bidders of who we were raising funds for.

Emcee Mikee Cojuangco backstage with the GK Chefs of Hope:
Claude Tayag, Jessie Sincioco, Myrna Segismundo and Glenda Barreto

Dr. Elenita Binay picks a raffle stub onstage
from a bowl held by Tess Moreno

Travelife Publisher Christine Cunanan and TJ Manotoc
onstage for the live auction of luxury goods and amazing travel experiences

Wee Ramas-Sullano and Nina Halley
ecstatic over a winning bid

Governor L-Ray Villafuerte signs for a winning bid

The venue of the silent auction which offered all sorts of interesting items including a pair of shoes donated by former First Lady Imelda Marcos, vintage wine from the Spanish Ambassador, a stay in a suite in the Peninsula Tokyo, and a limited edition brass and gold-plated Bulgari evening bag. Personally, I was so concerned with the live auction and with the entire evening going well that I forgot to check out the silent auction after the event was over! There were a couple of items I would have loved to have bid on and won!

The Travelife team and the Turkish Airlines team
together at the GK Hope Ball

Gel Bayona and Isay Miranda of Travelife worked all night
"selling" bricks for charity to raise funds for GK communities in Mindanao.

Travelife's Creative Director Dexter de Vera
with the beauty queen usherettes of the GK Hope Ball.

Travelife's Irynn Constante
with one of the beauty queen usherettes of the GK Hope Ball

The Travelife team at the GK Hope Ball Secretariat

Travelife Publisher Christine Cunanan talks to Melvyn Yap,
Regional Director of Silversea
who flew in from Singapore
just for the GK Hope Ball

Travelife Managing Editor Jon Vicente with Turkish Airlines Regional Director
Huseyin Ceyhan
, who flew in from Hong Kong just to attend the GK Hope Ball

Travelife's Eunice Fernando "selling" bricks for charity to distinguished guests

Travelife's Isay Miranda convinces Gus Vibal and Mrs Esther Vibal
to "purchase" a brick for charity

Every single member of the Travelife Team
was present and working hard at the ball.
These four ladies formed the Bricks for Charity team at the GK Hope Ball
that raised over PhP 130,000 on that night alone.

Manny Pacquiao personally hands over the four ringside boxing match tickets
to winning bidder Patrick Jacinto, as Beliz Balkir
and Nedy Tantoco, president of Rustan's, look on


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