Thursday, June 5, 2014


Press Release

Canada Philippine Fashion Week
Brings Cutting Edge Filipino Fashion to Dazzle Toronto Runway In 2014 

Photo courtesy of CPFW

CPFW returns with more spectacular icons, visionaries, and rising stars of Philippine fashion. 

TORONTO – Canada Philippine Fashion Week launched its 2nd annual fashion week celebration on June 9-14, 2014 at the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto. 

Together with Title Sponsor, Philippine Airlines, they unveiled the delectable fashion, shopping, and networking events for designers, models, businesses, and individuals with impeccable taste. 

CPFW is all-poised for another exciting and star-studded runway this year with more of the finest and most prominent Filipino and Canadian designers, models, and celebrities. The audacious array of showcases will feature Philippine Icons of Style, Manila Chic, The Visionary Collection, Project Terno, Future Perfect, CPFW Model of the Year, and the CPFW Showroom. 

Founded by Filipino-Canadian Executive Director, Jeff Rustia, CPFW will be a dazzling week of world-class Filipino fashion style, creativity, and culture at prestigious venues in Toronto like The Shangri-La Hotel, The Guvernment, and The Royal York Hotel. 

Photo courtesy of Shangri-La Hotel

Dedicated to the promotion and development of Filipino fashion talent in the Philippines and Canada, it will host vivacious fashion shows, live performances, entertainment, exhibits, art, and culinary treats. Cultivating its ongoing mission to diversify and expand the definition of global beauty, CPFW will host the finals of the Global Model of the Year Search in Toronto with a panel of celebrity judges and live audience. 

The weeklong celebration will conclude with the all new Canada Philippine Fashion Ball to salute fashion virtuoso and internationally renowned Filipino designer, Francis Libiran

Winner of the FEO Award for Best New Festival of the Year with $5.5M tourism revenue and 33,000 visitors last year, CPFW proved to be a truly prominent tourism destination event in Toronto. 

CPFW also leads the charitable initiatives and efforts for the Kol Hope Foundation for Children providing help for children born with disabilities. Spreading its legacy of love and hope for children, it supports various institutions and schools for special needs in the Philippines, The Sick Kids Hospital in Canada, and World Vision. 

Widely endorsed by the Philippine government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Tourism, CPFW is also proud to be part of the “Celebrate Ontario” initiative by the Ontario government and the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture.

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The events for the Canada Philippine Fashion Week 2014 as follows:

June 9, Monday @ The Shangri-La Toronto 

OPENING NIGHT: HABI TEXTILES EXHIBIT. A spectacular Tepiña fashion show featuring the stunning styles created from Piña, the Philippine’s pineapple fiber. This will also highlight the North American premiere of the Habi Textile Exhibit and the launch of 100 Habi: A Journey Through Philippine Handwoven Textiles, presented by Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation and Habi: The Philippine Textile Council. It will feature 9 panels of textiles that represent the different weaving communities from around the Philippines. 

June 12, Thursday @ The Guvernment 

INDEPENDENCIA: FILIPINO PRIDE & STYLE. Jose Rizal believed that excellence achieved in arts and culture would elevate the status of Filipinos worldwide. On June 12th, indulge in the collection of top Filipino-Canadian designer Shanon Pamaong, the exquisite Barongs of Bergamo, and the latest designs of Philippine Ambassador of Fashion, Renee Salud. This night will also host Project Terno that will showcase interpretations & transformations of the world’s most haute couture national dress, the Filipino butterfly sleeved Terno, by more than 30 top fashion designers from the Philippines and Canada. 

CPFW MODEL OF THE YEAR is open to eligible citizens of Canada and the Philippines to compete for a chance to win a contract with a major modeling agency. Winners will be the faces and catwalk models of CPFW 2014. 

Photo courtesy of CPFW

June 13, Friday @ The Royal York

PHILIPPINE ICONS OF STYLE is on its international debut and a curated fashion show & exhibit that will feature the works of Philippine fashion legends Ben Farrales, Noli Hans, Mike dela Rosa, Loreto Popioco, Rusty Lopez, Oskar Peralta, and Efren Ocampo. 

It will highlight the stunning 30-piece collection of Frederick Peralta who will likewise be awarded the CPFW Icon Award 2014 for his 30 years of artistry and contribution to Philippine fashion. 

THE VISIONARY COLLECTION: FEATURING NOEL CRISOSTOMO presents the collection of Filipino-Canadian designer and fashion genius, Noel Crisostomo, who best exemplifies the modern day and forward thinking design sensibility. Combining his Canadian flair with his love for haute couture and tailoring traditions, his designs transform classics to modern day glam and give new meaning to timeless elegance. His collections have consistently ranked #1 in the Season’s Best Collection by Philippine fashion magazines. 

MANILA CHIC is a revelry of today’s Filipino fashion stars and modern aesthetics. It will feature the fabulous collections of Kim Gan, Norman Noriega, Avel Bacudio, Ann Ong, John Paras, Ronaldo Arnaldo, Jerome Salaya Ang, Joel Escober, Jingo Inoncillo, Jontie Martinez, Don Ramiro, and Odelon Simpao. 

FUTURE PERFECT will usher the extraordinary collection from Philippine fashion rising stars, the Philippine Fashion Group - young and avant-garde Filipino designers who are constantly breaking the mold, innovating, and setting new standards for Philippine fashion. Spearheaded by Roland Alzate, winner of Look of Style 2012, the designs by Michael Leyva, Jaggy Glarino, Kristal de Guzman, Mak Tumang, Tal de Guzman, Renan Pacson, Joana Almagro, and Emir Yamamoto are sure to set the runway on fire. 

Photo courtesy of CPFW

June 14, Saturday @ The Royal York


Presented by Kol Hope Foundation, this event is a marvelous charity gala dinner and a beautiful salute to top Philippine fashion designer, Francis Libiran. He quickly rose to prominence after becoming a featured designer in “America’s Next Top Model.” Described as extremely hardworking, tedious, and passionate, Libiran creates signature pieces that reflect his background in Architecture and his taste for cosmopolitan style. CPFW proudly brings to the main runway his 2014 collection at the first annual Canada Philippine Fashion Ball, in support of Kol Hope and World Vision. 

Canada Philippine Fashion Week is supported by a strong Advisory Council united in vision and mission to stimulate and promote the Filipino fashion talent, creativity, design and culture through CPFW initiatives. Representing various sectors in fashion, culture, business, design, and education in both the Philippines and Canada, CPFW is honored to have the following: Robby Carmona, Arsi Baltazar, Tim Yap, Jonas Gaffud, Daphne Oseña Paez, Mary Anne Bernal Vargas, Celia Elumba, Melinda Parreno Rustia, Tetta Augustin, Reverend Julius Tiangson, Arsi Baltazar, Agatha Luna, Michael Lublin, Ambassador Carino, Philippine Ambassador to Canada, Leslie Gatan, Mrs. Debbie Gatan, and former Premier of Ontario, Mike Harris. 

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Photo courtesy of CPFW

About CPFW 

Canada Philippine Fashion Week (CPFW) is a non-profit organization aimed at showcasing fashion, culture, creativity and artistry of Filipinos in Canada and the Philippines. It also aims to enhance the image and public awareness of the rise of Filipino fashion on the world stage. It hopes to open up the fashion trade between both countries as well. CPFW is committed to creating fundraising events that will help children through the Kol Hope Foundation for Children and its beneficiaries. 

About the Cause 

Kol Hope Foundation for Children ( is a Canadian charitable organization that helps and supports children with disabilities in the Philippines and Canada. The foundation is named after Kol, a Filipino-Canadian boy, who was born with Trisomy 13, a fatal genetic syndrome. Kol was diagnosed to live only 3 months, but against all odds, he lived for 14 years. He was fed by g-tube, required life support, 24 hour nursing care, and was unable to walk or talk. He passed away on October 9th, 2011, and has left behind an incredible legacy of love, courage and hope. He is the story and inspiration behind Kol Hope Foundation for Children. 

In Canada, Kol Hope Fund at Sick Kids supports the genetic department and the work they do in unraveling the mysteries of genetic disorders and ultimately in finding effective treatment. In fact, Kol Hope has helped fund the Sick Kids Genetics Clinic, which provides children with the best care. Kol Hope Fund at Easter Seals provides children with the most basic needs like wheelchairs and respite care, plus the opportunity to go and enjoy summer camps. 

In the Philippines, the main beneficiaries are various children institutions and schools like the Bacolod Boys Home and the Holy Infant Nursery Home, which help care for children who are born with disabilities, abandoned, neglected, and orphaned. It also donates to St. Martin De Porres in Cebu, a special school for children with Down syndrome, autism and hearing impaired. 

In 2013, Kol Hope Fund @ World Vision was established, allowing the foundation to spread Kol's legacy of charity, love and hope to children around the world. In December 2013, Kol Hope donated 1.3 million pesos to World Vision to help the Children affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Kol Hope Foundation for Children's charity number is 86967 9415 RR 0001.

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