10 Favorite Things You'll Find at Zonta Club's FilipinaZ Fair
1. Ann Ong Jewelry
Armed with an impressive list of stockists in cities such as Paris, New York, London and, Dubai, Ann Ong creates statement pieces that are sure to be a hit. The designer, who rarely joins selling events, was intent on being one of the exhibitors due to what she says is the empowering nature of the fair. With pieces inspired by the Tubbataha Reef, expect exquisitely handmade accessories that will add a unique touch to any outfit.
2. Renato “Boysie” Villavicencio
A fashion designer by heart, Villavicencio started painting after suffering from an illness that left him bedridden. He recalls “I was so restless that I just started painting.” What seemed like a setback became an advantage and soon after, he received critical acclaim. Inspired by deep sea coral, the intricately-detailed paintings are something to look out for.
Realizing the absence of luxury resort wear and its demand in the local market, the founder created Appliqués. The brand sells kaftans, coverups, and dresses made with materials such as Thai silk, silk chiffon, and cotton in various prints.
4. Ronna Manansala
The granddaughter of Philippine National Artist Vicente Manansala will be among the exhibitors at the fair. As a child, Ronna Manansala grew up dreaming of being a ballerina, a dream she wasn't able to pursue due to her family's financial state. That longing served as her main inspiration as a painter, capturing ballerinas in various situations. Manansala also incorporates lace and texture into her artworks, creating three-dimensional pieces that are truly a sight to behold.
Deciding to forego the corporate world, Frederick and Georgina Ong started Alchemista–a jewelry brand built on Georgina’s love of fashion accessories. Developing multi-functional pieces at varying price points, the couple hopes to make custom jewelry accessible for everyone. Every detail, material and stone in the line can be custom made for you. For the fair, however, they’ll have their best-sellers on hand.
6. Theressa Asis
Paintings by Theressa Asis, an interior designer by profession and a painter on the side, will also be on sale during the fair.
7. Kathy & Kathy
This Iloilo inspired brand is the brainchild of Ilonggas Kathy Gregorio-Añover and Kathy Sarabia-Babst. With a strong three years in the industry, the designers also believe in the old-world charm of custom jewelry. Aside from custom-made pieces, the jewelry brand will be offering three collections for the FilipinaZ fair: Regalia, a collection inspired by South Sea pearls, taking design cues from the Pinctada maxima and its waves and ebbs; Piña, a reinvention of the tambourine using jade and ivory; and Tribo, its interpretation of tribal patterns.
8. Bruno Art Group
The Israeli chain of galleries will be in full support of the FilipinaZ Fair. The group will be bringing in paintings by international artists, some of whom are exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.
The bags and sculptures of Kyooreo designer Charming Baldemor will also be available at the fair. Using rescued wood upcycled from old houses, the striking pieces are the artist’s way of “making beautiful things out of something that’s considered trash.”
10. Zonta’s in-house brand
Providing jobs for women is one of Zonta’s projects. Its in-house brand will be selling T-shirts, scarves and hand-painted bags made by the very women artisans they support.
Zonta's 2017 FilipinaZ Fair takes place from Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 30 at the Penthouse, 8 Rockwell.