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Look: A Fashion Collection Inspired by the Philippine Eagle

John Herrera's Agila collection makes it to the Philippines in time for the first Philippine Eagle Ball.
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The first Philippine Eagle Ball celebrated the majestic endangered species.

“The Philippines is well known for having the smallest volcano (which is Taal), the smallest mammal (which is the tarsier), the smallest hoofed animal (the Philippine mouse deer), and the smallest commercial fish (which is the sinarapan),” Philippine Eagle Foundation chairman Ed Chua opened his speech. “Fortunately today, we are celebrating the largest eagle in the world, which is the Philippine Eagle… and in my mind, this is the most majestic eagle anyone can see.”

Chua conveyed fitting sentiments to open the night’s celebration: the first ever Philippine Eagle Ball to mark the Philippine Eagle Foundation’s 31st anniversary.  A small crowd gathered by the architectural marvel called the Tree of Life, situated at the core of the newly built National Museum of Natural History. Host Tim Yap walked guests through the plight of the Philippine Eagle Foundation, including architect renderings of an expanded Philippine Eagle Center in Davao and a few of its fundraising initiatives.


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“The foundation firmly believes that the fate of our vanishing Philippine Eagle, the health of our environment, and the quality of Philippine life are all inextricably linked,” Chua continued. “Along with saving the eagle, and the many animals that share its home, the foundation looks forward to actually helping fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the many marginal income families who also rely on the forest to survive.”

The cause of the dwindling number of Philippine Eagles is the practice of persistent deforestation in the endangered bird’s habitat. To remedy this, the foundation’s center in Davao cares for both bird—it has 32 eagles in its care—and man. Chua explained how the foundation hosts programs to educate children in the affected communities as well as train the indigenous group members to become forest rangers and to earn a living. To further this cause, the foundation prepared 10 pairs of eagle stuffed toys dressed by Filipino designer John Herrera to be auctioned off at the event.

Herrera, a U.K.-based award-winning fashion designer, showcased a collection inspired by the Philippine National Bird. Look through some of the best looks from the Agila collection below:


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Designer John Herrera with one of the models

After the fashion show, a stuffed Philippine Eagle named Sakura, who died from a snake bite, was turned over to the museum.

Among the attendees that night were American ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim, the museum’s chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala, representatives of the Japanese embassy, and museum director Jeremy Barns. Representing the foundation were president Felicia Atienza, chairman Ed Chua, vice chairman Jaime Bautista, and trustees Alex Eduque, Francis Ledesma, Bob Lehman, and Kenshi Iseri.

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Philippine Eagle Foundation president Feli Atienza, U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim, museum director Jeremy Barns, and National Museum of Natural History chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

To donate to the Philippine Eagle Foundation, visit philippineeaglefoundation.org/donate.

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