SSI Celebrates 30 Years With the Country's Most Fashionable Creatives

Josie Natori, Tessa Prieto Valdes, and Mariana Zobel-Aboitiz were among the notable attendees at the Grand Hyatt Manila bash.

Store Specialists Inc. is celebrating three decades of giving Filipino consumers access to the best retailers in the world. Rustan’s Group added SSI to its roster in 1978 and opened United Colors of Benetton, its first specialty store, 10 years later. Its ever-growing network currently boasts of over 600 specialty stores.

The company recently launched its #PassionForward campaign by featuring 30 different personalities from different creative industries. Photographers Mark Nicdao, Kai Huang, and Cyrus Panganiban, Kyla Olives, and film director Paul Soriano assisted in telling the tales of the #PassionForward Personalities through a photo exhibit.

See all the photos from the fabulous bash below.

SSI presented its #PassionForward campaign during the celebration.

The advocacy campaign “brings together passionate, diverse purveyors of various industries who inspire and empower today’s generation.”

The group’s most popular brands were showcased through a tableau.

Krie Lopez with her portrait by Kyla Olives.

Trickie Lopa, Lisa Periquet, and Dindin Araneta with their portrait by Kyla Olives.

Kevin Tan with his portrait by Kyla Olives.

Annette Gozon Valdes with her portrait by Kyla Olives.

Happy Ongpauco-Tiu with her portrait by Kyla Olives.

Sonny and Tootsy Angara with their portrait by Paul Soriano.


JP Anglo with his portrait by Paul Soriano.

Aryanna Epperson with her portrait by Mark Nicdao.

Armie Jarin-Bennett with her portrait by Mark Nicdao.

Mariana Zobel-Aboitiz with her portrait by Paul Soriano.

Tessa Prieto Valdes with her portrait by Paul Soriano.

Steven Tan with his portrait by Paul Soriano.

Kenneth Cobonpue with his portrait by Paul Soriano.

Angelo and Mariglo Laririt with their portrait by Kyla Olives.

Paloma Urquijo Zobel with her portrait by Kai Huang.

Royal Pineda and Budji Layug with their portrait by Mark Nicdao.

Rissa Mananquil Trillo with her portrait by Mark Nicdao.

Sofia Zobel Elizalde with her portrait by Mark Nicdao.

Rustan’s Nedy Tantoco Amb. Bienvenido Tantoco Sr.

SSI Group, Inc.’s Anton Huang opened the event with a speech.

Nikki and Nina Huang

Anton and Nina Huang

Marilou Tantoco-Pineda and Ping Valencia

Rowena Tomeldan, Anton Huang, Teresa Hernandez, and Javi Hernandez


Anton Huang with daughter Nikki, Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, Nina Huang, and Mariana Zobel

Maritess Tantoco Enriquez and Marilou Tantoco Pineda

Tootsie Angara, Carlo Katigbak, and Ernie Lopez

Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Jorge Moragas and Madame Paloma Tey

Bobby Dy and Felix Ang

Nedy Tantoco, Cecile Reynoso, and Anton Huang

Pam Lopez, Krie Lopez, Quito Lopez, and CJ Jesena

Marixi Prieto, Tessa Prieto Valdes, and Alex Prieto

Mario Katigbak, Helen Ong, Duday Tuason, and Mariane Ong

Vivian Yuchengco and Renato Enriquez

Jackie Avecilla and Josie Natori

Angelo and Mariglo Laririt with Bea Zobel Jr.

Kathy and Mike Huang

Maja Olivares-Co, Nina Huang, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Conrad Onglao, and Anton Huang

Philip and Techie Hagedorn

Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Amb. and Mrs. Koji Haneda with Sofia Zobel Elizalde

Noel and Duday Tuason 

Kerry and Kaye Tinga, and Ching Cruz

Mike Huang and Sonny Angara


Marilou and Eddie Pineda

Victor Basa

Margie Moran

Mikaela Lagdameo Martinez

Xandra Rocha Araneta

Quark Henares and Erwin Romulo

JP and Camille Anglo

Frannie Jacinto and Vicky Zubiri

Susan Joven, Happy Ongpauco Tiu, and Armie Jarin-Bennett

Steven Tan, Tootsy Angara, Tim Yap, and Michelle So

Pepe Rodriguez and George Yang

Steven Tan

Ambassador and Mrs. Koji Haneda

Annette Gozon Valdes

Patxi and Sofia Elizalde

Kaye Tinga

Kerry Tinga

Marilen Tantoco, Ralph Lim Joseph, and Menchu Tantoco-Lopez

Mariana Zobel-Aboitiz

Trickie Lopa, Joe Caliro, and Quark Henares

Aryanna Epperson

Donnie Tantoco

Budji Layug and Royal Pineda

Jo Ann Bitagcol

Ann Ong

Cecile Reynoso


Tim Yap

Marixi and Alex Prieto

Kris and Kathy Werner, Krie and Noey Lopez

Philip Hagedorn, Zelda and Max Kienle, and Patxi Elizalde

Robby Carmona, Kevin Tan, and Tim Yap

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