this past weekend, we read in the philippine daily inquirer that designer rajo laurel (pictured left) will be walking the academy awards red carpet in hollywood next month! well, not him but his gown. in a collaboration with LA-based fil-am designer david tupaz, the two friends will create two gowns for the first filipino to be nominated in the oscars, pia clemente, who is a nominee for best short film, live action category for "our time is up." after reading that pia was in the market for a filipino designer to make a gown for her to wear on the big day, rajo had the initiative to e-mail the producer and offer his services. you gotta admire the guy for having the balls to do that because he had never even met her! the sketches that appeared in the inquirer yesterday were just the studies. rajo told the fash pack, "the final ones are actually a nude silk crepe de chine empire dress with a tribal ethnic pattern on the bodice using a tattoo technique, and beaded with copper chips. the other one is a deep orange chiffon number with a halter cut and embroidered ylang-ylang motif in gold and bronze." now try to imagine that! ok, now we're hoping and praying that pia wins so that the whole world gets to see filipino talent(s)! o, baka madaming mainggit ha... says rajo, "honestly, this whole experience is extremely humbling, and i take with me all our hopes and aspirations. it's not just me anymore but it's the talent of the filipino. i hope they do not get jealous but rather get inspired to be truly passionate about our industry." well said!
philippine daily inquirer, sunday lifestyle section, sunday, february 19, 2006