An elegant Filipina is graceful, precise, humble, altruistic, and well-mannered. These are the qualities Tingting Cojuangco and the rest of the people behind The Elegant Filipinas look for in the women who receive the recognition.
“Elegance is precision”•a tilt of the head, eyes that invite, a modulated voice. Posture”•with shoulders squared and the tilt of a humble chin,” said Fortune Ledema, consul general of Monaco and one of the organizers of The Elegant Filipinas.
Ledesma said elegance transcends age, “from women with youthful verve to doyennes with wisdom and inner peace.”
But in the age of hyper-connectivity and oversharing, Cojuangco said a true elegant Filipina, or woman in general, should be discreet, not sharing every detail of her life for the world to simply browse and share.
“I don’t think she should put very private things in her life [on social media]. She should leave some mystery so people will be curious why she does and what she does,” Cojuangco told Manila Standard.
This year’s honorees is a diverse list of 10 elegant Filipinas. Joining the list are 3rd District Quezon City Representative Aleta Suarez, designer and entrepreneur Amina Aranaz Alunan, award-winning actress and singer Ayen Munji-Laurel, stylist and entrepreneur Catherine Arambulo, finance chief Chaye Cabal-Revilla, chef and restaurateur Happy Ongpauco-Tiu, actress and environment advocate Iza Calzado, model and photographer Jo Ann Bitagcol, philanthropist and foundation president Mercedes Lopez Vargas, and stylist and contributing editor Ria Prieto.
The fifth staging of “Tingting’s List: The Elegant Filipinas” was mounted for the benefit of the World Wide Fund for Nature.
The awarding ceremony held at Diamond Hotel also featured a fashion presentation of equally elegant creations by Filipino designers Albert Andrada, Barge Ramos, Val Taguba, Renee Salud, and Ronaldo Arnaldo.
Photos by Sonny Espiritu