This year’s grand celebration was by civic-minded personalities Flora and Sheree Chua who hosted their biennial birthday celebration, “Flora & Fauna: Luzviminda,” at the in-demand Grand Hyatt for the benefit of the House of Hope Foundation, a charitable institution for children who suffer from cancer in Mindanao.

The event got off to a roll with a gastronomic journey centered on comfort food from different parts of the archipelago such as lechon baka, kwek-kwek, poqui-poqui and bam-I, which were served with pre-show cocktails. Once the doors swung open, the show started with a serenade from the Mandaluyong Children’s Choir featuring folk songs and classic OPM hits.

Special dishes highlighting the delicacy of the islands accompanied each segment of the program. The first act, “Luzon,” ushered in indigenous dancers taking the audience of a journey of creation from Philippine Myths and Legends accompanied by Idol Philippines’ Lucas Garcia, followed by a fashion show inspired by Northern fabrics by Albert Andrada and Paul Cabral.

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Flora & Fauna. Birthday celebrators Flora Chua & Shereen Chua.
Ms. Issa Litton hosts the affair.
Ifugao-inspired performance opens the show.
Idol Philippines Finalist, Lucas Garcia, represented Luzon segment.
Asia’s Queen of Songs, the legendary, Ms. Pilita Corrales sang Visayan lovesongs to represent the legend of Kaptan & Maguayan.
The Legend of Kaptan & Maguayan as interpreted in this aerial performance.
Modern folk singer, Bayang Barrios opens the Mindanao segment along with another musical legend, Mr. Joey Ayala and his band.
Top local fashion designers showcased an artistic collection that represented each segment.
Apart from the show, the birthday celebrators acknowledged contributors to Philippine Arts & Culture with Gawad KAsilak Awards. Dr. Jaime Laya for Cultural Administration shown here receiving an award.
 Margie Moran Floreindo was acknowledged for her contribution in Arts and Culture, seen here holding a trophy created by Mindanao artist, Khublai Millan.
The grand finale.

Director: Elmer Lapena

Account Manager/ Concept: RCXY Bautista

Project Manager: Kookz Cordero

Design: Camille Beatriz Morales