Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Hideaki Collection

Hideaki Lim of Malaysia was kind enough to be the guest celebrity designer in the First Ormoc Fashion Event. After the parade, he told the audience that he also was once a village boy. He studied, worked hard and is now one of Malaysia's sought after fashion designers. He specializes in futuristic designs as evidenced by his garb.

Paraded as the main event in the recent Ormoc Fashion Event, was the Hideaki Malay-Vietnamese-Chinese inspired collection.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Hideaki Collection

The Ormoc Grassroots Fashion Event had a guest celebrity Fashion Designer in the person of Hideaki of Below is his latest collection that he donated to TCFOrmoc. These beautiful Malay-Vietnamese-Chinese inspired gowns are for AUCTION. All proceeds will go to the operations fund of TCFOrmoc.

Please place your bids and help TCFOrmoc continue its work helping barangay folks make money from their sewing livelihood activities.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

First Ormoc Grassroots Fashion Event

After 11 hours of training and practice by Adam Barralet, we could now show Ormoc what women and men from the Barangay Community Livelihood Centers have been busy about.

THE FIRST ORMOC GRASSROOTS FASHION EVENT. July 4, 2008. 6:00P.M. Ormoc City Superdome.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

TCFWA Press Conference

From their CLC visits Carol and Mel took a quick lunch and hurriedly came to the Press Conference that we scheduled for them with Hideaki and Adam at 1:00 P.M.

Carol gave the project overview and answered questions from Ormoc media with Mel, Adam and Hideaki answering some questions directed at them.

Questions like: "Why fashion in these hard times?". The panel answered by saying why not when the fashion industry is a complete industry in itself. It creates jobs and provides livelihood to several women and men at the village level. When there's job and money-making industries, cash circulates and makes economies livelier. Besides, this is where the panel knows best and are good in. They believe they can make a difference in the lives of village people in this manner.

To the question, "Where will the garments makers get the fabric when Ormoc does not have cloth factories to speak of?", Hideaki, our celebrity fashion designer explained that to make quality garments the fabric is only secondary to the design. The design is of primary importance.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Start of Adam Barralet's Workshop

From the meeting with the Boutique owners in Ormoc we headed straight to the AMA Computer Learning Center for Adam's workshop. We appreciate very much ACLC for accommodating the workshop.

We could not use the Ormoc City Superdome for his workshop from 6PM to 9PM. We were asked 5,000 pesos per night for that. So, that was out of the question. All of our visitors were donating 6 days of their time and services for Ormoc. Carol and Mel's travel were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Matilda Bay. Adam's travel to Ormoc was sponsored by Otto Energy and his travel going back to Australia was sponsored by NorAsian Energy. Hideaki's travel from Malaysia to Ormoc and back was sponsored by the Product Development Staff of

The city could not see the relevance of their travel and purpose in coming to Ormoc. They could not reciprocate the enthusiasm that our international visitors expressed. Well, thanks anyway, to Mayor Eric Codilla who approved Carol's request to use the Superdome from 6PM-7PM, July 4 for the clothes parade. Thanks also to Alvin Racaza who implemented the mayor's approval.

Adam had 47 students in the 5-6PM slot, 52 in the 6:30-7:30PM and 24 in the 8-9PM time slot. These are the ones who have filled up registration forms. There were those coming from the Community Livelihood Centers who did not bother to fill up the forms.

Well, it's the first time in Ormoc history that we had this kind of workshop! What do you expect? Other schools wanted to be in the workshop, much as we want to, but there was just no way we could accommodate them.

Monday, July 7, 2008

TCFWA & the Boutique Owners in Ormoc

On July 2, Carol, Mel and Adam were at the meeting with the Boutique owners inOrmoc City. Carol provided inputs on starting a business in the fashion industry with emphasis on quality. She provided tips on swing tickets and label of their products.

Among the 8 boutique owners present, only 1 had a swing ticket but no label. The samples brought by the boutique owners were scrutinized and passed the meticulous look-see of Carol.