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A one-of-a-kind fashion spectacle took SM City Iloilo by storm as models, including the Atis of Jordan, Guimaras, joined Eco-Echo Green, which conceptualized by internationally-renowned lifestyle fashion designer PJ Arañador.

The models sashayed PJ’s upcycled katsa (used muslin cloth) accentuated with indigenous pandan and pineapple fibers.

The accessories, sandal, hats and bags were all made by creative Guimarasnons.

“The accessories I conceptualized and designed are totally biodegradable in this Eco-echo, a green, ethical and responsible fashion presentation,” PJ said.

PJ used re-purposed “katsa” or used flour sacks as canvasses for the eco-friendly accessories.

Eco-Echo aims convince the move fashion industry to stop biodiversity abuse through industrial intrusions and to save our cultural heritage.

This noble fashion series was spearheaded by DTI-Guimaras Green Initiative. Highlighting the event were the awarding of the models for Best Eco-Product, Best Eco-Collection, Green Jewelry Award, Eco-Skill Award, Best Eco-Craftsmanship, Eco-Millennial Look Award, and Eco-Luxury Award.

Joining me as one of the judges in choosing Guimaras’ Eco Ambassador and Ambassadress 2017 were Singapore-based Ilongga model Rachael Santillan, Mr. Earth Philippines-Water Daniel Agan, DTI Undersecretary Ted Pascua, DTI-6 OIC-regional director Rebecca Rascon, DTI-Iloilo director Dads Cadena Jr., and Zarraga Integrated Diversified Organic Farmers Association Chairman Joby Arandela.



We recently tried the newest food haven in the metropolis which boasts of authentic Indian and other international Asian cuisines.

CURRY IN A HURRY is located at Don Aguedo Del Rosario Bldg. along Lopez Jaena Street in Jaro, Iloilo City, just a few meters away from Central Philippine University.

Some of my favorites are Paneer Tikka, a specialty cooked with homemade cottage cheese and Indian Spices; vegetarian Biryani made of basmati Rice (an original rice grown only in India), cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and Indian bay leaves.

Warmly welcoming us were the owners, couple Aniel Ranee and Aby Atanacio and their children Gift and Krrish.

With its Indian-themed interiors, this cool place would surely make your taste buds hot and crave for more.

For reservations and inquiries call (033) 320-5911.

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