A grand Coming Out Party


I recently attended one of the most elegant and glamorous coming out party, that of Gilly Rustia, youngest daughter of one of the most lovely and enterprising couple in town Madison Galleries owners Joel and Joy Rustia. We were in awe as we entered the Grand ballroom of the Shangri-La Fort which was transformed into a Bronx, New York setting in black and white which reminds you of a nostalgic movie of that era. Tables and chairs were set elegantly in copper gold, vibrant fresh flowers and strings scattered from floor to ceiling like colorful rays of light to set the mood for the evening’s spectacular event.

Guests receiving her invites created already a lot of excitement. The very unique invitation reminded us of an old vinyl record player which was packaged in a black box emblazoned in bright gold leaf stamp of the debutante’s name. A surprise music plays through an attached Bluetooth speaker, capturing the celebrant’s favorite music, Bruno Mars’ 24 Karat Magic.

As guests entered the ballroom lobby, they were greeted by unique string and laser treatments, a 360 selfie platform, overflowing wines, champagne and cocktails and serenaded by a saxophonist

As Gilly Rustia came out to present herself, she glided perfectly in the most elegant and elaborate lavender ball gown with pastel colors of rich embroidery and crystals created by Randy Ortiz. The beautiful debutante serenaded the guests with romantic songs by Bruno Mars and several performances, together with her sisters Tara and Keana Rustia.

The pace and rhythm were quick from beginning to end through the mind blowing performance of Philippine All Stars, Baihana, Powerdance of Douglas Nieras and Rayver Cruz. A surprise number of the debutante’s father, Joel Rustia, with his own dance rendition inspired by Michael Jackson puts all the guests in high spirits and set the mood for everyone to dance. It was a star studded evening graced by celebrities with the likes of Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, John Estrada, Priscilla Estrada and Angelou de Leon. Indeed, it was a night to remember that ended beautifully. The guest’s heart go out to Gilly and was applauded for choosing not to receive any gifts but instead a donation be made to the Philippine Cancer Society for the benefit of children with cancer in memory of her cousin, Gabbie Wambangco. Gilly may you continue to be as kindhearted and generous like your parents. May your tribe increase.



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