Showbitz: Pinoy celebs anticipate the Oscars

Even Pinoy celebs are looking forward to the Oscars. They walk down their own red carpet in a lead-up event to the awards night

THE CLASSIC. Rising star Jessy Mendiola works a classic little black dress. All photos by Andrew Robles

MANILA, Philippines – Television personalities and the fashionable gathered last February 20 for the Velvet Oscar Party 2013 event. It was organized in anticipation of the much-awaited airing of the 85th Academy Awards on February 25, 6am on Velvet.

At the Rockwell Tent, attendees in elegant cocktail dresses and sky-high heels sashayed down the red carpet as a prelude to the Oscars’s own red carpet pre-show.

Fashion designer Kate Torralba, in an all-black two-piece ensemble and wearing intricate gold accessories, told Rappler that she can’t wait for the Oscars: “I think it’s a major, major event…There’s just something magical about the Oscars. It’s like a fusion of fashion and show business, star power, everything. For me, it’s always a spectacular event.”

And who among Hollywood’s stars is she looking forward to seeing on the red carpet?

“I’m a big fan of Kate Blanchett. I like her quirky style,” enthused Kate.

“Of late, I really like Emma Stone. I think she’s so beautiful and I love her sartorial choices.

“I also like Jennifer Lawrence. She’s beautiful, it’s a given, but you kind of wonder what she’s going to wear on the red carpet,” she continued.

Actress Jessy Mendiola, clad in a nifty little black dress, told Rappler that the Hollywood celebrity she wants to see most is Anne Hathaway.

“I hope she’ll win because she really did great in ‘Les Miserables’,” Jessy said.

Here are Rappler’s exclusive photos:

YIN AND YANG. TV host Mia Cabalfin wears a high-necked little black dress and musician-actor Marc Abaya pairs an all-white suit with casual Vans

CASUAL GLAMOUR. Karylle channels casual elegance in a white polo dress and diamond necklace

THE DUO. Almira Muhlach wears a shimmery, short number while Ana Roces mesmerizes in a simple yet elegant red dress

GLAMOUR GOLD. Fashion designer Kate Torralba pairs somber black with festive gold accessories

ALL THAT GLITTERS. Megan Young, the night's host, shines like a diamond in her glittery gown

Rappler live blogs the 85th Oscar Awards on February 25, Monday, 5:30am. –


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