By Johnny Litton
The Philippine Star
Top Row: Fashion-smart Carissa Cruz- Evangelista with People Asia editor-in-chief Joanne Rae Ramirez, Firma’s Chito Vijandre and Ricky Toledo, The lovey-dovey couple Philip and Ching Cruz, Qualibet founder Pinky Tobiano and Institute of Internal Auditors Philippines president Juancho Robles; Middle Row: Carissa Cruz-Evangelista with GMA Worldwide, Inc. and GMA Films, Inc. president Annette Gozon-Abrogar, Becky Garcia, Isabel De Leon, and Cheese Ledesma-Ong, Gypsy Baldovino, Carissa Cruz-Evangelista, Gina de Venecia, and Tina Cordero; Bottom Row: The Bejeweled Symphony bangle adds just the right amount of sparkle to Cristina Gomez’s outfit, Model Tanya wears the Bejeweled Symphony matching clutch and bangle, Singer Rachel Ann Go is a city goddess with the 24k gold-plated Beatriz bangle.)
Bold and opulent in form, fine workmanship—this was the consensus of the women on the Beatriz Accessories Gold Holiday Collection during its launch at Firmain Greenbelt 3, Makati. Crafted by local artisans, the seven-design collection features clutches made of 24-karat gold plated hammered metal and matching bangles embellished with stones that can be worn singly or together to make an eye-catching fashion statement. The lady behind Beatriz Accessories, Carissa Cruz-Evangelista, owns Bella Trading that supplies fashionable bags and accessories to the Kultura Filipino lifestyle retail chain found in select SM branches.