A night for ‘Men Who Matter’

The Bellevue Manila witnessed another iconic night with this year’s celebration of the “Men Who Matter” honorees. PeopleAsia welcomes another roster of extraordinary gentlemen from various fields from entertainment, law, politics, religion, art, business and more.

Of course, my thanks to my Daily Tribune bosses who gave me the go-signal to attend this momentous event. After all, they said that we are in the same publishing industry and we should be supporting one another.

The inclement weather couldn’t stop us — the rain never bothered us anyway! All guests arrived looking chic in sneaks. The dress code called for cocktail attire paired with their comfy yet stylish sneakers — a first in the history of this event. PeopleAsia sure loves keeping us on our toes with something fresh every year. Of course, I happily take on any dress code!

Photographs by Agile Zamora for the Daily Tribune
From left: Quezon City Councilor Alfred Vargas, NexGenAsia CEO Fred Hui, Grab Philippines director of deliveries Greg Camacho, MMDA Chairman Romando Artes, DILG Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr., actor-director Coco Martin, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. director of government and public relations Atty. Michael Toledo, artist Leeroy New, Volvo Philippines executive marketing director Chris Yu and Sto. Niño de Paz Chapel chaplain Fr. Dave Concepcion, with PeopleAsia editor-in-chief Joanne Rae Ramirez (center).

One very memorable outfit belonged to PeopleAsia’s editor-in-chief Joanne Rae Ramirez who welcomed us with a speech, who happily wore sneakers — dress code or not — with her fab fuchsia Noel Crisostomo suit dress.

Jose Paolo dela Cruz, Mayenne Carmona and Janette Velasco of People Asia.


Joy and Joel Rustia.


Norwegian Consul Frank Johansen and his wife Julie.


Best Dressed lady of the night Amelia Ablaza and Dulce Sy.


Tina Cuevas


Linda Ley, Nympha Javier, Ann and Rene Puno.


Suzette Ayson


People Asia’s Alex Vergara and BumTenorio


Gerry Sy and Jinky Antonio.


Grace Glory Go and General Consul of Monaco Fortune Ledesma.


Showing our sneakers: the author, Jun Jun Ablaza and Czarina Ablaza Syquia in trendy sneakers.

Of course, the ‘Men Who Matter’ followed suit… in suits and sneakers. These impressive gentlemen are really shaping society through their work in their respective fields. I’ve had the wonderful chance to get a photo op with a few, including the dashing “King of Primetime TV,” Coco Martin! But I have to say that all the honorees were all handsome inside and out, with good looks and their great accomplishments. They really deserve to be in the spotlight.

The night wouldn’t be complete without our sumptuous feast, live performances and memories captured. Another PeopleAsia event for the books! Kudos to the team for this unforgettable night. I look forward to your future events… always! Cheers!