(Manila, Philippines). With the revelation of the 20 Ripple Awards nominees, Miss Universe 2015 and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach explained the importance to support and honor HIV and AIDS advocates through events like the Love Gala –Asia’s Premier Charity and Awards event on December 1.
Wurtzbach, who is the Love Gala Ambassador, said, “It’s about time that we acknowledge them, gave them their time to shine, especially on an event like this.”
“Hopefully, it’ll give them a lot more motivation and drive to continue their work,” the former Miss Universe said.
Exceptional social advocates, influential people, game-changers, celebrities, local and international officials and advocacy groups are among those who will make a stand during the World AIDS Day celebration on the same day.
Love Gala will take place at the elegant BGC Arts Center in Taguig City.
During the gala, ten (10) outstanding Filipino individuals will be awarded with the first-ever Ripple Awards, which symbolizes a person’s unparalleled dedication and passion in changing the landscape of HIV-AIDS advocacy in the country and the world over.
The Ripple Awards nominations closed last 15 September, and screening commenced after in which viable nominees are further evaluated by a sectoral panel of judges to complete the roster of awardees.
One of the highlights of the Gala is a charity fashion show featuring one-of-a-kind creations by five of the Philippine’s top couturiers who have earned the respect of the international fashion industry, namely: Francis Libiran, Cary Santiago, Nat Manilag, Cheeta Rivera and John Herrera.
The event also boasts of world-class performances by Filipino talents. Conceptual photographer and advocate, Niccolo Cosme, will also display his artworks under his series, “Project Headshot Clinic X,” which celebrates its 10th year on World AIDS Day.
An after party will be held at Nectar Nightclub along BGC Fort Strip.
Help and take part in fighting the HIV epidemic by being a donor-guest and purchasing Love Gala tickets here http://lovegala.org/tickets/. Donor-guests can reserve the following seats: VIP (P7,000.00); Patron (P5,000.00); Balcony A (P1,500.00) and Balcony B (P1,000.00). Ten percent (10%) of the ticket prices will benefit the worthwhile activities of partner organization.
Joining this year’s Love Gala is Miss Universe 2015 and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
The Love Gala organization believes that “a single person’s act of love can start a wave that can save millions of people.”
The Love Gala is a collaboration of private and public institutions and youth-oriented organizations that aim to augment the efforts in mainstreaming the HIV-AIDS advocacy to a larger audience, as around 30 incidences of HIV infection are observed everyday in the country, according to the latest data from Department of Health.
Institutions and organizations coming together for Love Gala are the following: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Better Together Initiative, Black Maria Productions, Castro Communications, Decent Image of South Signal Association (DIOSSA), Dentsu, Nectar Nightclub, Philippine National AIDS Council, Pinoy Plus Association Incorporated, Positibong Marino Philippines, Sustained Health Initiatives of the Philippines (SHIP), Taguig City Government, The Red Whistle, The LoveYourself Incorporated, UNAIDS, the US Embassy and World Health Organization-Philippines.