‘Rock the Runway’: Rocky Gathercole Showcases Stellar Designs to Raise Funds for Street Children

Avalon, one of Hollywood’s best and most historic landmarks that hosted the first West Coast performance of The Beatles in 1964 and voted Best Dance Club by LA Weekly last year, pulsated with theatrical excitement, imagination, energy and magic as avant-garde Filipino designer Rocky Gathercole unveiled his electrifying collection before hundreds last Thursday at “Rock The Runway”, a fashion fundraiser for Bantay Bata (Child Watch), an ABS-CBN Foundation International program for abused children.

Rock the Runway

The Los Angeles community came out to support “Rock The Runway”. The view from the top…

…And the view from the floor

Presented by Lifestyle Network in cooperation with For The Stars Fashion House, “Rock The Runway” drew enthusiastic support not only from Filipino Americans but from the larger Los Angeles community as well.  Hosted by award-winning actor Dante Basco and Emmy-winning writer-producer Keesa Ocampo and directed by award-winning concert, TV and film director John-D Lazatin, the show also delivered strong live musical performances from cellist Matthew John Ignacio, versatile performer Francesca Camus and two-man rock band The Dose with Indio Downey and Ralph Alexander.
Keesa Ocampo and Dante Basco cohost the pre-show featuring live musical performances and AVPs on Rocky Gathercole his story, Bantay Bata and LN Cares with Raffy Lopez Jerry Bennett and Jun Del Rosario

The Dose - Indio Downey on guitar and Ralph Alexander on the Cajon (Beatbox) - deliver acoustic rock poetry with their brand of music

The on-site multimedia experience and otherworldy designs of Gathercole drew oohs and ahhs from the nattily dressed crowd. The soul of the show is the journey of Gathercole from an abused street kid to world-class designer now giving back to abused children in the Philippines.  Yong Chavez of TFC Balitang America’s “Showbiz Tonight”gave a full report entitled, “Former Street Kid Stages Show For Bantay Bata”
Cellist Matthew John Ignacio regales the crowd with his virtuoso music and showmanship

Representing on the red carpet for ABS-CBN are, from left, Lifestyle Network Executive Producer Beverly Desuasido

The show was sponsored by CAO Cosmetics USA, Seafood City, Endless Possibilities Campaign, Asian Journal, Weekend Balita, US Asian Post and Vegas Buffet.  Donors included Kabayan, PPCE, Sabcor, Unistar Foods, Inc., Trinity Foliente, Evelyn Andamo, Mr & Mrs Joey Cruz, Dr. and Mrs. Manuel Baculi, Nataly Stuessy, Squid Printing, Ed Borral and Family, Perla Santos, Elena Lapid, Vic Perez and Cherry’s Salon.  The show also acknowledged the Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles, Myx TV, Beck Media, Croshal Entertainment Group, LLC, Ted Benito, Mildred Deang, Nelson Anderson and Lem Balagot of LA Rose Café.

Singer Francesca Camus also gave a stirring performance at the pre-show. She is shown on the red carpet with actor-producer Guy Windsor
Ted Benito, Actor Jake Delaney, Anna Maria Perez De Tagle and Jeff Enriquez, Bai Ling, Michael Martinez, Consul Mary Joy Ramirez and Wilma Bautista, Richmond Jimenez, Jacob Meir with Alee Cao

Official photographers Sthanlee Mirador and Rex Vincent captured the happenings in exciting images below (with some photos from Nerissa Fernandez and Alyssa Castillo):

President & CEO of Insider Entertainment Mildred Deang and Cherry’s Salon owner Cherry Ordonez with the Bb Pilipinas USA 2016 court who volunteered to model for the fashion fundraiserABS-CBN North America Managing Director Olivia De Jesus and actress Bai Ling enjoy the vibe, the company and the world-class show at “Rock The Runway” in Avalon Hollywood

Anna Maria Perez De Tagle and Michael Martinez enjoy posing at the ABS-CBN Foundation International section before the show




Celebrating after the show with Rocky Gathercole are the Lifestyle Network, For The Stars Fashion House and ABS-CBN Foundation International teams


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