When they said go for gold, the Filipino crew really followed through by showing up and showing out at the Gold House Gala this weekend.
Over the weekend, some of the coolest Filipinos showed up at the Gold House Gala to honor notable members of the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Community in Los Angeles.
For starters, Gold House is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and supporting homegrown talents in the Asian community. Some of the attendees were Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Kevin Woo, and Eugene Yang to name a few, all repping their flags right when they commanded the red, errr, gold carpet. Filipina rapper Ruby Ibarra blew everyone away with her performance along with Anik Khan and Thuy.
Of course, we didn’t expect some of the biggest names from the homeland to be present too, like Bella Poarch, James Reid, and Liza Soberano. From the terno to the barong tagalog, scroll down to see your faves serving up fashion in the most Filipino way at the Gold House Gala below.
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1. BELLA POARCH
You can bet that Bella Poarch making a statement in a hot pink dress by Jason Wu will be living in our heads rent-free from now on. Her bag of choice? A mini bag carved in gold by Blumera and the cutest star earrings. A look.
2. JAMES REID
Actor, musician, and CEO James Reid really said, “I am golden.” Showing up in a sharp black and gold spackled suit at the Gala’s red carpet, we can’t wait for more of the Hello singer’s projects in the near future.
3. LIZA SOBERANO
A round of applause for Liza Soberano because she showed up in nothing but Filipino fashion! A roll call you ask? Her all black terno was designed by Anthony Ramirez, jewelry by Tessera, and her minaudiere by Neil Felipp.
4. GEENA ROCERO
Filipino-American trans advocate Geena Rocero has proven time and time again that she’s always raised her flag loud and proud. Aside from modeling, she’s also a TED talk speaker, the founder of media company Gender Proud, and was the first ever trans woman featured by Playboy magazine. At the Gold House Gala, Geena flexed another Filipino designer wearing an asymmetrical embellished blue gown by Veejay Floresca, whom she proudly calls her trans sister.
5. SARAH BURKE
Sarah Burke is the Editor-in-Chief of LGBTQIA+ magazine Them. She’s a Filipino born and raised in Hawaii and has worked for VICE, created award-winning stock photo library Gender Spectrum collection that featured trans and non-binary models. Sarah wore a modern terno with floral prints at the Gold House Gala, not to mention the leather belt that cinched the waist.
6. DINO RAY-RAMOS
Dino Ray-Ramos is a journalist and producer that’s been shining a light on marginalized voices in film and media, the LGBTQIA+ community, and underrepresented AAPI through his work. Is it just us or are we getting major Dr. Strange with his cape? Very suave.
7. TIMOTHY GRANADEROS
Timothy Granaderos is best known for his role in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. At the Gold House Gala red carpet, he honored his Filipino roots by wearing an embroidered barong by The Mestizo LA.
8. JON JON BRIONES AND G TONGI
Veteran Filipino actors were also present on the Gold Gala red carpet. G Tongi was in a terno inspired by the barong, and Jon Jon Briones, best known for his role in Miss Saigon wore a gray camisa de chino.
9. MANNY JACINTO
Manny Jacinto, a Filipino-Canadian actor whose face is probably familiar if you’re watching The Good Place, was present at the Gold House Gala, too. Pictured next to Timothy Granaderos, Manny wears a barong with floral embroidery in honor of Asian excellence, of course.
10. CHRIS OLSEN
If you’re in TikTok’s constant black hole, chances are high that you might’ve seen Chris Olsen on your For You Page. He’s the content creator who shares the funny conversations he has with his Lola and does hilarious skits as the “gay uncle” of the family. At the Gold House Gala, Chris showed up shirtless in Versace. A mood forever.
11. SHELBY RABARA
Filipino-American dancer and actress Shelby Rabara, who voices Peridot in Steven Universe looked like real-life royalty in a bespoke terno by Vinta Gallery. We don’t know about you, but Shelby and Harry Shum Jr. are one underrated couple.
12. RAIN VALDEZ
Emmy-nominated actress Rain Valdez always reps her heritage no matter where she goes. From being a Filipino-American, to fighting for trans rights, to slowly becoming a changemaker in the film industry, she’s the real deal. She keeps it neat in a red lace dress with silver appliques at the gold carpet.
Gracing the gold carpet is our favorite streamer, Valkyrae. Everything about this look screams perfection, from the long braid, the silver bangles, to her emerald green gown. Now all we’re missing is a selfie with BFF, Bella Poarch.
14. TIA CARRERE
If we’re talking legends, Tia Carrere should be a hall-of-famer by now. The Filipino-American actress has been everywhere, and we’re more than happy to have seen her with fellow Pinoys at the Gold House Gala. Man, we’d do everything to look THAT good in our 50s and rock body con dresses anytime we please.
15. JORDAN ANDINO
Chef Jordan Andino has been known for his Filipino-meets-French cuisine. Aside from being a restaurateur, Jordan is also one of the most sought after reality show hosts (yes, he’s the guy from Food Network). He looked every inch the dapper in a blue suit at the Gold House Gala.
Photos in featured art by Sthan Lee Mirador
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