IF YOU have browsed through the two parts of Hijos de Davao story in the Monday and Wednesday issues of SunStar Davao or the ofapplesandlemons.com, then you might have picked your favorites for the Best Dressed List.

The attendance this year was impressive. Even more admirable was how they came dressed to the occasion. Hijos and hijas representing different generations arrived in the evening best. They are to be commended.

It may be challenging to appreciate the details of the women’s dresses in a dimly lit room. Black will only register as black, same goes with other solid colors, no matter how beautiful the fine points are.

But there are those who stood out from the crowd. An appealing design, a play of colors or a striking silhouette coupled with the radiant glow of the woman wearing her dress with confidence.

More than applaud the efforts of my fellow attendees, let me reward six of the best-dressed women from a ballroom-filled of elegantly garbed Davaoeñas.

Aside from the 5/5 apples, each of them will receive an overnight stay for two with breakfast at any of these fine hotels: Pearl Farm beach Resort, Marco Polo Davao, Waterfront Insular Davao, SEDA Abreeza Hotel, Park Inn by Radisson and Royal Mandaya Hotel.

Here are the this year’s best-dressed women at the 53rd Hijos de Davao ball.

1. Ingrid Taojo. Her black terno with a sprinkling of dainty, spring-colored blooms against the glassy ebony flower beadings fitted her perfectly curved body like a glove. Her hair in a low bun and adorned with pink rose buds exudes a Spanish lass.

Her dress by Randy Ortiz. Ingrid gets to stay for a night at Pearl Farm Beach Resort.

2. Anita Linda Aquino. From an array of dresses in jewel and ink tones, pops out a terno in a refreshing hue. Anita describes the color as “where the shallow and deep parts of the ocean meet” and the flower beading that adorn it are in yellow green, but emits the color of jade.

Anita scored her RTW gown in Italy and had it reconstructed into a terno.

She can enjoy the blues of the pool and the sky at Marco Polo Davao.

3. Nicole Bian was one of those women who got away with head to toe black, thanks to the billowy silhouette of her gown from waist down, the right amount of show of fair skin that contrasted against the dark tone, and yes, the perfect fit.

The glitter came from the precise beading in black following the body’s contour.

Her RTW dress from Erwin Tan and it earns her a stay at SEDA Abreeza.

4. Camille Dakudao. Treading the line between young and mature, Camille’s terno came in an unusual shade of pink called copper-rose quartz. With the tasteful and well-edited detailing, she managed to convey a fusion of the characters—lady-like yet fun.

Her terno by John Belandres. She can enjoy the pink flowers at the Waterfront Insular Davao.

5. Michelle Ang. In jewel-colored strapless long dress, Michelle is on the list. Though the piece is in a single shade, the top to bottom horizontal pleating gave the dress texture that light can play on. With her slim figure, wearing the piece didn’t pose a problem. The baby peplum detail was figure flattering.

Her BCBG dress she found in Facebook. She’ll find herself frolicking at Park Inn by Radisson.

6. Mia Floirendo. Vintage takes a spot on the list. Kept in its original state, the vintage terno was first worn by her mother years ago. Her turn came to sway the same tasseled-number on the dance floor in the recent Rigodon de Honor.

As accent to the dress, faceted round and teardrop-shaped diamond beads are uniformly arranged flowing diagonally from the left waist to the right hipline adding highlighting the fine figure of this lady.

Her terno by Pitoy Moreno and a night at the Royal Mandaya Hotel is for her.

Congratulations, ladies! I am looking forward to next year’s ball. Who knows, the awards may just get bigger.

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