Comedy Relief: Erte Ball at the Villa Escudero II, August 1993

The Erte Ball, a fantastic 1910s – 20s Art Nouveau – Art Deco theme party, was given by Tito Ado Escudero at the Villa Escudero in August 1993…

For that ball, I dressed as a Venetian blackamoor in gold lame and gold Houles tassels galore and wore portions of a real antique blue, gold, and white Murano chandelier [ a Gonzalez heirloom:  a 22 February 1930 wedding gift to my Lolo Bosto and Lola Charing by his classy youngest brother Lolo Fausto ] —  on my head [ which I had to balance with my right hand the whole evening!  😛 ].  Jo Panlilio dressed as an African Queen with 40 yards of Brunschwig & Fils leopard-stripe velvet from Edgar Ramirez’s atelier.  And we weren’t the only guests costumed over-the-top.  Needless to say, it was a fantastically decadent party…

After dinner, we over-the-top costumed guests were requested to assemble backstage in preparation for our runway introductions.  We were all giggling and guffawing endlessly backstage.

In one corner, I espied the irrepressible Louie Cruz’s partner-at-that-time, the boyish German Eike Felderbauer, so I greeted him:  “Hi Eike!  Long time no see! How are you?  But where’s Louie???”

Our jaws dropped to the floor as the unpredictable Louie Cruz emerged from a corner adjusting the back of his incredible costume.  He was dressed and fully maq-ed as Ursula, the Sea Witch from the Disney animated movie “The Little Mermaid”!!!  He had a Suzy Wong wig and a strapless tightfitting black evening gown replete with humongous stuffed black “tentacles”!!!

“Putang ina ninyo!!!  Nandito si Louie Cruz!!!”  he mock-cursed all of us!!!

Harharhar!!!   😛   😛   😛

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1 Comment

  1. larry leviste said,

    December 8, 2009 at 3:53 am

    If memory serves me right, the URSULA elaborate costume of Louie Cruz was by the insane artist Jess Abejo.

    It was originally worn for one of his legendary HALAKHAKAN parties. I remember, Louie and his posse, his swans and his sex slaves took over the entire Hyatt Hotel on Roxas Blvd. The penthouse disco was dancing, the presidential suite was for spontaneous sex orgies and all the restos had hostesses de facto, from the coffee shop that served breakfast at dawn, to the japaneese resto where the ladies of impolite society hung out. The lobby bar were the peacocks in full costume preening and making ahas male escorts from society matrons.

    I remember being with Don Escudero, Jing Ramos, perched barefoot on top of the check in counters. There was a guest in Dracula costume who came down from a hearse.

    How Manila has become so Tim Yap and Anton San Diego. Read boring and pretentious.


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