Trunk sale to raise funds for veteran fashion designer Frederick Peralta

Leah C. Salterio

Posted at Jun 20 2019 06:18 PM

Fashion designer Frederick Peralta. Photo provided by Joyce Reyes-Aguila

MANILA -- A number of couture pieces created by award-winning designer Frederick Peralta will be on final sale until June 23, Sunday, at the second floor of Manila Marriott Hotel.

The sale, “Federico: An Exhibit and Trunk Show Sale,” was organized by the hotel’s marketing and communications director Michelle Garcia, to help raise funds for Peralta’s medical expenses and recovery. The designer suffered a stroke early last year.

The trunk sale consists of gowns, suits, dresses, barong tagalog, even shoes, bags and accessories that were used in the fashion shows that Peralta staged and took part in the past.

“We’ve disposed a number of other items since May this year,” disclosed Peralta’s younger sister, Len Peralta-Caro, who is based in Las Vegas. “This time, majority of the items were really sold. We are so thankful because it will really help kuya.”

Caro returned to Manila last March to attend to her brother’s needs. She first visited Peralta last year, after his stroke. This year, she helped dispose many of his personal belongings such as paintings, art works, furniture, antiques and other important, if not precious, items.

Early last month, Caro eventually checked Peralta into Health Home Care, Inc., at Teacher’s Village along Anonas Extension, in Quezon City, a home care that will attend to his brother needs.

Peralta’s living expenses cover the food, lodging and health care in the home care. His regular therapy sessions and medicines are not included.

Meanwhile, Garcia invited friends and all those who know Peralta, to share the “Shop and Help” poster for the trunk sale, join and buy items available in the sale or contribute directly to Peralta’s recovery through monetary donations.

Caro will be in the Philippines only until Monday, then she returns to the US to join her immediate family.

Peralta created gowns, suits and dresses for many well-heeled personalities from showbiz, high society and even the beauty and fashion industry.

The first trunk sale and mini-fashion show to help raise funds for Peralta’s recover was held in June last year also at Manila Marriott Hotel. A number of fashion models who donned Peralta’s creations participated in the show and tribute to the designer.