The Peninsula Hong Kong Is Pretty In Pink As It Hosts The Glittering Inaugural Pink Tie Fundraising Gala

Funds Raised Will Support the Work of The Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry

THE PENINSULA HONG KONG Entrance

THE PENINSULA HONG KONG Entrance

Guests at THE PENINSULA HONG KONG were tickled pink on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 as the hotel hosted the inaugural PINK TIE FUNDRAISING GALA in support of the HONG KONG HEREDITARY BREAST CANCER FAMILY REGISTRY. An evening of high glamour and big-hearted generosity, the lavish affair saw many of Hong Kong’s influential society figures and best-known personalities stepping out to raise awareness and funds for this worthy cause.

Christie’s Asia Pacific Chairman, Francois Curiel

Christie’s Asia Pacific Chairman, Francois Curiel

Part of PENINSULA IN PINK, a charitable initiative in support of breast cancer charities that is now in its sixth year, the event was themed “The Art of Pink” and included an exclusive auction hosted by Christie’s Asia Pacific Chairman, François Curiel. This featured works of art, specially arranged VIP experiences and other enticing lots donated by generous sponsors, raising a total of HK$ 735,000 for the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry.Peninsula-Hotels Logo

Established in 2007, THE HONG KONG HEREDITARY BREAST CANCER FAMILY REGISTRY (hereinafter called “The Registry”) is a non-government charity organization dedicated to support the high risk breast cancer programme (HRBCP) in providing free access of genetic screening and consultation for the underprivileged, high-risk breast , ovarian and Prostate cancer patients and their families. The aim of The Registry is to advance and standardize clinical care for this high risk cancer group, in particular of the younger pre-menopausal age group, by formulating preventative measures through data collection, research, public education, counseling and supportive care services in Hong Kong.

Dr Ava Kwong, Chairman of the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry

Dr Ava Kwong, Chairman of the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry

Genetic counseling is an important aspect of genetic test. The Registry is dedicated to support health care professionals to be trained in genetic counseling so that guidance and coping skills could be shared with high risk individuals and families. Genetic test results will provide useful information about an individual’s cancer risk. The Registry is keen to support the underprivileged and their families in the HRBCP to undergo genetic testing for BRCA mutations with subsequent aim for intensive screening and to provide advice on preventive measures.

Olivier Thibault

Olivier Thibault

There is increasing data suggesting that certain clinicopathlogical and genetic features of breast cancer is ethnic specific. Research specific to Chinese/Asia population is designed to help improve the management of breast cancer in Asia by tailor-making it specifically to their needs. Collaborative research with international genetic registries will increase understanding of the ethnic differences in hereditary cancers. Through the public educational programs, The Registry promotes and strengthens the understanding of BRCA gene mutation in the local community. Vital information leaflets are produced and distributed to the public and health care professionals on hereditary breast cancer.

Michael Wong

Michael Wong

Over 80 guests attended the event, joining Dr Ava Kwong, Chairman of the Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry, and Ms Rainy Chan, Regional Vice President of The Peninsula Hotels and General Manager of The Peninsula Hong Kong. Among those lending their support was special guest of the evening, the dashing actor Mr Michael Wong, who set the tone for the evening with a Sinatra-worthy performance of songs.

During the evening’s live auction, guests bid on the following eight exclusive, curated lots, which were generously sponsored by a select band of highly charitable donors.

LOT #1: PERRIER-JOUËT BELLE EPOQUE 1996 JEROBOAM

Renowned Champagne house Perrier-Jouët has been crafting wines of exceptional quality for more than two centuries. The Belle Epoque 1996 combines maturity and freshness in a surprising and exceptional illustration of the Perrier-Jouët style, while the jeroboam bottle is decorated with enameled anemones designed by Emile Gallé, one of the pioneers of the Art Nouveau movement of the 1900s.

LOT #2: A private, archeologist-led tour of the Tod’s Group-sponsored Colosseum restoration in Rome, and a pair of made-to-order Gommino Club custom men’s driving shoes. As part of its commitment to preserving Italian culture, Tod’s Group has pledged 25 million euros to finance the complete restoration of Rome’s historic Colosseum, and the brand donated this exclusive private tour of the architectural wonder, led by an experienced archeologist. As well as gaining a unique insight into one of the world’s oldest and most famous buildings, Tod’s also sponsored a made-to-order pair of their Gommino Club signature moccasin driving shoes.

LOT #3: SOVEREIGN ART FOUNDATION: LOVE ME TENDER BY DONGI LEE (2014)

Peninsula - Pink Tie Gala 2015 SAF Dongi Li, Love Me Tender, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 70x70cm

Peninsula – Pink Tie Gala 2015 SAF Dongi Li, Love Me Tender, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 70x70cm

Donated by the Sovereign Art Foundation, a Hong Kong-based charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged children though art, this abstract painting by Korean pop artist Dongi Lee was inspired by the Elvis Presley song, Love Me Tender.

LOT #4: Supremely luxurious accommodation for two in the Marco Polo Suite at The Peninsula Hong Kong, including Rolls-Royce transfer, helicopter tour, pink Champagne breakfast and “Pretty in Pink” spa treatment

The city’s Grande Dame, The Peninsula Hong Kong has been setting the bar for luxurious hospitality since 1928, and this remarkable package gives two lucky guests the chance to experience the hotel at its very best. With highlights including accommodation for two in the plush Marco Polo Suite, transfers in one of The Peninsula’s famous Rolls-Royces and a spectacular helicopter tour of the city, this is Hong Kong’s high life at its most blissfully indulgent.

LOT #5: Two-day educational experience at L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels on the Place Vendôme and high jewelery atelier tour, including Cathay Pacific business class return flights for two to Paris and accommodation at The Peninsula Paris.

Founded by legendary jewellery maison Van Cleef & Arpels in 2012, L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels was set up to offer an unrivaled firsthand insight into the secretive worlds of jewelery and watchmaking. This two-day educational tour of the Place Vendôme institution allows visitors to experience firsthand some of the highly specialized techniques and exceptional craftsmanship that goes into creating the maison’s exquisite pieces, as well as the opportunity to sample the impeccable hospitality at the newly opened Peninsula Paris.

LOT #6: RALPH LAUREN PINK ALLIGATOR RICKY BAG

Peninsula - Pink Tie Gala 2015 - Ralph Lauren Pink Alligator Ricky Bag

Peninsula – Pink Tie Gala 2015 – Ralph Lauren Pink Alligator Ricky Bag

Named in honor of Ralph Lauren’s wife, Ricky Lauren, the elegant Ricky Bag is one of the iconic American brand’s most sought-after accessories. Crafted by hand over 12 hours, the bag is fashioned from high-quality materials such as python, burnished calf, ostrich and alligator, and is instantly recognizable thanks to its signature lock. Continue reading

The Peninsula New York Presents Grimanesa Amoros’ PINK LOTUS in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Internationally-Acclaimed Artist Creates Large-Scale Light Sculpture Installation On The Landmark Hotel’s Facade
10-logo-1024x1024 On October 1, The Peninsula New York presents PINK LOTUS, a large-scale light installation sculpture by noted interdisciplinary Peruvian artist, Grimanesa Amorós, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The installation, exclusively curated for The Peninsula New York by Circa 1881, is part of the brand’s global “The Art of Pink” charitable program, with Peninsula hotels around the world partnering with artists to help raise both funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Supporting innovative public art around the world is an ongoing commitment at The Peninsula Hotels. The Art of Pink Campaign builds on the partnerships each hotel has created with leading art museums, galleries and private collectors to provide guests with privileged access to groundbreaking art by established global masters and emerging local artists.

PINK LOTUS, a large-scale light installation sculpture by noted interdisciplinary Peruvian artist, Grimanesa Amorós, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

PINK LOTUS, a large-scale light installation sculpture by noted interdisciplinary Peruvian artist, Grimanesa Amorós, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Peninsula New York supports SHARE, a nationwide community that offers support, information and the benefit of experience to women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancers. PINK LOTUS will be on view at The Peninsula New York from October 1 to November 15.


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In keeping with the initiative’s “pink” theme, Amorós has used LED lights to create a pink lotus flower that highlights The Peninsula New York‘s landmark Beaux-Arts facade. The installation activates the entrance of the hotel on 55th Street and Fifth Avenue, with a focus on the large Palladian window and the carvings of Ceres, Roman Goddess of agriculture and abundance, and Diana, Roman Goddess of the hunt, the moon and childbirth. By placing the installation on the main facade, Amorós is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month by drawing attention to both the Roman Goddesses, who represent the power of women worldwide and to the lotus flower’s symbolic associations with creation, enlightenment and rebirth.

The installation, exclusively curated for The Peninsula New York by Circa 1881, is part of the brand's global "The Art of Pink" charitable program, with Peninsula hotels around the world partnering with artists to help raise both funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

The installation, exclusively curated for The Peninsula New York by Circa 1881, is part of the brand’s global “The Art of Pink” charitable program, with Peninsula hotels around the world partnering with artists to help raise both funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

As in all of her work, Amorós’ PINK LOTUS has created a dialogue with the existing architecture and the history of the site. The dramatic composition provides the public with a unique visual experience created by the use of LED lighting. The beauty and spiritual symbolism of the lotus flower are certain to make the PINK LOTUS one of the highlights of The Art of Pink.

Limited edition PINK LOTUS tote bags have also been exclusively designed by Amorós and can be purchased at The Peninsula New York for $40, with all proceeds benefiting SHARE. On October 27, 2015, Amorós will give an art talk on PINK LOTUS from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at The Peninsula New York, open to the public. For more information on PINK LOTUS, visit www.peninsula.com/newyork.

A popular part of every Peninsula in Pink campaign is the Pink Afternoon Tea. This October, guests at The Lobby of each hotel will relish a creatively themed The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea, featuring rose-tinted sweet and savory treats served on a tiered silver platter, and accompanied by rosé wines and bubbles.

Pink Lotus Cocktail

Pink Lotus Cocktail

Pink Panna Cotta

Pink Panna Cotta

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The Art Of Pink Transforms The Peninsula Manila Once Again This October Into A Staunch Supporter In The Global Fight Against Breast Cancer

All Images provided by The Peninsula Hotels Communication Department

Peninsula In Pink Undergoes A Creative Makeover To Become The Art Of Pink Where Guests Enjoy Artwork By The Best Filipino Artists And Galleries, A Charitable Art Auction, Pink-Themed Afternoon Teas And Floral Decorations And Extra Pink-Tinted Treats And Surprises.

The Peninsula in Pink Campaign

The Peninsula in Pink Campaign

The Peninsula Manila is again thinking pink for a purpose this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women and the second-most common cancer in the world today, accounting for one in 10 of all new cancers diagnosed worldwide, and nearly one in four female cancer cases. With these statistics in mind, The Peninsula Hotels decided to harness its resources and create the Peninsula In Pink Charitable Initiative.

“The Art of Pink” at The Peninsula Hotels, designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels' local communities. (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

“The Art of Pink” at The Peninsula Hotels, designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels’ local communities. (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

Launched in Hong Kong in 2010, Peninsula in Pink is an annual event at all the Peninsula hotels in Asia, North America and Europe. Each hotel shows its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by creating pink-inspired afternoon teas, cocktails, dining and spa promotions and special events, with part of the proceeds donated to a local breast cancer organization.

In keeping with the global commitment to support innovative art, The Peninsula Manila will host an exhibition of artwork at The Lobby from September 15 to October by acclaimed Filipino artists BenCab, Plet Bolipata, Elmer Borlongan, Impy Pilapil and Ramon Orlina; industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue; and select pieces from the collections of some of the finest contemporary Filipino galleries such as Artinformal, Avellana Art Gallery, Galleria Duemila, Silverlens, The Drawing Room and Tin–aw. All the pieces will be auctioned on October 1 by official auction partner Christie’s, with the proceeds donated to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc which is rehabilitating the Breast Care Center of East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City.

The Art of Pink builds on the partnerships The Peninsula Manila has created with leading Filipino artists and galleries to provide guests and the public with privileged access to art by established masters and emerging artists.

Benedicto Reyes Cabrera or BenCab, as he is more popularly known is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. In 2006, he was conferred the Order of National Artist for Visual Arts by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacanang Palace.

Plet Bolipata is a sculptor, artist and designer whose cheeky sense of humor allows her to overlap and intersect with different forms of visual arts.

Elmer Borlongan is one of the most prominent contemporary Filipino painters best known for his distinctive use of figurative expressionism. He is a recipient of the Cultural Center of the Philippines‘ Thirteen Artist Awards in 1994, and his works have since become some of the most widely exhibited and sought after at auctions among Southeast Asian artists.

Impy Pilapil is one of the Philippine’s foremost sculptors. Preferring to use the mediums of glass, stone and metal – and often together – her works have a transcendental quality fusing the elements of sky, water, wind and oceanic solitude.

Kenneth Cobonpue is a multi-awarded industrial designer and manufacturer known for integrating locally sourced materials with innovative, hand-made production processes. Cobonpue’s brand is known around the world for its unique designs and roster of clientele that include Hollywood celebrities like Brad Pitt and members of royalty. In 2007, TIME magazine called him “rattan’s first virtuoso.”

Ramon Orlina is a multi-awarded glass sculptor who explores forms though glass cullets or crystal blocks, exploiting their translucent quality and smooth finish produced from months of reshaping and grinding.

Artinformal (representing Eugenia Alcaide), Avellana Art Gallery (representing Francis “Kiko” Arnaez), Galleria Duemila (representing Duddley Diaz), Silverlens (representing Bernardo Pacquing), The Drawing Room (representing Gaston Damag) and Tin–aw (representing Brenda Fajardo and Julie Lluch) are among the finest contemporary Philippine art galleries who are riding a wave of interest in art sweeping through Southeast Asia.

In Southeast Asia, the Philippines has the highest incidence of breast cancer,” says The Peninsula Manila General Manager, Ms Sonja Vodusek. “One in every 13 Filipinos falls victim to it and as a woman, a sister, a daughter and the general manager of an institution that has worked for nearly 40 years with various local organizations to help make a difference in the lives of Filipino people, I believe very strongly in the fight against this terrible disease.”

This is the impetus behind The Peninsula Manila’s continuing partnership with the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc as the charity of choice for its Art of Pink fundraising efforts. The hotel is also partnering with The Estée Lauder Companies, whose Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign is devoted to defeating breast cancer through education and medical research, and Pink for Life Foundation Inc, a non-profit non-stock charitable foundation whose mission is to provide deeply discounted chemotherapy treatment for patients with Stage 1 to 2 breast cancer.

Every October, The Peninsula Manila launches its Peninsula in Pink Campaign, an initiative to raise awareness and funds in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness

Every October, The Peninsula Manila launches its Peninsula in Pink Campaign, an initiative to raise awareness and funds in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness

At the conclusion of last year’s campaign, The Peninsula Manila raised P 5,900,000 – seed money that will be used to rehabilitate the Breast Care Center of the government-run East Avenue Medical Center. The center currently services 30-50 patients in space that can barely accommodate 20 individuals. The three-phased plan for the center will include enlarging the reception area, adding another wing as well as building a second floor, and purchasing 20 chemotherapy infusion chairs to supplement the two La-Z Boy recliners that they have.

Pink is the preferred color at The Peninsula Manila every October, and to support The Art of Pink initiative, the fountain, main entrances and guardian door lions of the hotel will be artfully illuminated in pink each evening from October 1 to 31, 2015.

As always, an exclusive PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN has been designed to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every Peninsula Manila staff member will wear this specially commissioned pink ribbon pin throughout October in support of this initiative. Pins are available for sale at a dedicated donation desk in The Lobby for P 250 nett, with a portion from each pin sold donated to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.

The Lobby’s offers a special The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea, featuring rose-tinted sweets and savory treats.

The Lobby’s offers a special The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea, featuring rose-tinted sweets and savory treats.

The Lobby’s premium teas selected and blended by The Peninsula’s tea masters can be enjoyed throughout October with a special The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea, featuring rose-tinted sweet and savory treats presented on a tiered platter for P 1,250 or from a buffet for P 1,680. In addition, the Pink Afternoon Tea offers may be paired with a glass of rosé Champagne at P 1,980 for the set or at P 2,350 for the buffet. For every The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea sold, guests will receive a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN and a donation will be made to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pink Belle at The Peninsula Manila.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pink Belle at The Peninsula Manila.

A special themed pink dessert will also be on offer in all the restaurants throughout October – “Pink Belle”, an airy confection of ivory chocolate, strawberry, mascarpone and Madagascar vanilla for P 490, including a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN. More pink pastries are available at The Peninsula Boutique at P 190 each. For every pink dessert sold, a donation will be made to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pinkilicious cocktail. at The Peninsula Manila.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pinkilicious cocktail. at The Peninsula Manila.

All restaurants will offer a “Pinktini” – a delicious pink cocktail concocted to honor this meaningful initiative, priced at P 600, including a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN, and P 400 without the pin. A pink mocktail – “Pinkilicious” – is available at P 490 with a PENINSULA IN PINK RIBBON PIN, and P320 without the pin. For every drink sold, a donation will also be made to the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pink Cosmo at The Peninsula Manila.

The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities is undergoing a creative makeover to become The Art of Pink. All of the Peninsula hotels worldwide will present a month of pink-infused art, dining and room experiences for guests to enjoy, such as the Pink Cosmo at The Peninsula Manila.

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