Flowers and fashion at Nustar

The event was inspired by Maia, an ancient Roman goddess of springtime, warmth and abundance.

Maia International Flower Festival — the first edition in Cebu — magically transformed the Nustar Resort and Casino into a botanical paradise with vibrant blooms in a kaleidoscope of colors.

The event was inspired by Maia, an ancient Roman goddess of springtime, warmth and abundance.

Held at the spacious mall within the expansive property of the Gokongwei Group, the well-attended event was participated in by 12 international florists from the Philippines, neighboring Asian countries including Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and even the United Kingdom, which is famous for its annual flower show on the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.

Jun Escario and florist Joseph Ven Dumadag from the Philippines.
Wendell Quisido and florist Joohyun Lee from South Korea.
Valerie Alvez and florist Opas Yarcammee from Thailand.
Ronald Enrico and florist Lina Loka from Indonesia.
Rei Escario and florist Michael Yu from the Phlippines.
Protacio Empaces and florist Edward Millers Khoo from Malaysia.
Philipp Tampus and florist Hung Shu-Yuan from Taiwan.
Philip Rodriguez and florist Keith Lin from Singapore.

The florists collaborated with 14 of Cebu’s globally acclaimed and celebrated fashion designers. The experts created ethereal looks and bespoke dresses for the runway, rendered in flowers and foliage for their interpretation of the theme “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The floral sartorial items — complete with headdresses, cuffs, necklaces and purses — which complemented the designer couture pieces, showcased a visual feast featuring various concepts, among them Flowers of Friendship, Dancing with the Wind, Iridescent, Carnival, Tropical Bonanza and Kaleidoscope. These were all inspired by the beauty of nature and the changing seasons, a gentle reminder that everything is fleeting and life should be lived and celebrated.

Oj Hofer and florist Eunjeong Lee from South Korea.
Hanz Coquilla and florist Christina Yew from Taiwan.
Edwin Ao and florist Sandra Taslim from Indonesia.
Dexter Alazas and florist Kai-yun Lo from Taiwan.
Cary Santiago and florist Harijanto Setiawan from Indonesia.
Anthony Romoff and florist Teresa Skues from the United Kingdom.


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