Kris Aquino represented the country well during her red carpet debut in Hollywood where she wore five Filipino-made gowns. However, she wasn’t able to wear the gown designed for her by Francis Libiran.
If you’ll ask me what my unforgettable moment inside the TCL Chinese Theater was- it was being approached by the @wbpictures group chairman Toby Emmerich because he wanted to introduce his favorite staff member from the Beverly Hills Hotel who is a Filipina American. He said that for 25 years she’d been taking such great care of him but had never asked for premiere night tickets except for tonight for @crazyrichasians because she wanted to meet me. It was just so heartwarming how many pictures Mr. Emmerich took of us because it just proved to me that anywhere in the world- our graciousness as a people is valued. I’m sure Bimb & i had the honor of being seated w/ his family because of how much affection a fellow Filipina had for me... @kevinkwanbooks made sure to check on me & as always he expressed so much gratitude for the support of Filipinos worldwide. P.S. Nabalitaan ko po na may konting sagutan na naganap between my brother & Sec Alan Cayetano- sa hindi sinasadyang choice- my clutch came from the Manila Fame & was given by @mayorlanicayetano. #lovelovelove THANK YOU to all the Filipinos who showed up w/ their flags, banners, and patiently waited since lunchtime to get prime spots. Yung effort na binigay nyo i know wasn’t just for me but because of Philippine pride. Uulitin ko po #kaysarapmagingpilipino. This was a chance to represent our country & i thank God for the once in a lifetime blessing. 🇵🇭💛💙❤️ (song credit: Love Moves in Mysterious Ways by @xtianbautista from my Universal Records album My Heart’s Journey)
The acclaimed Filipino designer was still proud of Kris and the other designer gowns and so Kris explained why she did not wear his gown.
"I loved your creation, especially the yellow but I have a badly bruised left arm from my Indonesia health scare and the sleeves ended right where the bruising was most prominent,” she told Francis.
"[Francis] was such a good sport—he said whichever Filipiniana would be PERFECT. I just didn't want people to speculate about my health so I'm expressing it here now—my being anemic makes me so prone to bruising especially after bad allergic attacks.
"I shall wear that beautiful modern Filipiniana SOONEST."
Francis replied, “Thank you, and congratulations Kris! We are so proud of you! You looked stunning and gorgeous! And I am so proud of Michael Leyva for doing a great job not just for you but for Philippine fashion! Your presence in Hollywood best represents the power of Filipino artistry and creativity showing the world what we are really made of."
Kris portrayed the role of Princess Intan in the Hollywood film Crazy Rich Asians which will be shown in Philippine cinemas this August 22.