This May saw the Dusit Thani's newly renovated ballroom turned in to a boxing ring as the Springboard Foundation, in conjunction with Dusit Thani Manila & Team Insider Boxing Gym staged a round of "fights for good", with all profits going to aid Springboard Foundation with their work in Leyte, Cebu, Payatas and the Spratleys just to name a few.
I was thrilled to be asked to cover the fighters in the lead up to the big night, with the opportunity to watch the fighters train and see the dedication and hard work of these guys (who were all absolutely lovely, in case you were wondering!) all in the name of charity.
Finally, the big night was upon us - a red carpet and red dress affair. I had never been to a boxing match, and i'm not sure all are as glitzy and well heeled as this one.
A fantastic selection of memorabilia was up for grabs on the evening too, with 100% of proceeds going straight back to Springboard Foundation.
370 guests attended the evening. Dancers from Mechowla Entertainment provided intermission entertainment, and the amazing voice actor and columnist Ted Lerner served as Master of Ceremonies.
The extremely talented Gina Respall was well and truly the Belle of the Ball, her exquisite voice rising above the crowd and lending a touch of elegance to the night.
Over all, the event raised over PHP1.1m in total profits.
Enormous thanks go to Dusit Thani, The Event Committee, Team Insider and all the fighters for the tireless efforts in truly making this a night to remember.