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NATIONAL PRIDE: Rafé Totengco, creative director of handbags at Jones New York, will receive the Presidential Award from his home country of the Philippines today for his contributions to fashion design. "It's…one of those things you don't expect to get in your life," Totengco said.
Totengco was 21 when he left his home province of Negros, Philippines, in 1989 to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He established his handbag line, Rafe New York, in 1997 and was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1998.