Mindanao-inspired outfits dominated the red carpet walk at Monday afternoon’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) where solons, government officials, and guests wore ensembles made from handwoven fabrics by indigenous groups like the Yakan and T’boli among others.
There was a visible attempt among solons and their spouses to keep their looks subdued in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s desire not to turn the important gathering into a frivolous fashion show.
While past SONA red-carpet parades highlighted the elegant and embellished creations of the country’s top fashion designers, this year’s dominant style mantra was all about keeping it subdued, almost plain, and neutral in color.
Take a look at what we saw this year:
Expressing her support for Marawi’s culture and heritage, Senator Loren Legarda wore an old blouse inherited from her late mother, and an old Maranao landap woven in traditional inaul style. She paired it with a Marikina-made shoes and a locally-made bag as support for micro-enterprises.
Diwa Partylist Representative Emmeline Aglipay donned a T’boli-inspired outfit made by Rhett Eala. She is with his husband, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.
Heart Evangelista, wife of Chiz Escudero, continues to be a head-turner at the red carpet with her Mindanao-inspired pantsuit designed by Boom Sason. Earlier at the Senate, she wore a crisp white Filipiniana made by Jo Rubio.
Representative of the Lone District of Davao Del Sur, Mercedes Cagas, wore an outfit made from T’nalak weaving paired with a headdress made from an ensemble of rooster’s feathers and horse tail.
Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo opted for a pink Yakan-inspired attire.
Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial showed up in a jacket using the vibrant fabric of the traditional malong.
Always stunning, Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez wore an ankle-length Mindanao skirt reminiscent of a malong. She appeared with her 16-year-old daughter Juliana.
Whites and blacks
Just like last year, Senator Grace Poe opted for a white outfit. The senator’s husband, Neil Llamanzares, joined her at the event.
Tootsy Angara, wife of Senator Sonny Angara, also came in a white outfit that she revealed was what she wore 26 years ago in her junior prom when she was only 15 years old. The outfit was designed by Pitoy Moreno.