The fourth State of the National Address (Sona) of President Benigno Aquino III on Monday has malformed the House of Representatives into a display case of Ternos, Filipinianas and Maria Clara setup. Senators, congressmen, invited guests and wives of lawmakers all came to the yearly state incident fully clad in their statement setup.
Totsie Angara, wife of Senator Sonny Angara, Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, and tenderfoot Senator Nancy Binay were fully clad by famous person designer Randy Ortiz. Both Angara and Torres wore hoary ternos, while Binay opted for the turquoise gown.
Senator Pia Cayetano also graced the red carpet in a black, contemporary Filipiniana silk gown by Cebu-based designer Mia Urquico, who also deliberates Cayetano’s gowns in the earlier Sonas. In the meantime, Senator Cynthia Villar attended the occasion in a lop-sided terno of mocha French tule over pastel gown. Designer Noli Hans overstated it with lace and spoils of orange chiffon for inflection.
First-time Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares came in white Filipiniana gown by Kristel Yulo from Bacolod. Donned in her preferred color, Poe’s gown had gold needlework to be a symbol of light. Intervening time, Senator Loren Legarda was keen to create a declaration on preserving and promoting the Filipino inheritance at Aquino’s Sona.
“My outfit represents ‘fashionalism’ – fashion and nationalism. I wanted to wear something relevant and meaningful,” she said. Legarda wore a Nabal abaca cloth turned into a miniskirt. The Bagobo skirt was accentuated by a T’Boli nerve belt casted by Sbanay Lugan of the T’Boli community of Lamlahat, Lake Sebu in South Cotabato.
“In wearing these garments, I wish to recognize and honor our indigenous peoples for their great contribution to our rich heritage and unique culture. Many of their concerns have yet to be addressed but they remain faithful to the traditions passed on to them by their ancestors,” said Legarda.
Cebu Representative Gwen Garcia, in the meantime, wore a fleshy tissue gown with white needlework designed by Cebu-based Cary Santiago. The designer is well-known for dressing celebrities like Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo and Queen of All Media Kris Aquino.
Previous actresses Maita Ejercito and Shiela Ysmael-Fernandez were seated at the side of their husbands Laguna Governor ER Ejercitio and Dan Fernandez, correspondingly. Maita wore a yellow beaded Paul Cabral design, while Shiela donned a pink terno by Dressee.
Other names who graced the incident were Carissa Cruz-Evangelista, who wore a Lulu Tan Gan gown paired with an Yvette Floro clutch and earrings from her fashion accessory line Beatriz; Marie Rosella Pagdilao in a reddish purple terno by Edgar Madamba; and Maria Paz Ocampo in a light gown by Jot Losa.
Katrina Guanzon-Ridon, wife of Kabataan partylist Representative Terry Ridon, was in a pink terno by Tony Albrando, while Mary Ann Mirasol and Marga Nograles resolute to come in blue gowns by a Bacolod-based seamstress and Bobby Castillo, correspondingly.
Grace Evardone donned a Filipiniana by Rajo Laurel, Imelda Dimaporo in Patis Tesoro, Eileen Buhain wore a formation by Batangas designer Jason Culili, while Precious Hipolito-Castelo wore an Edwin Tan design.
Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano attended this year’s Sona in an Onin Pagsisihan gown; Cindy Ejercito wore a light pink terno by Paul Cabral, while Abigail Binay donned an Ivarluski Aseron construction.