T'nalak takes centerstage at Moda Mindanaw-A A +A
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
THIS year’s Moda Mindanaw paid tribute to the beautiful weaving tradition of the women of Lake Sebu -- the T'nalak.
Through the efforts of the Mindanao Commission on Women, this tradition has been documented, harnessed and developed. From the earth colors of traditional T'nalak, a new and improved T'nalak was presented to the public at Moda Mindanaw held at Cinema 3 of SM City Davao last August 19.
Naturally dyed to orange, green, blue and yellow shades, the new cloth proved to be more versatile and easier to incorporate in mainstream fashion.
Using the t'nalak cloth, designers were able to execute modern and unique creations. Bagging the grand prize for the evening wear category was Kenny Ladaga of Surigao del Sur. Ladaga also took home the 1st prize of SM’s Sagala gown design competition last May.
Tzardy Tombo and Michael Pagalan ranked second and third, respectively. Zhaira Deiparine creation topped the street wear category, followed by Mark Blanco and Sarchie Sagarino. For the men's wear, Richard Pulatche bagged the first prize followed by John Alcantara and Carlo Macailing.
Celebrating Davao's rich floriculture, a floral bouquet competition was also held. Taking home the top prize was first timer Rex Lofranco. Anecito Cesar Jr. and Omar Abdani came in second and third.
A demonstration to Moda Mindanaw's tradition of excellence, this year's featured artist is fashion designer and educator Emi Englis.
Englis was Urog Etnika's grand champion in 2004. Urog Etnika was later relaunched as Moda Mindanaw.
Members of the esteemed panel of judges were Kultura senior marketing manager Julie Villaescudero, Mindanao Commission on Women chair Margie Moran-Floirendo, designer Renee Salud, supermodel Bessie Badilla, Waterfront Insular Hotel general manager Rouel Guanzon, and Davao's Arch. Michael Dakudao and event organizer Candice Protacio.
Moda Mindanaw 2012 is SM Davao's way of nurturing local talents, supporting local suppliers and promoting cultural heritage.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 29, 2012.