Sona fashion inspired by neutral hues, ethnic designs

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Monday, July 28, 2014


NEUTRAL-COLORED Filipinianas and Baron Tagalogs were top picks by lawmakers and their guests who attended the fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Aquino III at the House of Representatives on Monday.

The event, which highlighted the major accomplishments of Aquino's four-year-old administration, did not disappoint everyone in the fashion department.

Aside from the President and his family, among the prominent personalities who graced the red carpet in this year's Sona are sweethearts Senator Francis Escudero and girlfriend, Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista.

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Escudero wore a simple barong tagalog while his muse donned an off-white modern Maria Clara created by Joey Samson.

Representative Miro Quimbo chose a classic barong made in Marikina while his wife, Stella, dressed in a cream-colored gown with black lace made by seasoned designer Randy Ortiz.

Ortiz also designed the gown of Ormoc Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, who wowed guests with her cream terno.

Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares and Quezon City Representative Joy Belmonte picked subtle shades of cream and white in their Roulette Esminilla and Tippi Ocampo gowns, respectively.

While some went with light tones and crisp designs, other still injected color to Aquino's fifth Sona.

Senator Cynthia Villar came in orange Terno embroidered with orange vines and cherry blossoms made by Nolie Hans while Senator Juan Edgardo Angara's wife, Totsie, wore a Rajo Laurel creation.

Queen of All Media Kris Aquino and Senator Pia Cayetano chose Cebu designers to dress them up for the event. The television host-actress wore a Cary Santiago yellow with black lace Filipiniana while Cayetano dressed up in Mia Urquico gown.

Urquico also designed the senator's gowns in the previous Sonas.

Among the best dressed politicians who graced the red carpet are Makati Representatives Abigail Binay in Ivarluski Aseron, Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos and Shiela Ysmael-Fernandez in Dressee, and Laguna Representative Sol Aragones in red Renee Salud maria clara.

Making a Statement

While most ladies donned their fancy dresses for the annual Sona, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat and Kabataan Party-list Representative Terry Ridon came to make a statement.

With three impeachment complaints filed against President Aquino, Ridon and the Makabayan bloc lawmakers came in custom-made "guayabera."

Ridon said the deep peach hue symbolizes the party-list group's resolve to impeach the president.

"Peach is the color of the impeachment process. Peach represents the people's call for Aquino's removal from office," he said.

Baguilat, on the other hand, wore a Teduray formal attire. He chose the said native outfit in support of the Lumads living in the southern part of the Philippines.

"Itong Bangsamora, may mga Lumads doon at hindi lang Muslims at yung kanilang ipinaglalaban ay yung makilala yung unique identity nila at ang kanilang ninunong lupa ay makilala doon sa batas," he added.

He also encourage the men to wore and support ethnic designs and clothing in the coming state of the nation.

"Hindi lang barong tagalog ang Filipiniana. Sa mga darating pa na SONA, sana marami pa sa ating mga kalalakihan na magkaroon din ng paggunita sa mga original attire natin." (Sunnex)

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