[IN PHOTOS] SONA fashion: Before Duterte vs now
MANILA, Philippines – Change has come to the SONA red carpet.
For the 2016 State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte's first, there was less of a fashion spectacle. Guests were told to dress simply and avoid long dresses, in keeping with the President's modest tastes.
This was in contrast to SONAs of years past, when lawmakers, government officials, and other personalities would come in designer Filipiniana gowns and barong tagalog – turning the annual SONA into the "Oscars of the Philippines." (IN PHOTOS: SONA 2015 fashion)
This year's attendees indeed chose the simpler route, ditching lavish gowns for understated outfits.
Last year, Heart, Senator Francis Escudero's wife, wore a flowing white terno.
Heart wore a sleek white pantsuit from Massimo Dutti at the Batasang Pambansa this year.
Senator Chiz Escudero and wife Heart Evangelista, former pres Erap Estrada arrive at Batasan pic.twitter.com/Ered112T3T— Mara Cepeda (@maracepeda) July 25, 2016
Earlier, at the opening of the 17th Congress, Heart wore a shorter white terno by Ivar Aseron.
Senator Grace Poe
For last year's SONA, Senator Grace Poe wore a Paul Cabral terno.
This year, the senator wore a shorter dress in her signature white with a gold design.
A champion of locally made products, Senator Loren Legarda kept it simple last year wearing black, but accessorizing it with textile from her collection, plus accessories from Bontoc, Ilongot earrings, and shoes by Tish Sevilla made from Marikina.
At this year's SONA, Legarda came wearing pants and a purple embroidered top.
Senator Nancy Binay
Last year, Senator Nancy Binay wore a long, dark blue terno by Randy Ortiz.
This year, Binay wore a terno at the opening of the 17th Congress at the Senate, but changed into a black ensemble for the SONA proper.
Senator Risa Hontiveros
Last year, Hontiveros lit up the event in a bright yellow terno.
This year, Hontiveros kept her outfit simple and paired it with shoes from Marikina.
The former senator and now Taguig representative wore this terno accentuated with beads at the back.
Cayetano selected black business attire for this year's SONA.
Toosty Angara wore an elaborate silver terno alongside her husband, Senator Sonny Angara.
Tootsy was still in a terno this year, but it was simpler compared to last year's.
Yasmine, wife of Quezon City representative and actor Alfred Vargas wore a Stephanie Tan red terno.
Yasmine still wore a powder blue terno designed by Stephanie Tan.