IN PHOTOS: SONA 2016 fashion

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IN PHOTOS: SONA 2016 fashion
Heart Evangelista, Alfred Vargas, Dina Bonnevie, Philip Salvador, and more came. Check out what they wore!

MANILA, Philippines – It’s that time of the year again for lawmakers, government officials, and personalities to gather at the Batasang Pambansa for the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The 2016 SONA on Monday, July 25, is the first of President Rodrigo Duterte, and as heralded in his campaign, change has come to the SONA, too.

Unlike in previous years where barongs and ternos were extravagant and intricate, this year, guests were asked to come in business attire or Filipiniana dresses not longer than knee-length. (READ: SONA guests asked not to wear long dresses)

“We will downplay the event. It will not be a fashion show,” said Finance spokesperson Paola Alvarez, who is also part of the SONA committee.

Here’s a look at what the SONA attendees wore this year:

 

Senator Chiz Escudero and wife Heart Evangelista

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler


 

 

Quezon City Representative Alfred Vargas and wife Yasmine Espiritu-Vargas

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Photo by Jaene Zaplan/Rappler

 

Senator Loren Legarda

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Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


 

Senator Joel Villanueva and wife Gladys

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


 

Senator Richard Gordon 

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Taguig representative and former senator Pia Cayetano

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


 

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo


 

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez 

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Senator Grace Poe and husband Neil Llamanzares 


 

Photo by Jaene Zaplan/Rappler

Manila mayor and former president Joseph Estrada

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

 

Former president Fidel Ramos

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Batangas Representative Vilma Santos-Recto

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Senator Leila de Lima


 

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and wife Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano


 

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista

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Dina Bonnevie 

Gretchen Barretto

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Philip Salvador

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

 

Vice President Leni Robredo took a photo with her daughters prior to the SONA.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and wife Alelee Aguilar-Andanar

Gerphil Flores

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Singer Bayang Barrios wore a Joel Acebuche creation when she sang the Philippine national anthem.

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According to Jeff Crisostomo, communications and legislative officer for Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao, Bayang’s outfit paid homage to her Manobo roots, with its colors – black, red, and yellow – and its intricate bead work.

 

Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III

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Former House Speaker Jose de Venecia

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PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa

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Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

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Education Secretary Leonor Briones

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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

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Willy Villarama (candidate for Bulacan vice governor, 2016)

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Oriental Mindoro Representative Rey Umali

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Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque

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Leyte Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez

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Earlier in the day, the lawmakers were seen wearing their outfits during the opening of the 17th Congress:

House of Representatives

Representative Kaka Bag-ao of Dinagat Islands wore a Joel Acebuche number during the opening of the 17th Congress at the House of Representatives.

 

 

Former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo arrived at the House of Representatives, days after being released from hospital arrest.


 

Newly elected House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez made a promise to keep his barong simple in accordance with President Duterte’s call for simple outfits this year.

 


 

Senate

Jinkee Pacquiao wore an Inno Sotto terno at the Senate with husband, Senator Manny Pacquiao.

 

Actress Heart Evangelista accompanied husband Senator Francis Escudero. According to Heart, her Filipiniana outfit is by Ivar Aseron, with one of her own hand-painted clutch bags.

At the senate with my hubby and his pile of work waiting to be signed good luck my darling 🙂

A photo posted by Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero (@iamhearte) on

 

 

Jinkee and Heart posed for a photo:

With the very pretty @iamhearte #openingofthesenate#blessedday

A photo posted by jinkeepacquiao (@jinkeepacquiao) on

 

 

Tootsy Angara, wife of Senator Sonny Angara, wore a green terno while accompanying her husband at the Senate.

 

Senator Risa Hontiveros, according to a press release, wore shoes made in Marikina on her first day of work at the Senate.

Photo courtesy of Risa Hontiveros' office

Senator Joel Villanueva and wife Gladys Cruz-Villanueva

 


 

 

– Rappler.com

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