IN PHOTOS: All the looks from the 2018 SONA
IN PHOTOS: All the looks from the 2018 SONA
While the opening of the 3rd regular session of the 17th Congress and the SONA are political events – officials and their spouses make their fashion moments too

MANILA, Philippines – The beginning of the 3rd regular session for the 17th Congress is a decidedly political event. But when red carpets and floor-to-floor media coverage is involved, it’s almost inevitable for the inner fashionistas of politicians and their companions to emerge.

Preparations – including the sartorial kind – begin early for those attending the SONA in the afternoon and the opening of regular sessions for the two chambers in the morning. 

Here are the more noteworthy looks from the Senate in Pasay City to Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City: 

Heart Evangelista, wife of Senator Francis Escudero, wore a white creation by Mark Bumgarner for the opening of the 3rd regular session at the Senate. She wore another white outfit, also by Bumgarner, for the SONA. 




The outfits were accentuated with a rainbow pin to express her support for the SOGIE bill.

“Everyone has the right to live, work, and dream. The SOGIE bill is a step in the right direction to guarantee the protection of those rights, especially for our friends in the LGBT community. Last year the bill made great progress but we still have a long way to go. My husband and I are in full support of this bill and hope to see it move forward and become a law.”


Jinkee Pacquiao also came in white.



Helen Gamboa, wife of Senate President Tito Sotto, looked ethereal in her outfit.

ATTENDANCE. Helen Gamboa-Sotto attends the session with her husband as Senate President.


Senator Cynthia Villar came in a dress which she said she designed herself. 



Senator Nancy Binay wore a powder blue terno for the opening of session.



The others female senators — Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, and Risa Hontiveros also came in simple outfits for the morning session.

THE LADIES OF THE SENATE. Risa Hontiveros, Nancy Binay, Loren Legarda, Cynthia Villar, and Grace Poe.


The gentlemen, on the other hand, came in their respective barongs.

Senator Antonio Trillanes wore a barong by Paul Cabral.




THE SENATE MEN. JV Ejercito, Antonio Trillanes, Joel Villanueva, and Ralph Recto.


Tootsy Angara, Audrey Tan Zubiri, and former senator Nikki Coseteng were also present for the opening of session.

THE SPOUSES. Heart and former senator Nikki Coseteng with Audrey Tan Zubiri and Tootsy Angara. Photo by Angie de Silva

Officials – from the executive, legislative, and judiciary – also arrived at the Batasang Pambansa in the afternoon for the SONA. 

Chavit Singson arrives at the Batasang Pambansa. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Marikina Representative Miro Quimbo and wife Stella.

Actress Angelika dela Cruz, who is a barangay official, at the Batasang Pambansa. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Representative Pia Cayetano.

Senator Risa Hontiveros

Representative Geraldine Roman. Photo by Angie de Silva/Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and wife Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senator Loren Legarda

Senator Joel Villanueva and wife Gladys.

The Makabayan bloc wear outfits that make a literal political statement.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos


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