SONA as a fashion event
MANILA, Philippines - As the President polishes his speech, stylists and designers are rushing to finish ternos and gowns for Monday’s who’s who.
Pia Ranada reports on the fashion statement legislators will make on SONA day.
Dazzling ternos and dashing barongs worn by government officials and their spouses make the State of the Nation Address a giant fashion event.
We've turned SONA into another Oscar Awards, you know its our own version. SONA is more much awaited compared to these other award-giving bodies and red carpet events.
Designer Randy Ortiz designed some of the gowns to be worn by lady officials on SONA Day.
Among them senator Nancy Binay, congresswoman Lucy Torres Gomez and Tootsie Angara, wife of senator Sonny Angara.
Ortiz is known for his terno, the traditional formal-wear for Filipinas.
For politicians, I always start with a very minimalist concept. It's going to be Nancy Binay's first walk on the red carpet and I really feel that she has to wear something very simple. Maybe just a little touch of embroidery. A color that would match her skin. Even the kind of accessories she would be wearing.
A Randy Ortiz terno costs a minimum of 25,000 pesos.
Lace, tulle and piña are just some of the fabrics he uses. Ortiz can't wait to see the designs on this year's red carpet.
The women senators like Loren, Pia Cayetano. What's good about our new batch of youngbloods is they try to experiment already.
Others would wear it using printed fabrics or ethnic fabrics.
Others would wear it with pants too.
Some women would wear barongs as tunics.
But whatever way you wear it, the terno must be worn with pride.
It shows a lot of our dignity and our sense of belonging into a country that we should be proud of. You wear it because you're proud to be Filipino.
Pia Ranada, Rappler, Manila.