Personalities who showcased ethnic designs, local traditional textiles at SONA 2022

July 25, 2022 - 7:58 PM
From left to right: Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Sara Duterte and Pia Cayetano (Risa Hontiveros/Facebook; The STAR/KJ Rosales; The STAR/Mong Pintolo)

(Updated July 26, 2022; 5:01 a.m.) Aside from what President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. had to say about his plans and priorities for the country during his first State of the Nation Address, some Filipinos also anticipated the dresses worn by different personalities who arrived at the Batasang Pambansa on Monday, July 25.

Like in the previous SONAs, some of the attendees chose to grace the red carpet with ethnic-inspired ensembles and dresses made of local textiles. 

Here are the personalities whose outfits featured ethnic designs and Philippine traditional fabrics:

Sara Duterte

To represent the tribe of Davao City, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte donned a Bagobo Tagabawa ethnic outfit. She borrowed the dress from Bae Sheirelle Anino, the Tagabawa tribe’s deputy mayor in Davao City. 

Vice President Sara Duterte attends the opening of the 19th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City on Monday, July 25, 2022. She wore a tribal dress borrowed from a tribal leader in Davao City. (The STAR/KJ Rosales)

Pia Cayetano

Sen. Pia Cayetano sported a bespoke Filipino suit made from woven Yakan fabric designed by O.J Hoffer, a designer from Cebu. She said it features a “very special cloth that was gifted to me by former barangay captain of Maharlika Village Bai Sitti Pangandaman.”

Senator Pia Cayetano walks on the red carpet at the Senate during the 19th Congress’ opening session on Monday. (The Philippine STAR/Mong Pintolo)

Marga Nograles

Marga Nograles wore a terno that was hand woven by the Maguindanao Tribe of South Cotabato and hand beaded by the TBOLI Tribe of Lake Sebu. It features the Inaul, the traditional hand-woven cloth of the Maguindanaon. 

Marga Nograles poses while wearing a hand woven Filipiania terno. (Kaayo Modern Mindanao/ Facebook)

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Risa Hontiveros

With Joel Acebuche’s Filipiniana style, Sen. Risa Hontiveros pays respect to the baro’t saya attire but with a twist. Featured on the outfit is Lumban, Laguna hand embroidery and traditional piña fabric from Aklan. 

Sen. Risa Hontiveros strolls down the red carpet at the Senate’s first session of the 19th Congress on Monday. (Senator Risa Hontiveros/Facebook)

Nancy Binay 

Sen. Nancy Binay was dressed in a classic Filipiniana terno designed by Randy Ortiz. The terno is made entirely of Aklan-made piña fabric. In addition to sampaguita cuts fashioned from piña cloth on the front and back, the sleeves feature callado embroidery.

Sen. Nancy Binay wears a traditional Filipiniana terno by local designer Randy Ortiz.(Senator Nancy Binay/Twitter)