(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:
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.
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.”
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.
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. 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.