Ah, the State of the Nation Address. It’s that important time of the year, where we, citizens, are on the lookout for important updates from our President about just how deep into sh*t we are as a nation (though let’s face it, we are mostly given flowery lies.) Everyone seems to be on their best appearance… not just through their statements and actions, but in the most literal sense of it too. Let’s be real: The SONA has also become a red carpet event of sorts. As we officially welcome the 18th Congress of the Philippines, let’s look at these fashion moments, shall we?
The senator opted for Michael Leyva outfit this year. She was seen wearing black trousers with an embellished detail at the waist featuring local traditional pattern. She paired it with a white blouse with puffy sleeves and a pearl necklace.
She later changed to a pink gown still with local traditional patterns, and a matching pink bolero.
LOOK: Senator Risa Hontiveros, merging modern style with tradition, wears a contemporary piña barong with sleeves…
What do you get if you mix the barong and terno? Designer Joel Acebuche showed us with his creation worn by Sen. Risa, which used textile woven in Kalibo and embroidered in Lumban.
LOOK: Designer Randy Ortiz shared this sketch of the classic terno gown Senator Nancy Binay will wear today, with callado cutwork and baroque embroidery details. pic.twitter.com/2KWSPjXrak
— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) July 22, 2019
This year, Sen. Nancy opted for the classic route with a cream Filipiniana with traditional patterns and embellishments, designed by Randy Ortiz.
Tootsy was present to support his husband, senator Sonny Angara at today’s SONA. She wore a white Michael Leyva dress with silk piña sleeves. A rainbow pin to show support for the LGBTQ+ community completed her outfit.
The congresswoman graced the Congressional Oath Taking in her modern traje de mestiza with a floral print by Cary Santiago.
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) July 22, 2019
Sen. Imee turned up in a Binakol-Inabel dress with a blue cape blazer.
#SONA2019 outfit sneak peak: Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas to wear black dress paired with custom-designed black fan by comic artist @Deadbalagtas, to highlight the curse of water privatization#womensart #ProudGabriela pic.twitter.com/AkVR9GavHo
— Gabriela Women's Party (@GabrielaWomenPL) July 19, 2019
We have yet to see the Gabriela Rep., but she did give us a sneak peek of her outfit: A black dress and a statement accessory by comic artist Dead Balagtas. Per Gabriela’s Twitter account, the custom hand fan aims to “to highlight the curse of water privatization.”
Yanne catches our attention yet again with her fashion choices at the SONA. This year, she went with a Rajo Laurel Filipiniana. The architectural lines on the white dress gave it a contemporary feel. She paired it with a simple white Neil Felipp clutch. Yannie is the wife of Palawan 1st District Representative Franz Alvarez.
— Tricia Robredo (@jpgrobredo) July 22, 2019
VP Leni and her daughters Aika, Tricia, and Jill attends the SONA in modern Filipiniana featuring woven fabrics from Angat Buhay communities in Marawi and Basilan.
Audrey Tan Zubiri
Audrey shows support for her husband Sen. Migz Zubiri at the SONA while wearing by Ito Curata. She dons a a teal top with a Filipiniana silhouette, and white trousers.
Keep checking back throughout the day as we update this list.
Art by Tricia Guevara
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