New takes on Filipino costumes

Becky Garcia

Becky Garcia

Makati-based fashion designers took center stage in this year’s Kasuotang Pilipino Fashion Show held at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center on September 15. It featured creations inspired by traditional costumes from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The city government of Makati, through its Museum and Cultural Affair Office (MCAO), in cooperation with the city’s Liga ng mga Barangay and Ayala Malls, organized the show in support of the nationwide observance of “Linggo ng Kasuotang Pilipino” last month.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay expressed his full support to the annual event, which he said provided an excellent venue to showcase the creations of local designers and, at the same time, promote pride in authentic Filipino fashion especially among the youth.

The fashion show also paid tribute to the dean of Phlippine fashion, Ben Farrales, whose select creations were featured as the finale, according to MCAO head Rosalinda Cervantes. She also said that as in the past, the fashion show focused on attires from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, which were modelled by city officials, senior citizens and friends from the private sector.

The fashion show was directed by Oskar Atendido, noted fashion and jewelry designer, together with respected fashion guru, Oskar Peralta, as overall artistic coordinator.

The first Kasuotang Pilipino Fashion Show was formally staged in Makati City in the year 2000 in line with Proclamation 241 that was signed by former president Fidel Ramos last 1993 mandating the observance of the “Linggo ng Kasuotang Pilipino” every September.

Meanwhile, in the queen city of Cebu another food festival of a different kind was held at the five-star Marco Polo Hotel for an exciting culinary journey to Switzerland as the hotel celebrated its very own Swiss National day last month. Guests led by Swiss Deputy Head of Mission Raoul Imbach, were warmly welcomed to the delightful event by the hardworking MPPC General Manager and Marco Polo Hotels, Philippines Area General Manager Hans Hauri.

Everyone was treated to a hearty feast of Switzerand’s finest mouthwatering dishes, perfectly complemented with free flowing drinks.

Traditional Swiss games, great entertainment and an exciting raffle draw were among the fun-filled activities that added color to the evening festive atmosphere.

Simultaneously, MPPC launched its very own Swiss Alpine Festival, aimed at further promoting the rich cuisine of this European country.

Held at the hotel’s top-notch signature hotel outlet Café Marco, the gastronomic food fest featured a complete world of Swiss goodness—from Alpine-dried beer to chocolate, cheese foundue and raclette, sausages and Zurich—style sliced meat that had everyone asking for more.

Indeed, the best of Swiss cuisine can be found at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.


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  1. Let us not refer to our national dress as costumes. Wonder Woman wears a costume, so does Batman. During Halloween, we wear costumes.

    We should wear our national dress or attire with pride and dignity and not liken it to wearing a Halloween costume.