• Philippine fashion enchants APEC Spouses

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    A piña silk capelet with appliqués paired with embroidered cutwork skirt

    A piña silk capelet with appliqués paired with embroidered cutwork skirt

    The spouses of the Trade Ministers and Foreign Ministers attending the APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) last week were given a glimpse of Philippine fashion at a cultural program and luncheon jointly hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

    Gretchen del Rosario, spouse of DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario and Maria Aurea Rowena Domingo, wife of DTI Secretary Greg Domingo welcomed guests to Ayala Museum on November 19.

    A contingent led by the wife of APEC’s executive director, Mme. Jenny Morell Bollard and the spouse of ASEAN’s secretary general, Mme. Nguyen Thanh Huong enjoyed a tour of several museum exhibits, as The Manila Times previously reported on November 20 (“AMM spouses visit Ayala Museum,” page B8), and especially marveled at the culminating fashion show mounted by Kultura.

    On the runway was a bevy of hand-painted and embroidered modern barong designs by Barong Filipino and Filipiniana finery by Raffaella and Nuevo Ystilo. An elegant collection on the whole, the uniquely Filipino designs further presented modern twists in the following suites: “Tribal,” which featured indigenous influences; “Floral,” which

    A hand-painted silk barong and an organza ball gown skirt exude a contemporary look

    A hand-painted silk barong and an organza ball gown skirt exude a contemporary look

    highlighted blooms in delicate hand painting and appliqués; “Black & White,” which celebrated the contrast of colors; and “Traditional,” which showcased classic Filipino attire.

    After the cultural program, the spouses headed to SM Aura for a quick tour of Kultura where they were welcomed with the traditional manlalatik dance, and a cigar rolling demonstration.

    They also had their fill of artisanal finds from all over the country in store, and were especially draw to South Sea pearl jewelry, Mother of Pearl clutches, and abaca wraps; as well as items for the home like nito baskets with Mangyan motifs, and tableware and decor made of indigenous materials like tinalak, capiz, seagrass and rattan.

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