Some senators on flaunted their advocacies in the dress they wore to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) “gala’ on Monday.
Sen. Loren Legarda, who champions the traditions and cultural practices of the country’s 110 ethno-linguistic groups, wore indigenous garments at the opening of the 16th Congress and during the President’s SONA.
“My outfit represents ‘fashionalism’—fashion and nationalism. I wanted to wear something relevant and meaningful,” said Legarda.
Legarda wore a red, beaded Gaddang outfit composed of an aken (skirt), a barawasi (blouse), and a bakwat (belt), all woven out of cotton “kapat” thread and accessorized with the traditional Gaddang intricate beadwork. A Bontoc necklace completed the outfit.
She said the Gaddangs are from the Mountain Province and other parts of the Cordillera and Nueva Vizcaya.
“The Gaddang women weave these garments and apply the intricate beadwork to every piece of clothing. A belt alone is made in more than a week’s time,” Legarda said.
First-time senator Nancy Binay chose a “Filipiñiana” outfit. Binay said she instructed fashion designer Randy Ortiz to come up with a dress made of pińa to showcase her campaign to revive the pińa industry.
“The industry is already dying and I want to help to revive it so I decided to wear locally made fabric,” Binay said.
Sen. Cynthia Villar wore a terno which is an asymetrical draping of mocha french tule over a skin tone gown and a swag of orange chiffon for accent.
Villar’s gown was designed by her cousin Noli Hans.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO