The men came in traditional barong tagalog. The female senators came in gowns using indigenous fabrics, and designed by renowned local designers.
Sen. Cynthia Villar wears an orange Kimono gown creation by her cousin, Noli Hans. The modern kimona has a wrap around lacey callado tapis over orange chiffon gown. The embroidery of spring flowers flows gradually from the kimona to the tapis.
Sen. Pia Cayetano’s gown for the Senate opening session was Vintage 1950s inspired black and nude jersey and stretch tulle gown with layered hem.
For the joint session at the House, Pia wore a black modern Filipiniana silk gown w/black applique and fabric braided accents on the bodice. Both by Mia Urquico.
Sen. Nancy Binay wore a gown by Randy Ortiz while Sen. Grace Poe was in a long off-white gown by Kristel Yulo, a designer from Bacolod.
Sen. Loren Legarda said her outfit represents “fashionalism”–fashion and nationalism.
Legarda added she wanted to “wear something relevant and meaningful.”
“This outfit is a traditional attire of the gaddang people of Mountain Province, other parts of the Cordillera and Nueva Vizcaya,” she says.
The Skirt-aken, Blouse-barawasi, and Belt-bakwat are all wovenout of cotton ‘kapat’ thread. She also accessorized with a Bontoc necklace.
“In wearing these outfit, I wish to recognize and honor our indigenous peoples for the ir great contribution to our rich heritage and unique culture,” she adds.
Legarda explained that her SONA outfit represents the artistry of our Mindanao indigenous peoples.
She was clad in a skirt called ginayan that was woven using the Bagobo abaca ikat weaving technique called inabal. It was given by Master Weaver Ines Pandian of the Bagobo Tagabawa community in Tudaya, Sta. Cruz located at the foothills of Mt. Apo.
Paul Cabral reportedly designed the gowns worn by presidential sisters. Actress Kris Aquino’s gown was done by Carry Santiago.
Meanwhile, Sen. Chiz Escudero arrives with actress-girlfriend, Heart Evangelista who posted this in her instagram account.