LOOK: Filipinianas, cultural dresses spotted on SONA 2023's red carpet
LOOK: Filipinianas, cultural dresses spotted on SONA 2023's red carpet
LOOK: Filipinianas, cultural dresses spotted on SONA 2023's red carpet
by Mhillen Nicole Borja25 July 2023

The Batasang Pambansa Complex was not only abuzz with discussions on national issues and reform plans during President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24, 2023.

Lawmakers and guests also took the opportunity to showcase their fashion choices, turning the event into a glamorous affair.

Here's a glimpse of what some of the attendees wore, and the talented local designers behind their stunning looks for SONA 2023:

Heart Evangelista

Photo from Heart Evangelista's Instagram

The actress and style icon dazzled in an impeccable column gown by Michael Leyva, adorned with intricate geometric patterns, pearls, and crystals. The dress, crafted by Michael Leyva, took three months to make.


Senator Risa Hontiveros

Photo from Risa Hontivers' Facebook

Continuing her tradition of supporting local weavers, Senator Hontiveros wore a classic baro't saya look, with a top made from banig-like piña fabric layered over a traditional baro, hand-embroidered by women weavers from Lumban. Completing her ensemble was a tikog purse crafted in Samar.

Senator Nancy Binay

Photo from Michael Leyva's Instagram

Senator Nancy Binay was seen wearing a white modern Filipiniana gown designed by Michael Leyva. The elegant attire featured organza sheer details, adding a touch of sophistication to her ensemble.



Photo from Kaladkaren's Instagram

Turning heads with her sweet purple outfit, KaladKaren's terno was created by Martin Bautista. Her ensemble featured a subtle leg slit, adding a modern touch to the festive attire.

Senator Imee Marcos

Photo from Imee Marcos' Facebook

Making a cultural statement, Senator Imee Marcos wore a bare-shouldered ensemble adorned with woven fabrics from the Cordilleras, along with temporary tattoos resembling hand-poked tribal ink, paying homage to her roots.


Vice President Sara Duterte

Photo from Sara Duterte's Facebook

Celebrating the Moros of South Central Mindanao, Vice President Sara Duterte's SONA 2023 look included various shades of yellow, featuring a honey-toned long-sleeved top with intricate gold buttons, a canary and black malong, and a mustard head wrap.

Beyond politics, SONA 2023 proved to be a stage for Filipino fashion and creativity, showcasing the rich tapestry of local talent and tradition.

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