Aquino’s fourth SONA also brings out the finest in fashion


Representative Alfred Vargas of the fifth district of Quezon City and wife Yasmine Espiritu pose for the camera in formal Filipino clothing. Photo courtesy of Cong. Vargas

MANILA, Philippines—Year in and year out, even before the President makes his State of the Nation Address, lawmakers and their significant others’ SONA finery also make it to the news.

It was the same this time for President Benigno Aquino III’s fourth SONA.

From Senator Chiz Escudero’s girlfriend Heart Evangelista to Timi Aquino, wife of Senator Bam Aquino, lawmakers’ partners took the spotlight as they hit the red carpet at the House of Representatives.

Evangelista seemingly glided through the North Wing Lobby beside Escudero.

She was clad in a simple yet elegant and form-fitting terno.

Timi, wife of neophyte Senator Aquino, was introduced to the media in her old rose terno by Noel Crisostomo.

Beaded, embroidered, embellished with lace—the terno was still the popular garb for women witnessing the President’s SONA.

Senator Francis Escudero with girlfriend Heart Evangelista. Photo from INQUIRER Live Twitter account

Davao del Sur Representative Franklin Bautista’s wife, Flor, came in a green terno with mint green and silver beading.

The dress was made by a Davao-based designer, she said.

Shiela Fernandez, wife of Laguna Representative Danilo Fernandez, was clad in a frothy pink terno by Drezzee.

Grace Singson was in an emerald green Patis Tesoro creation.

Paranaque Representative Gustavo Tambunting’s wife Joy was in a beaded terno in forest green.

Not to be outdone by women in the House for the President’s SONA, Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate both wore statement barongs emblazoned with their opposition to the Visiting Forces Agreement and mining in Mindanao, respectively.

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr. meanwhile wore a barong embellished by weave and beads from his district.

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  • boypalaban

    wala nang maisuot mga naghihirap dahil sa kasakiman ninyo….

    at ngayon may gana pa kayong pumarada…



  • limcat

    i don’t know why media reports this … not news at all and its really tasteless

    • andresa igbac

      hindi nga “news” as you know it, kaya nga nasa lifestyle section eh!

      • limcat

        There’s the main/front page news, business news, international news, technology news, sports news, entertainment news … and oh “lifestyle” news. Inquirer (and media in general) shouldn’t have covered this and posted this “news” under their “Latest Stories” . I think you missed the whole point, regardless where this article comes out of a NEWSPAPER , it was just tasteless

      • Prouder than ever 2B Filipino

        Mismo. Tasteless…

  • User Guest

    yan ang daang matuwid … bwahahaha

  • beer_leader

    may bago ng kasabihan ngayon.Daig ng mga magnanakaw ang masisipag.yung iba dito na tanggol ng tanggol sa mga magnanakaw na tongressmen na kundi trabahador ng mga magnanakaw na ito ay mga kamag anak ng mga sagad sa buto ang kasakiman na mga tongressmen,magkano mga prinsipyo niyo?

  • pinaypoako

    Bakit nagiging “fashion” event ang SONA? Wala iyan sa America. Lahat naka-business suit…walang nakagown (long or short). SONA is a business event. Kung gusto nilang “mag-pilipino” attire, it still has to look “business attire”. Best siguro kung pati female attendees eh mag-barong blouse (pambabae, of course) at black skirt. Simple jewelry like pearls (kilala ang Pilipinas for that) eh mas appropriate…that is if the law makers and their spouses know what “dress as appropriate” means. Marami namang mga social events ang gobyerno para sa mga damit na ito. Come on, magpakita naman ng “brains” than you know….”kapal ng mukha” as what the President said. “saan nila nakukuha ang ideyang ito?” Sino ang nag-pauso ng “red carpet” dress sa SONA.

  • pinaypoako

    mukha talang pagong si Chiz ano?

  • mewo_meow

    pak shet! fashion kayo ng fashion, bakit di kayo mag simple? ang daming nagugutom sa lansangan, mga OFW na naaabuso, mga corrupt na nagpasasa sa kaban ng bayan, mataas ang unemployment rate, tumataas na tuition sa mga paaralan, etc.

  • fuctore

    And you call this news?
    The finest in fashion…and the worst in people.

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