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It was as if nothing had happened
NOW THAT more A-listers from show biz and other high-profile professions have joined the ranks of the country?s honorable politicians, the lines that separate reality from make-believe have become more blurred than ever.

Nowhere was this more evident than in Monday?s State of the Nation Address, where celebrities such as Reps. Lucy Torres-Gomez and Lani Mercado-Revilla, as well as scene-stealers like Tessie Daza, wife of Rep. Raul Daza, tried to outdo each other on the red carpet.

Some, unmindful that they were wearing ternos with stiff butterfly sleeves that flipped unflatteringly at the slightest upper arm movement, were even on beauty queen-mode as they struck the hackneyed pose?arms on their waist. That?s what you get from watching too many reruns of ?Project Runway? and ?America?s Next Top Model.?

While their Western counterparts in business suits and pearls treat such stately occasions as just another working day, trust Filipino women (and men) to use the annual event as a perfect excuse to dress up and party.

And in a surreal moment that could happen only in the Philippines, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, the woman who once virtually owned the terno as well as the rest of the country, again made her presence felt in the august halls of Congress. It was as if nothing had happened.

Well, we have to hand it to Madame. Say what you will of the woman, as the newly elected representative of Ilocos Norte, the ?Iron Butterfly? hasn?t lost her touch when it comes to making a grand entrance in a terno.

Apart from Gomez and a few others, a good number of women in their Filipiniana finery looked like amateurs next to her.