PHOTOS: Fashion at the State of the Nation Address

What did the fashionalista lawmakers wear to P-Noy’s first SONA?



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President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) was much awaited, not only in anticipation of the "shocking news" that the Palace promised, but also to take a peek at this year’s SONA fashion parade.

Simple elegance seemed to be this year’s fashion theme as most solons donned less flashy ternos and barongs for President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino’s first SONA held at the House of Representatives in Batasang Pambansa, Quezon City.

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Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, wore a powder blue terno with embroidered flowers by designer Randy Ortiz. The former TV host also wore a similar terno during the Presidential inauguration held last June 30. Former actress and now Cavite Representative Lani Mercado chose a baby pink terno by Paul Cabral for her first SONA after winning the congressional seat in Bacoor, Cavite. She paired the terno with a Chanel clutch.

Senator Loren Legarda, sporting shorter hair, wore an off-shoulder cream pinya-woven top. According to, the top belonged to Legarda’s mother. She matched the pinya top with a printed malong in bright colors. According to designer JC Buendia’s tweet, Legarda was "Best in shoulders."

Senator Pia Cayetano chose a back-baring black and white terno by Mia Urquico, while former Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros’ white tapis-inspired gown by Joel Acebuche was embroidered with sampaguita and gumamela prints.

Former First Lady and Ilocos Norte representative Imelda Marcos, who popularized the traditional terno, donned a plum terno with black and silver flowers reworked by Rem Divino. Her daughter, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, meanwhile, chose a deep pink terno over black pants.

According to GMAnews.TV, former Senator Nikki Coseteng, who was one of the first to arrive, wore a green gown with an alampay.

Party-list Rep.Teddy Casiño also stood out with his barong bearing a red and black symbol of a dead body superimposed with a bulls’ eye sign in front. Underneath the symbol was the word "STOP" to send the message: "Stop the killings in the Philippines."

Cong. Manny Pacquiao’s wife Jinky wore a pale pink terno by Pepsi Herrera. TV host and President Noynoy Aquino’s sister, Kris, was out of the country and there was no sighting of Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soleded, President Noynoy Aquino’s girlfriend at the SONA. wants to know: Who gets your vote for SONA’S best-dressed?


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