Filipiniana goes back to basics at the 2011 SONA

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(L-R) Lucy Torres-Gomez, Jinkee Pacquiao and Lani Mercado were among the best dressed ladies at the 2011 State of the Nation Address.


President Noynoy Aquino's second State of the Nation Address (SONA) turned into another fashion event, as it always does each year, with his guests garbed in Filipiniana costumes.

Celebrities, politicians and the congressional wives made their way through the red carpet arrivals to listen to the president's speech last July 25 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

Unlike last year, the session hall was a little less yellow as the ladies opted to wear more bold colors.

Jinkee Pacquiao, Lucy Torres-Gomez and Cindy Ejercito (wife of San Juan representative JV Ejercito) all popped in various shades of pink.

Showbiz personalities Assunta de Rossi, Ynah Revilla and Sheila Ysrael-Fernandez represented the other side of the color wheel with blue tones.

Cebu congresswoman Cutie Del Mar, Quezon City vice mayor Joy Belmonte and Bagong Henerasyon party list representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy also came clean in their white frocks.

Senator Pia Cayetano, on the other hand, opted for color-blocking with her gray and red Mia Urquico gown.

Filipino craftsmanship was also showcased in the intricate details as seen in the gowns Cavite representative Lani Mercado's terno and Sulu congresswoman Nur Anna Sahudilla who personally designed her silk Tausug costume.

Vintage wear came alive as fashion icon Imelda Marcos, veteran actress Helen Gamboa and former senator Loren Legarda chose to recycle their old outfits for the event.

The men also made heads turn.

Richard Gomez, Senator Bong Revilla, Cong. Manny Pacquiao all looked dashing in their crisp barong tagalogs.

And of course, PNoy was not to be missed. He reportedly styled himself for the occasion and wore a Paul Cabral design.


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