Sunday, November 9, 2008

Turismo Pilipina: Terno Night

Three hundred years of Spanish rule gives the Filipinos so much Spanish influence in their everyday work. For the organizers of Turismo Pilipina, they perceive the conservative nature of their candidates would greatly uplift then image of every Filipina today. I believe this is the reason behind the fabulous Terno competition for the 57 candidates which gave a positive outlook to the Turismo Pilipina competition.

When the Spanish regime conquered the Philippines one of their major missions was to spread Christianity. The respect and veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary played a big role in the transformation of the Terno into a conservative clothing piece for Filipinas. All I remember is that Maria Clara is the symbol of the conservative Filipina and she is always shown wearing a Terno.

The Fashion Designer’s Association of the Philippines took center stage by designing various interpretations of the Terno in a competition that showcased the 57 candidates of Turismo Pilipina. Just like the cultural Night, the variety of perception in the designs made by the country’s best fashion designers made the competition spicier. As shown in this blog various ternos that was not your stereotype design which can be classified as modern but still conservative looking.

Roanne Aguilar's gown has the traditional butterfly sleeve which is one of the most prominent facets of the Terno. Do you think that during the Spanish Era, designers would design a pink terno for an ordinary Filipino. Jonty Martinez is the creator of this beautiful pink terno.

As one of the judges I picked Ms. Antique, Negros Occidental and Ms. Quezon City because after looking at all candidates they are the only three that stood out and I remember best.


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