MANILA, Philippines ? Simple elegance is the fashion statement for those who attended this year's State of the Nation Address.
Personalities from politics and show business walked the red carpet Monday parading ternos and barongs showcasing simple and truly-Filipino inspired themes.
Stand outs were Leyte Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, who wore a simple Randy Ortiz blue terno with embroidered flowers. With her was actor Richard Gomez, whom the beaming lady lawmaker called her chief of staff. The actor was wearing a barong also by Randy Ortiz.
Former Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros was wearing an elegant white gown made by Joel Acebuche. Hontiveros' gown was embroidered with sampaguita and gumamela prints.
Akbayan Representative Kaka Bag-ao was also wearing a yellow terno made by Acebuche. Both paraded the red carpet after coming in from a protest.
Other militant lawmakers wore statement barongs. Bayan Muna Representative Teodoro Casino wore a barong embroidered with red along the chest. He said this was a call for the Aquino administration to stop extrajudicial killings.
Anakpawis Representative Rafael Mariano, meanwhile, brought a sombrero with the words "Genuine Agrarian Reform" printed on them. Mariano called for the distribution of Hacienda Luisita land.
Senator Loren Legarda wore a classic, pinya-woven top which she said belonged to her mother. Legarda said the top was once worn by her mother in the 1970s.
Legarda also wore a printed malong to complement her top. Legarda said the malong was part of her collection.