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MELANIE Adjarani in Danilo Franco




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Indigenous Flores de Mayo gowns

By Larry Leviste
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:42:00 06/01/2008

Filed Under: Fashion, Lifestyle & Leisure

MANILA, Philippines - Out of such fabrics as pia, sinuksok, banana linen, banig and abaca, designers from the province of Quezon made delightful if curious ternos for Ben Farrales? 29th Flores de Mayo in Intramuros recently. It was sponsored by the Congregacion del Santissimo Nombre del Nio Jesus.

The ternos were beaded with kernels of corn, ipil-ipil seeds, dried vegetables, even anahaw fans, which made the smiling sagalas literally a feast for the eyes. The color choices for these Filipiniana gowns were not for the faint of heart. Sunset orange, ocean blue, Muslim purple and shimmery silver collided with each other, sometimes in the same gown.

?To keep pace with fashion?s eco-friendly, green-minded spirit, I gave the Quezon designers total freedom. Tourism Secretary Ace Durano wants to showcase these creations abroad. These labor-intensive ternos prove the undisputed creativity of the Filipino designers. This is sustainable style,? said Farrales.

The 10 Quezon designers were joined by their Manila counterparts. There were a total of 31 stunning gowns on parade.

Unilever Philippines awarded prizes to several designers. Pond?s Magandang Filipina award went to Melanie Adjarani in an exquisite gown by Danilo Franco. Paola Salivia, also Pond?s Magandang Filipina awardee in an indigenous gown by Obet Orajay, was given the first Ben Farrales Award. La Flor de Manila was given to Babeth Costales in an original gown by Steve de Leon.

Reyna de las Flores was won again by Melanie Adjarani in her Franco gown. I believe this double award was well-deserved. Franco?s blue and brown with gold terno was superbly constructed and flawlessly executed.

The award for Rosa Mystica went to Wethel Herrera in a lovely gown by Buddy Reyes. A special gown by senior designer Aureo Alonzo was the climax of the Marian procession.



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