The annual State of the Nation Address is a yearly chance for the entire country to hear the President discuss national issues and lay down plans for reform—and, it's also a significant platform where the Philippines' most talented fashion designers can showcase masterful, lovingly made Filipiniana creations. Below, we list down the 10 best dressed ladies at 2019's SONA.
1. Tootsy Angara looked prim and pristine in cloudlike Michael Leyva.
2. Senator Risa Hontiveros wore an old, beloved pair of Marikina-made sandals and a contemporary piña barong by Joel Acebuche patterned after the baro't saya. The outfit is made of fabric woven in Kalibo and embroidered in Lumban.
3. So sleek! Yanee Nuñez Alvarez stunned in intricate Rajo Laurel.
4. Here's just the pop of color we were craving. Audrey Tan Zubiri's delicately draped turquoise terno top styled over crisp white trousers is an Ito Curata masterpiece.
5. Fun fact: This Bobby Castillo x Kaayo frock swathing Marga Nograles is 100% proudly made in Mindanao! The knee-length piece with mini terno sleeves is inspired by the T'boli tribe of Lake Sebu.
6. Congresswoman Geraldine Roman's tasteful custom Paul Cabral Maria Clara (complete with a lace panuelo!) fits her perfectly. How flattering is that traditional striped skirt?
7. Bianca Co redefines what it means to do the dress-over-pants trend in soft blush and dove gray Paul Cabral.
8. We love how Len Alonte's elegant ecru Michael Leyva gown served as the perfect backdrop for her statement rainbow-hued box clutch.
9. Sheila Bermudez-Romero was an ivory vision in dreamy, meticulously-embroidered Francis Libiran.
10. Plus points for Gladys Villanueva's layered gold necklace action.