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Meet the 14 Designer Finalists of Bench's Ternocon 2020

They'll be showcasing their final collections this January 2020.
Meet the 14 Designer Finalists of Bench's Ternocon 2020 They'll be showcasing their final collections this January 2020.

The sophomore year of Bench's Ternocon, a terno-making convention and competition, is in full swing. After trimming down applicants to just 14 finalists, Bench, together with the Cultural Center of the Philippines presented the designers who will be showcasing their collections this January 2020.

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The finalists with Ternocon 2018 grand winner Marlon Tuazon.
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Competing for the title, we have a slew of designers from all parts of the country. They are Renz Reyes, Jaggy Glarino, Dinnes Obusan, Hannah Adrias, Xernan Orticio, CJ Martin, Toping Zamora, Hanz Coquilla, Abdul Gaffar Dianalan, Jean Dee, Gavin Ruffy, Windell Madis, Krizia Jimenez, and June Samson Pugat.

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Ivarluski Aseron, Lesley Mobo, Ternocon 2018 grand winner Marlon Tuazon, Bench's Ben Chan, Inno Sotto, CCP's Margie Moran, and Philip Rodriguez.
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Veteran and top Filipino designers Ivarluski Aseron, Lesley Mobo, and Philip Rodriguez, and Ternocon 2018 grand winner Marlon Tuazon mentored the 14 emerging designers to help them create new versions of the terno, the country's national dress and popular formal frock.

The actual competition will be held on January 26, 2020 at the CCP. The senior designers are also set to showcase their terno collections.

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Terno by Marlon Tuazon.
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Terno by Lesley Mobo.
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Terno by Ivar Aseron.
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Terno by Philip Rodriguez.
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On the first year of Ternocon, Filipino designers Len Cabili, Cary Santiago, and JC Buendia sat as mentors for the finalists with Inno Sotto as the chief mentor. Succeeding grand winner Marlon Tuazon (who bagged both Formal Terno and Balintawak Categories), Maria Nenita Morden, who hails from Pangasinan, and Bulacan's Michael Joseph Bawar took home the Formal Terno silver and bronze awards, respectively.

Meanwhile Dan Ryan Duran from Siaton, Negros Occidental won the silver medal and Kris Arthur Obcena from Quezon City bagged the bronze medal for the Balintawak contest.

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