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Gayak Mindanao

Ben Farrales lends his Mindanao-inspired creations for an exhibit.
Gayak Mindanao Ben Farrales lends his Mindanao-inspired creations for an exhibit.

Philippine fashion's living legend, Ben Farrales has been a mainstay in the fashion industry for more than 55 years. He has over 200 fashion shows (held both here and abroad) included in his prestigious repertoire and was once the President of the Philippine Couture Association.

Mang Ben, as he is fondly called, is a true icon, pioneer and advocate of Filipino fashion who is known most especially for his world-class, Filipiniana pieces. He draws inspiration from traditional Filipino clothing, like the malong (a popular article of clothing from Mindanao) and is able to create his own versions of the Terno and the Barong Tagalog, all of which have that identifiable Muslim touch.

If you're curious to see this proudly Pinoy designer's works, as well as other young designers' Mindanao-inspired haute couture pieces up close and personal, here's your chance! These creations will be on display at the Gayak Mindanao: Fashioning a Rich Heritage exhibit.

The exhibit is organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and The Filipino Heritage Festival in celebration of Heritage Month. It opens on May 13, 2009 and will run until June 6, 2009 at the Tall Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila located at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, along Roxas Boulevard in Malate, Manila. The museum is open from Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm.

Click on for a preview of Gayak Mindanao.

-Renee Puno, Editorial Assistant