According to Ben Chan, the art of making the terno is on the brink of extinction if we don't breed new designers or support artisans who can master the craft. For the first time ever, the local retailer, whose tagline aptly calls for everyone to love local, organized TernoCon, a convention and competition championing the creation of ternos and balintawaks in the contemporary society.
TernoCon became the avenue for renowned Filipino designers like Inno Sotto, Len Cabili, Cary Santiago, and JC Buendia to mentor a total of 29 budding designers from all over the Philippines to create ternos and balintawaks that can be worn by modern Filipinas. This 2018, Pampanga's Marlon Tuazon won big—bagging both gold medals for the Balintawak and Formal Terno competitions.
Maria Nenita Morden, who hails from Pangasinan, and Bulacan's Michael Joseph Bawar took home the Formal Terno silver and bronze awards, respectively.
Formal Terno Finalists
Meanwhile, for the Balintawak contest, Dan Ryan Duran from Siaton, Negros Occidental won the silver medal and Kris Arthur Obcena from Quezon City bagged the bronze medal.
Their mentors, Len, JC, and Cary, also showcased a collection of modern Ternos. See all the looks below.