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All the Looks from Bench's TernoCon 2018

The show also featured collections from mentors Cary Santiago, Len Cabili, and JC Buendia.
All the Looks from Bench's TernoCon 2018
IMAGE Karlo Torio
The show also featured collections from mentors Cary Santiago, Len Cabili, and JC Buendia.

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. 

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Formal Terno by Marlon Tuazon
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Balintawak by Marlon Tuazon
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Balintawak by Marlon Tuazon (back details)
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Maria Nenita Morden, who hails from Pangasinan, and Bulacan's Michael Joseph Bawar took home the Formal Terno silver and bronze awards, respectively.

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Formal Terno by Maria Nenita Morden
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Terno by Michael Joseph Bawaw
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Formal Terno Finalists

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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.

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Balintawak by Dan Ryan Duran
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Balintawak by Kris Arthur Obcena
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Balintawak Finalists

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Their mentors, Len, JC, and Cary, also showcased a collection of modern Ternos. See all the looks below.

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Len Cabili

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JC Buendia

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Cary Santiago

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