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The Ladies Who Opted for Long Gowns at the SONA

We’re guessing they didn’t get the memo.
The Ladies Who Opted for Long Gowns at the SONA
ILLUSTRATOR Gab Gutierrez
We’re guessing they didn’t get the memo.

UPDATED, July 28, 2016: Nancy Binay and Jinkee Pacquiao were in fact dressed appropriately for the SONA as prescribed by the dress code. The memo stated that the ladies were requested to wear Filipiniana for the opening session at the Senate and a short hemline was not necessarily a requirement. For the joint session of Congress at the House of Representatives though, the ladies were asked to come in knee-length Filipiniana or cocktail dress.

With the change of dress code in President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address, we've been on the lookout to see who aced the garb. However, we were also keen on finding those who have fallen short (or long, if you like a good pun) in terms of following the proper attire.

See the attendees we spotted breaking the SONA dress code below:

Gretchen Barretto


Despite being on our best dressed list, we can’t deny the fact that La Greta still broke the dress code with her black skirt almost grazing the floor. Perhaps she could’ve paired it with a pencil skirt trimmed to the prescribed length instead, although seeing how she managed to shine like the star that she is, we're not complaining.

Geraldine Roman


Geraldine opted for understated elegance in her teal number, but sadly, its impressive tailoring can’t make up for the fact that she still wore a gown.

Nancy Binay


Nancy wore a black monochrome gown to the morning session, which quickly became the subject of SONA-related memes. That said, we’re just glad she immediately changed to a Randy Ortiz creation afterwardsstill in black, but shorter to adhere to the dress code.

Jinkee Pacquiao


Jinkee slipped into a lilac-colored Filipiniana for the morning session, which was downplayed with minimal accessories. She changed into a short dress for the main event.

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