Being the Department of Tourism Secretary, Berna Romulo-Puyat promotes all things Filipino— especially when it comes to fashion! She believes that “Filipino fashion can boost our tourism and strengthen our cultural identity.” On her social media, you can spot her taking a modern twist in employing the terno silhouette and indigenous designs in her daily wear.
In an Instagram post last July she pledged “to wear Filipino made every Friday in an effort to support our artisans, designers, creatives, businesses, and our beloved local fashion industry.” Using the hashtag #FilipinoFashionFridays that was started by the Philippine Fashion Coalition, she joins an array of fashion insiders and influencers in empowering the Filipino fashion industry, and encourages everyone to support local.
Looking to incorporate local in your outfits, too? We’ve rounded up 10 outfits of Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat to take style cues from.
1. The holidays are the perfect time to wear something Philippine-made. Delicate gold flowers embroidered onto a dark-hued terno make it more festive!
2. Keeping it clean and simple, but with a fun spin, a printed skirt is the way to go with a classic black terno top!
3. Head-to-toe Filipiniana is a foolproof way to look put together— even her mask was locally made! We love that she wasn’t afraid to wear brightly-colored pants.
4. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. The elegant Filipiniana silhouette brings it all together in a fun way.
5. An A-line dress is a classic look. The addition of terno-like sleeves and a beautiful pattern makes this outfit more chic.
6. Take a quick glance and you might miss it! Secretary Romulo-Puyat goes for an asymmetrical hemmed skirt to innovate the terno top + skirt combo.
7. Lesson learned: a barong top pairs beautifully with a malong-style skirt when done in monochrome.
8. Even at the beach, a jewel-toned frock with traditional embroidery is a picture-perfect choice.
9. She pulls off this sleek and modern iteration of the terno by Joey Samson. We can’t help but imagine all the other outfits that can be worn with this!
10. Filipiniana doesn’t have to be limited to terno sleeves. Here’s Secretary Romulo-Puyat in Ifugao weaves to make the case!