SONA 2014 red carpet fashion anticipated
The yearly State of the Nation Address (SONA) have become an occasion for lawmakers and guests to dress to the nines. Despite clamor to tone down the ritz and glamour that effectively steal attention away from the true purpose of the national event, lawmakers, particularly the women, who wear updated tribal costumes or modernized Filipiniana outfits has become an anticipated sideshow and this year probably won’t be any different.
Last year, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, aghast at the display of what she called female solons’ “obsession to bling” proposed a Senate resolution prescribing an official uniform for lawmakers to wear during official national events like the SONA.
Under the resolution, “women legislators could wear a short pencil skirt, paired with a simple short-sleeved barong blouse, with jewelry being limited to a single strand of Philippine pearls; male legislators could wear a plain long-sleeved barong; both men and women could wear a ceremonial ribbon with the Congress logo; while the audience in the gallery could wear office attire.”
Twelve months later, Santiago’s resolution is still pending at the Senate Committee on Rules chaired by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
In a Twitter post, Senator Nancy Binay expressed support for the resolution to dress simply during SONA.
The neophyte senator said there is a need to review the dress code and to bring back the focus on the real purpose of SONA as “it is quite surprising” that it usually centers on the red carpet and on what people, particularly the lawmakers, wear during the event.
“Mas madalas na sumisikat pa ang designers during SONA sa free plugging [Designers become famous during SONA because of free plugging], and we don’t want SONA to become a virtual marketing event. Okay lang [It is okay] if there are those willing to do the outfits at a low cost to highlight their designs, but it should be within reasonable fashion sense,” Binay added.
Meanwhile, her media relations officer Rex Hirang, in a text message to Manila Bulletin said the senator will wear a gown made by Randy Ortiz during tomorrow’s SONA.