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No SONA red carpet: Politikos include masks in Filipino fashion attire

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The country’s biggest political spectacle has been muted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Politikos have skipped the annual fashion show of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) as the government took extra health precautions against the viral illness. The number of SONA guests has been reduced to less than 100 while coronavirus tests were conducted to ensure a COVID-free event.

Without the SONA red carpet, the select lawmakers and Cabinet members went straight inside the session hall of the House of Representatives at the Batasan Pambansa to listen to the President’s annual address. Other politikos who were cut from the SONA guest list were stuck at home viewing the President’s address.

The public managed to catch glimpses of the politikos’ attire on television and social media. Men opted to stick to barong Tagalog while women kept it simple and elegant with their dresses. President Duterte and other politikos all wore face masks as a precaution to the contagious coronavirus.

Senator Pia Cayetano chose a locally woven fabric for her SONA outfit.

“My outfits for the matching mask is designed by the amazing @michaelleyva_ highlighting indigenous fabric by the Mandaya tribe called dagmay embellished with local beadwork. I’m also wearing the brooch of the Philippine Fashion coalition that signifies my support for the local fashion industry,” she wrote on Instagram.

Former Senator and now Antique Rep. Loren Legarda also promoted local fabrics while she viewed the President’s SONA via Zoom.

“SONA 2020 #newnormal @michaelleyva_ used retaso of my patadyong for a short bolero, @designsbymarie.ph patadyong mask, @silnaghorn accessories #wfh #virtual #zoom sona my first since 1998🌺🌸 see the brooch in support of the Phil. Fashion coalition 💐” she said in an Instagram post.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat also backed Filipino designers in choosing her lovely SONA outfit. “I was informed only a few days ago that I was physically attending the SONA so I was happy that I had all these Philippine made items on hand🇵🇭 Always proud to be supporting Filipino design @ivaraseron @beavaldesdesign @jewelmer & @tish.ph 🇵🇭 #SONA2020 #SupportLocal #LoveLocal,” she said.

Check out the SONA attire of your favorite politikos.

 

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Felt so good to walk into my office after working from home for 126 days, counted from my last day in the Senate premises when I sponsored the Bayanahihan to Heal as One Act. Although working from home has been very productive, I missed the bright sunlight in my office, the paintings, the plants, the photos and collections of memorabilia that I collected over the years. And of course the people I work with. 😂 Btw, those paintings on the floor are made by inmates in the Tagaytay correctional. I’ll be getting more soon to support local artists. My outfits for the matching mask is designed by the amazing @michaelleyva_ highlighting indigenous fabric by the Mandaya tribe called dagmay embellished with local beadwork. I’m also wearing the brooch of the Philippine Fashion coalition that signifies my support for the local fashion industry.

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Marami pa tayong kailangang gawin sa Senado upang matulungan ang mga kababayan nating makabangon muli.

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SONA 2020 🇵🇭

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#SONA2020 Getting ready for the 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte 🇵🇭✌❤

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