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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Obras Filipinas is a gathering of local designers whose artistry parallels our colorful customs and traditions

In honor of the Philippines’ beauty showcased from the handiworks of local artisans, Ayala Malls Market! Market! presents “Obras Filipinas.”


Market! Market! is known for housing several themed bazaars, outlets, and bargain stores that guarantee goers a unique shopping experience. This year, it provides a home for the festive costumes made by promising and exceptional Filipino couturiers through Obras Filipinas.


The exhibit comprises three categories: Filipiniana, national costumes, and ethnic-inspired. Various outfits from different regions will be presented, tributing our history, culture, ethnic origins, and religious practices.


Moreover, this event coincides with the Buwan ng Wika celebration. Currently, it is being held at the Market! Market! Activity Center in BGC, Taguig City until August 28. 


Obras Filipinas is a gathering of local designers whose artistry parallels our colorful customs and traditions. At the moment, the festivity displays many fabric ensembles depicting authentic Filipino culture.

A peek at the 'Ating Kasuotan' exhibit


For instance, JP Chua's creation reimagines the scary image often expected from local folklore. She proved that a half-human and half-horse creature like Tikbalang could be an eerie but phenomenal clothing inspiration.

Likewise, Er Stephen Alvarado's version of the mythical Ibong Adarna is as colorful as its story and purpose. Not only does it pay homage to the beauty of the Mayon Volcano, but it's a symbol for the LGBTQ+ community.


In addition, some costumes in the exhibit adhere to the religious beliefs of Filipinos, like Marbin Garcia's "Queen Elena." According to the Bulakan, Bulacan native, it depicts the search for the cross of Christ and the creativity of the province's Singkaban Festival. The ensemble was hailed the Best in National Costume last Miss World Philippines 2022.

Meanwhile, it's a different feeling when our nostalgia comes to its physical form. One can reminisce childhood through the "Taho Warrior" ensemble made by designer Erjohn de la Serna. He also created "Hulya," worn by Julia Saubier, which won the award for Best in National Costume during the Miss Universe Philippines 2022.

Speaking of an award, Edwin Uy, known in the industry for his victorious pieces, will also parade some of his outstanding creations. He is exhibiting his Golden Philippine Eagle gown that clinched the title Best in National Costume at the Miss Global 2016.


The rest of Obras Filipinas’ featured designers are the following:


      Basil Malicsi

      Bibay Bautista

      Carl Arcusa

      Cathy Mora Capistrano

      Dee Jay Abustan

      Ehrran Montoya

      Gil Granado

      Ira Baylon

      Jandy Roman

      Jehrick dela Roca

      Jeric Sayno

      Jerome Campano

      Jillian de Guzman

      Johnri Jot Guardiano

      Joseph Palma

      Julien Gentica

      Khandie Segovia

      Kennette Jabla

      Mac Taug

      Maricris dela Peña

      Mikee Andrei

      Nestor Borromeo

      Nomes Cerbito

      Randy de Leon Satin

      Raymond Granados

      Ricmar Agas

      RS Roman Sebastian

      Russ Cuevas, Sai Macapagal

      Younhed Bada

      Zyrill Jane Jacinto


With the exhibit still ongoing since August 22, many other masterpieces enveloped with inspiring stories are waiting for you at the Market! Market! Activity Center. Now is the chance to witness firsthand the talent and craftsmanship of our very own Filipino designers.

Catch the Obras Filipinas grand culminating show titled “Pistang Fiesta Parada ng Pambansang Kasuotan” on August 28, 5 pm.  Mabuhay, and see you there!

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