To love the motherland is to love the women who have built it. Much more if those women carried the nation on the strong, high shoulders of their ternos.
Publishing Mark Lewis Higgins and Gino Gonzales’s “Fashionable Filipinas,” BENCH launched the coffee table book amid rightful fashion and flourish. Last night at the Manila Peninsula’s Rigodon Ballroom, a gaggle of social savants, business titans, cultural leaders, and alluring Benchsetters gathered to celebrate a national dress that’s an icon in its own right: once the uniform of respectable ladies and now the style symbol of dignity, grace, and an elegant sort of empowerment.
Besides a show-stopping performance by Pilita Corrales (“Waray Waray,” naturally) proved, the vintage and modern interpretations of the terno on parade proved that a many-splendored classic only gets more stunning with age.