It’s the day of  the SONA (State of the Nation Address)…let’s hope the sun will shine, literally and figuratively! 😉 There’s been a lot of good news about the Philippines lately, and while I initially felt ambivalent about our administration, I confess I’ve been feeling extremely optimistic about our country’s tomorrows. I feel that, politics aside, it’s time for us to finally feel pride in ourselves and our heritage, and to contribute to our country’s growth by simply honing our talents and doing whatever it is we do best.

Fashionwise, I’m also looking forward to what our country’s elected officials will be wearing on the ‘red carpet’ (I designed a Maria Clara-inspired gown for the SONA for lovely Quezon City vice mayor, Joy Belmonte-Alimurung), and I feel that fashion and design can contribute a lot towards renewing interest in our history and culture, as well as designing a more progressive future.

Here’s to staying optimistic and to better times ahead…

*Photo by Ito Ocampo

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