MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Anyone who has watched the 2016 presidential campaign knows by now that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte does not like wearing suits, or the barong tagalog. His preference has always been his trademark red, black and white checkered polo shirt.
It goes without saying that the Filipinos are quite curious about what Duterte is going to wear when he takes his oath of office at noon on June 30, 2016.
No surprises there.
Duterte will still wear his favorite checkered shirt under a reddish-brown leather jacket — an attire that symbolizes both his simplicity and toughness. He will also wear a fedora.
Today, the Duterte transition committee unveiled the design of Duterte’s inaugural attire, modeled by no less than Filipino American singer Bruno Mars.
The inaugural attire was designed by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza. Yes, the same Barraza who designed the national costume of Miss Philippines MJ Lastimosa during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant.
Duterte seemed to like the design, except that he was furious Mars was photographed holding a cigarette. The president-elect is against smoking, at least in public.