MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23, 2018 will be the shortest by President Rodrigo Duterte, assuming he sticks to script. It will also mark the third year in a row that former President NoyNoy Aquino will skip the event.
While the traditional Red Carpet has been scratched, governnment officials and guests are expected to don business attires, except for Senators and Representatives who are required by Congress rules to wear “Filipiniana.”
Some legislators are taking this to heart, literally.
The Adobo Chronicles polled some of our legislators to get a glimpse of what they will be wearing to the SONA:
Senator Antonio Trillanes will borrow a yellow terno previously worn by Senator Risa Hontiveros.
Senator Bam Aquino will borrow cousin Kris Aquino’s yellow and black gown she wore to a Malacañang event years ago.
Senator Franklin Drilon will do an activist Filipinana attire, with an idea borrowed from Mae Paner, a.k.a. Juana Change.
Ifugao Representative Ted Baguilat, Jr. will stick to his roots by wearing a traditional Igorot dress.
Senator Kiko Pangilinan will borrow a Halloween costume previously worn by wife Sharon Cuneta and will do a “Darna.”
Something borrowed, something Filipiniana!