San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Filipino and Filipino American fashionistas lashed out at Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino for “shaming ” them in the world of fashion.
The outcry came after Aquino appeared in a press conference with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels, Belgium, after a bilateral meeting on territorial disputes between the Philippines and China over oil-rich islands in the South China and West Philippine Seas.
Aquino veered away from his usual barong tagalog and donned a dark suit that the fashionistas described as a vintage coat with rounded lapels and a striped necktie that looked like it was purchased from Goodwill or Salvation Army used clothing outlets. His left collar also protruded like it needed some good ironing.
A Filipino fashionista living in the U.S. West Coast, Reyna Elena, told The Adobo Chronicles that Aquino seemed to think he was still living in the 1800s. “What was he thinking?” he added.
Others said that it was probably time for Aquino, a bachelor, to take a wife who could check on his wardrobe, especially in his international appearances.
Hollywood, California – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the 2014 Oscar Awards Night has been moved to a new venue. And it is not in Hollywood, but in the Philippines. In an email alert to members of the Hollywood Press Association, the Academy said that because of the importance of the red carpet ceremonies which precede the handing out of the Oscar statuettes to the best of the best in the film industry, it needed to find a venue that can host the all-important “who are you wearing?” pre-festivities. And host it well. The Academy also wanted an international group of fashion police since it’s tired of the aging Joan Rivers and the “E!” anchors and reporters.
Members of the Academy board made the decision after viewing the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Philippine President Noynoy Aquino at the Batasang Pambansa (National Assembly building) last Monday. The almost two-hour speech (the equivalent of the U.S. State of the Union Address), was preceded by the usual fashion parade of politicians, their spouses and other invited celebrities and guests. This year’s SONA red carpet was extremely sensational as attendees donned the best creations of the country’s top designers, jewelers and shoemakers. Designs ranged from flowing ternos (the national dress) and hand-painted barong tagalogs (the national male formal attire) to rainbow-colored, ethnic-inspired gowns and floor-length dangling earrings.
The morning after front page coverage of all the major dailies highlighted the fashion extravaganza while relegating the text of Aquino’s speech to their B-2 sections.
“The Philippines sure knows how to stage an elaborate red carpet,” the Academy noted, adding that the change in venue from Hollywood to Quezon City, will ensure a billion or more worldwide viewers of the televised Oscar ceremonies.