by Fleur Magbanua-Mansur, ABS-CBN News
NEW YORK CITY — Three established Filipino designers made it to New York City’s fashion scene last weekend — showcasing intricate, cultured, and urban designs.
The runway was filled with simple to grand wearable creations, inspired by religious festivals like the Ati-Atihan.
Cherry Samuya Veric said he feels blessed and flattered that he was able to showcase his collections in the Big Apple.
“It’s a new experience for me; I’m so happy to bring Filipino designers to other countries, especially here in New York. When you see Filipinos coming, nakakataba talaga ng puso.”
Julius Tarog even went to northern Abra in the Philippines, to show a different take on Filipino fashion to kababayans in the US.
“Creating something that we only have — that’s what I’m proud to show,” he said. “Like the natural fabric that we have, which you don’t find it here… the inspiration came from the artisan from the north, these women. They have been doing this for the longest time. I just thought of, why not help them sustain and maybe prolong the art of weaving.”
For Sidney Perez Sio, creating awareness and promoting Philippine fashion to Fil-Ams and mainstream patrons in the US is his priority.
“We want to educate the second generation of our culture, of our fashion. That’s why Julius got the inabel iloko, mine is the terno and the barong. Cherry Veri has the Viva Sto. Nino inspiration,” he said.
The fashion show exceeded kababayans’ expectations.
“The originality of materials that they used, it’s amazing. And I’m proud and that’s why it’s great to see the collection, and feel it,” said entrepreneur Ashley Lavilla. “You can actually see the finest quality that can be produced in the Philippines.”
Proceeds of the Pinoy weave fashion show will benefit the Felipe Velez Foundation’s medical and dental outreach programs in Bataan, Philippines.