OOTD: Filipiniana with a twist

Ilocano Inabel

The dress code at the 5th National Tour Guides Convention farewell dinner in Cagayan de Oro read regional dress. A professional tour guide spells more fun in the Philippines, so I opted to wear inabel in a modern design, something I can wear to the streets when the event is over. Ericke helped me figure out this jumpsuit that I see getting cropped soon to wear with flat sandals or even sneakers. I’ll be recycling the re-embroidered cocoon shrug for a more formal event. At the end of the day, it was worth asking Loejai Lopez to make me this suit. He has an eye for details so I gave him the green light to design the shrug. It’s not that I’m picky, but I prefer not too serious and complicated fashion. I was actually inspired by the white top and denim uniform. It’s a tradition that never leaves us, Ilocanos or not.

katukong ken abel

Carlo Caldito, The Ilocos Heritage Guide, was the escort of all the Ilocanas in our group. He was wearing his signature katukong and a barong by Tata Meng of His Tailoring. I had so much fun with Lis of Parklane Hotel, tour guides Ena and Hembee, also with animated new friends like Kyle Jennermann aka Kulas, the inspiring Canadian who wants to be part of the Filipino culture through his #becomingfilipino project and members of GAMA like Jan Seriosa.

GAMAIlocanasFilipinianaThe feathered outfit was inspired by native garb dating back to before the arrival of Magellan in the south.

Philippine ColorsCocoon ShrugRouge VolupteHad to get dressed and do my makeup in less than 30 minutes. The YSL Rouge Volupte Rose Neillia was magic. Btw, YSL lippies are now available at Red Dot. Found the vintage satin clutch in the closet. The Guess heels are basically old as well.

Photographed by Carlo and Blauearth
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