- The new president and vice president both wore simple but elegant outfits at their separate inauguration ceremonies
- President Rodrigo Duterte’s barong was designed by Chard Pulache while VP Leni Robredo’s Filipiniana gown was designed by Paul Cabral
- Members of the Duterte and Robredo family also wore minimalist outfits for the event
- Celebrities such as Kris Aquino, Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes and Enchong Dee also attended Robredo’s inauguration
The outfits worn by newly sworn-in President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo during their separate inauguration ceremonies were described by fashion critics as simple but elegant.
Duterte’s barong was made of a fabric called piña jusi and he also wore khaki pants made of pure cotton. The barong – designed by Chard Pulache and cut by Manong Hermie Balagon – might have been simple in the eyes of the public, but it contained special customized buttons which read ‘DU30’ and its embroidery was patterned after the artistic style of the Manobo tribe.
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As for Robredo’s outfit, her Filipiniana was designed by Paul Cabral. Many fashion experts praised her gown for not being too extravagant, which was consistent with the vice president’s promise to be simple but substantial.
Duterte’s children also wore outfits that were low-key and not too attention-grabbing.
Erwin Lee Tan designed the barong of Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte while the Davao Fashion and Design Council (DFDC) provided the barong for Sebastian Duterte.
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Silverio Anglacer designed the gowns for Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and the president’s former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman. Duterte’s current partner Honeylet Avanceña and their daughter Kitty wore gowns designed by Aris Escarrilla.
Aika, Jill, and Tricia – Robredo’s daughters – wore Filipiniana dresses by Paul Cabral.
Kris Aquino was one of the biggest celebrities who attended Robredo’s inauguration. Her piña callado day dress was designed also by Cabral.
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Actress and talk show host Marian Rivera wore a Nuevo Ystilo dress which was styled as a barong.
Celebrities Dingdong Dantes, Enchong Dee, Jim Paredes and Bea Binene also attended the ceremony.-DN, Kami Media
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