The 'Paskong Ternocon 2023', a distinguished fashion showcase in the Philippines, held its recent edition at SM Aura, led by Kapamilya primetime actress Janine Gutierrez and Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Michelle Marquez Dee. This annual event is a collaboration between SM Supermalls, Bench Lifestyle and Clothing, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The 2023 edition spotlighted the creativity of Philippine fashion icons Joey Samson and Lesley Mobo.
High-Profile Attendees and Cultural Significance
Among the high-profile attendees were First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, SM Supermall President Steven Tan, and the celebrity couple Richard Gomez and Lucy. This event forms a crucial part of the Philippine cultural calendar and plays a significant role in showcasing traditional Filipino clothing, particularly the 'terno'—a dress with butterfly sleeves that has become a symbol of Filipino national identity. The presence of notable figures and celebrities not only added an additional layer of prominence but also underlined the importance of fashion in cultural expression and national pride.
Highlighting Filipino Creativity
Actress Janine Gutierrez opened the show, strutting down the runway in a standout plaid Filipiniana dress by Joey Samson, while fellow actor David Licauco, and Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Michelle Dee also graced the event. The designs by Samson focused on the elegance of 'whitework', the use of white thread in needlework on a white garment, showcasing the versatility of traditional Filipino attire. On the other hand, Lesley Mobo's pieces stood out with their vibrancy and the use of bold floral headpieces.
Revamping Philippine Fashion
In a first collaboration between SM Supermalls, Bench, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, TernoCon 2023 is set to redefine Philippine fashion with Lesley Mobo and Joey Samson. Breaking away from tradition, the event was held for the first time outside CCP, with SM Aura providing a more accessible platform to reach a broader audience. The fashion showcase was set against the backdrop of SM Aura’s Filipino Christmas theme, further emphasizing the cultural significance of the event.