By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang said the public can expect that President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday will be simple anew, and not a fashion show like in the previous administrations.
In a radio interview, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said he believed politicians attending the SONA have become more sensitive, and may have completely forgotten about gracing the red carpet with stylish clothes.
“Karamihan sa atin mga pulitiko ay sensitive diyan sa ating mga kababayan, siguro naman—like the previous SONA, maraming nag-recycle ‘di ba (Most of our politicians are sensitive to the situation of our fellowmen so perhaps like the previous SONA, they will be recycling what they wore, right)?” he said.
“Sa kanilang mga gowns. Sa lalaki naman, simpleng barong lang ‘di ba so okay na iyon eh. So tingnan natin kung anong mangyayari, kasi siyempre aabangan din ‘yan (They will be using their old gowns and barons, and that’s fine already. But let’s see because a lot of people are also looking out for that),” he added.
However, Andanar expressed that events like the SONA should highlight Filipino culture, like how other Southeast Asian countries do their events.
“Kailangan din ipagmayabang iyong ano eh, iyong fashion ng Pilipino eh. ‘Hindi ba, iyong Filipiniana (We also need to show off our own fashion, like the Filipiniana, right)?” he said.
“‘Pag may ASEAN, halimbawa sa Bangkok, ASEAN doon… makikita mo talagang ang sinusuot nila iyong kanilang national ano eh, iyong national dress; at ganoon din sa Jakarta, ganoon din sa Cambodia and they’re very nationalistic eh (Just like the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, they really flaunted theur national dress. It as the same in Jakarta and Cambodia. They’re very nationalistic),” he added.
Andanar also said that other South East Asian countries also use their traditional or national costumes during normal settings or business activities.
“Talagang nakaano sila, national dress sila… Palagay ko (They’re really wearing their national dress. I think), it’s about time for us also in the Philippines to practice that habit,” he said.
Since President Duterte took office, politicians have toned down their traditionally extravagant show of clothes to a more modest display of clothing during the SONA.