Prominent Filipino fashion designer Ben Farrales passes away

Published March 6, 2021, 10:22 PM

by Robert Requintina

Ben Farrales

Popular Filipino fashion designer Ben Farrales, the first Filipino designer to present a fashion show at the Manila Hotel (1959) and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (1984), has passed away. He was 88.

“It was an honor, Mang Ben Farrales …rest peacefully in God’s loving arms,” said former beauty queen-turned-actress Marina Benipayo on Facebook March 6.

“Rest in peace, Mang Ben. You always had kind words for me, as young Manila designer,” wrote Paolo Basa.

“Journey on…. I know the angels are waiting for you to make heaven a beautiful happy place…. I love you and thank you for so many blessings and lessons in life!” said fashion designer Ogee Atos.

Miss World Philippines 2003 Mafae Yunon-Belasco wrote: “Thank you Mang Ben Farrales for the memories and the trust to share your beautiful pieces to the world. I am so honored to be able to walk for you. Rest in peace, we love you!” 

Former fashion model Patty Betita said: “It is an honor and a privilege to have modeled your creations Mang Ben Farrales. Forever grateful. Thank you Mader Ogee Atos for sharing & tagging me in this YT video.”

Famous for his Muslim-inspired ternos, Ferrales has been in the fashion industry for more than 60 years.

Over the years, he’s dressed celebrities, personalities, and socialites. In 2015, he was given an award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines for his work in fashion.

Melanie Marquez in Ben Farrales creations

Dubbed Dean of Philippine fashion, Farrales was born in Cotabato City on July 1, 1932. His parents are Salvador Farrales and Paulina Samio. 

He finished his early education at the San Beda College. Later he completed his degree in Fine Arts at the University of Sto. Tomas, under the tutelage of Manansala and Agoncillo.

In interview with, Fallares said that he would like to retire at the age of 80.

His atelier will be donated to the Congregacion del Santisimo Nombre del Niño Jesus, of which he is the founding Chairman, the article said.

“At this age and stage, everything is a bonus. I have nothing more to prove. I have made my mark and people will remember my work” said the prominent designer.