CALIFORNIA - Top designers from the Philippines have banded together to promote the Philippines’ indigenous fabric industry, an industry they fear is in danger of dying out.
Philippine-based fashion designers Raoul Ramirez, Audi Espino, Sidney Perez-Sio and Lyle Ibañez are in the US for a series of shows promoting Philippine fabrics and design.
The four talked about the importance of keeping alive an industry that supports many Filipinos in the provinces where fabrics are made.
The show's runway star is Ms. Universe 2012 1st Runner-Up, Janine Tugonon.
She was joined on stage by 2014 Bb. Pilipinas USA candidates.
"Kanina, I tried the Piña and gusto ko talaga yung feel niya and I think for me it's very matibay, very durable. Yun ang gusto ko kapag hinawakan mo it's different. It's not like any other clothing," Tugonon said.
The designers are the pillars of Philippine fashion week. In their Luzviminda US fashion tour, the theme featured materials from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. They showcased intricate and handcrafted designs.
They also hoped to see more Philippine-made designs on Hollywood red carpet events.
Other cities included in their tour are Hawaii, New York and Arizona.