MANILA -- Actress Heart Evangelista, escorted by boyfriend Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero, turned heads on Monday as she walked the red carpet at the Batasan Pambansa for President Benigno Aquino III's fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The 29-year-old actress wore a Joey Samson creation -- a cleavage-baring white dress matched with detachable cage terno sleeves -- a modern take on the terno, which has become a signature of the sought-after designer.
On her Instagram page, Evangelista also thanked Albert Kurniawan for her makeup, Jerry Javier for her hairdo and Katrina Cruz for styling her.
Speaking with ABS-CBN News' Ginger Conejero, Evangelista explained why she picked Samson to design her dress.
"He had a different way of designing [terno] and making it modern. This is what he came up with and I'm very happy... I just really wanted it simple. I didn't want to play with so much colors. I wanted it white," she said.
Asked if she spent on her outfit, Evangelista answered: "Yes, I spend on my stuff! It's funny how they always associate my fashion with... just because I'm with a politician. But, you know, I love fashion and I spend on whatever I wear."
Escudero, who will celebrate with Evangelista their second anniversary as a couple on July 31, chose to go traditional with a white barong.
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Over the years since they went public with their relationship, Evangelista has been accompanying Escudero to several political events, including last year's SONA and the lawmaker's proclamation in 2013 after being re-elected.
Evangelista wore white to both occasions.
Here she is at Escudero's proclamation on May 16, 2013...
Photo by Lito Diaz for ABS-CBNnews.com
...and just before President Aquino's fourth SONA on July 22, 2013.
Photo from Evangelista's Instagram page
While the couple has openly discussed plans of settling down, neither Escudero nor Evangelista has given a possible wedding date. The actress, however, has been vocal that she is certain she will spend the rest of her life with Escudero.