MANILA, Philippines – Filipino fashion designer Barge Ramos recently held a fashion show at the posh Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York as part of the New York Couture Fashion Week.
The fashion show, billed “Island Treasures at the Waldorf,” also featured the creations of up-and-coming San Francisco-based Filipino designer Joseph Domingo.
Designer Barge Ramos adds a modern take on Filipiniana wear during his fashion show in New York. Photo provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs
Ramos presented unique and colorful pieces featuring traditional Filipino styles with a twist, using Philippine natural weaves such as the abel Iloco, the tepiña of Puerto Princesa, Palawan and the famous ikat weave popularized by Narda Capuyan, who was also at the event.
The jewelry and accessories creations of Arnel Papa were likewise featured as an integral part of Ramos’s collection.
Domingo, on the other hand, presented his latest collection combining cleanly executed semi-formal wear mixed with evening pieces also with Filipiniana elements.
The fashion show was preceded by a performance of a Philippine tribal dance from the Cordillera region.
Booths promoting various tourism destinations and products in two featured regions -- the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Southern Tagalog, including Puerto Princesa City -- were also set up at the hotel as part of efforts to promote greater awareness of the Philippines in the international market.
The exhibit and promotion efforts were coordinated by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) through its offices in CAR, Southern Tagalog and Puerto Princesa City, as well as the Department of Trade and Industry through its office the CAR.
The exhibit and show was also attended CAR Governor Jocel Baac, Abra Governor Eustaquio Bersamin, and Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn.
A video presentation on the one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Puerto Princesa Underground River, was likewise presented by the Puerto Princesa delegation headed by Hagedorn.
Proceeds from the Island Treasures show, which was sponsored by the East Coast Charities Inc. headed by Filipino community member and entrepreneur Elma Santander, are earmarked for Smokey Mountain education programs and the apostolic work of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel in New York.
A few days before the exhibit and show, local government, DOT and DTI delegations briefed members of the business sector and the Filipino-American Community at the Philippine Center on the latest region-based tourism and trade promotion efforts of the government.
The briefing was opened by Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr. who welcomed the delegations and noted that this was a rare opportunity for the business and Filipino community to interact with regional and local government officials.
He also stressed that there are a number of developments which would help the overseas community appreciate the potential for tourism and trade in the Philippines.