Wearing a black terno, Bea Alonzo, 31, attended the ABS-CBN Ball 2019 without a date. She shared her thoughts to reporters before walking the red carpet
“It’s actually empowering,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Alonzo as saying. “It’s liberating and I’m enjoying it.”
In 2018, Alonzo attended the ABS-CBN Ball with her then boyfriend Gerald Anderson. Like the former, the latter also arrived solo to the recent edition of the annual event.
The theme of the event was modern Filipiniana and Barong Tagalog. The black, lacey off-shoulder gown Alonzo wore had a structured right sleeve and a thigh-high slit.
Like Alonzo, several celebrities wore a black terno at the ABS-CBN Ball 2019. Among them were Judy Ann Santos, Dawn Zulueta, Precious Lara Quigaman, Regine Velasquez, Kylie Versoza, Jodi Santa Maria and Jane Oneiza.
No one person invented the Philippine national dress. The creation of the terno was a collective effort, according to scenographer and exhibition and costume designer Gino Gonzales, who graduated from the New York University.
On November 10, 2015, Gonzales and artist Mark Lewis Higgins launched the photographic resource book “Fashionable Filipinas: An Evolution of the Philippine National Dress in Photographs, 1860-1960.” The latter is a co-director of the fashion school Slim’s and the son of the postwar designer Salvacion Lim Higgins.
Featured in the book photographs of women wearing the terno as early as 1910. In 2015, Higgins told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, “We wanted to make a resource book that’s still fashion, and artistically appealing, almost like a textbook, but not too much text because kids won’t read it.”
Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, 90, is know not only for her shoe collections. The wife of the late Ferdinand Marcos is also known for her terno dresses.
In 2017, Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina incorrectly said the terno was invented by Imelda. Here are the Miss Universe 2016 candidates wearing the Philippine national dress: