IN PHOTOS: Lawmakers go local with dresses for Duterte’s SONA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2019   •   1551

Lawmakers wore simple and locally designed dresses during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 22).

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Senator Grace Poe wore a simple white terno. Poe has also worn simple white dresses in previous SONAs.

Senator Risa Hontiveros walks in the red carpet wearing a knee-length barong dress.

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Senator Imee Marcos wore a yellow and red gradient dress made by Mark Tumang who also designed gowns for 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray. The choice of colors is intended to symbolize the end of the red-yellow color coding in PH politics: “Para matigil na ang isyu ng pula at dilaw,” Marcos said.

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Senator Pia Cayetano waves at photographers at the red carpet wearing a dress with a traditional ethnic designs.

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Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy also graced the red carpet in a red-magenta terno.

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Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado arrives in the red carpet with Senator Bong Revilla and son Jolo Revilla. She was wearing a floral terno.

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Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate, meanwhile, wore a white barong with a hand-painted image of a standoff between Filipino and Chinese fishermen.

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Wearing a white and red Filipiniana, Gabriela Partylist Rep. Arlene Brosas and company unfurled their fans bearing statements calling for salary increase.

Vice President Leni Robredo and her daughters also wore Filipiniana dresses. The dresses are woven fabrics by members of Angat Buhay communities in Marawi and Basilian.

Nancy Binay and her family also attended SONA in simple Filipiniana.—AAC

3 options being considered for Duterte’s SONA, Sotto says

Robie de Guzman   •   July 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Congress is considering three scenarios for President Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said.

In an online press conference, Sotto said the Senate and the House of Representatives have been discussing options on how to hold the SONA this year amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Option number one involves conducting a traditional SONA in the Batasang Pambansa, with the president and several members of the legislative branch in attendance but without guests.

Option number two is to have the president deliver his speech at the Malacañang while lawmakers convene in Batasang Pambansa.

Option number three will see the President staying in Malacañang while senators and members of the House convene in their respective session halls.

Sotto believes the Palace will prefer that the address be made in Malacañang to ensure the president’s safety amid the threat of coronavirus pandemic.

“Kung ano ang safest sa pangulo ang primary consideration sa pag-decide sa SONA setup,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Bakwit Fashown: Taal evacuees flaunting clothing donations go viral

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 18, 2020

It is already innate among Filipinos to find a silver lining even in the worst adversities.

Thousands of residents in Batangas and other areas have been taking shelter at evacuation centers after the Taal eruption on Sunday (January 12).

These centers have been receiving boxes of donated old clothes ranging from school uniforms to prom night suits that sparked jokes and hilarious posts across social media.

Netizen Mary Margaret Huertas posted a compilation of Taal residents flaunting their “bakwit fashown”.

“Tunay na nakakatanggal ng stress kahit papaano. Ganito talaga mga Batangueño eh, sa ganitong pagsubok ay nagagawa pa magpangiti. Malaki paring tulong ang mga donations niyo (It somehow removes the stress. Batangueños still find ways to smile despite adversity. Your donations are still a big help),” she said in her post.—AAC (with reports from Ninya Armillo)

CIBAC solons seek swift passage of 4-day work week proposal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019

CIBAC Party-list Representatives have urged Congress to swiftly pass the Alternative Work Arrangement Bill for the sake of the Filipino workforce.

CIBAC Party-list Representative Bro. Eddie Villanueva said the passage of the bill can promote work-life balance and reduce operating costs.

“The bill can promote work-life balance, improve worker’s productivity and reduce transportation costs for employees. On the other hand, the operation costs of employers will be reduced because of less expense on recruitment and huge savings resulting from the reduction of traffic congestion,” he said.

The CIBAC solons filed House Bill 5471 which seeks to amend Article 83 of the Labor Code of the Philippines where employers can voluntarily adjust their working hours per week requirement, but not beyond 48 hours per week, without affecting the salary and benefits.—AAC

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