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Monday, July 28, 2008

PGMA's SoNA 2008: Fashion Show

Bollywood/Hollywood-like characters (a.k.a. lawmakers, their spouses, et al.) wrapped in specially designed apparels self-consciously strutting along the red carpet. Pro-Administration officials issuing the usual spirited display-even-the-padded-KRA (Key Result Areas)-stats defense of PGMA's annual report. Anti-Administration people acting according to their predictable find-nothing-good-about-this-administration script.

All of these amply illustrated one aspect of the recent SoNA affair: Wardrobe and Political Discourse Fashion Show. It is partly a contest of which garb is most wow!-able, or which ideological camp can paint a more appealing look of their own group, or an uglier picture of the other.

But whichever portraiture or caricature is more appealing or more hideous, it seems to me that the Opposition (represented by ex-President Estrada and ex-putschist Trillanes) and the Administration (headed by PGMA and De Venecia-trouncer Speaker Nograles) face the same challenge: translating their vaunted pro-people avowals into something beyond mere rhetoric. Especially that, judging from the flashy lifestyle of most of these VIPs, many of us are highly skeptical of their ability to commiserate with the plight of the dirt-poor Filipino.

Thanks to our fashionistas though for showcasing the ingenuity of Filipino clothes designers. Now, if only our fashionista-lawmakers could later convince themselves to auction off their wardrobes and donate the sales to sustainable grassroots-level projects. :)


Media outfits spotted an odd-one-out fashionista at the Batasan, Nagtipunan, Quirino Mayor Rosario Camma sporting a g-string to the occasion. He easily reminds every Cordilleran of Alfredo Lam-en, Morris Domogan, and Josephine Dominguez (see Jorge Pawid's "Cordillera Fashion" ; Mauricio Domogan website) . Ayos!

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