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Filipiniana fashion wows crowd during fiesta celebration at Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles

The entire retinue of ball gowns created by designer Carl Andrada as worn by Miss Philippines USA and Miss Young Philippines USA titleholders. Photo © Abner Galino

A FILIPINIANA fashion show performed by beauty queens delighted the crowd at the recently held fiesta in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles early this month.

Fashion designer Carl Andrada put out a colorful and ingeniously designed retinue of ball gowns for the 11 beauty titlists of the Miss Young Philippines USA and Miss Philippines USA.

Half of the gowns were made out of “banig” or handwoven mat.

They (gowns) are very pleasing to the eyes and they exude an unmistakable Filipino sophistication,” commented audience Issa Credo.

Fashion designer Carl Andrada poses with two of Miss Philippines USA and Miss Young Philippines USA beauty titlists during a fiesta event at the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. Photo © Abner Galino

For his part, Andrada said he endeavored to create gowns that were not “only beautiful to look at but wearable as well.”

The August 5 fashion show was part of the day-long fiesta event organized by the Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council led by Cecille Ramos.

It was held at the Silver Lake Medical Center grounds and featured live music by Filipino American artists that acrobat and magic duo Cecille and Mighty Torrente, Ciamara Morales, Jamie Bacani, Mary Ann Muah, GG Star and many others.

 

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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