THE STUDENT Organization Coordinating Council (SOCC), is showcasing a three-part event titled Pintig: Kulturang Tomasino, which highlights an amalgamation of fashion and cultural shows and artwork exhibition.

The fashion and dance presentations already took place at the Medicine Auditorium last August 31. Meanwhile, the art show will be mounted at the UST-Tan Yan Kee Student Center on September 30.

The fashion show and dance exhibitions aimed to relive the four significant periods in Philippine history, from the Spanish conquistadores to the World War II at the Pacific Rim. The fashion designers also decided to include the pre-colonial epoch in the fashion show.

Designers Alex Pigao, Cy Bree, James Nualla, Cherry Samuya Veric, Anna Leah Salvador, Ruth Dela Peña, Johnny Abad, Peter Casidsid and Ryan Lopez boasted their fashion flair as Thomasian models strut their style in the limelight.

Along with the display of wardrobes were various dance troupes from different colleges and faculties in the University.

Before the event, models were trained to ramp on stage with pizzazz courtesy of the Master School for Models, along with Thomasian members Irish Ong, Aya Abesamis and Kara Gozali from the Professional Models Association of the Philippines.

Conceptualized by Pigao and Bree, Maharlikas, timawas and alipins were the inspiration of the wardrobes on the first part of the fashion show. The second part sizzled with models dressed in elegant gowns and suits which were considered as vogue during the Spanish colonial period. The second part was spearheaded by China-based designer Veric.

Fashion statements reminiscent of the Victorian era dominated the American-inspired third part which were collective designs of Peña, Pigao and Salvador. Meanwhile, black sakkats, fans and parasols are the motif of the Japanese-occupation-inspired part of the show. Reenacting the tragic Death March that killed thousands of Filipino soldiers in 1942, Nualla made the models slowly tread the stage, giving a melancholic mood to the show.

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Finally, vernacular fashion statement prevailed at the final part of the show. Barongs and baro’t saya of various hues while formal coats made of indigenous materials adorned with gold were showcased by Casidsid and Abad, respectively. John Ernest F. Jose


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