Photo shows the approved designs of the new College of Commerce and Business Administration uniforms.
STUDENTS of the College of Commerce and Business Administration will sport a more “business-like” look this coming school year with new sets of uniforms.

“Students requested for the change in uniform. They want to look more presentable, especially when they have to go to big companies,” Dean Helena Cabrera told the Varsitarian.

In a referendum last January, the Commerce Student Council asked freshmen, sophomores and juniors to choose from two sets of uniform designs for both male and female students. Of the 2,536 students who participated, 1,697 (66.92 percent) voted for Set A of the new male and female uniform designs over Set B, which got only 839 votes.

“We believe that one’s college uniform is a representation of one’s identity to the outside world. It is unfortunate that we have always been mistaken for medical practitioners, salespersons, security guards and the like,” said student council president Antonio Junimar Esteban II and auditor Mark Reginald Dela Cruz, in a letter to Secretary General Fr. Isidro Abaño, O.P. last March 2.

The current uniforms have been used since the 1980s, Commerce students pointed out.

Cabrera said the student council wanted a change in uniform last year. But the textiles for the old uniforms were already bought.

The new uniforms however will be compulsory only for freshmen students, and optional for higher years, Cabrera said.

It will cost between P600 to P690 for males, and from P750 to P840 for females.

From the plain polo barong with six taxings on both sides, the new Commerce men’s uniform was redesigned to have a yellow shirt, a black necktie, and black pants. Female student–s will wear a yellow blouse under a black vest, resembling the old Commerce uniform, with the college logo.

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The final apparition

The new uniforms will also have gala sets that will only be worn during conferences, seminars, and assemblies. With reports from Aura Marie P. Dagcutan

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