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    IN PHOTOS: SONA 2019 red carpet, fashion

    MANILA, Philippines – Around 3,000 guests were invited to witness President Rodrigo Duterte's 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, July 22, 2019 at the Plenary Hall of the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.
    IN PHOTOS: SONA 2019 red carpet, fashion

    Same with previous SONA, dress code is simple business attire. Lawmakers, however, are required by law to be in Filipiniana.

    The change was observed since Duterte started to lead the nation three years ago. Wearing tuxedos, evening gowns, or elaborate outfits are discouraged.

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    Here's what they wore at the 18th Congress and #SONA2019:

    The senators of the 18th Congress
    The senators of the 18th Congress | Photo Credit: Senator Kiko Pangilinan


    Senator Nancy Binay
    Senator Nancy Binay wears a Randy Ortiz classic terno made of piña cloth with callado cut work and baroque embroidery details | Photo Credit: Twitter/GMA News

    Senator Grace Poe and mother Susan Roces
    Senator Grace Poe and mother Susan Roces | Photo Credit: Facebook/Grace Poe

    Senator Imee Marcos wearing a Binakol-Inabel dress
    Senator Imee Marcos wearing a Binakol-Inabel dress | Photo Credit: Twitter/GMA News

    Neophyte senator Bato dela Rosa heads to the opening of 18th Congress
    Neophyte senator Bato dela Rosa heads to the opening of 18th Congress | Photo Credit: Twitter/Inquirer

    Sonny Angara's wife Tootsy Angara in Michael Leyva
    Senator Sonny Angara's wife Tootsie in Michael Leyva. She is wearing a white modern Filipiniana dress with silk Pina sleeves with rainbow pin to support LGBTQ community | Photo Credit: Instagram/Michael Leyva

    Actor Robin Padilla is one of the early birds at SONA 2019 red carpet
    Actor Robin Padilla is one of the early birds at SONA 2019 red carpet | Photo Credit: Twitter/ABS-CBN News

    Senator Pia Cayetano before the opening of the 18th Congress
    Senator Pia Cayetano before the opening of the 18th Congress | Photo Credit: Inquirer

    Meanwhile, President Duterte will be wearing a Barong Tagalog designed by Cagayan de Oro designer Mimi Pimentel. Photos were shared to ABS-CBN News on Monday.


    According to Section 4(h) of Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees: lawmakers and government employees “shall not indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form.”

    In 2013, late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago had planned to file a resolution for the proper dress code at SONA.

    — The Summit Express

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