Filipino designers Cora Manimbo, Ditta Sandico and Patis Tesoro – Weaving a new filipiniana
The night was bright and elegant at the Manila Polo Club recently. The audience waited excitedly to witness the magnificent creations of Cora Manimbo, Ditta Sandico and Patis Tesoro. Zonta International presented the Fashion Weavers, the
The night was bright and elegant at the Manila Polo Club recently. The audience waited excitedly to witness the magnificent creations of Cora Manimbo, Ditta Sandico and Patis Tesoro.
Zonta International presented the Fashion Weavers, the climax to its District 17 Conference. Chairperson Ma.Victoria Vergel De Dios led the program with her joyful welcome remarks and Primitiva Perez Sison, Governor of District 17, gave a brief message before the show started.
To start off the show, Ditta gathered her models and led a prayer before taking over the runway.
For the past 32 years, Ditta has worked as an eco-sustainable fashion designer. By involving herself with local communities to promote continuous livelihood projects. The project greatly improved socio-economic condition of a fishing village in Catanduanes.
Ditta with Virma Vergel de Dios, chairperson, District 17 Conference
Ditta made use of indigenous fibers like banaca (banana-abaca) resulting in gowns and Banaca wraps, all unique and sophisticated. She has an eye for what works with local materials and simply knows how to turn things into beautiful pieces. Ditta’s creations are functional, traditional while being innovative.
Another critically acclaimed designer, Cora Manimbo was proud to present marvelous creations that will make you want to try them all. Cora was featured in fashion shows in the Philippines, Asean, Europe, and the United States. She has also dressed up high profile personalities here in the Philippine and abroad.
Cora made use of native materials like, red pinya fibers, cotton yarn of abel iloco, T’boli hand-woven ’T’nalak’, and banana fibers. The country’s diverse cultures achieve synthesis in her creations while establishing oneness with the world’s trendiest. Her finely crafted Kimona blouses, shawls and gowns are virtual art works with meticulous embroideries, painstaking beadwork, and hand-painted accents.
Cora with Virma Vergel de Dios (left) and Susanne Von Bassewitz (right).
Of course, the show did not end there. As the Grand Dame of Philippine fashion, Patis Tesoro, presented her timeless creations that took Filipino-woven fabrics to another level. She insisted that creativity is the secret to longevity in this very competitive industry.
Patis at the end of the Fashion Show.
Patis’ designs were inspired by old Filipino stuff and recycled materials. She ingeniously took traditional shapes and silhouettes, and combined them with a strong bohemian aesthetic, showing off intense colors and loud prints.
Her legacy of reviving the tradition of weaving our national textile Piña, is resonant with her branding. In this modern times, she always brings the utmost of her talent to innovate with her designs and the result was a free-spirited take on classic Filipiñana style. Patis always says, “ Talent is God-given, but what you do with that talent is what defines you in the end.”
Cora, Ditta and Patis are pride of the Filipino. With their relentless efforts to create world-class designs, they will surely inspire another generation of innovative designers who will promote what is truly Filipino. –Jemmie Gil Ibasco