It felt like being transported back in time. Picture this: old houses and the long stretch of cobblestone avenues treaded by flocks of people donning costumes from the country’s historic past.
But the surroundings were not in sepia. For in the Heritage City of Vigan, the sun’s rays only made the colors brighter and more vibrant. Everyone was in their best Filipiniana attire to witness the grand World Costume Festival (WCF) 2013 in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
Showcasing both traditional and modern designs from different parts of the globe for live and theatre performances, the WCF is an international event participated in by delegates from around the world out to flaunt their country’s rich culture.
The kaleidoscopic event coincided with the Annual International Meeting of the Organization of International Scenographers Theater Architechts and Technicians and Costume Design Group. And to top that, it is a curtain-raiser to the World Stage Design Festival to be held in September in Cardiff, Wales.
Tourists were in awe of the picturesque clothing paraded along Vigan’s Crisologo Avenue. And as if being in the Heritage City isn’t rewarding enough, what stood out is the series of costumes that took onlookers to different parts of the country with the exhibition of the costumes from the Philippines’ major festivals.
Here is a rundown of the breathtakingly beautiful and elaborate costumes from Luzon to Mindanao:
Sublian Festival Costume (Batangas)
Ati-Atihan Festival Costume (Aklan)
Sinulog Festival Costume (Cebu)
Dinagyang Festival Costume (Iloilo)
Masskara Festival Costume (Bacolod).
Paraw Regatta Festival Costume (Iloilo).
Tawo-Tawo Festival Costume (Bayawan, Negros Oriental).
Kadayawan Costume Festival (Davao).
Kaamulan Festival Costume (Bukidnon)
With GMA Network being the strategic partner of the 2013 World Costume Festival, a number of Kapuso stars walked the runway during the World Costume Festival Fellowship and Awards Night at the Vigan Convention Center.
Parading before the ecstatic audience were Katrina Halili and Arthur Solinap (Sublian costumes by Eduardo Borbon), Mikael Daez (Ati-Atihan costume by Ma. Delia Ibesate), JC Tiuseco (Dinagyang costume by Joemel Mirabuena), Wil Devaughn (Masskara costume by Emiljune Bantolo), Bela Padilla (Paraw Regatta costume by Hector Gellangarin), Max Collins (Sinulog costume by Kenneth Yamas), Andrea Torres (Tawo-Tawo costume by Eli Manlangit), Mike Tan and Katrina Halili (Kaamulan costume by Eddie Kilem), and Chloe Dauden (Kadayawan costume by Emi Englis). Angela de Leon