Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ternos - A Filipina's Treasure

The Terno is the national attire for women in the Philippines. It has been called a masterpiece, a classic, a national treasure. Terno, from the Spanish word meaning “to match”. The Filipino Terno alludes to the matching of blouse and skirt, joined at the waist to form a one-piece creation, with both bodice and skirt made of the same material. It is known for its inventive feature: its upright sleeve, flat against the shoulders like clipped butterfly wings.

The national dress didn’t start the way it looks today. In fact, the elegant Terno was the coming together of the innovations of many. It is the product of craft and skill in design of the Filipina. It reveals the mind of the Filipina as she related to herself, to her society, to her times, and to the world. It speaks volumes of a heritage that spanned decades of multi-cultural influences and raw patriotism. The Terno is not just a style it is a legacy. The terno exude pride and dignity of Filipino women.

Source: Published in Nancy's Fashion and Jewelry


Former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos  popularized the terno, the Philippine national dress for women with butterfly sleeves, when she became First Lady. 

In the recent celebration of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July, 2012, after more than a year in the  office of presidency of Aquino, a lot of women attendees wore the ternos in different colors and designs showing that the ternos are still in great demand among our women elite. (Source of images: Inquirer).  A fashion show of some of our Filipina ternos has been shared in You Tube as follows:

But younger  women have developed a new trend for casual wear of ternos.

Source of Images: A wander girl

1 comment:

  1. yes,imelda marcos is still the no. model of our her time!!!