Cultural Center of the Philippines and Bench/Suyen Corporation
January 28, 2023 | Saturday / Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez / 5:00 PM
Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Bench/Suyen Corporation, TERNOCON is a terno-making convention and competition with the mission of preserving and promoting the Philippine national dress.
The 3rd edition aims to encourage the use of the terno / balintawak as a popular form of dress; to inspire and motivate emerging designers to create ternos that are at par with the construction skills of professional designers; to encourage dialogue and scholarly discussion of issues concerning the Philippine Dress; and to sustain the growing awareness and interest in the Philippine dress. A total of 12 finalists were chosen from the open applications and will present two balintawak entries each. The top three winners ( 1st place : gold – Pacita Longos award / 2nd place: silver – Pura Escurdia award / 3rd place: bronze – Ramon Valera award) will be announced during the program.
The balintawak is the country version of the terno. Aside from a camisa (blouse) with butterfly sleeves and a saya (skirt), the balintawak has two key components: a matching alampay (a soft kerchief) and tapis (a strip of cloth wrapped around the waist). In the 1920s and 1930s, the balintawak was worn at town fiestas, pilgrimages to Antipolo, and studio settings with painted scenery of farms, seascapes, and gardens. Though it was originally intended as informal attire, the balintawak also evolved as formal dress over the next few decades.