Ternocon 3 kicks off with a series of talks

Ternocon’s mission is to preserve and promote Filipino dress for generations to come.

INSPIRED by the success of Ternocon 1 and 2 – a terno-making convention and contest held in November 2018 and January 2020 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) – the CCP through its Cultural Exchange Department (CED) and Bench/Suyen Corporation are once again joining forces to stage Ternocon 3.

The 3rd edition aims to encourage the use of terno/balintawak as a popular form of dress; inspire and motivate emerging designers to create terms that match the building skills of professional designers; encourage dialogue and scholarly discussion on issues concerning Philippine dress; and to support the growing awareness and interest in Filipino dress.

The competition is open to practicing Filipino designers or fashion design students who are at least 20 years old. A total of 12 finalists will be chosen from the open entries, and they are expected to create one balintawak each.

To help finalists understand the historical and social context of Balintawak and Filipino dress in general, a series of lectures were conducted via Zoom on April 23-24.

Lecture topics included The Balintawak: Evolution, Context and Components; The creative process of a designer; Philippines who wear the Terno; Wearing his heart on his sleeve. Speakers are some of the country’s leading artists and experts in design and history, led by Ternocon Artistic Director Gino Gonzales, along with social historian Isidra Reyes, fashion designer Lesley Mobo and writer and historian Felice Sta. Married. Ternocon’s Chief Mentor, Inno Sotto, also delivered a special message to all attendees.

All Ternocon 3 contestants were invited to attend the two-day zoom conferences while Ternocon 1 and 2 finalists, those who attended the Shaping the Terno regional workshops and former mentors, were also invited to attend. .

After the lectures, the screening and selection of the 12 finalists will follow, then a week-long workshop and mentoring for the 12 finalists is scheduled for July and October this year. The final competition and cultural show is scheduled for January 28, 2023.

For more information, visit the PCC website, Facebook pages of Ternocon, the PCC Cultural Exchange Department and the bench or send an email to [email protected]


Angela C. Hale