LiveBlog: Viva Vigan World Costume Festival 2013

Indonesia may have bagged the highest award at the recent World Costume Festival 2013 but Filipinos also made their mark in the global competition held from April 27 to May 2 in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

Viva Vigan Binatbatan World Costume Festival 2013: Schedule of Activities

Philip Jerome Vaquilar of Vigan City won the Best Single Costume in Performance. He showcased a multi-functional Filipiniana gown with elbow pop-up line sleeves made of the traditional abel-iluko cloth. The veteran artist and designer bested 26 other designers from such countries as Bangladesh, Brazil, Georgia, Indonesia and Japan. He is set to represent the Philippines at the World Stage Design 2013 tilt in Cardiff, Wales by September .

World Costume Festival Street Parade (Photographer: Mariz Esposo)
World Costume Festival Street Parade (Photographer: Kenley Filarca)
Kalesa Parade (Photographer: Mariz Esposo)
Kalesa Parade (Photographer: Kenley Filarca)

Another Filipino, Leo Velasco of Quezon City, won the Body Painting Competition via Paradakop Nin Pangiturnan artwork. Velasco, a product of University of the Philippines – Diliman, College of Fine Arts will step to the World Body Painting Showdown in Australia come July.

As for Indonesia, its representatives nabbed the prestigious terracotta-made Golden Kneeling Carabao trophy designed by Filipino sculptor Joel Alba Pragas. The predominantly Islamic country showcased traditional fabrics and textiles from Bali, Adora, Java, Borneo, Sumatra, and Papua.

International designer Afif Ghurub Bestari highlighted the glamor of Indonesian costumes with a touch of carnival.

GMA Coverage - Kalesa and World Costume Festival Street Parade

Japan’s Heterophonic Dada by Chie Ono and Satoko Shidahara was named the Best Booth Design and Best Costume in Exhibition.

Costumes from different countries and Philippine major festivals, namely Ati-Atihan of Kalibo, Aklan, Binatbatan (Vigan), Dinagyang (Iloilo), Kaamulan (Malaybalay, Bukidnon), Kadayawan (Davao), Masskara (Bacolod), Paraw Regatta (Iloilo), Sinulog (Cebu), Sublian (Batangas), and Tawo-Tawo (Bayawan, Negros Oriental) festivals filled the cobblestone streets of Spanish colonial architectures with colors.

During the awards night and fashion show at the Vigan Convention Center, Max Collins shone in white, elegant and gigantic Sinulog Festival costume designed by Kenneth Yamas. Among other celebrities who ramped the costumes of the country’s top festivals were Bela Padilla (Paraw Regatta costume by Hector Gellangarin), JC Tiuseco (Dinagyang costume by Joemel Mirabuena), Arthur Solinap (Sublian costume by Eduardo Borbon), Wil Devaughn (Masskara costume by Emiljune Bantolo), Mikael Daez (Ati-Atihan costume by Ma. Delia Ibesate), Andrea Torres (Tawo-tawo costume by Eli Manlangit), Chloe Dauden (Kadayawan costume by Emi Englis), Mike Tan (Kaamulan costume by Eddie Kilem (Lumad of Higaonon Tribe)) and Katrina Halili (Sublian and Kaamulan costumes, also by Borbon and Kilem respectively).

The World Costume Festival 2013 preceded the annual Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts on May 1, during which Dingdong Dantes, Geoff Eigenmann, Kris Bernal, Max Collins and R&B Prince Jay-R graced the Kapuso night at the Plaza Burgos.

Also showcased during the festivity are the fancy costumes of GMA-7’s top telefantasyas, such as “Mulawin,” “Encantadia,” “Etheria,” etc.

Other side events were the Binatbatan Calesa Parade and Gay-Em Flores de Mayo. Delegates, contingents and representatives from different countries also assembled for costume exhibit, lectures, seminars, workshops and shared their ideas for collaborative work. The festival coincided with the annual convention of the Organization of International Scenographers Theater Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) Costume Design Group.

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