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PGMA launches Heritage Month with visit to terno exhibit

Manila (7 May) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took time out yesterday (May 6, 2010) to view the Department of Tourism's exhibit on the Philippine terno worn by the country's former First Ladies at the Almacenes Reales in Fort Santiago.

The President, accompanied by Intramuros Administrator Anna Bambi Harper, went around the exhibit area to view the ternos worn by Former First Ladies Loi Estrada, Imelda Marcos, Leonila Garcia, Luz Banzon?Magsaysay, Trinidad De Leon-Roxas and her mother, Dona Eva Macaraig-Macapagal.

Dona Eva's gown on exhibit were a crème terno with purple lace appliqué on bodice by Aureo Alonzo, and a black camisa and patadyong. Both were preserved by Presidential Daughter Luli Arroyo-Bernas.

Two gowns of Imelda Marcos were eye-catching -- a multi-colored terno with embroidered geometric designs executed by Joe Salazar and a peacock design blue and green terno.

The terno is touted as one of the world's most distinct and recognizable traditional dress identified only to the Philippines. It is a long elegant dress with a signature butterfly sleeves.

Harper said the exhibit is part of the celebration of National Heritage Month, pursuant to Republic Act 100066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 which seeks to "protect, preserve, conserve and promote the nation's cultural heritage, and the ethnicity of local communities; establish and strengthen cultural institutions; protect cultural workers and ensure their professional development and well-being."

It is the first time the "Walled City" -- the country's premier heritage site -- is hosting the launch of the Heritage Month.

Harper said that holding cultural exhibits and presentations "creates a balance atmosphere where the historic past coexists in harmony with modern society." (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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