ABS-CBN Ball 2019: The "Modern Filipiniana" Interpretations By Francis Libiran

2019-09-15 | by Grace Libero-Cruz

FRANCIS LIBIRAN has designed some of the most beautiful Filipiniana creations we’ve ever seen. Muses who have worn his stunning terno creations include beauty queens Katarina Rodriguez, who wore a statement-making white ball gown with voluminous terno sleeves at Miss Intercontinental 2018 pageant, and Kylie Verzosa whose National Costume was a gold mullet terno dress at Miss International 2016. Francis also had the privilege of designing the Barong Tagalog uniforms of the Filipino athletes for the opening of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by the Philippines later this year.

When the dress code says “Filipiniana,” men and women alike can rely on Francis to deliver well-made iterations of the national costumes, designed with a contemporary twist that make them eye-catching staples at semi-formal and formal events.

He seamlessly marries the traditional elements of the national attire with his signature design techniques such as art deco patterns and cutouts, custom laser-cut materials, intricate embellishments, and custom embroidery. The result is always breathtakingly beautiful, the impeccable craftsmanship evident from afar and even more so up-close.

Francis has also designed some of the most memorable outfits at the Star Magic Ball. And considering his expertise in traditional Filipino clothing and formal gowns, it was expected that his muses for the ABS-CBN Ball 2019 stood out in their “Modern Filipiniana” outfits. The dress code is perfectly aligned to the theme of this year’s Ball, which is ABS-CBN’S 65TH YEAR of being in service to the Filipino people. It is the goal of the Ball to raise funds for the BANTAY EDUKASYON program of BANTAY BATA.

In this exclusive interview with METRO.STYLE, Francis talked about how he interpreted ABS-CBN Ball 2019’s dress code for his musses: CHARO SANTOS-CONCIOMARICAR REYES-POON, and GRETCHEN FULLIDO.