The CCP and Bench/Suyen Corporation team up again to pursue its mission of preservin ...


Inspired by the successful outcome of Ternocon 2018, the first ever terno making convention and contest held last year at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the CCP and Bench/Suyen Corporation team up again to pursue its mission of preserving and promoting the Philippine national dress with the implementation of TERNOCON 2020.

The 2020 edition aims to encourage the use of the terno as a popular form of formal dress, and to inspire and motivate emerging designers to create ternos which are grounded in its history while using contemporary design approaches at the same time.   For the competition, an open call to emerging Filipino designers was made last March 2019. 13 finalists were selected out of the 52 proposals received and based on their capacity to deliver/produce garments;  and their designs for the 3-piece collection (choice of materials, wearability, clarity of vision, cohesion of pieces, and use of the terno’s butterfly sleeves).

The final competition judging and showcase with cultural program is set for January 26, 2020, 7:30pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the CCP.  The full capacity of the theater will be utilized to accommodate more audience. The mentors together with the gold medalist of TERNOCON 2018, Marlon Tuazon of Angeles City, Pampanga, will showcase their 10 piece terno collections.  The program will also have an exhibition of dolls in ternos by Cholo Ayuyao;  oil portraits of women in ternos by Rafael del Casal at the 2nd floor hallway and ternos by Slim’s Fashion and Art School at the 3rd floor hallway. A select group of prominent performing artists led by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra will be featured in the program.