The Enchanting Night at Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show

Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017
Last month I was invited to a one enchanting night celebrating the mixed of Philippine fashion, beauty, creativity, arts and culture in an all-in-one-package.

It was my honour to get invited to this prestigious fashion show, being attended by like-minded personalities who aims to promote the local fashion and the old tradition of weaving. Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show is indeed the most talked of the town show, not only locally and also even in other countries in Europe. 

In cooperation with Experience Travel & Living Magazine of Mode Devi Publishing, in collaboration with Department of Tourism, Globe Telecom, and Marco Polo Hotel Manila the night was filled with enchanting local fabrics of Mindanao featuring the designs of the Philippine fashion icon Renee Salud last March 27th.


Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017

Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017


The show was breath-taking and fabulous!

I can’t help admiring those fabric all hand craftily woven by the local tribe women of Mindanao, through the cooperation of Custom Made Crafts Center, Inc., a non-profit organization that markets indigenous and fairly traded products from the Philippines.


Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017


Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017


Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017


Sitting on the front-row and enjoying these magical beauty, I am also thinking how amazing these local tribe women have continuously weave fabrics in old-tradition that have been last for more than a hundred years old. While these women are walking on the runway, making their audience feel that ohh la la, I am wishing that these fabrics should be recognized and patronized by the local modern women.


Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017

Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017


Why we need to buy fabrics from neighboring countries like Myanmar, China, Thailand and India whereas we have our own locally made fabrics?

These initiative is not only about the beauty and glamour of each dresses. It is also a celebration of Philippine’s arts and culture that are so rich and colourful and full of surprises. As one of the advocates of Philippine fashion and traditions, it is one of my dream that these tradition of beauty will never fades, despite of our growing interested to modernization and globalization.





Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017


See how beautifully colourful these dresses are? Indeed Philippines is a country that lives colorfully!

These dresses was also been featured to the recent Miss Universes Pageant, being modelled by the selected Miss Universe candidates last January 19th in Davao City.



My mind is working deeply while simultaneously capturing these videos and photographs, and doing my social media job, I was actually thinking of planning my next trip to Mindanao to visit the tribe and learn how to weave!


Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017


This is another opportunity for as travel enthusiast, to explore our own island and deliver the message of beauty to the world.


Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017


It would be so nice to actually talking to the local tribe women about their techniques on weaving!



And if I will be a bride, it would be a great honor to wear this kind of wedding dress traditional made by the local tribe, that took many days (or even months!) to finished all materials locally made, and of course designed by a famous Philippine icon, Mama Renee.


Blair Villanueva and the models from PMAP


If only these ladies realized how lucky they are to wear these fantastic dresses! Am jealous!


Blair Villanueva and Ms. Ana Manansala, Editor-in-Chief of Experience Living & Travel Magazine


Thank you for our gorgeous friend and Editor-in-Chief of Experience Travel & Living Magazine, Ms. Ana Manansala for inviting me for this enchanting night. You made my night so fantastic and now am more excited to help fellow advocates to promote locally-Philippine made fashion.


Blair Villanueva and Ms. Baby Go, President and CEO of BG Productions


Also had a chance to meet this gorgeous and very humble Ms. Baby Go, President and CEO of BG Productions. She is an advocate and producers of many award-winning Mindie Films.

Maybe I’ll take the movie industry as my fall back :D


Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show 2017

The Enchanting Night at Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show


Whenever there is no one who will take your outfit, trust me your best reliable friend is the elevator!


The Enchanting Night at Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show


And here’s my final selfie! I think I did pretty well with my hair and makeup 

Make-up and Lipstick used: from Maybelline and The Faceshop

Top: SM Women

Bottom and Accessories: Unarosa Fashion

Handbag and Shoes: Forever21

Eyewear: Glassesshop.com

For more Philippine fashion shows and lifestyle stories, always stay tune here in my blog!


xoxo, Blair




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68 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. The fashion models are beautiful and designer did a great Job for the event.

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  3. The designer is so creative. i every pieces of the design. How I wish I can own one of it.

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    1. Indeed she is and we admire also her advocacy and we are thankful too for the artisans.

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  4. Some really stylish pearls out there! Love the red dresses especially. Seems like fun, better than the fashion shows I am used to

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    1. Thank you Monika. I enjoyed this fashion show too because it also promotes the artisans and the old cultures. And also promotes the audiences and buyers to travel and visit the artisans origins in Mindanao.

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  5. I'm just loving these gowns, especially with the prints! I want them all. Ahhhh!!!!

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    1. Thank you dear! The indigenous women are so creative!

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  6. Loved that they are promoting the local art and culture through their Tapestry Fashion Show! That wedding dress looks absolutely stunning and can't wait to see you in that dress!

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    1. LOL OMG! Yeah if am having a church wedding, I will definitely asked these indigenous Momma's to create my wedding dress.

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  7. woww.. The designer has created a very creative outfit/gown and all the dress is beautiful

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    1. Thank you dear! Yeah they are so gorgeous and each dresses are too heavy!!!

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  8. I have actually never been to a fashion show. It sounds like such a cool experience. Loved all your pics.

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  9. Amazing fashion show I love how the influences of batik is showed.

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    1. Yeah and I am so proud that this craft is happening. I would like to see the batik designs from Indonesia and Malaysia. Hope the designers there will invite me for their shows :)

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  10. What a fun night! I am not really into fashion, however, I think this would be fun for me because I do like eye stimulation! ha ha! ;)

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    1. I know right! You might not be in fashion, but you can enjoy the view! I've seen tons of facial expressions when they see the dresses and the models! LOL

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  11. Fashion shows look like so much fun. Loving the outfits in the pics

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    1. Thank you Claire! Have you attended runway shows recently?

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  12. The designs are gorgeous! I have never been to a live fashion show but love to watch them on television. Hopefully, someday I will make it to a live event.

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    1. Oh you will soon! It is nice sitting in the front row. Aside from the VIP treatment, you've got to see everything.

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  13. Such pretty dresses. This would be a show that I would noy watching.

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    1. Thank you Dear! I've been an advocate of our locally made dresses and these designs sets us to the next level. We have many talented people here waiting to be discovered.

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  14. What a fun evening!! The models and dresses are gorgeous and I am loving all the fun prints :)

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    1. Years ago, I dreamed to become a model. But then I grew up not meeting the standard height (minimum model height for ladies is 5'8). So I switched my dream and I aimed to be the frequent VIP guest or FROW of runway shows and I did! Hahaha Yeah the dresses are so gorgeous!

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  15. Loved all the dress. Its so unique and its a good way to promote the Local art.

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    1. There is nothing more fulfilling and satisfying as a local influencer, than helping to promote our local products an arts to the market.

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  16. Wow those are some gorgeous dresses! I have never been to a fashion show, but this looks like an amazing experience.

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    1. Thank you for visiting Stephanie. Yeah they are gorgeous and I applauded the weavers of these fabrics.

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    2. Thank you Stephanie. Attending fashion show is also a lovely experience, and the feeling of excitement knowing that you've got to see the-first-dibs in the collection. And also an opportunity to meet new contacts, and possible partners.

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  17. Wow! the creations are amazing. I thought it was made from other countries. Nice event too!

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    1. Thank you Anosa :) Keep on exploring me blog for more creative designs in fashion.

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  18. nice! always love a fashion show! the designer can really come out with something very refreshing to my eyes ;D

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    1. I agree, and we the audiences makes us want to buy those dresses immediately!

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  19. cool Tapestry Fashion Show... if I was there, I will certainly love with the design as I love colourful cloth... Last few month, Miss Universe had their on Mindanao Fashion Show in Davao, and from that time, I knew that Mindanao have their own identity which are very unique..

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    1. Yeah, are you in Davao during that event? I was supposed to fly to Davao to cover the show, but didn't make it. Glad that they brought these here in Manila.

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  20. What a gorgeous fashion show with so many beautiful pieces! I love that they are all handcrafted by local artisans.

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    1. Thank you Marcie. Now our hashtag for this initiative is #ThinkGlobalActLocal

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  21. i love it when designers use traditional fabric and create a modern twist to it! And you look great by the way!

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    1. Thank you Lily! That dress weigh heavily! I need full energy to carry that trail :)

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  22. Whoa. Who would've thought that tapestry also will got their own fashion show. Even it looks, traditional still got modern touch into it.

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    1. It is very exciting Zayani. Do you have native fabrics available in your country?

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  23. Wow! I love fashion shows as my childhood dream was to become one of the fashion designers:) but but, am not one now....ha...ha...cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

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    1. It's okay Sienny. Did you know that Vera Wang became successful at the age of 45. Never gives up your dreams!

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  24. Look at all those amazing textures and colours! Such a super event to attend!

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    1. I almost faint when I saw their finale dress.

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  25. Tapestry fashion is indeed beautiful and it is a rare find in Malaysia. I do see the trademark of the natives of Borneo in these tapestry.

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    1. I agree Emily. Our ancestors came from Borneo and some parts of Malaysia :) No wonder we have similar fashion :)

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  26. Love all of these gowns. I can only afford watching fashion shows on TV ;-) ...hahaha..

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    1. Hahaha me too, and also lucky to be invited as VIP. But not to have a free gown, OMG I wish!

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  27. It looks like you had such a fun time at this event! All of these dresses are so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Jasmine. Yes and I will continue supporting locally made designs :)

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  28. I am a huge fan of dresses, and would love to attend a fashion event like this in the future. I've also always wanted to make my own dresses – such talent shown here.

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    1. Hello Yona, you can do it! And maybe invite us on your first fashion show :)

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  29. Loving the designs.. they are certainly beautiful and gorgeous

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    1. Thank you Miera. I would like to see native Malaysian dresses soon!

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  30. Everything is beautiful. It's always nice when designers mix modern and traditional design when it comes to clothes! I'm sure it was an amazing night.

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    1. It was amazing and dreamy show Carol. Thank you for visiting and for appreciating their designs. More shows soon!

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  31. I completely fell in love with the dress in the video... <3 <3 and to think that all of this was hand crafted..is amazing...the amount of effort, time and sweat put into the masterpiece...brilliant..

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    1. I agree, each dresses took more than a month to create!

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  32. mistynelson dawnMay 20, 2017 at 1:37 AM

    Wow,his isabsolutely looksagood fashionshowandI would love to attend in a event like this,these are all looks beautiful

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  33. Man, those designs are killer, are to die for!!!

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    1. Thank you Carina! I want to wear one of these dresses!

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  34. These dresses are amazing and so unique. I would have loved to have been there looks like fun.

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    1. Oh you are so sweet! I'm sure one of these dresses suits your style :)

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