The threads of modern Filipino identity

Eye-catching creations inspired by the evolution and identity of the modern Filipino will take center stage in a virtual show. 

Running for three weeks, starting March 20, is the virtual edition of the annual culminating event of the graduating class of Benilde’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Program, dubbed Sinulid Virtual Gallery.


'PUTA' by Sean Carlo Betco aims to cover the topics on femininity and sexuality.
In addition to diverse perspectives and interpretations on the evolution and identity of the modern Filipino, it will also display ensembles influenced by rich Philippine heritage and tradition, and current social and environmental issues. 

Included in the exhibit are Pamela Madlangbayan’s combination of the traditional Filipino clothing and balikbayan box-inspired graphic embellishments, Eunhye Cho’s installation influenced by the Philippines and Korea, Shanica Sy’s incorporation of unique wood carvings and Mindanao patterns, and Raya Abastillas’ reintroduction of the Filipino sabong (cockfight) culture.

Art piece promoting Philippine culture by Shanica Sy
'Likha' by Gianna Lilagan
Notions and discussions on femininity and sexuality take shape through the works of Angela Denise Santos and Sean Carlo Betco, while Angelica Achacoso sheds light on the glorification of resilience. 

Also on display are Shayne Casi’s encapsulation of the biblical stories and intricate details and symbolisms of Philippine folklore, Kc Roshelle Dayao and Adrienne Carmela Cruel’s individual exposition of local mythical creatures, and Gianina Dwaigne Lilagan’s translation on the idea of death, life, and reincarnation.

'Minokawa' by Kc Roshelle Dayao
'In Glorified Resiliency' by Angelica Achacoso
Adding to the collection are Erika Mae Ng’s discussion on issues and the innate beauty of Philippine agriculture, Miri Hwang’s adaptation of futuristic post-nuclear style, and Coleen Aytona’s reimagination of resin discs as theoretical clouds of icy comets.

Completing the group exhibit are playful sea elements-inspired children’s wear by Katrina Rivera and an ensemble of nostalgic origami love letters by Tricia Butler. 

'Marahuyo' by Shayne Casi
'Life in the Philippine Sea' by Katrina Rivera
Sinulid Virtual Gallery will be on view at

Topics: Benilde , Fashion Design and Merchandising Program , Sinulid Virtual Gallery
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