IN PHOTOS: All the looks from the 2018 SONA

MANILA, Philippines – The beginning of the 3rd regular session for the 17th Congress is a decidedly political event. But when red carpets and floor-to-floor media coverage is involved, it's almost inevitable for the inner fashionistas of politicians and their companions to emerge.

Preparations – including the sartorial kind – begin early for those attending the SONA in the afternoon and the opening of regular sessions for the two chambers in the morning. 

Here are the more noteworthy looks from the Senate in Pasay City to Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City: 

Heart Evangelista, wife of Senator Francis Escudero, wore a white creation by Mark Bumgarner for the opening of the 3rd regular session at the Senate. She wore another white outfit, also by Bumgarner, for the SONA. 

LOOK: Sen Escudero and wife Heart Evangelista. Heart wears a white Mark Bumgarner dress @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/h9hwHsB0U8 — Camille Elemia (@CamilleElemia) July 23, 2018

Ready for the opening ceremony for today’s session of the 17th Congress. A post shared by Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero (@iamhearte) on Jul 22, 2018 at 6:13pm PDT

 

The outfits were accentuated with a rainbow pin to express her support for the SOGIE bill.

"Everyone has the right to live, work, and dream. The SOGIE bill is a step in the right direction to guarantee the protection of those rights, especially for our friends in the LGBT community. Last year the bill made great progress but we still have a long way to go. My husband and I are in full support of this bill and hope to see it move forward and become a law."

Everyone has the right to live, work, and dream. The SOGIE bill is a step in the right direction to guarantee the protection of those rights, especially for our friends in the LGBT community. Last year the bill made great progress but we still have a long way to go. My husband and I are in full support of this bill and hope to see it move forward and become a law.  #sona2018 #LoveIsAllWeNeed A post shared by Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero (@iamhearte) on Jul 22, 2018 at 10:47pm PDT

Jinkee Pacquiao also came in white.

Jinkee Pacquiao joins husband Sen Manny Pacquiao at the opening of the 3rd session of the 17th Congress @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/OdhIjpgNG2 — Camille Elemia (@CamilleElemia) July 23, 2018

 

Helen Gamboa, wife of Senate President Tito Sotto, looked ethereal in her outfit.

ATTENDANCE. Helen Gamboa-Sotto attends the session with her husband as Senate President.

ATTENDANCE. Helen Gamboa-Sotto attends the session with her husband as Senate President.

 

Senator Cynthia Villar came in a dress which she said she designed herself. 

Q: Sino pong designer nyo? Sen Villar: Ako @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/RmXSSWxgLn — Camille Elemia (@CamilleElemia) July 23, 2018

 

Senator Nancy Binay wore a powder blue terno for the opening of session.

Senator Nancy Binay wearing a powder blue gown for the opening of the 3rd session of 17th Congress and #SONA2018 @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/O1ol04oL41 — Camille Elemia (@CamilleElemia) July 23, 2018

 

The others female senators — Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, and Risa Hontiveros also came in simple outfits for the morning session.

THE LADIES OF THE SENATE. Risa Hontiveros, Nancy Binay, Loren Legarda, Cynthia Villar, and Grace Poe.

THE LADIES OF THE SENATE. Risa Hontiveros, Nancy Binay, Loren Legarda, Cynthia Villar, and Grace Poe.

 

The gentlemen, on the other hand, came in their respective barongs.

Senator Antonio Trillanes wore a barong by Paul Cabral.

Sen Trillanes wears a Paul Cabral barong for the opening of session @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/Hd7pKd95Zp — Camille Elemia (@CamilleElemia) July 23, 2018

 

 

THE SENATE MEN. JV Ejercito, Antonio Trillanes, Joel Villanueva, and Ralph Recto.

THE SENATE MEN. JV Ejercito, Antonio Trillanes, Joel Villanueva, and Ralph Recto.

 

Tootsy Angara, Audrey Tan Zubiri, and former senator Nikki Coseteng were also present for the opening of session.

THE SPOUSES. Heart and former senator Nikki Coseteng with Audrey Tan Zubiri and Tootsy Angara. Photo by Angie de Silva

THE SPOUSES. Heart and former senator Nikki Coseteng with Audrey Tan Zubiri and Tootsy Angara.

Photo by Angie de Silva

Officials – from the executive, legislative, and judiciary – also arrived at the Batasang Pambansa in the afternoon for the SONA. 

Chavit Singson arrives at the Batasang Pambansa. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Chavit Singson arrives at the Batasang Pambansa.

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Marikina Representative Miro Quimbo and wife Stella.

Marikina Representative Miro Quimbo and wife Stella.

Actress Angelika dela Cruz, who is a barangay official, at the Batasang Pambansa. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Actress Angelika dela Cruz, who is a barangay official, at the Batasang Pambansa.

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Representative Pia Cayetano.

Representative Pia Cayetano.

Senator Risa Hontiveros
Representative Geraldine Roman. Photo by Angie de Silva/Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Representative Geraldine Roman.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and wife Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and wife Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano.

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senator Loren Legarda
Senator Joel Villanueva and wife Gladys.

Senator Joel Villanueva and wife Gladys.

The Makabayan bloc wear outfits that make a literal political statement.

The Makabayan bloc wear outfits that make a literal political statement.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos

– Rappler.com