How This Editorial Honors the Heritage of Bukidnon and Its People

Tomorrow Land: Paying Homage to Bukidnon’s Greener Pastures

ARIAT cowboy hat, KEN SAMUDIO pearl embellished blazer, Tboli brass belt with bells, JOEY SAMSON barong and eyelet skirt, and ZAPATERIA boots. Photographed by Borgy Angeles for the May 2024 Issue of Vogue Philippines.

In this month’s main fashion editorial “Tomorrow Land,” Bukidnon’s rich heritage is front and center.

For our May 2024 issue in the fashion editorial “Tomorrow Land,” six young women, all Mindanao natives, are swathed in looks for the northern Mindanao grasslands. Revolving the fashion story around modern interpretations of femininity, corsets and belts—by Filipino designers Mich Dulce, Neric Beltran, and Mark Pabon; as well as Irish designer Una Burke and global houses like Gucci, Bottega Veneta, and Alaïa—are fastened atop multiple barong variations to pull the eyes to the waist. 

The barong is reimagined by Filipino designers: Joey Samson spins it contemporary with a raw-hemmed, cropped finish, while Randy Ortiz introduces botanical embellishments and romantic, semi-puffed sleeves. That women can freely wear the traditionally male garment is a manifestation of the tectonic shifts in a woman’s cultural and social role.

They’re paired with billowing frilled skirts that challenge the long-held notion of the hyper-feminine as frivolous, from Joey Samson’s flounce eyelet to Neric Beltran’s layered tulle. Jorel Espina modernizes the saya (skirt) and tapis (overskirt) with a midi-length checked number, reminiscent of the balintawak or “a laid back version of the terno.” When paired with an Abdul Gaffar capelet, the look becomes regal; an overt expression of a woman’s power.

Anchoring the outfits are cowboy hats, accessories, and footwear that hark back to the region’s own stables and pastures. Western-inspired boots are worn throughout, from Marikina-born label Zapateria to French luxury house Dior.

The fashion direction celebrates the region’s cultural diversity and abundance, too: Ken Samudio’s all-over pearl embellishments, Filip + Inna’s intricate embroidery, and Randy Ortiz’s weighty brocade are testaments to this. Jewelry both old and new is piled on, thanks to gold and silver body ornaments from Filipino labels Natalya Lagdameo, Amami, Capricci, and Argyle & Valentine, and a hefty brass belt with bells made by Tboli artisans in Lake Sebu.

This story is proof that the unwavering spirit of Bukidnon province’s heritage remains alive in other ways. Their mission has always been the same: to nurture and preserve what their ancestors have passed on. It’s the beating heart beneath the surface of everything they do, wear, and create. And to this day, it’s what reverberates around their culture, traditions, and the land they walk on.

Vogue Philippines: May 2024 Issue

Photographs by BORGY ANGELES. Fashion Director: PAM QUIÑONES. Makeup: Bea Mocorro. Hair: Mong Amado. Models: Ida Lago, Jady Agonia, Jana Herrera, Paige Perrine, Queenie Tao, Stephanie Mishima. Producer: Anz Hizon. Photographer’s Assistant: Pao Mendoza. Stylist’s Assistants: Ticia Almazan. Makeup Assistant: Vincci Tardes. Hair Assistant: Cats Del Rosario.
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