President Bongbong Marcos Wore a Pepito Albert Barong on Inauguration Day
Bongbong Marcos stepped out in a barong paired with gray trousers, Sapatero Manila shoes, and a Patek Philippe watch for his inauguration. Ahead of the inauguration, Marcos confirmed that the barong was designed by Pepito Albert who also designed Irene Marcos-Araneta's terno for the occasion.
Albert is a fashion designer who has learning experience in Los Angeles and Paris. He's known for his clean cuts and refined silhouettes. Through the years, he's dressed celebrities, politicians, and other notable personalities. His works have also been featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle.
"Ang aking barong na isusuot sa inagurasyon na idinisenyo ni Pepito Albert ay hango sa rayadillo, ang tradisyunal na uniporme ng mga sundalo noong panahon ng mga Kastila," Marcos said in a Facebook post. "Ang sapatos na aking isusuot ay gawa naman ng Sapatero Manila."
For his ceremony, he chose a rayadillo-inspired garment. The material was used back then to make military uniforms worn by Spanish colonial soldiers. But, Marcos isn't wearing just one barong for the day's festivities.
He has a second Pepito Albert barong that he'll wear later in the day. "Para naman sa magaganap na salu-salo, isusuot ko ang barong na gawa sa tela ng piña na idinisenyo muli ni Pepito Albert sa bayan ng Taal, Batangas," he wrote.