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Fashion For Gender Equality: These Personalities Wore Pride Flags To SONA 2018

In support of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) bill, also known as the Anti-Discrimination bill, our very own Metro Most Stylish ladies, Heart Evangelista-Escudero and Tootsy Angara, wore rainbow flags to the annual State of the Nation Address.

"Everyone has the right to live, work, and dream," says celebrity and artist Heart Evangelista-Escudero. "The SOGIE bill is a step in the right direction to guarantee the protection of those rights, especially for our friends in the LGBTQIA+ community." While she and her husband Senator Francis Joseph "Chiz" Escudero are happy that the bill has made progress last year, they recognize that there is still a long way to go. With collective effort, they hope to see the bill become a law.

Heart wore two sleek white outfits for the occasion. For the opening ceremony of the 17th congress, the Metro Magazine cover girl donned a tea cup terno by Filipino designer Mark Bumgarner. Afterwards, she changed into a modern Filipiniana pantsuit, also by the same designer, accessorizing her look with a dainty clutch by Elie Saab.

 

 

 

 

Joining her is ABS-CBN's cluster head for Sales, Tootsy Angara. In support of the said bill, the career woman and wife of Senator Sonny Angara paired her Rajo Laurel ensemble with a rainbow flag pin. "I join the call to fight for equality and end all forms of discrimination," she shares on her Instagram post. "Imagine a world where you will not be judged for race, gender, faith, ethnicity. Where love can flow freely. Imagine a world where people use their powers not to create conditions of oppression that lead to violence, but conditions of freedom that lead to peace."

 

 

According to the #LoveIsAllWeNeed campaign, the SOGIE bill seeks to protect members of the LGBTQIA community from gender-based discrimination, including denial of access to public services, health services, employment, and education. The bill has already passed through the House of Representatives and is now part of the Senate's agenda.

 

Lead photos via @iamhearte and @tootsyangara